My thoughts on the 2015 San Diego Auto Show

After attending the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January, I knew right away that it had ruined me for any new car show from that point forward. It was mind-boggling huge – and well represented from pretty much every major auto manufacturer in the world (and then some).

Unfortunately, my schedule didn’t allow me to get back to Detroit this month to see that show, but there are a lot of new cars I’d like to kick the tires on. The next best solution: to attend the 2015 San Diego International Auto Show, which was held Jan 1st through the 4th about 20 minutes away from where I live. I have attended this show several times in the past, and while it is usually pretty good, not all major car companies attend. Most notably missing over the past few years has been Tesla – which is odd to me considering that they sell a crap ton of cars here in California (I see many daily right here in San Diego), but they snub this show year after year.

On top of that, some manufacturers in attendance only bring select models. For example, Nissan has had a bad habit of not brining the GTR in years past – the pinnacle of their lineup. And, BMW seems to leave the M models at home most of the time – which is not something I quite understand. Those are the cars people want to see!

Despite the drawbacks to this show, the car guy in me was happy to attend regardless. Located in the convention center in beautiful downtown San Diego, it’s a pretty nice place to kill a few hours while looking at all the new cars. And the best part? Admission prices are pretty darn cheap – I only paid $12 for my ticket.

Here are some highlights from this year’s show, along with comments about each one:

brand new 2015 scion fr-s

Wanna know what my favorite car of the entire show was: this Scion FR-S. DO WANT.

Scion FR-S steering wheel and dash

Interior of the 2015 Scion FR-S

jaguar f type

I’ve never been a fan of Jaguars, but this F Type tickles my fancy.

2015 camaro z28

I’ll come right out and say it: the 2015 Camaro Z28 is a hell of a nice car.

2015 z28 wheels and tires

The wheels and tires on this Z28 are seriously cool

z28 wheel close up

Here’s a closer look. That’s some serious rubber right there!

2015 corvette Z06

The only Z06 present was behind a barrier – and it didn’t seem to be getting much attention.

Fiat 500 Abarth interior

I don’t get what the all the fuss is about the Fiat Abrarth – yeah the interior is kinda cool, but…meh.

Audi R8 wheels and brakes

The delicious-looking wheels and brakes under the 2015 Audi R8 V10

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder!

Porsche 918 spyder rear end

The rear end is the best view of the 918 Spyder, IMHO

shelby mustang

My second favorite car of the show: a heavily modded Shelby GT-500

shelby mustang interior

Everything about this Mustang is just downright cool – and this interior means business.

supercharged shelby mustang engine

That’s not stock, is it?

Aston Martin DB8 matte black

Matte black finishes only look good on certain cars – this is one of them.

old school ford thunderbird

I thought this old Thunderbird was nice to see as well. I don’t see these around much anymore!

So where was the Dodge Hellcat? And the regular (non-NISMO) 370Z? No M4 or M5 from BMW? Really? But at least we got to see the uber-rare Porsche 918 Spyder, which more than made up for some of what was missing.