Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings top-notch debuts image

Seen as one of the world’s richest classic car shows, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has also become a great venue for automakers to bring their latest and greatest models.

The list with hot introductions is a rather long one – signaling the rise in importance of the once classical car-only venue. We could name just a few: Aston-Martin, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar and McLaren, but there could also be unannounced surprises.

BMW, the world’s biggest premium automaker, is actually bringing a specifically tailored model – the German company is auctioning off a one-of-a-kind i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition. The money goes to support a good cause, namely the Concours and the Pebble Beach Foundation.

Jaguar Land Rover is in full swing during this weekend. Three different models will be on display – including the Range Rover Sport SVR (you’ll get it for $110,475), mulled as the world’s fastest and most powerful SUV. With 543 “ponies” under the hood, the model took the grueling Nurburgring with an 8:14 lap time. We also have the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, a first of its kind “re-creation” project for the British carmaker.

McLaren, already a house client in recent years at Pebble Beach, will tease the world’s most affluent automotive aficionados gathered at the Monterey Peninsula with the new track-ready 650S Sprint.

Aston Martin is all about James Bond during the Concours, as it will bring four customized Q special editions, sadly without ejector seats, rockets or other purposely futuristic gadgets.

Bentley is also on display with its fastest-accelerating model in history, the Continental GTR-3. The Pebble Beach weekend will mark the model’s North American debut, with an estimated time to 60 mph of just 3.6 seconds.