Detroit Auto Show – Part 2

I wrote about the best cars which are in production or are production-ready from the Detroit Auto Show in my last post (check it out in case you missed it!). Now we’ll look as some of the best Concept cars from the Show!

1. Subaru Impreza Sedan concept

After being showcased previously at the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Subaru Impreza Sedan concept was shown at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept will hopefully look as appealing when its production ready. What will go under the hood hasn’t been revealed yet. It puts the “wide and Low” design philosophy to display. The concept’s roof line is sloping, and the corners and character lines are more contoured. Its got some great looking hawk-eye headlights, a larger and more elegantly designed grille-mounted emblem and black-and-red fan-blade wheels. See the pics!

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2. Nissan Titan Warrior concept

When Nissan unveiled the Nissan Titan at the Detroit Auto Show last year, on the first look everyone could notice the similarity to the Ford F-150. And why not? The Ford F-150 has been the class leader for a really long time. And anybody trying to get into this market would be definitely referencing it first for design cues that have been a success. This year’s Nissan Titan Warrior Concept too faces a similar case. It looks really similar to the Ford F-150 Raptor. For images of the Raptor look at my previous post.

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3. Acura Precision concept

The Acura Precision concept was built specifically with the aim to be showcased at the Detroit Auto Show 2016. After the NSX, the Acura design team has been playing around with more specific styling as the Precision concept’s end goal is to define the news styling that will be adopted by all the Acura models soon. It is larger than the NSX in may ways – wider than the NSX by almost eight inches, height four inches more than the NSX. Its got deeply cut sides, debuts the brand’s aggressive “Diamond Pentagon” front grille which is a definite relief from the Acura grille we’ve seen for quite some time. The grille perfectly compliments the “Jewel Constellation” LED headlamps. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

One more point to note after looking that the futuristic interior on the Precision concept – Acura believes that the future human-machine interface (HMI) will have the ability to scan each occupant in the car to load their personalized settings for music, maps and vehicle performance.

4. Buick Avista concept

There’s not a single thing in this Buick that doesn’t look awesome on its own. The Avista might not be currently confirmed to go in to production but it will definitely be the cue to the design of all future Buick cars. It’s got powerful grille, wing-shaped head- and taillights, lean and muscular character line. The wait for the new Buick cars won’t be long, as the next-generation Regal mid-size sedan is due within the year, and a new Enclave crossover won’t be far behind.

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Bonus!

Here are some other cars that grabbed my attention and should appeal to you too!

VLF Force 1 V10

Gilbert Villarreal, Bob Lutz and Danish designer Henrik Fisker – joined forces to build high-end, limited-edition American sports cars, under the brand named formed of the initials of their surnames . They launched the Force 1 with the aim of taking on big names like Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. It is equipped with a roaring 745 horsepower, V10 engine. It is made with carbon fiber and based on the Dodge Viper, but with a more plush interior. This limited edition vehicle will be priced just under $300,000.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV

Check out the images here.

Lexus LC500 Coupe

Check out the images here.

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

Check out this gallery here.

Extra Bonus!

What else happened at the Detroit Auto Show 2016??

Jeep celebrated its 75th anniversary by showcasing some awesome looking special editions of its cars. Jaguar Land Rover skipped the Detroit Auto Show to focus on other international shows. (Jaguar Land Rover are going to be present at the International Auto Expo 2016 in India, which starts from 3rd of February, 2016). MINI has given Detroit a miss and will also not be present at the Auto Expo 2016.

What’s going to happen at the Auto Expo 2016?

The Best CAR Blog Ever is going to be present here and will post about all the action from ground-zero starting from 3rd February 8am onward!

Catch all the action first on Instagram (follow @thebestCARblogever) and then followed by detailed posts here and Facebook.

Detroit Auto Show 2016

As promised in my previous post, here are the best production/ production-ready Cars of the Detroit Auto Show 2016!

1. 2017 Ford GT

The 2017 Ford GT showcased at the Detroit Auto Show, is expected to go in production in late 2016. This is just one of the 12 Ford Performance Vehicles that will come by 2020. The Ford GT features a rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is powered by the next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, the most powerful EcoBoost production engine yet, producing more than 600hp.

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2. 2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe is production ready and will be available in the following variants: 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine producing either 300hp or 400hp; a 2.0-litre gasoline engine that is turbo-charged to produce 208hp. The base model will come with an aluminum trim on the inside, with an option to choose black wood. The higher end models will be available with carbon-fiber highlights and an option to choose white or red leather seating. The Infiniti Q60S is like a really awesome comeback for Nissan’s luxury brand – as it was highly loved by critics starting from concept model itself carrying over almost every appreciated thing into the production version. The Q60S feels like one of the best cars ever from Infiniti till date. It has  a really functional design that looks stunning too. In fact, the Q60S could easily be the car I would want to drive straight out of the Detroit Auto Show! 😀

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3. The new BMW M2 Coupe

The first M line car in the 2-series for BMW was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show – the M2 Coupe which is a rear-wheel drive, high performance sports coupe. It is powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder engine which produces 365hp (one for each day! 😀 – sorry for the bad joke). BMW claims the M2 can do 0-62miles (0-100kms) in 4.3 seconds and comes with a top-speed of 155 mph (250 kmph).

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4. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The new Chrysler Pacifica (or Chrysler Town & Country as it was previously called) is one of the most significant launches for FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), as they have tried to reinvent the minivan segment they originally created. It is a attempt to make the minivan compelling again for the new generation. One important fact is that Pacifica will be available in both conventional and plug-in hybrid versions. There is a lot of new tech coming in the Pacifica – a 360 degree camera view, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, forward-collision warning & mitigation, lane-departure warning & mitigation, rear backup sensing with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control that can bring the Pacifica to a complete halt and hold it there, and several other active & passive systems. Feels like the minivan is here to stay and gain a good number of sales!

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

5. 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was originally unveiled at the 2015 edition of the Detroit Auto Show, and this year Ford has taken the chance to introduce the Raptor in its SuperCrew form. It is based on the aluminum-bodied F-150 SuperCrew. The Raptor SuperCrew rides on a 145.0-inch wheelbase—a foot longer than the standard SuperCab-based model—and has four front-hinged doors and the SuperCrew’s 5.5-foot bed. It is powered by the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, whose output hasn’t been disclosed by Ford.

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6. 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class

The E-Class finally gets the new design language that was originally seen on the S-Class back in 2014, which was later adopted by the C-Class last year. Called the “sensually purified” design language, the new E-Class unveiled here at the Detroit Auto Show might look much like its other siblings until you see the badge! It carries the new iconic “stardust effect” taillamps, futuristic LED matrix headlamps and the signature grill and windows. There are a few dimensional changes on the E-Class – 2.6 inches have been added between the axles and 1.7 inches overall. Height and width of the new E-Class are down a fraction of an inch. The wheel sizes are up to 19 & 20 inches. It will be offered in Luxury & Sport flavours.

What’s interesting here is that the new car comes with loads of new tech which not even available on the current S-Class! To name a few – semi-autonomous driving, autonomous lane changing, driver-supervised autonomous parking, the ability to use your cellphone as the key, highly improved auto-braking system.

The E300 is the first of the new E-Class cars that is confirmed. The others set to get the new E-Class treatment are the E63 AMG & a new powerful E450 AMG, as also plug-in hybrid & diesel versions. Also expected are the Coupe & Convertible versions too!

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7. 2017 Mercedes Benz SLC

This is actually the SLK rebadged as per the nomenclature changes that Mercedes had announced at the end of 2014. The SLK badge will be dropped after being in use for close to 20 years. Since the SLK was close to the C-Class, it will now wear the SLC badge. In the 2017 edition unveiled at he Detroit Auto Show, it gets a facelift and a new powertrain. On the exterior, you have the updated modern grill, optional LED headlamps and new “sensually purified” taillamps. On the interior, most of the things remain the same with minor updates to the controls and trim. It will continue to possess the two features unique to this class – the Airscarf, a ventilator system that blows warm air at your neck, and a panaromic glass roof whose opacity can be changed at the push of a button.

The big update is under the hood – a twin-turbocharged V6 in place of the V8 in the AMG version. The SLK350’s 3.5-litre V6 is history. The SLK300 with the 2.0-litre turbo engine will return as the SLC300 producing 241hp. The SLK55 AMG will be replaced by the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, for which the pictures will do a better talking (Love the red!).

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

That’s enough drooling for one post! There’s more from the Detroit Auto Show coming soon – concept cars and special mentions! Stay tuned for another post about the Detroit Auto Show! Till then do follow the blog on Instagram @thebestCARblogever and on Facebook. 🙂

✋ Hello 2016!

Hello everyone!✋ Sid here! Its time to kick start 2016, a new year for my blog and make it much better than 2015 (it was bad, just 2 posts)!

Anyways, without ranting much about the last year, lets get started with what lies ahead in 2016. Two things happen at the start of a new year, in India especially – 🏆 Bollywood Award Shows and Auto Shows! And its obvious where I and you would be interested in (and that’s why you’re here) – the latter one!

First of the list of Auto Shows happening around the world in 2016 is the Detroit Motor Show aka North American International Auto Show. I couldn’t go for the Auto Show (maybe next year, fingers crossed), but I’ll definitely summarize it in the next blog post (post #2 for 2016), highlight the best of the Detroit, and what got me excited. So watch out for that! The auto show is still going on until the 24th of January, so if anyone reading this post, staying anywhere close to Detroit hasn’t been to the Auto Show, go have some fun!

😍 Treat your eyes, 📷 click some pictures and 📩 send me some too!

Once I have the Detroit Auto Show covered in my next blog post, I’ll be starting preparations to attend my first Auto Show of 2016 – in person.

The Best CAR Blog Ever is ✈ going to the Auto Expo 2016!

It’s going to be an awesome year! Stay tuned, subscribe to my posts, like & follow my blog on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram (yes, we’re now on Instgram too!) so that you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful posts coming your way this year! Keep coming back to my blog. Have a wonderful year ahead! 🙂

Chevy Camaro – The CAR, Its Journey

Today’s Post on my favourite CAR ever, the Chevy Camaro..Hence it took a while for me to cut it short (I know its still long! but i couldn’t miss anything out on its journey so..)

The Chevy Camaro is one of the finest, performance-oriented, muscle car ever to be built and has been in existence since 1966..yes that’s about 46 years..

The current Camaro is the fifth generation Camaro.. that obviously means there were four previous generations of the Camaro..

A lot to say about the CAR but a picture is worth a thousand words… So I’ll let the pics do all the talking..

A first generation, 1968 Chevy Camaro

The first generation debuted in September 1966, with the 1967 model of the Chevy Camaro and then succeeded with the 1968 and 1969 models of the Camaro.

A second generation, 1970 Chevy Camaro Z28

The second generation was introduced in the 1970 with cosmetic changes especially in the 1974 and 1978 models. This generation was produced from 1970 to 1981. The Camaro was heavily restyled and had a larger and wider body. The second generation also came with the Z28  package, which included an air induction hood scoop.

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A third generation, 1982 Chevy Camaro

The third generation was produced from 1982 to 1992. This generation also celebrated with a “20th Anniversary Commemorative Editionin 1987 and a “25th Anniversary Heritage Packagein 1992. These were the first to offer modern fuel-injection, four-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions. It was also 227kgs lighter than the previous generation.

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A fourth generation, 2002 Chevy Camaro SS (35th Anniversary Edition)

The fourth generation, which was produced from 1993 to 2002, retained the same body style and also came as a Convertible (introduced in 1994). The fourth generation gave a choice and variety of V6 and V8 engines. The standard engine was 3.4 litre V6, from 1993 to 95. A more powerful 3.8 litre V6 was introduced as an option and made standard in 1996. The V8, the standard engine for the Z28 model, was borrowed from the 1992 Corvette.

The interiors were restyled in the 1997 model and more exterior styling changes were made in the 1998 model. Also, an all-aluminium engine was introduced later, which was also obtained from the Corvette C5, which gave the Camaro a thrilling 305-horsepower.

It remained in production continuously for 35 years till 2002, after which production was stopped due to slowing sales and its deteriorating market.

It wasn’t the end for this successful, powerful muscle CAR.

After 2002, a 2006 Camaro Concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show on January 6, 2006, which was the official indication from General Motors (GM) that a fifth generation of this CAR would follow. Exactly a year later, on January 6, 2007, the  2007 Camaro Convertible Concept was revealed at North American International Auto Show, 2007. The roof wasn’t the only difference between the two concepts, but there were several subtle changes to the exterior of the Convertible.

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The 2006 Camaro Concept

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The 2007, Camaro Convertible Concept (Front and Back)

The body styling of both the fifth generation concepts was evidently lined on the first generation Camaro.

GM announced in 2006, that they would start the production of the all-new Camaro in 2008, which would be based on these award winning concepts. But the production was delayed and the actual production started on March 16, 2009.

Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper said the new Camaro “will appeal to both men and women, and unite customers with fond memories of previous Camaros with those who first experienced a Camaro” when the concept was unveiled in January.

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A fifth generation, 2010 Chevy Camaro SS

The fifth generation came with five different trim levels; the LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS.

The LS and LT trims are powered by a 3.6 litre GM LLT V6 producing 312 hp. The SS with manual transmission is powered by the 6.2 litre GM LS3 V8 producing 426 hp, while the one with automatic transmission is powered by the 6.2 litre GM L99 V8 producing 400 hp. [You can google for more detailed specifications..that’s why I haven’t included them.]

An RS package is available on the LT and SS trims that include HID headlamps (High Intensity Discharge lamps, see the photo below and you’ll understand..) with integrated Halo Rings, spoiler and RS-specific taillamps and wheels.

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Chevy Camaro with the RS package

The fifth generation of the Camaro has seen the most number of Special/Limited Editions ever. It was also featured in the movie Transformers as the Autobot Bumblebee first depicted by a 1977 Z28 Camaro and later as a fifth generation concept variant. The modified fifth generation 2010 and 2012 Camaros are shown as Bumblebee in the sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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The 1977 Camaro as the Bumblebee

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The 2010 Camaro as the Bumblebee

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The 2012 Camaro as the Bumblebee

The fifth generation also celebrated with a “45th Anniversary Edition” in 2012.

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Special Edition

A special edition Camaro ZL1 is also a part of the fifth generation of the Camaro.

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I am really stopping myself from writing more about the Camaro in this post now. Sorry that you had to read and see so much.. But I know it was worth it. Smile Smile