There were plenty of great production-car debuts at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but, as is often the case, the real stars were the concepts.
Featuring styling and technology that's not intended for near-term production, concept cars are the manufacturers' way of providing a little glimpse into the automotive future. Here are six versions of the future worth getting excited about.
Kia GT4 Stinger
The Kia concept that had everyone talking . . . wait, what? Yes, the Korean manufacturer best known for its econoboxes caused quite a stir in Detroit with its GT4 Stinger.
The Stinger has all the ingredients of a great sports car: a 315 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The spec rundown is so impressive, it's drawing comparisons to the identical twins that had so many car journalists panting last year: the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S.
Since those cars are among the best budget performers in recent memory and the Stinger is just a concept, we shouldn't get too excited. But Kia deserves bonus points for such radical styling – not that we expect to see vertical headlights or 20-inch aluminum wheels on their cars any time soon.