It’s literally impossible to navigate the bustling floors of any auto show these days without being bombarded by some kind of driverless car technology.
Even the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which kicked off this week, has turned into a huge tech extravaganza, buzzing about everything from luxury SUVs with autonomous capabilities to vehicles free of steering wheels and gas pedals.
And hey, don’t get us wrong. We look forward to a future where we’ll be able to pull a Knight Rider, using an app to summon our own personal driverless vehicle after a long night out on the town. But for those like us who still cherish the more traditional notion of a car, here are a few sights from the Detroit show that make us even more excited about actually holding a steering wheel.
1. 2019 Chevy Silverado LT Trailboss: As one of the best-selling mid-size pickups in the U.S., the Chevrolet Silverado has established quite a fan base among pure driving enthusiasts in a world where payload and towing capacity rule. The all-new 2019 model line-up for the Chevy truck builds on that appeal with the addition of a new LT Trailboss edition that’s equipped with a unique off-road package, considerably cranking up the thrill factor.
2. 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive: Nothing curbs the desire to ride in some high-tech autonomous car like seeing a new Porsche 911 glistening under an auto show spotlight, shining in all its glory. And this jaw-dropping, 600-plus horsepower limited-edition model is capable of shooting from 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 2.8 seconds.
3. 2019 Lamborghini Urus: Sure, we’d already gotten a good view of the Lamborghini Urus following its pictorial debut in December. But having a chance to finally see the 650-horsepower beast in person in Detroit only intensifies visions of being behind the wheel of the SUV on some deserted canyon road. Of course, thinking about pulling the Urus up to some hot Hollywood valet spot, where Lamborghinis typically reign supreme, has a great deal of appeal as well.
4. 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: Ford showed that it has no plans on abandoning its rich heritage with driving enthusiasts, unveiling a new 50th Anniversary Mustang Bullitt at the Detroit show. The 2019 model of the legendary ’Stang, which first gained fame as Steve McQueen’s hero car in the ’68 flick, appeared along with the presumably lost model of the original car that McQueen actually drove in Bullitt. Sure, the idea of driving both certainly crossed our minds. However, considering that the ’68 model has a reported value of $4 million, we’d be perfectly happy with the 2019 Bullitt Mustang, which boasts a burly 475 horsepower.
5. 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Proving that it’s as committed as ever to its enthusiast base, Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the new G-Class in Detroit at an event that included Arnold Schwarzenegger sharing his passion for the SUV. The latest reiteration of the popular Mercedes wagon comes with a gaggle of new off-road features that makes the idea of blasting the SUV across rugged terrain even more enticing.
Photos: A.J. Mueller Photography