The Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off this week, and despite the fact that the Frankfurt and Tokyo shows just wrapped, many automakers still had some noteworthy production and concept cars to show off in L.A.
While the L.A. Auto Show is typically looked at as a sort of “green car show”, this year’s show had something for everyone, including some stunning concepts, high-end sports cars, and exciting drivers cars that had us chomping at the bit.
Here are some of the more noteworthy vehicles on display at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show:
Yes, Fiat is bringing their iconic roadster back to the United States after nearly three decades. The new Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.
The lightweight, rear-wheel 124 Spider has a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine that delivers 160HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Spider also offers twin exhaust pipes that provide a distinct sound, sport pedals and tailored seats with Italian design touches, such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard and gear shift.
But it gets better. The 124 Spider rides on the fourth-generation Miata chassis, which means it should handle like nobody’s business. And if the rumored sportier Abarth version is really on it’s way, the Miata might be facing some stiff competition from the Fiata.
The Fiat 124 Spider was definitely the star of the Los Angeles Auto Show, and for good reason!
As if the Range Rover Evoque didn’t anger Land Rover purists enough, now they’re introducing a convertible version that stretches the brand’s identity even more.
We first saw a concept of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible back in 2012, and we thought it was just that – a concept. But Land Rover has committing to a production version, which should be roaming the streets of L.A. by the middle of next year.
The Evoque Convertible is expected to start at just over $50,000, and it’ll be interesting to see if this is a hit with socialites looking to work on their tan while shopping in Beverly Hills, or if it’ll suffer the same fate as the ill-conceived Nissan Murano Crosscabriolet.
A few months ago, Toyota showed off their C-HR Concept at the Paris Auto Show, and now they’ve decided that the wild-looking crossover would be better suited for the Scion brand, which attracts younger buyers.
Regardless of the badge, we think this is one of the coolest things to come from Toyota in a long while. The C-HR Concept, named for its Compact size and High Ride height, should do well against other CUVs in the segment, including the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Juke.
This is a car that screams “Look at me”, and while it’s definitely not for everybody, we’re guessing that more than enough people will swarm to Scion dealerships to check it out. If you’re one of those people, stay tuned, as the production version of the C-HR is slated to debut next year.
We absolutely LOVED the styling direction that Honda took with their redesigned 2016 Honda Civic Sedan, and that sporty look is carried over to their two-door coupe variant as well, as we saw at the L.A. Auto Show.
Launching in March, the Civic Coupe delivers an even sportier and emotional take on the new Civic design while benefitting from the multitude of upgrades to the 10th-generation Civic lineup, including a sophisticated and sporty new chassis, a more spacious and quieter cabin, class-leading fuel-economy ratings and targeted top-in-class crash safety ratings.
The 2016 Civic Coupe is the second in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that Honda is launching over the course of the next 18 months, including the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic 5-door hatchback, Civic Si performance variants and for the first time in the U.S., the radical new Civic Type-R.
It appears that Ford is finally getting their lagging Lincoln luxury brand back on track, first with their stunning Lincoln Continental Concept earlier this year, and now the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ which debuted at the L.A. Auto Show earlier this week.
As you can see, the new Lincoln MKZ was distinctively redesigned from the inside out, and the results speak for themselves. The car was designed to appeal to those who are looking for something different in the luxury market, and it combines intuitive technology, effortless performance and distinctive design to deliver an enhanced driving experience Lincoln calls quiet luxury.
An all-new, Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter GTDI V6 leads available engine choices for the new MKZ. When paired with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, the twin-turbocharged engine produces 400HP and 400 lb-ft of torque, which should make this the quickest car Lincoln has ever produced!
And last, but certainly not least, is the Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2. As the name suggests, the LP580-2 is a rear-wheel drive version of the hugely popular Huracán and follows in the vein of the RWD Gallardo variants.
It’s slightly less powerful than the LP610-4, with only 580HP and 398 lb-ft of torque. That’s good enough for a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.
As you can imagine, the rear-wheel drive configuration makes the driving experience that much more lively. In addition to being 72 pounds lighter than the LP610-4 Huracán, the steering and electronic aids were retuned for a sharper feel. Should be a fun ride!
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept
BMW M4 GTS
Chevy Camaro SS Convertible
If you went to the LA Auto Show, what was your favorite car there?