The North American International Auto Show is one of the largest auto shows in the world.
So when it hit Detroit, of course it revealed all the latest new production and concept models of all the hottest cars coming up in 2015 and 2016. Here are our highlights…
We’ve put this one top of the list for a reason: it was probably the most-talked about car of the Detroit Auto Show. Partially because of Ford’s top-secret basement development, and partially because it’s a stunning car.
The “supercar no-one saw coming” is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5 litre V6 engine which drives the rear wheels with more than 600 horsepower, and it’s expected to be on the road next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s run of four straight wins in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, starting in 1966.
The Ford GT is expected to come with a price tag of between £200,000 and £265,000 and will be a low production run to ensure exclusivity.
Bentley christened their long-awaited, much-anticipated SUV at the Detroit Auto Show, with the name ‘Bentayga’ inspired by the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest: the Taiga.
The Bentayga is set to be the hottest car in Mayfair in 2016 – but we don’t know much about it yet. The Detroit Auto Show was a “teaser” for the big reveal that’s set to come later this year – for now, all we know is the name and what the teaser image above tells us.
The new Bentley Bentayga will be revealed later in 2015, and released in 2016.
The Ford GT’s biggest competitor at Detroit was the Acura NSX, finally revealed after 3 years of teasing. It promises 550+ horsepower, hybrid twin-turbo V6 engines and and Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)
The NSX is also the industry’s first supercar with a female as the lead exterior designer: Michelle Christensen headed up the design team for Acura’s latest release.
The Acura NSX is expected to be priced around £150,000 and will be available later in 2015. Get more info and register for updates at acura.com.
Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Porsche’s removable-roof 911 Targa has been given the GTS treatment for the first time in a new model set to replace last year’s 50th Anniversary Edition of the 911. It packs a 424 break horse power 3.8 litre flat-six engine, unique styling upgrades and all-wheel drive.
It gets from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, reaches top speeds of 188mph and makes 28.2 miles to the gallon. And the star attraction is the trick electric targa roof that lifts up the entire rear window apparatus to store the roof cover.
The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS costs from £104,385. Find out more at porsche.com.
The Jaguar XE, released in April, is taking on the BMW 3 Series in an attempt to storm the executive car market. Jaguar have invested over £2 billion in brand new technology – so it’s viral the XE does well.
Jag’s latest stab at the exec market does 0.62mph in 8.4 seconds and its top speed is 132mph. It’s billed as “the most advanced sports saloon car ever produced” and is the first of a new generation of cars that will have Jaguar’s new state-of-the-art Aluminium Architecture, promising a strong body, power and responsive handling.
The Jaguar XE prices start from £26,995 – find out more at jaguar.co.uk.
The latest concept version of the FT-1 made its Canadian debut at Detroit, and Toyota’s new sports car is hyped for release in late 2015. It’s a front engine, rear-wheel drive 2-door coupe with a classic design, and after the success of Toyota’s Supra, has a lot of expectation on its shoulders.
FT stands for ‘Future Toyota’, so you know it’s going to be groundbreaking stuff – but we can’t say much more at this point, as Toyota have yet to reveal the technical specifications. Watch this space.
Find out more about the concept at toyota.com.
Cadillac’s CTS-V has been described as “a 200mph supercar disguised as a sedan” following its Detroit release – and Cadillac claim it is out to destroy the competition.
To that end, the tech specs are impressive stuff. The new Caddy is powered by a supercharged 6.2 litre V8 engine offering 640 horse power and reaches top speeds of 200mph. It goes from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds and has enormous Brembo brakes for when it’s time to stop. It was brought to life purely for the thrill of the drive, and will be a welcome addition for power-hungry Cadillac fans.
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Maserati also brought their latest concept to Detroit in the form of the low-volume Alfieri sports car – named after one of the five Maserati brothers who founded the company and inspired by the Maserati A6 GCS.
The concept version is a 2+2 rear-wheel drive coupe powered by a 4.7 litre V8 engine at 460 horse power, but the production Alfieri might use a V6 instead. Maserati are also in the process of developing a plug-in hybrid system for its models.
The Maserati Alfieri is expected to be released as a coupe in early 2016, with a convertible option to follow. For more information, go to maserati.com.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Alfa Romeo released the production version of their new 4C Spider: the convertible version of the 4C sports car. It’s powered by the same 1.75 litre, 4 cylinder motor that the coupe version uses, offering 237 horsepower and is turbocharged for extra torque.
The 4C Spider comes with a standard removable soft-top or an optional carbon fibre lid, allowing the driver to experience the car “from an entirely new perspective”.
The 4C Spider is expected to be released later this year, though pricing is yet to be confirmed. Find out the latest scoop at alfaromeo.com.
And last but not least was Buick’s brand new Avenir concept, which has been in the works for some time but so far kept under wraps. The concept model won the 2015 Eyes on Design Award for “Best Concept Vehicle” at Detroit, and it’s been the talk of the town (and the internet) since.
With its V6 engine, 2+2 layout and attention to detail, the Avenir is set to take the Chinese luxury sedan market by storm. And with the name “Avenir” being French for “future”, you can tell the General Motors Company have big plans for the Buick flagship.
Get the latest news at buick.com.