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8 Picks for the Miami International Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

As the Miami International Auto Show arrives in Miami Beach this weekend, we couldn’t help but wonder – what cars would James Bond want to check out? With the new Bond movie “Spectre” hitting theaters Friday here are five cars worthy of Agent 007, and three more for the rest of us to enjoy. Note: We didn’t include any of the cars on the Million Dollar Alley, because, let’s face it – MI6 probably owns them already.

Ready for Mr. Bond

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Lincoln MKX

Matthew McConaughey may be this car’s pitchman, but James Bond could definitely ride in style on his way to an MI6 meeting in the 2016 Lincoln MKX. Combining thoughtful and elegant design with a safe, effortless ride and a warm, tailored experience, the MKX midsize luxury SUV features a 335 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a camera system that provides 180 and 360-degree views around the vehicle, and a 13-speaker Revel audio system – for when Bond needs to arrive with his theme music playing.

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Lexus GS F

This performance sedan makes its South Florida debut and is equally adept at trimming lap times or shaving minutes off an afternoon chase scene. The GS F combines a refined four-door package with the speed and agility of a premium sports car and is the latest vehicle to join Lexus’ high-performance “F” line that already includes the RC F coupe. Does it have power? Indeed. Try a rumbling, responsive, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that produces 467 horsepower at 7,100 rpm. The sophisticated engine is mated to a lightning quick eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities.

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Mercedes AMG GT S

The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG, so it already has that feel that Q developed this for Bond himself. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. We’re talking 4.0 liter, V8 turbocharged engine that provides racetrack performance with everyday practicality and efficiency.

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Cadillac CTS-V

Making its Miami debut this weekend, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V features up to 640  horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque on a 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine. And it just looks like something an international spy would likely drive. The luxury sports sedan that redefined the brand for a new generation of drivers is an eight-speed automatic tuned for world-class shift-response times – critical when outrunning villains.

2016 Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk
2016 Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk A.J. Mueller

Jeep  Cherokee Trailhawk

For all those times Bond finds himself in the mountains or rugged terrain and ends up chasing bad guys (or being chased by them), this 2016 model of off-road ruggedness and performance, delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability. (And the name Trailhawk just sounds like a Bond car, too.) Along with plenty of slick features and finishes inside, the Trailhawk boasts three different four-wheel-drive systems. You can get a first-hand taste of the Trailhawk at Camp Jeep, a massive obstacle course set up outside the auto show where professional drivers drive you through the course.

For the Rest of Us

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Toyota RAV4-Hybrid

The newly redesigned RAV4 Hybrid delivers more horsepower and better acceleration, with fewer fill-ups, which means higher MPG and extra power. The new SE grade features a sport-tuned suspension, providing a more dynamic and responsive driving experience, and also adds premium convenience features (a 7-inch touch-sensitive audio screen, 4.2-inch multi-information display, additional USB and power outlets and more soft-touch materials). Together with the new Hybrid XLE and Limited, all 2016 RAV4 models will feature refreshed exterior styling, providing a sleeker, more dynamic appearance.

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Chevrolet Colorado

The Colorado debuted to much acclaim for the 2015 model year, earning honors as Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year. For 2016 it returns with the same award-winning combination of refinement, maneuverability and efficiency. And you can win the Extended Cab version at the auto show. The prize truck seats four and features a six-foot, two-inch bed. Standard features include a power adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, six-speaker audio system, USB port, and 4.2-inch color display screen.

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Honda Pilot

Fully redesigned and re-energized, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot looks to reclaim the lead in the three-row, mid-sized SUV segment with more of everything family SUV buyers are looking for – performance, fuel efficiency, comfort, safety performance and premium features. Aside from shedding the boxy design, family functionality is better than ever. There is a more spacious third row and cargo area, One-Touch Walk-in third row access, and a host of ports and plugs to accommodate virtually every imaginable device, from smartphones to iPads, game consoles to digital video cameras. There are even four 2.5-amp USB outlets for charging the family’s most power-hungry stuff.