To see every single new car and truck at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, you’re going to need several hours and a pair of some really comfortable shoes.
Of course, we suggest taking the extra time to absorb all the high-octane goodness there is to see. But we’re also about to provide the ultimate cheat-sheet for the coolest, fastest, and most important vehicles one every single stand. That’s right; these are THE BEST CARS to see if you’re pressed for time, or the kids need a bathroom break…right now!
The NY Auto Show’s public days are going strong all this week, until the checkered flag drops on Sunday, April 3. So get yourself to the Javits Center – you’re now a NY Auto Show expert, thanks to us.
This bright-yellow supercar is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 and is constructed primarily out of lightweight carbon fiber. It looks like a million bucks, and it should. When it officially goes on sale later this year, the Ford GT will cost about $400,000.
Hyundai has three ways to go green in New York. The new Ioniq is available in full electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid format. The electric model has a range of 110 miles, and it’s the easiest to spot; the front grille is a shiny piece of metallic-looking plastic.
Dodge Viper ACR
Look for the biggest rear spoiler at the show, and you can’t help but spot this bright-white Viper ACR. This track animal is powered by an 8.4-liter V-10 engine and has ground-effect aerodynamics to suck it down to asphalt for the ultimate in grip.
VW brought its electric-powered BUDD-e van to New York, to showcase this funky little concept vehicle’s voice-activated commands and wild dashboard. We like it; now we hope Volkswagen finally has some fun – the brand could certainly use some right now – and brings a modern Microbus back to production.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Hold on tight, because the Camaro ZL1 is going to rock your world. Finished in arrest-me-red paint and powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that pushes out 640-horsepower, the Camaro ZL1 promises to be one of the world’s wildest muscle cars.
We like minivans. No really, we do. The Chrysler Pacifica isn’t the coolest car at the NY Auto Show, but it could be one of the most practical. Available in front- and all-wheel-drive, and with a hybrid optional, the family-friendly and hugely functional Pacifica deserves to convert SUV and crossover buyers.
Nissan can’t stop itself from taking the GT-R to even higher levels of performance, along with adding some newfound civility. The blazing orange 2017 GT-R at the Nissan stand has 20 extra horsepower, 4 more lb.-ft. of torque, and a cabin (also finished in orange) that is much classier than any previous GT-R.
Jeep, you better pay attention. The blocky Kia Telluride looks rugged and refined, all at the same time. In fact, this Kia concept would make the perfect Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Look for the Telluride to reach production in 1-2 years from now. We hope the finished product looks like this concept!
Does the most beautiful car at the NY Auto Show wear a Buick badge? The Buick Avista coupe is only a concept car – and sorry, sales are unlikely. Yet based on the hugely positive reactions to this stunning red two-door, Buick’s top brass would be crazy not to take notice. A sedan with the same slinky lines is more likely, and we’re okay with that (if it happens).
Porsche 911 R
This is the “purist’s Porsche,” and it certainly looks the part. The 911 R is essentially a GT3 without the wing – and with an all-important manual transmission. Be sure to peer inside for a glimpse at the awesome brown leather and houndstooth bucket seats.
Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
For years, people have been waiting for a Mazda Miata coupe. The MX-5 Miata RF (Retractable Fastback), shown for the first time here in New York, is the closest we’re likely to get. The center section of the top folds away in seconds, to create a very targa-like profile. No car is more fun to drive than a Miata. The RF model makes a good thing that much better.
Honda Civic Hatchback
Honda is expanding the Civic range in all directions, and the Hatchback model seen in New York is one of our favorites. Some have criticized the chunky lines, but we think the Civic hatch has a distinctly Japanese coolness to it – not to mention the added utility that comes with a hatchback trunk opening.
Toyota Prius Prime
Blend the Prius and hydrogen-powered Mirai into one car and, voila, the end result would look like the Toyota Prius Prime. This futuristic plug-in hybrid can travel more than 20 miles on electric power, before a gasoline engine fires up to provide extra range.
Volvo Moose (and XC90)
We wanted to suggest checking out the incredible cabin of the XC90, or even the new S90 sedan. Except Volvo went one better and added a moose, yes, a MOOSE to its stand here in New York. The fake furry friend is there to remind you that Volvo’s now have an animal detection system, to keep your car and Mother Nature on the best of terms.
“Supercar Alley” – Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg One:1
How do you choose amongst the multi-million dollar hardware in what we like to call “Supercar Alley” here at the NY Show? A menacing 1,200+horsepower Bugatti Veyron sits only feet away from the Koenigsegg One:1, a $2.8 million Swedish supercar that can hit speeds in excess of 270 mph. Good grief!
Genesis New York Concept
Hyundai finally did it; the South Korean automaker unveiled a stand-alone luxury brand. The Genesis G90 comes with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engine, though the blue concept car alongside it is the one we want most of all. The “New York Concept” is a luxury sedan that blends bold lines – and some crazy detailing – with the heart of an eco-conscious hybrid engine.
Jaguar F-Type SVR
Jaguar’s fastest serial production car of all time is here in New York, with and without a roof. The F-Type SVR has a supercharged V-8 under the hood, which is good for 575-horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph. Oh yes, the F-Type is also one of the most glorious sounding cars currently in production. Seeing it is one thing, but make sure you HEAR this cat growl someday. You’ll never be the same.
Cadillac has possibly built the world’s best sport sedan, and it’s called the CTS-V. Don’t get us wrong, we love the power machines from Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Yet this hunkered-down 640-horsepower Cadillac is supercar quick, then as docile as a kitten when you merely want to cruise.
Maserati’s first SUV, the Levante, is here in New York and takes pride of place in the middle of the Italian automaker’s stunning stand. A twin-turbocharged V-6 and all-wheel-drive add the sport, while the surprisingly elegant exterior brings in the utility that luxury buyers want in a $72,000 SUV. A Ferrari-sourced, twin-turbo V-8 engine is also going to make its way under the hood of the Levante, so stay tuned.
Audi unveiled the R8 Spyder here in New York, though we can’t help but be drawn to the hardtop version sporting a very British shade of green. A screaming V-10 engine and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive hardware make the R8 – and version, or color – a supercar that can be used every day.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
We want to zero in on the gorgeous red Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, with its 505-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine. Except we want Alfa to sell lots of cars here in the U.S., so give a glance to the less intense 240-hp version (finished in grey) that sits alongside this Italian speed machine.
Lincoln Navigator Concept
Behold, the king has arrived! Massive gullwing doors, cascading side steps, and a cabin that looks like it was taken from a business-class jet – circa 1968 – make the Navigator Concept the undisputed star of the show. No, the wild doors won’t make production. Though we sure hope Lincoln continues with this brave approach to redefining its image and product lineup.
There is no ignoring the curves of the 2017 Q60 Coupe here at the show. This muscular two-door comes with a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6, along with a body that looks like it was finely honed in a gym. A 208-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder will also be added to this seductive Infiniti.
The pinnacle of Honda’s engineering expertise, the Acura NSX sports car is a technical tour de force. The gas-electric hybrid powertrain features three electric motors and a twin-turbo V-6, coupled to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Priced around $150,000 per copy, the all-wheel-drive NSX is the ultimate supercar for tech geeks.
Lexus LC 500
Lexus fooled us all; no one thought a car as wild as this one would reach production. The LC 500 Coupe looks almost identical to the LF-LC concept car that preceded it. This rear-wheel-drive performance car comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers 467-hp. And yes, this REALLY is a production version, not a concept. We’re still stunned!
Mercedes-AMG GT S
Razor-sharp handling and twin-turbo V-8 with 503-hp are combined into one of the most beautiful shapes here at the show. There’s a very good reason the white Mercedes-AMG GT S was the scene of the Daily News Autos Award presentation for best “Dream Machine.”
BMW M4 GTS
Take one BMW M4 sports coupe, and throw everything out of it. Okay, that’s not quite the exact recipe for the mighty M4 GTS – though it’s awfully close. Look inside and you’ll see the entire backseat is replaced by an orange roll-cage. Lightweight rims, extra cooling for the 493-hp twin-turbo inline-6, and a carbon fiber roof are just a few ingredients that make this BMW great (not to mention about 200 lbs. lighter than the normal M4).
Spring might be on the way, but that doesn’t mean the skies will stay sunny forever. Subaru introduced the all-new Impreza sedan and wagon here in New York, and this all-wheel-drive duo should remain extremely popular – especially in the Snow Belt.
Fiat 124 Spider
Don’t tell anyone, but this Fiat has a secret. The platform that underpins this sexy roadster is actually the same one you’ll find in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Under the hood, however, is Fiat’s own 160-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder. TheAbarth model delivers 10 extra ponies, for a total of 170-hp.
MINI Clubman ALL4
The MINI driving fun remains, but the extra legroom and all-wheel drive is all new. The handsome Clubman ALL4 is a more practical way to transport four people and not risk a riot by forcing everyone into the snug confines of standard MINI. If you opt for the S model, you’ll get a punchy 189-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, not to mention all-wheel drive available for the first time on this funky wagon.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid, only bigger. This eco-minded SUV has a gas-electric powertrain that allows all-electric driving for more than 30 miles. Mitsubishi didn’t announce pricing here in New York, though we do know this green machine arrives in the fall.
Don’t forget downstairs!
For all you truck lovers out there, your favorite pickups and SUVs can be found on the lower level of Javits, all fighting for that precious, well-lit corner of the show. Jeep, Ram, and GMC all live down there exclusively, while Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, and even the luxury brands have small pockets of floor space for their most utilitarian offerings. And be sure to check out the awesome display of historic NYPD cars at the back. It’s one of the hidden gems of New York’s fastest and glitziest trade show.
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