Fulfill Your Need for Speed at the 2015 Cleveland Auto Show

Yesterday, I had the chance to walk around the Cleveland Auto Show while they were still building the floor and setting up all the fancy cars. I only shot a few pictures because honestly, you need to see this stuff in person. Shay Hazen (@Shayzen) and I (@damienbowman) will be at the Auto Show throughout the week covering various angles of, well, wheels, but here are some of the cars you can expect to see.

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5

Developed in Hiroshima and sold not be Mazda, but by Mozsaspeed Motorsports, sells for a cool $45,000 but is ready to race. The car comes built-in with a steering wheel data screen, meaning new owners won’t have to do the conversion after purchase. This year, 100 cars will be produced and will be equipped with a full roll cage and fire-suppression system. Mazda says 80 percent of the car is stock, with the cold-air intakes and exhaust headers being two of the custom components. The street-legal ND MX-5 weighs just a tick under 2300 pounds. Here’s the review of the boring retail version of the MX-5 Miata from Car and Driver.

BMW i8

BMW i8

This is BMW’s plug-in hybrid car. It looks a bit weird, but it’s a BMW. According to BMW, the car can go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. I’m almost positive it takes my 2012 Ford Taurus an hour to do the same, so I’m already impressed. This car has a listed range of 330 miles, and that number may be higher or lower depending on how you drive and if you have air conditioning on or not. Thinking about a Tesla? Well, the i8 is around $136,000 and the similarly equipped Tesla S P85 comes in at nearly $94,000. The SP85 also does the 0-60 in 3.1 seconds on a ¼ mile track. From the CNET review:

"Beyond its concept-car looks, the i8 uses a completely unique drivetrain, bearing no resemblance to even BMW's own hybrid vehicles. Tucked away somewhere in the car is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine using BMW's valve timing and throttle control technologies to produce 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission."

Here’s a full review of the BMW i8 from Jalopnik.

Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

Alfa Romeo 4C - Launch Edition

I’ve never been in an Alfa Romeo, or been close to one, but now that I have…wow. Maybe I’m too easy to please, or maybe because I drive a Taurus anything that looks like this makes me want to leave the tank on the side of the road. This car starts at a cool $68,000 and weighs nearly 2,500 pounds. The 4C has a carbon fiber tub with a rear frame made of aluminum to keep the weight down significantly. It does the 0-60 in 4.5 seconds (still super impressive), and comes in your choice of two colors: matte “Carrara White” or Alfa Red (above). The red version gets color matched red stitching on the steering wheel, handbrake, mats, and sport seats. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition review from CNET.

Folks, there are a lot of other cars here, like the Dodge Viper pictured in the feature image, Ryan Hunter-Reay's IndyCar, and an entire Classic Car show that I haven't shown or talked about yet. If you're in Cleveland, get to the Auto Show, if you aren't stay here for full coverage and its relation to racing or your quest to get milk at the grocery.