There are no shortage of auto shows in the United States. Los Angeles is a big one, and so is New York. But if you’re talking about cars and ‘Merica, it’s still all about Detroit. It isn’t just the Big 3 that like to step out in the Motor City. Car makers from around the world converge on the city each January knowing that when it comes to automobiles, Detroit, not New York, is the place where to paraphrase Sinatra, “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”
With technology and cars so intertwined these days, the fact that the North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes so close on the heels of the CES trade show in Las Vegas can be a little tricky for car manufacturers. Does a cool new self-driving car belong at a tech show or an auto show? This year a number of automakers opted out of the Detroit auto show, but that did nothing to diminish those that were in attendance from revealing some serious heat. From concept vehicles to production models that looked like concepts (hooray!) to all-around awesomeness, these were the six most drool-worthy cars from NAIAS.
NISSAN VMOTION 2.0 CONCEPT
When it comes to concept cars, it’s usually the coupes that get all the love. It can be tough to make a sedan capture the imagination in the same way as a sleek two-door. But the VMotion 2.0 is four doors of awesomeness. The angular lines on the sides are reminiscent of a scalpel, and the entire car flows beautifully. The suicide doors is the cherry on top.
2018 KIA STINGER
First things first, yes, it’s a Kia. The Korean automaker isn’t exactly known for creating cars that make jaws drop, but the Stinger is just that. The production model is based heavily off of Kia’s GT concept vehicle, which gives hope to car guys that concept cars can actually become reality. The fastback sports sedan was tested on the famous Nurburgring track in Germany and will be available with a twin-turbo V6 engine that should be able to go 0-60 in 5.1 seconds.
VOLKSWAGEN I.D. BUZZ CONCEPT
The only thing not to like about the VW’s next generation Microbus is that it remains a concept. Volkswagen has created other concept iterations of the popular hippie van in the past, all to great fanfare, but they never make it to the production line. Here’s hoping the I.D. Buzz doesn’t meet a similar fate. The all-electric van has a range of 270 miles and a self-driving mode that, with front seats that rotate, could transform the I.D. Buzz into a living room/office/whatever you want on wheels.
2018 LEXUS LS 500
That grill — oh that grill. It seems as though ever since Lexus began putting that spindle grill on its cars, the vehicles have gotten better and better. The intricate pattern even looks awesome on the new LS 500, the company’s flagship sedan and the latest iteration of the first car the company launched with back in 1989. Longer and lower than its predecessor, the LS 500 is another sedan that looks like a coupe and we’re not mad about it. The car comes with a new twin-turbo V6 produces 415 horsepower and 10-speed automatic transmission that propels it from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS
If you only knew the Bentley Continental from hip hop videos, you might think the car only moved in slow motion with women draped all over it. But in reality the cars in the Continental are screamers, and the new Continental Supersports is wailing its damn head off. The model is the world’s fastest four-seat car, with a top speed of 209 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds. But for all that oomph, the Continental Supersports is still a Bentley which means it also provides a sublimely luxurious ride.
MERCEDES AMG GT-C
To be fair, keeping track of all the different Mercedes AMG GT models is getting a little challenging. But it’s still hard not be taken aback by the AMG GT-C that debuted in Detroit. Positioned just below the GT-R, the GT-C borrows a lot from that top-of-the-line model, including the wide rear and larger tires. The GT-C will launch as a limited edition of 50 with an awesome matte grey finish and black chrome details.