So when taking in an event like the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), which opens to the public today, you tend to find yourself setting some pretty high standards for exactly what, if any, car you’d actually consider buying.
That said, here are nine rides taking the stage in the Big Apple this week that we think are worth the headache that comes with driving in NYC…
Aston Martin Vulcan (see above)
It’s not actually street legal, but it certainly would be one of our top picks from the show when it comes to a place as hectic as New York City. We’re betting that the looks we’d get driving this racecar alone would make it worth the hassle.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept
Anything Bentley debuts at a show is always worth consideration regardless of where you live. But the luxury carmaker’s new EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept in British Racing Green delivers on that idea in an even bolder way—especially when it comes to the kind of level of exclusivity synonymous with parts of Manhattan.
When it comes to being chauffeured around in New York City, Cadillac remains a staple mode of transportation. The new full-size CT6 sedan picks up where the former Cadillac DTS left off in that area, which makes it very viable in NYC as a subtler alternative to the new Escalade—with an even more luxurious feel inside.
Ford Focus RS
If you see the logic in a small, fuel-efficient vehicle that is easy to maneuver through traffic and park, look no further than the new Focus RS would certainly be an exception to the rule. Given all the performance specs of the car, we just think it’d be great for maneuvering through all the traffic in the city.
Honda Civic Concept
Nothing quite says practicality like a Honda Civic, which is one of the reasons why the all-new model won us over. The car’s fuel-economy numbers, which will likely be some of the best in the segment, was a major plus, as is the new design, which could be one of the best to date for a Civic.
Lincoln Continental Concept
The conversations the iconic nameplate would strike up are alone worth the big-city traffic woes that would come with a Continental. Not to mention the fact that a production model of the concept would also include Lincoln’s “Black Label” experience, which features exclusive VIP services at some of the most popular restaurants in cities like New York.
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S
Convincing us that any crossover or SUV is worth buying in New York City would be tied heavily to needing the extra space for family. And while the new 557-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S is hardly what you’d consider as the typical three p hauler, it is one sweet ride.
Porsche Boxster Spyder
Nothing quite says “classic” in New York or any other major metropolitan area like a Porsche. And the all-new Boxster Spyder delivers in every respect.
Rolls-Royce Wraith ‘Inspired By Film’
Given that its designed to pay homage to Rolls-Royces featured in classic films like 1964’s Goldfinger, this car is perfectly suited for living the life of the rich and famous in New York. The name alone conjures up images of royalty and exclusivity. Well, at least until you realize that no matter how gorgeous your car is, gridlock happens.