The most exciting cars of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2014

The Brits descend on California en masse as McLaren, Jaguar and Aston Martin reveal a brace of new models at one of the world's swankiest motor shows

If you're the type of person who worries about where to park the yacht at night, it's highly likely you've already ordered the private jet to stop off at the Pebble Beach golf club in California this weekend.

The luxurious event is renowned for showing off some of the rarest and most valuable cars on the planet, while big-name manufacturers use it as an excuse to parade bespoke concepts and hot new models.

This year is no different, with British marques McLaren, Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin all arriving in style. Plus, there's an exclusive first look at a very special Bugatti Veyron. 

Here's our pick of the most exciting motors on display in amongst the greens and bunkers of California's most exclusive car showroom.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

This is quite simply the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever made, thanks to the introduction of Jaguar's ferocious supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine.

To prove the point, Jaguar engineers shipped the SVR to Germany’s infamous Nuburgring, strapped an insane racing driver into the front seat and told him to go hell for leather around the Nordschleife circuit. The speedy SUV went straight to the top of the lap time leader board and the rest, as they say, is history.

Pebble Beach will be the first public unveiling and punters should prepare to drool over the ludicrously flared wheel arches and marvel at the electronically controlled exhaust valves that – apparently – produce a soundtrack that makes Satan blush.

McLaren 650S Sprint

Can you believe a handful of McLaren 650S customers have actually complained that their vehicles aren't hardcore enough? Well, they have – and the chaps from Woking have hit back with this track-ready beauty.

Dubbed the 650S Sprint, the track-only model features revised chassis and suspension set-ups, an improved Brake Steer system - which can brake a wheel for better cornering - and a stripped-out interior (complete will roll cage) that has been signed off by the FIA, so it's ready to enter professional races.

The 650S Sprint will cost £198,000 when it goes on sale later this year – but expect to invest a whole lot more if you fancy becoming the next Jenson Button.

More after the break...

Jaguar Lightweight E-types

The story of the 'six missing Jaguar E-Types' is one that could easily sit in the Big Book of Automotive Folklore. In short: a total of 18 Lightweight E-types were supposed to be produced in the early 60s but - possibly thanks to free love and mind-bending drugs - only 12 were ever made.

Now, Jaguar's recently formed Special Operations division has decided to resurrect the legend and finish the run, complete with the original 3.8-litre straight-six engines that have been built from scratch. Pebble Beach will showcase the first of six £1 million re-makes and it's fair to say it is going to be a special moment.

READ MORE: An icon reborn: Jaguar will build six new ‘Lightweight’ E-Types

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatt Legend

We vowed to "eat glass just to smell the leather seats" of the sixth and final part of Bugatti's Legends series but it would be a lot easier and a damn sight less painful to buy a ticket to the Concours d'Elegance where it will be available for public consumption. Seat-sniffing is probably out of the question but visitors can bask in the glory of a £1.8 million car that produces 1184bhp, rockets from 0-62mph in just 2.6 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 254mph.

The final Legend in the series is dedicated to founder Ettore Bugatti and celebrates his passion for the unusually flamboyant. Expect to see clear-coated carbon fibre body panels, diamond cut alloy wheels and an interior that has required more cows than your local chain of McDonald's to complete.

READ MORE: The £1.8 million special edition Bugatti Veyron – hands up if you feel poor. Yeah, us too

1/2 next last
You have to login or register to comment.