What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Our Editorial team left Detroit Rock City earlier this week after covering this year's North American International Auto Show's press days, filing dozens of stories, taking hundreds of photos and filming some of the best videos from the show floor.

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Four editors already weighed in on the 2014 Detroit auto show's Winners and Losers, but we asked the entire staff to share their impressions on the one car that a show-goer simply cannot miss when roaming the floor at Cobo Center.

By David Thomas | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis: Up Close

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The Genesis' new six-sided grille is sure to generate strong opinions. It's a bold design, and one with a clear connection to Audi's single-frame grille, which the luxury brand has been using for years. The Genesis' grille is memorable, for sure, but a little too blocky to be attractive. I also wondered how a front license plate would look, as it seems like it's bound to cover some of that grille.

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You can call the rear styling attractive, though.

By Mike Hanley | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition Available for Three Months

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In conjunction with the debut of the 2015 WRX STI at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Subaru announced that a Launch Edition (above) of the sedan will be available for only three months. The car hits dealerships in April 2014.

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The three-month sales window could conceivably be shorter because Subaru is limiting sales of the Launch Edition to 1,000 units. All Launch Edition models have gold 18-inch BBS wheels, a short-throw shifter, black Alcantara seats with blue accents and WR Blue Pearl paint.

By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RC F: By the Numbers

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With the debut today of the RC F at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus released a few more of the car's specs. Most are estimated, but they help give a picture of how the new performance coupe stacks up in the luxury sports-car segment. Notable specs include:

  • 5.0-liter V-8 engine makes more than 450 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque
  • V-8 runs on an efficient Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds, switches to a conventional Otto cycle at higher rpm
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Torque-vectoring rear differential, a first for Lexus
  • Curb weight less than 3,968 pounds
  • 168-mph estimated top speed (electronically limited)

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By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Detroit Auto Show What You Missed: Day One

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We're live from the Motor City for this year's North American International Auto Show, where the media continues to be wowed by impressive new production vehicles and some out-of-this-world concept cars. Ford showed us the newest generation of its best-selling F-150 truck, Toyota got our adrenaline pumping with the arrest-me red FT-1 Concept car, and Mercedes-Benz revealed its top-tier, V-12-powered S600 flagship.

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Other highlights include the new, racetrack-ready Corvette Z06, the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a Targa top model of the 911 Carerra and a hyper-tuned, high-performance variant of Infiniti’s new Q50 sport sedan called the Eau Rouge concept.

By Robby DeGraff | January 13, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Photo Gallery

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Just when you thought the next-generation C7 Corvette couldn't get any more wicked, Chevrolet pulls the wraps off the new 2015 Corvette Z06. Packing a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes a whopping 625 horsepower and 635 pounds-feet of torque, the high-performance Z06 shares much of its blood with a close relative, the victory-lapping Corvette C7.R that races in the famed American Le Mans Series.

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From aggressive, aerodynamic styling cues like a menacing front splitter, lightweight carbon fiber hood with functional heat extractors, rear spoiler and unique opening spats before the front wheels, the new Z06 has serious looks to support its serious racetrack manners. Check off the optional Z07 Package that adds goodies like carbon ceramic brakes, larger winglets and a larger, intimidating rear spoiler. Check out the photos below.

By Robby DeGraff | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: Jaguar XJ, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8
Looks like: The redesigned S-Class with V-12 badges
Drivetrain: 523-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 engine; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive only
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Joining the S-Class lineup for 2015 is the all-new S600, which is back after a year off. Mercedes introduced the redesigned S-Class and S550 first and is now showing off a bigger, more-powerful signature V-12 engine in the S600. The S-Class had six variants when the 2013 model exited to make way for the 2014, and the new version is catching up quickly. The new S600 joins the redesigned V-8-powered S550 and S63, and the also-V-12-powered S65.

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Since 1991 the S600 got power from an engine with three times the cylinders of your typical four-banger economy car. For 2015, the 6.0-liter V-12 and its 523-horsepower and 612 pounds-feet of torque make up the most significant difference between it and the S550. The numbers are also up half a liter and 13 hp from the 2013 version, and horsepower is up 74 hp from the S550.

By Joe Bruzek | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

Dodge, Scion Bring Limited Editions to Detroit

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Detroit's debuts won't just be all-new concepts and productions; several automakers are announcing special-edition versions of existing models.

With its new Monogram Series, Scion hopes to embroider its name onto car shoppers' minds in association with premium features. The Toyota-owned brand announced today that the limited-edition versions of the 2014 FR-S and tC — debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit — outfit the coupes with a host of premium features. The Monogram Series' first run will include only 2,000 of the FR-S rear-wheel-drive sports car and 2,500 of the tC front-wheel-drive coupe, both are set to hit dealerships in February.

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In the FR-S, standard Monogram features include leather seats with Alcantara simulated suede inserts; a BeSpoke Premium Audio system with navigation and connected services; high-intensity-discharge headlamps with LED running lights; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated front seats and side mirrors; a color-keyed rear spoiler; and a rear-seat center armrest. The Monogram FR-S starts at $28,155 with a six-speed manual transmission and $29,255 with a six-speed automatic, plus an additional $395 for the exterior Whiteout color. Base 2014 FR-S models start at $25,455; all prices include a $755 destination charge.

By Matt Schmitz | January 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Audi Q3 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW X1, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Looks like: A baby Q5
Drivetrain: 200-hp 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Audi's been promising its tiny crossover will be available in the U.S. for more than a year, but the Q3 has yet to make an appearance. Today, the automaker finally announced details of the 2015 Q3's arrival, including some specs and photos.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Lexus RC F at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW M4, Audi RS 5, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Looks like: A serious challenger to the crop of German high-performance coupes
Drivetrain: 450-plus hp, 5.0-liter V-8
Hits dealerships: 2014

It's been just a few months since Lexus debuted its all-new RC coupe but we now know what the high-performance F model looks like, if not all its specs. Like the IS F sedan, the new RC F is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, but where the IS F's V-8 makes 416 horsepower, the RC F's engine will produce "well above" 450 hp, according to the automaker.

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The coupe's exterior has undergone a performance-focused overhaul. It features air outlets in the taller hood and front fenders, a massive spindle grille with a mesh insert, stacked quad exhaust tips, available carbon fiber pieces and an available active rear spoiler. The spoiler motors up at about 50 mph but returns to its position flush with the trunk lid below 25 mph. Forged 19- inch aluminum wheels fill out the wheel wells, and the top-level rims are polished by hand.

By Mike Hanley | January 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

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