We're a little over a week into 2017, but we're already getting a great look the cars of 2018 at the Detroit Auto Show. This year's show is a little quieter than previous years, but there's still some great machines on display here in Detroit's Cobo Center. Here are our favorites.
Kia's design has been strong for the last couple of years, but the Korean automaker hasn't made a truly fun-to-drive machine. That looks to change with the Stinger GT, a 365-hp rear-wheel-drive sedan with gorgeous looks and a Nurburgring-tuned chassis. Kia promises this car is a true Grand Turismo, and we're very excited to put its claims to the test.
It's an electric Microbus. What's not to like? The name's kinda silly, but everything else is cool. It rides on VW's new electric-car platform, dubbed MEB, and as you'd expect, it's fully autonomous. Volkswagen has teased us with bus concepts many, many times before, so hopefully this one will actually reach production.
For 2018, the Ford F-150 finally gets the diesel we've all been waiting for. Ford hasn't released this motor's specs, but its a new, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that'll compete directly with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The F-150 gets some styling changes for 2018, but it's that motor we're most interested in.
The new Audi SQ5 gets a turbocharged V6 that produces 354 horsepower, but that's not the coolest part. Under the skin, the SQ5 gets an air suspension that lowers ride height by 30mm, and a torque-vectoring differential that can send 100 percent of the car's power to one wheel–just like a Focus RS. Suddenly, we really want to drive an Audi crossover.
Ok, so, we first saw the Volvo V90 nearly a year ago, but we're including it here anyway. Why? Well, just look at it. It's easily the most beautiful wagon on sale today, and quite possibly the best looking wagon ever. In this shade of brown, it's especially great. U.S. customers will need to custom order the V90, and we sincerely hope they do.
The Lexus LS isn't the sort of car you typically read about on Road & Track, but we've got high hopes for this one. Why? Lexus has been on a roll lately with the brilliant GS F and gorgeous LC500, the later of which the LS shares a platform with. The LS500 gets a new twin-turbo V6 producing 415 horsepower, and all the crazy tech you'd expect of a car in this class.
With the Continental Supersports, Bentley has gone of the deep end in a beautiful way. Its 6.0-liter W12 produces 700 horsepower, which rockets the Supersports to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and onto a 209-mph top speed. Not bad for a big luxury coupe.
There are all sorts of versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT, but we really think AMG hit the sweet spot with the GT C Coupe. It gets a 550-horse 4.0-liter V8, and lots of fancy hardware from the track-focused GT R. The GT C might not be as fast as the GT R, but it might be the better street car.
No, the M550i xDrive isn't the M5 we're all waiting for, but you might not be able to tell that by its acceleration figures. Thanks to its 456-hp V8 and all-wheel-drive, it'll hit 60 mph in under four seconds, which embarrasses the previous-gen M5. If that's any indication, the next-gen M5 will be a rocket ship.
For 2018, the Subaru WRX STI doesn't get any more power from its 2.5-liter flat-four, but does receive an upgraded all-wheel-drive system, new Brembo brakes, and a fancier interior. The STI has alway been one of our favorite cars, so subtle changes are no problem here.