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Three Kings of the Denver Auto Show
This beauty looks too good to be true and so far it isn t!
The 2014 Denver Auto Show is well under way and we can fairly well assert there is something to interest darn near anyone. In our estimation, their specific automobiles are the most interesting or compelling to the confirmed auto aficionado.
For our money, the most exciting of these new vehicles is the recently released Jaguar F-Type Coupe that come in three trim levels and is a completely different animal that its convertible sibling, which we frankly love unabashedly.
During the unveiling during the media hours Wednesday, Jack Terhar Jr. president of Sill-Terhar Motors told of his apprehension at meeting Ratan Tata, CEO of Tata Motors, under whose umbrella Jaguar now rests.
Despite his uneasiness, Terhar found the owner of one of the largest automotive manufacturing groups in the world to be down to earth, perceptive and very personable, despite the cultural differences expected in an executive from India.
“I hear with my ears, but listen with my heart,” he quoted Tata as stating.
He continued to explain how when the design of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe was proposed, entire cadres of engineers told him graphically, complete with PowerPoint presentations that it simply couldn’t be done.
“I didn’t ask you to do this,” Tata told them. The dealers want it, so do it!”
Interestingly, the coupe was designed before the convertible, but due to America’s love affair with the roadster, (in which this writer is a card carrying acolyte) the open-air model was released first.
By the way, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R’s supercharged V8 engine develops 550 horsepower and 502 ft-lb. of torque.
For those whose need for speed exceeds even those lofty levels, the new Nissan GT-R may fill the bill. This 600-horsepower beauty is one of the fastest of all supercars and has proved it in annual drag races with the top Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Maserati and other manufacturers advanced performance models.
The new model has twin turbochargers that make the carbon fiber front fascia and even the LED daytime driving lights and headlamps hard to see at top speed. The Carbon fiber is also used for the trunk lid and all these parts have a red and gold flake sheen that scintillates as the supercar streaks by in a blur.
Bose active noise cancelation keeps the deep-throated growl of the bodacious engine outside the car where it belongs – not in the cabin.
One of the coolest aspects of this phenomenal car is the fact that only four Nissan technicians are qualified to build the GT-R engine and each model has a plaque on the front with the signature of the engineer that built that engine. Street and track specific models range from $111K to $115K. Sweet dreams are made of these, but you need an account in the Cayman Islands to run with these diamond dogs.
By far the most intriguing concept car at this year’s show is the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept. This beautiful prototype is nowhere near production or even the planning stage but the company literature admits all the manufacturers vehicles evolved from one concept or another, leaving hope alive that something like this might eventually see the light of the moon.
While in this vicinity of the show, we chanced across the 2015 Kia K-900 V8 sedan that sports a 5-liter V8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission for a whopping $66,400. Who knew Kia had luxury sedan ambitions and is this really the time to be pushing 15 to 23 mpg vehicles with the looming advent of the rigid CAFE standards?
Other highlights include a Buick 1.4-liter turbocharged DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine naked on a stand, resplendent in its chrome visage.
Then there’s the cutaway of a Subaru Forester so you can see the construction of the body, and new truck offering from Chevy, Ford, Ram and Toyota.
There’s an exhibit on the relative economy and growing availability of Compress Natural Gas vehicles and lots of information on home fueling, public outlets and other aspects of this clean-burning, cheaper fuel option. It is worthy of note that Colorado is a Natural Gas exporting state, a factor that removes transportation costs from the transportation equation.
For those who want a more interactive experience, there an outrageous video game simulator of a racing a Mustang on a track that moves you up, down and around as you steer, accelerate and brake. The Jeep has their offroad experience where you can ride or drive over a thrilling and undulating course as Jeep personnel explain the new features of the legendary Jeep Wrangler.
The Denver Auto Show continues from 10 am to 10 pm April 11 12, plus 10 am to 6 pm. It’s well worth the price of admission if you’re are planning to buy a car anytime soon or just want to keep up with an industry in a phenomenal phase of change.