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Last week, automakers gathered in sunny California for the Los Angeles Auto Show. One of the largest and hottest auto markets in the US, the Southern California show didn't disappoint. Both foreign and domestic brands took the chance to highlight both current and future vehicles, offering something for everyone. Below are some of the highlights from what looks to be another promising year for the industry.

 

Porsche doubled down and revealed not one, but two vehicles this year. The 2017 Panamera is newly redesigned and now looks the part. Entry-level cars now receive a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 330 horsepower. The the range-topping Turbo model is now even faster. The long-wheelbase option has made its return and will be available on the Panamera 4, 4S, 4 e-Hybrid and Turbo models. Pricing starts at $86,050. 

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The second, and perhaps more shocking reveal, was the 911 RSR. Expected to compete in the World Endurance Championship, the RSR has ditched the iconic rear-engine layout. The 510 horsepower mill now sits in front of the rear axle to improve handling characteristics.  Does the switch hint at plans for future production 911's?

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Alfa Romeo revealed a 170 mph SUV! You read that right. Alfa revealed the 2018 Stelvio. Sharing a platform with the Giulia, the sporty SUV features a 505 horsepower V6 that will rocket the crossover to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. An 8-speed automatic transmission, paired with a 4-wheel drive system will aid in power delivery. The brand's signature styling is present all over the vehicle and it looks to be a formidable competitor in the luxury crossover SUV market. 

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Finally, Mercedes-Benz showed off the sunnier side of its luxury brand by revealing the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet (white) and the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster (grey). Representing the flagship of open top luxury and performance, the S650 combines the pinnacle of luxury materials and exclusivity.  Only 300 units will be produced worldwide with 75 coming to the U.S. For those looking for all-out performance, the AMG GT Roadster packs 550 horsepower while still delivering luxury expected from the Three Pointed Star.

 

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