Detroit Auto Show Update 1

Infiniti Q60 Concept

As the new car reveals wound down at the big auto show, Infiniti revealed its Q60 concept, “the precursor to a premium sports coupe that will go into production in 2016.” Under the hood was a 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection and twin turbocharging. No horsepower figures were given.


In an effort to rev up sagging sales, Cadillac rolled out a high performance CTS-V. It sports a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 good for 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac claims a top track speed of 201 mph and a 0-60 sprint of just 3.7 seconds. The big eight is tied to a paddle shift eight speed automatic tranny with launch control and “Performance Algorithm Shifting.” It is the most powerful product in the brand’s 112-year history. Look for a launch in late summer. There is lots of carbon fiber, Brembo high-performance brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, and three driving modes – touring, sport and track. Recaro high performance seats are an option. Also, the Performance Data Recorder is brought over from the Sting Ray.


Making its North American debut on the Honda stand, and rounding out the long list of unveilings, was the FCV Concept. Honda said it “demonstrates the styling evolution” of the next generation fuel cell vehicle that will launch next year. The fuel cell car will seat five and have a driving range estimated to be in excess of 300 miles. The anticipated fueling time will be about 3 minutes, if one can find a refueling facility. Honda announced it will introduce a new battery-electric model and plug-in hybrid by 2018. And before the end of the year, new 4-cylinder turbo engines will be introduced “that will deliver fun to drive performance” and economy.

And that put the wrap on new car and truck introductions at the Detroit Show and quite an extravaganza it was highlighted by the Ford GT surprise and the Acura NSX.

There will be more on the show on Saturday so please check back for the wrap up.



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