New car stars come out at Pebble Beach
Arguably the most glamorous car show in the world, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has traditionally been known for its raft of priceless vintage cars on display; a place for America's most privileged elite to show off their immaculate collections of some of the finest automobiles ever produced.
These days, though, Pebble Beach's status as arguably the most glamorous car show in the US, if not the world, means more and more manufacturers are getting in on the act and revealing their latest and most special models. This year's event is no different – so here's a look at the biggest and most important unveilings of Pebble Beach 2013.BMW M4
New name, old legacy - BMW's M4 will replace the M3 Coupe, and it's been one of the most eagerly-awaited performance cars of the year. Hotly tipped to be powered by a 3.0-litre straight six twin-turbo powerplant, it'll kick out somewhere in the region of 440bhp. To go with that sensational performance, it's expected to pack a sublime chassis, which should mean a sensational all-round driving experience.
Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport Vitesse
The prize for lengthiest nametag at Pebble Beach must surely go to this – the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille, to give it its full name. It's the first in a series of six extremely exclusive 'Legend' editions that'll each celebrate an icon of the company's past. Just three of this particular Legend will be sold, each featuring carbon-fibre bodywork with certain panels treated blue to ape Wimille's Bugatti Type 57G Tank racer, matching upholstery, and a series of additional extras.
Spyker B6 Venator Spyder
The what now? Yes, you'd be forgiven for a blank look when presented with this new Dutch roadster, but the B6 Venator comes from the same company that brought you the loud, proud C8 Spyder, and the Venator is no less of a shrinking violet. This new convertible version (the coupe made its debut earlier in the year) will be powered by the same mid-mounted V6, which Spyker says will offer "more than 375bhp". Expect plenty of beautifully-crafted detail touches, too.
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
'Volante' means 'convertible' in Aston Martin nomenclature, so this is the drop-top version of Aston's glorious V12-powered Vanquish. It's Aston's first carbon-bodied Volante ever, though despite this weight saving measure, it still tips the scales at a gutsy 1844kg. Nevertheless, the 565bhp engine means it'll power its way to 60mph in a startling 4.1 seconds. Oh, and it just so happens to look rather nice, too.
"A vision of what the Ford GT may have looked and performed like today" is how Galpin describes its GTR1 – and from the gaping maw to the steeply raked Kamm tail, it's easy to see what the company means. But the biggest headline comes under that slinky skin where, thanks to a 5.4-litre twin-turbo V8, the GTR1 develops – wait for it – 1024bhp. 225mph is reckoned to be achievable, and as you might expect, it won't come cheap, with a price in excess of $1 million (around £640,000). Between six and 24 examples will be produced.
Check out our gallery of the biggest Pebble Beach unveilings below.