Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance have transformed into something far beyond its traditional role as a celebration of classic and vintage automobiles. This year, Monterey Car Week celebrated both retro-inspired and fully modernized variations of timeless cars, such as the Jaguar E-Type electric conversion. Nearby were cars that looked wildly futuristic, like the Infiniti Prototype 10 and Mercedes-Benz EQ Vision Silver Arrow, while incorporating retro details and design touches into their dramatic exteriors.
When all else fails, releasing lots of Italian-bred horsepower, courtesy of cars like the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, is guaranteed to impress any crowd — even in a field of ostentatious multimillion-dollar cars, all vying for attention.
We’ve gathered a dozen of the best new production models and concept cars that made their global debut in California. Some cost more than a new house (one with a Gulfstream jet parked in the driveway and a yacht docked out back), while a few others remain pure four-wheeled fantasy machines.
Here are the 12 cars — real and conceptual — that we think made the biggest splash: