2011 Chicago Auto Show
More car owners attend the Chicago Auto Show than any other American car venue. So, for the 2011 edition, automakers rolled out a host of near term production vehicles designed to turn those lookers into buyers.
Chevrolet got things roaring with two new Camaros. Celebrating 100 years of Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500, only 500 Pace Car replicas will wear the white with orange strips.
The Camaro ZL1 was a special order option on the 1969 Camaro, and now the name is back on the most powerful factory Camaro yet. It's 550 horsepower supercharged V8, track-ready handling, and serious attitude will make this Camaro tough to catch.
That's the job of the Shelby GT 350, which blew into Chicago with Shelby's first convertible in 40 years.
Indeed icey Chicago was hot on performance, with Chrysler leading in sheer numbers. Not only did they reveal the menacing 465-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT-8, but five other Dodge R/T models including the Grand Caravan R/T Man Van.
Chrysler's RAM truck brand one-upped it's heavy duty pickup rivals with a new High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel option. Output is rated at a staggering 800 pound-feet of torque, with a 22,700 pound towing capacity to match.
On the heels of its hit SuperBowl commercial, Chrysler quietly showed a four-seat convertible version of it's glamorous 200-series.
Other new arrivals at Chicago included a revamped Acura TL. It adds toned down styling, new technology, and combines a 6-speed sequential gearbox with better aerodynamics for improved fuel economy.
The Five Axis Project CT shows what Lexus calls the Darker side of green and proves that high-performance and 42 mile-per gallon fuel economy can co-exist.
Volkswagen turns up the heat a bit with the Jetta GLI. The GLI adds a 200 horsepower engine to VW's new North American-made compact sedan.
Hyundai keeps rolling out big hits like the re-styled Genesis sedan and larger 5.0-liter V8. This R-Spec model is rated at 429-horsepower with the most powerful Hyundai engine yet.
And, Audi responded to the demands of the Internet and brought their new 360-horsepower TT RS to Chicagoland. It was a big TWEET!