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Yesterday was a big day at the Detroit Auto Show. Here's the stuff you may have missed, or may just want to see again.
The 2016 Nissan Titan is an American-built truck with an American-built turbodiesel Cummins 5.0-liter V8, giving consumers a chance to own a V8 diesel in a light-duty truck. It'll tow 12,000 pounds and do it while saving 20% of fuel relative to other V8s they said.
It seems Chevy focus-grouped the crap out of Volt owners to come up with their next-generation, all-electric concept, and what people told them they wanted was a crossover that incorporated design elements from the Renault Avantime, Honda CRX, BMW i3 paint, and some Tesla door handles. And it's $30K! Sort of.
Ford did it. They actually went and did it. It's been rumored about and speculated on for months, but now we know it's real. This is it: the new Ford GT. Ford just dropped a bomb on the rest of the world, and it's got a 600 HP twin-turbo V6, if you can believe it.
What, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 wasn't bad enough for you? It's about to get even more badass. Tell the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 it's on notice, because Ford says this is the most track-capable street legal Mustang ever.
The ultimate off-road runner is back, with the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. A twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 engine. A 10-speed transmission. And it's six inches wider than the standard model. This is the one truck everyone will have a burning, yearning desire for.
The Porsche 911 Targa isn't the best Porsche 911, but it is definitely one of our favorites. But it's a little heavy. How do you fix that? More power. Meet the 911 Targa 4 GTS.
For years Toyota has been able to sell the Taco on the back of its history building simple, indestructible trucks. They still do, owning a huge portion of the midsize truck market with a great product that essentially is sold with no engine. That's going to change, with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma getting the new direct-and-port-injection V6 it needed.
"Rebel green" paint job, black hood stripes, and a crimson roof, brake calipers and mirrors: yep, the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works looks bonkers. Just as it should. And in addition to that radical color scheme, we now have a price tag: $30,600.
The Ford GT is the star of the Detroit Auto Show this year. But what wasn't announced is when it'll hit the race track. What we can now reveal is that Ford is planning to race the GT this year. In 2015. Yes. You heard that right.