The traditionally quaint and sleepy surroundings of Carmel, California served as the launch pad once again for The Quail Motorsports Gathering, where the rarest cars and the latest and greatest came together to put on one of those most incredible showcases of automotive art. A field of over 200 entrants competed to win the "Best in Show" award, a prize that went to a 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Bertone Spirit Coupe but much of the attention was focused on the cars of the present...and the future. The Quail has become one of the world's most important events for launching some of the wildest automotive creations in the world and the brands pulled out all the stops for this year's show.
Czinger 21C V Max and Hyper GT
One of the most talked about reveals came via Czinger, who unveils two vehicles: the 21C V Max and the Hyper GT. The 21C V Max (top) brings aerodynamic upgrades with a new tail design and bodywork refinements to reduce drag as much as possible. The twin-turbo hybrid V8 produces 1,250 hp and the company says it will be taking the lead in its class when it comes to 0-60, 0-250, and 1/4 mile times. The company also previewed a sleek new coupe called the Hyper GT (above), which touts gullwing doors for easy entry and exit and an in-house hybrid powertrain.
Kia EV6 GT
Undeterred by the countless hypercars and supercars parked along the green, Kia brought its own weapon: the EV6 GT. The latest version of the all-electric EV6 is the company's most powerful production vehicle yet with a 576 hp powertrain that gets the car from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 161 mph. This all comes with all the practicality of the EV6 and its impressive 800W architecture and 77.4 kWh battery for impressive and and fast charging times of 10 to 80% in under 18 minutes.
Lucid Air Sapphire
Lucid presented the Lucid Air Sapphire, which is both the most powerful EV sedan ever made and also the most powerful sedan on the planet. The new triple motor powertrain puts out hypercar-level numbers that are truly hard to ignore. We're talking 1,200 hp, a 0-60 time of less than two seconds, 0-100 in less than four seconds, a quarter mile time of less than nine seconds, and a top speed of over 200 mph.
Meyers Manx 2.0 EV
Meyers Manx showed off what's arguably the most fun vehicle of the show, the Meyers Manx 2.0 EV. The all-electric buggy is a nod to the past while fully embracing the future with an EV powertrain that delivers up to 300 miles of range, DC Fast Charging capability, and all the offroad fun you would expect in a Meyers Manx.
Acura Precision EV Concept
Acura previewed the all-electric future of the brand with the Precision EV Concept, a design study that offers a hint of what's to come from their first production electric in 2024. The matte blue exterior takes inspiration from luxury Italian power boats with an interior that's inspired by the driver-focused cockpit of an F1 race car.
Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar
Cadillac celebrated its 120th anniversary with a preview of their upcoming racing effort that has taken form of a new third-generation prototype race car. The Project GTP Hypercar is one part Cadillac and one part stealth fighter, translating the brand's design language into a race car that the company will be entering into the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.
2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Porsche fans were excited to get a look at the new flagship 911, the 2023 GT3 RS. Bringing racing-derived technology to the street, the new 911 GT3 RS shows off their latest active aerodynamic developments with technologies like DRS (drag reduction system) that lets drivers flatten out the wings at the push of a button to reduce drag and accelerate faster in the straights.
Lamborghini Urus Performante
Lamborghini showed off the latest iteration of its Super SUV with the Urus Performante. CTO Rouven Mohr gave us a brief walkaround of the benchmark-setting SUV, detailing the performance aspects of the Performante, who praised its technical prowess and also came away surprised from its recent record-setting lap at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Road, where it put in a time of 10:32.064, besting the previous record in 2018 of 10:4.902. Mohr was more than confident that it would surpass the previous record but was beyond impressed with test driver Simone Faggioli's skill to push the Urus 17 seconds ahead of the time set by the Bentley Bentayga in 2018.
McLaren Solus GT
McLaren brought its futuristic video game concept car to reality with the reveal of the Solus GT, a jetfighter-like spaceship of a track car that weighs 2,205 lbs and can put down more than 2,645 lbs of downforce. Limited to 25 examples and already sold out, the Solus GT is powered by an 829 hp V10 that can get it from 0-62 in 2.5 seconds and will reach a top speed of over 200 mph.
Koenigsegg celebrated the 20th anniversary of the CC8S with its latest megacar, the CC850. Considered to be the car that put the brand on the map, the company celebrated the past with a bodystyle that's undeniably Koenigsegg while also introducing a world's first: the Engage Shift System. The ESS takes the brand's Light Speed Transmission and turns it into a unique hybrid that can be used as a 6-speed manual transmission, complete with a clutch or a 9-speed automatic for everyday driving.
Bugatti W16 Mistral
Bugatti unveils the last chapter of its legendary W16 engine with the W16 Mistral. Limited to 99 examples and already sold out, the 5 million Euro hypercar is a roadster through and through, honoring its heritage and providing a front row seat to one of the greatest and most powerful production car engines ever made. With 1,600 hp at the ready, Bugatti Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl and his team shaped the car to greatly focus on airflow with elements like a wider version of the signature Bugatti horseshoe grille that channels air into the radiator from a single intake while the striking "X-taillight" isn't just a bold design element, it also creates a venting system for the Mistral's side oil coolers.
The next Quail Motorsports Gathering is set for August 18th, 2023.