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August 21, 2022updated 23 Aug 2022 12:46pm

Monterey Week 2022: all the world premieres

The ten-day event known as Monterey Week took place between 12-21 August.

By Glenn Brooks

Just Auto’s list of global debuts at The Quail, The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and related events appears herewith.

Acura

Honda’s premium brand revealed the Precision EV concept on 18 August. This is likely to be a preview of an SUV it will launch in 2024. The ZDX will be built by General Motors and related to the Cadillac Lyriq.

Aston Martin

A fresh interior for a Valhalla prototype debuted. This hypercar, announced in September 2018, has been delayed multiple times. The latest claim – made in April – is “early 2024” for deliveries to commence.

AML further noted that it would “introduce two breathtaking new models with a world-first reveal [sic] and public product debut at Pebble Beach”. The first of these is the DRB22, a roadster prototype which will be built in small numbers. The V12 Vantage Raodster is the second debut. This has the same 515 kW (700 PS) and 753 Nm 5.2-litre engine as the Vantage. Aston will build just 249 examples of the Roadster.

Bentley

As well as the company marking its 103rd anniversary with a display of that many cars, Bentley premiered the Mulliner Batur, a coupé. The firm is on a profits roll and with each of the 18 examples to be built costing £1.65m (excluding taxes and options), that should continue. The biturbo engine produces “more than” 740 PS as well as 1,000 Nm making this the most powerful Bentley yet.

The marque also revealed the EWB Mulliner Gallery. This one-off car is termed a “driveable installation of exquisite hand-crafted art”. It has six veneer panels individually airbrushed to promote Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke and coachbuilding division.

Bugatti

The W16 Mistral was revealed at The Quail on Friday 18 August. Bugatti will build 99 examples of this US$5m roadster but not until 2024. The engine is a 1600 PS and 1600 Nm 8.0-litre W16.

DeLorean

Italdesign and DeLorean Motor Company stated in February that their co-developed electric reboot of the DMC-12 from the early 1980s would be revealed as a prototype at the Concours on 21 August. In fact, the car appeared on 19 August.

The Alpha5, which has gullwing doors, doesn’t look too much like the original as it’s a 4,995 mm long 2+2. Zero to sixty is claimed to take 2.99 seconds and of course, there is a 0-88 mph time too (4.35 seconds). There is no firm news concerning where or when build will commence.

“We are very excited that the next evolution of the DeLorean brand will be represented by our storied partnership with Italdesign – and a vehicle that will showcase our vision for the future,” Troy Beetz, the company’s CMO stated.

DeLorean also showed two concepts. These were the Omega, a pure design study of a futuristic Baja-style desert racer, and the Alpha5 Plasmatail. The latter is a shooting brake and could make production.

Fisker

It’s a world premiere for Fisker‘s imminent Ocean. This sub-US$40,000 electric SUV will be manufactured in Austria by Magna Steyr, series production being due to commence in November.

The Ocean will be launched with two battery chemistry choices, the base model grade – Sport – having lithium ion phosphate cells, with the longer range Ultra and Extreme variants’ chemistry being nickel manganese cobalt.

Genesis

We had seen the X Speedium Coupe before but Monterey Week was the first time that Genesis had displayed the concept’s interior.

Lamborghini

The Italian SUV and supercar maker premiered the Urus Performante. This loses 47 kg and has 490 kW (666 CV) but the engine in versions for China produces only 640 CV “for homologation reasons”.

Land Rover

JLR premiered the Range Rover SV Carmel Edition. Just 17 examples of this ultra-luxury SUV will be made. Each costs a breathtaking US$345,000. The engine is BMW’s 4.4-litre biturbo V8. Outputs are 390 kW and 749 Nm.

Lincoln

Ford Motor’s luxury vehicles division managed to keep the Lincoln Model L100 Concept secret until its announcement on 19 August. The strikingly aerodynamic autonomous EV references both the 1922 Model L and the marque’s 100th birthday.

Lucid

The Air Sapphire, a three-motor version of the company’s big sedan, was revealed at The Quail. Two of the three are on the rear axle and the other one is up front. With power of “over 1,200 horsepower” this could be the world’s most powerful and fastest sedan. A 0-60 mph time of sub-two seconds is claimed. Pricing starts at US$249,000.

McLaren

The English sports car maker announced the Solus GT. There will be just 25 examples of this naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10-powered track car. A single-seater, it also features a closed-cockpit design with jet aircraft-style sliding canopy.

Porsche

The German SUV and sports car company revealed the 911 GT3 RS Tribute to Carrera RS Package. This special edition is for the USA only and has strong links to the 1973 911 RS 2.7 (e.g. white paint, green stickers and green wheels). This joins the just-announced 911 GT3 RS.

Rolls-Royce

It was announced in May and took the firm almost five years to tweak the styling but a facelifted Phantom (called ‘Series II’) had its public premiere during Monterey Week.

RUF Automobile

The German tuner revealed the Bergmeister at The Quail. This is a Porsche 993-based speedster with CFRP panels and a 331 kW and 559 Nm horsepower air-cooled 3.6-litre flat six.

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