These days, getting a car to stand out in the crowd at an event like the LA Auto Show is akin to navigating a Las Vegas casino trying to find that slot machine you scored big on the last time you visited the strip. Point being, eventually everything starts looking the same. So rather than just highlighting the so-called “hottest” cars at the LA event this year, we decided to focus on the 10 vehicles we found most interesting, regardless of what we thought about their looks.
Divergent Blade: This car offers a stunning look into the future using the world's first-ever 3D-printed metal alloy parts, which connect carbon fiber structural materials that result in an industrial-strength chassis. The structural chassis saves energy and generates less pollution, and the body of the car can be made from anything—even spandex.
Jaguar I-Pace Concept: The electric 400-horsepower Jaguar I-Pace Concept is a preview of Jaguar’s first-ever all-electric production car expected to arrive in the second half of 2018. The I-Pace Concept has a driving range of 220 miles on a single charge and has a 0-to-60 mph time of four seconds.
KIA Niro Triatholon: The KIA Niro Triatholon, first unveiled at the 2016 SEMA show, is an autonomous crossover designed as the ultimate refuge for an athlete to relax and recharge. Built in partnership with LGE-CTS Motorsports, the Niro Triatholon features a small bed, custom bike rack, tablet mount and a portable shower.
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet: The latest from Mercedes is a 621-horsepower, open-top four-seater badged with the iconic Maybach nameplate. Limited to 300 models, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet sports a Zircon red exterior paint with a porcelain and black interior, one of three color combos offered for the exclusive convertible.
1962 Ghia Luxury Coupe: Typically, you don’t think of classic cars sparking your interest at an event like the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. But the 1962 Ghia Luxury Coupe, restored by Gaplin Auto Sports, isn’t your typical vintage automobile. The hand-built car is one of only 25 models made and was originally owned by famed Rat Pack actor Peter Lawford, which only enhances its appeal.
Elio Motors E1C2: The start-up company Elio Motors generated quite the buzz at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show with its one-seater E1C2, but not just for its bizarre look. The three-wheeler, which will be offered as a production model soon, is expected to get up to 84 mpg on the highway with a base price of only $7,300. Amenities include power windows, power door locks, cruise control and air conditioning, as well as a number of safety features.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive: Inspired by the technology that powers the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a shining example of how far plug-in hybrid technology has actually evolved. The all-wheel-drive sports sedan has an electric range of 31 miles and a maximum speed on battery power of 86 mph with an overall track speed of 172 mph with the combustion engine. It takes the luxury sedan’s high-voltage battery just 12 hours to fully charge using a common 120 V, 10-amp connection.
Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition: Part of a promotional campaign for the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the specialty Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model is the first production vehicle ever to include Star Wars-branded elements like unique Rogue One badging. It also comes with a full-size Death Trooper collectible helmet.
Pink Panthermobile: The legendary Pink Panthermobile, from NBC’s The Pink Panther Show, has found new life at the Los Angeles Auto Show after 14 years abroad. Found and restored by Galpin Auto Sports, the one-of-a-kind limousine was originally built on a ’60s Oldsmobile Tornado chassis and stretches 23 feet long and six feet wide.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio: The idea of a sporty red SUV could easily go unnoticed these days with so many carmakers now vying for attention in the segment. But the fact that this one has an Alfa Romeo badge, the first SUV to ever wear the badge, puts it in a space all to its own. Plus the vehicle, which is named after one of the world's greatest driving roads (the Stelvio Pass), puts out 505 horsepower and has a top speed of 177 mph.