Top 10 Cars From the LA Auto Show We NEED to Drive

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

The 2015 L.A. Auto Show is full of interesting cars with high-tech features, but after reviewing all the cool rides on the floor, there are some vehicles we just need to get our hands on.

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Fiat 124 Spider

With just 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, it’s all too easy to imagine more power for the Mazda MX-5. Fortunately, the dreamers over at Fiat are giving us just that with the turbocharged Fiat 124 Spider. While it’s basically a MX-5, the Fiat will use a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. All of that extra twist paired to such a capable chassis will surely help make the Fiat 124 Spider a joy to drive.

SEE ALSO: Fiat 124 Spider Revealed: Think of it as the Miata’s Italian Cousin

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Tackling the luxury sport sedan segment isn’t something you do on a whim, and the passionate group at Alfa Romeo aren’t taking the category lightly, as evidenced by the new Giulia Quadrifoglio. With its Ferrari-derived turbocharged V6 engine that makes 505 hp, this sexy sedan easily has the power to keep up with its German rivals. Sixty miles an hour comes in under four seconds and Alfa is boasting a 7:39 lap time around the Nurburgring, making it the fastest production sedan to tame that track. And, of course, there’s the unreal sound that accompanies this Alfa’s engine. It all adds up to a car we are begging to drive.

See Also: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Arrives in US Bearing 505 HP


Have you heard the phrase “Because racecar”? Well, that’s why we chose to put the new BMW M4 GTS on this list. With its twin-turbo inline six cylinder engine making 493 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, this Bimmer will either be a focused missile on the track or a drift hero. We’d love to find out first hand.

Mazda Cosmo

I’d love get some hands-on time with this classic Japanese sports car. Sporting a two-rotor engine that made 110 hp in a gorgeous Japanese design that weighed just around 2,000 lbs, the Cosmo is something I’ve always been a fan of and inspired a range of Mazda vehicles in the ’90s.

Audi RS7 Performance

The Audi RS7 is one of the fastest four-doors we’ve ever had on our test track, and this higher performance model that debuted at the show would be even faster. With 605 horsepower (instead of 580 hp) and a zero-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds, this four-door puts the fast in fastback.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Audi RS7 Gets Faster, More Powerful Performance Model

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Remember “Because racecar”? That applies here too. A racing version of the road-going Porsche Cayman GT4, the Clubsport packs 385 horsepower by way of its 3.8-liter flat-six engine. Seeing how the interior is unnecessary for going fast around a track, it has been removed in the interest of saving weight. Also helping this mid-engined Porsche lap a track is a seven-speed PDK transmission and a limited slip differential. Tipping the scales at 2,866 lbs, this lightweight track toy is something that’s begging to be lapped around our test track.

See Also: Track-Only Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Brings the Heat

Aston Martin DB10

Let’s face it: This is the real star of the most recent James Bond movie, and it’s just begging to be driven hard. However, the sleek, futuristic styling would probably make life difficult as a secret spy, because the DB10 is just too hard to take your eyes off of.

Under the hood is a 4.7-liter V8 engine that’s paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Because it’s a show car, there’s no definite answer to how much horsepower it makes, but we’d imagine that figure to be somewhere in the range of 500 hp.

See Also: James Bond Aston Martin DB10 Debuts at Pebble Beach

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine

Because I’m a cartoon-watching child at heart and since I get to pick the cars on this list, I’d like to put the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. Any objections? No? Well then, here we go.

Based on a VW van that’s been customized by Galpin Autos, the Mystery Machine is perfect for solving either domestic or supernatural crimes. It’s also sized for you and your three smart friends, in addition to your goofy Great Dane. Since it’s not a loud sports car, you’ll be able to participate in stake-outs and meddle with the best of them.

Bad Ass Bronco

It’s a tasteful lifted Ford Bronco, so it’s cool, right? Done up in a baby blue and orange Gulf-themed livery, this Bronco is a hit with our truck expert, Stephen Elmer. Check it out at the Galpin Custom’s Hall.

Galpin Ford GTR1

This exclusive supercar with more than 1,000 hp is based on a Ford GT is hidden away in Galpin’s Custom Hall. With its 5.4L twin-turbocharged V8, it can hit 60 mph in three seconds and features a 225 mph top speed. It’d be a dream come true to pilot this rare mid-engined domestic beauty.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Nov 22, 2015

    AutoGuide is on serious crack if they want to badly drive the VW mystery van and Ford Bronco.

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    • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Nov 23, 2015

      Desire of driving it and wanting to watch the van being created into a mystery van are totally different subjects. If you have a YouTube channel on it, I'll check it out.