BMW didn’t have any big surprises up their sleeves for the 2011 NAIAS but they did announce the U.S. pricing for the much anticipated BMW 1-Series M Coupe which will start at $47,010. While that’s quite a bit of money to spend on a 1-Series, you do get a 335-horsepower twin-turbo inline-6 engine mated to a traditional 6-speed transmission. BMW has also claimed that 1M is faster around the Nordschleife than the E46 M3, for what it’s worth.
Audi showed off its all new A6 at the 2011 NAIAS stating that it has the potential to become one of the most successful business sedans in history. Shown in two different flavors, hybrid and TFSI, the A6 was a definite hit with the media as they crawled all over the cars for two full days. Though no real information was given about what powertrains North America will see, we guess that the 3.0T from the current A6 and S4 will be at least one of the options. A twin-turbo 4.0 V8 might be in the works down the road, but we really hope that Audi decides to offer the A6 with a diesel option here in the States.
Our verdict? The initial press photos of the A6 left us bored, however seeing it in the flesh is a completely different story. The new Audi A6 is one of the hottest sedans in any segment that we’ve seen.
Hyundai pulled the wraps off the new 3-door hatchback Veloster. The Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine which produces 138 horsepower and is estimated to get up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Weighing in at only 2,584 pounds, the Veloster is meant to be a sporty vehicle that delivers utility with a fun driving experience without stepping on the toes of the more performance oriented Genesis coupe.
Porsche just pulled the covers off their new 918 RSR at the 2011 North American International Auto Show here in Detroit. The 563 horsepower gasoline engine pairs with a pair of electric motors that help power the front wheels and brings the total power output up to 767 horsepower. Power is generated from an inertial flywheel mounted where the passenger seat would normally be, and spins at an incredible 36,000 RPM.
Porsche has not said when the 918 RSR will hit the track, but with Penske, Derek Bell and a few other motorsport legends in attendance, you can be sure that it probably won’t be long. Enjoy the gallery!