Hyper-passion and hyper-efficient galaPOSTED BY Amirul Hazmi ON 30 March 2016
WHILE other auto shows fascinate the crowd with seductive curves and silhouettes painted with striking colours, this year’s New York Auto Show took on the emotional approach.
Manufacturers like Mazda and Lincoln presented daring features like flying-buttress C-pillars and gullwing doors.
Further complying to ever-tightening emission regulations was the debut of efficient cars. Mercedes-AMG with the new E43, although not as muscular as the previous-generation E63, still offered punchy power from a smaller engine. Traditional efficient vehicles included the new Toyota Prius Prime and the Hyundai Ioniq.
NISSAN GT-RSince the introduction of the GT-R back in 2007 as the brand’s halo model, Nissan has never let its twin-turbocharged sports coupe go too long without an update. The more powerful, restyled 2017 model continues that constant evolution at the New York Auto Show.
Now delivering 565hp (20hp more than the 2016 model) and 633Nm of torque (a 5.4Nm upgrade), the extra grunt is churned out of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, with the turbo now having more boost and each cylinder having individual ignition-timing control.
Other changes to the new GT-R include reprofiled bonnet for improved aero stability, larger mesh grille for better cooling, redesigned rear ends, air vents next to the quad exhaust and new 20-inch Y-spoked forged wheels.
KIA CADENZAKia has unexpectedly revealed the second-generation Cadenza at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Having been on sale in the United States and Canada since 2013, sales have never been more than 10,000 units a year.
However, Kia is keen that the car could do better this time with the changes on the platform. It is now lighter and stiffer, which means it probably is going to be a better dancer than the boat-like previous-gen model.
The Cadenza still comes with the 3.3-litre V6 under the hood, but it is paired to an eight-speed automatic for the first time. Cutting the weight also allowed Kia’s engineers to fit more sound deadening which, alongside a sound-absorbing laminated windshield and front windows, will likely lead to a quieter ride.
JAGUAR F-TYPE SVRIt has already made an entrance in other parts of the globe, but now the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR has made its North American debut. With its 567bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine delivering 3.5 seconds at 0-100km/h, the car has a top speed of 320km/h.
Along with the performance and handling, the F-Type’s phenomenal sound is one of the most celebrated features of Jaguar’s highly successful sports car. Key to the car’s new visceral sound is its Titanium and Inconel exhaust system which enhances the F-Type SVR’s high performance character further.
The British car manufacturer showcased the spine-tingling sound of the new SVR in the iconic Park Avenue tunnel ahead of the 2016 New York Auto Show.
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR CONCEPTLincoln stunned the crowd when it unveiled its vision for the future of the Navigator full-size SUV. As the concept version rolled onto a pristine white stage, the vehicle’s two huge gullwing doors opened to reveal an interior with horizontally ribbed seats, a flat, retro centre console and a “piano key” shifter.
The auto manufacturer is focusing on “elegance and beauty” for the exterior, and “serenity and harmony” of the interior. The exterior is accentuated by an updated version of Lincoln’s new signature front grille and “radial, directional turbine-themed” 24-inch wheels.
Under the hood of both the standard coupe and convertible, drivers will find a supercharged LT4 6.2-litre V8 engine capable of up to 640hp and their choice of either a paddleshift 10-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission.
Helping the rubber meet the road are 20-inch aluminium wheels and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tyres developed specifically for the new Camaro. Known for having massive 285-width front tyres (yes, you read that right), the Camaro comes track-ready without additional packaging.
The Prius Prime is expected to offer an estimated two times the electric range of the previous model – 22 miles (35km) – meeting the daily commuter distance of over half of American drivers, and drive at speeds of up to 135km/h without leaving the EV mode.
Prius Prime adds even more premium touches and exclusive tech features compared with the all-new Prius hybrid, including its available 11.6-inch, HD central multimedia screen with standard navigation and available full colour head-up display.
AUDI R8 SPYDERAudi’s 2017 R8 Spyder debuted at the New York Auto Show the same week the new R8 was named World Performance Car of the Year. Propelled by the milder of two hand-built V10s available in the R8 Coupe, the 540hp R8 Spyder is the German half-brother to the newly arrived Lamborghini Huracan Spyder.
Top-down motoring with a top tenor naturally-aspirated V10 at your shoulder is the main appeal of the R8 Spyder. Audi claims road and wind noise inside the car are much lower than on the first-gen R8 Syder, though a test drive is the only way to confirm it.
MERCEDES-AMG E43Slotting above the E300 in the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class range is the new performance-oriented E43 from Mercedes-AMG. Technically referred to as the Mercedes-AMG E43, the car is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine rated at 396hp and 520Nm of torque, the latter of which is available from 2,500 to 5,000rpm.
The automaker’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system comes as standard, as will a nine-speed automatic transmission. Despite boasting an AWD set-up, the E43 will bias its power to the rear wheels, 31:69.
Mercedes-AMG says the E43 will sprint to 100km/h from stationary in 4.5 seconds before topping out at electronically-limited 250km/h.
By: Amirul Hazmi