With the Los Angeles Auto Show now underway, companies from around the globe are unveiling their wares for the world to see — many for the first time. While the LA Auto show is just one of many throughout the year, each show usually has a few gems that stand out above the others, and this year’s is no exception.
Porsche has finally brought its compact SUV to the public, while Jaguar continues to push the envelop with its new roadster. Subaru’s latest has been met with some less than enthusiastic feedback, while Lincoln is showing off its next step to luxury marque relevance.
All this and more is on display in California as we speak — and while not everyone can be there in person, here are a few of the notable entries to check out.
8. Jaguar F-Type R
If the 495 horsepower shoe-horned into the F-Type V8S just doesn’t cut it, you’ll be pleased to know that Jaguar agrees, and has dropped a 550-horsepower bomb under the hood of the new F-Type R. That’s from a supercharged 5.0 liter V8, which spits out enough power to get the coupe to 186 miles an hour. Yes, a coupe.
The F-Type R is actually the spearhead of the new F-Type Coupe line, which puts a sturdy roof over Jaguar’s popular roadster model. Jaguar has also slung enormous amounts of high-end tech into the car, including some fancy suspension, a new electronic active differential, and a torque vectoring system. However, we just want to sit back and listen to the incredible noise emitted from this car.
7. Ford Edge
Ford (NYSE:F) has taken Los Angeles as an opportunity to show off the new Edge in what appears to be near-production form (though it’s technically still a concept). The exterior has been heavily updated all the way around, highlighted by the narrower headlights and the less than inconspicuous slotted grill up front. However, the Edge’s party piece is that it has been given the ability to self-park, and Ford is promising a full slate of advanced driver-assist technologies, Autoblog says.
Though no date was offered as to when we can expect to see the new Edge in showrooms, it will become a global model, and be unleashed in the European, Chinese, and South American markets as well.
6. Porsche Macan
It’s been in the works for years, but finally, Porsche has unveiled the new Macan, which is slotted to take a seat a notch below its popular Cayenne brethren. Two models will be offered at launch, the Macan S and the Macan Turbo. “The S model will be fitted with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower and will push the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds, then on to a top speed of 156 miles per hour,” Autoblog notes. “The Macan Turbo has even more impressive figures on all fronts: an all-new, 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine; 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds; top speed of 164 mph.”
Of course, you’ll have all the toys and accoutrements befitting of a Porsche, including some massive brakes, standard all-wheel drive, and a $49,900 starting price for the S, or $72,300 for the Turbo.
5. Lincoln MKC
Lincoln is hoping that it can pull what Cadillac is in the process of doing — shaking the dust off its weathered and beaten reputation, and shooting for a new generation of younger buyers who, in the past, have been flocking abroad to satisfy their luxury cravings. The MKC crossover is the second part of Lincoln’s plan, and it already looks worthy of Lincoln’s new mission.
Among Lincoln’s priorities is distancing the luxury marque from its Ford corporate parents. The MKC will have an exclusive 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine option, only available on Lincoln vehicles; it also displays Lincoln’s new, sweeping grill, which is quickly becoming the defining characteristic of Lincoln’s new look.
4. Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG
Though we haven’t even seen the Mercedes-Benz GLA in its natural form yet, that hasn’t stopped the guys at AMG from doing what they do best — improving on Mercedes’ new sub-crossover in just about every way. To start, the GLA now packs 355 horsepower and 332-pound-feet of torque, courtesy of the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the CLA45 AMG. This is coupled to a seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission and an AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. The result? Zero to 60 in under five seconds.
A new rear spoiler, side sills, and a front splitter round out the added aerodynamic bits, while the whole package is finished off with a set of 21-inch wheels.
3. Subaru WRX
Subaru riled up its legions of fans when it presented the striking WRX concept in Subaru’s trademark blue, so when it revealed its production-ready model in L.A., “disappointed” is likely a huge understatement, giving the feedback on the company’s Facebook page and other media outlets. Essentially, Subaru played it safe and watered down the boldest, striking features from the concept, and while the car above certainly doesn’t look bad, it’s not the WRX that people were hoping for.
That being said, we’re going to wait to see some real world experience with the car, and hold out for the STI variant before coming down too hard. While he new car does offer slightly better performance than the previous model — in the manner of three more horsepower and 14 more pound-feet of torque — but the economy-car look is proving too conservative for Subaru’s diehard fans.
2. Chevrolet Colorado
After a brief hiatus, General Motors (NYSE:GM) is ready to bring on the smaller-truck market again with its redesigned Colorado, which takes some cues from its bigger Silverado sibling, but in a smaller size for those who don’t necessarily need a big truck. Though it takes some cues from the global model, GM assures that the Colorado will be a truck built specifically for the domestic-market. Buyers can choose between two gasoline engines to start (an in-line four and a V6), but down the road, Chevy’s planning to drop a 2.8 liter diesel unit into what will undoubtably become a very popular truck.
1. SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition
We recently talked about the ludicrously expensive Stryker Red paint option that buyers can choose for their new Viper. SRT is back again with a new special edition color, which — in a first for SRT — is offered as a matte finish. While the Viper TA will be limited to 165 units, the Anodized Carbon edition you see above will only be produced in a run of 50.
In addition to the new paint, this Viper will feature black chrome wheels, bright-orange brake calipers, and some added carbon fiber bits. The interior has also been tinkered with, “with plenty of Alcantara and Nappa leather to go with orange accents and carbon fiber trim.” No price has been announced, and to our knowledge, the engine hasn’t been played with — but why would they?
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