The Best Cars Of The 2015 Pebble Beach Concept Lawn
Works of art and predictions of the future.
Concept cars are supposed to be works of art, predictions of the future, things to get us excited for what's next in the automotive world. Some reach those standards; some fall short. Some rare examples exceed those expectations to become icons.
At the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Concept Lawn, we were treated to all three camps of concept car—and more than a handful of production cars, too. Here's what was on display:
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
A beauty gone topless, the Alfa 4C Spider is the distillation of sports car essence to its purest modern form.
New but still familiar, the Audi R8 may not ring everyone's supercar bell, but it certainly didn't look out of place on the lawn in front of the Lodge.
Even more minimalist than the Alfa, the BAC Mono is a track rat's single-seat dream.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
Easily the most exciting design to come out of Bentley in decades, the draw of the EXP 10 Speed 6 is undeniable—and enough to make it a standout even among Sunday's company.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R
Flared, vented, and bulged from several miles of carbon fiber, the BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R is a surprise take on one of my favorite BMWs of all-time, and in this classic livery, a real knockout.
Hold on, a Buick? That looks like this? Why yes, I could absolutely get behind that.
Galpin-Fisker Rocket Speedster
The wildly popular collaboration between Galpin Motors and Henrik Fisker looks every bit as crowd-pleasing with its top off, and still shows its Mustang roots with pride.
Hyundai HCD-16 Vision G Coupe
Hyundai's seductive new large coupe promises very good things for the brand's design direction in the near future, its grace contrasting with the awkward name.
Easily the standout on this year's concept lawn display, the one-off Icona Volcano's brushed titanium finish is both strikingly elegant and curiously rumpled—like Columbo in a Zegna suit.
Infiniti Q60 Concept
Gorgeous curves meet classic proportions with a futuristic vibe in the Infiniti Q60 coupe—but the real question is whether the concept's sleek lines and sharp creases will translate into production.
Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4
Though it's been making the auto show rounds for nearly a year, the Asterion's heavy-haunched proportions may never reach production—but the hybrid technology it demonstrates could point the way forward for Lamborghini's next supercars.
With the weight of an entire brand on its shoulders, the Continental concept arrived at the 2015 New York auto show with a flourish, and its Mad Men-esque demeanor keeps hopes high for a return to true luxury for Lincoln.
Maserati Ghibli by Ermenegildo Zegna
The Maserati Ghibli itself has left many drivers a bit flat, but with an interior by Ermenegildo Zegna, this example takes the focus off the drive and puts it on the experience.
Having proved its mettle at the top of the super- and hypercar segment, McLaren is now delving into slightly more mainstream territory, and the 570S looks like a brilliant start.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Music
What does it mean to be inspired by music? I'm not entirely sure. But it must mean something elegant, as this Wraith's interior is yet another knockout example of the company's stellar coachbuilding skills.