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Redlining at the Los Angeles Auto Show – This Week in Automotive News

Darrek Olson
Redlining at the Los Angeles Auto Show – This Week in Automotive News

This week we are looking at some hot models from the Los Angeles Auto Show. What can we say? Red looks good. Here are three of our favorite reveals in red so far.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Finally. A Sports Utility Vehicle that has 510 hp and a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. Maybe it didn’t occur to all of us that we wanted it. But now we do. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s Quadrifoglio trim sports a Ferrari inspired 2.9L twin turbo V6. The base-level has a 280 hp turbocharged four-cylinder and is nothing to gawk at, clocking a 0-60 mph time in just over 5 seconds. It is Alfa Romeo’s latest push into the American market. And for many who have lusted after such a vehicle, the Stevlio is welcome with open arms.

You can expect the Stelvio late next year as a 2018 model. Look forward to premium leather seating, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Alfa Romeo’s DNA drive mode, and Karman/Kardon stereo. To top it off, it will come with all the latest in safety features, including blind spot assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio - Los Angeles Auto Show

2017 Honda Civic Si

Completing the 2017 Honda Civic line-up, Honda revealed the new Si prototype this week. The unveiling, held at a special event near the Los Angeles Auto Show and a day before the auto show kicked off, revealed a prototype that is very close to future production models. While there is no word on power, it features a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. Honda stated that it is to be the fastest Si yet.

And while not entirely as beefed up as the Type-R, it is a fun upgrade of the base 2017 Civic. The styling? Fierce. It also has upgraded brakes, limited slip differential, and adaptive suspension. It’s still an economical daily driver with all the conveniences of the base model, but a great middle of the road if you’re looking for more performance and sport in your drive. In a class with some competition – the Subaru WRX, the Volkswagen GTI, and even the Ford Focus ST – the Honda Civic Si should hold its own.

2017 Honda Civic Si Prototype - Los Angeles Auto Show

Mercedes-Maybach S650

75 out of the 300 total Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet convertibles are headed to the US. The S650 is powered by a 6L Biturbo V12 that offers 621 hp and is assisted by a seven-speed transmission.  To put it into perspective, that is two equally sized turbos feeding the 12 cylinders in parallel. You can go 200 mph in a luxury convertible. We wouldn’t recommend going that fast, just enjoy the smooth ride.

The cabin features premium leather and has plenty of legroom.  Oh, and the headlights? Made with Swarovski crystal. Turn up the tunes and experience the Burmester sound system or simply enjoy all the features you come to expect from a Mercedes, plus the matching luggage that comes with the car. You can expect the S650 to go into production in 2017 with a price tag of around $320,000.

Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet - Los Angeles Auto Show

Which new reveals at the Los Angeles auto show have caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!

Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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