LA auto show 2018 main highlights

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the greatest performance car unveilings from LA 2018.

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For the American motor show calendar, the most significant releases are usually reserved for the abandoned wasteland that is Detroit. This typically leaves the city of angels making do with whatever scraps the automotive industry has left before they all break for Christmas. This year however, LA has been graced with one of the biggest car reveals of the year - including a few other gems. Here’s a short list of the main performance car highlights from LA 2018. Starting with...

Porsche 992

If you weren’t aware that the new 911 debuted at LA this year, then welcome to earth. Leaving room for a future hybrid model, the new Carrera S squeezes 444bhp from its 3L Twin-Turbo Flat-6. Thanks to new turbos that spin in opposite directions, there’s now less turbo-lag than in the previous model.

The new 911 also introduces a new minimalist interior that thanks to the aggrandisement of better seats sets it up a treat for grand touring. A new chassis design improves the weight distribution, and new technology makes the car safer in the wet. For a more detailed look at the new 911, be sure to click here.

Mercedes AMG GT R Pro

The Pro version of Mercedes’ AMG GT R now ascends to the rank of most hardcore and track focused car the company currently produce. Rather than allowing their 4L Twin-Turbo V8 to run closer to its full potential, Mercedes decided to keep it at the same 577bhp and 516lb-ft of torque as the standard GT R. As for the chassis however, things are drastically improved.

New suspension enables manual adjustment for the more ardent of track drivers. Aero accoutrements adorn every orifice, helping the Pro gain cornering grip the faster it goes. Vents now feature in the front wings to reduce lift, and the interior treats you to all the luxuries of a cave - with a television. The choice is simple: you either have this, or a 991.2 GT3 RS. What’s it gonna be?

Audi e-tron GT Concept

I know what you’re thinking: “That’s just an A7 with all the traditional plastic-y bits you see decorating the front of EVs”. The e-tron GT however might just be one of the most important electric cars Audi will ever produce. While it won’t be gracing any production line for a couple of years, the concept outlines the blueprint of what we can expect.

Based on the upcoming Porsche Taycan, the two electric motors send 590bhp charging at all 4 wheels, resulting in a 0-60mph time of just 3.4 seconds! When you’re feeling more sensible, the e-tron GT should be able to see you between distances of 248 miles before requiring a recharge. Not that range anxiety is something you’ll feel with this car however, because it will be able to replenish 80% of its charge in just 12 minutes.

Porsche 991.2 GT2 RS Clubsport

This masterpiece you see before you can officially be referred to as the “old” 911 now - but keen to leave a high watermark for where the young whippersnapper will eventually have to aim, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport brings racing eligibility to Porsche’s fastest and most track-focused supercar. And yes, I really do mean that literally.

This track-only supercar you see here is fully approved by the FIA to compete in motor racing. Using the same 691bhp 3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6 as the road car, the track-only Clubsport is limited to just 200 examples. How many of them will ever be driven in anger is anybody’s guess. If I owned one, I’d want to hire a professional to help me learn how to drive it properly.

Now though, I want to ask you guys: which is your favourite unveiling from LA? Let me know by voting below, and also feel free to add a comment too.

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Written by: Angelo Uccello

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