Audi R8 V10, Jaguar XFR… what’s Detroit’s star car?

The Jaguar XFR which hit 225mph at Bonneville

The Jaguar XFR which hit 225mph at Bonneville

The 2009 Detroit Motor Show has opened its doors to journalists in one the murkiest ever times for the automotive industry.

But this hasn’t stopped a host of car makers using the American show to display a whole host of awesome machines.

On the supercar side of the spectrum saw the debut for the V10-powered Audi R8 – with the mid-engined German car capable of 196mph.

But a £100,000 price-tag may be off-putting for the time being.

Jaguar flew the flag for Britain with the Midlands-based car maker debuting its Jaguar XKR convertible and coupe and XFR super-saloon – both using a new 5-litre 510bhp V8 engine.

Also on the Jaguar stand is a modified version of the XFR, tuned to develop 600bhp. Jaguar secretly took it out to the Bonneville Salt Flats in November where it cracked 225mph – making it the fastest ever Jaguar.

So while it may not be the best of times for Jaguar – who asked the government for money in December – they’ve put on a brave face unveiling two stunning new production motors.

With the environment as hot a topic as ever, it was also the chance for car makers to show off their latest green cars with the new Prius making its debut alongside fellow hybrid the Honda Insight and the Fisker Karma – a car described as the first ever production performance plug-in hybrid.

Other cars appearing for the first time include the BMW Z4, which is the first roadster by the Munich company to feature a fully-retractable metal roof and the Maserati Quattroporte GT S.

What’s your favourite car in Detroit?

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One response to “Audi R8 V10, Jaguar XFR… what’s Detroit’s star car?

  1. Rob

    The Audi R8 has some sex appeal the other cars don’t have, both inside and out. Even Toy Model Car Kit makers have cashed in on its popular design and sold millions of the Audi R8 Models in a very short period of time. Nice article. I hope Jaguar can hang in there.

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