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5 of the coolest cars from the LA Auto Show 2018

05/12/2018
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When it comes to showing off the world’s newest, most hi-tech cars the LA Auto Show always delivers. Running from 30th November to 9th December, the exhibition is one of the world’s largest car events, shining a spotlight on over 1,000 vehicles. So, EngineeringPro took the opportunity to explore what the event had to offer and picked out what we think are the 5 coolest cars from the event.
The Audi e-tron GT is billed as the most likely car to compete with Tesla.
(Image via Audi).

Audi e-tron GT

If there’s one auto maker that could beat Tesla at producing high-performance, luxury electric cars it’s Audi. The Audi e-tron GT certainly looks like it could fulfil this promise with sleek, yet powerful looks and some impressive top line performance figures; 590 horsepower, with the ability to go from 0-100km in just 3.4 seconds. If you think all of that performance would come at the price of range, you’d be mistaken. Audi claim that the e-tron GT will have a range of 248 miles and thanks to its in-built 800 volts charger will be able to achieve 80% charge in just under 20 minutes.

Want to get your hands on one? Well, you’ve got plenty of time to save up. The Audi e-tron GT is expected to hit dealerships from 2021.
Another star of the LA Auto Show was the new generation of Porsche's iconic 911
(Image via Porsche).

2020 Porsche 911

There’s few car models more iconic than the Porsche 911, so when the German manufacturer revealed the new generation of its iconic sports car at the show it had the attention of the world’s automotive press. On sale from 2020, the Porsche 911 will feature a stunning turbocharged flat-six engine capable of developing 443 horsepower, and an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission. Admittedly, it doesn’t look a whole lot different from the previous generation 911, but then as the saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’
The Infiniti Prototype 10 showcases some of the technical and styling directions Infiniti will be taking in the future.
(Image via Infiniti).

Infiniti Prototype 10

Resembling a fusion of 1920s and 2020s automotive design the Infiniti Prototype 10 certainly won’t be for the shy and retiring members of the driving public. Currently only a concept car (and more likely to stay that way) Infiniti revealed the car as an indication of where the company’s design ethos is heading. “Prototype 10 provides a link between where Infiniti stands now, and where we are heading. For us, electrification means performance- our cars will be powerful, efficient, and highly rewarding to drive, and Prototype 10 is a physical representation of our electrified future,” says Karim Habib, Executive Design Director of Infiniti.
Byton is another electric car start-up which has Tesla in it's sights. The company unveiled its K-Byte Concept sedan at the 2018 LA Auto Show.
(Image via Byton).

Byton K-Byte Concept

If Elon Musk has been keeping track of proceedings at this year’s LA Auto Show he’s likely starting to get a little worried. Here’s another ‘Tesla Killer’, this time from Byton- a Chinese automobile manufacturer co-founded by BMW and Nissan executives. The LA Auto Show saw Byton taking the wraps off their K-Byte Concept, a premium sedan aimed at providing luxurious, yet high-performance driving for families. Featuring an advanced electric drivetrain and nearly fully-autonomous driving capabilities, the inside of the K-Byte Concept is fitted with an enormous 49-inch display screen from which the driver will be able to access real-time driving information, navigation and infotainment.

Whilst still very much a start-up company, Byton claim that the vehicle will be available for purchase from 2021.
BMW's contribution to the 2018 LA Auto Show was its Vision iNext Concept which features an impressive array of autonomous tech.
(Image via BMW).

BMW Vision iNext Concept

No auto show is complete without the presence of Bavaria’s iconic automotive manufacturer BMW. Naturally, the LA Auto Show was no exception and BMW were there in full-force to reveal their Vision iNext Concept car. With a visually striking front end, and bold styling throughout, the really interesting parts of this concept lie beneath the exterior. In a nod to a near future where driving won’t be an excuse for not doing work, the iNext Concept features an Ease Mode in which the car takes full control for the duration of the journey leaving the occupants free to work.

Of course, the question is, which one of these amazing cars would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!

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