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11 best production cars from the 2013-2014 auto show season (pictures)

With the New York auto show in our wake, we take a look back at production cars from the 2013-2014 auto show season that we're most excited about driving.

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Antuan Goodwin
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
Antuan Goodwin
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2015 BMW i8

The 2015 BMW i8 is unlike any BMW model and I'm not just talking about its sci-fi appearance. The plug-in hybrid features a turbocharged three-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels and a 96-kilowatt electric motor turning the fronts. BMW states output as 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, while returning 94 mpg under the EU test cycle.

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2015 Kia K900

Kia joins its sister company in tackling the luxury sedan market with the new 2015 Kia K900. The large sedan is based on the Hyundai Genesis/Equus platform and features a similar V-6 and V-8 rear-wheel-drive powertrains. The K900 will also be the first Kia model available with a full-color head-up display for speed, turn-by-turn navigation, and alerts for the various onboard safety technologies.

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2015 Porsche Macan

The 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo boasts the potential for off-road chops, but most prospective drivers are likely interested in the on-road performance of the 400 horsepower, turbocharged V-6 engine and top track speed of 164 mph.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

The most exciting model that Jaguar makes gets even more curvaceous and menacing with the debut of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe. The inclusion of the hardtop creates more rigidity throughout the body when compared to the Roadster, as well as a more gorgeous rear end.

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2015 Honda Fit

The 2015 Honda Fit somehow manages to increase its interior volume, despite being about 2 inches shorter than the current model. This efficient use of space is echoed by its new fuel-efficient Earth Dreams 1.5-liter engine and CVT combo.

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2015 Ford F-150

Ford brought the full-sized pickup truck into the 21st century with the debut of the 2015 Ford F-150 at the Detroit show. The F-series features aluminum construction that saves 700 pounds over the previous generation, full-LED illumination, more fuel efficient engine options, and a refreshed suite of dashboard and safety tech including a 360-degree around-view camera system.

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2015 Lexus RC F coupe

BMW pulled the wraps off of the 2015 BMW M4 coupe at the Detroit auto show this year, but I was more interested in the competing 2015 Lexus RC F coupe across the show floor. Beneath Lexus' polarizing design language -- and this is the most attractive model to wear the automaker's spindle grill -- the rear drive coupe is powered by a beastly 5.0-liter V-8 engine outputting 450 horsepower and over 383 pound-feet of torque.

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2015 Chrysler 200

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is probably the nameplate to benefit most from the Fiat-Chrysler union. Now based on Italian underpinnings similar to that of the Dodge Dart and boasting a host of cabin and safety tech, Chrysler's most disappointing vehicle is suddenly the most exciting model wearing the winged emblem.

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2015 Toyota Camry XSE

Toyota is a brand that typically plays it safe, so we were stunned to see the automaker pull the wraps off of a much more dynamically styled 2015 Toyota Camry XSE in New York. Dubbed the "sportiest Camry yet," this model features a new look, new tech, and suspension and steering that have been tuned for a more involved, sporty driving experience.

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2015 Audi TT

The 2015 Audi TT debuted with a more crisp exterior design, but we were wowed by its Virtual Cockpit, a fresh take on the digital dashboard that does away with the traditional center stack for a more feature-rich 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster. We're also looking forward to the turbocharged engine options. ranging from 230 to 310 horsepower.

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2015 Lamborghini Huracan

The new entry-level Lamborghini debuted at the 2014 Geneva auto show, replacing my personal favorite supercar, the Gallardo. The all-new 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 features a 601 horsepower V-10 engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, a new lightweight aluminum and carbon chassis, and improved tech and creature comforts.

Be sure to check out the 11 best concept cars from the 2013-2014 car show season for even more eye candy.

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