On Thursday night I attended the New England Auto Show in Boston, Massachusetts. Obviously I saw a number of cars, but I have picked out a few that got my attention. There were other interesting cars as well.
I liked the Mercedes-Benz SLK250 as it is great sports car at a price that is not sky-high. I expect that this car will be similar to my older SLK230, with great handling and decent power.
The Audi R8 is a very impressive car from any angle.
Audi R8 V10 Spyder
The car looks good both coming and going.
Audi R8 V10 Spyder
For the last few years I have thought that Cadillac is one GM Division that has not lost its soul. Cadillac seems to be turning out some very impressive new cars on a regular basis. The Cadillac ATS shown below is a smaller Cadillac, but with big performance. Cadillac continues to build cars in competition to the German road cars.
One car that you probably won’t see on the road is the Lexus LFA. This is limited production car with only 200 of these cars scheduled to be shipped to the USA from a total production of 500 cars.
On the display board, it stated that the engine’s compression ratio was about 12:1 and needed 95 octane fuel. This need for 95 octane fuel would require careful route planning, at least in my area. This car must be something to hear when it is being driven aggressively, as the stated redline for the engine is 9,000 rpm!
The reported top speed of this car is about 202 miles per hour with its six-speed transmission. I noted in the display information that the top speed in fifth gear was 172 miles per hour, so that sixth gear is not merely an overdrive gear. You can upshift from fifth at 172 and the car will still pull in sixth gear with the engine screaming at those high rpms. Imagine.
The Lexus LFA can be bought for $375,000. Each car is custom built and the builder’s name is noted on the car. Obviously Lexus is very proud of this 4.8 liter, 560 horsepower car, as they should be.
Something that is a little more affordable is the Fiat Abarth. These are nice little cars. While they are little cars, the space inside them was very comfortable from a driver’s perspective. I’m not the biggest person in the world, but I’m not small either and I found the front seat space to be just fine. The back seat area is not that big, but there definitely is room for a picture of your kids.
I would consider the Fiat Abarth a desirable, fun, sporty, affordable, gas-sipping two-place car with storage space that could be used to carry a more than two people on rare occasions.
Fiat 500 Abarth
One of the interesting trends, at least with the Ford Mustangs and the Chevrolet Camaros (I was looking around so much that the show ended before I got around to looking at the Dodge Challenger.) is that the manufacturers are selling production cars that, while not full-on race cars, are certainly ready to go on the track. At this time there is no need to buy a bone-stock Mustang or Camaro and build a racer yourself. So instead of being handy with a wrench, you just have to be handy with a check book.
Despite all of the great high performance Camaros that were on display, I was very much impressed with a very plain, bone-stock Camaro. I think that the only option on the Camaro shown below was an automatic transmission. The car was very attractive with a very attractive price.
A Bone-Stock Camaro
In summary, I enjoyed looking at the new cars. The New England Auto Show does not rank up there with the nation’s top auto shows, but it is a great place to see many of the new cars in one place. I try to attend every year. I suggest going on Thursday, if possible, as the crowd is not big and there is space to step back and look at the cars.