2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Highlights: For the 1%
It's that time of year here in Southern California when grown men turn into drooling, acne ridden teenagers. When, the words "cool", "rad" and "bitchen" re-enter the vernacular of the common-folk. That's right. Auto Show Season is upon us. Luckily for those of us in Southern California, we get to kick off the entire season with a enormous exposition of horsepower, class, and boatloads of testosterone - the Los Angeles Auto Show.
This year's show didn't disappoint with over 33 world previews of both production and concept cars alike. DCoopMedia was on the floor scoping out the very best of the best. For you, over the next two days we're presenting our ten favorites from the show floor - five are the stuff that dreams are made of while the other five are honest to goodness affordable people movers.
On with the show....
Audi Prologue Concept Car
In the last five years Audi has quickly taken a position of power among their peers, racing past Mercedes-Benz and competing head on with German giant BMW. At one point Audi actually outsold BMW in cars sold but now the three German people movers compete for first place. Audi, by revamping technology, designing classic, unfettered interiors cloaked in a no-frills, muscular exterior with just the slightest retro styling cues, continues to gain ground in the race to first. The Prologue concept, at the hands of new chief designer Wolfgang Egger, foretells the upcoming evolution of the ringed brand. An elongated fuselage with the slightest of curves, a further accentuated hexagonal grille, and hints at great Audis past shape the stylish concept. They see it as a competitor to the BMW 6 Series Coupe and the Mercedes S Coupe. We think it stands in a class all its own.
Bentley Grand Convertible
Bentley Motors hinted at the possibility of a second convertible being added to their stable as early as 2012 when hush hush sketches and a tightly guarded display appeared next to their villa at the events of Monterrey. No longer shrouded in secrecy, the Bentley Motors Grand Convertible made its debut on November 17th. Combining the exhilaration of drop-top cruising from the popular Continental GT Convertibles (one of our favorite test drives) with the over the top opulence and luxurious foundation of the flagship Mulsanne, the direct competitor to the Rolls Royce Phantom Convertible certainly provides a worthy opponent in the battle to remain the world's most luxurious rag top. Though the size of the vehicle is astounding in and of itself, that Bentley fitted the tonneau cover with the largest flitch of veneer ever to be fitted to a Bentley surely shows that they mean business.
Infinity Q80 Inspiration Concept
Fresh on the heels of their Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, which premiered on the lawn at the Quail Motorsports Event this year in Monterey, Infiniti sets its sights further up the ladder of exclusive, luxurious sedans with the showcase of their Q80 Inspiration Concept, a highly stylized winged champion of a sedan which one can only hope makes it to some form of production. Featuring retro inspired pillar-less "suicide doors", a boat-tail which evokes memories of Bugatti's Galibier, an interior that can only be described as a quilted cocoon of Chanel-like proportions, and what I personaly think is the most elegant grill in the convention center, the Q80 is a unique representation of what owning a luxury sedan could be like.
2016 Mercedes AMG GT S
I could go on and on about specs here - 0 to 60, horsepower, balanced weight distribution. But I'll simply sum it up by saying the 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S - It's Yellow. It's Fast. And I want one. 'Nuff Said.
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Sedan
Everyone deserves a second chance, especially when it comes to the resurrection of an iconic name like Maybach. The previous version stuttered under lackluster aesthetics, an over the top price tag, and the knowledge that the Bentley Mulsanne was less money. Mercedes is trying again, this time with better results, at bringing Maybach back to the streets. Outfitted with every option that could possibly be (reclining seats, a chilled champagne compartment, and a full entertainment system), the Mercedes Maybach S660 Sedan is cloaked in the more elegant styling cues of MB's current S-Class line up - much more pleasing to the eye. Less rapper, more executive.
Los Angeles Auto Show
November 21st - 30th, 2014
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