Porsche, Volkswagen, and Audi at the LA Auto Show 2014


Prologue concept:

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First thing on media day morning, President of Audi of America Scott Keogh threw the covers off a mysterious silhouette that turned out to be the Audi prologue concept car. Rumoured to one day become the range-topping A9, Keough said it will dictate the future design language of Audi. The concept features a 4.0 L TFSI, 604 hp engine producing 553 lb-ft of torque. On the inside, the front instrument panel is a large organic LED touch display.

R8 Competition:

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The limited edition, competition version of the R8 super car is the most powerful production Audi to roll out of the factory with a 3.2 second 0-100 km/h time and a top speed of 320 km/h. To do that, the engine (5.2 L V10) output has been bumped up to 570 hp and the vehicle lightened further using carbon fibre. Gear-changing duties are handled by a seven-speed S tronic direct-shift gearbox.


911 Carrera GTS:

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Suitable for its exclusivity, Porsche had a display hall all to itself at LAAS for an unveiling of three new models. The 430 hp Carrera GTS was one-and-a-half of those, coming in both coupe and convertible form and outfitted with gloss black 20-inch centre lock wheels. Available with either rear or all-wheel drive, Porsche says it is meant to bridge the gap between the Carrera S and the 911 GT3.

Cayenne GTS:

For the SUV lover that wants a bit more sport with his or her utility, there is the brand new Cayenne GTS. How is that done, you ask? With a 3.6 L bi-turbo developing 440 hp; tuned air suspension giving a slightly more aggressive stance that is 20-millimetre lower than standard; and plenty of body accoutrements like larger front air intakes, wheel arch extensions, darkened LED taillights.

Panamera Turbo Executive Exclusive (EE) Series:
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I spoke of exclusivity earlier, and that is epitomized by the aforementioned vehicle. Limited to just 100 units worldwide, the EE has 570 hp, all-wheel drive and a longer wheelbase with further focus on interior refinement and passenger comfort. Also, for the first time at Porsche, a two-tone paint scheme — done by hand — will be offered for this series.

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Benjamin Yong is a freelance writer and member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. You can find his stories on this site and in other publications including RPM Canada, MONTECRISTO, The Epoch Times and Darpan Magazine.