Three Hot Debuts at Pebble Beach


Every August, many of the world’s most expensive and coveted cars (along with their wealthy owners) make their way to the hallowed ground at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on California’s Monterey Peninsula for the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This high-brow event has evolved into a long weekend of exclusive auto-related activities, including historic car races, automotive auctions, art shows, and the main event, the concours itself (a sort of automotive competition for rare, ultra-expensive pre-war and post-war cars).

In recent years, automakers have taken advantage of the event to unveil some of their latest vehicles. At the 2007 event, which took place Aug. 17 to 19, three car makers unveiled new models. Infiniti showed off its all-new 2008 EX35 crossover SUV (above), Lexus revealed its limited-edition SC Pebble Beach Edition hardtop convertible. And Aston Martin debuted its new V12-powered DBS coupe, which it dubs “the ultimate sports car” (below).

Few would disagree with Aston Martin on that description. The hand-built two-seater DBS sports a sleek, aerodynamic design, luxury sports car amenities, and a racing pedigree. As you’d expect, the DBS comes with a long list of luxury-oriented features, including a leather interior, heated sports seats with 10-way power adjustment, a polished alloy shift knob, a satellite navigation system, and a 700-watt sound system, as well as weight-saving features like carbon fiber panels for the hood, front wings, and trunk. And then, of course, there’s that big 6.0-liter, V12 engine that pumps out more than 500 horsepower. The DBS is expected to be in showrooms in early 2008.

The front-engined, rear-wheel drive Infiniti EX35 rides on an advanced FM platform, which was designed to provide precise handling and balance, and includes a number of advanced technologies. Among those are an Advanced View Monitor system, which uses four small cameras to give drivers a “top-down view” of the vehicle’s exterior when parking. The EX35 also comes with a Lane Departure Prevention system and Scratch Shield clearcoat exterior paint, which Infiniti notes is “self-healing.” A 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine powers the EX35, which is also available with all-wheel-drive. It’s expected in showrooms later this year.

Finally, the Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition convertible will be available in a limited edition of just 360 vehicles. Special features for the SC Pebble Beach Edition include dual-tone Camel and Ecru leather seating, a new Smoky Granite Mica exterior color, exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels with Liquid Graphite finish, and special badging throughout. It’s powered by a 288-horsepower 4.3-liter V8 engine. It should be on sale this month, at a price just north of $67,000. Get yours now before they’re gone.

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