Richard Hammond: Recap of the Los Angeles motor show featuring cars about to hit the showrooms – Richard…

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Richard Hammond recaps the Los Angeles motor show featuring cars about to hit the showrooms

Just my F-type: The Jaguar

Peculiar timing to have motor shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo at the same time, but there you go.

Tokyo had lots of concept cars on show, while Los Angeles mainly featured cars that are going to be hitting the showrooms soon. So let’s focus on LA, especially because one of the stars of the show is homegrown – the coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type. And yes, it will be cheaper than the roadster.

Jaguar F-Type coupe

The F-Type is some car. It’s no E-Type, but it’s not exactly ugly, either.

The good news, as we’ve already mentioned, is that it’s cheaper than the roadster. The entry-level coupe is the F-Type with the same 335bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that’s fitted to the ­convertible – yours for £51,235 or six grand less than the entry-level roadster.

The headline version is the R Coupe, with the same 542bhp V8 motor fitted to the XKR-S (the F-Type R Roadster has 488bhp). That extra power plus the stiffer bodyshell make it a serious weapon. Should be at £85,000.

Porsche Macan

It’s Porsche’s answer to Audi’s Q5, BMW’s X3 and, of course, the Range Rover Evoque. It’s the Macan, and it arrives next April.

All Macans will be powered by V6 engines, two petrol and one diesel. The petrol engines are Porsche’s own, with the entry-level twin-turbo 3.0-litre producing 335bhp and a 3.6-litre Turbo S version with 394bhp. The diesel comes from Audi and produces 254bhp.

Performance? The hottest Macan will do 165mph and 0-62mph in 4.8secs. Smaller engines will be ­available from 2015, which should bring the entry price down from the current £43,300.

It’s a concept at the moment, but Ford’s Mondeo-based Edge SUV will be coming to Europe in 2015 to join the Fiesta-based EcoSport and the Kuga in Ford’s crossover/SUV line-up. Ford hasn’t let slip what engines will be offered in the Edge, but since it’ll rival cars like the Volvo XC90 and VW Touareg, some firepower will be required.

BMW 4-Series Cabriolet

As we explained recently, BMW now calls its two-door 3-Series cars “4-Series”, so the new Cabriolet is actually a 4-Series ­Cabriolet. Easy really. The range starts with the 420d SE at £36,675 and tops out at £44,970 for the 435i Luxury.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Hyundai’s eccentric three-door Veloster gets a wave of the performance wand with a new R-Spec version that has sportier suspension, six-speed gearbox and cloth sports seats with leather detail. No price, but word is that it’ll become the entry-level Veloster when it goes on sale in January.

Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Nissan already sells a Juke tweaked by its Nismo motorsport arm, but on its way is a Juke Nismo RS with more power and more sports-orientated handling. The 1.6-litre turbo engine produces 188bhp in the standard Nismo, but kicks out 215bhp in the RS version. There’s no price yet but sales should start some time next year.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

It’s a concept, but it’s more than likely Merc’s GLA 45 AMG will hit the showrooms. The compact SUV uses the same 355bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo as the A-Class A45 AMG and will do 0-62mph in under 5secs. As Merc is aiming at younger customers, a hot one makes sense.

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