E3 Spark Plugs’ Favorite Detroit Auto Show Debuts
The automotive New Year is truly starting off with a bang at the Detroit Auto Show (formally known as the North American International Auto Show). We here at E3 Spark Plugs are honed in on all the media coverage and a few of the major debuts have really piqued our attention. Here are three of our favorites thus far:
- 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06: This sleek street race-capable roadster boasts a minimum 625 horsepower and 635 foot-pounds of torque, and was GM’s fastest car ever when engineers tested it at the Milford Proving Grounds. That’s thanks in large part to the aluminum frame and a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with a custom-made 8-speed automatic transmission. The Z06‘s looks are supercharged as well with a deeply vented hood, a large rear spoiler and an aggressive front splitter plus cooling vents in the fender, rear quarter and hind haunches. The new Z06 also will be offered with a removable roof panel for open-air driving.
- 2014 Porsche 911 Targa: Porsche aficionados are treated to two new 911 models this year, the Targa 4 and the Targa 4S. Visually, both are similar to prior models but there are a few new features. Most notable is the push-button mechanism formed with a soft top and glass rear window. When a driver pushes the button, the window flips open and tilts, allowing the soft top to slide past, fold itself into a Z shape, then disappear into a compartment behind the rear seats, at which point the window closes once again. Porsche Traction Management on both the 350 horsepower, 3.4-liter Targa 4 engine and the 400 horsepower, 3.8-liter 4S engine aids in allowing for acceleration capabilities of 175 mph (0-60 in 4.6 seconds), and 183 mph (0-60 in 4.2 seconds), respectively.
- 2014 Mercedes Benz C-Class: This year’s model is a noticeably larger and far better appointed version of its predecessor. Its makeover shifts this ride from starter status to the mid-range luxury market. New to the C-Class are a partly-autonomous driver assistance program and Airmatic suspension technology heretofore offered only on the pricier E-and S-Class models. A switch to lighter weight materials has shaved 220 pounds off its weight, allowing for faster speeds and acceleration.
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