With so much on display at the recently wrapped 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, we decided to skip all the usual stuff like horsepower, fuel economy and tech to zero in on vehicles so eye-popping, they were just impossible to pass up. After all, this is LA, where star power rules the day. So here’s a look at what really caught our attention…
Audi Prologue Concept: Touted as a concept, the Audi Prologue provides a glimpse into the future of Audi design. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the car’s design cues on the next gen Audi A5 coupe and A7 sedan, driving even more striking Audi models down the road.
Bentley Grand Convertible: Bentley’s pitching this concept as “the ultimate expression of British automotive luxury.” And after seeing the gorgeously styled convertible in person, we can’t really dispute that claim.
Chrysler 300S: Perhaps one of the subtler cars on our list, the 2015 Chrysler 300, especially the red S model, still turned heads. New design elements like the blacked-out accents and 20-inch black wheels give the car a much more striking look than previous editions.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: There’s no denying the Mustang’s draw at any auto show. But when you see a new model bearing those iconic Shelby stripes, you can’t help but feel the pulse race a bit.
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: First unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration is breathtaking in every sense of the word. From its sleek long design to suicide doors, this concept boldly states that the brand is in very good hands.
Land Rover Discovery Sport: Building on the popularity of the Land Rover Evoque Sport, the new 2015 Discovery Sport—in orange—had crowds buzzing. This color might not be for everyone but it was undeniably a major draw.
Lexus LF-C2: Making its debut in Los Angeles, the new Lexus LF-C2 is a clear sign that star power doesn’t only come in big packages. The concept convertible certainly gets our vote for going into production.
Mercedes-Maybach S600: After a brief hiatus, the Maybach returns to LA bearing an S600 badge. The new 2016 model features all the luxury amenities we’ve come to love but in a more contemporary package.
Mitsubishi XR-PHEV: Hey, we’re as surprised as anyone that a Mitsubishi would make this list. But just look at this thing: We half-expected it to zoom out of the show right into the sky.
Volkswagen GTI Roadster Concept: Typically recognized more for practical brilliance, VW really turned on the charm with this mind-expanding convertible, which was first conceived as an electronic CGI entity for Gran Turismo 6, no joke. —Photos by Marcus Amick