58% of the New York International Auto Show’s attendees plan to shop for a car within 12 months. From practical options like the new Buick Regal Sportback and TourX to fan favorites like Subaru’s redesigned Outback and Crosstrek, auto shows provide an unparalleled opportunity to comparison shop. Even if you’re in the market for something a bit more exciting, such as the new Honda Civic Si or an Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the show in New York will provide an early look for interested shoppers.
But what about the remaining 42% of attendees? What are they hoping to get in return for their $17 ticket? For these folks, an auto show is all about the exotic. Sometimes an auto show is the first place you can see a car in person, as is the case with Audi’s RS 3—this is the first time the folks from Ingolstadt have deemed the United States worthy of its speedy little 4-door. Other times, automakers build so much hype around a debuting model that gearheads can’t help but come take a look.
No car provoked that feeling more completely than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. After teasing us with trailer after trailer (please don’t do that again), Dodge finally pulled the cover off the world’s newest, fastest-accelerating production car:
The Demon, however awesome, has earned plenty of attention this year. If you’re looking for thrills at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, here are the most exciting cars to find.
First, if the Demon is your kind of car, make your way downstairs before you get lost in the wonder that is the main gallery. Down on the lower level, you’ll find what might very well be the most ridiculous car at the show—yes, even more absurd than the Demon. Packed under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the 707-horsepower engine that has become yesterday’s news with the debut of the 840-horsepower Challenger. If the idea of a 3.5-seconds-to-60 SUV isn’t enough to impress you, perhaps you’d prefer the off-roading Ram Rebel TRX Concept—painted the same brilliant shade of red.
If you’re inclined to scope out a Christmas-themed dream garage, head next to the Mercedes-Benz stand. 2017 debuts from the Stuttgart-based luxury automaker include the GLC 63, 63 Coupe, and 63 S Coupe. Each employs a twin-turbo V8 powerful enough to impress the neighbors—unless they’re driving that Jeep Trackhawk, of course. Beyond the debuts, however, is one electric green AMG GT R that should not be missed.
Move from Mercedes toward the center of the main floor to see the show’s “look but don’t touch” cars. Perhaps most interesting is the Rimac Concept_One, a Romanian electric hypercar unknown to many. From a V12 Lamborghini Aventador to a Koenigsegg Agera RS1, this is where we can find cars we might otherwise never see. Not to mention, it’s not every day that a Rolls-Royce is seen sitting next to a far more expensive Bugatti Chiron.
For folks looking for exciting cars a bit closer to the bounds of their budget: fear not. The 2017 New York International Auto Show plays host to a slew of more reasonable supercars. (Note: There is no such thing as a “reasonable” supercar.) Audi rolled out a veritable race car—the R8 LMS GT4—alongside the road-legal R8. Because it shares roughly 60% of its parts with the more common R8, the LMS GT4’s price is expected to sit at less than half a million dollars. That’s not nothing, but it seems downright affordable in comparison to other factory race cars.
If you want to drive your track machine on the road, walk over to Nissan, where a GT-R Track Edition awaits. Acura is displaying the new NSX, Porsche has brought the Panamera Sport Turismo, and if you want an even more affordable (but still mighty capable) coupe, Chevy should keep you entertained with a 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1.
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