Two days in, and the trends are coming into focus. The North American International Auto Show has tipped its hand: zippy sports cars are getting face lifts, trucks and muscle cars are back, luxury SUVs are hip, and self-driving capsules are looming down the road. Here’s a look at 7 of the most intriguing new models trotted out in Detroit this week.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: Fiat Chrysler says only 3000 of these will be built (in Italy, by hand) — and fewer than half of those will be hardtop convertibles.
Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: This updated Targa will get you from 0 to 60 in a fraction less time (4.1 seconds) than the current model — 430 horsepower in a sports car will do that.
Lincoln MKX: One of a spate of luxury SUVs unveiled in Detroit. Here, luxury means massaging seats and a 19-speaker sound system. The MKX goes on sale in the U.S. this fall.
Infiniti Q60: Call it a sports coupe or an “elegant lifestyle” vehicle — Infiniti’s phrase — this concept car, set to be built in 2016, is meant to rival BMW’s 4-Series and Audi’s A5.
Shelby GT 350R Mustang: This is vintage American muscle: chunky, brutish, and fast. Its V8 engine will churn out at least 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, Ford says.
Cadillac CTS-V: A shark of a sedan — 640 horsepower with a sleek, stylish body. And a heart transplant: its 6.2-litre V8 engine is borrowed from the Corvette Z06.
Mercedes F015 Luxury: A self-driving car for the 1 per cent. The futuristic capsule features high-resolution touch screens and rotating chairs.
- with files from Toronto Star News Services