Undeterred by this season’s heaviest snowfall, Speed:Sport:Life trudged over to McCormick Place from our downtown Chicago offices – AKA my apartment – to check out the assorted new metal spread across what is actually this country’s largest new car show. The layout of the place is impressive indeed, with one million square feet and no fewer than three indoor ride and drive experiences hosted by manufacturers. Amid the wide diversity of vehicles on display, a few stood out – below are the ones that left a mark, as well as the show award we feel they’re most likely to win.
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Enthusiasts have long bemoaned the wider automotive market’s taste shift away from sports cars toward SUVs and crossovers as the most coveted vehicular status symbol. BMW, while well-positioned to capitalize on this trend with its broad range of sometimes line-blurring crossovers, has nevertheless felt the sales hit to its Z4 roadster line in the last few years. While I firmly count myself among the “enthusiast” camp, I realize that as much as I may try, my tastes will never mirror the wider car shopping public’s at this point. When I recently spent a week with BMW’s sole remaining two-seater, I tried to curb my enthusiasm (so to speak) and view its relevance through the lens of the typical new car shopper – one who may typically fall for a new BMW with an “X” prefix in its name rather than a “Z”.
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Porsche Motorsport has released this short clip of the 919 Hybrid undergoing testing for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season, including the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche has been absent from LMP1 for 16 years and is making sure the world knows they are coming back to win. We can’t wait to see the on-track action between the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Toyota TS040 and this new Porsche 919 Hybrid.
The 911 has been tapped as the everyday supercar for quite some time now, ever since the 1970s when the Turbo version of the Carrera upped the ante in terms of usable performance without the supercar price tag or stigma. The Turbo was soon split off into its own subgenre of 911, but the Carrera in its various forms has been the main bread winner for the 911 line for some time. There are eight Carrera variants currently, and right at the top of the heap is the model you see here – the Carrera 4S Cabriolet. Featuring 400 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a roof-to-roofless time of 13 seconds, it’s got near-supercar stats. And with our tester’s $150,750 sticker, a near-supercar price, too.