Ferrari and Jaguar upstage new Lexus GS

  • Lexus launches new GS in California
  • On sale early next year
  • Ferrari 250 GTO and Jaguar E-type also at Pebble Beach
Jaguar and Ferrari upstage new Lexus GS
Jaguar and Ferrari upstage new Lexus GS
Lexus provided the biggest modern debut at the weekend's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the United States - but classics from Ferrari and Jaguar still managed to steal the show.

Jaguar's celebrations, centred on the 50th anniversary of the iconic E-type, brought dozens of the classic sports cars to California. The company's chief designer, Ian Callum, was one of the honorary judges at Pebble Beach, but the Jaguar highlight was a one-make race for E-Types at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, held at the nearby Laguna Seca racetrack.

Ferrari's equally famous 250 GTO came out in unusually strong numbers for the Pebble Beach event; 22 examples of the car were present, more than half of the model's total production figure. The Italian marque also scored the biggest price at one of Pebble's auctions, where a 1957 250 Testa Rossa sold for $16.4m (£9.95m).

Lexus was one of several manufacturers to use the event's profile - and well-heeled client base - to launch a new model. Its new GS, which is destined for UK dealers from early 2012, has a tidier, more angular look than the outgoing car.

The cabin layout is more modern - in particular the widescreen multimedia system - but it's still unmistakably Japanese in origin. That's unlikely to bother buyers in the US, though; the GS has been a major hit for Lexus there.

Other modern debutants at Pebble Beach included the BMW M5, Cadillac's Ciel concept, Lotus's hardcore Evora GTE and the Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster.

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