Week in Review: Live From New York…Edition
We came, we saw, and we delivered you a mighty extensive look at the 2013 New York Auto Show. And we’ll be providing a few more stories from the show floor when our staff comes back fully recovered next week.
If you stuck with us from Monday through Friday, chances are you witnessed some cool happenings, cars leaking out before their debuts, and other vehicles seeing the light of day. You heard about Fisker Automotive’s worsening woes and Subaru’s director of communications spilling a few beans here and there about the next Subaru WRX and WRX STI. And you heard about cars that not only made waves in the U.S. this week but are also sending at least a few splashes across the pond. Below are this week’s biggest stories in our Week in Review.
Monday, March 25
The first day of the week was a slow, groaning process, largely because all of the automakers were on their way to New York for the auto show and didn’t have any PR people in their offices to deliver new news. Fortunately for all of us, BMW is based just over the border from New York City in New Jersey, and it had no such issues. As we’ve previously reported, the automaker will supply its 2014 BMW M6 with a six-speed manual transmission, sharing the row-it-yourself box with the BMW M5 super sedan. With 560 horsepower on tap, the M6 is no slouch, and while its standard seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox can shift faster and get better fuel economy, us stubborn Americans wanted a real manual. Only North America gets it.
Tuesday, March 26
Last week, Cadillac revealed that the top engine for the 2014 Cadillac CTS would be a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 with 420 horsepower–as much or more than most of its V-8 competition. Then, some pictures leaked of the car. And the day before it was to be revealed, a flood of full pictures came out of the woodwork, revealing Caddy’s new sports sedan to the world. As we found out, the 2014 Cadillac CTS will get a new VSport option package with the turbocharged engine. And, finally, General Motors looks to have rectified all of the CTS’s interior missteps, making it truly world-class. We can’t wait to drive it in a few months.
Wednesday, March 27
But not to be outdone by its corporate cousin, General Motors withheld perhaps the best quasi-secret for last, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. We received no advanced press materials, like we ordinarily do. It was a genuine shock, in a good way. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will be a new track-focused special edition of the Camaro, shaving 300 pounds off the weight of the car versus the Camaro ZL1. In place of the ZL1′s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 will be a high-revving 7.0-liter V-8 last used in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It’s expected to make more than 500 horsepower, and it will have carbon ceramic brakes as standard. We want one. We need one.
Thursday, March 28
On the same days as the New York Auto Show, the eighth annual Seoul Motor Show took place some 7,500 miles away. We’re going to give you a two for one here: the Kia Cub concept and the Hyundai HND-9 concept. The Cub was promised to be a four-door coupe design, but instead we got a hatchback with rear-hinged rear doors when the lights were turned on. The Hyundai looks a little more promising, with the automaker saying that design cues from it will make their way onto the company’s next-generation luxury sports coupe. That means if you like the way the HND-9 concept looks, you’ll probably be a fan of the upcoming Genesis Coupe.
Friday, March 29
Perhaps the best news of the week besides a new ultra Camaro is that Lexus announced that the gorgeous LF-LC concept from last year’s New York Auto Show would be making it to production. Ever since the Lexus SC turned from a sporty luxury coupe into a floaty barge with a retractable hardtop, the buying public has yearned for Lexus to return to form. We have no details about the Lexus LF-LC production car–neither do Lexus’ American executives at this point–but we assume that it will share bits and pieces with the midsize Lexus GS sports sedan and may spawn a sporty Toyota counterpart, as the first SC did. Can you say return of the Supra?
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