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Highlights From The 2012 Detroit Auto Show



The North American International Auto Show is the mecca of all car shows, with car companies from around the world coming to Detroit every January.. We could do 50+ posts on all of the new cars on display at the show, but with CES going on at the same time, we just don’t have the bandwidth to do that.

Instead, we decided to highlight our favorite cars from the show and give some quick info on them.. If you want more detailed information on any of the cars shown, a quick Google search should return more than enough results for you. 🙂

With that said, let’s get started..

Acura unveiled the Acura NSX Concept, an “efficient hybrid supercar” that’s supposed to come to market within the next three years. Powered by a V6 and three electric motors, the automaker says it’s aiming for an “extremely favorable power-to-weight ratio.”

The refreshed 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is playing to win in the sports coupe market, with a more agressive looking Genesis that benefits from a huge bump in power! The 3.8-liter V6 in the Genesis Coupe now makes 348 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque, up from 306 and 266, respectively. The 2.0T model gains even more, going from 201 horses to 274, with torque improving from 223 lb-ft to 275.

Another debut at the Detroit show was the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. While most of us knew a turbo model was imminent, no one expected it to make it’s debut at NAIAS. The Veloster Turbo makes 201 horsepower and 194 pound-feet of torque, thanks to the addition of a twin-scroll turbo and a unique motor-actuated wastegate. The Veloster is sure to shake up the sports compact scene!

While Acura isn’t calling the Acura ILX Concept a replacement for the TSX, you can read the writing on the wall. My wife instantly fell in love with the ILX, especially from the rear – Which is VERY similar looking to the Lexus IS! While we’d love to see a V6 in the ILX, the only powertrain options are a base 2.0-liter four cylinder mated to an automatic gearbox, a 2.4-liter four with an exclusive six-speed manual transmission and, Acura’s first hybrid drivetrain, which will be very similar to the one seen in the Honda Civic Hybrid.

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept is bringing sexy back, with a design that I was instantly drawn to. I heard a number of detracters, and frankly I was surprised. Compared to the other cars in the mid-sized space, I think the Accord Coupe definitely stands out. Engine choices include a 2.4L four-cylinder, a 3.5L V6, and a new Hybrid model. This is still a concept car, so it should be interesting to see what changes between now and production in the fall.

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the debut of the 2013 Ford Fusion, and frankly we were a little let down. It looks like a stretched out Ford Focus! The old Fusion had character, and that’s lost with the new model. Ford will offer the Fusion in three flavors: The standard model, the 47-mpg Fusion Hybrid, and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. Here’s hoping that we’ll see an ST model down the line with a bit more flavor.

Mopar rolled out the Chrysler 200 Super S, which packs a coil-over suspension upgrade and improved breathing apparati, as well as a host of visual enhancements ranging from a mesh grille to faux diffuser, and from 18-inch alloys to spoilers and side sills. It results in a noticeably more aggressive-looking take on an otherwise rather conventional compact family sedan. Looks good to us!

While the Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept probably won’t see the light of day, here’s hoping! I personally wouldn’t drive a Chevrolet Cruze, but I’d totally rock the Tru 140S! Who says that compact cars can’t benefit from futuristic styling?

Speaking of futuristic styling, meet the Toyota NS4 Concept. The NS4 is a glimpse at the Prius of tomorrow, and it shows us that being green doesn’t have to be boring. While this is still merely a concept, you can be sure that some of the features of the NS4 will make it into future Toyota models.

And finally, there’s the 2013 Buick Encore, a baby crossover that reminds us of an upscale Nissan Juke. We thought it was quite a looker.. Sure, it’s got a very limited audience given it’s small stature and all, but for those who want a step above a Honda CR-V but don’t want to pay BMW X1 prices, the Buick Encore might be just the ticket!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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  1. Rich Lavene

    January 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    oooh…shiny! hehe. Cars are cool!

  2. Francesco

    January 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Seems to be that the Acura NSX Concept was the highlight of the show. I like the direction that Acura is going with this concept.

    • Ron E46

      January 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Really? Because it looks like a total ripoff

      • Francesco

        January 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        Of what, the Audi R8?

        The new NSX won’t be released for another three years, and by the time it actually does hit the road (if it does), I’m sure it will be redesigned.

        • Ron E46

          January 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

          Of Lexus, Gallardo, etc. I’m sure it will be a great car, nothing will be produced anytime soon.

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The Best Way To Wash Your Car At Home



Girl in bikini giving a BMW a car wash

I don’t about you, but I care about my car far too much to take it through a machine wash. Not only will you save time and money by washing your car at home, but it just gives you a sense of satisfaction when you see it all shiny and clean afterwards. Here are some tips on how to wash your car at home the right way:

Before getting started, inspect your car for any tar, bugs or overspray. You can find tar and bug removers at most auto parts store, or you can seek out an overspray removal specialist if it is really bad. You also want to avoid washing your car in direct sunlight, as the sun will cause the soap to dry up too fast, leaving behind water spots and streaks.

If you’ve got a garage, wash your car there. Otherwise, find a shady spot to wash your car in, or wait till near the end of the day when the sun isn’t as bright, making sure to keep the car wet at all times until you’re finally ready to dry it completely.

Make sure you’re using a quality car wash soap. I have been using Meguiars Car Wash for years now, and it foams away tough dirt, road grime and contaminants without compromising wax protection. You’ll also want some premium microfiber sponges, along with two buckets – one filled with plain water, the other with soapy water.

So now you’re ready to get started. Just make sure that the doors are shut, all windows closed, and double-check your sunroof if you’ve got one. Because the last thing you want to see when you open your car afterwards are puddles of water inside.

Before washing the car, rinse off the entire car to remove any loose dirt and debris before you apply any soap, so you’re not rubbing dirt into the paint. And remember, keep the body wet from here on out, and avoid spraying water under the hood.

Once your car has been completely rinsed off, soak your sponge in the soapy bucket, and start washing from the top of your vehicle, working your way down. You’ll want to soap up the car with the straight line technique for the best results. Don’t use circular motions because they will cause swirl marks. Also, don’t apply pressure while wiping the car.

When you are completely done washing the car, start rinsing off the soap from the top of the car down. Afterwards, dry off the car, using multiple towels for maximum efficiency. If it has been awhile since you last waxed/polished your car, now might be a good time to do so.

But if water is still beading up on the paint and the car is looking nice and shiny, call it a day and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition To Debut At Detroit Auto Show



2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition Teaser

We’ve been fans of the Lexus RC F since it was first released back in 2015, but often wondered why it didn’t enjoy the same success as the competition, like the BMW M4 and others.

Truth be told, while the RC F was a great car to rip around town in (with a monster 5.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 467 horsepower and rockets from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds), it’s not nearly as much fun on the track, with softer handling and a lot of weight to hustle around.

But with the introduction of the 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition, which makes its debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. As the name suggests, this will be a more track-focused RC F variant, with Lexus promising to deliver “a higher degree of F.”

As you can see from this teaser photo, the Lexus RC F Track Edition features a massive carbon fiber wing, because downforce. To save even more weight, the hood, roof, front splitter, rear diffuser, and side skirts could all be done in carbon fiber as well.

We fully expect to see an increase in power to somewhere in the low 500HP range, with Robert Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America, stating that “with the exception of LFA, this is the fastest, most powerful vehicle we’ve ever built.”

Bigger brakes and a set of 20-inch lightweight wheels wrapped in ultra-high-performance tires would make sense as well, improving the RC F’s braking performance and lateral grip.

For now, this is all just speculation, and we’ll have to wait until January 14th to find out all the juicy details. The Lexus RC F Track Edition is expected to be produced in limited numbers, so if you want one, you’re going to have to act fast!

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Five Of The Best Superbikes On The Market Today



Creating a list of just five superbikes is a mammoth chore. Even picking the top 10 superbikes takes a lot of work, head-scratching and hours of YouTube research. But after all that, we have whittled down the list to five of the best superbikes on the market today.

Admittedly, some of them you need a heavy wallet and the right connections to track down, but that goes to show how brilliantly these bikes have been built.

1) Honda RC213V-S

Photo Credit: Honda

The Honda RC213V-S is probably as close to a MotoGP bike as you’ll find. Brand new, it would have set you back a teeth-clenching $184,000, which is some pretty serious money for a bike. The limited production numbers means that price is only going up.. and people who’ve ridden the bike say it’s worth every penny of the price. The chassis is hand-fabricated and the whole thing weighs just 375 pounds. It’s a superb bike as is, but the Sports Kit package takes it to a whole other level, blowing away the competition. If what you’re after is basically a MotoGP bike with lights, then the Sports Kit version is for you.

2) MV Agusta F4CC

The MV Agusta F4CC might be a little difficult to track down, seeing that only 100 bikes were made. And it came with a whopping $120,000 price tag to boot. Almost everything on this bike is limited edition, with materials borrowed from the aero industry and supercars. Each F4CC has its unique serial number printed on a platinum plaque, and the owner gets a leather jacket to match. With a 200-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, a top speed of 195 mph, and plenty of carbon fiber and high-end tech, this bike really does deserve to be called super.

3) Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5/K6

Many owners of this bike caution against using it on the road simply because it’s so fast. One of the only downsides is you will probably end up with a good collection of speeding tickets if you’re not constantly checking your speed. It’s unlikely, and a shame, that bikes aren’t made as light these days, the lightweight (365lbs) paired with the superb engine means this is still one of the best superbikes out there.

4) KTM 1290 Superduke R

Photo Credit: KTM

The KTM 1290 Superduke R is known for its crazy power, a fact fully acknowledged by KTM in the nickname they gave it – ‘The Beast’. A few laps around a track and you’ll know exactly why this bike earned its nickname. It’s pure, raw and straight to the point, with a monster 177HP on tap. Thankfully, the super high-tech electronics work their magic to keep the two wheels firmly planted on the road. If you want one, it’ll set you back around $18K.

5) Aprilia RSV4 RF

Riding most superbikes, you sacrifice the gadgets and gizmos for the pure power. But with the Aprilia RSV4 RF, you get the best of both worlds. In corners, it sticks to the road and seems to know where to go before you do. In 2016, the RSV4 RF was unveiled to comply with, or more accurately, take advantage of the new rules restricting the number of modifications allowed on superbikes. The RSV4 RF has smarter electronics, improved handling, is lighter, and more importantly, packs a bigger punch.

Sure, there are some truly awesome bikes that didn’t make this list – like the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. But the ones featured here really are monsters on the track and well worth seeking out if you are planning (or attending) a race day soon.

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