Car of the Year – NEW LOCATION – Paso Robles


Update: Car of the Year Napa Valley has now moved to Paso Robles. Due to the ongoing fires in Napa Valley this fall, we are unfortunately unable to return to our annual experience at the Meadowood Resort. We ask that you please join us in extending our sincerest thoughts and prayers to our friends and colleagues at Meadowood, wineries in the region, and all those affected as they work to rebuild. We look forward to returning to Car of the Year’s longtime home in Napa Valley in 2021. As a part of your trip with us to Paso Robles, Robb Report will make a donation to one of the charities that has been established to support all those impacted by the fires in Napa Valley.

We are happy to announce that we will instead be hosting the annual Car of the Year experience further south at the beautiful Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles with little to no changes to the schedule and event itself.   The same session dates remain.

From the Tuscan-style architecture to the breathtaking vineyards and rolling hills, the 20-acre hideaway is the perfect spot for our California Car of the Year experience with first-class dinners hosted at the stunning Daou Family Winery. An unforgettable three-day luxury automotive getaway in the countryside awaits you! We look forward to welocoming you and are confident that this experience in Paso Robles will be just as elegant and memorable as years past.  A

Robb Report’s annual Car of the Year experience puts VIP attendees in the driver’s seat during the ultimate event that celebrates luxury, performance, automotive design, and engineering. During this spirited competition, the world’s greatest automotive marques present their flagship offerings for the coming model year, offering the privilege of stepping in as a Robb Report automotive editor for the day. Guests are able to test-drive and evaluate 10 of the most extraordinary upcoming luxury and performance vehicles – to earn the title “Robb Report Car of the Year.” The results (and drivers’ comments) are then published in Robb Report’s annual Car of the Year issue.

This year’s contending vehicles include: Bentley New Flying Spur, BMW M8 Gran Coupe, Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD Spyder, Lexus LC500 Convertible, McLaren New GT, Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon, Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster, and Rolls-Royce Ghost. More vehicles will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to the drives that wind through Paso Robles’ breathtaking roads, guests enjoy an amazing two-night experience complete with sumptuous wine-paired dinners and interactions with the world’s premier luxury brands at the beautiful Allegretto Vineyard resort.

2020 Available Session Dates:

November 10-12

November 12-14

November 14-16

November 16-18 

Live your dream of being an automotive editor for a day, and join us in Paso Robles for the ultimate luxury and automotive experience!

Reserve your Car of the Year session, and get ready for an experience unlike any other during this magical time of year in Paso Robles. Space is limited. Contact Caroline Barry at for more information.

* This event is exclusive to RR1 members. Contact Caroline Barry for more information about RR1 membership or apply here:

*Car lineup is subject to change.

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  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm Arrivals at Allegretto Vineyard Resort
  • 6:00pm Welcome reception and first look at competition cars
  • 7:00pm Dinner and editorial overview of cars, event timing, guidelines


  • 7:00am – 8:00am Driver breakfast and orientation
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Test-drives
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm Test-drives resume
  • 6:00pm Reception, dinner at Daou Vineyard, and lively discourse on highlights of the day


  • 9:00am - 11:30am Departure Brunch

Schedule subject to change.

The Contenders

  • Aston Martin Vantage Roadster
  • 2021 Audi RS 7
  • Bentley New Flying Spur
  • BMW M8 Gran Coupe
  • Ferrari Roma
  • Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD Spyder
  • Lexus LC500 Convertible
  • McLaren New GT
  • Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon
  • Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
  • Rolls-Royce Ghost
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