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Roadfly Magazine
Issue Five
Feb. 24, 2003
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show Photo Gallery
Daytona 24 Hour
Chevy Tahoe
Saab 9-5
Contest Winners
Coming Next Issue
Bentley Arnage R
Cayenne School
Daytona 500
Bose Headphones

Detroit 2003 North American International Auto Show, cont...

Lamborghini scissors doors

BMW display

MINI display at Detroit Auto Show

After ogling the vehicles at the GM displays we made our way over to the Aston Martin booth for a look at the beautiful Vanquish V12 and the ridiculously gorgeous AMV8 Vantage, a vehicle that Aston Martin hopes to sell for just a touch over the $100,000 mark. Neither pictures nor words can do the AMV8 Vantage justice - it is an incredible vehicle that must be seen in person to appreciate.

We picked up our jaws and stumbled back over to the Ford booth for a better look at the Mustang coupe concept, the 427 and the ever evolving "GT" (previously known as the new GT40).

If Ford doesn't build the Mustang coupe or the 427, I'd strongly suggest that Bill Ford Jr. consider a complete refresh of his product staff - these cars are too beautiful to not be built. We stared at the Mustang for at least fifteen minutes, all the while "eavesdropping" on folks who were standing near us.

Comments were all positive; most were saying something to the effect of "best looking car Ford's ever built," and so on. The 427 drew similar raves, especially for its bold endowment with the V10 power train. 590 horsepower is incredible, and if Ford can bring something to production that shares even 50% of what the 427 offered, I (along with half of Detroit) will be standing in line to buy one.

Lincoln and Mercury also had great vehicles on display, but we were starting to become overwhelmed by the crowds, so we had to keep moving. Suffice it to say that the 'ole Blue Oval isn't resting on its laurels - it looks like the design staff has been putting in some long (and productive) hours. We can hardly wait to see what they show us next year!

We made our way to the Lexus display, which was overflowing with people, all of whom were trying to sneak a peek at the new RX330. Lexus sure knows how to build a popular display - they had moving water, beautiful wood tones, and a perfect layout. While the booth was extremely popular, it was easy to navigate and even easier to take pictures of the vehicles.

>From Lexus we made a cross-show voyage over to the Bentley display, and were greeted by a human roadblock. Everyone was trying to catch a glimpse of the new Continental GT, but that shouldn't be any wonder - the car is unreal.

The Bentley Continental GT is to the automotive world as Rebecca Romjin-Stamos is to the modeling industry. It's beyond beautiful. We were fortunate to find a Bentley representative who let us "behind the scenes" so that we could grab some good shots of the Continental GT. While taking pictures, I found that I couldn't take my eyes off of it - I tried to take pictures of the other Bentleys, but I found myself returning to the Continental GT - it's not a car, it's an icon.

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