Thirty years after its establishment, Acura is showcasing a bold new design direction and a powerful expression of the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance values.
The proportion of the Acura Precision Concept is supercar low and wide with a long dash-to-axle ratio. Performance is expressed through deeply sculpted surfaces pouring over the rear haunches and wide, 22-inch wheels and tires.
The new “diamond pentagon” grille—the marque’s biggest and boldest expression ever—is flanked by Jewel Constellation headlights. The entire surface behind the floating taillights is scalloped to create a lightweight yet strong look.
The Acura Precision Concept introduces a premium digital human-machine interface (HMI) that acts as the driver’s personal assistant, using artificial intelligence including facial recognition to provide a more intuitive, customized experience.
Structure and materials transition seamlessly from exterior to interior. For instance, the large rocker section flows into the side sill and then transitions into a cantilever for the floating rear seats.
The concept utilizes two unique interior environments: the front row is the driver’s area, expressing the performance aspect of the brand, and the second row is the premium area, with seating designed like fine, modern and ergonomic lounge furniture.
Inside and out, the Acura Precision Concept represents a renewed commitment to delivering Precision Crafted Performance in every aspect of the Acura brand experience.
In an age when most concepts promise automation and relinquished control, Alfa Romeo welcomes drivers to a future of restored automotive thrill and inspired passion. The all-new Giulia Quadrifoglio elevates the driving experience to an entirely new level, artfully balancing power and weight, and doing so with Italian style.
Alfa Romeo’s all-aluminum 2.9-liter Bi-Turbo V6—its most powerful production engine ever—generates a class-leading 505 hp, putting the Giulia into the league of many twodoor supercars. With Alfa DNA Pro driving modes, a torque-vectoring differential and class-exclusive active aero front splitter, this Giulia proves Alfa Romeo’s commitment to the transfer of power to pavement.
Carbon fiber components like the driveshaft, roof, hood and spoiler keep the Quadrifoglio light and nimble, making it capable of 0–60 in just 3.8 seconds. The culmination of this power coupled with a lightweight design provides the driver with an unprecedented, adrenalinepumping thrill.
Beyond its performance, Giulia is the embodiment of seductive Italian style and design. Sculpted lines carried by an aggressive stance and iconic design cues foreshadow the driving experience. Premium interiors crafted from carbon fiber, leather, Alcantara® and other hand-selected materials immerse the driver in a sense of comfort and connection to their automobile.
The all-new Giulia Quadrifoglio embodies Alfa Romeo’s mission of pushing the definition of automotive performance by turning the conceptual into reality.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato is the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades, pairing Aston Martin’s acclaimed dynamic and material qualities with Zagato’s signature design language.
The collaboration began with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato racing car of 1960 and includes the V8 Vantage Zagato (1986), DB7 Vantage Zagato (2002) and the V12 Vantage Zagato (2011).
The new Vanquish Zagato is a powerful addition to that portfolio—a GT car that blends Aston Martin’s inherent refinement and capabilities with Zagato’s characteristic design details, born out of racing and honed over many years of creating elegant luxury sports cars. Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter V12 engine has been uprated to an output of 576 bhp, capable of delivering a projected 0–60 mph time of 3.5 seconds.
With proportions that remain quintessentially Aston Martin, the new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbon fiber, and the split lines are significantly reduced by the use of large one-piece panels. Other design details include new lights with round taillight reflectors evoking the classic Zagato rear view, the use of “bladed” LED technology as in the Aston Martin Vulcan, and wing mirrors closely related to those of the One-77 supercar.
The Vanquish Zagato is a significant new chapter in the history of the two marques, a truly exclusive sporting GT that promises to be an iconic and highly sought-after Aston Martin.
Impressive performance and sporty elegance are combined in the new Audi R8 V10 Spyder to offer a breathtaking driving experience and lasting first impression.
The Spyder boasts a naturally aspirated, high-revving 5.2-liter V10 FSI® engine with 540 horsepower and a maximumtorque output of 398 lb-ft that will win you over from the start. The high-performance sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h(62.1 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and provides a top track speed of 318 km/h (197.6 mph).
This luxury vehicle is also equipped with quattro® permanent all-wheel drive and an S tronic® seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for precise handling and a controllable, sporty driving sensation.
The acoustic soft-top emphasizes the athletic design lines. At the push of a button, the top automatically and conveniently opens at vehicle speeds of up to 31 mph. And in just 20 seconds, the folding roof is stowed away completely under the redesigned compartment lid with carbon fiber elements.
Wherever you go, one thing is for sure: the Audi R8 V10 Spyder is truly distinctive, and with customizable amenities, it is an expression of your own personal boundless freedom.
Preliminary European market model information. U.S. model features and specifications are subject to change.
Handcrafted in Crewe, the Mulsanne is the flagship of the Bentley range and is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA exquisite, individual and powerful. The new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase represents Bentley’s unrivalled craftsmanship and offers a first-class air-travel experience for the road, with additional rear-seat legroom, extraordinary airline-style seats and a full center console.
The elegantly executed styling revisions give the car’s exterior a fresh, modern presence, while new state-of-the-art chassis technologies deliver the world’s most refined ride and effortless comfort. The significant increase in interior space makes the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase the most generously proportioned pinnacle luxury limousine in the world, and by far the most comfortable way to travel on four wheels.
On the inside, occupants will find the world’s finest handcrafted wood, leather and metal fittings. The new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase also boasts redesigned seats, new door trims and armrests, unique glass switchgear and an industry-leading choice of exquisite color and trim options. A beautifully appointed console separates the two rear seats. Ornate and functional, the console is appointed in the finest handcrafted veneer, metal, glass and leather and houses practical features such as deployable fold-out tables, cup holders and pen holders. A suite of innovative and advanced technologies have been added, including a completely new infotainment system, ensuring the car is as technically advanced as it is luxurious.
The 2002 Hommage celebrates the 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002 with a design study that pays tribute to one of the most significant BMW models in history. First unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, a further developed interpretation of the 2002 Hommage appears on the concept lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“Exactly 50 years ago, the ’02 range kickstarted an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles that made the brand what it is today,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to these achievements.”
“The eye-catching design of the BMW 2002 Hommage employs a very dynamic, striking use of forms for its own take on what is, for me, one of the most iconic vehicles in BMW history,” says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles.“At the same time, it encapsulates BMW’s major motorsport triumphs, which were made possible by turbo technology. As such, the Hommage car brings together the past and future of BMW into a confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.”
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a virtual project that has been transformed into a show car. The French luxury super sports car brand originally designed the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo exclusively for the PlayStation® video game franchise Gran Turismo in an effort to thank the marque’s millions of fans worldwide for their loyalty and enthusiasm.
Following the sale of all 450 vehicles in the Veyron series, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo marked a new chapter in the luxury brand’s history that culminated in the unveiling of the company’s latest supercar, the Bugatti Chiron, earlier this year. The design of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo pays homage to Bugatti’s great racing tradition of the 1920s and ’30s, in particular its victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and is based on cuttingedge motor sport technology. At the same time the virtual project also previewed Bugatti’s future design language, which eventually took shape in the Chiron.
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo was developed to be as realistic as possible for Bugatti fans, introducing a thoroughbred Bugatti to the virtual world. The creators unmistakably integrated key features of Bugatti’s design DNA into the virtual race car’s design, with every vehicle component having a real performance function.
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo can be raced in the PlayStation video game Gran Turismo Sport, which will be available in November 2016.
An expressive symbol of arrival for the next generation of luxury drivers, the Cadillac Escala Concept debuts at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Escala Concept is a synthesis of the design and technical ideas driving Cadillac’s ongoing expansion, in which America’s great luxury carmaker is returning to the pinnacle of premium.
That journey is being fueled by a new slate of models bristling with expressive design and exhilarating performance—driver’s cars that are taking Cadillac into an entirely new chapter of its storied 114-year history.
Escala, Spanish for “scale,” is a larger, more expressive companion to the recently launched 2016 Cadillac CT6 prestige sedan, the brand’s remarkable new flagship model. Escala is also the third in a series of concepts Cadillac has debuted at Pebble Beach in recent years, following the Ciel convertible (2011) and Elmiraj coupe (2013).
The concept introduces the next evolution of Cadillac’s design language, and previews the craftsmanship and technology being developed for the many new models the brand will introduce.
Escala features a “dual personality” interior crafted with two distinctly different zones: the front is about driving exhilaration and technology, while the rear delivers relaxation and indulgence. It breaks new ground with a curved OLED screen developed in partnership with LG Electronics, integrating the gauges, instrument cluster and center screen into a single, reconfigurable unit.
Production of the all-new Ford GT will begin in late 2016. Following in the steps of the celebrated 1966 Ford GT win at Le Mans, this new generation Ford GT won the GTEPro class at Le Mans this year, 50 years later to the day.
Designed to set new standards for Ford innovation, the GT features advances in weight reduction, aerodynamics and an ultraefficient twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 engine producing over 600 horsepower.
The GT exhibits a superior power-to-weight ratio, with a carbon fiber passenger cell and aluminum front and rear subframes encapsulated in carbon fiber body panels.
Featuring an aircraft-inspired fuselage, the body is designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce. An active rear spoiler responds to both speed and driver input, adjusting its height and pitch angle depending upon conditions. The chassis features active torsion bar and pushrod suspension with adjustable ride height, 20-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires designed specifically for the Ford GT, and carbon-ceramic brakes.
The cockpit features seats integrated directly into the passenger cell, combined with adjustable pedals and steering column. An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, allowing uncluttered access to the seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle paddle-shift. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data.
The Ford GT is a showcase of innovation and technology.
The New York Concept hints at the design potential of the future Genesis with its expressive and refined “Athletic Elegance.”
The exterior of the New York Concept presents an elegant interpretation of a luxurious performance vehicle, defined by well-balanced proportions and refined surface treatments. The nature-inspired character of the New York Concept is seen through simple, yet powerful forms with voluminous surfaces and coherent features. The overall shape of the concept is characterized by a long hood and expansive dash-to-axle ratio, visualizing the car’s performance-oriented nature and its resulting athletic stance.
At the front of the car, the New York Concept demonstrates power and confidence as growing attributes of the Genesis lineup. The prominent, upright grille is supported visually by sleek, horizontal headlamps. The deep inner edge of the lamp is characterized by a pixelated light guide, giving a sophisticated, vibrant appearance.
The interior of the New York Concept further projects the future design direction of Genesis. It expresses a high-tech and sophisticated ambience, emphasized by the use of an advanced information control unit with a distinctively curved display. Eliminating some of the negatives often associated with increased technological content in a luxury vehicle, the design team took an innovative direction for the instrument panel design. A 21-inch floating, curved screen incorporates driver instruments and multimedia functions, creating the potential for new, sculpted forms for the front seat occupants.
The Genovation GXE All Electric Corvette is the first street-legal electric car to exceed 200 mph with a final top speed of 205.6 mph. The GXE’s IMRA-certified, record-setting speed test was facilitated by Johnny Bohmer Racing at Space Florida’s Shuttle Landing Facility in the Kennedy Space Center.
“We’re thrilled that after setting a record earlier this year, we were able to further enhance the GXE’s performance and break our own record,” says Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation. “We have managed to create a car that is both exhilarating for drivers and gentle on the environment.”
The GXE prototype is a 2006 Z06 Corvette C6 re-engineered by Genovation to be a performance-driven, all-electric vehicle. The GXE includes a state-of-the-art battery management system, inverters, batteries and electric motors that produce over 660 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The car has a range of 130 miles during normal driving operation with a near 50/50 weight distribution and is optimized for a low center of gravity. The GXE is truly a performance vehicle that is meant to excite drivers with its speed, responsiveness and efficiency.
Now in the testing and development phase, Genovation plans to begin accepting preorders for limited production of the GXE All Electric Corvette.
The Q80 Inspiration showcases Infiniti’s future design language and smart powertrain technology. It is the automaker’s explorative foray into the upper echelons of the premium sedan category.
“We challenged ourselves to bring to life the purest expression of Infiniti—daring to strike our unique signature into the heart of an established aspirational segment,” said Infiniti Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa. “Expressing power, gesture and artistry in a unique and unmistakable way, the Q80 Inspiration’s combination of power and elegance sets future design cues that are now surfacing in the all-new 2017 QX30 premium crossover and Q60 sports coupe.”
The progressive four-door fastback’s daring proportions challenge convention, previewing the premium performance sedan of the future. At 16 feet long and 6.5 feet wide, the Q80 Inspiration is just over four feet in height at its highest point, underlining its dramatic fastback contours. Portal-style doors reveal an artistically tailored interior with four individual leather seats that give equal attention to driver and passengers, while the plunging panoramic glass roof creates a light, airy environment inside.
The Q80 Inspiration adapts ingenious autonomous driving technology designed to empower and enhance the driving experience. It provides a glimpse into a highperformance and efficient hybrid electric powertrain that is expected to deliver 550 horsepower while returning more than 40 miles per gallon of fuel efficiency.
The ultra-limited edition Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 celebrates the 100th birthday of the brand’s prodigious founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. What does one get for a man who demanded nothing short of preeminence? Exactly what he always wanted.
Ferruccio was born to perfect the sports car. He found the vehicles of his day archaic and unwieldy, lacking the raw power and drivable fun he craved. So he set out to create his own. With the Centenario, Lamborghini pays tribute to his conviction.
The most powerful naturally aspirated V12 ever to underpin a Lamborghini vehicle delivers performance like no other. In 2.8 seconds, the 770 hp engine can catapult the Centenario to 62 mph.
Generating cutting-edge power relies on cutting-edge design. The body and monocoque chassis are composed of carbon fiber, framing the Centenario in a fierce, jagged way—visibly an expression of Lamborghini, yet somehow even more untamed.
Drivers fortunate enough to command the Centenario will be treated to an interior as bold as its façade. Carbon fiber seats wear Alcantara microsuede, while the dashboard and steering wheel are laid in stitched leather—and both are crafted to its driver’s exact specifications.
It all amounts to an idealized expression of what Ferruccio sought to achieve when he first envisioned his super sports car, and serves as a proper tribute to his lasting legacy.
First seen in 2012, the LF-LC Concept showcases the future design direction for Lexus with an emphasis on a driverfocused vehicle.
When challenged by the Lexus Center in Japan to come up with a design for a future hybrid sport coupe concept, the company’s Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California, sought to advance the redefinition of Lexus with emotive, avantgarde beauty and advanced technology. The result was the LF-LC Concept Outside, sumptuous curves blend smoothly into dynamic angles, creating an inviting display of lines, shadows and corners. Daytime running lights are shaped like an “L” while vertical fog lamps utilize a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement.
The tail lamps, inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at takeoff, use inner lighting to create a sense of depth. The rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix pattern of the front. Visually, the integrated tail and fog lamps repeat the “L” shape and lead the viewer’s eye down to the quad exhaust.
Inside, the cool ambience of advanced technology is contrasted with soft textures and organic shapes. The driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console, effectively focusing the driver on the controls and the road.
The Lincoln Motor Company brings its all-new Lincoln Navigator Concept to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse of what could come next for the brand’s best-known nameplate.
“The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury—vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “This kind of quiet luxury sets Lincoln apart. Now, we are showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road.”
Lincoln’s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when developing the concept, exploring a sea of possibilities inside and out. This influenced everything from clean, modern lines to Storm Blue paint on the exterior mimicking the grays and blues of sea and sky. Even teak finishes and a custom wardrobe management system can be found inside.
Emotion, sensuality and subtle elegance are woven together with a leatherwrapped interior rendered in light blue where six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support occupants’ different body types.
All of this is accessed through power gullwing doors and deployable concertina steps. A special lighting sequence welcomes passengers for every journey—whether to the sea, on land or just being admired while standing still.
The Lister Motor Company proudlyannounces a limited run of ten special edition cars, the Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss, to celebrate the great races of Moss in the Lister “works” racing Knobblys of the1950s.
The Stirling Moss edition is a periodcorrect continuation works Lister featuring a lightweight magnesium body built at the George Lister Engineering factory in Cambridge, using exactly the same techniques, jig and styling buck, and built to the same specifications as the original 1958 Knobbly with which Moss won at Silverstone. Sadly, none of the original works cars survive, making this limited run an incredible opportunity for Lister enthusiasts.
The Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss features a magnesium body shell with aerodynamic low-drag front wings, a magnesium engine sump, and a magnesium clutch and differential casing on a lightweight tubular steel chassis. The cars will be finished with classic 1950s Lister green and yellow paint.
Cars can be fully prepared for historic racing with a full FIA HTP passport, allowing entry into the Stirling Moss Trophy and other historic races, or they can be fully type-approved for the road with a bespoke interior. Each car will include a numbered silver plaque engraved with Sir Stirling’ signature, and each owner will receive a handover and a personal welcome letter from the legendary race driver himself.
Deliveries begin in the autumn of 2017.
The 2017 Maserati Quattroporte represents the evolution of the brand’s flagship model. With the introduction of GranSport and GranLusso trim levels, the quintessential Italian sports sedan now
offers discerning drivers two different personalities with unique interior and exterior cues to enhance the Maserati experience.
Along with this exciting update, the entire Quattroporte line has undergone substantial exterior restyling, including new bumper designs and the introduction of a redesigned front grille. Interior improvements have also been introduced to enhance the purity of the vehicle by underlining functionality. Specifically, a redesigned central dashboard and lower console highlight a minimalist approach to refinement. The new model also boasts an all-new infotainment system with a high-resolution, 8.4-inch multitouch screen that’s now compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood, the Quattroporte is available with two engine variances, both designed by Maserati and built in the Ferrari factory. The 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 produces 404 horsepower and now reaches 176 mph in both S and S Q4 versions. At the top of the line, a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 offers 523 horsepower, peak torque of 524 lb-ft and an increased top speed of 193 mph—as well as the capability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.6 seconds.
The McLaren 570GT is the most luxurious and refined McLaren yet. Designed with a focus on day-to-day usability, the 570GT offers increased practicality and versatility while remaining a true McLaren sports car. As the newest addition to the McLaren Sports Series, the 570GT joins the 570S Coupe as the most playful models ever to wear a McLaren badge.
The classic GT lines of the 570GT give a sleek, refined silhouette. A glass panoramic roof provides a bright, open cabin, which extends through the side-opening rear glass hatch to create a sumptuous finish to the headlining. The 570GT also features a rear hatch, allowing access to a second storage area, doubling luggage capacity.
Craftsmanship throughout the interior is of the highest level, utilizing the utmost in quality materials and latest technologies. A wealth of standard features are offered, including Nappa leather interior, a leatherlined touring deck and headliner, an electrically adjustable steering column, heated seats and more.
Under the skin, the 570GT retains supercar levels of performance and engagement—qualities that are further enhanced by a 562-hp twin turbo V8 engine and sevenspeed seamless-shift transmission.
First deliveries of the McLaren 570GT are scheduled to commence late in 2016.
The stars truly align when a luxury car company can display the best new design and the freshest thinking to its most valuable customers in the most beautiful of settings. That is the case at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Mercedes-Maybach, the company’s most beautiful and exclusive brand, presents the “Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6,” named after its length of nearly 6 meters (20 feet).
As a brand whose strengths continue to focus on the most exclusive of vehicle lines, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 embodies exclusivity and a bespoke flavor with the highest levels of emotional design execution, both inside and out.
“Our glamorous coupe, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, embodies modern luxury in its finest form. It is hot and cool,” says Gorden Wagener, head of Design at Daimler AG. “It embodies intelligent beauty with a reduced, technoid presence, and perfectly conveys our design philosophy with a clarity of aerodynamic efficiency.”
By presenting a technical, intelligent, and timeless design, the concept car is also meant to inspire and lead in a way not seen for some time. Imagined as an electric car with a powertrain capable of 408 hp and a range of over 300 miles (500 km), the simple and clean lines combine the classic Mercedes-Benz coupe design language with the current design philosophy of clarity, intelligence and timelessness.
Its striking design and 24-inch wheels are expected to leave a lasting impression, with an innovative interior and digital user experience to match.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid has now joined the proud ranks of being a multi-time Porsche Le Mans winner. With the 919’s second consecutive overall victory at this year’s 24-hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Porsche now has 18 overall victories between 1970 and 2016—the most by any manufacturer in the 84 years of competition at the world-famous circuit located in the French countryside.
Porsche entered the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a pair of updated 919 Hybrid race cars, based on the 2015 versions that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as sweeping the WEC LMP1 Championships. This is the third year for the cutting-edge technology platform in the top category of the modern world championship racing series.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder, two-liter petrol engine with an output of approximately 500 hp powering the rear axle, and an electric motor with approximately 400 hp driving the front wheels. The latter gets its electricity from two separate on-board energy recovery systems: a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery stores converted braking energy from the front axle and converted thermodynamic energy from the exhaust system. It works as a racing laboratory for the highest efficiency of future road-going sports cars.
A year after showcasing the Color of Bespoke, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveils a darker side to the marque with its Black Badge Bespoke Series.
Black Badge is an attitude toward life, an aspect of the Rolls-Royce brand that appeals to those people who are elusive and defiant—the risk takers and disruptors who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention, who play hard and change the world. Technically and aesthetically Black Badge is the alter ego of Rolls-Royce—darker, more assertive, more confident and powerful, and more demanding.
The centerpiece of the Black Badge cabin is the aerospace-grade aluminum-threaded carbon fiber composite surfacing—material often seen on stealth aircraft. But Black Badge is more than just a cosmetic upgrade. The heart and soul of both Wraith and Ghost have been enhanced to provide even more power and performance. Wraith is the most powerful Rolls-Royce in the world at 624 hp (465 kw), and Ghost’s power plant delivers an additional 40 hp and increased torque. Intuitive Throttle Response directs the transmission to hold each gear longer, delivering increased power more aggressively. In addition to a tighter suspension and steering, Rolls-Royce has also upgraded the brakes, increasing the diameter of the front brake discs by one inch for a swifter and more direct brake pedal response.
Black Badge has transformed both the appearance and substance of Rolls-Royce Ghost and Wraith.
The Spyker C8 Preliator marks the next step in the evolution of Spyker Cars. The two-door mid-engine sports car will offer the discerning driver who demands the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.
Highly detailed design, bespoke materials, and aviation-inspired elements are a core part of the Spyker DNA. Spyker’s thirdgeneration sports car features design cues from jet propulsion aircraft, highlighting the turbine blade, NACA duct air inlets and Ailerons (little wings) to improve the car’s aerodynamic performance.
With sleek aerodynamics, a long GTwheelbase, luxurious and spacious cabin, and world-class drivetrain, the new C8 Preliator has broadened the appeal of the Spyker brand while maintaining the marque’s exclusivity.
The Spyker C8 Preliator’s design represents the ultimate translation of Spyker aviation heritage to a “road jet,” a plane without wings, reflected among other ways in the Head-Up Display, fitted as standard to every car. It is the epitome of unrivaled craftsmanship.
The “Preliator” name, which means “fighter” or “warrior” in Latin, pays tribute to the marque’s aviation heritage: warplanes called “fighters” were made by Spyker between 1914 and 1918.
The Destino V8 embodies everything that VLF Automotive stands for: American tailor-made, high quality, luxury and performance. VLF takes Henrik Fisker’s beautifully proportioned design and integrates it with a 638-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 engine from the Corvette ZR 1 that results in a bespoke four-door luxury car with outstanding performance.
By utilizing a GM six-speed automatic transmission, VLF creates a vehicle that has a high-quality shift schedule with a “personality” that is aligned perfectly with the car’s overt, sporty overall character. The Destino is extremely light for its specification class, with a curb weight of less than 4,300 lbs. For the driver, this translates into acceleration from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.
Standardly equipped with an elegant combination of leather and suede, the interior of the Destino is as luxurious as it is beautiful. The contrast of the two materials provides a dynamic yet refined aesthetic. With ample front and rear headroom, and comfortable luggagecompartment volume, the Destino is sure to fit most performance car enthusiasts and their families.
VLF Automotive, a new American Luxury Car company, was founded by former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal and legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker.