2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black SeriesEnlarge Photo
One of four new Mercedes-Benz vehicles to bow at the L.A. show will be the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series. An evolution of the gullwing sportscar, the Black Series has been tuned to deliver 631 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque. The use of carbon fiber and a titanium exhaust system have lowered curb weight 154 pounds to 3,417 pounds. And the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox has been reprogrammed for quicker shifts. That's in addition to a new carbon driveshaft, an electronic rear differential lock, and adjustable suspension.
2014 Nissan GT-R (Japanese spec)
2014 Nissan GT-R (Japanese spec)Enlarge Photo
Godzilla gets an update in the 2014 model year, and Nissan will talk about the upcoming GT-R at the L.A. show. It's largely a round of technical changes aimed at improved engine response in both the mid- and upper-rev range, increased body rigidity, and numerous changes to the shock absorbers, springs and front stabilizer. Sadly, there’s been no increase in power so peak output remains at 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Nevertheless, the vehicle's overall performance is said to have increased, high-speed stability improved, and ride quality made more refined.
MORE TO COME:
2014 Kia Sorento: running improvements to the Sorento's drivetrain and suspension are expected.
2013 Porsche Cayman: the new coupe, based on the brand-new Boxster, will have its world debut at the Los Angeles auto show.
2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4: the new four-wheel-drive 911 gets its North American introduction.
2013 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost: the 1.0-liter turbo Fiesta gets a first drive--and we'll be there.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander: An updated SUV, but without the mooted hybrid system?
Toyota: There's a major new product announcement coming from Toyota, but we'll have more to bring to you tomorrow.