For car enthusiasts, the New York auto show is one of the most exciting events. This show is one of the best ways to have a closer look at the changes sweeping through the auto industry. What’s more interesting is that the show offers something for everyone.
The New York Auto Show may not be as fabulous as the Geneva Motor Show, but it does have an irresistible charm when it comes to more accessible car models. Even without the high profile brands like McLaren, Ferrari and Bentley making an entry this year, there still were many ‘desirable’ automobiles that had audiences drooling.
The New York Auto Show is an ideal location for car owners to display their designs. The show has been taking place for over a 115 years, and it’s the biggest car show in the U.S. This year, the event took place at the JAVITS Center.
Some of the coolest machines that were making their debut on show were:
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The 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon:
This demonic car was one of the craziest debuts, and it stole the show with its insane specs. The beast was launched by none other than Wiz Khalifa and Vin Diesel to match the high expectations the fans had.
The car itself certainly doesn’t disappoint at all. 8-speed automatic transmission, 717 lb-ft engine makes it one of the fastest muscle cars ever. In fact, it’s so quick that it can cross a quarter of a mile in just 9.65 seconds.
The car’s launch power is enough to pull a wheelie, and the company plans to produce only 3300 of this devil. 300 demonic vehicles are for Canada, and the remaining will be available in the U.S.
The Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Also introduced at the event, this car was called the world’s most powerful SUV. It is a 4×4 jeep that can reach 0-60 in 3.5 seconds all thanks to the super charged 707 horsepower Hellcat Hemi V8 engine.
The vehicle will zoom past you at its top speed of 180 mph. It will cover a quarter mile in almost 11.6 seconds, not at its top speed even, but at 116mph.
Mercedes – GLC 63 SUV
The other SUV in the event was released by Mercedes – GLC 63 SUV, a high-performance crossover with AMG. They also released a coupe SUV version of the GLC 63.
The AMG model SUV sports a front grill called the Pan America Grill which is different than their standard GLC and is inspired by the grill of the AMG GT sports car. The SUV boasts off a 469 horse power and a 479 lb-ft torque. The sporty vehicle covers 0-60 in just an astounding 3.9 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG’s beautiful 800hp hybrid GT Concept also made its US debut at the show.
Nissan rolled out two cars at the show one being a heritage edition of its 370z and other, a new version of its signature GT-R the Track Edition.
The Heritage edition is released to celebrate the 50 years of the 370z. However, it doesn’t boast any major updates.
The Track Edition GTR though is different as it goes beyond a regular GTR combining attributes of their hardcore Nismo. This car starts from $130,000 for a 550 horse power. Nissan also showed a few novelty Star Wars themed cars by the names of the Death Star; an SUV, and the Rogue which interestingly is a sedan.
Infiniti’s new massive SUV design concept QX80 Monograph
The car was also showcased at the event and was one of the sleekest and shiniest bodies on the floor. It sported 24-inch wheels which are designed to look even bigger, i.e., 26 inches thanks to its outer protruding lips.
Infiniti fans can look up the model to know more about the vehicle. The company has a pretty good track record of ensuring that their production models look similar to their concepts.
Acura revealed the freshened up TLX performance centered model with an attractive new grill. This latest entry had a diamond pentagram design replace the earlier beak nose style. Although there were no power upgrades in this one compared to their earlier A6 model, there was chassis tuning and other improvements like bigger wheels that would help it perform better.
Lexus revealed an all new F sports version of its LS signature sedan. Toyota, its sister brand, unveiled a rugged concept FT-4X.
The model from Lexus features enhancements and design that is aimed to provide impeccable performance, inside and out.
Its original predecessor has for three decades set the benchmark for being a powerful, quiet, and high-quality ride. The LS500 will now offer the most vigorous ride in the history of the model, especially with its sports version.
This new model will have gas and hybrid powertrains. Strangely, just the design of this model’s grille took over 5 months to complete because CAD designers wanted to achieve the perfect texture and interaction with light.
The FT-4X concept’s rugged yet urban design is perfect for those who love outdoor adventures but aren’t hardcore off roaders. The modern retro aesthetic of this car is inspired from the retired FJ cruiser, which did have many drooling over its funky style.
Some of its useful features include a removable audio system that campers can take to the site. The rear hatch too can be opened both sideways and from the bottom up depending on the space that’s available. It’s easy to open the hatch both in the low garage or narrow alleys. This vehicle was sized small enough to fit in urban areas. It is also packed with the off road functionality and sturdiness needed for light off pavement rides.
Subaru Ascent was the newest flashiest Subaru SUV at the show which is a 3-row vehicle exclusively made for North America. Even though the car is set to release in 2018, it has already been given great reviews for its seven passenger crossover.
Clarity, an all-electric and plug in hybrid by Honda also made its debut at the show which was different from their earlier fuel cell version. The plug in features 42 miles of electric range that lets you commute faster while being emission free and environment friendly.
The Clarity Plug in Hybrid claims to be made of environmentally conscious materials for its interiors and has a unique Honda Sensing system for safety and driver assistive technologies.
Honda also showcased its much awaited production – The Civic Si and the Civic Type R.
Alpha Romeo’s new and first ever Stelvio SUV was also at the event amongst its many other fantastic looking cars like the 4C sports car and the Quadrifoglio.
Range Rover & Porsche
Along with these some other cars that have been showcased already in other shows but were displayed the first time in North America included Range Rover’s striking Velar SUV, Panamera Sport Turismo wagon, 680 horsepower Panamera Turbo S Hybrid and the 911 GT3 by Porsche all of which debuted in Geneva.
Additionally, Audi’s RS3 sedan and TT RS coupe also entered the North America market through the show. Amongst other cars that made their global debuts earlier but were showing for the first time in the U.S included Volvo’s all-new crossover SUV XC60.
Rachael Everly is a passionate blogger and an avid luxury car lover currently associated with Alfa Romeo Central Florida, dealers of luxury cars in Orlando Central Florida.