By Doni Langdon
Naturally, I love cars. Of course, if you’re reading this you are aware of this already, being that you are on the Throttle Gals website. However, when you really love something, you find that you end up being highly critical of that item group. Like the food critic (Anton Ego) in the Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille states: “I don’t ‘like’ food; I LOVE it. If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow.
The North American International Auto Show
The Auto Show in Detroit is finishing up Preview Week, and going into full public swing next week. As media, we get first access to the cars, reveals and little ‘extras’ within the show. Most of the large displays had a latte/juice bar set up for folks to have a place to reflect and plan, with perfect spaces for meetings, interviews, or just to take a load off. Ultimately, I wasn’t ‘wowed’ by any of the displays; most were previous displays with different cars. Gone was the ever popular ‘Hot Wheels’ area in the GM display, although the track and the Z28 were there in full glory. A long row of the new Stingrays (which, by the way won the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the year award) were out for our viewing pleasure. Ford showcased their newly design Mustang, and the new Dodge Viper wowed the media. The Ford and Lincoln displays paid homage to their roots, with Ford using the 1965 Mustang and the 1962 Mustang Concept as the walkway to the new Pony car. Lincoln had a gorgeous 1932 Lincoln (with standing security) on the top level of the Lincoln display.
Only one car really pulled me, and it was not one of the high display vehicles. Tucked away on the top level of the GM display, was the new Chevy SS. The new V8 rear wheel drive sport sedan appeared to be built with my new car complaints in mind. Gone was the cheap feel of the plastic dash, replaced with a rich embroidered leather. An egress was designed behind the shifter, under the dash with room for a small purse, and there were extra electrical built within the console. Hidden ‘pop-out’ cup holders were placed in the bottom face of the rear seat, perfect for use when you need them, but gone when you don’t.
I have not had the pleasure of test-driving this vehicle yet, however I fully intend on putting this car to the test as soon as possible. This is the fist car I have been exctied about since the Pontiac G8. It is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, delivering an SAE-certified 415 horsepower (310 kW) and 415 lb.-ft. of torque (563 Nm), and is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. I can’t wait to feel this car do 0-60 in 5 seconds.
As far as the rest of the show, there are some fun new reveals. The SMART display shows a SMART car with wings, showing that you can do many ‘customizations’. I guess this is the one for the Red Bull lover 😉 . The Mopar Garage is pretty neat, showing the new linup of Mopar accessories. Mini Cooper is promoting the ‘New Original’ and a new comer, VIA Motors is there with their
Electric versions of the GM trucklines (promoting 100 MPG!) As always, it will be a fun family event, and if you are in the market for a new car (or just like to sit in cars you can’t rationalize buying) it’s a GO! Have fun, and remember this is one show where you are allowed to touch the cars, but watch those belt buckles!