Another auto show in the books. The New York Auto Show is what you expect out of the Big Apple. Glitz. Glamour. And a lot of cars.
Everything from concept vehicles that show an automaker’s path forward to 2017 models you can expect to see in showrooms soon. And of course, anyone’s wish list if they win the lottery or have a long lost relative that leaves you a vault full of cash.
Let us dream.
Here are twelve highlight cars from the New York Auto Show. Some affordable. Some that will make a Powerball winner hesitate.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype
It still has the prototype moniker attached, but the Honda Civic hatchback is making its return. It should have never left, but that’s an argument for another day. The hatchback jumped the pond from Geneva to impress the crowds in New York.
Honda has the 2017 Civic Hatchback at 90% production spec. It means there are details still to be worked out. Namely the interior. Expecting interior dimensions and features? We have to wait for the finalized production car.
What we do know is it will be powered by a 174-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder motor. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or Honda’s continuously variable automatic.
It is the first time Honda is mating a turbocharged engine to a manual in the United States, but it’s not the last. Expect every 2017 turbo-equipped Civic to have the option.
Exterior highlights from the show feature a few items I wish would make the final production vehicle, but it’s doubtful. The centered exhaust? Looks great, but not likely to make the final cut. Maybe a future Civic Si model? Come on Honda.
Expect it in showrooms in the fall.
Mazda MX-5 RF
Say hello to the new Mazda MX-5 RF Miata. The MX-5 RF is clearly a riff off the RX vision concept. A variant to the current Miata, the RF adds a retractable hardtop to those who prefer the option over the soft top. I’m one of those types.
The addition of the RF variant does add weight to the MX-5 Miata – about 100 pounds. It doesn’t sound like much, but the it’s decent percentage of the overall weight of a standard Miata – 2,332 pounds.
Pricing for the MX-5 RF variant hasn’t been announced, but last generation’s RF Miata added $1,700.
It’s the right mix of performance, style and price. For those of us who can’t stomach throwing down six figures for a sports car, the Miata fills the niche of a performance convertible without the price tag.
Lincoln Navigator Concept
Ok, don’t expect to see this exact model in showrooms anytime soon. Those gullwing doors? On a Lincoln Navigator? Maybe it’s time to step back from whatever Matthew McConaughey is sharing.
Lincoln is strongly hinting that the Navigator shown at the New York Auto Show will make it to production. Just without the dual gullwing doors stretching from wheel to wheel on both sides.
Though in a weird way, I kinda want it now. The automaker says the design choice was to show off the interior. And damn, it screams luxury in a big way. Three rows of squared off captain’s chairs complement the storm blue exterior color.
Instrument panel? Gone is the button clutter that afflicts most cars today., About time. Jump in any car and you feel like you’re button mashing to get the AC on.
Powering the Navigator concept is a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V6 that outputs more than 400 horsepower. Specifics will be released as Lincoln closes in on a final production model. The current Navigator? 380 horsepower.
Weight is being cut thanks to extensive use of aluminum throughout the body. The automaker hopes to increase fuel economy in the full-size SUV. As for when? Production should begin in late 2017.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The current slate of Camaros not enough for you? Good, because the engineers at Chevrolet stepped it up with the 2017 Camaro ZL1. The design time set about to make the ZL1 line pop from its siblings.
Everything from the lower grille to the exhaust was touched up to make the ZL1 even more aggressive looking. The wheels? So damn nice, Ed Welburn, Vp of global design at Chevrolet, approved them immediately. Zero revisions.
What about the interior? The ZL1 badging is omnipresent. It serves to remind you that under the hood is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Yeah, better spring for the radar detector. You’ll need it.
2017 Maserati Levante
After making its Geneva debut, the Maserati Levante travelled to New York to show off. Hitting showrooms this August, the price tag on the Levante is a surprising $72,000. Hello, shot at Land Rover and company.
Where Maserati took the road less travelled was forgoing building a 7-passenger monster. Instead, the automaker wanted its foray into the SUV market to remain true to the Maserati brand.
Mission accomplished. The final product is a decidedly smaller, more elegant SUV. You won’t be hauling around a crew of people, but it can still have you arrive in style with plenty of legroom.
The iconic Maserati trident on the grill? It’s there, and the interior is as luxurious as you’d expect from the Italian-automaker.
Expect them to light up showrooms in August 2016.
The smallest Porsche SUV, the Macan added a base model to its current lineup of the Macan S, GTS and Turbo. Styling is the same as the other models, minus some minor trim alterations.
The big (or small) news out of the show is the addition of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It won’t blow people away at the track, but the 0-60 times are respectable and plants the Porsche Macan firmly in the ‘sport’ SUV market.
2017 Audi R8 Spyder
Time to drop the top off the current R8. Audi is keeping the naturally aspirated V10 engine as the R8 coupe. The dual-clutch seven-speed transmission stays too.
Dropping the top on the Spyder can be achieved at decent speeds. The roof opens and closes via an electro-hydraulic action in 20 seconds. Its interior stays true to the R8 roots and includes the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect six figures when it hits showrooms later this year.
Good lord Nissan. I want one. The Nissan GT-R may rankle the purists because the unveiling of the new model involves some design changes. It’s a delicate game to play, but the automaker wants the focus to be both track and as a daily driver.
Don’t worry; the 565 HP 3.8-liter V6 can hold its own. The front fascia has been reworked to include a wider air intake. Small design tweaks are implemented throughout the new GT-R.
Inside? Goodbye, button clutter. The design team at Nissan remodeled the interior to reduce the amount of buttons and make things simpler for the driver. If you are a GT-R fan, the new layout may be confusing at first thanks to the repositioning of various elements. Still, it’s a nice upgrade over previous models.
2017 Porsche 911R
Say hello to the 2017 Porsche 911R. Making its North American debut, the 911R is now just for the show. The complete, 911 vehicle production run has sold out. Well, let’s dream for fun.
The automaker used the 911 GT3 RS as the starting point for power. It shares the same 500 hp naturally aspirated six-cylinder, but the 911R trimmed off 100 pounds in weight. The weight savings is thanks to a magnesium roof, carbon fiber hood and fender.
Mad you missed out on the production run? The list price was $185,000. With the market for 911s constantly appreciating, don’t be shocked if you have to throw down double that amount to grab one.
Mercedes AMG GLC43
Mercedes keeps on pushing the narrative of all things AMG. The latest? A compact crossover SUV capable of hitting 0-60 in 4.8 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 owes its 362 horsepower to the 2.0-liter twin turbo V6.
It’s a crowded field for German crossovers. The BMW X4, the Macan lineup and now the AMG GLC43.
Jaguar F-Type SVR
Jaguar is pushing the F-Type series to the limit with the SVR variant. How fast will it hit? Well, ask Letty from the Fast and Furious franchise:
Ok, you win Jaguar. I want one. 201 MPH? Hell yes.
The V8 from the F-Type R remains, but engine calibration used the F-Type Project 7 pushes the horsepower to 575. All for the low base price of $126,495 this summer.
Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid
You know those cars that are meant to be seen but never moved? That’s the Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid. At $2 million, the car will have you afraid to touch it, much less drive it around. I’d be horrified something off the road would pop up and scratch the paint.
What does $2 million get you? A top speed of 250mph thanks to a 1,200 horsepower turbocharged V8. Oh, and a pair of rear-wheel mounted electric motors that produce a combined 720 horsepower.
And while it enjoys the hybrid designation, let’s be real. Fuel economy isn’t the idea here. In electric mode, you can get maybe 10 miles out of it. If you’re brave enough to take it out of the garage.
It’s gorgeous. But even with a Powerball win, I’m not sure I could ever toss $2 million at a car.
Wrapping Up the New York Auto Show
12 highlight vehicles. Some, us average people can buy. Others? Even if you had the money, I’m not sure you should drive it around. Still, the New York Auto Show is all about dreams.
Name your favorite car, or cars, from the 2016 show.
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