The first day of America’s premiere motoring exhibition known as the Detroit Auto Show has officially kicked off with some drop-dead gorgeous machinery on display. Given the greenie movement that is clearly dominant at this year’s show, it’s nice to see that some manufacturers are not deserting the performance/fun car segment altogether.
Leading this band of oldschool car lovers is Lexus, who’ve listened to their customers and green lit the production of the LF-LC sports coupe, now officially called the LC 500.
Following closely behind is an American badge more known for making pick-up trucks. The Buick Avista Concept was another Detroit debut car that set hearts on fire when it was revealed. Such was its muscular build and stunning design that the local press called it the next Holden Monaro. Alas, it is just a concept. For now. Along for the ride is Porsche with two of their recently revealed 911 Turbos for 2017, Infiniti with a red hot 400hp coupe and VW with a hybrid Tiguan built for driving fast off-road.
Who said the future wasn’t fun?
Lexus LC 500
Bold, bad and most importantly, being built. The LC 500 is another step towards the future image of Lexus as a genuine performance and style marque. CEO Akio Toyoda has regularly expressed his desire to change the way the brand has been perceived and he’s doing it with this luxury rear-wheel-drive coupe packing 467hp from a 5.0-litre V8.
Buick Avista Concept
A 400hp, rear-wheel-drive luxury muscle car no one asked for? why not. Built for reasons unknown, the Buick Avista Concept looks immaculate in its candy blue paint and has the balls to back it up. 400hp is made from a 3.0-litre V6. The next Holden Monaro? Don’t bet on it.
Infiniti Q60 Coupe
Following in the footsteps of Lexus is Nissan’s luxury arm, Infiniti, who’ve taken their concept and brought it to life in the beastly Q60 Coupe. 400hp from a twin-turbo V6 is put down through an option of either RWD or AWD. Not bad for a Datsun.
VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept
Taking hybrid off-roading to another level is this beefed up Tiguan from VW. It features electric motors which drive each wheel independently. Rear wheels turn in normal mode, whilst in 4WD mode the front motors kick in. In even hairier situations, a 148hp turbo-charged engine jumps in to provide additional power to the front wheels. Crisis adverted.
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo And 911 Turbo S
Making their appearance at the show were a pair of Porsches which were recently announced. The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S sees even more performance in a hardtop and cabriolet version. There’s a 540hp or 580hp variant based on the 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged flat-six engine. Both versions will get you to 100km/h in under 3 seconds. Happy times.