For decades, automakers have flocked to the annual Los Angeles Auto Show, running this year from 1 to 10 of December, to highlight some of their most beautiful luxury cars and SUVs. And as the trajectory of the automotive industry will most surely change over the next several years, the City of Angels has also become the place to debut innovations in technology, service, and even new forms of vehicle ownership, an interesting event for those with a luxury lifestyle and the passion for luxury brands.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One
The 1000-hp hypercar from Mercedes-AMG made its North American debut at the Los Angeles auto show, featuring technology taken straight from today’s Formula 1 cars.
The audacious concept car is sculpted entirely of carbon fiber and houses an electrified powertrain that consists of four electric motors and a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that redlines at a screaming 11,000 rpm. Tobias Moers, a chief executive officer of Mercedes-AMG, says the show car is “very close to production,” with only modifications for emissions regulations and engine longevity. Earlier this year, Mercedes-AMG announced that it would build 275 examples of the Project One, the supercar, at a cost of about $2.7 million each.
Porsche 911 Carrera T
A lighter, stripped-down 911 should appease purists who bemoan the model line’s ever-increasing size and weight. The 911 T deletes the rear seats and uses lightweight glass, nylon pull-tab door openers, and less sound deadening to shave off about 44 pounds compared with the standard 911 Carrera.
It’s powered by Porsche’s 3-liter, twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine—good for 370 hp and 331 ft lbs of torque—paired exclusively with a manual transmission. The 911 T comes equipped with Porsche’s adaptive (PASM) sports suspension and standard sports exhaust; rear-axle steering is optional. Deliveries are expected to begin in the U.S. in March of next year with a starting price of $102,100.
BMW i8 Roadster
The i8 coupe turned heads when it debuted a few years ago with its radical design and plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Now, BMW is breathing new life into its electrified sports car with more power and an open-top variant. Similar to the concept car shown at the Consumer Electronics Show nearly two years ago, the i8 roadster uses a fully electric roof that can open in less than 16 seconds. An improved hybrid system—used on the new roadster and an updated version of the coupe—makes 396 hp, an increase of 12 hp over the previous powertrain.
The midsize Nautilus SUV replaces the MKX with the new Lincoln grille, a redesigned interior, and new safety technology.
The top powertrain will be a turbocharged, 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 335 hp. New safety features include automatic evasive steering and a lane-centering system. Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra tells us that switching from alphanumeric nomenclature to a “real” name is part of Lincoln’s effort to “humanize” the brand.
The latest CLS features the most recent iteration of Mercedes-Benz’s “sensual purity” design language, which replaces deep creases and curvy swoops with clean lines and simple styling.
A redesigned interior, similar to that seen on the new S-Class and E-Class sedans, uses wide, sweeping display screens and multi-colored ambient lighting. An improved suite of optional, semi-autonomous driving features can stop, start, and steer the car with very little driver intervention. Set to debut in the U.S. in fall of next year, the CLS450 also features an electric starter-generator for temporary power boosts and improved efficiency.
Volvo’s new SUV shows a sporty yet elegant personality with chiseled lines and a wide rear stance. “We didn’t want the car to be a sibling, but rather a cousin,” says Robin Page, Volvo’s new senior vice president of design.
Page likens the car’s front end to a British Bulldog: “It’s cute, but still has an authority to it.” When it arrives in the U.S. in spring of next year, the XC40 will be powered by Volvo’s 247-hp, 2-liter turbocharged T5 engine. Volvo also announced a vehicle subscription service which allows customers to lease a vehicle—with insurance included—for 24 months.
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