Supercars at the 2016 New York International Auto Show

Koenigsegg Regera

The funny thing about being at a major auto show is that you tend to get tunnel vision. You can be running around the show floor taking notes on crossovers and minivans and not acknowledge that you’re standing amidst some of the most impressive supercars on the planet. Thankfully, that was not a problem for us at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

Fresh from appearances at the Geneva Motor Show, the New York show is the first time some of these supercars have been seen on North American shores, and they represent various corners of the high-end ultra-performance marketplace.

Swedish automaker Koenigsegg featured two vehicles that represent a changing of the guard for the supercar brand with the wonderfully strange name. The first vehicle is the Regera. If you have seen Koenigseggs in the past (most notably the outgoing model, the Agera), you’ll notice the similar guillotine doors and low, long body, but there’s more to the Regera. In addition to bodylines that are smoother than the Agera’s, the Regera features an entirely new hybrid powertrain that has the potential to break the average wrench-turner’s brain.

Koenigsegg Regera, rear

The powertrain starts simply enough: a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 making 1,200 horsepower joined by three electric motors. One motor is directly connected to the engine, while two electric motors are found at the rear wheels. The net output is an astounding 1,500 horsepower, which company founder Christian von Koenigsegg claims might actually be understated (it’s possibly closer to 1,800 hp!).

The result is a car designed to do one thing: outgun a Bugatti. Its 1,500 horsepower is more than the 1,478 hp of the new Bugatti Chiron, and the Regera weighs 1,000 pounds less than the Bug’. So here’s how it breaks down: the Regera will get from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds (a hair off the Bugatti’s 2.5 secs), but as the speeds increase, the Regera shows its dominance, hitting 186 mph in an incredible 10.9 seconds—a full 2.6 seconds faster than the Bugatti. It will also hit a top speed of 248 miles per hour in an astounding 20 seconds. That is just incredible from a plug-in hybrid!

Koenigsegg expects to build 80 of these vehicles at a price of $2 million each. For that buyers will get features like Apple CarPlay and in-vehicle Internet access, but unfortunately, the car has no cupholders.

Koenigsegg One:1

Sitting next to the Regera in a bright white-on-carbon-fiber color scheme is the brand’s One:1, which is based on the outgoing Agera. The name is derived from the 1-horsepower-to-1-kilogram philosophy used when building the vehicle. That means it clocks in at 1,360 kg (2,998 pounds) and 1,360 horsepower. That power comes from a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 that weighs only 434 pounds thanks to weight-reduction measures such as a carbon fiber intake manifold.

This bonkers combination of power and weight reduction results in a car that can go from 0 to 186 mph and back to 0 in a record-breaking 17.95 seconds! The car has a theoretical top speed of 273 mph, and while only six were originally built, a seventh and final One:1 was constructed. The one on display will be the only such One:1 sold in America.

The next car up is quite strange, even by supercar standards. Spyker is a Dutch supercar company, and like Koenigsegg, it builds outlandish cars in very low numbers. Its mainstay model has been the C8, which has experienced changes in name and content through the years, featuring names like Spyder, Laviolette, and Aileron.

Spyker C8 Preliator

The latest is the C8 Preliator, and it is the second major overhaul of the C8 line (the first being the Aileron in 2009). At its core, the Preliator features the same Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 as the Aileron, but it is now supercharged to put out 518 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission or available automatic gearbox. The new C8 will get from zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 201 mph.

With a price of $350,000, the C8 Preliator is more than just straight-line performance, as the suspension has been tuned by Lotus (a brand we’ll hear more about in a minute), and it’s wrapped in styling that is anything but subtle. Spyker’s roots are in aviation, so the NACA ducts below the headlights are a nice touch that combines form and function. But perhaps the best detail of the Preliator is one you can find on most manual examples of the C8 lineup: the exposed stick-shift linkage. Many supercars turn heads, but pull up in one of these, and people will literally be asking themselves, “What the heck is THAT?!”

Some cars exist purely for that head-turning reaction. Others emphasize performance over everything else. And still others are purist driving machines. Most supercars and hypercars are some combination of these elements, but Lotus has long built vehicles for those who truly love to drive. There’s a 4-wheeled motorcycle element to the British automaker’s products, and a prime example of this is the Evora 400.

Lotus Evora 400

The Evora 400 is Lotus’ range-topping road vehicle. It features a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 that has been supercharged to put out (you guessed it) 400 horsepower. This engine also makes 302 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear wheels, resulting in a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds. The cabin is spartan, with hardly any cargo space and rear seats that fit only children. This car features all the tools a driver needs to carve up corners and little else.

This version of the Evora 400 has actually been around since early 2015, but its presence at New York’s Javits Center was significant; it marks the return of the Evora 400 to the U.S. car market. In order to comply with U.S. safety regulations, a modern airbag system had to be engineered, and other changes were made to get it ready for American showrooms.

The U.S.-spec Evora 400 will arrive in Lotus’ 47 U.S. showrooms in May of this year. It will carry a base price of $89,900 when it arrives. That makes it far and away the most attainable car in this collection—and you can see it on display at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, going on now through April 3 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

-George Kennedy

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