Denver Auto Show 2012: The Power of Automotive Genious
Green power to muscle power was the theme of the 2012 Denver International Auto Show. Having a strong showing of alternative fuel cars from marquees like Range Rover provided a unique look into how the world’s automakers are conquering the fuel crisis.
The green energy atmosphere filled the convention center and almost every automaker showcased their answer to the approaching energy dilemma. Most every attendee was discussing the pros and cons of each vehicle and the automakers decisions to produce their power plant. Range Rover’s gas pump beating option was the Evoque. The new Evoque, boosting 28mpg, was a hit for green minds. Even though green energy was a major theme of this year’s Auto Show, a couple signature cars flexed their muscles.
Being the premier automotive show for Colorado the auto show provided a few jaw dropping autos that garnered much attention. These bright stars from the new twin turbo charge V8 BMW M5 to the new all-wheel drive system employed by the Ferrari FF, exhibited how green innovations can still be fun. This is one area struck a chord with fellow enthusiasts and me. The question I heard more then once was, “How do you maintain performance will being more efficient” the answer, turbos. This simple solution was employed by a few different automakers.
The first and most interesting car to deploy this system was the Fiat 500 Abarth. The hopped up version of the 500, the Abarth produces 160 horsepower while still maintaining up to 32mpg. This car speaks specifically to the enthusiast that wants the best of both worlds, performance and efficiency. Range Rover and Fiat have produced great options for the fuel crunch while Ferrari offered its option in the form of the FF.
Ferrari’s new prancing pony gave Denver the opportunity to see their first all-wheel drive system. The 651 horsepower V12 is the perfect car to conquer all seasons while still giving you the Ferrari experience. The FF uses an all-new all-wheel drive system. Some might think this system would cause the Ferrari to understeer but the all-wheel drive system only sends power to front when it encounters any loss of traction. The new technology used by Ferrari shows just how sophisticated the new FF is.
The Denver Auto-Show has evolved over the years exhibiting the newest technology and designs. With the focus on green energy, the automakers gave the audience a show with fuel saving cars. Understanding that green energy doesn’t have to be boring a few carmakers displayed their fun answers that became the highlights of the Denver Auto Show.