Twin Cities Auto Show – 2015

    This year we were fortunate enough to be invited back to cover the 2015 Twin Cities Auto Show. This was our second time but 2015 marks their 42nd year in Minneapolis! Each year they promise to be bigger and better and, comparing it to last year, they did not disappoint. They had everything from electric compacts to full on race cars!

    You still have until March 15th to make it to the Minneapolis Convention Center and here are some of the cars you’ll be missing out on if you decide to stay at home! You can also follow the 2015 Twin Cities Auto Show on Instagram and Twitter by the handle of @tcautoshow. Enjoy!

    2015 Jeep Renegade
    Twin Cities Auto Show 2015-2

     The new baby Jeep made a fashionable appearance on its dark wood platform with outdoorsy themed backdrop. How baby is it? Well the base model will have a 1.4 liter engine, front wheel drive, and start at around $18,000! Not bad for a little cruiser but for you outdoor people, AWD and a larger engine are available.

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    Coolest feature? The red-line on the gauge is a mud splatter!

    2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0Twin Cities Auto Show 2015-16

     This clearly modified FR-S is actually a new special edition released by Scion of which only 1500 will be made. What’s in it for you? LED lighting, quad tailpipes, unique front and rear bumpers, cooler seats, a unique yellow paint job, and some TRD badges.

    Coolest feature? An etched aluminum plaque that will say xxxx out of 1500.

    2015 Fiat 500XTwin Cities Auto Show 2015-24

    The all new crossover from Fiat looks to be all of the fun of the 500 with the practicality of the 500L. Plus it’s all wheel drive! Pricing starts at $20,000 and promises plenty of wacky color and wheel options.

    Coolest feature? It has a knob to select your terrain just like a Land Rover!

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    2015 Dodge Charger SRT HellcatTwin Cities Auto Show 2015-43

    This ultimate muscle car is the quickest, fastest, and most powerful sedan ever made and the numbers back that up; 11 second quarter mile, 202 mph top speed, and 707 hp. There are also 4 doors so your whole family can enjoy the insanity!

    Coolest feature? Not much is cooler than 707 hp.

    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch EditionTwin Cities Auto Show 2015-51

    This is probably one of the most anticipated imports of the year and it gets even better with the Launch Edition. With extra features such as lots of carbon fiber accents, unique front facia, dual race exhaust, and more goodies on the inside, the 4C Launch Edition will definitely stand out amongst its brethren.

    Coolest feature? This one has a serialized plaque too so you can brag to your friends!

    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Twin Cities Auto Show 2015-104

    A panty dropper through and through, the 2015 Z06 is giving cars 4 times its price a run for their money. Yes, it does look awesome in the picture, but it looks much more better in person!

    Coolest feature? Super wide rear tires.

    2015 311RS Spec Blew Twin Cities Auto Show 2015 - 191

    This is the final year that Mitsubishi is producing the Evolution X and why not celebrate it with a new 311RS? The Spec Blew has 500 whp, costs $55,000, and is built to order. This might be the best Mitsubishi Evolution money can buy!

    Coolest feature? It’s built in Minneapolis, Minnesota by local race car driver Ryan Gates!

    2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28Twin Cities Auto Show 2015-119

    The Z is back for 2015 and it’s the raciest Camaro yet! And by racy I mean built for the track. It might not be as powerful as the ZL1, but the Z28 makes up for it with handling and weight loss.

    Coolest feature? The Z28 comes with some of the coolest wheels ever put on a production car.

    2015 BMW i8Twin Cities Auto Show 2015-128

    Since when did “hybrid” and “supercar” become one and the same? With a combination of a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder engine and electric motors, the i8 boasts 356 hp, a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 155. The Prius has come so far…

    Coolest feature? Instead of a spoiler on the back, the air is directed through cutouts near the taillights.

    2015 Lexus RCFTwin Cities Auto Show 2015-152

    The all new Lexus RCF looks stunning, but is receiving mixed reviews. On one hand, it has a big naturally aspirated V8 engine, rear wheel drive and cool quad tailpipes, but on the other hand, it’s extremely heavy and most say not very nimble. What I would do is buy an RCF, don’t bring it to the track, and watch people drool when you drive around on the street.

    Coolest feature? I already mentioned it above, but those quad tailpipes!

    2015 Ford Mustang GT350RTwin Cities Auto Show 2015-164

    A lot of speculation has been made about the GT500’s replacement but after seeing the GT350R in person, I have no more reservations. This thing is clearly built for speed and handling. It has an excess of 500 hp, a new suspension, a major weight-loss diet, and a lack of luxuries on the interior.

    Coolest feature? It entirely lives up to the “R” on the badge.

    2015 Awesome Video Game ChairTwin Cities Auto Show 2015-182

    This thing is every video gamer’s dream! The chair swivels 360 degrees so if you make a hairpin turn, you will literally be facing the other direction when you’re done. Watching this guy do an entire lap was like heaven for me. Too pad the chair probably costs just as much as a new sports car of my choice…

    These are just some of the highlights from the 2015 Twin Cities Auto Show. They still have everything from Porsche to Aston Martin to Jaguar on display! The show is also still going on through March 15th so get up and go check out all the amazing cars!

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    Chris Berke
    Chris Berke
    I am the founder and editor of Short Shift. My obsession with wanting to drive every car ever made me build a website so I could share my experiences with the world. I love cars, traveling, and my cats, Henry and Winston.


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