Fueling Addiction at the Auto Show

Going nose to nose with a new Challenger

Going nose to nose with a new Challenger

I love cars. I think I might be addicted. While I don’t live near Detroit, Chicago, LA, or Geneva, I still savor every chance I can get to see a bunch of new cars all in one place. So this weekend I made the trek to the (drum roll, please!):  Spokane International Auto Show! There were no unveilings, no press conferences, no wild concepts, no parties… just a whole bunch of new cars, all available to satisfy my craving for new-car smell.  

At CarGurus we spend a lot of time writing about and following the major auto shows around the world. Like any car enthusiasts, we get excited about seeing brand-new unveilings and nearly drool at the thought of seeing them in person.

I can picture this GT-R in my garage...

I can picture this GT-R in my garage...

While I knew I wouldn’t see the electrifying Cadillac Converj at this show, I was thrilled to walk through the front doors and nearly collide with a Nissan GT-R. I’ve read all there is to read about the GT-R: 480 horsepower, 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, an $80K pricetag…

For me, seeing it was like some people might react when seeing a celebrity. Sure, I know the GT-R has personality quirks and might be a little harsh, but I was so taken by its mere presence that I didn’t care.

Imagine the fun of driving a Corvette Z06

Imagine the fun of driving a Corvette Z06

Not far down the hall was another striking beauty: the Chevy Corvette Z06. With a 7.0-liter V8 and a starting price around $67K, I had to wonder: If I had the dough, would I be driving a GT-R or a Z06?  I’m honestly glad that’s not a decision I have to make! 

I went to the show thinking I’d check out the smaller, fuel-efficient, economical offerings from U.S. and foreign automakers, which I did a little bit of (the new Ford Taurus is hot, and Hyundai was very impressive) but wound up salivating over the likes of the new Challenger, caressing the plush leather of Porsche, and ogling the high-tech Mercedes BlueTec offerings.

Hardly economical choices, but hey, I was at the auto show, and searching for practicality quickly gave way to fueling my addiction.

What cars would you hope to see at an auto show? If Angelina Jolie and a Bugatti Veyron were at the same show, which would you rather look at?

-tgriffith

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