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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 teaser

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 teaser

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: One of the real highlights of the upcoming Detroit Auto Show is the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, based on the latest-generation ‘C7’ Corvette. Considering the gains the base Corvette made from the transition from the C6  to the C7 generation, the new Z06 variant should be encroaching on supercar territory. We’re expecting the car to come with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, though we could still see the outgoing model’s naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 continue with some modifications. Whatever’s under the hood, we know the car's output is a delicious 620 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

2015 Subaru WRX STI: Subaru's STI-enhanced version of its new 2015 WRX will be presented this week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and the first images of the car have already leaked. Like the previous generation, the new WRX STI is expected to build upon the regular WRX with stiffer suspension, increased output and more aggressive styling. Peak output should match or come close to the 305-horsepower rating of the previous generation, most likely derived from an upgraded version of the regular WRX’s turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It’s also possible that a larger 2.5-liter unit may be fitted instead.

2015 Ford Mustang Conrvertible

2015 Ford Mustang Conrvertible

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2015 Ford Mustang: The all-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang has already been revealed, in both fastback coupe and convertible bodystyles. However, Ford is yet to release all the details so hopefully we’ll have more of these following the official debut of the cars at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show this week. The base engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 good for at least 300 horsepower, while at the other end of the spectrum is a 5.0-liter V-8 with more than 420 horsepower on tap. In between is a new four-cylinder EcoBoost option, which thanks to turbocharging and direct-injection technology can generate around 305 horsepower from just 2.3 liters of displacement.

2015 Lexus RC F: Lexus will present a new performance model called the 2015 RC F Coupe. As its name suggests, the RC F is the high-performance F variant of Lexus’ new RC coupe. Under the hood is expected to be a new 455-horsepower version of the naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 fitted to the current IS F, which bows out of the market at the end of the year. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic and drive the rear wheels.

2015 BMW M3

2015 BMW M3

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2015 BMW M3 And M4: Also debuting in Detroit will be the aforementioned Lexus RC F’s closest rival, the new 2015 BMW M4 coupe. The car is the replacement for the M3 Coupe and is essentially a two-door version of the 2015 BMW M3 sedan debuting alongside it. Both cars will come powered by a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six good for 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

Volkswagen Golf R: Volkswagen's latest Golf R based on its seventh-generation Golf platform will make its North American debut in Detroit this week. Unfortunately, the car won't be available for sale until the first quarter of 2015. Nevertheless, this is one hot hatch that's worth the wait. Why? Well, the car’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will deliver an estimated 290 horsepower, 34 more than the 2.0-liter mill fitted to the outgoing Golf R. This will make it the most powerful Golf ever sold in North America. Peak torque will register at 280 pound-feet.

2015 Porsche 911 Targa spy shots

2015 Porsche 911 Targa spy shots

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2015 Porsche 911 Targa: Porsche will finally reveal its new ‘Targa’ variant of the latest 991-series 911 family. Like previous 911 Targa models, the latest will feature a fixed roll bar crossing the center section of the car. In front of this roll bar is a folding soft top and behind it is a glass section. In some of the earlier shots you can see a prototype with the soft top folded away. We’re expecting it to be offered in Carrera and Carrera S trim.

2015 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design: With an updated Z4 launched only last year, BMW is keeping its updates for the classic roadster to a minimum for the new model year. The only real highlight is a new equipment package, known as Pure Fusion Design, which adds a number of special touches in the cabin. Unfortunately, no changes have been made to the drivetrains.

Hit the next page to see the luxury cars that will be on display at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.

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