New York Auto Show : If You Can Make It Here, You’ll Make It Everywhere
It is again this time of the year for the New York Auto Show. And what better way to start it than ordering the best New York pizza you can put your hands on and some beer?
We’ll be showing you the highlights and what we think are the best cars in the auto show. So grab on to your beer and order two extra boxes of pizza because here we go.
The Audi RS4 Avant is such a great car. If one does not know that you have it, it might just be the ultimate sleeper car. Everyone might think that you have a regular run-of-the-mill A4. Until the lights turn green and you open the taps.
Unfortunately for Yankees, they won’t be getting this as wagons aren’t really big in the Land of the Free. Instead, they will get the Audi RS5 Sportback. Essentially, it has the same underpinnings as the RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, albeit in a more practical form. It is a liftback so you really don’t lose that wagon feel. And a sloping roofline so you don’t miss that coupe feeling, either. Add on the twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine, 444hp, and Audi’s S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission, it is a win-win-win. Unless, of course, you really like the sleepiness of the wagon.
Since it became its own brand, Genesis has churned out some pretty exciting looking cars. Aside from the somewhat Germanic Hyundai Genesis sports car it started with, the new G70 promises to be toe-to-toe with the Germans.
The Genesis G70 certainly has the curb appeal that is worthy of rivaling any German or Japanese sports luxury sedan, if a bit short on the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Jaguar XE’s presence. It has a couple of sporty petrol engines on offer. One a 2.0-liter turbocharged four – which is a staple in this segment – and a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 from the Kia Stinger GT. Aside from the engines, the most notable feature it will have is the option of having a six-speed manual transmission. Oh, how we wish Alfa and Jag offer the same tranny on some markets aside from Europe.
On the English side of the auto show, Jaguar’s booth has the F-pace SVR. It has a mighty 550 bhp supercharged V8 from the XJ Saloon and Range Rover Autobiography – great car, hideous name – and it has its crosshairs aimed at the Porsche Macan Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and the vaunted Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The engine inside the bonnet is given away by a few aesthetic upgrades including hood and fender vents, a more aggressive body kit and black grille from the Black Pack.
The Weissach Pack, once only available on the Porsche 918, is now available on the 911 GT3 RS. The pack costs $18,000 for a whopping 13 ponds less unsprung weight versus the car without the pack. New carbon fiber trim panels are added including a naked carbon roof. If you wanted to unload more weight, you can spend another $13,000 and get magnesium wheels. All in all, the package costs $31,000. Or about how much you can get a brand-spanking-new Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Another entrant from the German camp in the auto show is this face-lifted version of the Mercedes-AMG C63. It retains the same blood-boiling 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 and the same immaculate interior, albeit with more toys. It sports a new ‘Panamericana’ grille that makes it look more menacing than before.
More importantly, Mercedes claims it has a retuned suspension to improve dynamics. Possibly to rival the excellent chassis of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s set-up which is both stiff, dead-bang-accurate, and compliant at the same time.
Speaking of Alfa Romeo, also present is its FCA sister, Maserati. The Levante Trofeo sports a 590 bhp 3.8-liter V8 that can duke it out with Germany and England’s best if, and when, it makes it to production. While it looks like any ‘normal’ Maserati from upfront, it looks more pedestrian aft of the rear fenders. However, 22-inch diameter rims add a lot of styles. A 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a potential top speed of 187mph will leave more pedestrian offerings from Maserati’s competition in the dust – including the uber-expensive Bentley Bentayga.
Maseratis have been known to make beautiful sounding but thirsty V8 engines. To battle this, they have made another engine. It is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6. Although it sounds great, there is a significant lag before the turbos spool up. We hope Maserati gets resurrected the way Alfa Romeo was.
What was your favorite car of all at this year’s New York Auto Show?