A pair of Porsches, one very sexy Volvo, and more coming from the Detroit Auto Show

2014 detroit auto show preview volvo xc coupe concept
Volvo Concept XC Coupe

The Detroit Auto Show – or the North American International Auto Show, as the American Big Three like to call it – is the biggest auto show on U.S. soil. It should come as no surprise, then, that there will be some spectacular unveils taking place at this year’s snowy event.

Luckily for you, we here at Digital Trends will be braving the artic blast and making our way to the Midwest for this year’s show. While we’re on the show floor, we’ll be bringing you up-to-date specs on all the big announcements, including plenty of first-glimpse walk-arounds and some deeper-dive videos.

Before we unpack our long johns, though, let’s take a quick look at a few of the cars we expect to be the highlights of this years show:

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevy blew us away with the all-new Corvette Stingray at last year’s Detroit Auto Show. And then it tickled our tech fancy with the Performance Data Recorder at last week’s CES. This week, it’ll likely knock our socks off with its all-new performance Corvette the Z06. Not much is known yet of the track-taming beast. If rumors are true, though, it should be powered by a 625-horsepower supercharged LT4 V8 and slathered in some bright yellow paint.

2015 Subaru WRX STI

We just got back from driving the all-new WRX and were blown away with its power and poise. So the WRX STI – the hopped-up version of the WRX road-going rally racer – should be absolutely mental … in a good way. Just like the Z06, we don’t know what will be under the hood. We suspect, though, it’ll be a version of the WRX’s turbocharged 2.0-liter BOXER four-cylinder punched out to 2.5-liters, which should be good for 300+ hp. If you plan on buying one of these bad boys, you better befriend a good chiropractor.

Lexus RC F

Lexus already revealed the RC F last week ahead of the scheduled unveiling. The show floor will be our first chance, though, to glance this two-door beauty in person. If you’re wondering what the RC F is all about: consider it a BMW M4 fighter. Powered by a modified version of the IS F’s 5.0-liter V8, the RC F coupe should make around 500 horsepower, which will be sent through an eight speed automatic to the rear wheels. Granted, the auto should zap some sportiness, but that power output should more than make up for it. Especially considering the M4’s turbo inline six-cylinder only makes 430 ponies. Take that, Germans!

Lexus RC F

Porsche 911 Targa and Targa S

The 911 Targa twins are a bit of a mystery. We don’t yet know what they’ll look like. Regardless, we already know for certain they’ll be brilliant. We know we’ll upset some Porsche fans when we say that these will be the first seriously cool 911s since, well, the last Targas went out of production. As for power, we suspect the Targa and Targa S will be offered with a 3.4-liter flat-six producing 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque or a 3.8-liter six with 400 hp and 325 lb-ft.

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Some of the Digital Trends auto writers, namely Nick Jaynes and Peter Braun, are Volvo nerds. Delightfully, Volvo’s already-revealed Concept XC Coupe should prove interesting for more than just us Volvo geeks. Here’s why: The XC Coupe marks Volvo’s entry into a new world. It’s finally thrown off the shackles of its former overlord, Ford, and designed an all-new platform and a series of drivetrains. Not only will the XC Coupe prove beautiful, it should be sporty and efficient as well. We dare say that the XC Coupe could mark the end of the German’s reign on sport luxury.

Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet.
Cars

With 341 horsepower, the WRX STI S209 is the most powerful Subaru ever

The Subaru WRX STI S209 is the latest in a series of special editions that have never been sold in the United States before. The 341-horsepower pocket rocket debuts at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Cars

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is ready to strike with over 700 hp

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 revives one of the greatest names in American muscle cars, and gives Ford some ammunition in the horsepower war with Chevy and Dodge. Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the GT500 boasts over 700 hp.
Cars

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…
Cars

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.
Cars

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.
News

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.
Cars

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.
Cars

Boutique carmaker Karma Automotive, legendary design firm Pininfarina team up

Karma Automotive is partnering with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on future luxury cars. The first product of that partnership will appear later this year, Karma said, without offering other details.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.
Cars

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.
Cars

Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer

The Nissan Altima midsize sedan is now available with all-wheel drive. To advertise that fact, Nissan's Canadian division slapped some tank-like tracks on an Altima to create a one-off show car.