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Detroit motor show 2009 news - Detroit 2009: Red - 2009
It’s not all hybrids and sustainable transport in Detroit, there’s quick stuff too - and they were making no apology for it.
VW Concept Bluesport
star of the show, this one - a lightweight mid-engined roadster from
Volkswagen with 180bhp diesel power. It’s been designed to accept the
four-pot Golf engines turned around and plonked behind the driver, so
tuned petrol versions are also a possibility. The Bluesport is only a
concept at the moment but it’s drivable and VW bosses are serious about
building it, providing they can be confident it’ll sell as well as the
MX-5 does for Mazda. An Audi version might also help make up the
Audi R8 V10
of dry ice and all the tightly scripted enthusiasm you’d expect from a
German autocue as Audi revealed its second most interesting car of the
show: the V10-engined R8. Shame, because they had lots to sing about -
a 5.2-litre unit out of the Gallardo putting out 518bhp and 390lb ft of
torque, which’ll do 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at 196mph. A few
visual tweaks too: all-LED headlights, bigger sideblades, new diffuser.
Costs £100,000. Find out why it was only second most interesting here.
McMerc SLR Stirling Moss
version of Merc’s supercar. No windscreen - just a couple of tiny wind
deflectors. The 5.4-litre V8 is fettled up to 641bhp, will manage 60mph
in 3.4 seconds and get to 217mph - the quickest windscreen-less road
car on the planet. Only 75 being built, all already sold to current
SLR owners for 750,000 Euros.
Bentley Conti GTC Speed
powerful Bentley convertible ever: six-litre W12 now puts out 600bhp
(48bhp more than the non-Speed). There was a press conferemce for this,
but since the covers were off the car from the moment the show opened,
we missed it. Anyway, stuff you need to know includesthe 4.5-second
0-60 and 200mph the roof-up top speed. There’s also a sportier ESP
mode, a few changes to front end, bigger wheels and bootlid spoiler.
Ford Shelby GT500
A refreshing break from the
central US auto industry theme of small, green and economical - the new
540bhp GT500. Carroll Shelby revealed the thing, available in tin-top
coupe and convertible flavours. Styling mods are subtle, but there are
more curves to that distinctive ‘Stang shape and a prettier rear end.
It’s also been sharpened up in the handling department, but the
headline news is it’s the most powerful production Mustang ever.
Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
A bit of extra power for
Maser’s four-door: 4.7-litre V8 bumped from 425bhp to 433bhp thanks to
engine remap and new exhaust. Stiffer springs, lower ride height, new
grille, fresh headlights. Definitely the big luxo-barge of choice if
you like to waft at speed.