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15 Automotive Aluminum Warriors

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/26/2015 Erick Ayapana

The 2015 Ford F-150 has dominated headlines thanks to its new aluminum body, a first in the full-size truck segment. America's best-selling truck joins an elite group of supercars and posh luxury sedans that employ aluminum construction to cut down on weight but still possess the strength to take on steel-borne counterparts.


Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Acura NSX The first-gen Acura NSX, introduced in 1990, was incredibly balanced and lightweight thanks to its all-aluminum bodywork. Its successor, the 2016 Acura NSX, will be mostly aluminum, with a dash of modern composite material used for the floor and fenders.

Jaguar F-Type

2016 Jaguar F Type R AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Jaguar F Type R AWD Jaguar didn't skimp when creating this brash British bombshell. The F-Type is blessed with strong, supercharged engines wrapped in a lightweight aluminum body that looks gorgeous in both coupe and roadster form.

Mercedes-Benz SL

2014 Mercedes Benz SL550© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mercedes Benz SL550 About 90 percent of Benz's top-down cruiser is made of aluminum, with steel accounting for important structural elements such as the A-pillar and roof. Mercedes employs fairly advanced construction techniques, such as chill casting and friction stir welding, and the end result is a curb weight reduction of more than 200 pounds compared to the predecessor.

Audi A8

2015 Audi A8 L TDI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Audi A8 L TDI The Audi A8 was one of the first large flagship sedans to feature aluminum bodywork, and it's evident in its curb weight. The A8 L 4.0T, for example, tips the scales at 4,600 pounds, making it around 300 and 200 pounds lighter than a comparable Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, respectively.

Land Rover Range Rover

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR One of the biggest luxury SUVs available today went on a major diet when it switched to an aluminum unibody for 2013. Despite its large footprint, the Land Rover Range Rover (and its sportier sibling, the Range Rover Sport, pictured here) feels more athletic than its predecessor while still maintaining Land Rover's famed off-road capabilities.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta The F12 Berlinetta is the latest model from the Prancing Horse to feature aluminum bodywork, following the Ferrari 458 Italia, FF, and California T. The high-tech, hybrid-powered LaFerrari gets an even lighter and tougher carbon-fiber shell.

Jaguar XJ

2014 jaguar XJ© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 jaguar XJ The current XJ was a radical evolution of Jaguar's flagship sedan in terms of styling and performance. A big part of its surprisingly sporty nature is due to its aluminum body, making it relatively light for a sedan with an overall length of more than 200 inches. Better yet, the XJ's aluminum construction has trickled down to the new compact XE sedan, which is due to take on the formidable BMW 3 Series in early 2016.

Audi R8

2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus When the all-aluminum Audi R8 first launched in 2008, it became an instant hit thanks to outstanding style and an engine lineup that includes a sweet-sounding V-10. Audi has slashed weight in the second-generation model with a combination of aluminum and a few composite panels.

Tesla Model S

2014 Tesla Model S© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Tesla Model S Tesla Motors' assembly plant in Northern California is lined with massive robots that cut, stamp, and weld the aluminum shell that houses the Model S sedan's advanced electric powertrain. The upcoming Model X crossover will roll into showrooms with an aluminum body, "falcon" doors, and a revised version of the Model S' dual motor powertrain.

Ford F-150

2015 Ford F 150© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford F 150 The Ford F-150 is no stranger to innovation, and its new aluminum body is strong proof. Its curb weight is as much as 700 pounds lighter than the last-gen model, and Ford is confident that the truck is as durable as ever.

Aston Martin DB9

2014 aston martin DB9 coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 aston martin DB9 coupe With its stout 510-hp V-12 engine and a svelte aluminum body, the Aston Martin DB9 is essentially a football running back sporting a sharp linen suit. Other Astons have aluminum shells, too, including the Vantage and Rapide.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe In preparation for the new Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet made significant improvements to its Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant to produce the sports car's aluminum frame. The light yet sturdy frame serves as the base for the C7 Corvette's chassis and engines that continue to impress on the track.

Lotus Evora

2016 Lotus Evora 400© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Lotus Evora 400 Lightness has been in Lotus' DNA from its inception, so it's not surprising that the Evora starts life with an aluminum frame. And after taking a short sabbatical from the U.S., the Evora will return for model-year 2016 with a number of improvements — including an even lighter aluminum chassis.

Lamborghini Huracan

2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610 4© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610 4 The Lamborghini Huracan shares a close relationship with its German sibling, the second-generation Audi R8. In addition to the glorious V-10, both cars get a fancy and lightweight chassis that consists of mostly aluminum and a dash of carbon composite bits.

Mercedes-AMG GT S

2016 Mercedes AMG GT S Edition 1 Front Three Quarter In Motion 11© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S Edition 1 Front Three Quarter In Motion 11 Set to replace the beloved Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Although the latter won't have the former's fantastic and flashy gullwing doors, it will have an eager twin-turbo V-8 and a lightweight aluminum shell to help keep weight down.

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