LA Motor Show Review
posted on Nov 26 2014 by Gabe Grover
The LA Auto Show is now coming to an end, with hydrogen technologies ruling the show, and American made cars making as much of an impact as previously expected, it was a show to remember.
Here’s the complete roundup of what happened throughout the week.
Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang:
Starting off with American manufacturers, the blue oval had a big announcement last week, with the reveal of the Shelby GT350 Mustang. A spine tingling reveal video was released less than a day before the reveal giving us a tasty idea of what was to come.
In short, a delicious sounding car.
The track focused muscle car will have a 5.2L V8 that’ll produce 500Bhp; this car has the first production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft.
We very much look forward to hearing this beasts review later on in the year.
Second, is Cadillac’s ATS-V, having been previewed in a couple of shaky videos showing it’s intense acceleration, we had a brief idea of this car, but after seeing it at the show, we realise we underestimated Cadillac’s comeback car.
With a 3.6L twin turbo six cylinder engine, capable of reaching 60mph in 3.9 seconds due to the 444nhp it produces. It has a top speed of 185 mph, and according to Cadillac, it beats all of its competitors (BMW’s M4, Mercedes’ C63 or Audi’s RS5) in terms of benchmarks in every test they took. Cadillac truly believes this car will bring performance credibility to their brand. We hope it does because this is a brilliant vehicle.
Dodge Challanger SRT Hellcat:
Next up from across the pond, is the ridiculously powerful 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This goliath truly is Satan spawn, in a very good way. It has a 6.2L supercharged V8 that produced 707Bhp, that’s right, no typo, seven hundred and seven break horse power…
This gargantuan power means that ‘the fastest, the quickest, the most powerful sedan. IN THE WORLD’ can cover a quarter of a mile in just 11 seconds, (5 tenths of a second faster than the Ferrari 458 Italia). I think we made our point on this one.
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X:
The last of the American bunch is a brilliant vision into the future of racing. The Chaparral 2x is Chevrolet’s way of honouring their ex racing partner. The Chaparral 2X is their envisagement of what’s to come in the world of racing, jumping to the conclusion of course, that rules and regulations change dramatically.
This car, as you can see, is ludicrously close to the ground. How does the driver drive you ask? Well, according to Chevrolet, the driver would, theoretically, lie down flat in the car in a similar position to that of wing suit divers.
All information and data is projected onto the cars visor, and the driver has the ability to change the car’s aerodynamics on the fly. These hypothetical concepts amount to nothing when compared to Chevrolets idea of how this car would propel its self. The car is propelled by a laser, which works along with an air powered generator, which gives this virtual car 900Bhp. This car is only drivable in the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6, so if you own the game, you can have a go at getting this car to its top speed of 240Mph, or see if you can score an unlikely time on the Nurburgring.
There was a fair share of European cars at this year’s show, with Audi, Mercedes, and Jaguar all showing their annual innovations on their stages.
Audi Prologue Concept:
To begin, Audi had 2 important cars to show off this year, one of them we’ll leave for later. On the opening night of the show, Audi finally gave us the opportunity to have a look at their new concept called ‘Prologue’. The Prologue, according to Audi marks the next step of their design evolution, (and possibly clues to what their upcoming A9 will look like). The Prologue has a 4L twin turbo V8 that produces 597Bhp and has a fuel efficiency of 38mpg.
Audi representatives have said that ‘80% of this concept will filter down to production models.’ The car’s interior features a full width, OLED dashboard that’ll allow interactivity between the driver and passenger.
Although this car is just a concept, this car is said to reach 60mph in just 3.7 seconds, following Audi’s computer simulation.
Mercedes Maybach S600:
Mercedes had little to show at this year’s event, but what they did show was the long awaited, long wheelbase resurrection of their sub-brand Maybach. After a subpar run over the past decade, Mercedes discontinued the brand in 2011, yet they decided to bring back the uber luxurious cars to the market. The Mercedes S600 Maybach was very well received over the week, with an already well established eastern market; Mercedes used the LA show to advertise the car to a western audience.
We have seen the interior, it looks exquisite. But of course that’s self explanatory.
Want to see a tour video of the car? Click here
With an estimate of 30 years worth of oil left worldwide, manufactures are beginning to look on into the future of motoring by investing millions into different types of alternative fuels. At this year’s LA Auto Show, alternative energies took to the stage in the greenest show Los Angeles has ever seen.
The biggest announcement this year, in terms of new technologies is Toyota’s attempt at recreating the incredible boom they made with the Prius.
The Mirai,(Japanese for future), is Toyotas upcoming hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle. Of course, this is somewhat of a leap of faith for the Japanese manufacturer due to the huge lack of hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure.The car has a range of 300 miles on a single tank, and can be refuelled in only 3 minutes, (a big difference compared to how long it takes to charge a Prius.)
With only a handful of refuelling stations in California, only one of which is outside of the Orange County area, Toyota are looking to provide owners of the new Mirai with free fuel for as long as it takes for the infrastructure to improve.
This car is said to cost £44k in Japan, £28K in the US (with their governments subsidisation included) and £52K in Europe. Toyota are producing 700 vehicles globally, only 100 of which will be shipped to Europe.
To top that off, in case of natural disaster, the Mirai is capable of providing the average household with enough power to run for around a week.
The Mirai is being released in December in Japan, and will release globally in the second half of 2015.
Audi also had a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to boast at the event. Based on their A7, the A7 H-Tron has a combined power output of 228Bhp and has a 0 emission range of 75 miles. It reaches 62Mph in 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 113Mph.
The H-Tron will take an unnoticeable 2 minutes to refuel, meaning that time is not an excuse to not be excited over this one.
That's it for this years coverage of the LA Motor Show, we look forward to seeing what manufacturers have to show us at Americas next auto event, the Detroit Auto Show, which begins on the 12th of January 2015.