Magnificent motorcars Monterey Car Week 2022 – ICE and EV
The annual Monterey Car Week is a solid reminder that we live in a world of have and have-not as some of the most expensive toys – ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and EV (Electric Vehicle) – are put on display.
For those who invested in Bitcoin in 2015 when it was only $200 and didn’t fall prey to the 2022 Tera Luna crypto scam there were plenty of new supercars to choose from: Aston Martin DBR22 (705 hp), Bentley Mulliner Batur (729 hp), Bugatti W16 Mistral (1,577 hp), Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster (1,817 hp), Koenigsegg CC850 (1,382 hp), Lamborghini Urus Performante (657 hp), Maserati MC20 Cielo (621 hp), Rimac Nevera (1,914 hp), SSC Tuatara (1,750 horsepower) and the Rolls-Royce Pebble Beach Collection, to name a few.
The 2024 Bugatti Mistral will be the last car the storied hypercar maker will ever build with the mighty quad-turbo, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine. Just 99 will be built, and despite a $5.1-million price tag, all are sold. – MotorTrend
Maserati MC20 Cielo
Switching from coupe to convertible defines the transformation between the twin souls of the MC20 Cielo. From the endless view of the heavens above to the hellish howl of the Nettuno engine as the soundtrack below, the MC20 excels without compromise in each configuration. The result is supercar performance, propelling the MC20 Cielo to 62 mph (100 km/h( in just under 3 seconds and comfortably to over 200 mph (320 km/h). – Maserati
Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster
Mid-mounted in the carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is Hennessey’s celebrated twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter, ‘Fury’ V8 engine rated at an astonishing 1,817 bhp (1355 KW). Power is sent to the rear wheels through a robust automated single-clutch gearbox. With a dry weight of under 3,100 pounds, the Venom F5 Roadster promises phenomenal performance… and an engineered top speed exceeding 300 mph (482 km/h – this is not a typo! – ed). Only 30 will be produced, available at $3 million each. – Hennessey Performance
While the promised top speed of the Hennessey is still to be achieved, the top speed of the track-only SSC Tuatara (1,750 horsepower – 1305 KW) has already been verified at 295.0 mph (474.8 km/h), making the SSC Tuatara currently the world fastest production car. You can order one for $1.5 million.
Monterey Car Week classics
Established in 1950, every August the Monterey Car Week hosts a number of events, including the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Porsche Werks Reunion, Concorso Italiano, Quail Motorsports Gathering, Legends of the Autobahn, and the Jet Center Party, an invitation-only event where the more fortunate display their exotic cars and private jets.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held on the final Sunday of Monterey Car Week, is a drool festival. Some of the featured marvelous machines usually are available at a number of classic car auctions. Obviously at equally marvelous prices.
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57SC ATALANTE, sold for $10,345,000 by Gooding & Company.
The Bugatti Type 57 debuted at the 1935 Paris Motor Show. Specs included a 160 hp (118 KW), 3.3-litre dual overhead cam, supercharged inline eight-cylinder engine, a four-speed manual transmission, a solid axle front axle with twin transverse leaf springs, a solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. It had a 123 mph (200 kph) top speed, re Silodrome and Supercars. While 701 were produced, only 17 were Type 57SC Atalante versions.
View the vehicles sold by Gooding & Company at the Pebble Beach auction 2022. Prices realized: an impressive 83% sell-through rate with Total Sold $105,824,870.
Monterey Car Week electric vehicles
There were plenty electric vehicles on display, albeit many of them still in concept stage, such as the Acura Precision EV Concept, Cadillac Celestiq and Lexus Electrified Sport. The most notable launched or soon to be launched EVE models were the DeLorean Alpha5, Lucid Air Sapphire (1,200 hp), Polestar 6 and the all-conquering Automobili Pininfarina Battista.
DMC is partnering with Volkswagen-backed Italdesign, which helped develop the original DeLorean, to build the Alpha 5. The new electric vehicle will keep some of the iconic design staples of the original DeLorean, such as louvers on the rear windshield and top-opening wing doors. It is expected to have a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). – Adapt Automotive
Automobili Pininfarina Battista
“It’s quicker than whatever supercar you drive, we guarantee it. It also represents the future of the EV-powered hypercar.” You’ll find the full hands-on review of this $2 million work of art at MotorTrend.
Automobili Pininfarina Battista (1,877 hp and 1,696 lb-ft – 1400 KW and 2300 NM)
Infusing twice the power of a Formula 1 racing car. The Battista ushers in a new dimension in hypercar design and performance, inspired by a legendary past. It combines true innovation in its technical prowess and emotive form. – Automobili Pininfarina Battista
Kia EV6 GT
While all these beauties had the adoration of the wide-eyed it was the ordinary-looking Kia EV6 GT that created the most buzz. Engineered to compete with supercars, the all-electric Kia EV6 GT accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, has a top speed of 161 mph and is an AMCI-certified winner of 0-60 mph race against Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD, according to the Kia press release.
The EV6 GT raises the threshold of performance for the already potent EV6 lineup, with a dual-motor e-AWD powertrain that sends power to all four wheels. An energy-dense 77.4-kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack serves a front-mounted 160kW motor, combined with a rear-mounted 270kW motor, to produce a combined power output of 576 hp (430 KW) and 546 lb-ft (740 NM) of torque.
Best of Show
A 1932 Duesenberg Model J Figoni Sports Torpedo scooped the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show award, as reported by The Drive.
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