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Top 10 Horsepower-Hungry Cars From the Detroit Show--Which Was Your Favorite?

By   |   14 January,2015

This year's Detroit auto show was filled with high-performance debuts, including surprises like the Ford GT and the production version of the Acura NSX. And while there were definitely other noteworthy debuts, our attention couldn't help but be grabbed by the insane amounts of horsepower littering the show floor. We've gathered a list of the 10 most horsepower-hungry car debuts from the show. Which one would you like to take home?

2016 Acura NSX

Acura rolled out one of the most anticipated production models in Detroit, and while the 2016 Acura NSX may feature slightly toned-down styling from the original concept, what its packing under the hood has us very excited to get behind the wheel. The new NSX will be powered by a twin-turbo 75-degree V-6 with three electric motors - two up front and one in the rear - to deliver upwards of 550 hp.


2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Compared side-by-side, there are not many differences between the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and its drop-top counterpart. Thanks to its strong underpinnings, the 4C Spider gains a scant 22 pounds, which will barely affect the performance of the new model if at all. With the same 1.7-liter direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is found under the hood of the hardtop 4C, performance numbers for the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider should be relatively unchanged. Expect this convertible to pump out 237 hp. During the debut, the automaker threw out some performance numbers, including a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and 1.1g lateral acceleration.


2016 Cadillac CTS-V

While Cadillac may be thinning out the CTS-V family, the new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan will more than make up for the disappointment. The new model will deliver 640 hp and 630 lb.-ft. of torque, helping it go from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. However, we feel that number may be a bit conservative. Its Corvette Z06-inspired powertrain has an Eco driving mode that features cylinder deactivation, letting the driver sip fuel like a four-cylinder when all the power isn't needed. Expect a top speed of 200 mph and a price tag around $80,000.


Ford GT

Perhaps one of the biggest debuts to hit Detroit was the Ford GT. We've been hearing rumors about this model for quite some time, and to see it in person delighted and shocked us. This supercar will be powered by a next-gen twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 that will produce over 600 hp. Not bad for the automaker that has lately been more concerned with fuel economy than power. The new mid-engine Ford GT also features a carbon fiber passenger cell with aluminum front and rear subframes and an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension to further the surpercar designation. We can't wait until this car goes on sale in 2016.


Ford Shelby GT350R

Like the Ford GT, the Ford Shelby GT350R turned heads when it burned out while driving onto the stage platform. Under the hood of this model you'll find Ford's first-ever production 5.2-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Total horsepower? Over 500 ponies. The new Shelby GT350R features key carbon fiber accents in the rear wing and wheels. "Obviously the carbon-fiber wheels have been really exciting to work with," Ford VP of design Moray Callum told us. Unfortunately, the Ford Shelby GT350R will have a limited production run and will go on sale later this year.


Infiniti Q60 Concept

If the looks alone of the Infiniti Q60 Concept did not get our blood flowing, what rests just under the hood sure did. The successor to the G37 Coupe will be powered by an all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that has been quoted by the automaker as offering "at least 350 horsepower," which we interpret to mean that it will actually be closer to 375 hp. The body is composed heavily of aluminum, with carbon fiber and chrome accents in an effort to improve straight-line performance and fuel economy. A production car is on its way.


2016 Lexus GS F

Lexus has been expanding its F lineup, with models like the all-new RC F, and now, the automaker has revealed the new 2016 Lexus GS F. When we spoke to Lexus, it became clear that ride comfort and responsiveness take priority over pure horsepower when it comes to this model. But considering the new GS F shares the 467-hp 5.0-liter V-8 engine with the RC F, performance numbers should be close. We estimate the 2016 Lexus GS F to have a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds, which is slightly faster than the RC F. We'll have to wait and see when the GS F goes on sale later this year.


2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG

While the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 may only be a member of the AMG Sport Line and not a full-blown AMG model, it offers enough of the DNA to proudly wear the AMG badge. While powered by the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine found under the hood of the C400 4Matic, the C450 AMG delivers an upgraded 362 hp and 384 lb.-ft. of torque, propelling the new model from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. The C450 AMG will also feature an AMG adaptive sports suspension, 4Matic all-wheel drive, selectable driving modes, and aggressive styling.


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic

While we've seen previous GLE models, including the 333-ph GLE 400 and 362-hp GLE 450 AMG Sport Line model, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic is the star of the lineup. With power coming from a 5.5-liter V-8 engine paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the new model delivers 577 hp and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. In terms of 0-60 mph times, the GLE63 S can manage it in 4.2 seconds, targeting BMW's X6 M. Although the styling may not be as appealing as we would like, the power alone will have people lining up at dealers when it launches in August.


Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

In celebration of the 911 Targa's 50th anniversary, Porsche decided to give a model the GTS treatment and introduced the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS. Thanks to the 3.8-liter flat-six, the 911 Targa GTS hits 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds when equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, or 4.5 seconds with the seven-speed manual. To put these numbers in perspective, the Targa 4S needs 4.4 seconds with the PDK and 4.6 seconds with a manual to hit that 60 mph mark.



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