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Caddy, Mercedes, and Porsche Wow Them in L.A.

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On: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:30PM | By: Gary P Garry


Caddy, Mercedes, and Porsche Wow Them in L.A.

The Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the premier events of the year, and we blogged about it a few weeks ago. Now the show is upon us, and there are some amazing vehicles being unveiled.

Members of the press and certain people within the industry get a first look at the new offerings. The show is open to the general public on November 21st, and it runs through November 30th, but the insiders get a two-day head start.

Mercedes introduced a number of different vehicles, but the Mercedes-Maybach S600 may have turned the most heads. It is intended to compete with cars like the Bentley and the Rolls-Royce, and it carries a price tag of $200,000. The car is powered by a 523-horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 that can reach 60 miles an hour in just five seconds.

Not to be outdone, Porsche is well represented at the show. Their 911 GTS is quick off the blocks, with a 3.8-second zero to 60 time. In my eyes the car is drop-dead gorgeous. It's sleek, it's sporty, and it's classic, but it's exceedingly modern.

The 430-horsepower engine can reach a top speed of 190 miles per hour. The base price for the 911 GTS with a manual transmission is just over $115,000, and the automatic will set you back $120,000.

Another very cool car that was introduced is the Cadillac ATS-V. This car has a very distinctive, futuristic look, and it comes as a coupe or a sedan. Under the hood you have a 455-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, and you have a choice between a six-speed stick or an eight-speed automatic transmission. It comes equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, so the response time is off the chain.

As for quickness, we are talking nada to 60 in just under four seconds. The Cadillac ATS-V tops out at 185 miles per hour, and, as you might imagine, you can get the car with the latest technological gizmos. The video/GPS-driven Performance and Data Recorder that you can get in the Corvette is an option.

General Motors would like to attract BMW drivers with the ATS-V, and, personally, I would definitely give the Caddy a lot of serious consideration.

These are just three of the impressive vehicles that are being introduced in L.A., and when you look at the entire roster, you definitely feel good about the state of automotive engineering during our current era.

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