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The LA Auto Show is in full force - indicating trends that we can expect to continue for the next few years in new car sales; efficient engines, powerful performance and hybrid technology. With so many manufacturers moving towards a more eco-friendly vehicle lineup, it's not too hard to pick our top 5 cars from this year’s show.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
First and definitely at the top of our list is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. This mid-size SUV packs a 505hp twin turbo V6 that propels it from 0-60 mph in just under 4 seconds. With Italian passion, styling and engineering, the Stelvio packs a plethora of lightweight materials. Add to these a powerful engine and the result is performance nearing exotic car level. Based on the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Stelvio fits right in with the current Alfa styling. Let’s just hope the company improves on the whole reliability front that has haunted it for decades.
Genesis G80 Sport
Up next is the new 2018 Genesis G80 Sport. After Hyundai split off the Genesis division to compete with other luxury manufacturers, the 2 flagship models, the G90 and G80, have seen slight design changes. So compared to the previous iteration of the Hyundai Genesis and Equus you won’t notice a big change to the look of this car. The reason we’re excited about the new G80 Sport is because it packs a twin turbo V6 with 365 hp that will let it compete with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class in terms of performance. The G80 still has the more powerful V8 producing 420 hp in the lineup, but the G80 Sport with a twin turbo V6 is much more fuel efficient and polar bear friendly.
Porsche Panamera Hybrid Executive
Third on our list is the 2017 Porsche Panamera Hybrid Executive. The Executive model features a longer wheelbase so that it can finally compete with the S-Class and 7-Series. The Panamera Hybrid Executive will feature a V6 turbo that puts out roughly 460 hp and has the same hybrid technology as the Porsche 918 Spyder. You might want to tell your driver to stay home on the weekends as you will most likely want to drive this thing yourself once in awhile.
Fourth on our list is the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63S. The tenth generation E-Class was already at the top of our list for last year, but now we get a E63S version that will put to shame its other German competitors. The twin-turbo V8 produces a mind boggling 603 hp that will take it from 0-60 in just under 3.5 seconds with the 4-Matic all wheel drive system. Think of the E63S as the “plus” version to the regular E63 AMG, which only offers 563 hp. And, if you think all this engine means that the polar bears are in danger, the E63S has a feature that shuts off 4 cylinders under normal driving conditions to save on fuel. Although Mercedes is not calling it the “Black Series”, the E63S is basically just that… An ultra rare, carbon infused special edition AMG Merc that is wider and more powerful than its siblings.
CT6 2.0E Plug-in Hybrid
Last but not least is Cadillac’s new flagship model, the CT6 2.0E Plug-in Hybrid. Cadillac is a bit late to the game with the eco-friendly technology, but the CT6 is the way to do it. The heart of this car is a small 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder that works in tandem with the batteries to generate 335 hp. Although this may not seem like much, it still takes the car from 0-60 in just over 5 seconds, which should be plenty performance considering you are saving the planet one Cadillac at a time.