2011 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW — SCROLL TO READ
The 2011 LA Auto Show
Photos by Andrew Gates
Written by Nicolas Bates
RUKUS decided, once again, to head to the Los Angeles Auto Show to see what was new and exciting. We were not disappointed with what we saw.
Although nowhere near a household name, Morgan Motor Co. has been building automobiles since the early twentieth century. Morgan Motor Co. was at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year to show off a truly unique vehicle: The Morgan Aero Supersports. The Supersports seems half-Rolls-Royce, half-sportscar, and all fun. This car’s got an all-too genuine look to just be cast aside as just another model from an “indy carmaker.” The numbers aren’t bad either, seeing as how the Supersports’ V8 boasts 367 bhp and 370 lb/ft of torque and a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The entire chassis is made from ultra stiff and lightweight aluminum, which is then specially treated, bonded and riveted. As if that weren’t enough, the entire body of the car is also aluminum! Cheers to the engineers for making that happen. Some may say the Supersports looks like a targa-roofed Austin Healey on steroids. We agree, but think its damn sexy. And this year, North America gets lucky: the British-owned Morgan will be able to legally sell the 2012 Supersports in the states.
Although most concept cars take years to be build, Audi designed and created the E-Tron Spyder in less than five months. Yes, five months. Since this particular E-Tron vehicle is purely concept, designers at Audi were not afraid to utilize any space that may normally be taken up by human needs: cargo, a glovebox, etc. The Spyder is powered by a 300-horsepower twin turbo direct injection diesel V6, and two 44-horsepower electric motors. Although thought to share much of the same design as the Audi R8, the Spyder only shares the floorpan with the V8 supercar. And, surprisingly, given all the batteries and extra weight, the Spyder still weighs 300 lb. less than the Audi R8 supercar. Audi claims this concept car will reach 107 miles per gallon, and, if this is so, is there a better vehicle to have as a ‘kick off” car to show competing manufacturers what may be ahead in the coming years?
Scion’s latest concept, the FR-S (basically the Subaru BRZ STI Concept), reportedly won’t be just a concept for long, a Scion associate told us at the auto show. Currently, the car is set to have a 2.0-liter flat-four (sourced from Subaru, it seems) and will play host to Toyota’s D4-S fuel-injection system, which features both port and direct injection and switches between them for maximum efficiency. The car is definitely the sportiest thing to come out of the Toyota camp for a very long time now; however, this is still a concept, so it is unknown what exactly will hit production and won’t. There is a good chance the car will not be as wide and the wheels will probably be more around the 15” size, as opposed to the pictured 20” wheels. Regardless, the car is said to have at least 200-horsepower and a standard limited slip differential, not mention it will be rear-wheel drive. This car is guaranteed to have many consumers excited for its release.
For the past two years, Jaguar has had remarkable concept cars on display at the auto show. This year, they proudly show their C-X16, “powered by an experimental hybrid powertrain that combines an all-alloy V6 engine with a performance-boosting electric motor with a “Push-to-Pass” feature inspired by the Formula 1 Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) system.” For added efficiency, the car is outfitted with an eight-speed ZF transmission. The cars looks like a sexier sister of an earlier XK-series car, but with much more carbon fiber and aluminum. The C-X16 is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. But the kicker is, the car has Intelligent Start/Stop which enables “The system [to] shut down the engine in just 300 milliseconds after the car has come to rest and utilizes a Twin Solenoid Starter that is capable of restarting it in the time it takes the driver’s foot to travel from the brake to the accelerator.” Now that’s innovation!
Land Rover—DC100 Sport Concept
The Land Rover Defender has been one of the most—if not the most—utilitarian vehicle on the planet. It has been the number one choice in vehicle, from the suburban soccer mom to scientists on expeditions trekking through the harshest, most inhospitable locations on our planet. And to quote Gerry McGovern, design director at Land Rover: “Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world.” Yet, somehow, it seems as though they’ve done it. The Land Rover DC100 Sport is not only packed to the brim with cutting-edge technology and able to traverse anything the Defender was able to (and maybe beyond), but its design also seems to epitomize the “future” in automobile styling. The interior of the DC100 Sport utilizes induction charging areas, reconfigurable door canisters, multi-function touch screens and three-abreast social seating, while other features include Intelligent Terrain Mapping, Wade Aide (for those amphibious adventures) and On-Demand Spiked Tires. Perhaps the styling may fall under the “love it or leave it” mantra, but what this package holds within cannot be ignored.