Some new cars stand out at high-profile events like the 2016 New York International Auto Show, which runs until April 3rd, because of what they mean for a brand. Others impress by leaving you daydreaming about building that dream fleet. The following 11 do both… very, very well.
Audi R8 Spyder: Looking to make a stronger statement in the world of performance, Audi rolled out the new R8 Spyder at NYIAS. The 2017 model of the topless sports two-seater boasts a number of engineering enhancements, headlined by a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 3.6 seconds.
BMW M760Li xDriv: Introducing a fresh take within an established brand like BMW is no easy task, which is why the new BMW M760Li xDriv has garnered so much attention in New York. The new 7 Series model features the first-ever M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder engine, which puts out 610 horsepower. Fierce.
Lincoln Navigator Concept: Hoping to reestablish its dominance in the game of luxury SUVs, Lincoln used the New York Auto Show to roll out a Navigator concept. The SUV was introduced by none other than celeb spokesman Matthew McConaughey, a good sign that a production model may already in the works. Please, please carry over those gull-wing doors, guys.
Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype: We’re sure Honda will be getting a lot of requests to keep this design intact when transitioning the Civic into a production model. The new Euro-styled hatchback prototype is one of the coolest Hondas we’ve seen in years.
Genesis “New York” Concept: Hyundai never seizes to amaze in what it might pull off at a show. The Genesis “New York” Concept proved that with one of the most striking displays of both design and technology of any vehicle showcased in the Big Apple. Time will tell if Genesis becomes to Hyundai what Lexus is to Toyota. Off to a promising start here.
Jaguar F-TYPE SVR: As far as the impact that a new car has for a brand, nothing tops the significance of the North American debut of the Jaguar FX-Type SVR at the New York show. The 575-horsepower Jag, which we actually had a chance to drive in NYC’s Park Avenue Tunnel, will play a pivotal role in the future of Jaguar.
Maserati Levante: When you’re a luxury car company like Maserati trying to stake your claim in the US, any new vehicle introduced is big news. If it’s the brand’s first SUV, the stakes are even higher. The Levante, a sporty-looking SUV available with a V6 twin-turbo engine available with either 350 or 430 horsepower, appears up to the challenge.
Mazda MX-5 RF: Mazda celebrated its continued success with the MX-5 by debuting a retractable hardtop version of the popular two-seater that’s sure to keep the buzz on the car high for months to come. The new model not only gives the MX-5 a more striking presence but it also makes the act of going topless a lot easier.
Mercedes GLC Coupe: Any new Mercedes is bound to draw a crowd at an auto show, especially if it’s a compact SUV. In addition to its coupe-like design, the GLC features a high-tech four-cylinder engine that delivers 241 horsepower. It’s also available as a Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe model equipped with a V6 that cranks out 362 HP. We dig.
Nissan GT-R: Perhaps no new sports car debuting in New York is more deserving of the spotlight than the 2017 Nissan GT-R. The latest take on the global icon, also known as Godzilla, rolled into NYC with a complete makeover and news that it now hits 565 horsepower, an increase of 20 HP over the previous model. That’ll work.
Porsche 718 Boxster: If that color doesn’t sell you on the star power the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster, try the tech enhancements. One of the most notable is the car’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower as well as a new 718 Boxster S model that delivers 350 HP. Now back to drinking in that hue. Vermilion?