As expected, the 2017 Chicago Auto Show attracted a diverse audience as everyone waited anxiously for the debut of the new 2017 roadsters. The event was flooded with new trim levels and a wide range of special edition models. Since the first Chicago Auto show was held in 1901, it has grown to become the biggest auto show in North America with the highest number of exhibitions on the continent. The event takes place in the McCormick Place complex, occupying at least one million sq ft. in the North and South Exhibit Halls, and is sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA). Exhibitions include sport utility vehicles, a variety of local and imported trucks and passenger cars, and of course, concept or experimental cars. The collection totals almost 1,000 different vehicles, in addition to numerous auto related exhibits and accessories. Take a look at the top ten cars at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
1. Audi R8
Introduced for the 2017 model, the new Audi R8 comes with a staggering price tag of $162,900. It was introduced to compete with the likes of the new Lexus LC, Chevrolet Corvette, and BMW i8. Below the hood, there are two 5.2- V10 engines, with the base power plant generating 540HP and 398 lb ft. of torque and the second one producing 610HP and 413 lb ft. of torque. These are connected to a 7-speed automatic transmission and AWD. The car also comes with impressive features such as traction control, stability control, knee airbags, front airbags, side-curtain airbags, front-side airbags, rearview camera, rear fog lamps, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, premium audio, infotainment system, navigation system, keyless starting, heated seats, tilt/telescope steering wheel, sunroof, 20-inch wheels, rear spoiler, racing seats, front lip spoiler, carbon-fiber rear diffuser, and carbon-ceramic brakes.
2. 2017 Dodge Viper
The Dodge Viper is a 2-seat sports car designed for performance. The 2017 Dodge comes in special edition models to celebrate the end of Viper’s production, which was offered in ACR, GTS, GTC, and SRT trims. The new models include: Dodge Dealer Edition ACR, VoooDoo II Edition ACR, Snakeskin Edition ACR, Snakeskin Edition GTC, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, and 1:28 Edition ACR. These are equipped with modern features including satellite radio, navigation, infotainment system, premium audio, leather seats, adjustable pedals, air conditioning, carbon-fiber hood, spoiler, matte exterior finish, and exterior racing stripes. The Viper has been famed for its singular mind blowing exhaust note. It is powered to a 645HP V10 engine connected to a 6-speed manual transmission and has a race version –the ACR- which uses higher performance aerodynamic, braking and suspension components.
3. Lotus Evora 400
This miniature supercar is equipped with an elegant, forward swept cabin, as well as a mid-mounted 3.5-L V6 and rear wheel drive under the hood. It weighs just below 4,000 pounds and can generate 400hp and 302 lb ft. of torque. It also comes with an option of a 6-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual gearbox. It can propel from zero to 60mph in 4.1 seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 174mph with automatic and 186mph with manual transmission. The chassis is made of bonded and extruded aluminum, with an oval exhaust finisher, 3-element rear wing, and rear sport diffuser. There is an optional BlackPack that includes black mirror caps, black sills, and black roof. The 2+2 cockpit can be furnished in Alcantara, leather, or cloth. Other notable features include rear view camera, Bluetooth, navigation, subwoofer, 5 strategically placed speakers, and an Alpine sound system.
4. Lexus LC
The new Lexus LC is a 2-door coupe with excellent performance. Under the hood, the car features a 5-L V8 engine generating 471HP, which is mated to a 10 speed automatic transmission. It has a four- seater capacity and comes with rear wheel drive. The LC also offers a hybrid model with a 3.5L V6 power plant paired to an electric motor. Additional features include leather upholstery, premium audio, and infotainment system.
5. Rolls-Royce Dawn
If the brand itself is not enough to impress you, then perhaps the fact that it is the convertible version of the Rolls Royce Wraith coupe will. The car was handcrafted in Goodwood, England, and comes with rear hinged coach doors. It uses a 563HP 6.6-L twin turbocharged V12 engine spitting 575 lb ft. of torque, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. One of its most impressive attributes is the integrated infrared night vision camera with the ability to detect hazards up to 1000 feet ahead. It also boasts a head up display that provides lane departure warnings, speed limits, directions, and current speed at a glance, among other features.
6. Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is a truck based full size SUV with a prominent, horizontal mesh grille. It is reminiscent of Ford’s SUV lineup as opposed to its F-150 background. The car has an eight-seater capacity and is around one inch bigger than its predecessor. It is equipped with a 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine from the F- 150s, paired to a ten speed automatic transmission. There’s a button at the cargo area that controls the second and third row seats, as well as Wi-Fi capability from the family hauler connecting up to ten devices.
7. Ford Mustang
Ford decided to drop the V6 engine for the Ford Mustang, subsequently incorporating elements of its cousin – the Shelby GT350. It benefits from a lowered hood, fascia, and headlights, as well as a wider grille and new vents. The idea behind the lowered hood is to create better sightlines and reduce drag on different parts of the road. There are 3 new colors, twelve wheel options, and new C-shaped bars on the taillights and headlights. The V8 engine is paired off to a ten speed automatic transmission and features an unspecified boost in torque.
8. Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
The first generation GT sport was introduced to succeed the Touring in 2013. The new Hyundai Elentra features 2 new engines connected to a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The car benefits from a 1.6-L turbocharged engine from the sedan version generating 201hp power output. The seventeen inch rollers on the GT have been replaced by eighteen inch wheels. The interior is also bigger with a wider cargo capacity. The seats can fold down to free up 55.1 cubic-feet of space.
9. 2017 Land Rover Discovery
This gigantic SUV represents the first complete facelift of the Discovery in twelve years. It has enough space to accommodate 7 people in 3 rows, and dropped about 500KGs in a less boxy design. It also eliminates the LR designation and comes with an increased fuel economy without compromising its towing power, which reaches up to 3719KGS. The Land Rover Discovery is powered by a turbo diesel V6 engine and a supercharged 6-cylinder gas variant. You can actually control the seats remotely using a smartphone app, with the second and third rows folding in just fourteen seconds. Through the suspension, the car can be lowered by approximately four centimeters for easier access into and out of the car.
10. Kia Stinger
The debut of the Stinger in the 2017 Chicago Auto show set Kia into the luxury sport league with the Porsche Panamera, Audi A7, and Tesla Model S. It is designed with 2 available engines. The base engine is the twin turbocharged V6 seen in the Genesis G90 sedan, generating an estimated 365hp power output. The car can sprint from zero to 100kmh in 5.1 seconds and achieve a maximum speed of 268 kmh.