HOTTEST CARS AT 2013 L.A. Auto Show

Porsche 918 Spyder – Jaguar F-Type Coupe and SUV – Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

 

PORSCHE 918 SPYDER ~ 

PORSCHE 918 SYDER

 

Porsche continues to strut their stuff with the car setting the benchmark for lean, green, performance.  Everyone wanted near this thing and the factory reps politely answered 2 days worth of the same questions and never stopped smiling.  It goes like that when you own the big dog on the block.

 

MAGNUS WALKER URBAN OUTLAW

MAGNUS WALKER ~ URBAN OUTLAW & DAVE MILLER ~ DRIVE WITH DAVE

MAGNUS WALKER & DAVE MILLER

 

And speaking of Porsche, I spent a few minutes with Magnus Walker (Urban Outlaw), and a nicer guy you couldn’t hope to meet.  I interviewed him this past spring and I have made plans to see him again this January in L.A. to ride shotgun on one of his famous drives.

 

 

JAGUAR’S COMEBACK

Awful reliability once made Jaguar the  laughing stock of the industry.  Competitors aren’t laughing any more.  At the L.A. Auto Show, Jaguar unveiled vehicles that the press was all over.

 

JAGUAR COUPE 

JAGUAR COUPE

 

At a base price of $65,000 the all aluminum 340 Horsepower V6 seems like a real steal, almost as much as the 550 horsepower V8 at a cheap, cheap $100,000.

An 8 speed transmission hooks up the rear wheels nicely, all the way to 190 miles per hour.

Jaguar sales are through the roof this year, thanks mostly to the F-Type convertible.  This couple is going to ring the register even faster for Jaguar, now apparently hot on the heels of cousin Aston Martin.

 

 

JAGUAR C-X17 SUV

JAGUAR C-X17 SUV

JAGUAR C-X17 SUV

 

A concept all the way, aluminum means gas sipping economy, even when mated to the V-6  F-Type base motor.  Not ready for prime time, expect some version of this cat to fill a segment that everyone seems to want to fill.

 

 

MERCEDES CONCEPT CAR

Mercedes-Benz-AMG-Vision-Gran-Turismo

Mercedes-Benz-AMG-Vision-Gran-Turismo

 

Rolled out as an eyeball grabber on Wednesday the 20th, expect to see bits and pieces of this car in the next generation of Mercedes, Maserati…and…the next generation of everything.

 

 

 

 

Dave

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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

One Comment

  1. Lilia Chacon November 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM - Reply

    Dave I wish you’d had a chance to drive the F-Type Jag. The NYTimes praised its styling, and insisted that “when a sports car nails the sex, sound and speed equation, it’s easy to forgive the little things.” Except that handling isn’t one of the little things. 500 hp is great, but not in a car with what the NYTimes describes as “mildly uncommunicative steering.” That’s just terrifying. Maybe you’ll get a chance to share your insights at a later date.

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