Yeah, we got just as revved up as everybody else by the glittering concept cars at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show; with their wildly angular headlights, outré styling language, enticing instrument panel schemes, and promises of a bazillion horsepower from a 1-liter engine running on tofu. (OK, we made up that last part…)
Thing is, most of those concepts will never ever see the floor of a dealership.
Allow us please to recall your attention to the Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle from the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. The one featuring the 500-horsepower V10 engine from the then current Viper model? Yeah, with four-wheel steering, an estimated top speed of 420 miles per hour, and a 2.5-second zero to 60, the Tomahawk incited tremendous lust.
But it was wasted lust; and lust is a terrible thing to waste.
Which is why we reserve our lust. Or, said more precisely, we save our lust and lavish it upon vehicles more likely to give us an opportunity to fulfill it. In other words, when we go to auto shows, we look at the concepts sure—but more from a cerebral perspective. We consider what they portend for future production models in terms of styling details, interesting technologies, packaging concepts, and etc.
But we don’t let them anywhere near our pleasure centers.
We save our unbridled “gotta drive it” lust for the stuff we know will be in a dealership within the next 12 months. And so, here are the ten cars from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show we consider worthy of lusting for.