There's something extra-special about this time of year...the frosty weather, the sumptuous food, the gifts, parties and special visits with family and friends.
But for car enthusiasts, it's all about the LA Auto Show and its bounty of drool-inducing new rides.
The 2013 LA Auto Show went out with a turbo-charged roar this past weekend. Here you'll find a few hot items that literally gave us goosebumps. (Double click pictures for larger views.)
Cadillac CTS-V wagon on its farewell tour. 6.2-liter supercharged V8, 556 horsepower. We'll miss you, old fella.
Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept. Not coming soon to a dealer near you, but it's easily the most exciting design we've seen from Mercedes in years.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R coupe rocks a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that cranks out 550 horsepower, but forget about that--just look at the body on this thing!
This is the Youabian Puma. Designed by an Angeleno named Dr. K. Youabian and built right here in LA, the Puma is a four-seat convertible with 44-inch tires, a power hardtop and a 505-horsepower V8 from the Corvette Z06. It's also 20 feet long, and apparently you can drive it on the street. Check out Puma Automobiles for more.
Meet the Galpin Ford GTR1, another new face at the 2013 LA Auto Show. Based on the short-lived Ford GT supercar, the GTR1's got a twin-turbo 5.4-liter V8 (the regular GT was supercharged) with--not a typo--1024 horsepower. That's good for 0-100 mph in 6.8 seconds and a theoretical top speed of 225 mph. The transmission is a dual-clutch automated manual. The price? If you have to ask...
Bugatti Veyron sighting! Someone commuted here in that. You never know what you're going to find in the LA Auto Show parking lot! (Notice how it's not even parked correctly in the spot!)
Well, that's it for this year—we look forward to a 2014 full of hot new cars to get excited about. And, while your salivating over this latest clutch of concepts and new releases, always ensure that your current ride is up to snuff. Advance Auto Parts can help, with great deals on parts, tools, accessories and more. Buy online, pick up in store.