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Last week we attended the 2013 North American International Auto Show at the COBO center in Detroit, Michigan. Nearly every car manufacturer attended, bringing countless new models for us to check out. Several caught our eye but only a select few were able to make our list as this years hottest cars. Audi brought there all-new RS7, Acura showed the NSX Concept, BMW unveiled the 4-series Coupe, Cadillac had the ELR with its advanced hybrid technology, and of course, the brand new Chevrolet Corvette.


2014 Audi RS7

2014 Audi RS7: The latest and greatest from Audi involves drastic modifications to their already fantastic S7. The RS7 carries the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 but picks up an extra 80 horsepower and 200 mph on the dash. Max power now reaches an astounding 560 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. The RS7 should throw down 0-to-60 times of well under 4 seconds making this super sedan one of the fastest in its class. The new Audi also receives upgrades to its already proven suspension making tighter springs for improved cornering abilities. Of course, Audi didn’t stop there–the RS7 gets several visual elements like the fat rear tailpipes, 21-inch chrome wheels, and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel. Needless to say, we at UPC are more than excited to see one on the road in the near future and possibly get a chance behind the wheel.

Acura NSX Concept

Acura NSX Concept: You’ve probably seen images of the NSX Concept from previous auto shows, only now they’ve shown us the interior. Acura quit production of the NSX back in 2005 and we’ve been itching for a replacement ever since. Now the new concept is becoming much more realistic with its new found interior and we’re in love. With its carbon-fiber trim and digital gauges, the NSX’s interior shows the extreme sportiness already recognized from its shell. For the last year or so, the NSX concept has been on everyone’s radar but this year it seems much closer to production. We’re ready.

2014 BMW 4-series Coupe

2014 BMW 4-series Coupe: Last year BMW released the all-new 3-series to the market setting an even higher bar for luxury sport sedans. In previous generations of the 3-series, BMW has included a coupe and convertible version, only this year they’ve changed the name to 4-series. This seems to be a sign that BMW wants to differentiate the coupe from its sedan counterpart. We at UPC are excited by this statement. While the sedan remains an enthusiasts vehicle for the broad market, the coupe can hopefully bring an extra sportiness and flare to an already perfect driving machine. BMW has yet to release specifications but we’re assuming it will have near identical engines and transmissions from the sedan. We’ll gladly wait till fall of this year to see the car in dealership lots.

2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR: Introduced this year is the all new Cadillac ELR. The new coupe gets its hybrid technology from the Chevrolet Volt but with several sporty features that were missing. The ELR gets a power bump of 58 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque making 207 and 295. This may not be enough to smoke Lambo’s and Ferrari’s but it should provide a better “drivers experience” than that of a Volt. Cadillac’s ELR also differs from the Chevy with its gaudy 20 inch wheels and sharp but classy exterior accents. We have faith in this car after reading about the ATS‘s superior handling abilities and can’t wait to drive one when it hits the market.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The new Corvette C7 could quite possibly have been the biggest car at this years auto show. We noticed a substantial mob of fans surrounding the single rotating C7 Corvette tucked in Chevrolet’s corner of the COBO center. After pushing and shoving our way to a point of visual we realized why. The new ‘Vette is absolutely breathtaking. With it’s aggressive body lines and angry LED headlights it pronounces itself as “supercar.” For the first time ever, the Corvette will feature two options for seating. The standard seat, although built for more of a comforting ride, still provides a relatively tight bolster for performance driving. The upgraded “competition” seats with a frame made from lightweight magnesium look insane–like something you’d find in a Ferrari or Lamborghini. The base Corvette specs so far are 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque from a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Chevrolet stated that these figures should make 0-to-60 times under four seconds as well as better fuel economy than the previous ‘Vette’s 26 mpg highway rating. The C7 also features an optional dual-mode exhaust system. In short, the system allows the exhaust to remain quieter a low RPM’s but when pushed hard, the exhaust growls back at you with an intense V8 rumble from the rear pipes. This new Corvette still has much to prove once it hits the track but we’re assuming it’ll be pretty damn good.