Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee
It seems like many of you guys enjoyed my Part 1 coverage on LA Auto Show, which is actually still going on till the 27th. I would say this is the longest ongoing show of the year to the public, so you do have plenty of time left to go with your family, girlfriend, boyfriend, pet (I'm kidding), or anyone else bothering you to buy them a new car. But before you go with a companion, please be respectful and keep yourself restricted from touching the car carelessly. I remember last year seeing a few people bashing on the hoods, knocking the body panels as if it was wood, slobbering their hands all over the interior..you get the point. As an automotive enthusiast, it really sucks to see such behaviors going on, so once again, please be respectful!
Today, I'll take you guys around the halls I missed in Part 1, so enjoy rest of the exotics, upcoming and concept cars, and a few other random things. To start it off, here's a masterpiece built by Aston Martin called the Aston Martin One-77. The price is just way over the top, but for being a celebrity in its own class, I would say the price tag matches its name. Only 77 units were made (get it? one-77) and started its sales in October of last year. It's been featured in many magazines and in video games as well, such as Forza 3, Need for Speed, and others. The one at LA Auto Show was the final pre-production car, so what you guys saw or see here is the actual car. As of today, it is one of the most powerful N/A cars, making 750HP from a 7.3L V12 engine.
Even though the day I attended was for Press only, Aston Martin's area was really small and packed.
This is the reason why I need an ultra wide angle! Sorry for not taking too many pics here, but if I do plan on going again, I'll do a video coverage part 2.
Fly like a Rolls Royce!
Doesn't look like a Ghost, but I'm guessing it's fast enough to be like one.
Limited Rolls Royce Phantom.
I really love the craftmanship of Lotus. The company is really impeccable with its previous cars such as the Exige and Elise, but for some reason, I haven't seen any good reviews on the Evora. Don't get me wrong, the car looks great and I thought it performed well on the track, but every single magazine I read gave this car a low rating compared to other cars in the same price range. The Black/Gunmetal Lotus you see above is the new 2012 Lotus Evora S. I was sort of skeptical to hear it had 135 new parts to it, but visually didn't see a difference from ordinary Evoras.
I first looked at this car and said to myself, "WTF?" It's a company called DOK-ING known for building robotic equipment, not even related to the automotive industry, but it seems like they are using their technical and high standard skills to create something that's out of the ordinary. As some people call it the "Smart car on steroids", this is an electric car called the XD. You know those futuristic cars that doesn't have a passenger seat? Well you are looking at one right now. The doors are even Gullwing! To surprise you guys even more, this car can be customized to be a FWD, RWD, or AWD. WOWZERS! On top of that, it has an acceleration of a Tesla, which is pretty dam amazing.
Bentley~ Do I need to say more? We all know about this automaker having and meeting the highest standards when it comes to building a car. The car you see above is the new Continental GTC. What's really awesome about this car is its interior, based off of the Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept. Bentley claims this car to have the stiffest suspension out of ALL the convertibles in the world. Baller flush people need to save up money!!
Here's the actual Mulsanne 'concept' by Bentley.
It might look like a million dollar car, but surprisingly, the price tag wasn't too high considering its performance specs and wide/luxurious interior. For only $290,000, you can get a 6 3/4L Twin-Turbocharged 8-cylinder engine making 505HP / 752 torque. The best part is its interior, which I mentioned above with the Continental GTC. It actually has a built-in Wi-Fi, DVD player, and much more. "Exective Interior" pretty much says it all, so I'm not surprised.
Now this car was an eye catcher. It's called the Mastretta MXT, the first ever Mexican designed sportscar. The name itself sounds like it's from Europe, so I was tricked out! Some articles are saying it has a 4.0L engine, but from what I saw, it was a Turbocharged 2.0L making 250HP. There are some great reviews on this car, so it seems like it will be a good hit in the market.
That's about it in the Concourse Hall. While walking to West Hall, I came across this celebrity from a car show. I forgot his name, but his face looked familiar.
I've seen these cars a few times now.
Honda always introduced something that gathered up a crowd.
and there were a few cars, such as the all new electric powered Honda Fit EV (Photo is not the electric version). Another car that came out with a flashy introduction few days ago was the Honda CR-V.
In my opinion, there was really nothing special in Nissan's booth this year, except the Nissan Leaf and the all- new 2013 GT-R R35. Actually, looking at this car was good enough because it's one of my favorite cars. So you might be asking..what's been changed? Aesthetically, there's no difference compared to the 2012 version except an optional Dry Carbon Fiber rear spoiler and a wide range of exterior color options. Probably the best color is the 4-stage metallic Super Silver, but because I haven't seen it yet....we need to wait and see. It just sounds awesome! Anyways, Nissan focused more towards the suspension and performance aspects of the new GT-R, such as a change to the V6 engine increasing the HP by merely 15~20HP. This car is pure sex!
I'm going to be honest with you guys. I dislike this car because of its awkward design. But I am looking forward to see that crazy Juke-R, so let's see what happens (^-^)
Best part about being at Nissan during Press day? FREE FOOD from Food trucks. WHAT??
Dammit...the actual object didn't get focused, but this Ice Cream food truck was AWESOME. The best Ice Cream Sandwich I've ever eaten. Check out their Facebook page.
Who cares if a car is small or slow when it looks pretty dam good for its size? The Fiat 500 will be introduced some day during this week, so stay tuned.
I didn't check out Chrysler's booth too much, but saw this 300 with a sound system by Beats.
People who went inside the car seemed happy.
What's the first car that comes in mind when we hear about Mitsubishi? I'm sure your answer was the Evolution and I honestly want that answer to continue on until I die, but because of this eco-friendly thing that's going around with almost every automaker in the world, seeing the continuation of Evos is long gone (ㅜㅜ) but hey~ who knows? While in the midst of wanting our favorite car to continue, Mitsubishi showed the i-Miev, a car that's being chosen as one of the best electric cars.
Kia had some interesting cars on display, especially these two worked on by West Coast Customs. Remember that Chrome painted R8 from SEMA? Yeap, it's those guys.
Kia Optima on BBSs. Interesting~!
It's either a hit or miss. For the first time ever, Kia designed a RWD car called the Kia GT. With a 3.3L Turbocharged engine making 395HP + 8-speed automatic transmission, this might be a car to look into. Design wise, the front is definitely not my type, but other than that, it looks sleek and sexy.
This Arcade machine was legit! I remember recording a video of it, but while I was updating my phone today, it got erased (-_-;)
Ready to see some Porsches?
Sexy rear end of a Carrera 4 GTS.
One of the two hottest cars introduced at Porsche was this 2012 911 Carrera S. I wrote a short summary about this car on my fanpage.
Another big hit was this 2012 Panamera GTS. It's pretty much a breakthrough compared to all the Panamera models beacuse of better performance, a new air suspension, and improved stability. With a price mark of $111,000, I can already imagine Asian parents driving this car.
Cayman R was a hit last year at LA Auto Show.
After finishing the Petree Hall (Porsche area) and while walking to Kentia Hall, I saw this happening through the 2nd floor window. Watch out guys! There are tons of cops near this area.
Last but not least, Kentia Hall! If you want to see modified cars, this is a place to be. Most of these cars were at SEMA, but if you go through every section, you'll come across some new ones.
Same as last year, Al & Ed's had an impressive line up.
This section was from an Auto Body company and their displayed cars were gorgeous!
Holy moly....An Enzo...
You guys loved this car when I posted it on my fanpage. Some of you didn't even recognize it because of the wheel color change from bright Yellow to this color.
Moving on to GAS (Galpin Auto Sport), these guys had some wide-range of modified cars.
Custom 'Steel' widebody.
Another custom widebody. These two Mustangs were absolutely drool wrothy.
Impressive exotics in this section as well.
Vossen Wheels had an awesome booth with sexy cars on display.
Platinum Motorsport's always goes out big to LA Auto Show.
Gas eater, but sexy and fast as f*ck.
Matte Orange couldn't look any better.
Guess whose car this belongs to.. Kim Kardashian.. no joke. Why is she famous? Look it up on Google or watch this video by David So.
I can't handle this sexiness anymore...
Ouuu!! The Lambo that came from Japan! I found out it was on air, which explains that low drop.
1000HP CTS-V from D3.
I didn't expect to see High End / Auto Concept Elite. These guys have some INSANE cars.
VIP Modular's widebody Wagon painted by Buddha Paint.
That's it guys! Hope you guys enjoyed my coverage! LA Auto Show is going on till the 27th, so make sure to go and check out these cars I showed you in Part 1 and Part 2. Parking is $12 and General Admission is $10. Enjoy!!!