The Hooniversal Opinion: Judging The New Cars Of The Detroit Auto Show

At the beginning of every year, the auto show I most look forward to rolls around, NAIAS. The North American International Auto Show has long been a favorite of mine, and when I lived in Michigan, I’d go every year. Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere near the show this year, so I’ll be reporting from the sidelines. Equally unfortunate, Hooniverse does not have any representation at the show this year. As we’ve been doing for a couple of years now, when we don’t have anyone at the show to represent our interests here in the Hooniverse, we all pitch in with our opinions.
We have new car launches in the form of Ford’s GT, Ford’s Mustang GT350R, Ford’s new Raptor (Ford is pretty much killing it in Detroit this year!), Nissan’s new Titan diesel, Toyota’s new Tacoma, Porsche’s Targa 4GTS, Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S, Acura’s NSX, Alfa’s 4C Spider, Merc’s C450 AMG Sport, Merc’s GLE, Chevy’s new Volt, Buick’s new Opel Astra Cabriolet Cascada convertible. Jaguar also debuted their new SUV, in name only. There are also some pretty tempting concept pieces, with Buick bringing the Avenir, Infiniti dropping the Q60 Concept, and Chevy shocking everyone (not really) with the new Bolt EV.
Photographs are either manufacturer supplied, or politely swiped from the hands of our friends at Autoblog and Autoweek.

Ford GT –

NAIAS is in Ford’s backyard, and they absolutely stole the show with the launch of their new GT ‘Supercar’. It looks a little bit like Ford has been hanging out with some folks in Sant’agata and getting them to pen a few lines between glasses of vino, but that’s not a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination. This new Ford GT is a gorgeous automobile, and looks absolutely ready to rock and roll. It is interesting that this one is powered by a 600 horsepower twin-turbo V6 similar to the one found in Chip Ganassi’s Daytona Prototype racers in the United SportsCar Championship this year. It’s also interesting to note that Mr. Ganassi’s team will be taking this car to LeMans next year (on the 50th anniversary of the GT’s first victory at that circuit), so maybe that’s more than coincidental.
Bradley Brownell
Amazing. The styling is perfect; modern, angry, functional, with a hint of history. The fact that’s a V6 shouldn’t surprise anyone, Ford had to use the EcoBoost in it as it will sell other EcoBoost-powered cars and the cost of turning one of Mustang’s V8 into an EcoBoost model would probably be prohibitive. I wonder how it will be priced. Given its estimate of 600hp it would be interesting to see it go against the Acura NSX, and eventually the mid-engine Corvette (if it ever happens) and obviously the Ferrari 458 or its replacement, which now needs to happen very soon.
Kamil Kaluski

I can remember the day I saw the previous Ford GT for the first time. I was twelve years old and my fascination with cars was growing faster by the day. I must have drooled all over that keyboard because my eyes were glued to the screen and my jaw was wide open – also, I may have peed a little. I immediately decided that I had to have one some day and it’s been a dream car ever since. Fast forward to yesterday morning, I’m 23 years old, wrapping up college, and working in IT when I see this incredible thing as I finished up a conference call…
I was twelve again. Piss and all.
Greg Kachadurian
Twin turbo 3.5L V6? It’s like an XJ220 that doesn’t suck! Between this and the Raptor, it seems Ford’s using their halo cars specifically to drive home the point that Ecoboost is the future (and yet no 3.5L EB Mustang…). No, it’s not an exclusive “exotic” powerplant, but the track record for supercars with plebeian (based) powerplants is pretty good, e.g.: Pantera, Noble, current Lotus, Koenigsegg, NSX, Venom GT. That said, the looks don’t really do it for me. Like most modern supercars, it looks like a jumble of surfaces with no cohesion. Specifically, I dislike that center bulge up front. Maybe I’ll like it better with 24 hours of LeMans’ best grime coating the front end.
– Tim Odell

Ford Mustang GT350R –

Soon, the Ford Mustang will have more models than the Porsche 911. This track toy looks great and I believe it will be awesome, but I reserve my judgement until I drive it. It sure as heck looks great in pictures and on paper. I still haven’t seen a Ford interior that I loved. The new infotainment systems is suppose to be hugely improved over the Ford MyTouch, I mean it couldn’t get any worse. Hopefully none of the grills and vents is fake.
Kamil Kaluski
This car is my personal favorite from the show. As great as the GT is, the GT350R is the one I’d most want to own. It’s Ford’s bitch slap right in the face of Chevy’s Camaro Z28. Oh, you have the gimmicky ‘flow-tie’ and optional air conditioning? We’ve got carbon fiber wheels, mother-effers! Take your Pirelli Trofeo-R tires and eat our Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 dust, son! How do you like them apples?
It’s got similar power to the Z28, it’s lost a whole lot of weight over the standard GT, and just look at that aero. It’s aggressive in a Detroit-Lions-fan-hopped-up-on-methamphetamines kind of way. It’s limited production, but it will be street legal. If you’ve got the capital, you can subscribe to Ford’s own brand of insanity by daily driving one of these. We are living in the golden age of cars, people!
Bradley Brownell 
I dig it. It’s a more hardcore version of what used to be the most hardcore Mustang [soon to be] offered. I like that it focuses on weight savings and I like that they went as far as giving it carbon fiber wheels. Although I find it funny that they give it carbon wheels but not carbon brakes.
Greg Kachadurian
Love the spec sheet and stance. Hate the wing and the fact that they’re more at risk of being collected by climate controlled garages than ARMCO barriers.
– Tim Odell

Ford Raptor SVT –

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Ford didn’t, they improved it. The new Raptor is the same as the old Raptor and no one will complain about that. V6 EcoBoost shouldn’t be a surprise but the 10-speed automatic transmission should be. Lighter and more powerful is always good. Hopefully the tow rating will go up slightly from the first Raptor.
Kamil Kaluski
The fact that Ford has trademarked the name ‘EcoBeast’ for this thing makes me giddy as a schoolboy.
Bradley Brownell
I like it. Not as much as I like the old one though, and I’m not entirely sure why. It might have something to do with the fact that a truck designed to race through the desert at 100 mph is suddenly supposed to be fuel efficient.
Greg Kachadurian
Like the GT, this truck is here to sell Ecoboost. The good news is by the time I can afford one, we’ll have learned how good an idea a twin-turbo direct-injected V6 pickup with a 10-speed automatic is (or isn’t).
– Tim Odell

Nissan Titan –

It’s about time! I think it looks pretty good but I feel like they were a bit safe with this design. There’s nothing super crazy or over-the-top about it, but I guess that’s the point of a work truck.
Greg Kachadurian
Hey, what’s a 2009 Ford F150 doing at the Nissan booth? Oh, I see…
Bradley Brownell
Brad forgot that the cab’s all Dodge from the A-pillar back. Speaking of which, given the random hints of Nissan-Dodge co-development over the last decade, I’m curious how many different times this truck was developed/re-developed and what of those versions made it out the door. I love the idea of a “heavy half” trucks and non-giant diesels proliferating into the aftermarket for me to eventually swap into a Jeep or something.
– Tim Odell

Toyota Tacoma –

This update needed to happen a few years ago. That said, the biggest thing that needed improvement on the Tacoma was the interior, which felt like it was out of a ’91 Corolla. The engine was dated, too, and the new V6 powerplant (no numbers yet) should make the truck seem more modern. I wonder is that new engine will trickle down to the 4Runner, with which the old Tacoma shared an engine with.
Kamil Kaluski
It’s got a standard GoPro mount on the interior mirror. What a great selling point! I’ll never have to use a silly suction cup again!
Bradley Brownell
This thing was long overdue and I’m glad to see it get some love from corporate. That being said, I agree with those that say it isn’t their best design. I think it tries too hard to look tough.
Greg Kachadurian
“Give me a tough truck from The Future!
“Sigh…ok boss”
…whence, Toyota’s current truck styling. I think we’re all trying to figure out how complete this redesign is; still, as long as they kept the six-speed stick, TRD rear locker and didn’t screw up anything major they’ll still be gold(en dust) standard against which all compact/midsizers are compared.
– Tim Odell

Acura NSX –

It may take Honda/Acura a while to develop this car, but I do believe that they want to do it right. In this production vehicle they made one huge change – they turned the engine ninety degrees, and it is now positioned longitudinally in the chassis. This is likely to have an effect on every component of the vehicle. Oh, and the engine all new, too. The cars  looks good overall, but not nearly as lust worthy as the Ford GT. I don’t think that this time the NSX will be as huge of a hit as the original was, even if they sell more units, because the bar has been raised so high by so many cars, from the Audi R8 to the McLaren, Corvette, Porsches, and even Aston Martin. Also, where’s T-roof?
Kamil Kaluski

This car suffers from the same thing that the Audi R8 suffered from. It looks phenomenal – however, it looks no different that the first concept did years ago. That’s a good thing, but it means that by the time they finally have it ready for production we’re already very familiar with it and it loses some of its WOW factor once it’s finally ready.
Acura: “Introducing the 2016 Acura NSX – finally ready for production!”
Me: “Oh yeah, that one.”
Greg Kachadurian

Porsche Targa 4GTS –

911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4.
Porsche 911 Carrera.
Porsche 911.
Porsche 911 Targa.
Porsche 911 Targa 4.
Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS.
Greg Kachadurian
I’ve driven the 991 GTS, and it was rad. The coupe was rad, and the cabriolet was rad, but in a different way. The Targa 4 GTS is the kind of rad you buy when you want both kinds of rad.
Bradley Brownell

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S –

There are those who would accuse me of being a Porsche fanboy. I swear to you that I am not, I just continue to be impressed by the quality and performance that they continue to build, even in the SUV markets. I don’t like SUVs, but I do like the Cayenne. This Cayenne is the fastest of them all. It has 570 horsepower because reasons. It sprints from zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds (That’s 0.3 seconds quicker than the Targa 4GTS just up there, by the way). This Cayenne has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in under 8 minutes.
If you can’t see why this thing is cool, then we can’t be friends.
Bradley Brownell

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider –

I have no complaints about this car. None. 10/10: would drive until it broke.
Greg Kachadurian
Once Greg went broke, I’d buy it from him and set about going broke myself. No regrets. This car is the physical embodiment of #YOLO.
Bradley Brownell

Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport –

Because bridging gaps in product lines is popular now, meet Benz’s ultimate bridge gapper.
Greg Kachadurian
And people claim Porsche has too many models in their lineup…
Bradley Brownell

Mercedes-Benz GLE –

Merc showed up in Detroit with a new weird crossover sedan ‘coupe’ thing, and it comes in two flavors for the time being, GLE450 AMG Sport, and GLE63 AMG. I guess they’re trying to capture some of the nonexistent market share from BMW’s X6 M?
Bradley Brownell 
Greg Kachadurian
I just realized that, if you pronounce it, “GLE 63 AMG” ryhmes.
– Tim Odell

Chevrolet Volt –

I think I agree with those that say they like the first Volt better. Where as the last one looked edgy and modern, this one looks a bit… casual and boring. It’s not ugly but I can’t say I’m a fan of the looks. That’s not enough to change the fact that it as one of the best Eco cars you can buy, though.
Greg Kachadurian
A bit of an Opel mixed with Acura beak grille, to me. Still, orders of magnitude better looking than most EV/PHEV/hybrids. This car covers 90% of 90% of the driving populace’s needs. Sadly, it seems the Volt is a car that doesn’t appeal to fans of domestic brands because it’s too overtly green and fails to appeal to green car buyers because it’s domestic. Hopefully some day we can just appreciate it for its spec sheet.
Tim Odell

Buick Cascada Convertible –

The Opel Astra didn’t do much to save Saturn. Does it have any hope for Buick?
Bradley Brownell
What’s an Opel doing in Detroit?
Greg Kachadurian
Pictured in its future natural habitat: driven betwwen 5 and 10 under the limit crossing Bixby Bridge on Hwy 1.
– Tim Odell

Jaguar F-Pace –

That name though… I really hope this doesn’t start a trend where Jaguar renames all of their cars F-%something%.
Greg Kachadurian
The name “F-Pace” sort of grates me the wrong way, and I don’t know why. Does Jag really need an SUV? Well, if it worked for Porsche…
Bradley Brownell
Better than P-Face, I suppose.
– Tim Odell

Buick Avenir Concept –

If the Cascada does help Buick stick around, I really hope they build this. This is the prettiest thing to ever wear a Buick tri-shield, and if it’s as good on the inside as it is on the outside, they’ll have a winner. It’ll be hard to convince luxury buyers to pick this over an A8 or an S-class, but hey, if Hyundai can do it…
Bradley Brownell
I’ve completely forgotten about Buick for a while, then they show us this. The last time I forgot about Buick completely was the first time they fully overhauled themselves. This could be good until I forget about them again.
Greg Kachadurian

Infiniti Q60 Concept –

I know it’s just a concept so far, but I’m not completely convinced with this. Maybe when they tone it down a little bit for production I’ll like it more.
Greg Kachadurian
I usually like concepts that are over the top and weird, but this one is just weird for the sake of weird. The illuminated grille badge? Could there be anything more unnecessary? I don’t mind the styling of the base car, and I think with a more traditional front spoiler, some larger side view mirrors, and some door handles, it might just look like a car that belongs on a dealership showroom floor. Regardless of styling, it’s got a twin turbo V6 under the hood, it can’t be that bad, can it?
I’ve ranted and raved before about Infiniti’s new naming scheme, and I still hate it. If someone says Q50 to me, I have no idea what kind of car they are talking about. I can only think about the first generation Q45, that weird shaped car they made from 1990 to 1993. Yeah, you know the one. I still think this is why Sebastian Vettel switched to Ferrari, he just didn’t want to try to explain what the difference between a Q70 and a Q50 was anymore.
Bradley Brownell
BMW has (had?) flame surfacing, Mazda is going for some vision of being wind-blown, Lexus makes you want to GET TO DA CHOPPAH!, but Infiniti’s direction totally does it for me. It’s organic and sinewy; reminds me of how comic book characters’ muscles are drawn.
– Tim Odell

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept –


I’m calling it now… Chevrolet’s next EV will be called the Jolt. Then they will have officially run out of names that rhyme with Volt and allude to electricity.

Greg Kachadurian
All jokes aside, whenever this actually becomes available, I would completely consider buying one. A 200 mile range for under 30 grand? I live in Reno, which is about to become a Tesla town, and I’d drive the hell out of this, just to be different. Well, different from Teslas, but pretty much the same as BMW i3s.
Bradley Brownell
If you block out the upper bar of the grille’s hexagon, it looks like it’s got a big goofy (or is that evil?) grin.
– Tim Odell

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  1. $kaycog Avatar

    Congratulations to Ford! This Ford GT surpassed anything I could have imagined. It's gorgeous, and I love it!

  2. Alff Avatar

    That Targa appears to have had an allergic reaction to a bee sting.

  3. Eric Rood Avatar
    Eric Rood

    "…the first generation Q45, that weird shaped car they made from 1990 to 1993…"
    <img src="; width="600">

    1. Rover_1 Avatar

      Nice Maxima!

  4. Devin Avatar

    If I didn't know better I'd assume the Volt was the next generation Cruze, it's just a fairly typical small sedan. There's nothing to make people in the Whole Foods parking lot come up and ask what you're driving, which is part of the appeal of an electric or hybrid apparently, given that the weird stuff tends to sell while the normal looking stuff languishes on dealer lots.
    Unrelated, I think Toyota's truck division is trying to justify all the hours wasted playing Angry Birds.

  5. geistkoenig Avatar

    Funny thing about the GT350R is that it makes me comfortable wanting the "regular" GT350.
    I know everyone will call the GT Best in Show, but I think the Avenir may be the most important if it leads to production and is the vanguard for an updated identity for Buick. Nothing else is more thought-provoking or ambitious. I love it.

  6. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
    PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    1. Ford won the show. All of it. It's like they started taking their medicine a few years back (I'll diatribe on this in a later comment) and this show was completely, "You make us want to be a better car company." The gloves are off at Ford. They are punching way above their weight-class with the new products.
    2. Chevy (and by extension automotive media) stop comparing to Tesla. It's not even close to the same market. Maybe, i3. But really what they have is a more practical Leaf. Rather than try to prove you are adequate at a discount, why not sell on value. You offer twice the range, more cargo, better seating arrangements and a better vehicle than Nissan for the same cost. Done deal.
    3. The new crop of Japanese pick-ups have lost their way in the way that Honda lost theirs for sporty fun cars. They've forgotten what made them unique and now they are waving the size and luxury banners. We want cheap, durable, reliable trucks DAMNIT.
    4. Buick. I like the moves they made. They're niche moves which is great for that brand. Normally I would fulminate them and wax on about the need for a contending mid-sizer, but with the distinct lack of a full-size American RWD flagship, this Buick may tick a lot of boxes. Also, the Cascada is a wonderful execution on a class of convertible that will sell in sunny states to people we love to disparage, but have dispensable income. Also, Baby boomers are retiring and they are moving to warmer climes. I think this is a wise move.
    5. NSX, wait too long and then Ford upstages you. I get that the NSX is an amazing piece of machinery, but I just can't be excited for it anymore. I have looked at that design for 5 years now. They're going to bring it to market (finally) and a new R8 will come out and destroy it in all practical terms.
    6. Alfa, anyone surprised by a topless Italian doesn't know Italians.
    That's my take.

    1. Devin Avatar

      Another point in favor of the Cascada: The Sebring convertible doesn't exist anymore, and hasn't for a while. The Buick is naturally better than the Sebring convertible, but it's going to the exact same market – people who want to put the top down to celebrate their retirement, also people who want to rent non-performance drop tops to tourists in states with lots of sun – and doesn't really have competition. Also everyone who owns a Sebring convertible probably wants to replace it around when the Cascada hits showrooms anyway.

      1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
        PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

        Precisely. Right now for non-enthusiast convertibles that aren't luxury-class prices and can carry your golf foursome it's the cheap versions of the Camaro and Mustang.
        They've come a long way, but they are not great cars. In fact they're intentionally watered down in the suspension and creature-comfort department to make the GT/SS versions look better. And for many who summer in the DET-CHI-MNPLS region and winter in FL this is a car they can use everywhere effectively, even if they have to run north for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
        The Solara and Sebring are gone. So what is you option?
        I think it's perfectly not cool while still being cool enough to work.

        1. Devin Avatar

          As an added bonus they've got an instant theme song for the ads:
          [youtube Y77A9-hQAp0 youtube]

      2. Vairship Avatar

        Am I the only one thinking that a convertible named Cascada gives me less-than-total confidence in its weatherproofing?

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      ford has been ruthlessly murdering it since this decade rolled around. previous and current mustangs? fiesta, focus? aluminum F-150? raptor? the list goes on…and on, and on. it's like they're incapable of making a car that sucks.

      1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
        PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

        Mullaly did a lot to shift the focus on product instead of budget; attempting to reverse the old sales cliche of "getting a great deal on a bad steak."
        The cars were more expensive for their classes than previous Ford counterparts. Time was when the Camry and Accord cost noticeably more than a midsize Ford. Now they're pretty well on par and sometimes the Ford is even more expensive.
        Also huge is success breeding success.
        I remember an article over a decade ago, and I wish I could recall the author, but it was about how to build/fix a car company. The author said the midsize sedan is the absolute most important vehicle in your line-up. Its sales were the indicator of your company's mainstream health. He went on to write that if you wanted to break into the American market in a big way, you should stop every other product development that interferes with you producing the most competitive midsize sedan your engineers and designers know how to make. I think it's by no mistake that Ford turned itself around primarily at the launch of the 2nd gen Fusion. The first generation was a warning shot. They were dangerously close to nailing it, but there was room for improvement all over the car. I liked it a ton, but it wasn't quite there compared to some competitors. Then came the laser focus of fixing those issues for the 2010 launch. That Fusion put Ford back on the map for many.
        I'll admit I am biased for the American car company. I want to see them do well. If for nothing else because I want to see my former neighbors in Michigan do well.
        The new F-150 was a huge risk, but it was well calculated and I think one that will pay off, especially when the other 2 domestic producers begin to use aluminum themselves. There was a time when channel frames were the accepted norm in pickups. We saw the outpouring of derision that the Turndra received when they didn't fully box their frame rails. The truck market is funny like that.

        1. wunno sev Avatar
          wunno sev

          re the tundra, i think the open-box frame was just something people could latch onto to bitch about. it was getting a lot of good press and fanboys had to find something about which to ridicule it. show those same guys a thirty-year-old pickup truck with an C-channel frame, and they'd get misty-eyed and talk about how they don't make 'em like they used to.
          the aluminum truck is really impressive. ford is making a huge expenditure, and it's one that's vitally important. steel is the safe, easy choice. for ford to make a move like that on a vehicle that's so profitable is nuts. i don't doubt that it'll pay off financially anyway, but even if it doesn't, aluminum trucks are inevitable, and ford gets to be the one to make it happen first, a point of pride for the product people. ford's other cars will benefit, too. and for everyone, aluminum manufacturing and engineering will be better-developed sciences. it's a big impact for one truck to have.
          man, i could go on and on about the aluminum F-150. it's a perfect example of how super dope ford is these days. if i ever buy a new car from a dealer, it'll have a blue oval on it.

          1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
            PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

            Oh, I agree on the Tundra, that was my point, that the segment is very "me too" because the marketing is always nonsensically "Ours is a fully boxed frame because that makes it stiffer." No one asks if it's better to have a stiffer frame. And, as Toyota taught its sales teams, most big rigs are using C-channel frames because flex in the frame means it isn't breaking under load. Also they could run brake lines and wiring in the C-channel and protect it from impact, box frame has it on the outside in the elements. Whatever. The new Tundra is a fully boxed. Why? Because they were tired of trying to have rational conversations with irrational buyers. "Brawndo's got what plants crave. They crave Brawndo. It's got electrolytes."
            I agree the Al is more guarantee than gimmick. It's amazing the forward-push that it will have on the market of trucks. I'm excited for it. I can't wait to see it trickle down to midsize (and if the chicken tax would die) small trucks that we could see light trucks that deliver solid MPG, tire wear, and all of the benefits of lightness without losing capabilities.

  7. pj134 Avatar

    Woah woah woah, let's not get ahead of ourselves and forget that the first and second generation Rivieras were the prettiest Buicks built. That said, it is a very pretty car and probably should be wearing the Riviera badge.

    1. geistkoenig Avatar

      Rivieras were always two-doors, so not a match here. A two-door derivative of the Avenir would definitely wear the name well, though.

      1. pj134 Avatar

        Chargers were two doors too, things change sometimes.
        Don't get me started on those 4 door coupe bastards though.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          There are even earlier four-door Rivieras, too, such as this '51 Super Riviera:
          <img src="; width="450">

    2. Devin Avatar

      Too many doors for a Riviera badge.

  8. Jeff Avatar

    Dolt, not Jolt and by now I'm sure y'all've seen the interior of the Buick and it's as stunning and the ex'. Build this puppy Buick.

  9. BuickButt Avatar

    I'm quite excited about the Buick Avenir. When (if) it rolls into production I see no qualms against the option of an LT1 in it. I'll be calling mine the "Park Avenir".
    Also, maybe Acura can save a shit load of dough and re-run the Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno NSX commercial for the Super Bowl from three years ago.

  10. 7FIAT's Later Avatar
    7FIAT's Later

    Glad to see the Raptor back in the line-up and I have this little voice in my head saying sell all of my vehicles and just have the Raptor as my all around vehicle. One point of concern and wondering if anybody knows the latest on the carbon build-up on the valves that the eco-boost motors are rumored to have?

  11. muthalovin Avatar

    NSX & Raptor: 10/10. Gimmie both.

  12. HycoSpeed Avatar

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    A V-6 huh? In an American manufacturer's halo car? Perhaps I can direct your attention over to Sniff Petrol for some hard-hitting reporting about the true reasoning behind this engine choice.

  13. Andrew_theS2KBore Avatar

    Am I the only one who doesn't like the GT? The original GT40 and the previous GT were timeless designs- they had a shape and proportions all their own, eschewed contemporary styling trends (in the GT40's case, because racecar, etc), and emphasized form following function. The old GT should have been a shameless retro pastiche, but it wasn't- it looked modern, and continues to do so today. It's not really my sort of supercar (360CS/Gallardo Superleggera/track-biased lunacy preferred) but I understand why they are so in demand and have been for over a decade.
    The new one looks like the fevered dreams of a Hot Wheels employee circa 1995. Other than the flying buttresses (which I have hated since the 599, and will continue to hate) there is nothing distinctive about the overall shape. The proportions are odd and the details will look painfully dated in ten years.
    I don't care for the new NSX for much the same reasons, plus I'm still not sold on hybrid supercars. Weight is the enemy.

  14. nanoop Avatar

    "Fpace, the final pfrontier."
    Wait, new cars? I need talk to the 4C owner in 2030.

  15. craigsu Avatar

    Down votes be damned! That Alfa is ugly. No, I'm not taking that back.