2013 Detroit Auto Show: Recap of Day Two
Media and press days for the 2013 edition of the North American International Auto Show have concluded. While the rest of Detroit will descend upon Cobo hall to check out the latest production and concept cars in the days ahead, you get to see them first here. While day two had plenty of debuts, none of them rocked the car world like the unveiling of the Chevrolet Corvette. Still, there were plenty of terrific cars, focusing on specialized performance versions of current vehicles, and terrific new green-minded models. Here are the highlights from day two of the Detroit Auto Show. 2014 Cadillac ELR
The Cadillac ATS may have just won North American Car of the Year, but the next big thing for Cadillac is most certainly the ELR. As Cadillac's take on the Chevy Volt, the ERL receives the Voltec powertrain, including a 1.4-liter inline-4 cylinder generator, delivering charge to a lithium-ion battery pack which charges a 207-horsepower electric drive motor. This motor makes 295 pound feet of torque at zero rpm. This is more power than the Volt, and just one less mile of electric range, at 35. GM estimates the total system range is 300 miles of gas/electric driving. The car is also supposed to have a more performance-oriented. Considering that the Volt has surprisingly tight handling, we can't wait to see what this luxury take on the extended-range-EV formula is all about!
2014 Lexus IS
When the Lexus IS first debuted, it was the first sign that the Toyota-luxury-variant had any aspirations for the fast lane. Though the car had diverged from its hard-driving roots through the years, the blandness of the rest of the lineup ensured that it would continue to still be one of the better Lexus cars to drive. The redesign shown today in Detroit ensured that Lexus once again respect for its performance capabilities.
2014 Audi RS7
We've already spoken on just how great the Audi RS7 is. It's the 189-mph four-door coupe of our dreams. With 553 horsepower coming from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, sending power to Quattro all-wheel-drive, this gorgeous family fastback gets to 62 mph (100 km) in just 3.9 seconds. The car comes from the factory an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, though buyers who opt for the "Dynamic Package Plus" can get the full 189-mph capabilities. It does all this while returning up to 25 mpg highway, thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology. Really, is there a downside to this car?!
Ford Atlas Concept
With the Ram 1500 earning the Truck of the Year award, and the Chevy Silverado 1500 getting its first major redesign in some time, the Ford F-150 must feel really left out. To that end Ford unveiled the Atlas Concept, which should spell the future of the F-150. Looking like a macho'd up version of the current Ford Super Duty, the Atlas features louvers in the grill and an adaptive lower front spoiler that can alter the vehicle's aerodynamics while in motion for optimal fuel economy. No specifics are given on the engine, but Ford says it will be some form of an EcoBoost powerplant, featuring cylinder deactivation. There's also a nifty Dynamic Tow Hitch Assist to make linking up to a trailer that much more simple. It may just be a concept, but its a promising start for the next F-150.
2013 Shelby Focus ST
Shelby American is most commonly known for doing its tuning thing to Mustangs, but the performance shop is taking advantage of the potential in the new Ford Focus ST. The package includes Ford Racing suspension, and tuning the 252-horsepower EcoBoost engine out past 300 horses.
So what will this hot hatch cost? Well, you have to first buy a Focus ST, which is $23,700 and bring it to Shelby American, along with a suitcase filled with almost $15K. While this may not be be least expensive performance hatchback out there, it's likely to be one of the fastest, and with only 500 units being built- one of the rarest.