The United States is seeing a surge in automobile sales that it hasn’t seen since 2006. Gasoline prices are the lowest they have been in decades. Wall Street is bullish and bonuses are buying the ultra-luxury sedans, sports cars and SUVs. Known for fashion and money, New York’s auto show follows suit; it is like a fashion show for automobiles. The Jacob Javit’s Center is the place to see some of these autos, but New York held some pretty ritzy parties in the evening that brought out some of the just-lux, just-in-time for Spring.
What are my top ten picks from the New York auto show? Not in any order, here they are;
1. Cadillac CT6 – Thirteen different materials make up the exterior of the four-door Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan. The sedan is based on the Elmiraj concept car.
The powertrain lineup will include a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, a 2.0-liter turbo engine and new to Cadillac, a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
2. Aston Martin Vulcan – Power, Beauty, Soul is the tag line for the Vulcan. Eleven all carbon fiber track-only supercars have been sold to enthusiasts; only 24 are slated to be produced globally. With currency exchange, the car would cost somewhere around $2.3 million. The 7-liter V-12 engine can extract 800 plus horsepower.
If the Vanquish can go 0-60 in 3.6 seconds imagine what this creation will achieve when it is mated to the race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift transmission.
3. McLaren 570S – British-born Bruce McLaren has long been known as the motorsports leader, collaborating with Mercedes for years in the F1 sports arena and a production car in 2003 named the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. In the last four years McLaren has started competing in the supercar segment of the luxury market, competing with Porsche Ferrari and Lamborghini.
If you are a sports car enthusiast then you have to own a car whose company is based on motorsports racing. Seventeen exterior colors or take advantage of the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) bespoke division for that one of a kind look. The 570S is a mid-engine rear-wheel drive layout with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox that produces 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
McLaren says the carbon fiber mono cell II can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a scorching top speed of 204 mph. Starting at $180,000 the McLaren 570S will compete with the Porsche Turbo S, Audi R8 V10 Plus and the Lamborghini Aventador.
4. Lincoln Continental Concept – The Lincoln Continental concept got rave reviews from everyone except Bentley. Apparently Bentley is not happy that the front 1/3 looks like a Bentley Flying Spur. Audi has not said anything about the Continental backend.
Cadillac and Lincoln are vying for the distinction of being a domestic luxury brand. Both have a ways to go. Neither represents 10% of the companies sales and neither have 50% of their profit’s, something other luxury cars companies do have. (Cadillac’s President, Johan de Nssychen, said that when he ruled at Audi that Audi and Porsche represented 60% of the profit’s for the Volkswagen AG Group.)
Lincoln has made some starts; Janet Seymour, Black Label, Colors and materials design manager, has some genius designs that show that Lincoln can stand on it’s own four tires.
5. Honda Civic – The little green machine! Stylish and sporty the 10th generation Civic is all grown up. Honda is pulling out all the stops by producing the Civic as a Sedan, Coupe, and a 5-door Hatchback. The Si and performance Type-R versions will be in the 2016 line-up.
Production of all the Civics will be in North America except the five-door hatchback, which will happen at the company’s Swindon, UK plant.
6. Porsche Boxster Spyder – I remember the first time I saw a Porsche Boxster. It was in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the comedian Jerry Seinfeld was driving a gray exterior, burgundy interior. It was the first Porsche Boxster in the U.S., and Seinfeld bought it. He will want this model as well.
Tucked neatly in front of the rear axle is a 3.8-liter six-cylinder direct-injection engine. The engine that also powers the Cayman GT4 produces 375 hp (276 kW) at 6,700 rpm, making it the most powerful Boxster yet. The new Spyder accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph.
Part Boxster GTS part Cayman GT4, the Boxster Spyder is a purist’s machine; a quick-folding top that is opened and closed by hand and a manual transmission.
7. Acura NSX – The NSX supercar was the talk of the town, the belle of the ball. Dressed in what I would describe as a Sangria red the angular features produced a sex appeal one doesn’t usually think of when saying Acura.
Three-motor electric drives and a mid-engine twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission makes this hybrid a performance sports car that can exceed 550 horsepower.
The all-wheel drive vehicle has the added benefit of instant acceleration that comes from a hybrid.
8. 2017 Ford GT – Two shades of grey. This car is so sexy it should have been in the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. At $400,000 this could be the most expensive car Ford has ever produced or a mini movie.
The show would star a rear-wheel drive, mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that can extract more than 600 horsepower from this supercar.
This sleek two-door coupe would wrap it’self around the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever produced by Ford.
Purring would ensue, raging into an intoxicating sin-tillating orchestra of melodic pleasure.
Dakota Johnson should buy this car in two shades of grey.
9. 2016 Infiniti QX50 – There weren’t a lot of crossovers in the arena when Infiniti brought out the EX35. Today the CUV/SUV market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the Nation.
The EX35 has grown into a QX50 with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
The 2016 has two options and four packages; a rear-wheel QX50 and QX50 all-wheel-drive. The four packages, premium, premium plus, Deluxe Touring, and Technology Package offer more standard equipment with more room lengthwise.
10. Toyota Camry XSE – the sleeper, no really it is called a sleeper. This Camry looks like any other Toyota Camry, but lift the body, and it is the sleeper. The Toyota Camry XSE sleeper was first shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.
Toyota explained what a sleeper is, “In drag racing terms, a “sleeper” is a car that looks as innocuous as possible but has the means to blow the doors off the competition.”
Underneath the unassuming sheet of metal is a 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V-8 Tundra engine with a TRD supercharger is what creates the dragster that puts out 850 horsepower.