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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Reviews + Interviews

Rubicon No Pretender To The Throne

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / AMERICAJR.com

This Jeep Rubicon is attached the top of a rock climbing wall.

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 


DETROIT -- Back when I lived in Oregon in 2001 or so, I got invited to drive Chrysler's latest and drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee in third gear on an awesome off-road course, all because I was driving a 1993 white Dodge Shadow at the time. I asked one of the Jeep experts at the event what the best Jeep is for the logging roads of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood that a Dodge Shadow can only dream of. The Rubicon crossed his tongue. Angelina Jolie rode in one as Lara Croft.

On Wednesday, January 10th, 2006 at the Auto Show as I enjoyed all the prototypes that may never hit the market, let alone a Cascadian logging road at 8,000 feet, imagine my surprise when a fellow AmericaJR writer told me to look up. I was shocked and amazed to see a candy apple red Rubicon with two like-colored canoes strapped to its red roof near the top of an artificial rock for rock climbers and Rubicons. This awesome machine was 25 feet higher than the cute little prototypes on their 3 foot high pedestals, protected by cute nylon ropes and power-tripping security guards, and at a staggering 85 degree angle.

The Rubicon is for real. An 85 degree angle might be a bit overstated, but if anything can do it, it is the one that could. Just don't slow down.

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / AMERICAJR.com

The Dodge Daytona Hemi at the 2007 NAIAS.

 

As dazzling as some of the prototypes were, along with even a few of the market-ready Volvos (hi Nina!), Mercedes, Mini-Coopers, a beautiful purple Dodge Daytona Hemi, and a blue Mazda Miata with a retractable hard-top roof that would even impress Sean Connery, no display's comparison with the Rubicon's lofty, precarious perch paled not.

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / AMERICAJR.com

The Mazda Miata at the 2007 NAIAS.

 

By the way, among the fanciers eyeing that cool little blue Mazda were two guys with Toyota emblazoned on their polo shirts. I asked them how long it would be before they came out with a car with a retractable hard-top. 2008? They said by this summer in fine repartee, never taking their eyes off their sausy little rival. Devilishly, I told one of the Mazda reps who found Toyota's bravado quite interesting. Toyota, the clock is ticking!

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