The Chicago Auto Show has never really been as big as the Detroit show. Being only a few short weeks after Detroit it is easy to see why. There is much debate if the Chicago Auto Show is even necessary anymore since it is essentially Detroit all over again. Nonetheless there are still a three new cars and a truck worth mentioning.
Let’s get the least exciting one out of the way first. Joining the new WRX STi unveiled at last month’s Detroit show is the 2015 Subaru Legacy. It uses the same design language as the new Impreza and has received mixed reviews for its soft lines compared to the bonkers styling of old. The Legacy will make use of a 2.5L flat 4 making 175 hp and will also be available with the previous 3.6L flat 6 making 256 hp. Both versions will only be available with CVTs and will be added to the list of cars no longer putting use to manual transmissions.
Volvo on the other hand came with their big guns. Meet the 345 hp all-wheel drive rocket, the S60 Polestar. If you are unfamiliar with Polestar you’d better familiarize yourself with them. Polestar is Volvo’s AMG division, their M model. This V6 turbo will do 60 mph in 4.9 sec, wears 14.6 inch front brake rotors, and will be quite rare. If you want one you’d better act fast as only 120 of them are coming to the US. Their price has yet to be released but expect them to hit showrooms this summer.
Possibly the most interesting of the vehicles unveiled was this Lingenfelter tuned Chevy Silverado. It is clear that they are aiming at the Ford Raptor with this one. And the name? The Reaper. I know what you must be thinking, couldn’t they have come up with a better, more original name than Reaper? After all, Reaper sounds very similar to Raptor. And what about that face? It looks as if a Silverado and a Shelby GT500 hooked up and spawned this ugly brute. Once you get past the looks you’ll note that it the package is mostly a just a lift kit and some aesthetic bits. There is however an optional supercharger available for both the 5.3 and 6.2 L V8s available in the standard Silverado. The best part about the package is that it is that it will still be available with a 3 year/36,000 mi warranty.
The most surprising and possibly the best vehicle unveiled at this year’s show was this Volkswagen GRC Beetle. To be raced in the Global RallyCross Championship series this year by Tanner Faust and Scott Speed, this Beetle comes with all-wheel drive and 560 raging horsepower under the hood. It is scheduled to make its racing debut midway through the season during the 2014 Summer X Games held in Austin, TX.
That will sum up our coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Next on the 2014 auto show calendar is the Geneva International Motor Show held March 6th-16th. Geneva is one of the largest shows on the calendar and often brings out some pretty wild rides!