2016 NAIAS Highlights: The Hot Coupes

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Who doesn’t like coupe cars? I think, almost everyone likes that type car. It’s elegant, sexy, beautiful and fast. In addition, supercars are coupe. At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the two-door car shines so bright. Some car manufactures introduced its latest coupes. From the fast BMW M2, the production-spec of Lexus LF-LC (LC500), to a Camaro-based concept car Buick Avista.

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The German automaker, BMW, revealed the M2 at 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Yes, it’s a warmer version of 2-Series family. The 2-door car brings 3.0 liter turbo inline-six cylinders producing 365 hp at 6,500 rpm. The powertrain is mated to 6-speed manual transmission as a standard or 7-speed dual-clutch as an optional. How about its performance? BMW claims that the coupe can reach 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds for the dual-clutch and 4.4 seconds for the manual. Meanwhile, its maximum speed is governed 250 km/h.

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The smallest M car ever is priced from $51,700. The buyer will get xenon headlights, adaptive light control, DRLs, shadowline exterior trim, 19-inch black light-alloy wheels wrapped in 245/35 front and 265/35 rear tires. the 2017 BMW M2 will go on sale in April 2016.

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A rumor about a new concept car from Buick that’s based-on latest Chevy Camaro has appeared just before NAIAS started. Even though I was pessimistic about that rumor, but in the other side I hope it will become reality. Fortunately, my hope comes true. Yes, Buick introduced its latest concept car named Avista. Just like Camaro, Buick Avista Concept is a coupe (a luxury coupe, maybe). It’s likely have a similar dimension to the iconic car.

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The exterior design has a nice look. Up front, Buick’s designers keep the boomerang-shaped LED headlights as a Buick’s identity. The Tri-Shield logo is in the center of the grill accompanied by chromed wings inside the trapezoidal grille. The sculpted lines above the hood making the coupe concept looks more aggressive. At the rear, we can see white-ish LED taillights. Buick Avista is powered by V6 twin-turbocharged producing 400 hp.

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The production version of Infiniti Q60 Concept is one of the cars that has been waited for. The concept that made its debut at last year’s Detroit Auto Show has made people amazed and everyone (including me) hope that the production-spec will look like the concept version. And thanks God, Infiniti answered our hope at 2016 NAIAS. The exterior design of 2017 Infiniti Q60 is exactly the same to the concept. Infiniti’s designers just redesigned its front bumper where you won’t find A-shaped bumper anymore. In addition, the chromed-line around the trapezoidal grille isn’t thick anymore and its LED headlights redesigned. At the rear, I see the similar exterior design to the concept version which is a good decision. The luxury brand just modified the rear bumper and the dual-exhaust.

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Inside, you will find the brand new 13-speaker from Bose. Infiniti said that the coupe is quite during the trip, thanks to additional sound insulation and noise cancellation. The automaker offers Q60 with 3 trims, such as aluminum or black wood for entry level, carbon fiber, and silver glass fiber for those who prefers red or white leather. The Q60 features Drive Mode Selector that enables dial up to six settings, the Customize option throwing up three more individual choices to get the most from the updated internals. Revisions to the base suspension include relocated shock absorbers among a new link layout, and modified shock tuning and bushings.

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Under the hood, there are a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged producing 208 hp. If the entry level was so slow for you, Infiniti offers a 3.0 liter V6 engine twin-turbo that has two output choices. The first one can produce 304 hp and 400 Nm of torque and the last can run up to 405 hp and 475 Nm of torque. All the engine mated to 7-speed automatic transmission. 2017 Infiniti Q60 will go on sale in the summer of 2016.

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Lexus finally breaks cover about its latest line-up at 2016 Detroit Auto Show. A car that has made people wondering after the Japanese luxury brand released the teaser. A new coupe that you can see above is not a new concept car. It’s a production car, named LC500. 2017 Lexus LC500 is a luxury coupe that is ready to fight with BMW 6-Series and Mercedes SL-Class. The two-door car is built based-on Lexus LF-LC Concept that made its debut at 2012 NAIAS.

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LC500 exterior design is similar to LF-LC Concept. You have to see carefully to find the different between concept version and production-spec. Overall, at the front side it has same material, such as chromed- spindle grille, triangle LED headlights, and boomerang-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights. But Lexus’ designers added chrome accent around the grille, black accent in the headlights and DRLs, and there are fog lights in the tear-like section. From the side, there’s no different between concept and production. Lexus keeps  the concept design, including the floating line in the B-pillar. And at the rear, Lexus redesigned the white LED taillights and the fake dual-exhaust.

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The interior of LC500 is so elegant. It’s like all material is leather-wrapped, such as seats, 3-spoke steering wheel, transmission shift, dashboard, and center console. The instrument panel for driver will show digitally tachometer, speedometer, transmission position, and more. And at the center cockpit, there’s an LCD screen that displays the infotainment system. The elegant coupe has a same engine with RC F and GS F, V8 5.0 liter produces 467 hp and mated to 10-speed automatic transmission. Lexus claims that LC500 can reach 100 km/h from zero in less than 4.5 seconds. 2018 Lexus LC500 is planned to go on sale in the early 2017.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: BMW, Buick, Infiniti, & Lexus

 

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