We’ve left the Big Apple behind us, but we didn’t leave before giving the show floor a thorough once-over. With so much happening on Day 1, we knew we couldn’t cram in all of the big news. With the show opening to the public tomorrow, here’s our Day 2 look at some of the all-new models debuted at the New York International Auto Show.
Audi RS5 Sportback
A new RS variant from Audi is their big news in New York. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that the much hoped-for RS4 will be gracing our shores. Instead, we get the RS5 Sportback, which, to our chagrin is still an excellent car. It’s also green, Sonoma Green in fact. And green is always good. Under the hood is the same 2.9L twin-turbo V6 good for 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. You should see this car in showrooms in just a few months.
Maserati Levante Trofeo
Lets just get this over with. Its a Levante, its got a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 built buy Ferrari with 590 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. It will do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. What more could you want?
Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door Coupe
The Mercedes-AMG GT’s Four Door Coupe is the four-seat GT you didn’t know you needed. Debuting in New York for the American market, this is a serious performance sedan. There are three trim levels, all related to engine tuning. The one to go for though is the S model, which makes 630 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. All models are standard with Mercedes’ 4Matic+ all wheel drive system. Pricing has not been announced, but the word expensive should cover it.
A new Altima is big news. Although we may not be sold on the exterior styling of the new Altima, it’s the first Nissan sedan in the US with optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. There’s a lot of new safety features including ProPILOT Assist and Safety Shield 360 with Rear Automatic Braking. The Altima has two new engine options, one being the world’s first production-ready variable compression turbo inline four cylinder. It’s meant to provide the same amount of power as some V6 engines with improved fuel economy. This redesign was well overdue and we hope the long list of new technology breathes some life into the sedan segment.
Porsche 911 GT3RS Weissach Package
How do you make Porsche’s top performance models even better? The answer is Weissach. No, not the town in German where Porsche’s R&D center is located. The Weissach Package, a very expensive performance-enhancing option on the 918 Spyder is now available on the new GT3 RS. For a meager $18,000, your GT3 RS will gain extensive carbon fiber parts; roof, anti-roll bars, coupling rods, paddle shifters, and interior trim. Other carbon fiber components, like the hood, wing, and mirrors, are unpainted. Finally, if you’re really feeling it, an additional $13,000 will net you a set of magnesium wheels. In all, this drops 39 pounds from the GT3 RS for added performance at the most extreme levels.
Subaru focused on its lineage of previous generations to reveal the new Forester. It doesn’t look all that different from the outside, but there’s a remarkable improvement on the inside. It will be available in five trim levels to meet everyone’s needs. The Forester has grown in size, which has improved rear seat legroom and added headroom. Subaru has been one of the leaders in safety as well. They’ve introduced DriverFocus, which is a monitoring system that uses facial recognition software to look for signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. It recognizes up to five drivers and is paired with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Debuting with an all new platform that comes from the European marketplace, the Corolla Hatchback is the other big news, joining the RAV 4 for Toyota in New York. If you remember the Scion iM, this is the spiritual successor. Its now wider, lower, longer, and is powered by a new 2.0L naturally aspirated engine. More big news inside with either a 6 speed manual, or CVT with a launch gear that Toyota says will improve smoothness.
-Danielle Assenheimer, Christopher Little, Scott Villeneuve