The New York International Auto Show hosts more than a million visitors every year, and we are excited to report on the biggest news from day one. From a 120 MPGe Toyota to a 565-hp Nissan GT-R, an all-new pair of Subaru Imprezas, and a $72,000 Maserati SUV, NYIAS did not disappoint.
This is the hardest time of the year to be a car blogger.
Like Black Friday sales, the jokes of April Fools’ Day are starting to creep into the day prior. This can make it very difficult to separate fact from fiction. Some stories this year were obviously so far-fetched that the odds of being real were virtually none.
A story about a Ford/GM hypercar was originally posted on March 31 (later updated to April 1) and managed to rile up bloggers and forums everywhere.
I’m pretty much a fan of all things ’80s. The hair, the music, the movies, the cars… well, most of the cars. The Toyota trucks and Honda sedans were pretty great, but the rest were perfectly forgettable.
The DeLorean DMC-12, though, straddled the line between forgettable and iconic. Then, it was a watered-down attempt at a sports car. Now, it defines the entire decade thanks to its ability to accelerate to 88 mph and transcend time.
One look at a DeLorean and everything great about the 1980s jumps to mind, including life-preserver vests and Huey Lewis and the News music.
Name the most generic, boring car you’ve ever had the displeasure to drive. Or ride in.
I’ll go first: a Chevy Impala.
For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll admit the only Impala I’ve ever driven (or hitched a ride in) came from the fleet of a rental company. Right off the bat that means I got the most boring version of what might be the most boring car ever made. In my humble opinion, GM may as well have put a brown paper sack on wheels and called it good.
So news of a new 2014 Impala doesn’t necessarily instill feelings of great anticipation. Maybe, though, I’ll be surprised.
Few objects provide the muse for dreaming like a BMW M6, and the automaker has dropped some official pictures and details on the all-new dream-worthy 2013 M6 Coupe and Cabriolet before their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and 2012 New York Auto Show, respectively.
The M6, with or without a roof, will be a hard-to-miss car. The fenders are gently flared to accommodate 19-inch ultra-high-performance summer tires, and the traditional “gaping maw” front bumper feeds air to its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8. A set of five-spoke wheels show off the car’s massive brakes. The rear bumper is new, with a new diffuser that houses quad tailpipes. A small “M6″ badge sits offset in the front grille, providing an understated visual reminder of this car’s raw power.