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North American International Auto Show 2018


It’s partially the perspective you’re looking at of the back. I wanted to go for a bit of a heritage-look for my design, hence the 1980s body, but i assure you, this was intentional.

HMC - Never a dull moment


And I never said it was for this model year.


Try to limit double posting. Also, its kinda expected for you to show off new cars at these kind of auto shows. I mean, theres nothing stopping you from posting older cars, but considering the show hasnt opened yet most people are revealing teasers for their new cars.


Please restrain with multiposting, use edit option and tags instead (like that @Battleboss98).


I think I forgot the concept of a teaser.

It says “Concept” on there, but really that is only because the vehicle in question has not finished type approval yet. This is the first redesign of the Alpine since 1993, and also the first time this model appeared on the Forums in nearly two years (back when Squidhead did the reporting on car shows).

So what is this? If you haven’t guessed by the Images already, a diminuitive but hardcore off-roader, with exceptional strength and durability. Truth be told this little thing is probably the most capable off-roader we make. IMP held a public reveal at their NA Headquarter ahead of NAIAS, with Wurst und Bier imported from the Fatherland. About 40 pre-production trucks were present so people could get to experience it inside out.

The Frame: made from VA Steel, fully boxed naturally and with long travel Twin-Trac live axles front and rear with decoupling sway bars.

The Body: Also made from VA Steel and drastically modernized, but some will notice strong influences by classic 1980s Monolith vehicles. A subtle approach to retro.

The Drivetrain: The old Alpine made use of a 1.5L Inline 4 engine with 114Nm. This new one was originally supposed to use a 1.65L Inline 3 with 125hp, but the car ended up over 500kg heavier than its predecessor due to up to date safety equipment and general overbuilding with no regards to weight saving. Thus, a different engine was needed. What we came up with is a 3.0L 90° V6 with twin balance shafts, all cast-iron construction and four-valve OHV Pushrod valvetrain. This engine is flex-fuel capable and compact with, all importantly, a very low center of mass that is enhanced by the dry sump lubrication found on all IMP engines. It may only produce 145hp, but develops more than 230Nm from idle to 4000rpm. Peak torque is 249Nm @ 2200rpm. The low specific output also increases longetivity. It also sounds nice. A similar 4.0L engine for north american tastes is scheduled to follow soon.

The G3k comes with two transmission options, a six speed manual or a no cost option six speed torque converter automatic, both with a permanent four-wheel drive transfer case with low range and three locking differentials. On the lower “R” trim level the differentials are operated mechanically while on the higher “S” trim level they operate automatically.

The Interior: Four indvidual bucket seats, a stereo, air conditioning, too many gauges providing potentially crucial information to list them all, of course all water proofed and made from robust materials designed for an indefinite service life.

The performance: It suffers. The increased weight requires a beefier engine without actually gaining any performance over the much different predecessor. 0-60 in about 10.3s, a top speed of 190kph. Fuel economy is only marginally worse than before at 7.8L/100km, again the low-stress nature of the high displacement engine.

The Price: The Alpine is no longer cheap and charming, it is a serious machine for serious tasks, prices start at $28,960 for the R. However it is finally available all around the globe.


@Awildgermanappears I was working on a similar concept, but got shade thrown at me on another thread for crossover SUVs, so I scrapped it.


Incoming the brand new French GTI, the DEVERRE Fusion GTS 2018
Developped to be the fastest FWD on the Nurburgring, the Fusion GTS 2018 is equiped with a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4 of 362 HP and 372Nm


No amount of 21st-century fixtures can disguise the fact that this car has a very dated appearance. I’m talking late-80s to mid-90s here. And the placement and configuration of the tailpipes, despite resembling a Zuni rocket launcher, is too zany to gel with the rest of the car’s exterior design.


Zasteros Finheit

Tour the world in comfort...




Why that?


90 deg V6 because that’s quite a bit un-Monolith IMO. Four valve OHV… because it’s four valve OHV? AFAIK it wasn’t used in any car, just big trucks. Dry sump lubrication because I associate it with high performance sports cars and supercars, not with regular cars and small off-roaders.


It isn’t the first IMP V6 though. The third, actually, after the 3.0 and 4.0L Diesel of the 80s and 90s (which was also 90°) and the 260R that in some form or another has been reappearing every few years since 1993. 4V OHV is awesome as it enhances air flow with very little added complexity and weight, just use Y-rockers and there you go. High RPM are not part of the equation anyway. It also allows for individual cylinder heads that make maintenance and repairs a breeze. Dry sump lubrication is useful in any situation where the oil sloshes around consistently. All these features primarily serve to lower the center of mass and improve stability across the board, useful when you have a short and tall vehicle like this one.

IMP also likes to be a bit experimental and different every now and then. Can’t make RWD Inline 6s all the time.


Holts C7R

The TrackFocused C7 With its 770+HP and 900+ft-lb torque, Using the same 7.4L V8


2018 Nohda Assent: Coming soon…


It looks like the last civic :slight_smile:


Coming soon from Petoskey Motors ZLC…


Zasteros "Cologne" GL (GoldLine Series)

With a new face and a 4.0L V8 transplant......



Welcome to the 2018 North American International Auto Show, folks! It’s good to be back at Detroit, as this show never fails to impress. There’s been a right slew of teasers and announcements already, which began with…

SI-7 - The first teaser told us it had 822 hp, so it’s ripe for the hypercar market. Plus, triple exhausts on both sides; yes please.

EVE teased another new electric car, and like many electric cars at the moment, it seems to have taken on the habit of looking completely blank and featureless save for some thin design lines that represent efficiency or something. They followed it up with a Radiohead-inspired ‘transmission’, saying that “power is yours”. Oh I really do just love it when companies try to apply philosophical phrases to cars. I really so very much do. Really.

A new version of the Prairie from RCM is on the way, and the clear feature is its parrallelogramic lights. Looks decent from this shady teaser picture, so with any luck, it’ll hold its own when we see the real thing.

AL Autos will be in attendance, and at long last, they seem to have tamed their vent fetish.

DMA teased a truck that looks like it belongs on the set of Dallas and teaser of another DMA badge on some kind of car. It’s probably something sporty given how ‘surprising’ it’s going to be.

Wohay! Looks like RCM have some competition at this show, Shromet’s updated Adirondack is on the way. Let the battle of the trucks commence!

Montes’s updated Urban will finally be making its debut. We’ve had a number of spy shots and leaks about the family hatchback for the past few months, with all leads pointing to a facelifted version of the car with the usual mid-lifespan engine and equipment update.

Linden are presenting “an analog[ue] driver’s car in the traditional sense”. Well, if you insist; it’s called the LE52 and it looks like a knock-off of a knock-off car from GTA. Manual gearbox, premium interior, sportier and quieter version available etc…it’s the usual sports coupe forté.

So then Zasteros, the answer to the equation of “Performance + Economy” is the Eyeore of mid-engined supercars?. Somehow I think the dopey looking Monte Vettore might not quite be it, however exotic that name may be. As always, I’m open to being proven wrong, but we’ll have to wait for the main show to do that.

PROJECT 400 is…a thing. It’s black, it’s got exhausts, it’s probably some fast racecar-for-the-road thing. Etc, etc…

“Making it possible to be In touch with the world in the smallness of a car.” I had to read that back to myself and get my colleague Sophie to read it back to. Neither of us could work out what it meant. As for the car tagged with it, it’s called “Project Goldline”, it isn’t actually gold and it appears to have come straight out of the Honda design studios circa 1985. Thankfully, and I’m not sure how they managed to do this, they managed to significantly restyle the car in the space of a few days. At leats it looks more interesting.

Uh-oh. Monolith’s teaser for the new 270 says it hates VVL. At least they’re (probably) in tune with their customer base. Some commentators were keen to point out that “The tagline implies a pushrod engine (which is incompatible with VVL by design)”. Yes, thank you for stating the bloody obvious.

Holts teased a new car earlier in the week, and followed it up with a picture reveal. The final result? Well, it’s a smart looking sports coupe that’s what. 7.4l V8 to boot, whopping great grill at the front and fat quad exhausts at the rear. There’s way too many daytime running lights on the front for its own good, but otherwise, it looks damn decent.

The upcoming Monarch Gariche M-GT Concept will be revealed at the show and holy god is it over done. The rear looks absurd, the front is confused. Here’s hoping it’ll be prettier in the flesh.

Rennen will be releasing some concept cars over the course of the year, dubbed “LEC-X”. Oh no, the dredded ‘E’; are Rennen going electric? I mean, that’s a very smart move, it just depends on how its executed…

The Orion Cerberus and Olympus Sagittarius are making their debuts and honestly I am lost for words. They’re like budget, Halfords knock-off imitations of TVRs. The subsequent photos released did not help. Mind you, no word on specs yet, so there is some hope there…

[Hennessy Motor Company}(North American International Auto Show 2018) revealed the Le Mans Turbo, a circa-Gran Turismo 2 looking 1132hp hypercar. There might be some issues with that name however, given that the HMC marque is in the running for creating the biggest legal battle in the Automationverse’s history; it originally belonged to the Holland Motor Company of the Netherlands, was also taken on by the Harnish Motor Company who even borrowed the badge design of Holland, and is currently in used by Holts Motor Company.
I’ll leave it to the lawyers to sort that one out…

IMP revealed the first (potential) update to the Alpine mini-off roader in over 20 years. It looks good, and a slew of information came with it. The short of it is: proper off roading suspension, good range of engines with an i3, i4 and even a V6, proper four wheel drive transmission and a fairly decent price tag. I know absolutley nothing about off-roaders but I am assuming this is good.

INCOMING! FRENCH CAR IN BOUND! AND IT’S NOT A MERCIEL! Deverre’s new Fusion GTS is here, and it’s a front wheel drive, 362 hp monster. Has not elegance to its styling, looks like it’ll do no more than 25 mpg and will probably be a nightmare to daily, but heck I’m down to see how good this thing is to drive.

Zasteros revealed another car, the Finheit. It claims to allow you to “tour the world in comfort”. Thankfully, by using it to tour the world, you’ll be able to sit pretty with the comfort of knowing that by being inside it you don’t have to look at the outside.

The new Nodha Assent is here! And boy does it look like the car it’s imitating. Which is a good thing, might I add.

The new Petoskey Stag will be making its appearance, and the good news is that it’s going to have a V10 under the bonnet. Yes please!

So, a packed show ahead, but there’s very promising stuff here. Roll on the press days!

- Gavin Anderson


I still have a long way to make better looking cars, I guess ! :sweat_smile: