How can you ask a candy lover to choose top three favorite candies from a gigantic candy store? Can anyone choose just three? It’s a similar challenge to select the top three vehicles from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. I selected the following vehicles because they were either the most significant or made me want to get behind the wheel the most.
3. MINI John Cooper Works
Yes, I am aware this MINI JCW was shown in its concept form. But what a concept it is! The new generation of MINI Hatchback is a little larger than before and has odd looking headlights. Nonetheless, it’s also lighter weight and is aimed squarely at the performance enthusiast. The John Cooper Works edition raises the bar with more power and more precise handling. Less weight and power in a MINI equals a lot more fun. I can get excited about that. I also like the color scheme.
2. 2015 Ford F-150 (2.7L EcoBoost)
What is the most popular vehicle in United States? Yes, Ford F-150. While the new styling needs a little longer to sink in, I am impressed by the many functional improvements and innovations on the new F-150. Ford thought long a hard about what needed improvement, and I think they hit the nail on the head in many areas: additional steps, better cargo tie-downs, improved interior, and so on. However, one item intrigues me more than any. It’s the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. We don’t know many specs on this little V6, but Ford dropped some hints and this motor is likely to produce more than 315 hp and 325 lb-ft. Knowing how well the current generation F-150 EcoBoost performed on TFLtruck’s Ike Gauntlet, I am VERY curious how the baby-EcoBoost will do in a more light weight body of the 2015 F-150 (the truck is supposed to have lost nearly 700 lbs).
1. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
As nice as all the other cars at the show were, there is only one that stands out in my mind as a dream car must-have. It’s the new 2015 Corvette Z06. Yes, the Toyota FT-1 Concept was probably the most sexy car of the show, but there is no guarantee that it’s the next Supra or if it will ever see production. The Z06 is very real and will go on sale near the end of 2014. Its cut-away model made it clear – it’s basically a racing car disguised in street clothing. Every little detail suggests that Z06 wants to go to the track and challenge any other car that dares to show up. The supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 belts out amazing sound. It also comes with two transmissions: 7-speed manual with rev-matching or an 8-speed automatic. You read that correctly – “eight” speed automatic. Where do I sign? I must drive this car ASAP!