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

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

This hulking, topless V12-powered brute was unleashed into the wild last month and customers are already queuing around the block with their chequebooks in order to try and secure one.

Well-heeled individuals will be gifted a closer look at the fastest ever open-top model Aston Martin has ever produced when it parades around the Pebble Beach arena at the weekend.

Aston Martin's Q division will also be on hand to tempt prospective customers into parting with even more cash on bespoke interior trims, hand-stitched leathers and tacky headrest insignias.

BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance edition

BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance edition

Certain lucky journalists (ahem, us) have already had the chance to fool around in one of the most exciting cars of recent times but our poor American cousins are facing an enormous waiting list thanks to unprecedented demand.

A limited edition i8, complete with unique Frozen Grey metallic paint and brown leather upholstery, will go up for auction at the event, should desperate punters wish to jump the lengthy queue. And they'll have good reason to; the plug-in all-wheel-drive hybrid harnesses power from a 1.5-litre twin turbo petrol engine and a potent electric motor, yielding up 20 miles of emissions-free motoring and a 0-62mph sprint of just 4.2 seconds. And as long as the US government approves, the vehicle will also be one of the first to boast laser lights.

It's the future and it looks fantastic.

READ MORE: BMW i8 review: "Proves there’s a bright eco future for speed-freaks and car-geeks"

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Jaguar Project 7

Not content with unleashing the F-Type on the world, Jaguar has created the even more powerful Project 7 racer. Taking styling cues from the legendary Jaguar D-Type, it's the fastest Jaguar currently on sale.

The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 found in the current F-Type R has been fettled to produce an eye watering 567bhp, making it the most powerful F-Type by a long shot. Expect to blast from 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds and rocket to a top speed of 186mph.

READ MORE: Jaguar's Ian Callum on making the Jaguar F-Type better: “You make it faster”

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

BMW takes the wraps off the future of luxury motoring with this carbon-fibre beauty, which offers hints of what's to com in the sixth-generation 7-Series. It'll waft you to the opera in style, overlaying augmented reality info onto the windscreen and illuminating the road ahead with Laserlight headlamps.

The car even features a detachable tablet that passengers can use to browse the web (and book those tickets to La traviata).

READ MORE: BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car has augmented reality HUD