AlphaLuxe Peek at L.A. Auto Show 2018

01/07/2019
Daniel Nikkhoo

30 November – 9 December 2018

Los Angeles Auto Show

L.A. Auto Show 2018 (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

The annual LA Auto Show offered us a glimpse in to what auto manufacturers have in store for the future, both in the way of technological advancement and conceptual design, while also honoring racing history. Lets look back at some of the highlights from the show that give us an idea of what’s to come…

 

Bumblebee

Bumblebee (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

This life-sized statue of everyone’s favorite autobot was on display to promote Paramount’s new Transformers film and the character’s car form (Volkswagen Beetle) is also in its final year of production for the 2019 year. A fond farewell to a classic automobile.

 

GERMAN MARQUES

Porsche Crowd

LA Auto Show Porsche Crowd (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

Waiting with bated breath as the unveiling proceedings commence for the new 992 911 for the 2019 model year.

2019 Porsche 911/992

Porsche 911 (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

The rear vertical brake light integrated into the engine lid of the Porsche 911/992 resembles a ‘pause button’, visually bridging the worlds of machinery and technology.

2019 Porsche Boxster GTS

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

While manual transmissions are quickly becoming extinct, Porsche helps preserve the purist H-pattern feel in the form of the Boxster GTS, offered with a 6-speed transmission mated to the turbocharged boxer-4 powerplant as well as the familiar PDK.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

With only 200 examples being produced, this 700hp track weapon is sure to garner some attention at any club sport event or track day. The only downside… it’s not street legal, but who can complain when it is a truly turn-key race car.

 

Mercedes Benz AMG GTR Pro

Mercedes Benz AMG GTR Pro (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

This limited edition of 750 units is a race car for the road, which employs experience gained from Mercedes’ GT3 and GT4 series vehicles. With a much more aggressive aero package, carbon ceramic brakes and forged alloy wheels as standard, the GTR Pro has shed some weight thus making it easier to reach its 198mph top speed.

 

AMERICAN METAL

2019 Ford Raptor

Ford Raptor 2019 (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

If you liked racing around in the desert in one of these before, you’ll be happy to learn that you can now also go rock crawling with the revisions for the 2019 model year. Some of the new features offered include Trail Control (low speed cruise control) and Live Valve Dynamic Dampers (variable suspension damping control) and even a Roll-Control (body roll) for added stability during cornering.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt/McQueen Edition

Ford Mustang Bullitt / McQueen Edition 2019 (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

If you are a fan of car chase movies it doesn’t get more iconic than Bullitt. To commemorate the unveiling of the resurrected for 2019 Bullitt Mustang and Steve McQueen edition, the original car (yes the real one) from the film was also on display next to its successor.

Ford GT Heritage

Ford GT Heritage front (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

For 2019, the Ford GT Heritage edition sports the timeless Gulf Racing livery reminiscent of the original GT40s that won Le Mans in the 1960s.

Ford GT Heritage rear (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

As it happens, Ford is auctioning off V.I.N. #001 of the heritage edition at Barrett-Jackson on January 19th, with the proceeds going to charity.

 

JAPANESE INSIGNIA

Lexus Lobby Display

Lexus Lobby Display (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

The Lexus custom display featuring a RC350 with built in DJ turntables and sound system.

Lexus ES350_LFA_UX250 Hybrid Special Edition (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

Left:ES350; Center: LFA; Right: UX250 Hybrid Special Edition

TRD/Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Drift

TRD-Papadakis Racing Corolla Drift Car (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

With a livery that pays homage to the TRD racing style of old, its definitely a show stopper. This 850hp turbocharged, nitrous-fed 2019 Corolla hatchback was torn down and completely rebuilt from the ground up, to be used as a drift demonstration vehicle; with a custom forced induction system and driveline; it is a clone of driver Frederic Aasbos’s Formula Drift car.

Nissan GTR Track Edition

Nissan GTR Track Edition (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

The 2019 Track Edition trim level boasts a 565hp twin turbo V6, higher chassis rigidity (thanks to spot welding and additional adhesive bonding) as well as Nismo-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension. At this trim level you also receive other Nismo goodies like the NISMO front fenders, wide 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum-alloy wheels/spec tires, dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler and special black and red Recaro seats specific to the Track Edition cars.

Kia Forte Drift Car

Kia Forte Drift Car (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

This is definitely not you’re average Kia Forte… the 3.3 liter twin turbo V6 out of the Stinger pushes its 375hp through a 6-speed sequential transmission to send this purpose built sedan around the track sideways.

Honda PNC Bank IndyCar Civic Type-R

Honda PNC Bank IndyCar (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

Honda’s racing background is present in everything from Indycar to the Civic Type-R. For 2019 the hot-hatches powertrain remains unchanged but receives some interior updates in the form of a revised info-tainment system featuring a volume knob and actual buttons you can press (for a more haptic feel) while also still utilizing a functional touch screen display.

Honda Civic Type-R (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

Acura

Acura Penske Racing (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

Team Penske IMSA Car usually piloted by Graham Rahal, Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves was on display with the NSX GT3.

Acura NSX GT3 (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

For 2019, Acura updates the NSX with a stiffer suspension, recalibrated hybrid motor software, and a bright new color option appropriately named Solar Orange.

Acura NSX (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

In addition to a new interior color option Indigo Blue; the full red cabin option is extended across more surfaces. Other interior changes include now standard power seats, premium audio system, proximity sensors, and navigation.

 

ITALIAN JOB

Maserati GranCabrio MC

Maserati GranCabrio MC (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

Maserati Celebrates 70 years of luxury grand touring with the new GranTurismo MC Convertible. Draped in carbon fiber, supple leather, and powered by a naturally aspirated 4.7 liter Ferrari V8 heart, making 454hp and 384lb-ft of torque, this luxe Italian drop top is sure to quickly get you to your destination in style.

 

CONCEPT CARS

BMW Vision iNext Concept

BMW Vision iNext Concept (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

BMW debuted it’s fully electric, autonomous SUV concept to showcase some of the technology the company plans to have on the road by the year 2021.

BMW Vision iNext Concept side (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

The futuristic exterior design is complimented by a set of rear passenger “coach-doors” that open up to an uber luxurious interior, the likes of which, you would find in some kind of posh lounge or café.

Infiniti Prototype 10

Infiniti Prototype 10 front (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

The Prototype 10 is what Infiniti believes to be the way of the future for electrified performance. Originally debuting at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2018, this concept car displays the goal set by Infiniti to have every new vehicle, by year 2021, utilize electric drive train technology while still remembering to provide a pleasant and thrilling driving experience.

Infiniti Prototype 10 side (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept (photo by Danny Nikkhoo) @alphaluxe

With the end of the Lancer Evolution comes the offering of this electric AI-driven crossover. Going what seems to be the same route as the Eclipse, Mitsubishi seems to be moving in a different direction from its once iconic namesake.

 


Author’s Bio

Danny Nikkhoo is a Systems Engineer building test devices for the oil and gas industry as well as specialty parts for cars and motorcycles. As a photographer, Danny has worked for Robb Report, Home Theatre magazine and Cordero Studios.

Danny mainly contributes automotive photographs for AlphaLuxe articles but also reports from automotive events.

 

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