Article and photos by Paul Williams and Mike Schlee
2013 Detroit Auto Show
Mike Schlee and Paul Williams were on the floor at Detroit’s Cobo Hall for all the major reveals at the North American International Auto Show. Here are their picks of the most interesting, significant and just plain hottest cars of the 2013 edition.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
All new for 2014, the C7 Corvette will be lighter, stronger and more powerful than the outgoing 2013 model. Powered by an all-new 6.2L V8, it produces an estimated 450 hp. The 2014 Stingray will match the Porsche by offering a seven-speed manual transmission, but one-ups the 911 by also offering rev matching technology for both up and down shifts.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray & Audi RS 7. Click images to enlarge
Audi RS 7
If the already well-endowed 420-hp Audi S7 is just too tame for you, you are in luck; there is now an Audi RS 7. Coincidentally developing the exact same 560 hp as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which just happened to be introduced in Detroit as well, the RS 7 upstages its German ‘four-door-coupe’ rival by offering standard all-wheel drive. Like any good RS Audi, upgrades to the sheet metal, brakes, wheels and price will also be included.
No, this is not a new crossover from Infiniti, but rather the replacement of Infiniti’s G Sedan. Although confusing, Infiniti’s new naming convention will have all of its cars starting with the letter Q from now on (and SUVS adopting QX). Like the G of old, there will be the carryover of Infiniti’s ubiquitous VQ 3.7L V6 engine. However, for the first time, Infiniti will be offering a hybrid version of their compact luxury sedan.
Infiniti Q50 & Cadillac ELR. Click images to enlarge
After showing us the Converj Concept for the past little while, Cadillac has made good on their promise to bring this sleek, wedgy two-door car to market; behold the ELR. Based on the Chevrolet Volt, the ELR is a 2+2 coupe that features a larger electric motor than the Volt that boosts power to 207 hp. As would be expected, the ELR will have all the finest luxury trimmings inside and out, and a price to match.
Hyundai HCD-14 Concept
Said to be a styling precursor to an upcoming Genesis, this massive machine seems over the top or bold, depending on your point of view. This was one of the best-attended launches at Detroit, emphasizing the importance and interest generated by Hyundai these days.
Hyundai HCD-14 Concept & Acura NSX Concept. Click images to enlarge
Trying to keep the NSX on a slow boil (the concept was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit show), Acura brought the latest iteration of its upcoming supercar to the 2013 show and it still looks awesome to me. This one had a flash red interior but we’re told two more years before the production model debuts.