Utah International Auto Expo: The Best Of 2011 List

By | January 17, 2011

Ferrari 599 GTOAfter three days of hot car action at the Utah International Auto Expo, we come to the fourth and final day before we bid adieu till next January. For the average consumer, the expo was probably mind blowing. New and cutting-edge in-car technologies like Ford’s Sync wow’d people like my mom, while next-gen electric vehicles like the Juke or the Volt gave everyday drivers a glimpse into where the automotive world is heading right now. GM and Ford even offered test drives on a variety of vehicles. Needless to say, the line for the V8 Camero test drive was constantly populated with wishful 40-something dads who drove to the expo in their family Sienna.

That’s all fine and well, but just like last year, the Daily Derbi crew was more interested in the sports car aspect of things. Here was our best of list for the 2011 Utah International Auto Expo:

  • Cadillac CTS-V Wagon: Probably the most underrated car of the year, the CTS-V Wagon is also one of the hottest. That 556 horsepower, supercharged LSA engine from the CTS-V now finds itself in something more family oriented and ‘practical’… as practical as you can call a 556 horsepower family car, that is. But since this is American and our non-affiliation with wagons is still strong, odds are you’ll be seeing more at car shows like this than out in the wild.
  • Cadillac CTS-V Coupe: On the other hand, the CTS-V Coupe essentially takes the ‘practical’ that the Wagon boasts and urinates pure testosterone all over it. Half as many doors, less weight, and a hell of a lot of presence equates to one of the hottest cars not only at the show but of the year.
  • Porsche Boxter Spyder: Yes, we know- Boxters are really nothing to get excited over. But ask any educated car nut and they’ll tell you that Porsche’s new Sypder addition to the Boxter lineup is what automotive journalists are calling the best ever. They’re also pricey and rare, so take it in at the show and don’t expect to see many elsewhere.
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S: Why are we excited about this 911? Besides the sensual center lock wheels that are stock, the 911 Turbo S boasts 530 horsepower, the same as the almighty 911 GT2 and enough to go from 0-60 in just 2.6 seconds according to Road & Track. It’s just another testament to Porsche’s engineering brilliance in their street cars. A $174,000 testament.
  • Bentley Continental Supersports: It looks like we’re not the only ones who fancy this 612 horsepower, W12 road-going luxury business office. Our own Bryan Cochran saw the Utah Jazz’s Paul Millsap and Ronnie Price point and talking about the Supersport at the show. Paul asked Ronnie if he was going to buy one. Ronnie responded by point to Bentley and saying, “this one’s coming home with me.” Good choice, my friend, good choice.
  • Ferrari 599 GTO: Sure, the 458 Italia was getting the majority of the attention from wide-eyed Ferrari fanboys, but what most of them didn’t know was the 599 sitting next to it was a rare and uber-powerful GTO. Had they known Ferrari’s super-limited edition and most powerful street car was next to the Italia, gazes may have shifted…
  • Corvette Stingray Concept: Just because it’s really, really beautiful. Megan Fox was not present.


[Chad Waite]


3 Comments

Shah on January 18, 2011 at 1:31 am.

I couldn’t agree more with you! The cars that really caught my eye were the 599 GTO, Ford Raptor, and that CTS-V Wagon. I can’t believe I’m still talking about a wagon days after the show. Talk about a sleeper!

Chad Waite on January 18, 2011 at 9:34 am.

Glad we nailed the list. The only reason the Raptor didn’t make it on there was because the list was more geared towards sports cars. I/we freaking love that truck.

StephAnn Knotts on January 19, 2011 at 5:34 am.

sigh! CTS-Vs and that Corvette… I was one happy little girl.nnAnd for the record, when I was ages 7-9, our family car WAS a Camaro…. except it didn’t look as cool (though I’d venture to guess the visibility was much greater)

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