Detroit car show 2015 – check these beauties out
Detroit Car Show is a Wonderland for car lovers. The newest, improved, faster and better looking models are presented and the automobile industry is doing its best to make your heart skip a beat. Self driving cars, new engines, more horsepower, but also higher prices, this is what the industry is trying to give in the upcoming cars.
Ford and Acura stole the show at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show presenting the new Ford GT and a gas-electric Acura NSX. Performance cars accented the Detroit auto show, along with the self-driving cars shown last week at CES 2015. This is what could have been seen there.
1 Acura NSX: $150,000, 150 mph super-hybrid two-seater
The Acura NSX has two seats and three electric motors along with a twin-turbo V6 engine placed behind the seats and a nine-speed double-clutch transmission. The engine and an electric motor provide power to the rear wheels; two more electric motors drive the front wheels. Electric front drive eliminates the bulk of a mechanical driveshaft to the front and makes possible Acura’s super-handling all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring. The NSX comprises an “aluminum-intensive” space frame, a carbon fiber floor anchoring the vehicle, and an all-aluminum suspension. The “sport hybrid” battery pack lets the NSX go a few miles on battery alone, which provides entry to some of the world’s mega-cities that give preferred access to cars that can get through the city just on battery power. The electric motors serve as additional turbochargers, providing the most power at startup, when combustion engines are still gathering power.The NSX will cost about $150,000 and will be built in Marysville, Ohio.
2 Ford GT
In 1964, the Ford GT surprised Ferrari by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Ten years ago, the company built another Ford GT as homage to the original. Now comes the 2016 or 2017 Ford GT, the fastest one so far. The engine produces more than 600 horsepower. No longer a V8, this is a V6 with turbocharging, or EcoBoost in Ford parlance, mated to a seven-speed double clutch transmission. The driver seat is fixed and the steering wheel and pedals move to meet the driver’s hands and feet. The shape is dictated equally by designers and engineers, with lots of ducting for airflow over, under and through the car. Ford are hoping to dominate endurance races like Le Mans and the Bathurst 2019 again with the car.
3 Chevrolet Bolt and Volt show GM’s commitment to EVs, plug-in hybrids
GM expanded its electrified offerings with the Chevrolet Volt, an electric-only vehicle with a range of up to 200 miles and a price-tag that isn’t too high. Volt could be the first pure EV to sell in quantity. The current best-seller is the Nissan Leaf, which was sold for $30,000 in 2014.
4 Self-driving Mercedes F 015
The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car attempts to answer the boredom-factor issue with swiveling seats, so that the driver and passengers can face each other. For getting in and out, the front seats swivel sideways so your feet and body face the pavement. The biggest challenge with this car may be knowing which end faces forward if you want to get in the driver vs. passenger door. The audio has four independent sound zones for each of the four passengers.
5 VW Cross Coupe GTE concept uses plug-in hybrid power
The VW Cross Coupe GTE is a stylized version of a midsize SUV that would be sold in a year. GTE stands for Grand Turismo Electric and despite the coupe in the name, headroom at backside is decent. It would use a 3.6-liter V6 engine with two electric motors, one in front, one in back. (VW calls this an electric driveshaft) VW estimates 360 hp of output and, VW says, as much as 70 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent).