30 November – 9 December 2018
Los Angeles Auto Show
The annual LA Auto Show offered us a glimpse in to what auto manufacturers have in store for the future, both in the way of technological advancement and conceptual design, while also honoring racing history. Lets look back at some of the highlights from the show that give us an idea of what’s to come…
This life-sized statue of everyone’s favorite autobot was on display to promote Paramount’s new Transformers film and the character’s car form (Volkswagen Beetle) is also in its final year of production for the 2019 year. A fond farewell to a classic automobile.
Waiting with bated breath as the unveiling proceedings commence for the new 992 911 for the 2019 model year.
2019 Porsche 911/992
The rear vertical brake light integrated into the engine lid of the Porsche 911/992 resembles a ‘pause button’, visually bridging the worlds of machinery and technology.
2019 Porsche Boxster GTS
While manual transmissions are quickly becoming extinct, Porsche helps preserve the purist H-pattern feel in the form of the Boxster GTS, offered with a 6-speed transmission mated to the turbocharged boxer-4 powerplant as well as the familiar PDK.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
With only 200 examples being produced, this 700hp track weapon is sure to garner some attention at any club sport event or track day. The only downside… it’s not street legal, but who can complain when it is a truly turn-key race car.
Mercedes Benz AMG GTR Pro
This limited edition of 750 units is a race car for the road, which employs experience gained from Mercedes’ GT3 and GT4 series vehicles. With a much more aggressive aero package, carbon ceramic brakes and forged alloy wheels as standard, the GTR Pro has shed some weight thus making it easier to reach its 198mph top speed.
2019 Ford Raptor
If you liked racing around in the desert in one of these before, you’ll be happy to learn that you can now also go rock crawling with the revisions for the 2019 model year. Some of the new features offered include Trail Control (low speed cruise control) and Live Valve Dynamic Dampers (variable suspension damping control) and even a Roll-Control (body roll) for added stability during cornering.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt/McQueen Edition
If you are a fan of car chase movies it doesn’t get more iconic than Bullitt. To commemorate the unveiling of the resurrected for 2019 Bullitt Mustang and Steve McQueen edition, the original car (yes the real one) from the film was also on display next to its successor.
Ford GT Heritage
For 2019, the Ford GT Heritage edition sports the timeless Gulf Racing livery reminiscent of the original GT40s that won Le Mans in the 1960s.
As it happens, Ford is auctioning off V.I.N. #001 of the heritage edition at Barrett-Jackson on January 19th, with the proceeds going to charity.
Lexus Lobby Display
The Lexus custom display featuring a RC350 with built in DJ turntables and sound system.
Left:ES350; Center: LFA; Right: UX250 Hybrid Special Edition
TRD/Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Drift
With a livery that pays homage to the TRD racing style of old, its definitely a show stopper. This 850hp turbocharged, nitrous-fed 2019 Corolla hatchback was torn down and completely rebuilt from the ground up, to be used as a drift demonstration vehicle; with a custom forced induction system and driveline; it is a clone of driver Frederic Aasbos’s Formula Drift car.
Nissan GTR Track Edition
The 2019 Track Edition trim level boasts a 565hp twin turbo V6, higher chassis rigidity (thanks to spot welding and additional adhesive bonding) as well as Nismo-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension. At this trim level you also receive other Nismo goodies like the NISMO front fenders, wide 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum-alloy wheels/spec tires, dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler and special black and red Recaro seats specific to the Track Edition cars.
Kia Forte Drift Car
This is definitely not you’re average Kia Forte… the 3.3 liter twin turbo V6 out of the Stinger pushes its 375hp through a 6-speed sequential transmission to send this purpose built sedan around the track sideways.
Honda PNC Bank IndyCar Civic Type-R
Honda’s racing background is present in everything from Indycar to the Civic Type-R. For 2019 the hot-hatches powertrain remains unchanged but receives some interior updates in the form of a revised info-tainment system featuring a volume knob and actual buttons you can press (for a more haptic feel) while also still utilizing a functional touch screen display.
Team Penske IMSA Car usually piloted by Graham Rahal, Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves was on display with the NSX GT3.
For 2019, Acura updates the NSX with a stiffer suspension, recalibrated hybrid motor software, and a bright new color option appropriately named Solar Orange.
In addition to a new interior color option Indigo Blue; the full red cabin option is extended across more surfaces. Other interior changes include now standard power seats, premium audio system, proximity sensors, and navigation.
Maserati GranCabrio MC
Maserati Celebrates 70 years of luxury grand touring with the new GranTurismo MC Convertible. Draped in carbon fiber, supple leather, and powered by a naturally aspirated 4.7 liter Ferrari V8 heart, making 454hp and 384lb-ft of torque, this luxe Italian drop top is sure to quickly get you to your destination in style.
BMW Vision iNext Concept
BMW debuted it’s fully electric, autonomous SUV concept to showcase some of the technology the company plans to have on the road by the year 2021.
The futuristic exterior design is complimented by a set of rear passenger “coach-doors” that open up to an uber luxurious interior, the likes of which, you would find in some kind of posh lounge or café.
Infiniti Prototype 10
The Prototype 10 is what Infiniti believes to be the way of the future for electrified performance. Originally debuting at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2018, this concept car displays the goal set by Infiniti to have every new vehicle, by year 2021, utilize electric drive train technology while still remembering to provide a pleasant and thrilling driving experience.
Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept
With the end of the Lancer Evolution comes the offering of this electric AI-driven crossover. Going what seems to be the same route as the Eclipse, Mitsubishi seems to be moving in a different direction from its once iconic namesake.
Danny Nikkhoo is a Systems Engineer building test devices for the oil and gas industry as well as specialty parts for cars and motorcycles. As a photographer, Danny has worked for Robb Report, Home Theatre magazine and Cordero Studios.
Danny mainly contributes automotive photographs for AlphaLuxe articles but also reports from automotive events.