The Chicago Auto Show isn’t often rich with world releases and loud news, but you kick me in the n.ts if it is not hot. Charged, supercharged, enhanced and custom versions of our favorite production cars as well as several hot releases is what attracts thousands of people to the showrooms of Chicago auto show every year.
While most of the heavy-hitting reveals happened at Detroit, the auto makers still have plenty of good new stuff to show us. Go and take a look at the best cars of 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
2012 Acura TL
Acura TL was one of the few 100% new cars to debut at Chicago. The car is hard to recognize with a softened nose and and refined but yet aggressive appearance. Mechanically, however, much of the car is close to its predecessor with two version of the V6, 3.5- and 3.7-liter, power either the front or all four wheels.
Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
Hyundai has enlarged the Genesis V8 to 5.0 liters (from 4.6 liters) and added direct fuel injection. Now the sporty large sedan rolls with 429 horsepower—43 more than the standard car. Perhaps most impressive thing, the R-Spec should cost less than $50k.
2011 VW Jetta GLI
Jetta GLI basically promises to be a sedan version of the GTI hatchback, which is one of the greatest driver’s cars of this year. It has a 200-hp turbo engine, sprightly suspension, and unique trim.
2011 Mazda MX-5 Special Edition
Mazda’s folding hardtop MX-5 now outsells the softtop two to one. This year, the company has added a trim and paint package, dubbed simply “Special Edition.” It’s basically a fully loaded $30,925 MX-5 with unique body color.
2011 Audi TT RS
Audi TT RS comes as one of the biggest surprises on Chicago Auto Show, because Audi didn’t plan to offer the car for sale in the U.S. Fortunately, the plans have changed and 340-hp coupe will soon be available in the US. Customers can choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Plus there’s a launch-control system for flawless automated getaways.
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
For the 2012 model year “Godzilla” the nickname for this Japanese supercar, gets an additional 45 horsepower (530 total) and chassis enhancements that improve feel. The car now also comes with an automated launch-control system that catapults the car to 60 mph in about three seconds.
2011 Dodge Durango R/T
The R/T is Dodge’s attempt at a “driver’s” SUV. The formula includes tauter suspension, special trim and a zero exterior chrome. Since the standard Durango already handles quite well, we’re curious to see if Dodge can imporve the dynamics without killing the ride.
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
Like the Challenger 392, the latest Charger uses the enlarged, 6.4-liter Hemi V8. The 465 routes power to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. THe upgraded interior looks terrific and Dodge claims a 175 mph top speed. That’s heady stuff for a roughly $45,000 sedan.
Shelby GT350 Convertible
Shelby 350 GTs Convertible will be built for 2012 at a cost starting at $26,995 for the naturally-aspirated car, or $33,995 for a supercharged version. Orders are currently being taken.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Supercharged, supersized, and superbad, the ZL1 is going to be the best performing Camaro ever produced when it debuts later this year. A version of the Corvette’s blown V8 produces about 550 horsepower and channels the torque through a six-speed manual gearbox. Chassis upgrades include 14-inch front brake rotors, 6-piston calipers, and GM’s MR adjustable shocks. Inside, the the base Camaro’s awkwardly shaped steering wheel and shifter have been replaced with more ergonomic alcantara-covered pieces. An aluminum hood with carbon-fiber bulge shaves some weight, but expect the ZL1 to still come in around 4000 pounds. The price has not yet been determined, but 50 grand seems a good guess. Race and gender are take a look at the site here always the elephants in the room