It's a Wrap: 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

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Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

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The 2009 Pebble Beach Concours may be history -- but that's par for the course for the car show held each year in August at the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Every year, Pebble Beach is about history, and the classic cars that defined their generations. This year, a 1937 Horch 853 took home top honors as the Best in Show over a field crowded with vintage Packard Dietrichs and Ferrari barchettas.

This year, Motor Authority toured the Concours while we also spent a good part of the weekend racing around U.S. 1 and Carmel Valley Road in a clutch of new cars, including the 2010 Porsche Panamera, Aston DBS Volante, Lincoln MKT and others, while previewing the likes of Devon Motorworks' awe-inspiring GTX, the 2011 Infiniti M sedan and a future vehicle or two we'll talk more about early next year.

Here's our recap of the best of the new and classic cars on the greens at the Lodge this year:

2009 Pebble Beach Concours

2009 Pebble Beach Concours

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It's an early morning on Concours day. The grounds crew and Concours crew are up before dawn to prepare, while media and guests start to file in at sunrise for the marshaling of cars on the greens of the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Eight in the morning is well past time to begin--in fact, it's the first chance we had to look up.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

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Yesterday, we brought you the first live pictures of the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne. Named for the 90-degree turn at Le Mans, the Mulsanne arrives in mid-2010 with a pricetag likely approaching $300,000, before any custom finishes or materials are specified. Bentley promises the new sedan's wood, leather and brightware will be among the industry's finest--and a massively powerful V-8 is expected to power the new sedan to new heights--right into the path of the Rolls Phantom and the Maybach sedans.

Copyright 2009 by Joe Nuxoll for High Gear Media

2010 Porsche Panamera

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During the four-day Concours weekend, Motor Authority took a few hours for a first drive of the 2010 Porsche Panamera on U.S. roads. The Panamera may not be a 911, but it has a classically sharp sense of the road, thanks to a balanced chassis, a choice of standard or turbocharged V-8 engines, and a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmissions, along with optional all-wheel drive.

2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante

2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante

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There's a point of no return with some racing machines, where comfort takes whatever back seat might exist and it becomes an exercise in pure power-to-weight ratios. That's hardly true of the 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante, the "ultimate open air motoring experience," according to Aston. With the new convertible top comes purist-pleasing rear-wheel drive, and a massively powerful V-12 engine under the sleek hood.

2011 Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid will cost $87,900 and start delivery in November

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The putting green isn't the only green to take center stage this past weekend. Over at the Historics race at Laguna Seca, the 2011 Fisker Karma has its first public drive debut, where track-sitters saw the Karma take to the legendary 11-turn road course. Onlookers got to see the capabilities of the two 201-horsepower electric motors that power the car, but no drives as of yet. For those interested in paying the $87,500 purchase price for the sleek Fisker Karma, the waiting list is expected to be lengthy.

2009 Pebble Beach Concours

2009 Pebble Beach Concours

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The makers call it an American supercar. The Devon Motorworks GTX offers some convincing support for that conclusion. An 8.4-liter V-10 engine that produces 650 horsepower at 6100 rpm and sends drive rearward via a 6-speed manual transmission. This engine is based on the unit found in the Dodge Viper supercar and comes with the same two-valves-per-cylinder design. Devon Motorworks will produce 36 cars per year at its manufacturing facility in southern California, with prices starting at $500,000.


 
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