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Top picks for best of LA Auto Show

Charles Fleming, Russ Mitchell and James F. Peltz, Los Angeles Times on

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Toyota FT-AC

Toyota has teased us with a couple of new crossover concepts this year, and now the Japanese giant has brought its proposed FT-AC to the convention floor. It's still technically a concept vehicle, but it looks prepped for production and seems an off-road-ready competitor for hot crossovers like the Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek.

Corvette ZR1 convertible

Chevrolet blew the socks off a nighttime crowd by unveiling the first convertible version of its ZR1 sports car since its 1970 debut. Chevy says the car's LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine will produce 766 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, giving the convertible version a top speed of more than 200 mph.

BMW i8 roadster

Savvy auto enthusiasts knew BMW was coming to the show with a flock of electrified vehicles. But the new i8 roadster, a hybrid convertible sports car whose elegant dihedral doors highlight dramatic design language, was a bright surprise. The German automaker says the combined electric motor and turbocharged 3-cylinder gasoline engine make a combined 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, for a total driving range of up to 330 miles and a zero-to-60 mph rate of 4.2 seconds.

 

Mazda Vision Coupe

Mazda is calling this a concept vehicle, but those dazzled by the elegant Vision Coupe may beg the company to take a leaf from the European exotic car makers and produce a limited production run of this sweet, sleek touring car.

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