Five Impressive Cars at the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit

I love the Detroit Auto Show. Less than 40 miles from home, all the major manufacturers come and showcase their latest and greatest. Having the honor and privilege to see the sites during the media days, I wanted to share a few of my favorites.

But first, notable highlights. I wrote about two cars on

The Cadillac ATS Coupe: here
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And the Lexus RC F: here

Okay, On to the main event.

#5: Porsche 918 Spyder

This isn’t brand new. But for the first time I laid eyes on a production car. What you see here is what will rocket past you, maybe silently, on the road. The big news is the hybrid powertrain that combines to make 887 HP! For me, the single best feature is the high mounted exhaust “tailpipes” of the 4.6-Liter, 608 HP V8, how cool is that?


#4 Jaguar F-Type coupe

Look at it. Stare. Let it memorize you. Take in the euphoria. It is the prettiest car here. How does it drive? The F-type roadsters are a touch soft for my tastes, but plan on a harder edge for the coupe. Besides, who cares? It’s stunning!


#3 Acura TLX GT

Acura partnered with RealTime Racing to compete in the Touring class of World Challenge racing before, so it’s no surprise that they aligned again to test the mettle of another sedan. What’s new this time is that the TLX GT goes against Porsche, Ferrari, and Corvette in the GT class! A twin-turbo V6 powers this Accord based monster and I, for one, cannot wait to see it in action.


#2 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6

625 HP. Awesome!


#1 Cadillac Elmiraj

Cadillac continues to transform itself into a proper luxury brand. It’s exiting to witness. The ATS out handles the latest 3-series and the 2014 CTS really turns heads. The Elmiraj concept highlights their evolving design language and I like it. No. I love it! Its fantastic lines, aggressive profile, and impressive size all communicate one simple message: Out of my way, I’m a Cadillac!


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-Robin Warner