A grand tourer, by definition, is a high-performance luxury car that can effortlessly cover vast distances at speed. Unsurprisingly, as a result, many GT manufacturers have adopted technologies that can ease the process of driving a high-performance car for extended periods.
Usually, reports of a delayed new Lamborghini would be met with jeers and disappointment. One model, though, could see a delay that will please the passionate Lambo fan-base, if not the overly rich status-happy jet set.
And if the Urus goes, another controversial SUV goes with it. But at least the super-rich will finally get their 4-door Bugatti, right?
Not so fast.
While I can appreciate the classic cars shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it’s the new and concept vehicles that really get me going. (Though the stunning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo that won Best in Show would look good parked in my shop!)
This year, the Concept Car Lawn at Pebble Beach served as an all-you-can-eat buffet of exotic beauty. If top-shelf modern metal moves you, then the manicured putting greens of Monterey was the place to be this weekend. It was surely the highest concentration of rare and one-of-a-kind supercars in all of California. Well, outside of Jay Leno’s garage, anyway.
Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Lexus and SRT parked a plethora of exotic and concept vehicles on the lawn. The BMW Zagato Roadster rubbed shoulders with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, while the Lamborghini Urus concept lurked nearby. The Aston Martin Vanquish, though, may have been the best-looking of the bunch.
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Bentley currently offers two models to anyone wealthy enough to afford to keep the gas tank full. The Mulsanne, which carries an EPA rating of 11 miles per gallon in the city, and the Continental, which gets an even lower rating of 8.
So when Bentley teases a hybrid, you’ll excuse me for some obnoxious snorting laughter. What would it hope to achieve, 13 mpg?
A hybrid Bentley makes about as much sense as ordering a Diet Coke along with your deep-fried McRib sandwich. You’re not saving any calories.
It gets even weirder when said hybrid Bentley is an SUV.
…And it’s not even a joke.
I’m not one to laugh, too hard, at other people’s misfortunes. In fact, unless someone’s smart fortwo ends up in a river, I’m actually pretty compassionate. But I think my level of compassion for people tapers as their bank accounts rise.
Do I feel bad for the unemployed family man who gets his only car stolen? Of course. Do I shed a tear for the blonde driving the Bentley who smashes into a number of other exotic supercars? Ummm… no. Well, maybe, but the tear will come at the sight of an injured Aston Martin and not for the loaded socialite who caused an exotic automotive Armageddon.