The Detroit Auto Show was held earlier this month and from the reports it looks as though it was pretty spectacular. So to stop ourselves feeling sad over not being able to attend, here at MotorQuoteDirect we have decided to share with you some of the highlights!
First is the weird and the wonderful! Chinese automakers never fail to surprise at the Detroit Auto Show and this year is no different. GAC showcased their WitStar concept which has winged doors, is of course a hybrid and has an interior that is a little out of this world (wood flooring and reversible chairs!) Oh and did we forget to mention that the arm rest is a fish tank?
Another range at the Detroit Auto Show was the Volvo S60. There are three types of vehicles in this range so depending on what you are looking for there is likely to be something for you. The S60 Polestar is for those who want a high performance vehicle, while those that are looking for something a little more rugged should opt for the S60 Cross Country. Last in the range is the S60 Inscription which is the most luxurious of the three vehicles. So what defines the Inscription from the other two? Well, the interior has a walnut and stain metal trim, a moon roof and leather upholstery to name a few. However the most significant difference is the longer wheelbase.
Lincoln has revealed their counterpart to Ford’s latest vehicle the Edge with its MKX which has a pair of V6 engines that deliver 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the EcoBoost V6 is said to deliver 330 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Not only has the engine had a revamp, so has the interior which is reminiscent of its little brother the MKC.
The Spira4u is an adaptation of the Spira that was entered into the Auto X-Prize a few years ago. The purpose of this vehicle is to reduce the amount of fatalities that occur on the road. To do this the inventor, Lon Ballard, made the exterior out of polypropylene foam and gave it three wheels. There is only enough space to seat one person and it is driven from two grips that are in the shape of an upside down ‘V’. Don’t worry though – when driving you brake and accelerate in the same way as a traditional vehicle!
Tesla Model S P85D
This Tesla is currently the pride and joy of the brand. The S P85D has 691 horsepower that drives on all four wheels and the sports version can reach 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds if you select the “Insane” drive mode. The top speed of this particular vehicle is 155 miles per hour and there has even been a video circulating that shows it beating a Ferrari! At the Detroit Auto Show it was showcased in crimson red with dark wheels. The exterior screams performance and the interior is just the same with a carbon trim and sports seats.
Mercedes Benz C450 AMG Sport
Mercedes Benz has launched a new range, the AMG Sport, that will fit above the standard models and below the other AMG offerings. The C450 AMG Sport was debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and it comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 with 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It is reported that the C450 AMG Sport travels from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 miles per hour. The interior of the vehicle has a very sporty feel and should fit in nicely to the C-Class range.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
This year at the Detroit Auto Show Alfa Romeo revealed the roofless version of their 4C. Just like the Lotus Elise, the canvas roof isn’t automatic; instead, the roof needs to be dealt with manually. If however, you prefer a hard top there will be a carbon fibre option available after the vehicle has been launched. According to Alfa Romeo the roofless version of the 4C reaches 60 miles per hour in just 4.1 seconds as most of the changes to this vehicle are to do with the different options.
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