The Monterey Car Week is capped off by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and this year was yet another fantastic event. I already posted on some of the finer details of the show, but I took plenty of other photographs as well. You can see the full gallery over at Autoblog.com.
A rare thing happened at the Pebble Beach Concours this year – the sun actually showed up! This has only happened a handful of times I’ve been to the event, and it really changes how I photograph it. The long shadows make it nearly impossible to cleanly photograph complete cars, so instead I start focusing on the details, of which there are plenty. Since the cars set up starting just before dawn, it made for some incredible lighting. You can see my favorites published on Autoblog.com.
The Monterey Motorsports Reunion was absolutely spectacular this year, with nearly three dozen Shelby GT350s taking to the track. You can see an entire gallery of the Shelby Mustangs, plus a separate gallery of the other race cars over at Autoblog.com.
The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance is one of my favorite events during the Monterey Car Week, as many of the cars from Sunday’s concours wind their way through Carmel Valley and down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can see my photo gallery from the event over at Autoblog.com.
Just ahead of Pebble Beach I had the chance to photograph the new 2016 Q70 Premium Select Edition for Infiniti, and the photos have now been released. You can see the photos in a sampling of the publications below.
Now here’s an innovative idea. Rather than invest big money on a full-size luxury sedan that probably won’t sell very well anyway, why not simply stretch your midsize sedan to full-size proportions to give owners with tall passengers the roominess they require? That’s what the 2016 Infiniti Q70L is.
The Q70 was actually lengthened last year, but it was only available in V8-powered Q70L 5.6 AWD guise. That model continues for 2016 along with this new V6-powered Q70L 3.7 AWD, a trim that will likely be more popular due to a lower initial price point and reduced running costs. The latter starts at $64,300, while the former adds $4,500 for a suggested retail price of $68,800. Either model represents a significant upgrade over the base Q70 3.7 AWD at $57,300. Check out the latest information and effuel reviews.
It all starts with that 150mm (5.9”) wheelbase extension, adding considerably more rear legroom for a much more luxurious experience in the back. The Q70L is actually longer overall than some of the F-segment Germans, but due to E-segment underpinnings it’s narrower and therefore doesn’t offer quite as much interior volume. Still, for the majority of luxury buyers seeking extra rear legroom rather than XXL mass, the Q70L’s more easily maneuverable XL size could be the perfect fit.
Equipped like a castle
From a features perspective, the lengthened 2016 Infiniti Q70L 3.7 AWD builds on the already well-equipped, regular-wheelbase Q70. Included are 20” alloy wheels (instead of 18”), adaptive and auto-leveling headlights, front fog lamps with unique chromed bezels, more exterior chrome trim, a leather-like stitched meter hood, more upscale soft-touch synthetic used for the armrests, door inserts, centre console and knee pads, a rich suede-like headliner, unique White Ash silver-powdered wood trim, upgraded semi-aniline leather upholstery in a quilted pattern, additional side bolstering, heated rear outboard seats, soft rear-door closure assist, a power rear-window sunshade, and six extra Bose speakers for a total of 16.
Safety in the Q70L 3.7 AWD is enhanced by adaptive cruise control, active trace control, blind spot monitoring with intervention, lane departure warning and prevention, predictive collision warning, forward emergency braking, backup collision intervention, and more. All of this earned the car a “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the IIHS.
Also standard, the 2016 Infiniti Q70L’s 3.7L V6 puts out a stout 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This mill is not as energetic off the line or during passing maneuvers as the 5.6L V8 (with 416 horsepower and 414 lb-ft of torque), but its output was more than I could legally use anywhere I drove it, and certainly powerful enough to put a smile on my face anytime I planted my right foot to the floor.
At least as enjoyable is Infiniti’s superb 7-speed automatic transmission complete with adaptive shift control that actually learns your personal driving styles and adapts accordingly. The shifter-controlled manual mode allows for downshift rev-matching to make you look and sound like Kevin Magnussen rowing through the gears of his Renault F1 car. Learn more about effuel eco obd2 benefits.
Like me, you might be a bit disappointed that paddle shifters aren’t included (I kept hunting for them all week). They are reserved for regular-length Q70 Sport buyers only, which is a strange choice being that it’s such a sporty car even without the Sport model’s performance upgrades. Also, paddles are expected in the Q70L’s price range, not to mention Infiniti could use a few extras to lure in would-be buyers. Still, I adapted and the Infiniti Q70L 3.7 AWD was plenty rewarding just the same.
An advanced Attesa ET-S all-wheel drive system is standard fare, along with a Drive Mode Selector that lets you choose between Standard, Sport, Snow, and Eco modes and then controls throttle response and shift points to make the most of the available traction. Speaking of which, the massive 245/40R20 Bridgestone Potenza tires offer a good compromise between dry-weather performance and year-round grip.
I’m always happy to see my clients in print, especially when it’s such a prestigious publication like Emirates’ Portfolio magazine. I’m told the article on Singer Vehicle Design, featuring my photography of several of the cars and company founder Rob Dickinson, is unique in that they rarely feature anything but people on their cover. You can see the full article on Dickinson and the company below.