Still getting over New Year celebrations entering into the second full week of 2014? After all the merriness of a previous season has passed, it appears North American people (especially motorists) are stuck in an unpleasant place where cold weather holds us without mercy. What better time for an indoor spectacle. Known for 25 years as the North American International Auto Show, Detroit is becoming the happening spot for winning over the boredom of car enthusiasts.
An exhibition for what we can be driving on the road in the future by displaying far-out concept cars, the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is naturally focused on the nearer time. A recent period of auto sector accepting frugalness has allowed production cars to dominate inside the Cobo Center. For new car buyers, it means audiences visiting the Detroit show will have a strong sense of amusement entering 2014.
With much of the world’s automotive community convening, the 2014 North American International Auto Show is set to launch a completely new set of production cars.
BMW M4 Coupe
Choosing the 2014 Detroit Auto Show to make the world debut for two prominent M series cars, BMW is the introduction of the sedan and coupe under separate names. The four-door sedan will remain the BMW M3 while the BMW M4 identifies the coupe. Both the BMW M3 and BMW M4 are powered by 3-liter, 6-cylinder engines featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology. Generating 425 horsepower, the BMW M4 Coupe version is capable of traveling from o to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. If you spent part of your holiday playing Gran Turismo 6, you have already had a chance to experiment with the virtual version of the M4 Coupe. The first time to truly absorb the quality of the materials and the dedication to creating a new generation driving machine, the BMW M4 Coupe in Detroit proves there is no replacement to reality.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
It will be hard to accept the notion that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be a garden variety sports car a mere one year after it premiered to the public. However, the upcoming introduction of the Corvette’s next level in enhanced performance trim is set to eclipse the conventional Corvette Stingray. A track-capable 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is set to show off unique aerodynamics and chassis enhancements. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will, of course, have an exciting V-8 engine. Based on a personal estimate, it seems performance for the 2015 Corvette Z06 should be in the range of 550 to 600 horsepower.
Porsche 911 Targa
It is not a convertible but it is not a hardtop, or maybe it is both? The Porsche Targa top has been the ideal vehicle for sports car owners who did not want to commit to a single vehicle type. Approaching the 50th year since Porsche created their popular removable roof model, a new Targa version of the 911 platform sports car will debut in Detroit. The rear-engined flat-6 Porsche 911 Targa will share the strikingly large roof pillars as the vehicle’s predecessors. In addition to the Porsche 911 Targa, the German sports car brand will have the recently debuted Macan crossover and a Platinum Edition of the Cayenne on display in Detroit.
When General Motors cancelled production of their previous smaller pickup truck line, there was no immediate promise a replacement was going to be made available to the North American marketplace. Instead of residing itself to similar decision making keeping Ford from issuing the new Ranger to the United States, General Motors has pledged to bring the newly-designed Chevrolet Colorado during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. For the 2014 North American International Auto Show, a GMC version of the truck will revive the Canyon name. A four-cylinder, six-cylinder and eventually a 2.8 liter Duramax diesel will provide power for the GMC Canyon.
For many, the Honda Fit is about as exciting as a potato. Granted, it is traditionally difficult to charm drivers with a subcompact car but vehicles like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic has taught us we can expect more. Displayed for the first time in the United States, the new 2015 Honda Fit reveal completely reengineered vehicle utilizing the company’s Earth Dreams Technology and ACE body structure. Providing only a teaser image of the rear tail section of the 2015 Fit, the image appears almost identical to the already revealed Japanese version of the Honda Fit.
Volkswagen Golf R
For the 2012 model year, Volkswagen finally privileged the audiences in the United States with a high-performance Golf R. Despite the rather hefty $33,990 base price, the 266-horsepower Volkswagen Golf R found a way into the hearts of sport compact enthusiasts. Making its US debut, the all-new Volkswagen Golf R returns faster and better than the previous model. With a 4Motion all-wheel drive system, the Volkswagen Golf R is accented by sporty side skirts, 18-inch wheels and bi-xenon headlights. Generating 290 horsepower, the new Golf R has an estimated 0 to 60 mile per hour acceleration time of 4.9 seconds with the six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
2015 will be the 40th anniversary that Ford’s F-150 classification will be used on their pickup truck line. Pairing with the milestone will be a completely redesigned expected to be presented for the first time at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The latest edition of Ford F-150 is expected to follow cues of the Atlas concept (pictured above) shown last year. Following the course of high-tech, light duty trucks exhibited last year with the all-new Chevrolet Silverado, the use of aluminum and the continuing presence of Ford technologies such as EcoBoost is set to be at the heart of this new F-150.
Information and photo source: BMW, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Porsche Cars North America, Volkswagen Group