Love horses roar­ing in­side sheet metal? Visit Detroit

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Nathan Bomey

At the Detroit auto show, con­cept ve­hi­cles will be few and far be­tween in 2019.

In­stead of pro­to­types that may never come to show­rooms, we’ll see the real deal in the form of pure, unadul­ter­ated power.

In the fi­nal North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show sched­uled for Jan­uary be­fore it moves to June in 2020, there’s a hefty help­ing of horse­power.

While Nis­san and In­finiti plan to unveil elec­tric ve­hi­cles con­cepts, most au­tomak­ers plan to show off ready­for-pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles. Mod­els de­signed for speed are dom­i­nat­ing the mix.

Though prices likely won’t be re­vealed up front, since au­tomak­ers typ­i­cally do so closer to the on-sale date, we’ll know a lot more about these cars when me­dia pre­views be­gin Sun­day night. Here’s a list of the five coolest things we ex­pect to see at the Detroit show.

1. Ford Mus­tang Shelby GT500

Ford is mak­ing a tra­di­tion of un­veil­ing ve­hi­cles with an au­then­tic growl. Af­ter re­veal­ing the show­stop­ping Ford Mus­tang Bul­litt at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the au­tomaker re­turns in 2019 with the Shelby GT500.

The com­pany teased the ve­hi­cle on Twit­ter re­cently with an im­age show­ing the mus­cle car’s hand-built en­gine. Em­bla­zoned on top is the brood­ing Co­bra logo as­so­ci­ated with the Shelby lineup.

“We have 500 rea­sons why you should love the GT500. Here’s the first one,” Ford tweeted.

Suf­fice it to say: This ve­hi­cle will be su­per­charged with horse­power.

2. Toy­ota Supra

It’s back. This sports car is the pride and joy of Toy­ota CEO Akio Toy­oda him­self. He wanted it back, and that’s all that needed to be said.

Dis­con­tin­ued about 20 years ago, the Supra orig­i­nally de­buted as the Cel­ica Supra in 1979. As a high-per­for­mance hatch­back coupe of sorts, it gained a cult fol­low­ing in the 1980s, par­tic­u­larly among Gen­er­a­tion X.

Now that Gen X has some se­ri­ous cash to spend, Toy­ota is hop­ing to lure them back into the show­room along­side its lineup of trusty fam­ily cars.

3. Subaru WRX STI S209

Subaru is on an in­cred­i­ble hot streak in the U.S., hav­ing posted 85 straight months of year-over-year sales in­creases and an all-time high in 2018. The brand is now sell­ing more ve­hi­cles in the U.S. than Hyundai.

As a lim­ited-edi­tion model, the WRX STI S209 prob­a­bly won’t add a lot to Subaru’s sales to­tal. But it will help the au­tomaker main­tain its cool fac­tor.

Ex­pect this fast and pow­er­ful car to make its pres­ence known when it makes its world de­but.

4. Lexus RC F Track Edi­tion

To cel­e­brate its 30th an­niver­sary at the Detroit auto show, Lexus is show­ing off its ca­pa­bil­ity for raw speed.

The Lexus RC F Track Edi­tion will make its global de­but at the show. The Toy­ota lux­ury brand could also sur­prise us with some­thing else, given the big deal the brand is mak­ing out of its three decades at the show.

5. Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Truck

Fiat Chrysler re­vealed the re­designed Ram 1500 light-duty pickup at the 2018 Detroit auto show. For this year’s af­fair, the com­pany is hop­ing to re­cap­ture the spot­light with the heavy-duty ver­sion of the same truck.

Given that the Ram is the thirdbest-sell­ing ve­hi­cle in Amer­ica, this is not one to ig­nore.


Subaru is hop­ing to ramp up its cool fac­tor at the Detroit auto show with the lim­ited-edi­tion WRX STI S209.


The Lexus RC F Track Edi­tion will make its global de­but at the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show.


The 2019 Ram 1500 de­buts at the 2018 Detroit auto show.

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