The L.A. Auto Show: Strom and Stress

"Land of the free? Now more like "Land of the E". At least a little bit, because at the L.A. Motor Show the car brands are presenting more electric crossover models than ever before. But: there are also new, wonderfully unreasonable vehicles.
Text Marko Knab
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Full gas ahead? Or do we go with the flow? The automotive industry is currently in a tricky situation. And this is particularly evident at the current Auto Show in Los Angeles. From heavenly consumption figures to hellish options and completely uncompromising track tools, everything is there. Our personal highlight list with absolute contrast guarantee.

KIA Concept EV9

KIA shows a clear edge - not only in terms of design. As in previous years, the Koreans are increasingly positioning themselves as electric. And with the EV9, they will soon be expanding their purely electric fleet. The familiar E-GMP platform will be used again. In other words: proven and familiar technology under a new crossover guise. Drive an SUV and still keep your (angular) face? That's possible. At least in the future.

Dodge Charger & Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak

Really devilish stuff! And they're proud of it at Dodge, too. But what do the endless (and martial) additional names for the two classics mean? Let's make it short: Now the second hottest machines (after the Demon line) can be ordered with all imaginable equipment. No option excludes any other any more. Oh yes, the beastly V8 now produces 807 hp. Five words on that: Anachronism in its purest form. But cool!

Hyundai Ioniq Concept Seven

Pixel party in Korean: Besides KIA, Hyundai also presents its own study based on the E-GMP. This is of course also an SUV, also electrically powered and similarly powerfully built, but with its own face. What else is the slogan? Not the darn seven at all. Because virtually everything here is sustainable and at the same time tailored to the passengers. The (green) thumb goes up.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport

In the past, you'd get your big brother. Today, you simply take its high-revving engine with 500 hp and leave the competition behind on the race track. That at least sums up the concept of the sharpest Cayman of all time. The mid-engine sports car not only shoehorns the four-litre boxer of the GT3 series into itself, but also uses sophisticated aerodynamics. In the end, that makes a good seven minutes on the Nordschleife. And for everyday driving? Porsche now also offers the electric Taycan as a Sport Turismo and GTS.

Fisker Ocean

EIt is supposed to separate the now seemingly endless sea of electric SUVs: we are talking about the Fisker Ocean. Yes, that's right - this is the newly founded successor brand of the hybrid sports car manufacturer that has since disappeared. We remember the elegant "Karma". Now all the brand's cars will be electrically powered. The Ocean is even supposed to become the new Pope's car. Of course, all punchlines with "good karma" are out of the question at this point.

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