Yesterday morning, the Chicago International Auto Show opened its doors for the Media to begin coverage. It will open to the public on the 8th of February. If you plan on going, here are some of the highlights from the car realm you may want to check out.
The new Dodge Challenger SRT-8 is definitely on the top of the list when it comes to sheer anticipation. We have been hearing about this car for quite some time, but only in "official" releases and the like. The real thing is now on display and the important numbers have been released to the awaiting followers. The SRT-8 will hit 60mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 170mph. It will cover a quarter mile in 13.9 seconds and using a set of Brembo brakes, your speedometer will drop from 60-to-0 in a respectable 110ft. All together the performance numbers add up to 0-100-0 with only 16.5seconds elapsing. On the skid-pad: 0.9 g's is the final number. The Challenger will also be offered as a convertible and with some additional engine packages in 2010.
YES! 3.2 Roadster
If the Challenger doesn't strike your fancy, maybe the 3.2 Roadster will. There has been quite a bit of buzz around these new beauties and for good reason. The base model is equipped with a 3.2L VW engine rated at 255hp which will motivate you and your 2000lbs of car to 60 in 4.8 seconds. Not fast enough? The next step is tossing on a turbo, good for an extra 100 ponies and 0-60 in just under 4 seconds. Still not enough you say? If you really want to (I would if i had $120,000) you can opt for the top-o-the-line 415hp version which is supposed good for over 200mph assuming you don't run out of room. A little pricey, but well worth it given the looks and performance.
2009 Acura RL
For 2009, the Acura RL has been redesigned in an attempt to make it more recognizable. The reshaped body offers more smoothly-flowing lines and a more aggressive look. A more prominent grille and slightly lower stance is also included. Providing power is a new 3.7L V-6 with the upgraded VTEC valve-timing system cranking up the output to 300 hp and 271 ft/lbs. The RL's Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system was also put under the knife, the final result being faster responses from the wheels which improves handling. The new RL will also be equipped with AcuraLink, which will be integrated into the navigation system and can draw real-time traffic updates to re-route you around accidents and construction.
Hyundai Elantra Touring
Although the Hyundai Elantra Touring was officially unveiled a few weeks ago in Montreal, this is the first real glance for the US. It's a clean little hatch, but what's important is fuel efficiency which is why sporty little guys like this one will become more and more prevalent. It comes with either a 4-speed auto. or a 5-speed manual. Options include include seventeen inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power sunroof. The standard gear is also pretty good with power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, eight-way adjustable driver's seat, heated mirrors and a stereo with an auxiliary jack and standard XM. The normal safety features, ABS and Stability Control, are also included in the package.
2009 Hyundai Sonata
The original release of the Hyundai Sonata back in 2007 really opened the eyes of other auto manufacturers. It made a bold statement and was an instant competitor to vehicle like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and, more recently, the Chevy Malibu. For 2009, Hyundai the interior has been livened up and given a few more extras to bring it up to par with other 2009's. The power-train has also seen some improvement in both power and efficiency. A re-engineered 2.4L Theta engine in the base package which makes 175hp and routes power through either a new 5-speed automatic or a 5-manual. If you want more power, the 2nd generation 3.3-liter Lambda V6 making 249hp is available, but only if you can give up you clutch as only the automatic is offered. There has been no official pricing, but if it follows suit, it will be less than Camry and Accord.
Scion tC 4.0 RS
The Series tC Release Series 4.0 RS was spotted at Chicago as well. The design come with a DAMD body kit, new front end and a spoiler kit, all of which is covered in Galactic Gray Mica paint. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a black leather/dark wood RAZO shift knob will keep your hands occupied, while a pair of gray and black "tC RS 4.0" embroidered seats are tasked with keeping you comfortable. The kit costs an extra $2700($3000 with the spoiler) plus a $620 destination fee. Sales will start in March and only 2300 will be available.
Overall, Day 1 offered some decent cars, but the Trucks and SUV's at Chicago were equally as impressive. Check back soon.
From : AutoBlog