Petrolheads: worried that motor shows are all getting a little too… green? If eco-cars and autonomous tech don’t float your boat, New York is the show for you. From bonkers Dodge Challengers to hardcore Lamborghinis, the 2017 New York Auto Show has it covered.
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A few of the new SUVs unveiled in New York could pummel their way into this gallery, but as we’ve covered these separately, you won’t find them here.
It has to be the Bugatti Chiron, right? With 1,500hp from its 8.0-litre W16 engine, victory was never in doubt. The ultimate hypercar hits 62mph in 2.5 seconds. Top speed? That hasn’t been confirmed yet, but expect something north of 270mph.
It may be fast, but the Chiron has never been much of a looker. Especially in US-spec, as seen here, with blocky rear bumpers designed to meet low-speed impact requirements. Reverse-park with caution, people.
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
The much-teased Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been anything but fast arriving, but it’s finally here. It packs an incredible 840hp and can hit 60mph in just 2.3 seconds. Drag racers will be keen to hear it can cover the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds, with a terminal speed of 140mph.
That power comes from a 6.2-litre Hemi V8 producing a, er, considerable 770lb ft of torque. Oh, and a massive 2.7-litre supercharger also lends a hand. It’s got clever drag car technology to help put that power down, too.
The Audi RS5 made its European debut at last month’s Geneva Motor Show, but arrives in the US for the first time. We’ll take any opportunity for another look at the RS5, which features the compulsory RS honeycomb grille along with an optional carbon fibre roof and 20-inch alloys.
Of course, what we really care about is what’s under the bonnet. There’s a 2.9-litre twin-turbo petrol engine, as used in the Porsche Panamera S, which replaces the 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 of its predecessor. It boasts 444hp, hits 62mph in 3.9 seconds and is good for a top speed of 174mph.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate
The GLC63 may have been attracting all the attention on the Mercedes stand, but in the corner is this: the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate. The car makes its US debut after a European reveal at Geneva. Like the saloon, it’s powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 producing a not-too-shabby 603hp.
More than 600hp means this family estate will hit 62mph in 3.4 seconds, while four-wheel drive helps in the bends. To give its eco credentials a helping hand, it also features cylinder-deactivation tech as standard.
Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Yes, it’s yet another Nissan GT-R. This one is the Track Edition, which slots in between the regular model and the hot Nismo. It makes do with the same 565hp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 as the standard GT-R, along with four-wheel drive and a dual-clutch gearbox.
So what’s different? The Track Edition boasts a titanium exhaust, while Nismo has fiddled with the suspension to help shave 8.1kg off the overall weight. There are cosmetic tweaks inside and out, while Nismo’s 20-inch forged alloy wheels complete the look.
Porsche 911 GT3
Another Geneva debut has made its way across the Atlantic. This time it’s the hardcore Porsche fan’s choice: the 911 GT3. For 2017, power from its naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six has been boosted to 500hp. Yes, 500hp.
As a result, the track-focused 911 will hit 62mph in 3.2 seconds and is good for a top speed of 197mph. As standard, it’ll come with a seven-speed PDK auto gearbox (boo!), but buyers can opt for a six-speed manual (hurrah!). Cosmetic tweaks are minimal, but it does feature a larger diffuser, along with a carbon fibre wing.
Audi TT RS
The Audi TT was always considered a bit of a soft option – a car for those who cut hair for a living. Not so the 400hp TT RS, which boasts genuine supercar-baiting performance: 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 174mph.
Tim Pitt of Motoring Research got a bit carried away on the TT RS launch. He said: “On sinuous switchbacks that snake through rock-strewn valleys, the uber-TT feels in its element. Magnetic Ride adaptive dampers (another option, naturally) hunker it down deliciously, before another huge slug of turbocharged torque blasts us between the bends. It’s deft and controlled, yet utterly explosive.”
Lotus Evora Sport 400
With 400 horses from its mid-mounted supercharged V6, the Evora Sport 400 does the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in 4.1 seconds and 186mph flat-out. But it’s the way this car goes around corners that makes it really special.
Lotus is expecting big things in the US for its Evora 400, so it’ll be pleased about the attention it’s getting out here in New York. How many of these admirers will be tempted one over the obvious Porsche, we wonder.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Think hybrids are only for Uber drivers and right-on Hollywood celebs? Think again. Porsche’s second Panamera hybrid has a V8 (as opposed to a V6) petrol engine, plus an electric motor. The combined result is a mighty 680hp, plus a (faintly ridiculous) official fuel economy figure of 97mpg.
That prodigious power output means the Turbo S E-Hybrid will blast to 62mph in 3.2 seconds and reach 192mph. Not bad for a luxury four-seater with a large boot. The ‘family’ 918 Spyder?
Audi RS3 Saloon
With 400hp, the Audi RS3 is officially the world’s hottest hatch. Except there’s also a saloon version for that authentic ‘junior RS4’ look. Quattro four-wheel-drive helps the RS3 to 62mph in 3.9 seconds, plus a top speed of 174mph.
Peter Burgess of Motoring Research was one the first journalists to drive the 2017 Audi RS3. He said: “While it’s hard not to like the BMW M2, or the more aggressive attitude of the Mercedes-AMG A 45, the RS3 is simply the better all-rounder. Easier to drive fast, and more pleasant when all you need is a regular hatchback (or saloon) that’s nice to live with. You make fewer compromises with the RS3, and to us that makes it a winner.”