10 Stars of Detroit Motor show - NAIAS
Our pick of the bunch from the North American International Auto Show...
10. Audi Hydrogen Concept
Audi have debuted their concept vehicle for the future in the new Audi H-tron Quattro. This will be a hydrogen powered SUV with a range of 373 miles, taking just 4 minutes to refill - significantly further and faster than any electric vehicle. A hydrogen fuel cell and electric motor work in tandem to produce a combined 308bhp and 550Nm of torque.
The H-tron Quattro will feature the largest in-car solar panel ever fitted to a production vehicle - this itself will offer an extra 1,000km worth of mileage per year. All of this technology will combine to create a vehicle that accelerates from 0-60mph in under 7 seconds and onto a 124mph top speed.
9. BMW M2
BMW have displayed their latest addition to the M-Power range with the new BMW M2. This is performance coupe powered by a 3 litre, 6 cylinder engine which is strapped with twin turbo’s for a total output of 370hp. The top speed of the M2 will be electronically limited to 155mph while the 0-60mph will be 4.3 seconds and 4.5 seconds in the manual version and Dual Clutch Transmission respectively. Economy-wise, you can expect a return of 33.2 mpg in the manual version and the Dual Clutch automatic will offer a steady 35.8 mpg. You’ll have to be quick to get your order down as there are very limited numbers coming to the UK, but you can expect an ‘On The Road’ price of £44,070 when they do go on sale in April.
8. Infiniti Q60
Infiniti have taken the wraps off their new GT car, and we anticipate that this is the one that really establishes a foothold in the UK market. The Q60 will feature a 3.0 Litre V6 Twin Turbo engine which is good for a solid 400 horsepower. The interior is something to behold also; “Interior artistry for Infiniti is about a fitted, personal approach. We modelled the Q60’s interior around the concept of a ‘driver’s glove’ – the driver is always comfortable and the cabin is tailored for them.”- Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. Sounds welcoming? We can’t wait to see these when they hit the roads in the second half of 2016.
7. Mercedes E-Class
A new luxury saloon for senior executives to dribble over as their next company car. Mercedes have release a typically suave new E Class to replace the outgoing model, and although it follows extremely similar design cues to the newly released C Class that is currently on sale, the two are still leagues apart in terms of equipment. Technology is key in the new E Class, so things like LED headlights and tail lights, SAT-NAV, Active Brake Assist and Pre-Safe Sound are all standard through the specs.
Prices for the entry level E220d start from £29,387 and it is available to order now.
6. Mercedes S-65 AMG Cabriolet
For the very first time, Mercedes-AMG will be combining their 6.0 litre V12 biturbo engine with an open-top, 4 person, driving experience in the new S65 AMG Cabriolet. The new S65 will churn out 630 horsepower with a 0-60 of just 4.1 seconds. As with any other S Class though, the interior is where it will really shine, the S65 Cabriolet will undoubtedly be one of the most luxurious drop-tops ever manufactured.
5. Volvo S90
Volvo have shown off their new premium saloon in Detroit this month and it boasts some impressive safety technology. For example, the S90 will be loaded with IntelliSafe Assist as standard on all models, which includes adaptive cruise control, distance alert and a semi-autonomous drive feature called ‘Pilot Assist.’
The S90 will deliver a staggering 410 horsepower from the T8 Twin Engine which is a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The car can be driven in ‘Pure’ which is electric only, ‘Hybrid’ which is a combination of petrol and electric, and ‘Power’ which is petrol only, for when the road opens up...
4. Porsche 911 Turbo
The two top 911’s have been given a boost for 2016. The Turbo and Turbo S have both been gifted a further 20 horsepower. This means the new Turbo model will have a total of 540hp and the Turbo S a whopping 580hp.
Design changes are evolutionary, as always with the 911 range, but most significantly include 2 large vents at the rear providing additional cooling to the flat-six, twin-turbo, rear-mounted engine.
3. Mercedes SLC
After moving over 670,000 units since its introduction, the SLK is no more. Enter, the new Mercedes Benz SLC, ‘new name, new dynamic’ is the tagline Merc are using for this sporty roadster. This new open-top Benz will be available with 4 engines in the UK, the SLC200, SLC300, SLC250d and the AMG version which is the SLC43. All of these except the latter are 4 cylinder engines with the full-blown AMG model being a big 3.0litre V6.
Safety technology has been improved in the SLC over the SLK, which now features a fully approved Active Brake Assist as standard across trim levels.
2. Fisker The Force 1
Designer Henrik Fisker has pulled the cloak off his latest creation, the Force 1 V10. This is an 8.4 Litre, V10 monster coupe which has a claimed 0-60 of 3.0 seconds and has torn through a standing quarter mile in 10.97 seconds at 218mph flat out.The unveiling of this new Fisker comes with controversy as it is reported that a $100million lawsuit has been filed against Aston Martin, for apparently trying to intimidate Henrik Fisker and claiming his car looked too much like their DB10.
1. Lexus LF-LC
And last but certainly not least is the new LC-500 from Lexus which is the materialised version of the LF-LC Concept which showed up 4 years ago. The car is designed to offer the best driving performance since the LFA. The car will feature a big 5 litre V8 engine with 470 horsepower. Interestingly the LC will feature a 10 speed automatic gearbox. Yes, 10. However they have defended this by saying it will be faster than most dual clutch transmissions and lighter than any 8 speed transmissions. Big claims, but it looks to be a big car too...