Our coverage on the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is now complete, so now it’s time for a quick recap on some of the stars. One of the crowd favorites this year was the rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2. It’s amazing what the designers have achieved with just a few tweaks to the styling and a new coat of paint.
Another favorite was the Fiat 124 Spider. Though based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata platform, the Fiat is actually slightly larger and comes with a nicer interior as well as a more powerful engine. And it looks quite dashing in white.
One of the big surprises in L.A. was the updated Lincoln MKZ. The car received an impressive makeover and now offers a Lincoln-exclusive twin-turbocharged V-6 good for 400 horsepower. Its new look, meanwhile, is similar to what the company first previewed on its Continental concept unveiled earlier in the year.
Buick unveiled its all-new LaCrosse in L.A. The car is billed as the brand’s flagship, which unfortunately doesn’t bold well for a production version of the recent Avenir concept being developed.
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL 450, 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
Mercedes-Benz has finally given its SL-Class a makeover. The car drops the clumsy styling the model was launched with and now has a sleek, sporty look similar to what we see on Mercedes-AMG’s GT sports car. The good news is that the changes aren’t only skin deep: there’s a new, more powerful base model and a nine-speed automatic transmission as well.
Honda’s all-new, 10th-generation has now arrived in its coupe bodystyle. The new Civic Coupe goes on sale next March. It will eventually be followed by a Civic 5-door hatchback as well as sporty Si and Type R models.
Another new car in L.A. was Infiniti’s QX30. The compact crossover, together with its Q30 hatch sibling, will be sailing into showrooms in the second quarter of next year, as a 2017 model.
Subaru didn’t have a new car on show. Instead, it previewed its next-generation Impreza sedan with a new concept. Subaru has a track record of teasing us with concepts that look nothing like the production models they preview—let’s hope this isn’t the case for the new Impreza because the concept looks particularly sharp.
Porsche rolled out a new version of its Cayman called the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, which is designed exclusively for motorsport. The turnkey racer costs a reasonable $165,000 and is designed for FIA GT4-spec competition like those found in the Pirelli World Challenge and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The car is closely based on the road car but sports a dual-clutch transmission instead of a manual.
A Motor Authority favorite was Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio. The car has finally been shown on local soil and we have many of the specs. Incredibly, the base Giulia will be coming with a stout 276 horsepower. This Quadrifoglio range-topper, meanwhile, packs 505 hp.