Most likely many of you will not agree with the cars featured in this top but nevertheless these are some of the most important cars that were revealed this week during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
On the fifth spot we’ve placed the Cadillac XTS. To be honest, we never were big fans of Cadillac but the all-new XTS manages to blend the best things that this brand has to offer, wrapped around in a luxurious sedan that is very spacious and has a lot of technology features to offer. Set to rival the BMW 5-Series or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the new XTS is powered by a V6 3.6-liter direct-injection engine that fires 300 hp. Inside the cabin it sports an 8-inch high resolution display that has iPad-style controls.
The Fiat 500 Abarth is our number four in this top because it is 50% more powerful than the standard version. At the heart of this tiny sports car is a 4-cylinder, 1.4-liter engine that develops 160 hp and a peak torque of 170 lb.-ft. Aside from the extra oomph, it sports a lowered ride height, stiffer adjustable Koni shocks, beefier brakes and 16-inch alloys (17-inch optional).
To be honest, I’m almost fed up with the many concepts Subaru has released based on the upcoming BRZ model, but I have to admit that the STI Concept shown this week in L.A. is absolutely stunning. It has a huge rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes and a carbon fiber roof. The production version of this model will (hopefully) be unveiled later on this month at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Our number two in this top is the Jaguar C-X16 which is perhaps one of the most beautiful cars revealed in L.A. Even though it was unveiled back in September during the Frankfurt Motor Show, it deserves this place in the top thanks to its gorgeous looks. When it will come out, it will carry a price tag of 55,000-70,000 pounds. The C-X16 will feature a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that develops 375 hp and a maximum torque of 332 lb.-ft. This engine will be mated to a revised version of ZF’s eight-speed transmission which will have a built-in electric motor.
We’ve saved the best for last, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible, a very powerful cabrio that has a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 engine under that vented hood. This power unit fires 580 hp (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft (754 Nm). The car rides on the 3rd generation of GM’s Magnetic Ride suspension and benefits from the Performance Traction Management system. This is perhaps the best looking convertible right now. Feel free to disagree.