When Gear-heads Rule Its All About Speed

Columnist Jeremy Cato sees emphasis on horsepower as smacking of a lack of imagination in Detroit

Published: 13-Jan-2005

Horsepower. Horsepower again. And then some more of it. From the V-8-powered Chevrolet Impala (300 hp) to the massively gutsy Dodge Viper coupe (500 hp), to . . . Well, it would have been hard to swing a cat in the Los Angeles Convention Centre and not hit some new model that can't rip from 0-100 km/h in seven seconds, six seconds, five or less.

Frankly, it puts this car scribe in the uncomfortable position of having to say it all smacks of a decided lack of imagination. Yes, the Los Angeles Auto Show is a much less important venue than the Detroit show, which comes a few days later, but this is just a little sad -- especially when you consider how creative and interesting L.A. car culture is. There is much more to the Southern California auto scene than bored-out small blocks and crackling headers.

I mean, we are talking about the town that gives us the delightfully bizarre cable TV show Pimp My Ride. In fairness, the Pimps showed up, working for General Motors of all people.

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