So the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show Press Days have just about wrapped up and after a week long of festivities, there’s a lot to keep your eyes out for if you’ll be attending the show during the public’s viewing.
As previously reported, the LA Auto Show features over 30 world debuts with about 60 in general total. And in this post here, we’ve just about rounded up the most important reveals for this year’s exhibition.
Should you want to learn any more about this year’s LA Auto Show, follow the banner after the jump or click the photos for links to the individual posts.
Next to the revealing of the Cadillac ATS-V was the unveiling of the all-new Cadillac ATS-V.R Race Car, which puts Cadillac back on the map for some serious touring car racing. That said, you can almost look at the ATS-V as a sort of homologation car (though not really).
The plans is to have the new Cadillac ATS-V.R Race Car compete in some serious FIA leagues which also feature cars from Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Porsche.
”The V-Series is the highest expression of Cadillac’s rising product substance,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “Elevating and expanding the V-Series is the next logical step in Cadillac’s growth, including this new race car developed in GT3-specification, enabling us to pursue racing on a more global scale.”
Under the hood sits a suped up version of GM’s hot new 3.6L twin-turbo V6. To meet racing specification, it’s been given twin BorgWarner turbochargers, larger intercoolers, a racing engine tune, and direct-fitted side-exiting exhaust.
For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
Some BMW enthusiasts websites heard through the grapevine that the 2-Series lineup could consist of the 230i and the M240i, then the M2.
According to 2 Addicts and F30 Post, the new 228i and the M235i would get renamed as such to follow BMW’s current nomenclature shift, that also has the BMW 328i and the 428i becoming the 330i and the 430i while the 335i and 435i turn into the 340i and the 440i. If this were 1999, that would mean the 330i and 440i get power from a 4.0L engine or while the 330i and the 430i get a 3.0L unit. Well, this isn’t 1999 and that isn’t the case.
Instead, the engines remain to be a 2.0L TwinPower Turbo with the more powerful 3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline-six. Confusing, isn’t it?
Although official word hasn’t been confirmed, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect these name changes.
Source: 2 Addicts, F30 Post
There were some hints and previous reports about a new car from Henrik Fisker, though it wasn’t exactly one from his failed EV brand. It was in partnership with Galpin Auto Sports and Ford to create the Rocket, a 2015 Mustang-based car that’s supposed to epitomize the idea of the “ultimate muscle car.”
For starters, it definitely looks like the ultimate muscle car. But the Galpin-Fisker Rocket Ford Mustang is more than just show as there’s lots of go too. For instance, under the hood sits a heavily modified 5.0L V8 with a Whippler supercharger to produce around 725hp, mated to a six-speed manual.
Production is set to commence in December with deliveries beginning in early 2015. Prices are said to be set at a tick above $100,000.
Check out the press release after the jump.
The Jaguar F-Type is hardly news and already loved by many. But it seems Jaguar just did the complete unthinkable because they introduced a rather special type of F-Type–one that comes with a manual transmission. Yup, you read correctly. The Jaguar F-Type can now be had with a third pedal.
Yes, there are a few catches. For one, the manual can only be had with V6-equipped models and comes from the same company that makes the F-Type’s eight-speed automatic, ZF. But that’s not all as the F-Type can now also be optioned with all-wheel drive for the 2016 model year. But that gets specific too. For instance, all-wheel drive can only be had on the F-Type S Coupe with the V6, or in the F-Type R. So yes, when the changes are implemented for the new mode year, you can no longer get an F-Type R in rear-wheel drive form, which is kind of sad.
So the options of combinations are a little bit limiting. As an example, you couldn’t get an V8-powered F-Type R with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission just because they don’t offer it. And that combination would be the ultimate driver’s choice in terms of the F-Type. But Jaguar’s not aiming for the ultimate driver’s choice as much as they are in selling the F-Type in numbers because they’re tailoring the lineup to maximize sales by offering more all-weather options.
One of the underlying themes for the LA Auto Show is the showcase of some of the most futuristic ideas for the automotive industry in the form of what LA calls the LA Design Challenge, where a committee comes up with an annual theme that asks designers to come up with their best interpretation.
This year’s theme was “Sensing the future,” which when broken down, asks designers to theme cars that envision the future for sensory-based technology in an automotive application, if the year was 2029. This year’s winner was the Infiniti Synaptiq Concept, which is a car that looks more like it’s from 2229 rather than 2029–we assume Infiniti’s team forgot to read the memo reminding them that 2029 is only 15 years away.
The Synaptiq uses a bespoke “universal fuselage pod.” Modeled after a Formula One-like chassis, the Synaptiq features a Synaptic S.U.I.T., or a Symbiotic User Interface Technology suit. When you drive the Infiniti Synaptiq, you wear it and it’s equipped with an array of biometric sensors and synthetic muscles through a “spinal lock attachment.” So in other words, you literally become one with the car in this application.
The Infiniti Synaptic Concept will be on display all week at the Staples Center, so be sure to catch a glimpse of it when you visit.
The Chrysler 300 is one of those few new cars that seems to have changed very little over its lifespan, even after transitioning from one generation into the other. And to no surprise here, the change is very minimal on the newly refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300. But pay attention to the details, and they add up to a much better looking vehicle overall.
That’s what Chrysler sought to do by revealing the 300 at the LA Auto Show recently. There, they got a chance to show off the new 300’s larger grille, newly designed head and taillights, and cleaner lines, all of which somehow help to improve the 300 even more. This is by far the best looking 300 yet.
Chrysler also focused on improving interior quality as the Auburn Hills automaker boasts about its use of better quality materials and nicer leathers. There’s even an updated infotainment screen with Chrysler’s latest Uconnect system.
Volkswagen is serious about upping their game in the hydrogen department. First, there was the Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron and now, there’s the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen HyMotion, which was just revealed for the world to see for the first time.
It’s based off of a Golf Variant and features a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain with an estimated range of around 310 miles with nothing coming out of the tailpipe but water vapor. Many of the drive components are shared with the e-Golf such as the electric motor and the transmission. Total output power of the system is around 130hp with a 0-60 time of just 10 seconds.
Otherwise, the Golf Sportwagen HyMotion remains to be a Golf Sportwagen. Volkswagen says the car is 100% driveable and usable today, but there wasn’t much of a promise to see these all too soon on the road, since there isn’t much of a hydrogen infrastructure to begin with.
Scion continues its journey of capturing the hearts and minds of the young by offering hip and fashionable daily drivers for the Y generation, and this latest iM Concept is their most recent attempt.
Visually, the Scion iM Concept looks like a potential new hot hatch to come from the teenie bopper brand of Toyota to sit next to mom’s and dad’s Camry and Avalon in the family garage. It’s based off of the latest version of the Toyota Auris five-door hatchback and takes a lot of sporty aesthetic inspiration from the European Toyota crowd.
But to make things somewhat more exciting, the Scion iM Concept is confirmed for production. Given that this is Scion and ultimate Toyota we’re working with, we can expect a much more subdued car when it hits production. Alternatively, they could surprise us by serving up a serious hot hatch, given Toyota’s latest obsession with driving fun and speed with examples like the Scion FR-S. But overall, this sounds like a conceptual successor to the Toyota Matrix.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Fiat took some of the spotlight at the LA Auto Show to reveal their new 500X crossover based on the Fiat 500 and the Jeep Renegade.
Like the Jeep Renegade it’s based on, the Fiat 500X comes with a 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged four good for 160hp and 184 lb-ft of twist . There’s also an optional 2.4L unit good for 180hp. Transmission options include a six-speed manual for the base engine while an optional nine-speed automatic is available. That nine-speed is standard with the 2.4L engine.
The 2015 Fiat 500X will be sold with five different trims, four of which are modeled right after the base 500 model’s setups including Pop, Easy, and Lounge trims. For the more rugged individual, there are also Trekking and Trekking Plus options.
Check out the press release after the jump.