The reveals at this year’s NAIAS in Detroit had us glued and asking for more with each brand’s contribution to the show. With all-new designs, innovative technology, and limited editions on display, Detroit was the place to be for the auto enthusiast. The Detroit Auto Show produced a wide-ranging compilation of vehicles from robust SUV’s to innovative concepts and everything in between. Though we awaited each brand’s reveal with anticipation, an exceptional few made a lasting impression. Here are our top 5 picks from NAIAS 2016, with photos courtesy of Alex Tillman of Tillman Light Drawing:
1. White Ford GT
Hailed as the “first American supercar”, the Ford GT’s 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost engine pushes 600-hp thanks to a build dominated by feather-light carbon fiber and a Gorilla glass windshield. The ultralight supercar is set at $400,000 and Ford will only produce 200 GT’s in 2016. During NAIAS, Ford revealed the 2017 GT in a pristine, elegant white finish flanked in red accents– quite the change from last year’s signature blue. The stunning combination has us infatuated.
2. Lexus LC 500
Sharp lines and a vibrant candy apple finish matched with a 5.8-liter V8 engine have us wanting first dibs on a test drive in the newly revealed Lexus LC 500. LC 500 brings in the nostalgia with the V8 engine and a classic sports car design, but it’s modern enhancements give Lexus a much needed push toward distinction in a competitive market. Noted by Toyota CEO, Akio Toyoda, the LC 500 slides into place as Lexus’ flagship vehicle, providing a glimpse into what one can expect in future Lexus models.
3. Buick Avista Concept
With sleek, continuous lines and an organic, flowing interior, the Buick Avista Concept drips with movement and exudes elegance. A 400hp twin-turbocharged V6 and the latest interior technology (including an aromatherapy feature) exemplify Buick’s ability to bring together luxury and style. Building off of last year’s Avenir concept, the Avista landslides into the speed realm with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that propels 400-hp.
4. Acura Concept
We hope to see this muscular, intuitive concept from Acura in production one day. Angular shapes and a wide stance dominate the robust design of the Acura Precision Concept.Though the concept is a 4-door sedan, Precision is all about performance and innovation. With its intuitive technology—human-machine interface (HMI)— each passenger is actually scanned and the vehicle then customizes settings accordingly. Acura suggests that the future is now.
5. Mercedes-Benz Edition 130
We’re just a little more excited about the 130th anniversary of Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler’s automotive contributions thanks to the Edition 130. Mercedes-Benz pulls out all the stops with this highly exclusive, open-top powerhouse. The cabriolet boasts a 5.5-liter bitturbo V8 engine that surges from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Only 130 examples of the special edition will hit the market, each donning a custom engraving on the steering wheel and tailor-made AMG Indoor Car Cover with exclusive embroidery.