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!
The 405HP BMW M2 Competition Really Is The Ultimate Driving Machine
When BMW first introduced the M2, it was a clear indication that they had not forgotten about purists like me who wanted a small, lightweight, fun-to-drive sports car that could hang with the big boys come track day. And that it did.
But now they’ve taken things up a notch with the first-ever 2019 BMW M2 Competition.
As the name suggests, the M2 Competition is playing for keeps, with a new engine lifted from the M3/M4, a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter straight-six making 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
For those of you keeping score, that’s 40 horses and 63 more lb-ft than the outgoing M2, and it’s good enough for a 0-60 time of four seconds flat and a top speed of 174 mph.
Naturally, there’s a host of chassis improvements to make the most of the added power, with lots of raiding from the M3/M4 parts bin, along with new M Sport seats, larger M Sport brakes front and rear, a new dual exhaust system, and bigger kidney grilles up front (painted black).
Overall, it’s a pretty impressive update to a vehicle that was perfectly fine as it sat, taking this lightweight track beast and dialing it up to 11. Porsche owners had better watch out!
No word on pricing just yet, but it sounds like it will be worth every penny that they’re asking. And if it turns out to be too rich for your blood, you can always pick up one of the many used M2’s that will surely be hitting the market once the M2 Competition comes out..
Speaking of which, anyone wanna buy a kidney? 🙂
What do you think of the BMW M2 Competition?
What Do You Think Of The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro And Its Bold New Styling?
This morning, Chevrolet surprised all of us with the unveiling of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro, which feature distinctive designs, new available technologies and the first-ever Turbo 1LE.
We’re not really sure why Chevrolet chose not to unveil the new Camaro at the 2018 New York Auto Show a few weeks ago, given the sheer number of consumers and media who come out to the show. But they must have had their reasons..
In any event, we got our first glimpse of the 2019 Camaro this morning, and it’s… different.
According to Chevy, the 2019 Camaro’s updated designs “are not only striking but also help to improve performance. For instance, the grille details and hood and fascia vents were designed for optimized air flow, either to cool components or help minimize drag or lift.”
Maybe so, but at what cost? The 2018 Camaro was a great looking ride. But the new Camaro has already got the Internet buzzing, and not in a good way. The front-end treatment is a bit much, and it’s even worse in SS trim, where the grille is mostly blacked out.
Still, if you can look past the looks, there’s a lot to like about the new Camaro. The SS model’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 can now be paired with a 10-speed automatic, complete with custom launch control and line-lock. This transmission, co-developed with Ford, replaces the eight-speed automatic, and until now it’s only been available in the ZL1 model.
In addition, a new Turbo 1LE joins the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE to round out Camaro’s line of 1LE track stars. The 275 HP Camaro Turbo 1LE comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and a tailored chassis package that includes a performance suspension with larger diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, specifically tuned dampers, stiffer rear cradle bushings and cross-axis ball joints in the rear tow links that enhance lateral stiffness
The Turbo 1LE also gets wide summer tires (275mm in the rear, 245mm in the front), Brembo brakes, a drive-mode selector with sport and track modes, a suede flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob, and optional Recaro seats, along with nearly 50-50 weight distribution.
As you can see, there’s a lot to like about the 2019 Camaro, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one so I can test it out for myself. And while I’m not 100% sold on the styling of the new Camaro, maybe it’s one of those designs that looks better in person than in photos.
What do you think of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro?
Review: 2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0t
Of all of the vehicles in the Infiniti line, the Q50 is probably the most timeless. For the 2018 model year, the Q50 shuffles a few things, but remains as it’s been for some time. Unlike many in the luxury segments, however, the 2018 Infiniti Q50 holds its age well and after a week in this sedan, we still like it for everything that it is.
Key to the Q50’s nature are its understated good looks, comfortable interior, and a strong road presence. Like most in the luxury sport sedan market, the Infiniti Q50 is offered in a variety of performance flavors from the daily driving 2.0t model with its turbocharged four-cylinder to the powerful Red Sport 400 and the fuel-sipping Q50 Hybrid model. We spent our week driving the middle-road 3.0t model with its turbocharged six-cylinder engine and would recommend it as the Q50 of choice for most buyers.
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0t combines strong performance with a likeable price point. Much of the focus gets put on the Red Sport 400 model, which deserves that notice, but which most will likely find overpowered and too highly priced to compensate. The well-done 3.0-liter V6 in the 3.0t model outputs 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which are more than enough to make a midsize luxury sedan feel powerful and go fast. The solid range of output the engine has is well managed by the smart automatic transmission that comes attached and the tight and balanced chassis all of it sits upon.
We drove the all-wheel drive model and would recommend it for not only its added control, but its peace of mind when the weather goes sour. We had snow and bad weather during our time with the 2018 Q50 3.0t and it proved itself capable in those conditions.
Fuel economy in the 2018 Q50 is good, with the 3.0t model returning 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway on paper and a little better than that, we found, in real life. Compared to the less powerful 2.0t’s 23/31 and the more powerful Red Sport 400’s 20/26, the 3.0t’s V6 seems to balance power output and economy well.
Key to the 2018 Infiniti Q50’s appeal is its timeless exterior design, which starts with an understated front grille and hawkeye-shaped headlamps. A hoodline shaped for speed, fenders bulging with power, and an unobtrusive rear fender design all combine to make for that timeless, sport-tuned quality that the Q50 carries with it.
Our chief concerns with the Infiniti Q50 are in the interior, where the dual screen infotainment often vies with itself to see which screen will glare more often and the somewhat cramped trunk space. The latter being especially true if you prefer to carry a full-sized spare tire.
Where the interior shines, however, is everywhere else. Quality materials and high-end workmanship are seen in the cabin with ergonomics and layout being very well done. We like the low-slung dashboard, which keeps the cabin cozy without impinging on legroom, and the cushioning way the rear seating is shaped to keep rear headroom high despite the sloping roofline.
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 2.0t has a base price of $34,200 while the 3.0t starts at $38,950. We recommend bumping that over forty thousand to get the 3.0t Sport model with AWD for the best mix of accoutrements and drivetrain.