Next stop was the near all-white display of Audi. But first, something caught my eye in the less crowded BMW booth. It's the long awaited BMW S1000RR motorcycle. I know what you're thinking, "this isn't the International Cycle Show in Long Beach Lance!" and you're correct. Having said that, I couldn't resist seeing this modern marvel first-hand.
While BMW isn't new to the motorcycle industry, this stunning sport bike is. Boasting 193 horsepower, it's the most powerful 1000cc on the market. It has all the latest bells and whistles one would expect from this Bavarian company.
Amongst an ocean of white and red Audi's was the Audi A3 TDI. The very morning we attended this car was announced as the 2009 L.A. Auto Show Green Car of the Year . An award I was long awaiting for either VW or Audi to win. Now I'm not against hybrids and alike, but respect is deserved for a vehicle that gets double the average mileage and puts out considerably less emissions than it's gas-powered siblings. On top of that it looks sexy and oozes luxury, not like the overplayed utilitarianism style of the Prius.
Yes that's right, the TDI is a diesel! Lose the thought of the soot spewing truck your contractor drives, or the slow moving tractor you get stuck behind in the country. Diesel powered vehicles make up for more than 50% of the vehicles sold in Europe. They have been exploiting the excellent traits a diesel engine holds. The "EU" has also been frontiers in design for these fuel sipping torque monsters. Take the VW Jetta TDI; this car has reportedly sustained a 50+ MPG in real-world testing. While some may not "drink the Kool Aid", diesel's are a realistic short-term solution to our fuel addiction.
It was easy to become more impressed with every aisle of the show. Soon to come, my final observations and synopsis of the 2009 L.A. Auto Show.
Ride on, Lance