Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2015 – The Other Interesting Cars


The AMG GT3 dumps the exhaust out the sides, because race car! I’m guessing the side duct is for grabbing air to assist brake cooling.
With the exhaust dumping out the sides, it cleans up the rear diffuser. It looks to end relatively far forward, up to around the rear axle line.
Infiniti brought its new compact SUV, the QX30. From what I can tell, it’s basically a Mercedes GLA.
I’m 5’10”. If you plan on sitting in the back seat, I hope you’re not claustrophobic. Or you really enjoy taking naps as you don’t have to move your head far to find a good place to lean against. To be fair, there is a slight bulge upwards to give more clearance to the top of your head.
There is enough leg space where my knees aren’t in the back of the front seat.
You know… I always have to pop the hoods on the cars at the auto show. The general public just doesn’t seem to care what actually powers the vehicles it seems. Anyways, about 10 seconds after I popped the hood on the QX30, two Toyota engineers dived right in to do benchmarking work.
Powering the QX30 is a 2.0L turbo 4-banger. You can see the snorkel grabbing cold air from the front and directing that towards the air filter on the driver’s side of the engine bay. From there, the air makes its way back across the engine towards the passenger side.

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