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2019 Alabama Auto Show

The 2019 Alabama Auto Show took place from April 4-7 in downtown Birmingham, AL. The event was held at the BJCC which is also the home to the World of Wheels car show. The Alabama Auto Show was presented by the Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association and America’s First Federal Credit Union. This particular event allows spectators to get hands-on with an array of brand new vehicles. People were able to get into most of the vehicles on display except for a few exotic cars.

Courtesy of The Alabama Auto Show

The Alabama Auto Show has been around for several decades. This nostalgic advertisement was in The Birmingham News paper all the way from 1963.

The 200,000 square foot display space was packed with 2019-2020 cars and trucks.

Spectators were able to test drive new vehicles around the city. People were able to choose from a Toyota TRD Tundra, SS Camaro, and a Dodge Ram, etc.

The 2019 Buick Regal GS is pretty sporty. The GS is an actual hatchback that resembles a sedan. It is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 that makes 310 horsepower and 282 feet pounds of torque. The car comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission and AWD.

  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 14.3 Seconds
  • Top speed: 140 mph
  • Starting price: $39,999 +/-

The 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is an incredible looking sports car. The car features a carbon fiber monocoque chassis which enhances the power to weight ratio. The lightweight 4C Spider is powered by a turbocharged 1.7L I-4 engine that makes 237 horsepower and 258 feet pounds of torque. The power plant sits right behind the cockpit while mounted to a dual clutch 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4C is fast in a straight line while proving to be a fierce competitor on the road course.

  • 0-60 mph: 4.1 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 12.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 160 mph
  • Starting price: $66,000 +/-

The 2019 Honda Civic Type-R creates an intense street presence. This year Honda added a more aggressive style interior. The Type-R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L VTEC engine that makes 306 horsepower and 295 feet pounds of torque. The Civic Type-R is known for its excellent handling and engine response.

  • 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 13.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 170 mph
  •  Starting price: $34,577 +/-

Maserati Of Birmingham had this magnificent 2018 GranTurismo coupe on display. The 2018 model is the last coupe that Maserati will produce until 2021. The GranTurismo is a low production hand built specialty model. Under the hood lies a 4.7L V8 that makes 454 horsepower and 384 feet pound of torque.

  • 0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 13.1 seconds
  • Top speed: 185 mph
  • Starting price: $132,975 +/-

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is going to shake up the performance world when it hits dealerships this summer. The GT500 will be producing over 700 horsepower which makes it the most powerful street legal Ford ever produced. A dual clutch 7-speed transmission is mounted to the supercharged 5.2L engine. The 2020 Shelby GT500 is arguably the best looking Mustang ever put into production.

Projected Numbers

  • 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: sub 11 seconds
  • Top speed: 185 mph
  • Starting price: $67,000 +/-

The 2019 Lexus LC 500 is in a league of its own. The LC 500 has the perfect combination of luxury, style, and performance. The car is powered by a 5.0L V8 that makes 471 horsepower and 398 feet pounds of torque. The LC 500 is rear wheel drive and features a 10-speed transmission. Lexus also offers a V6 hybrid version with LC 500H.

  • 0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 13.0 seconds
  • Top Speed: 168 mph
  • Starting price: $93,225

The 2019 Chevrolet Grand Sport Corvette speaks for its self. The 6.2 LT1 makes 460 horsepower and 465 feet pounds of torque.

  • 0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: N/A
  • Top speed: N/A
  • Starting price: $65,900

The 2018 Karma Revero was one of the coolest cars at the event. The Revero is a luxury performance hybrid that features dual electric motors. The car makes 403 horsepower and an insane 981 feet pounds of torque. The roof of the Revero is a solar panel that keeps the battery charged if the car is parked for a long period. Karma Automotive may be owned by a Chinese company but all of the models are built in California.

  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: N/A
  • Top speed: 125 mph
  • Starting price: $130,000

This was the first time that we saw the 2020 Jeep Gladiator in person. The Gladiator is so popular, that it sold out the first day when it came available for purchase.

There were plenty of other side attractions besides the new vehicles on display. The Ford Raptor has a reputation for being one of the badest all-terrain production trucks ever built. Ford had this really cool Raptor simulator that looked very high-tech. Spectators told us that it was an intense experience.

The Talladega Super Speedway had one of their Camaro pace cars on display.

This is the Hyundai Veloster from Marvels Ant-Man and The Wasp movie.

The staff from Hyundai put on an interactive trivia game show.

Our Overall Experience From The 2019 Alabama Auto Show

The event was laid back and well planned. The ticket pricing was reasonable at only $8.00. The staff at every manufacturer display was friendly, professional, and very informative. The only negative thing is that most of the exotic cars were locked, but that is totally understandable. We are looking forward to seeing next years line up already.

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Alfa Romeo Car and Driver Motor Trend
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