Part III of our Los Angele Auto Show coverage is all about extremes: Crazy trucks to high-end luxury rides. We’d be happy owning any vehicle on this page (especially the Panamera Executive).
Yeah, trucks are for work, but they also make great play toys. Off-road, towing, or just looking good, trucks, while not a standout at the show this year, still represented.
2017 RAM 1500 Mojave Sand
If you can’t introduce a new model, introduce a new package. The RAM limited-edition 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand is just one said package. For an additional $595 on top of the Ram 1500 Rebel base price of $44,995. What do you get for the extra money? The new Mojave Sand color also seen on the newly introduced Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, a black-decaled performance hood, and new black interior. You also get black anodized trim pieces inside, embossed RAM floormats, and all-black seats with black embroidery. Only 1,500 units will be made, and will go on sale in December.
2017 RAM 1500 Ignition Orange Sport
For those who think orange is the new black, opt for one of the limited-edition Ignition Orange Sport RAM models. For $43,740 base, you get the monochromatic orange exterior color, sport performance hood and unique badges. Inside is anodized orange trim and accent stitching.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Chevy is getting down and dirty in the off-road wars with the introduction of its Colorado ZR2. It’s got a wider track than the standard Colorado, and features a lifted suspension, modified bumpers, class-exclusive front/rear electronic locking differentials, an available diesel engine, and the first-ever off-road use of a Multimatic dynamic suspension system. The spool valve setup helps with compression damping to improve off-road handling and control. The ZR2 features 17 x 8-inch wheels with an exclusive pattern, 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires, a seriously aggressive hood with black insert, an aluminum skidplate integrated into the rear bumper and a transfer case shield to protect the truck’s belly. For those who like options, there are nine drive configurations to choose from, starting at a plain, old 2WD and topping out at 4WD lo, locked transfer case, and locked front/rear diffs. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 matched with an 8-speed automatic, good for 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The Duramax diesel will have 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. As a toy hauler, the ZR2 can tow up to 5,000 pounds or carry 1,100 pounds of payload. No announcement on price yet.
The Beatles sang “just give me money; that’s what I want.” We couldn’t agree more. Money does make the world go ’round, and if you had it, you’re world could go around many times with these new luxury vehicles introduced at the LA auto show.
Porsche Panamera and Panamera Executive
While many still consider this sedan a bastard of the brand, we have always appreciated the Porsche performance in a sedate sedan shell. Now there’s even more to appreciate, as the Panamera introduces a new 330-horsepower V6 turbocharged engine, a bump of 20 from the previous model. Porsche also claims improved fuel efficiency as well, although we’re fairly certain no one in the history of automobiles has ever purchased a Porsche because of its impressive fuel economy. The Panamera 4 gets the new engine and also a new trim level, called Panamera 4 Executive. The Executive features a 6-inch longer wheelbase and more standard features like a panoramic moonroof, heated multi-way power seats, adaptive air suspension, rear window sunshade, soft-closing doors, and a back seat area designed for those who choose to ride versus drive.
2017 Audi R8 V10 Exclusive Edition
We don’t care who you are, lasers are cool. And Audi knows it. For 2017, the R8 features an exclusive edition with LED headlights and a laser high-beam module that operates four high-intensity laser diodes (HILD). How it works: each module bundles the diodes into a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter then transforms the blue laser beam into a bright and pure white light. The beam pattern activates at speeds 40 mph and above to supplement the LED high beams for amazing visibility.