While there are debuts aplenty at most major auto shows, the strange stuff on the peripherals deserve attention, too
Lexus RC racer
You want carbon? We’ll give you carbon! With a sky-high wing, widebody kit, and front canards, to boot. That’s what you need if you’re going to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
GMC fire truck lowrider
At least we think it was once a fire truck. Whatever it was, you’re bound to stop traffic.
Nissan "Star Wars"-themed Titan “AT-M6”
Sure, the Maximas and Qashqais (well, “Rogue Sports” as we are, after all, in the US) you see here are great, but nothing has the presence of this Titan XD made to look like a lumbering AT-AT, with cannon and sound effects to boot.
Toyota FT-AC Concept
Another show, another Toyota concept crossover off-road thingy that we’d love to see get made. Hot on the heels of the FT-4X Concept we saw at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year, the FT-AC trades the FT-4X’s creamsicle paintjob for a lime-green jobby, and the 4X’s squared-off proportions for something a little sleeker and more modern.
GMC Sierra 2500 All Mountain Concept
Originally revealed in Vail, Colorado, this monster of a pickup is made to take winter and kick it in its frozen behind. With raised suspension and a Mattracks conversion, it would make even the harshest Canadian winters stand up and take notice.
Mazda Cup Racer
I have a hard time thinking of any car available at retail that’s more ready for amateur racing than the ND MX-5. Enter the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge series in which this competes, and you’ll have the chance to visit legendary tracks such as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (but of course!) and The Brickyard itself, Indianapolis.
Mercedes-AMG GT 4
If you have deep pockets and the standard GT R just isn’t hardcore enough, then the GT 4 may be just the right ticket for you. With a massaged biturbo V8 good for 503 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque plus race-proven aero and chassis adjustments, all this most hardcore version of the GT needs is a track.
Benz-flavoured donuts, or something
Not sure what “Super Chocolate” means, but Red Sow Red Velvet sure sounds mighty tasty.
Chopped, lowered, and bagged GMC pickup
The colours! The faux-rust inserts! The solid wheels! Add a surfboard, and you’ve got the ultimate California cruiser.
The Toyota C-HR already looks cool, here’s how to make it look cooler
As funky as the new Toyota C-HR compact crossover is, its styling isn’t for everybody. In that light, why not give it a huge wing, lower it, put slicks on, and slap it with all manner of go-fast decals?
California’s Rezvani Motors took the wraps off its newest model not long ago, a wildly styled off-roader with a Dodge HEMI V8 it aptly calls the Tank.
Ford GT Heritage Edition
Big GT fans will remember that the original “new” GT got a special edition of its own, done up to recall the classic Gulf-liveried racers of the late ‘60s. They couldn’t very well go back to that for the new GT, so they delivered this instead: a take on the livery worn by the winner of the historic 1967 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And we thank them for it, from the bottom of our hearts.
Hot Wheels Camaro
Many may not know this, but one of the first Hot Wheels ever produced was a Chevrolet Camaro. So, in honour of the Camaro’s 50th anniversary this year and Hot Wheels’ 50th anniversary next year, Chevrolet is giving buyers an opportunity to deck their Camaros out in a host of Hot Wheels regalia, from badges to special interior and exterior colours. Orange track sold separately.
Jaguar I-PACE racer
Just to prove that switching to all-EV doesn’t mean you’ve kicked the performance aspects to the curb, Jaguar is rolling out the I-PACE eTROPHY. Lame name? Perhaps, but these race-prepped versions of the I-PACE EV will be jostling for position on the same tracks as the FIA Formula E racers in a supporting role on race weekends.
We heard you like carbon fibre, so we gave you some carbon fibre to go with your carbon fibre!
Lame Xzibit/Pimp My Ride references aside, this is one monster of an Acura NSX. Thing is, you won’t find it in the show’s aftermarket hall, surrounded by lowered fire trucks and pickups that ride so high, you need a step ladder to get in. No, this “naked” NSX GT3 could be found right there on the show’s main floor, surrounded by other production Acuras. Why? Because it’s in the spec – yes, right down to the all-carbon construction – used by the Acura Motorsports team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Like any auto show, the Los Angeles Auto Show had its fair share debuts for 2017. An all-new Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and Mercedes-Benz CLS all made their debuts to big fanfare and acclaim. There’s no question that these were some really exciting, notable releases.
The thing about major auto shows is that while yes, there are debuts aplenty, the peripheral stuff deserves some attention and in fact, sometimes has a bigger following than what you may see on the main stage. Here’s a selection of the great content offered by LAAS we got to enjoy after butting heads and elbows in press conference media scrums.