The 2014 North American International Auto Show has been going on this week in Detroit, and there have been a number of interesting car debuts. The internet is full of all the minute details, and plenty of long-winded coverage about cars that nobody has driven yet. I have seen the details, and sat through much of the coverage, and now I want to bring you my concise, informed take on the cars that have debuted at NAIAS 2014. So here it goes.
2015 Acura TLX:
Pretty much unsurprising, but it’s good Acura consolidated the TL and TSX into one model. They should throw the 370hp hybrid drivetrain from the RLX into this car and have a legitimate Audi S4 competitor.
Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept:
The Allroad Shooting Brake could be an incredibly badass modern rally car for the road. 402hp and 479ft/lbs of torque are some serious figures, and the hybrid drivetrain could prove interesting in a car such as this. My guess, though, is that this will remain a concept.
2015 BMW M3/M4:
This is the car that the modern incarnation(s) of the BMW M3 should be. I’m glad to see a lighter car with a turbocharged engine after the E9X M3, which was a heavy car with a big, thirsty, non-turbo V8 engine. Progress, my friends, progress.
2015 Chrysler 200:
Nice Jetta! But for real, the new Chrysler 200 is a vast improvement over the car it replaces, which was brutally nondescript. I like the design and the improved efficiency. I like that it is based on an Alfa Romeo chassis. However, I don’t like the lack of a turbocharged engine… and that means the while the new 200 is good, it could be better.
2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan:
The best-value luxury sedan gets a refresh, and everything seems to be nicer and better. It was a great decision for Hyundai to add a much needed all wheel drive option for this car.
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge:
If Infiniti really wants to be taken seriously as a true BMW fighter, then they need to build the Q50 Eau Rouge. Everyone knows what a joke Infiniti’s IPL line has been, and 500hp+ from a turbocharged engine in the Q50 could fix that problem. I do like the french name way better than IPL, though.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S600:
The S600 has always been my favorite version of the S-Class over the years because it gives you the gratuitous power you want without all the juvenile antics of the AMGs. Everything seems in order with the new S600.
2014 Porsche 911 (991) Targa:
FINALLY the Targa is not just a glorified sunroof. This is surely a return to the way things ought to be for this “I can’t make up my mind between the coupe and cabriolet” model. I must admit, if I were buying a new non-turbo or GT3 Porsche 911, the Targa 4S would be it.
2015 Subaru WRX STI:
I have the utter mortification of saying that this is the first time I have been entirely indifferent to a new Subaru STI. The worst crime a car can commit is to be boring and uninspired, and that is exactly what the 2015 STI is. Save your money and buy a used one because you’re getting the exact same car.
2015 Volkswagen Golf R:
The new Golf R is pretty much exactly what we expected it to be, and not much of what we’d secretly hoped it would be…. jut like the last one. Basically its just an all wheel drive GTI. That’s not a bad thing, but it also doesn’t really justify the extra money. On a brighter note, this will be the first time that the Volkswagen R model will legitimately compete with the Subaru STI in terms of performance, though mostly due to the fact that Subaru hasn’t changed the STI in 10 years, and VW has finally inched their way up to the Subaru’s level. It will be a cataclysmic face-off of lowered expectations!
Another new year, another North American International Auto Show in the bag. I look forward to seeing many of these cars when they hit showrooms, and I hope to get my hands one a good portion of them for reviews as well. Until then, all we have is the initial information.
-Article By Nick Walker