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by Tony West and Daryl Payne
Last week the 2015 Chicago Auto Show roared into McCormick Place and was nothing shy of awesome. The 100 million square foot showroom hosted over 1,000 cars from 30 manufacturers and multiple riding courses from Jeep, Dodge, and Toyota.
There were memorable debuts in each segment. On the family side, Toyota debuted a redesigned 2016 Avalon, and Mitsubishi held a conference to unveil its new Concept GC-PHEV. Motorheads got to peep the stuntatastic Ford GT, the Acura NSX, and the Nissan 370Z Nismo.
The $200k Ford GT was the undisputed best in show. Ford surprised fans with this Le Mans inspired supercar that boasts a carbon fiber shell with aluminum components, a sexy F1 exterior with active rear spoiler, and an efficient twin-turbocharged V6 with Ecobost. Read more…
The Acura NSX was the most highly anticipated release at the North American International Auto Show but arrived in Chicago to a lukewarm reception. That’s because little is known about this new hypercar set for a late 2015 release. What we do know; the stylish exterior boast huge new air vents. And efficiency and performance is top notch with a new twin turbocharged V6, and twin independent high output electric motors powering the front wheels. A rear drive electric motor is used for accelerating, braking, and transmission shift performance. The new NSX also features Acura’s popular AWD, with high performance enhancements to create Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. Read more…
The Alfa Romeo 4C made a splash in the Midwest with its Spider companion. The 4C gives drivers supercar innovation at a fraction of the price, boasting a one-piece carbon fiber monocoque and a peppy direct-injected 1.7 liter 4 cylinder engine. This mid-engine coupe has tons of lightweight components for nimble athletic performance. The 4 cylinder engine has an impressive 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with a dual clutch 6 speed sequential manual transmission.
Nissan’s 370Z Nismo and the GT-R Nismo faced off with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT for the most race inspired production coupe.
Cadillac brought out its new CTS-V to battle the new Mustang GT and the Lexus GS-F. The Cadillac CTS-V has new hood vents, revised front and side intakes, 19 inch wheels, Brembo Brakes, and a new rear spoiler. A lot of the CTS-V’s new flair beefs up performance. The track capable lux sedan has a 6.2 liter V8 engine with an impressive 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 200 mph. Of course the CTS-V has an interior replete with luxury technology. The CTS-V has a color heads up display, a 12.3 inch instrument panel, and is a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
On the concept side, Toyota’s FT-1, Buick’s Avenir, and Hyundai’s Santa Cruz were among the favorites.
The Cadillac SRX, Lincoln Navigator, Dodge Durango, and the Infiniti QX80 were the most innovative and contemporary SUV’s. The pick-up truck segment saw standouts like the Ford FT Raptor, the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, and the Ram 1500.
A few production whips were fan favorites we hope to see more of on the road here like the 2015 Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang GT, the Mazda MX5 Miata, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and the Camaro ZL1 Convertible. The new Camaro ZL1 adds new hood vents, 20 inch wheels, and a supercharged 580 horsepower V8 engine the already swagged out Camaro.
Porsche’s new Panamera E-Hybrid made a splash. For 2015 the Panamera E-Hybrid improves on the Panamera S Hybrid. A more powerful electric motor is combined with a higher performance battery. The 3.0 liter supercharged V6 has a total output of 446 horsepower with a 95 horsepower electric motor. The 9.4 kWh battery can be fully charged in 2.5 hours with a 240V power source.
It was also great the see the new Bugatti Vitesse in its powder blue glory, the Lamborghini Huracan, the McLaren 650 S, the Aston Martin DB-9, Jaguar’s F-Type R, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Lexus RC-F.