The 2015 Detroit Auto Show dominated this week’s news, with new cars arriving in nearly every segment. Some of the most interesting included the Ford GT, the Acura NSX, the Cadillac CTS-V, and the Lexus GS F, and to top it off, Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk explained away the company’s apparent troubles of late. It’s The Week In reverse, right here at Motor Authority.
America’s newest supercar is here, and it’s stunning. Built in complete secrecy, presaging a return to the top tier of Le Mans racing, and heralding what may be a new era of American mid-engine might, the Ford GT—or Pheonix as it’s known internally—took the world by storm at the Detroit Auto Show this week. How will it do on the streets? We’ll find out when it reaches production next year.
The Acura NSX will have something to say about the Ford GT’s mid-engine dominance of the supercar arena, although it does it with a trio of electric motors in hybrid drive, as opposed to the race-bred twin-turbo V-6 in the Ford. The NSX is also, likely, not as strictly performance-focused as the GT is, though it may well spawn an even higher-performance NSX-R variant in the near future.
Tesla’s Elon Musk interjected his thoughts on the company’s challenges going forward, the company’s sales figures, and more, late in the Detroit Auto Show’s press days. Can the electric juggernaut keep up its pace in the face of plummeting oil (and gasoline) prices? Musk thinks so.
Cadillac’s most powerful car in history hit the stage this week, too, with the 640-hp CTS-V bringing a new era of performance to American luxury sedans. Mark Reuss also called the German competition on the carpet, so it will be interesting to see how real-world performance shakes out against the likes of the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63.
Finally, the Lexus GS F threw its own hat into the ring of larger-sedan performance with a rather anachronistic normally aspirated V-8—no superchargers or turbos in sight. Can the GS F keep pace with the Americans and Germans? We’ll find out soon.