The most daring and relevant reveals currently happening in the Motor City.
The Detroit Auto Show is the venue where many automakers choose to unveil their newest and most important vehicles. While Geneva, Frankfurt and Tokyo are also big deals, Detroit is still the Motor City, the place where America’s auto industry had its birth, near death, and now revival. So we’ve debated long hours without food or sleep (not really, but it sounds better) to bring you, in no specific order, this list of the top five new cars of Detroit 2014.
We were just blown away by this one. The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 may just be the best car GM has launched in years. Everything about it, from its supercharged V8 with 625 horsepower, enhanced body work, to all that carbon fiber is just incredible. This street legal track toy looks menacing even at a standstill, and we can’t wait to see how it does against the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3.
The new Ford F-150 is attempting something no other full-size pickup ever has: a massive diet. Thanks to plenty of lightweight aluminum, the best-selling truck has now shed some 700 lbs. In addition, it’s being offered with an also new 2.7-liter turbo V6 that Ford claims will be a fuel economy leader. Most importantly, however, the new F-150 looks the part: tough, rugged and ready for business.
The high-performance luxury coupe segment used to be dominated by the likes of the BMW M3 (now M4) and the Audi RS 5. But now Lexus is jumping into the game with something totally outrageous: the RC F. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with more than 450 horsepower, this daringly styled coupe may just turn out to be the best mass production model Lexus has ever built.
You have to love it for what it is: a simple-looking compact sedan that’s been taken to an entirely new level of intended performance. That’s always been the formula for the Subaru WRX STI, and the automaker isn’t messing with success. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four that has an output of 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. The sole gearbox is a six-speed manual, and traditional things like gold rims and that huge rear spoiler haven’t been left behind.
The new Hyundai Genesis picks up right where its predecessor left off: providing a large luxury sedan at a price thousands less than the competition. The V6 and V8 engines are carried over, which is not a bad thing, and the new Genesis seems to be better refined and more aggressively styled than before. With standard RWD and available AWD, the new Genesis appears set to once again remind everyone that so-called affordable luxury will remain in high demand.
Honorable Mention: Ford Mustang. Technically the new Ford Mustang had its unveiling a month ago, but Detroit is its first major auto show. Plus, if we didn’t include it in this list, we’d be receiving a never-ending stream of hate mail from Mustang fanboys. It also receives an honorable mention because we love it. There, everybody happy now?