Or just say Ford GT five times in a row.
Without question the 2015 Detroit Auto Show was dominated by Ford. It packed a 1-2-3 knockout punch with its GT, Shelby GT350R and F-150 Raptor trio. How could any other automaker really top that? Well, it couldn't. But a few other brands did bring some automotive goodness to Detroit and we were very much impressed. Without ranking any of them (that’s for you readers to decide) here are our favorites from the Motor City.
Ford Shelby GT350R. This is the Mustang that’ll take on the Camaro Z/28. It has a flat-plane crank V8 spitting out more than 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. There are even carbon-fiber wheels. Could this turn out to be the greatest production-spec, street legal Mustang of all time? We’ll know soon enough.
Ford GT. What else can be said here? The new Ford GT, on looks alone, is perfect. Now we want to see and hear it on pavement. A new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 600 hp? We’re anxious to see what it can do. Oh, and a trip to Le Mans would be absolutely divine.
Ford F-150 Raptor. If there was ever a truck that could devour road kill this would be it. Ford has definitely done some magic here, or is it just plain old brilliant engineering? The new Raptor weighs 500 pounds less than its predecessor and yet is even more powerful and off-road capable. A twin-turbo V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic? We’ll go with it.
Acura NSX. It’s about damn time. We’ve been waiting three years since the second-gen NSX concept debuted at this very show. And it’s been ten years since the first gen NSX went out of production. Acura claims the new NSX is on performance par with the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8 V10, and Porsche 911 Turbo. We very much want to see that showdown.
Lexus GS F. Screw the turbos and supercharging is basically what Lexus is declaring here with its new GS F. While its most direct German competitors feature a twin-turbo setup, the GS F has a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 with 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. Whether or not you’re a fan of that spindle grille/Darth Vader-inspired front end is one thing, but you can’t deny that Lexus is on a roll here.
Honorable Mention: The Ford GT. Again.