Final Report from Detroit – Day 2 of the 2015 North American International Auto Show

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The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R joins the existing Mustang lineup as the top-performance model with its 5.2-liter V8 engine and a power output of more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 pound-feet of torque.


Hyundai presents the hybrid version of the Sonata, the company’s mid-sized sedan. The new hybrid will go on sale in the first half on 2015 in major markets outside Korea and Hyundai aims to sell a total 55,000 units in 2015. The Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2-liter GDI petrol engine, producing 156 horsepower and a 38 kW electric motor. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. Hyundai says the Sonata Hybrid is capable of 42.7 mpg (5.5 l/100 km).


Porsche arrived in Detroit with two new models, namely the 911 Targa 4 GTS and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The 911 Targa 4 GTS is the first ever Targa model wearing the GTS badge. The GTS comes standard with a sport exhaust system, 20-inch wheels, and 30 horsepower more under the hood. The maximum power of 430 horsepower allows the Targa 4 GTS to accelerate from 0 – 60 mph (0 – 97 km/h) within 4.1 seconds Despite the increased power, Porsche says that the fuel economy for the GTS did not increase compared to the 911 Targa S. Both models are rated at 25.5 mpg (9.2 l/100 km).


The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S was the second model unveiled on the Porsche show floor. The top model of the Porsche SUV range features a re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine with 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Proving that the SUV is still a true sports car, Porsche went out to the Nürburging Nordschleife and drove one loop in 7 minutes and 59 seconds, a new benchmark in the SUV segment. Standard features of Porsche’s top SUV include 21-inch wheels, LED headlights and Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes.

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