It’s sunny and 70 degrees here in New York. But no matter how nice it is outside, thousands of journalists have packed into the Jacob Javits Center to see what the auto industry has to offer. Day 1 of the New York International Auto Show has come to a close. Here’s some of our highlights from opening day.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Camaro enthusiasts have something to be excited about. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 now has the engine from a Corvette Z06. It’s also the first GM vehicle to use a ten-speed automatic transmission. What’s not to love about a supercharged V8? It packs a whopping 640 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful Camaro ever produced. Not to fear, you’ll also be able to stop. They’ve paired this new Camaro with large Brembo 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brakes. It also weighs 200 pounds less than its predecessor. The Camaro’s gaping front grille and intakes provide ample cooling and an aggressive look. The interior has been refined and more driver focused with Recaro performance seats, a suede wrapped steering wheel, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Volkswagen has finally given itself the right vehicle to compete with Subaru. The new Golf Alltrack model is essentially a Golf SportWagen with a lift kit and some body cladding. The SportWagen is getting 4Motion later this year, but VW’s all-wheel-drive system debuts in the Alltrack. The engine and transmission is shared, putting out 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The largest difference between the SportWagen and the Alltrack will be the offering of Off Road mode and a hill descent control. Think of this as the littlest Allroad. Arrival of the Alltrack is slated for the fall.
Lincoln Navigator Concept
Similar to the debut of the Lincoln Continental last year, the Navigator concept has a rather production-ready look…with the exception of the gull wing doors. As awesome as they may look, they’re a bit impractical in the real world. They showcase the interior well; featuring horizontally ribbed seats, a retro center console and a push-button shifter. The exterior features a similar version of Lincoln’s new front grille and huge 24-inch wheels. It’ll be interesting to see if the new Navigator will be built on a frame or transitioned to a unibody. Also plan on increased horsepower; the new Navigator will be likely equipped with a twin-turbo V6 engine capable of producing more than 400 horsepower.
The GT-R is really getting old. In fact, Nissan has upgraded the car just about every year for the past 9 years, since it debuted in 2007. This time, it’s not just a power boost. Don’t fret, though, because that’s here too with a bump of 20 horsepower. Total output is now up to 565. On the outside, you’ll definitely notice the new Blaze Orange paint, the new front and rear fascias, and new wheels. Inside there is a new dashboard with some extra nappa leather. The touchscreen is an inch larger now, up to 8 inches. The seats are new and lighter than before. Paddle shifters have been moved to the wheel instead of the column. Expect this upgraded GT-R goes on sale this summer as a 2017 model.
Audi R8 Spyder
Audi unveiled a very yellow variant of it’s R8 in New York today. The R8 Spyder is the newest R8 in the lineup. There’s a V10 and V10 plus version with 540 and 610 horsepower respectively. Just as the previous car, this new R8 also has a folding cloth roof with vents in the rear decklid. Still with the familiar all-wheel-drive Quattro system, the usability is ratcheted up a notch. Everything carries over from the coupe, and the upgraded tech and infotainment are standard as well. Look for the Spyder later this year.
Porsche 718 Boxster
4 cylinder engines are back at Porsche. They’re now in effect in the all-new 718 Boxster and Macan. Power is up 35 horsepower over each of the outgoing models. The Boxster is now rated at 300hp with the S model getting 350. Nothing to dislike here, other than perhaps the 4 cylinder stereotype. But remember, this is Porsche and they usually know how to make something that isn’t typically exciting, exciting. Pricing, like power, is up. The new S model will hit your wallet for just under $70,000…and that’s before Porsche’s extensive laundry list of options. Expect the all new Boxster just in time for foliage.
-Danielle Assenheimer, Christopher Little, Scott Villeneuve