The Curb concept features Hyundai’s first dual-clutch automatic transmission, a 6-speed.

The Curb concept features Hyundai’s first dual-clutch automatic transmission, a 6-speed.

It looks as though Chrysler has worked hard to make the 300 a better  car. If only they’d made these changes two years ago, maybe they could  have kept out of bankruptcy.

It looks as though Chrysler has worked hard to make the 300 a better car. If only they’d made these changes two years ago, maybe they could have kept out of bankruptcy.

Toyota Prius C at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Toyota Prius C at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

With the Veloster coupe just unveiled at Detroit, Hyundai is clearly targeting a younger audience that places a big emphasis on  bold styling, good fuel efficiency and excellent connectivity.

With the Veloster coupe just unveiled at Detroit, Hyundai is clearly targeting a younger audience that places a big emphasis on bold styling, good fuel efficiency and excellent connectivity.

LIVE from Detroit: Hyundai’s urban crossover concept, the Curb, is aimed at bringing younger buyers into the fold.

LIVE from Detroit: Hyundai’s urban crossover concept, the Curb, is aimed at bringing younger buyers into the fold.

Will the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe be as impressive and exciting to drive as its inspiration, the E30 M3?

Will the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe be as impressive and exciting to drive as its inspiration, the E30 M3?

LIVE from Detroit: The all-new 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe is the fastest compact object to come from Bavaria since the classic 1988 M3.

LIVE from Detroit: The all-new 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe is the fastest compact object to come from Bavaria since the classic 1988 M3.

BMW claims that new 650i Convertible will run to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with both the manual transmission and the 8-speed automatic, and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

BMW claims that new 650i Convertible will run to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with both the manual transmission and the 8-speed automatic, and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

LIVE from Detroit: Befitting Buick’s image, the 2012 Verano—a mechanical cousin of the new Chevrolet Cruze, which means it’s a notch smaller than the Regal—will be quiet and luxurious.

LIVE from Detroit: Befitting Buick’s image, the 2012 Verano—a mechanical cousin of the new Chevrolet Cruze, which means it’s a notch smaller than the Regal—will be quiet and luxurious.

Watch the Porsche 918 RSR debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

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At the heart of the 918 RSR Concept is a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 developed for  the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 racer, which is tuned to produced 563 b hp  at 10,300 rpm. Two 75 kW electric motors, each powering one of the front  wheels, boosts peak power of the package to 767 bhp.

At the heart of the 918 RSR Concept is a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 developed for the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 racer, which is tuned to produced 563 b hp at 10,300 rpm. Two 75 kW electric motors, each powering one of the front wheels, boosts peak power of the package to 767 bhp.

Unlike the more luxurious 918 Spyder, the Porsche 918 RSR has a simple, performance-oriented interior clad in brown leather.

Unlike the more luxurious 918 Spyder, the Porsche 918 RSR has a simple, performance-oriented interior clad in brown leather.

LIVE from Detroit: In its second showing of its hybrid-powered supercar, the 918 Spyder, Porsche  has gone from the street directly to the track. Instead of showing the  rumored road-going coupe version of this high-end two seater, Porsche  has infused this mid-engine V-8 hybrid exotic with a racing pedigree by  transplanting the flywheel energy storage system from the 911 GT3 Hybrid racer to supplant the open car’s lithium ion battery pack, taking performance to even higher levels.

LIVE from Detroit: In its second showing of its hybrid-powered supercar, the 918 Spyder, Porsche has gone from the street directly to the track. Instead of showing the rumored road-going coupe version of this high-end two seater, Porsche has infused this mid-engine V-8 hybrid exotic with a racing pedigree by transplanting the flywheel energy storage system from the 911 GT3 Hybrid racer to supplant the open car’s lithium ion battery pack, taking performance to even higher levels.

Cadillac used the 2011 Detroit Auto Show to unveil the dramatic new CTS-V Coupe race car that will compete in the SCCA World Challenge GT Series.
“The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,” says Jim Campbell, GM’s vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The series will become a key test bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting edge of performance.”Sounds like a good plan to us.

Cadillac used the 2011 Detroit Auto Show to unveil the dramatic new CTS-V Coupe race car that will compete in the SCCA World Challenge GT Series.

“The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,” says Jim Campbell, GM’s vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The series will become a key test bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting edge of performance.”

Sounds like a good plan to us.

A “spectacular” new Porsche will be unveiled Monday in Detroit. Will it be the Porsche 918 Coupe Plug-In Hybrid? Or will Porsche surprise us all and reveal something totally different?

A “spectacular” new Porsche will be unveiled Monday in Detroit. Will it be the Porsche 918 Coupe Plug-In Hybrid? Or will Porsche surprise us all and reveal something totally different?