It’s the Chicago Auto Show and so it’s time for the Chicago Auto Show Class of 2012′s yearbook, presented by the editors of CarBuzzard.com, a who’s who in the Windy City this year. The best news for this edition? No pictures of the lunch ladies. Go team!
Chrysler ’12 300. Most likely to: Take over the family business. Favorite class: Business economics. Activity: Halfback on the football team. Following in the tracks of the Mopar Dodge Challenger ’10, the Mopar Chrysler ’12 300 is dressed in black with Mopar Blue stripes down the shoulder line, plus 20 x 8-inch Mopar forged-aluminum wheels in Gloss Black with Mopar center caps. The Chrysler ’21 300 has a monochrome black interior with Mopar Blue touches along with “matte carbon hydrographic accents” on the instrument panel and center console areas, while Piano Black is used on the interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel and elsewhere.
2013 Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute
Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute: Most likely to: Hang out in the parking lot trash talking with sport compact enthusiast. Favorite class: Italian as a second language. Activity: Class skits. Just introduced at the Detroit Auto Show, the new Dodge Dart comes to Chicago ready to show off Mopar’s parts catalog. The most obvious (and likely most expensive) part for the Alfa Romeo-based compact is the carbon fiber hood, but a lot of matte black trim is added, including a lower chin spoiler, side sills, rear spoiler and rear-diffuser panel. Interior decorating includes Katzkin leather seat fronts, door panels, center armrest and map-pocket inserts. The concept’s name comes from engine modifications that include engine recalibration, and intake and exhaust improvements raise power output to 210 horses, and GTS is a tribute to a Dodge Dart GTS from the ’60s.
Fiat 500 Stinger: Most likely to: Open a pizza shop. Favorite class: World cultures. Activity: Sons of Italy. The Fiat 500 Stinger shows what can be done with the Mopar parts catalog: side stripes and checkerboard roof plus 17 x 7-inch Abarth Hyper Black aluminum wheels with wider 205/40 R 17 performance tires. The interior is enhanced with Mopar’s Katzkin leather seats and a Mopar carbon-fiber instrument panel decal. Mopar’s cold-air intake and free-flowing cat-back exhaust add power and torque, and performance brakes with cross-drilled add extra stopping power. It’s a production maybe but you can make one now.
2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible: Most likely to: Work at dad’s gas station. Favorite class: Gym. Activity: Recess. The Chicago introduction of Ford’s Shelby GT500 Convertible served as both the official debut of the company’s latest droptop and a commemoration of the Special Vehicle Team’s 20th anniversary. It was at the 1992 Chicago show that Ford introduced the first SVT Mustang Cobra. Twenty years – and some 200,000 cars and trucks later – the Special Vehicle Team is fully embedded into Ford’s global operations, as well as the psyche of performance enthusiasts throughout the country. With 650 supercharged horsepower under the hood, and a new Brembo braking system bringing things (hopefully) to a stop, the new Mustang should provide a new dimension to the ‘sun and fun’ descriptive. It will be built at the AutoAlliance Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
2013 GMC Acadia: Most likely to: Carpool. Favorite class: Assembly. Activity: Hall monitor. The 2013 GMC represents an aggressive ‘refresh’ of GMC’s largest crossover SUV. When first launched in 2007 the Acadia was GMC’s first crossover, and has contributed significantly to the GM truck division’s surge in sales. Exterior updates for 2013 include a three-bar grill, wrap-around rear glass, a rear spoiler and new wheels in your choice of 18, 19 or 20-inch diameters. Inside the updates are more substantive, and include GMC’s new front center air bag. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat, and is designed to protect driver and passenger – presumably – from each other. For those with upscale aspirations, the Acadia Denali should meet them, offering cosmetic upgrades both outside and in. Outside, you’ll know it’s a ‘Denali’ because the badging tells you so. Inside, perforated leather and aluminum trim are the tips of the proverbial iceberg; GMC’s Dual SkyScape sunroof tops the package off.