Report: BMW M4 Concept headed for Pebble Beach?

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, LA Auto Show, Performance, BMW, Misc. Auto Shows

If a report from AutoExpress is to be believed, BMW will have a surprise in store for August’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The sleuths on the other side of The Pond are expecting to see a production-ready concept of the M3 Coupe-replacing BMW M4. The near-production showcar move is something we’ve seen from BMW, particularly when it comes to M products, over the years.

From the report, AE is expecting production versions of both the M4 and M3 sedan to be shown at the North American International Auto Show in January. We’ve covered the M4 rather obsessively, reporting on the company’s efforts to reduce the new car’s curb weight just last week.

AutoExpress dives deeper, though, speaking to BMW Group’s Senior VP Brand and Product Strategies, Klaus Froehlich. According to Froehlich, the M3/4 only shares about 20 percent of its parts with the 335i/435i. The engine is expected to be a bespoke unit, and will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There should be plenty of carbon fiber to cut weight, as well. The report gets even more explosive, though, as the British outfit has revealed that the M3 and M4 will be joined by a 4 Series Convertible and the new BMW 2 Series in Detroit.

Now, this all seems fantastic, and we’re inclined to believe that an M4 Concept could arrive at Pebble. But debuting four (four!) models, especially two M cars, at one auto show just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. What seems more likely, though, is for the two M cars to arrive in Detroit, having been preceded by the 4 Series Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Why? Well, LA isn’t covered in snow for half the year, making it a much bigger convertible market than Detroit. As for the 2 Series, that’s a toss up. We could see it being shown at any of the big American shows, or it could be held until Geneva. We’ll be sure to update when we know more.

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Official: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante to bow at Pebble Beach

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Aston Martin, Misc. Auto Shows, Luxury

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Front Three-Quarter

Aston Martin is one of the featured marques at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. With events set for August 14 through 17 and the show itself on August 18, the British brand is going all out in showing its sleek, powerful GT cars to the throngs of well-heeled attendees.

The star of the show will be the Vanquish Volante, which will be receiving its global debut. It will be joined by the CC100 Speedster Concept, Aston Martin’s centenary birthday present to itself, and the new V12 Vantage S, which is also getting its first live showing here.

All three cars feature the brand’s excellent 6.0-liter V12. With that under hood, the Vanquish Volante and V12 Vantage S deliver 565 horsepower and top speeds of 183 and 205 miles per hour, respectively.

The Autoblog team will be on hand at this year’s show, so be sure to check back to see all the high-dollar metal on the California coast.

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Pebble Beach to celebrate 50th anniversary of Ferrari 250 GTO with historic gathering

Filed under: Classics, Ferrari

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 250 GTO has long been considered the most desirable Ferrari of all time, and up until last year was regarded as the most valuable car in the world. The 250 GTO’s rarity (just 39 were produced including a single prototype), its success in international racing in the 1960s, and the beautiful shape designed by Bizzarrini are an unmatched combination.

The 50th anniversary of the 250 GTO is just around the corner, and to celebrate, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has decided to hold a gathering of as many of the cars as possible. An invite has been sent out to each of the owners, and more than half have already committed to attend. If it’s anything like the Jaguar XK-SS reunion held at Pebble Beach last year, then the sight should be nothing less than epic. Hit the jump for the official PR from Pebble Beach, or peruse through our collection of Ferrari 250 GTO photos in the gallery below.

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See the streets of Long Beach through the eyes of Corvette Racing

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Chevrolet, Racing

Corvette Racing Long Beach

Corvette Racing Long Beach – Click above to view video after the jump

Corvette Racing went into the ALMS round in Long Beach, California ready for a fight. Coming off of the long grind that is 12 Hours of Sebring, the two-hour slam around a concrete-lined street course promised a new challenge for the team and drivers. As promised, the race was a hard fight, demanding the drivers stay vicious and focused from beginning to end.

Despite a lackluster last-place qualifying effort for the number 3 machine, car number 4 managed a second-place grid spot. Ten minutes in, Corvette Racing had first place, though they were only able to hang on until around minute 40. Despite its less-than-desirable start, car 3 managed to work its way up the ranks to a respectable finish.

Both cars came away with the scars of an all-out street race, but managed to finish near the top of the heap. Corvette Racing now heads into LeMans with a renewed focus and the momentum of two positive results in California. Click past the break to see the team’s results and get a closer look at the action.

[Source: YouTube]

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Formula Drift kicks off the 2011 season in Long Beach

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2011 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach

2011 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach – Click above for high-res image gallery

A handful of well-known drivers and manufacturer-sponsored cars typically dominate the Formula Drift circuit – Foust, Gittin, Hubinette and Millen. At the opening event in Long Beach this past weekend, though, the big names were noticeably absent from the podium.

Perennial contender Tanner Foust retired from the sport last season to focus on his rally and television careers, Sam Hubinette couldn’t manage to get his new Dodge Challenger to the starting line, and last year’s champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., failed to qualify for Saturday’s knockout round. Rhys Millen in his newly painted Hyundai Genesis Coupe only managed to make it into the quarter finals.

The eventual podium featured first time winner Justin Pawlak, who drove to victory in Gittin’s hand-me-down Mustang, Matt Powers, another newbie to the podium, and Daijiro Yoshihara, who finished fourth last season. You can read more about the event in the press release after the jump or browse through our photos from the event in the high-res gallery below.

Gallery: 2011 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach

Photos copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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Swedish design firm crafts Beach Cruiser fit for The Hamptons

Filed under: Concept Cars, Europe, Specialty, Luxury

2012 Gray Design Strand Craft Limousine Beach Cruiser

2012 Gray Design Strand Craft Limousine Beach Cruiser – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Strand Craft Limousine Beach Cruiser is designed to shuttle the super-wealthy from luxury suites to their favorite resort’s pristine beaches in as much comfort and style as money can buy. Cooked up by Swedish firm Gray Design, the Beach Cruiser is powered by a 6.0-liter, 400 horsepower Chevrolet V8 pushing grunt to all four wheels, so guests never have to wait too long before hitting the sand.

Inside, Gray Design decked the Strand Craft out with the last word in luxury appointments. The upholstery is Alcantara set off with brushed aluminum and chrome accents on the dash and console. Watchmaker Breitling, famed for its relationship with Bentley, handled the instrumentation, while Swarovski Crystal accents take the opulence to obscene levels.

The Beach Cruiser’s stereo is a 15-speaker 1100-watt Naim audio system, which Gray Design says keeps sound quality optimal even with the limo’s canvas roof open. Strand Craft is mum on what this super shuttle will retail for, but you know what they say…

Gallery: 2012 Gray Design Strand Craft Limousine Beach Cruiser

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[Source: Gray Design, Strand Craft]

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Gilles: Next Dodge Viper inspired by a “naked woman on the beach.” Aren’t we all?

2010 Dodge Viper Final Edition Roadster, ACR and Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Dodge Viper has always been an impressive looking vehicle, but its muscled lines haven’t ever been what we’d call feminine. That may change with the next-generation version of the Snake. Ralph Gilles, head of Chrysler design and the Dodge brand, says that the look of the next Dodge Viper will be inspired by “a naked woman on the beach.”

Sorry, but we’re having a hard time coming up with a witty quip after that one (well, other than the one in the headline).

Gilles made the announcement while speaking with reporters at the Automotive News World Conference, and while the revelation about the vehicle’s design inspiration was a big highlight, he also announced that the next Viper would take dead aim at stealing buyers away from both the Porsche brand and the Chevrolet Corvette. That’s especially true when it comes to the crowd of younger buyers – guys and girls under 45.

The next-generation Viper is set to debut in 2013, and while that gives Dodge plenty of time to get the car right, we don’t expect either Porsche or Chevrolet to sit back and allow the Viper to play catch up. Suddenly we’re very excited to see what the sports car world looks like in two years.

Gallery: 2010 Dodge Viper Final Edition

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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PSA: Rented Chevy Corvette not the best for doing beach donuts [w/video]

Filed under: Etc., Videos, Humor

A Corvette goes for a swim in San Diego – Click above to watch video after the jump

How does a Corvette convertible – one rented from Hertz no less – end up in the salty brine at Pacific Beach in San Diego? The kindness of buzzed strangers, apparently. According to NBC San Diego, a visiting couple met a man in a bar, and after hearing that he had never driven a Corvette before, they offered him some seat time.

With the new acquaintance behind the wheel and the couple in the passenger seat, witnesses say the driver did a couple of donuts in the sand and then zoomed straight into the surf. Not known for its off-road traction, the Corvette got stuck, upon which the driver got out and ran. The couple was held and released, while the Corvette…well, we’re sure Hertz is working on that right now. Follow the jump for some witness video of the aftermath.

[Source: NBC San Diego, YouTube]

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We obsessively covered Pebble Beach Week

Filed under: Concept Cars, Motorsports, Classics, Performance, Auctions, Specialty, Design/Style, Luxury, Racing

As always, we made the annual trek to Monterey, California for Pebble Beach Week with laptops in tow and digital SLR cameras in hand to capture everything worthy of your time. As you can see by our assemblage of posts below, 2010 was another spectacular year for new and old.

From a bevy of new car introductions to a slew of special events and even a couple of high-brow auctions, we’d imagine there’s something to see for just about every fan of internal combustion. Knock yourself out… and please excuse us while we (finally) put down the coffee and take a well-deserved break.


Production Cars

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Morgan EvaGT

Bentley Continental GTC 80-11

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Jaguar XKR175

Infiniti G25

Lotus Evora Cip GT4

McLaren MP4-12C

Infiniti IPL G Coupe

Lotus Exos Type 125

Perana Z-One

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Special Events

Rolex Motorsports Reunion

Jaguar’s 75th Birthday

100 Years of The Indy 500

Alfa Romeo’s 100th Birthday

Concours d’LeMons

Bugatti GP Cars

The Quail Motorsports Gathering

Ferrari F40 Birthday Collection

Concorso Italiano

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Jaguar XK-SS Gathering

Honoring Dan Gurney

Caroll Shelby Tribute

Pebble Beach Concourse

Concours Best in Show

Auctions

Gooding & Company

RM

RM for Ford

We obsessively covered Pebble Beach Week originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monterey 2010: Gooding smashes records at Pebble Beach auction

Filed under: Classics, Auctions

2010 Gooding Pebble Beach Auction – Click above for high-res image gallery

We witnessed several million-dollar cars go up for sale at RM’s auction on Saturday night, but across town, the Gooding & Company auction had even more impressive metal crossing the block. Gooding’s two night auction resulted in more than $64 million in sales, including six world records. “We went into this year’s Pebble Beach Auctions with high expectations because of the sheer number of extraordinary cars we had consigned,” said David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “Our highest-ever Pebble Beach weekend results at $64.59 Million speak for themselves and I couldn’t be happier.”

The record-setting cars auctioned off by Gooding:

  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione at $7,260,000
  • 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza at $6,710,000
  • 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod at $6,105,000
  • 1956 Maserati 200SI at $2,640,000
  • 1951 Ferrari 340 America Spider at $2,530,000
  • 1937 Jaguar SS100 at $1,045,000

In addition, several other cars topped the million dollar mark including a 1995 McLaren F1 at $3,575,000, a 1928 Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster at $3,740,000 and a 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I at $1,650,000.

Gallery: 2010 Gooding Pebble Beach Auction

[Source: Gooding & Company]

Monterey 2010: Gooding smashes records at Pebble Beach auction originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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