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5 Must-See Cars at the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

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If you’re trying to decide which new car to buy, or you’re just a gearhead who enjoys seeing the newest vehicles, the Dayton Auto Show provides its guests the opportunity to view and even sit in many of the newest vehicles available in the automotive marketplace. The 2016 Show features approximately 200 vehicles from 28 different automakers. Here are five of the most eye-catching automobiles from the 2016 Dayton Auto Show…

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These were the five most eye-pleasing vehicles from the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder turns heads at the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder

When The News Wheel asked Dayton Auto Show Manager Marie Gilman which vehicles she expected to attract a lot of attention during this year’s auto show, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder was one of the first cars she mentioned. The 4C Spyder is powered by a 237-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine and features a carbon fiber body, which keeps the vehicle’s weight at less than 2,500 pounds. The 4C’s powerful engine, combined with its low weight, enables the vehicle to travel from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. In addition, the Spyder can hit a top speed of 160 mph.

“It’s a beautiful car. We took this one straight off of our showroom floor to bring down to our show,” said Bill Klapper, Fiat management specialist at Bob Ross Fiat. “The performance is unbelievable. I’ve personally driven it several times and it is a monster.”

The starting MSRP of the 2016 4C Spider is $65,000, according to Alfa Romeo USA’s official website.


These were the five most eye-pleasing vehicles from the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

The 2016 BMW i8 is one of the most expensive cars shown at the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

2016 BMW i8

You know if UFC fighter Conor McGregor owns one, then it’s got to be a seriously expensive and unique vehicle. Powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine and two additional electric motors, the 2016 BMW i8 is capable of a 155 mph top speed and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.6 seconds. The exterior of this BMW features a shark-nose grille, swan-wing doors, 20-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting, and a top-view camera system. Furthermore, it only takes one-and-a-half hours to charge this plug-in hybrid. The starting MSRP of the 2016 BMW i8 is $136,500, according to BMW’s official website.


These were the five most eye-pleasing vehicles from the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

This Molten Pearl Lexus RC 300 definitely grabbed people’s attention

2016 Lexus RC 300 Coupe

The Lexus brand has come a long way since its first full year of sales in 1990. Once thought of as a luxury brand for an older generation, Lexus has made it a clear focus to create more aggressive and sportier cars to grab the attention of younger consumers.

“The color of this RC 300 is molten pearl,” said Lexus Product Specialist Tom Shults. “It’s unbelievably gorgeous inside or outside the building, but it’s especially beautiful in the sunlight, where you get the change in the textures and the hues.”

The 2016 Lexus RC 300 features a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 255 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The RC 300 is only available with all-wheel drive. In addition, the coupe yields an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.


These were the five most eye-pleasing vehicles from the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

The RAM Minotaur by Prefix was previously displayed at the recent Barrett Jackson Auction

Ram Minotaur by Prefix

The RAM Minotaur was customized by Prefix Performance and designed to compete with the Ford F-150 Raptor. Prefix Performance is a low-volume production builder that’s also known for painting the current Dodge Viper, which is the reason why the Minotaur features that distinctive green exterior.

Prefix Performance took a standard RAM 1500 and added a KORE tactical suspension, 3-inch Fox racing shocks, 35-inch all-terrain tires, tow hooks, aluminum skid plate, Minotaur badging, blackout headlamps, a Viper-inspired side exhaust, and a 6.4-liter HEMI 392 engine good for 475 horsepower.

“Currently we have thirty vehicles on order,” said John Coe, sales and account manager, Prefix Performance. “I want to say we’ve got ten builds that are complete and we’ll be ramping up to where we’ll be building hopefully eight to ten of these a month.”


These were the five most eye-pleasing vehicles from the 2016 Dayton Auto Show

The 2016 Corvette Stingray is sure to be a hit with many Dayton Auto Show attendees

2016 Corvette Stingray

Carrying a starting MSRP of $55,400, the 2016 Corvette Stingray is one of the most affordable performance cars on the market today. The ’16 Corvette Stingray comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that’s good for up to 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. That engine propels the Stingray from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds. The 2016 model also comes standard with high-performance Brembo brakes, dual-zone climate control, and leather upholstery. In addition, the Chevy MyLink infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay for the 2016 model year.


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Samuel Huist is easily the tallest member (6-feet 5-inches) of the The News Wheel team. He enjoys listening to hip-hop music and loves watching NBA basketball. Sam is also a Dayton, Ohio native and doesn’t seem to mind that distinction as much anymore. His first car was a 1996 Ford Taurus he could barely fit in. Like many young folks, he seemed more concerned about the radio in his first car than actually doing the work to maintain an automobile, so sadly it’s no longer with us. See more articles by Samuel.