The North American International Auto Show will kick off in Detroit on Monday, January 13. This year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best auto shows in the past few years with many world premieres and public debuts.
BMW stand will be one of the main attractions at the show with three world debuts: F80 M3, F82 M4 and the first 2 Series Coupe. Other automakers will have their own share of exceptional and highly-attractive launches.
We put together a list of vehicles that are worth looking at while at the Cobo Center.
The much anticipated details of the 5th generation BMW M3 and new M4 was unveiled last month. BMW M has put the M3 and M4 on a serious diet, managing to wring 176 lbs (80kg) out of a similarly equipped 3 or 4 Series. For the new M3/M4 motor, BMW amped up the torque by nearly 40% over the last generation E90/E92 M3, and putting it on tap way down at 1850 rpm addressing one of the few complaints I’ve heard from E90/E92 M3 owners.
Powering the new M3/M4 is an all new, 3.0 liter twin turbocharged in-line six cylinder twisting out a whopping 431 hp, 406 ft-lbs of torque. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how many turbos a BMW has with their liberal use of “TwinPower Turbo” which can refer to a twin-scroll turbo or two turbos, but M3/M4 has two actual turbos. 0-100 km/hr comes in 4.1 seconds when equipped with the third generation M Double Clutch Transmission.
The new model replaces the BMW 1 Series Coupe, which was built in Leipzig from September 2007 until beginning of October 2013. 150,000 models were built and sold globally. The 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be offered in the U.S. at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including $925 destination and handling. In Germany, the BMW 220i costs 25,168 Euro, M235i at 36,764 Euro and 220d – 27,310 Euro.
The BMW M235i Coupe is the latest member of the BMW M Performance Automobile family. It is powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology generates maximum output of 240 kW/326 hp and accelerates the BMW M235i Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds.
The LFA-inspired RC F Coupe builds atop the IS sedan but with a noticeably more aggressive styling.
Though more details will be available when the RC F Coupe is unveiled to the public, the initial specs are promising. Design wise, the super sporty Lexus will take on the BMW M4 Coupe with an equally aggressive look and stance, the oversized front grille gives the car a muscular and massive look, while the LFA-inspired active rear wing offers additional traction and stability. The RC F Coupe also features air outlets on the sides and angle-stacked exhaust outlets at the rear of the car.
The redesigned Chrysler 200 is Fiat-based and all-new from the road up. The new Chrysler 200 is the midsize sedan’s first major restyling since its debut in 2010, and its exterior styling has been toned down somewhat from the first-generation version of the 200.
The second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan launches in Detroit next week. It sports the same luxurious look and feel and its engine options include a V-6 and V-8, and all-wheel-drive is available for the first time on the Genesis lineup.
Cadillac ATS Coupe
Audi Q1 Concept
Audi Q1 is a combination of a crossover with a two-door sporty coupe. This concept hints at another untapped market niche in the automotive world: premium crossover coupe. This concept is likely to be electric-powered or some form of plug-in hybrid.