The LA Motor Show opens to the public on Friday 30 November, whilst the press have already been able to poke their noses around the newest metal on the market and there have been very tasty reveals indeed.
Tens of cars have made their public debuts in the heart of West America and the show will be the perfect way to round off the year’s major car event.
All of the top manufacturers have made their way to LA and here are three of the best models that have been brought over to the States for thousands to see in the flesh.
What do you get when you mate the potent supercharged 5.0-litre V8 from the Jaguar XKR-S and stick it in the front of the firm’s already superb XFR? The XFR-S is the answer; a 542bhp super-saloon that goes from 0-62mph in a brisk 4.6 seconds, just 0.2 secs slower than the XKR-S it follows.
With that extra 39bhp, the XFR-S is Jaguar’s fastest ever saloon car and it is thought that its 0-100mph time could be sub-nine seconds and all the way to a top-speed of 186mph. Although the engine is straight out of the XKR-S, Jaguar’s chief vehicle engineer, Mike Cross, insists “there’s more F-type learning than there is XKR-S.”
Evidence of that statement is in the fact that the F-type’s Quickshift transmission channels the car’s power. More additions to the XFR-S include an uprated suspension, which is 30 per cent stiffer the XFR, improved electronics make the car run much firmer when placed in Dynamic mode and the throttle response has also been changed to increase the torque input.
The driving man’s Porsche has had its second big update since arriving over seven years ago to keep it up to the standards of the new 911 and Boxster models. Beefed up looks and the backend spoiler from the Boxster has given the Cayman a more than comprehensive refresh.
Weight-saving measures have been employed to further enhance what were already competent driving dynamics and the redesigned package also offers a better weight distribution to give the chassis a more balanced feel.
The Cayman will be offered with 2.7 and 3.4-litre flat-six engines, the former a brand new version and the latter a reworked version of the existing unit. The 2.7 – replacing the old 2.9 – offers 275bhp and has a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds, whereas the 3.4 has 325bhp on tap and a 0-62mph time of just 5.0 seconds. They even offer improved emissions and fuel consumption.
Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series
One of the stars of the show was always going to be Mercedes Black Series version of the impressive SLS, especially since the success of the equivalent C63 model that we saw earlier this year. The Black Series SLS sports a few aero and mechanical elements from the GT3 race car, including a new front splitter and rear spoiler.
The 6.2-litre V8 has been raised to 622bhp and the added brawn under the bonnet matches that of the cosmetic changes that make the looks of the SLS truly equal its personality. This time, carbon fibre has been used extensively for the aggrieve bodywork and there is even an optional aerodynamic package.
With all the changes to the body and some technical aspects, the Black’s kerb weight has been reduced by 70kg to give it sharper handling, especially when the new aero additions come into effect.
The Black can reach 0-62mph in a staggering 3.6 seconds which is 0.1 secs quicker than the GT version that arrived earlier this year, but 3mph slower at the top-end due to added downforce levels.