2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Best In Show
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The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and with it comes a fresh batch of four-wheeled goodies to pick through. With more than 50 debuts and over 1,000 vehicles in attendance, the LAAS is the West Coast destination if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from the world’s top automakers. The paint has barely dried by the time these machines roll into the Southland, and attendees get an enticing opportunity to check out what’s headed to dealers before deliveries commence. This year, we saw loads of good stuff, like updated icons, new speed machines, and even an interesting concept or two, all of which is worthy of your collective auto-flavored attention. As such, we put together the following list of exceptional debuts from this year’s event for your reading enjoyment. These are TopSpeed’s picks for Best In Show from the 2017 LA Auto Show.
Of course, it’s entirely possible you’ve got other ideas about what belongs on this list. If that happens to be the case, feel free to post your picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you think they deserve the title of Best In Show!
Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new Wrangler has arrived, and it’s bringing with it oodles of tempting options. Body styles include both two-door and four-door iterations, while behind the vertical grille slats, you’ll find one of three engine options. Cog swap duties are handled by one of two transmission options, one of which is a brand-new eight-speed automatic.
The updates continue inside, where we find a modernized interior layout, complete with a new infotainment system. Jeep even showed off a complete line of available upgrades and parts from Mopar. That’s all well and good, but the most important part of this machine is what it can do straight from the factory, and thankfully, the Jeep still looks like one helluva off-roader out of the box. Providing the grip is a 4WD system with features like a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and a 4LO 4:1 ratio with locking differentials for the Rubicon. Then there’s the Rubicon’s ability to wade through water 30 inches deep, its 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and its standard 33-inch tires. All told, this thing has all the capability as the old model, wrapped in a new school package.
Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
It’s no secret we’re fans of the Saleen S7. Rear-mid engine, RWD, and 750 horsepower stuffed into an aero-friendly body that looks like it might cut ‘ya if you stare at it too long… what’s not to like? Now, Saleen is once again offering up something new, and while it might not have the same over-the-top aggression as its older sibling, it’s still got that high-performance allure we’ve come to expect from the brand. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and a compact body keep it light, while a mid-mounted turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder sends as much as 450 horsepower to the rear wheels. A run to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while the quarter mile is dispatched in 11.3 seconds. Top speed clocks in at 180 mph.
Read our full review on the 2018 Saleen S1.
While it might have four doors and FWD, this Japanese sedan still has plenty of zoom-zoom under the hood. Now, all that go arrives with turbocharged levels of motivation, as Mazda fits the latest 6 with an upgraded and boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the 2018 model year. Outside, we find a few nips and tucks to the already great looking styling, while the interior sees a substantial refit with higher-quality trim and a simplified layout. We’re fans – now it just needs a dash of AWD, eh Mazda?
Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.
Following an unveiling of the hardtop coupe variant in Dubai, the ZR1 arrived in LA for its stateside debut, rocking an open-air top and a searing shade of orange paint. Like the coupe, the ZR1 convertible comes proper with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which gets drenched with dino juice thanks to a unique dual fuel injection system (both direct and port injection for this monster). Output is rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the ultra-wide rear wheels by way of either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Then, of course, there’s all that carbon fiber, which gets applied to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear wing, plus the enormous engine cover sticking out of the hood. Wanna get noticed?
Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.
There’s usually no shortage of outdoorsy-themed SUV concepts, no matter what show you’re talking about, but this concept caught our attention all the same. For starters, if actually looks pretty good, with big, chunky features that work well with the motif, plus a layered front fascia that doesn’t make you want to run and hide. A variety of mounts and carrier racks provide spots to store your gear, while external cameras help to record every move you make in the great outdoors. Finally, a hybrid powertrain keeps it green while crawling through the dirt.
Read our full review 2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept.