The New York Auto Show is presenting 1,000 cars for the public to gawk at through April 3. But which ones were the true showstoppers?
8. Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R has been around since 2007, but Godzilla still brings the heat. The new iteration of Nissan’s halo car packs on more power and more refinement. The stout car boasts improved aerodynamics, a 3.8 twin-turbo engine and 20 more horsepower than the 2016 version. The car is faster, quieter and gives supercar performance at a price that is not out of this world.
7. Jaguar 2017 F-Type SVR
Jaguar Land Rover decided to bring the 2017 F-Type SVR stateside for the first time. This is another fine example of how a car can compete with supercars – what with its killer speed of 200 miles per hour – with a roaring loud engine to boot. The Jaguar F-Type SVR is just the first example in a campaign designed to re-imagine and revitalize the brand.
6. Audi R8 Spider
You have to love the performance potential of Audi’s new R8 Spyder, which will go 198 miles per hour even when the top is down. The automaker has managed to make the car 50 percent more rigid and racing fans will appreciate the fact that it shares 50 percent of the components in the R8’s racing version, the Audi R8 LMS.
5. Acura NSX GT3
Acura brought its super version of the Acura NSX GT3 to New York. It has rear-wheel drive and a new gearbox, which are designed just for racing around the track. Acura is proud of the fact that both the NSX GT3 and its road version are made in the USA and have the same block, heads, crank, valvetrain, and dry sump oil system. Both are built in the same facility in Ohio.
4. Lincoln Navigator Concept
Lincoln wants to close the gap between the Navigator and the Escalade. For once, that idea didn’t make us laugh. The trunk had a “wardrobe management system” that is designed to help you organize your gear. It also has a three-part fold-down steps to make climbing in and out of the vehicle a breeze. The Navigator Concept car made a big impression with gull-wing doors taken straight from Tesla Model X. Of course the doors won’t make it to the production version (too big for most garages), but for Lincoln it was mission accomplished, since the new Navigator Concept got people talking about the brand.
3. Mercedes AMG E43
Mercedes is on something of a roll lately, so it dedicated the New York Auto Show to the AMG badge. The GLC Coupe debuted alongside the AMG E43. This four-door sedan has 396 horsepower and will get you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
2. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 proves that Chevy can still bring it when they want to. The Camaro ZL1 is the competitor to Dodge’s Challenger Hellcat. The huge V8 engine generates 640 horsepower making it nearly as powerful as the Corvette.
1. Koenigsegg Regera
This list wouldn’t be complete without a complete fantasy car. Probably the most anticipated debut of the show, the $2 million Regera speeds from 0 to 62 in 2.8 seconds. With a top speed of 248 mph, Koenigsegg is hoping the car will be a“Bugatti-killer.”