Sports cars, often short on practicality but long on style, were on full display on Tuesday 12 January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Carmakers from around the globe wowed experts with their powerful engines and high-tech performance capabilities.

VLF Automotive unveiled its prototype 740-horsepower Force 1 V10 sport coupe, which is said to be capable of driving 218mph. The carmaker plans on manufacturing only 100 vehicles this year, with production slated to begin in April with anticipated deliveries in June.

Also on display was American sports car perennial, the Chevrolet Corvette, as well as Ford's hot new GT sports car, which features a 600-horsepower engine with gull-wing door entry. It is built in Canada and will be available in late 2016.

BMW displayed its fun i8 concept plug-in electric hybrid vehicle which the car maker says will reach speeds of 155mph.