In 1907, the first ever Los Angeles Auto Show took place at a skate park where only 99 cars were shown. Since then, the show has grown to become one of the premier events on the automotive calendar, for both the industry as well as the thousands of fans that turn up each year to see all the new models and concepts.
Today, the show is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and reflecting its importance the organizers have confirmed there will be at least 30 world debuts taking place this year. The action gets underway November 18 and as usual the Motor Authority team will be bringing you all the latest info and live photos direct from the show floor.
In the meantime, here’s our hand-picked list of some of the stars, as well as what we know so far about them. And don’t forget to bookmark our dedicated L.A. Auto Show page, as well as follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay on top of it all.
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63: Mercedes-Benz’s GL-Class full-size SUV has undergone a mid-cycle update and one of the changes included a switch to the new GLS name. Both the GLS and high-performance GLS63 from Mercedes-AMG will be present in L.A. The latter is the one you want as it comes with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 good for 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. While the regular GLS gets a nine-speed automatic, the GLS63 sports an AMG Speedshift seven-speed auto. Drive on both goes to all four wheels as standard.
2016 Audi S8 Plus: Audi is launching its new Audi Sport performance division in L.A. and to kick off the launch the brand with the four rings is bringing an impressive arsenal of fast cars. One of these is a new A8 range-topper complete with 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The car is the S8 Plus, and it will be joined in L.A. by another new model called the RS 7 Performance. This car sports the same 605-hp rating and is a tad quicker to 62 mph thanks to its lighter weight. Also on Audi’s stand will be next-generation versions of the S4 and R8.
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 – 2015 Geneva Motor Show Live Photos
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport: Porsche will unveil a new racing version of its Cayman GT4 sports car. As the name suggests, the race car has been developed in line with FIA GT4 specifications and will be ready in time for the start of the 2016 motorsport season. It gets the same 3.8-liter flat-six as the Cayman GT4 road car but drops the six-speed manual transmission in favour of a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. As the car is designed for the track only, it will be offered exclusively through Porsche Motorsport North America here in the United States. Other markets will have to order the vehicle from Porsche Motorsport.
2016 BMW X4 M40i: BMW isn’t quite ready to launch dedicated M versions of its X3 and X4 small SUVs, but to satisfy buyers looking for a little extra performance there will be some new M Performance versions. The first of these, an X4 M40i, has been revealed and will be shown publicly for the first time in L.A. Under the hood is an uprated version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine found in the X4 xDrive35i. It has 355 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.7 seconds and a top speed capped at 150 mph.
Hit the next page to see some of the luxury cars that will be on display at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated hub for all the latest updates.