2018 New York Auto Show: Luxury, Performance and More

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceCar Highlights
In 1900 the New York International Automobile Show became the first automotive exhibition in North America, and since then the Empire state has been hosting an auto show for more than 100 years, and it has grown in importance to become one of the most significant auto shows on the continent. This year the show focused more on production cars rather than ephemeral concepts, featuring a wide range of new models that consumers can purchase and drive. Affirming that crossover SUVs haven’t quite deep-sixed passenger cars, here’s a look at car highlights from the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback
The latest member of Audi’s high-performance lineup, the RS 5 Sportback made its debut at this year’s show in the Big Apple. With styling similar to the larger RS 7, the RS 5 offers a roomy interior and the added versatility of a fastback design teamed with the extreme performance associated with Audi’s RS variants. The RS 5 gets a new 2.9-liter biturbo V6 engine that produces 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque available at a low 1900 rpm. With the additional grip of the RS 5’s standard quattro all-wheel drive, the result is some outstanding performance figures: zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, with a top speed listed at 174 mph when equipped with the optional Dynamic Plus package.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback
The RS 5 sets itself apart from the A5 and S5 models with a large, flat singleframe grille, unique honeycomb air intakes, high-gloss black side sills, and matte alu-optic front spoiler and mirrors. At the back is a high-gloss lip spoiler, a unique diffuser and larger oval exhaust outlets. The interior also gets specific RS 5 treatment with RS-embossed sport seats, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, and stitched leather seats front and back. The RS 5 has room for up to five with plenty of space for luggage, making it an excellent everyday high-performance car. The new RS 5 will be in showrooms later this year.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceBugatti Chiron Sport
The new Bugatti Chiron is already one of the most extreme sports cars available, but in New York the company showed an even higher-performance Chiron — the Chiron Sport. The Sport gets the same powerplant as the “regular” Chiron: an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and an insane 1180 lb-ft of torque, available as low as 2000 rpm. The Sport features a dynamic handling package that provides a stiffer suspension and torque vectoring while reducing weight by around 40 pounds. In an effort to reduce weight to every last ounce, the Chiron Sport has carbon fiber windshield wipers — the first time carbon fiber has been used on wipers for a production car.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceBugatti Chiron Sport
Acceleration figures haven’t changed — the Chiron Sport still sprints to 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and 124 mph in around 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 261 mph. The primary advantage of the Sport is improved handling and much greater agility. According to Bugatti, the Chiron Sport was able to complete a lap of the Nardo handling circuit 5 seconds faster than the standard Chiron. Chiron Sport also gets new wheels and a new four-pipe exhaust deflector. The price for the Chiron Sport in America is set at $3.26 million. Deliveries are expected to start at the end of 2018.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport
Cadillac refreshed the look of its flagship CT6, and as part of that update it introduces the high-performance CT6 V-Sport in New York. Following the tradition of the extreme ‘V’ trims of the ATS and CTS, the CT6 V-Sport is the first time Cadillac has created this type of high-powered variant of its top-level sedan. Under the hood is a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and a plentiful 627 lb-ft of torque. Teamed with a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, the new V-Sport offers a nice balance of ultra-luxury with extreme performance.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport
As part of the update to the CT6, the luxury sedan inherits a number of styling cues seen on the elegant Escala concept. To differentiate the V-Sport, this high-performance CT6 rides on 20-inch unique V-Sport wheels shod with performance tires. New 19-inch Brembo brakes were developed specifically for the CT6 for supreme stopping power. There’s also a unique sport suspension, tuned exhaust and added aero components. “The V-Sport gave us the opportunity to accentuate the aggressive dynamics of the architecture,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Design. “The CT6 is the first entry that incorporates cues for the new Sport and V-Sport model strategy, which allowed us to make the car look as powerful as it drives,” Smith noted.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceGenesis Essentia Concept
With stunning looks and a futuristic interior, the Essentia Concept was a favorite at this year’s show. Following the debut of a Genesis SUV concept last year, here’s to this incredibly sexy Essentia concept also being a peek at a future Genesis product. The Essentia is a pure electric vehicle with multiple motors that would drive all four wheels. Performance would match the sleek styling — it’s estimated that a vehicle such as this would be able to sprint to 60 mph in a mere 3 seconds. The Essentia’s silhouette emphasizes classic GT styling with its long, low hood and swept back cabin. Butterfly doors allow for easy ingress and egress. With no internal combustion engine to work around, designers were able to give the Essentia a very low hood which flows into the windshield.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceGenesis Essentia Concept
Inside, the front seats look like modern furniture, trimmed in cognac leather with herringbone quilting. Oxford Blue leather swathes the rear seats, while the roof pillars get trimmed in blue velvet. The gauges and other driving information gets presented in front of the driver on an 8-inch widescreen display. A larger display fills the entire dashboard, providing infotainment, climate, communication and other details for both driver and passenger. Currently the Essentia is only a concept vehicle with no production plans. However, Genesis will likely carry over some Essentia technology and styling cues to a future GT car that fits well within the Genesis brand.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Genesis G70
Genesis added a third entry to its growing lineup with the introduction of the all-new G70 sedan. Making its U.S. debut at the New York show, the G70 represents the first Genesis in the popular entry-level luxury market. “The G70’s U.S. debut is a very important milestone for Genesis,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, global head of the Genesis brand. “The G70 is all about the driver’s experience. We look forward to how our youngest and most dynamic sedan will connect with our clientele through refined performance and athletic elegant design,” Fitzgerald noted.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Genesis G70
A sporty 4-door sedan, the G70 is available with a choice of powertrains: a 252-horsepower turborcharged 4-cylinder engine or a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 365 horsepower. Both powerplants can be teamed with rear- or all-wheel drive, and in a surprising move, Genesis will offer a 6-speed manual gearbox on the G70 with the 2.0-liter engine and rear-wheel drive. The interior is driver-oriented with nappa leather and brushed-aluminum trim as well as premium soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. As with other Genesis models, the G70 is available with the latest in active and passive safety technology. The new G70 will arrive in Genesis showrooms this summer.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Honda Insight
Back in 1999, the Honda Insight was a small 2-seat hatchback that held the honor of being the first hybrid car ever sold in America. The Insight name was used on another hybrid model until a few years ago, and at this year’s New York show the latest hybrid to wear the Insight name made its world debut. This is the fifth electrified model in the Honda lineup, joining the Clarity series and Accord Hybrid. Positioned between the Civic and Accord, this latest Insight features more mainstream styling than the previous Insights.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Honda Insight
The new Insight is powered by a hybrid system consisting of a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine teamed with an electric motor delivering a total of 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque. Under most driving conditions, the gasoline engine produces electricity that drives the electric motors or charges the lithium-ion battery pack. When cruising at highway speeds, a lock-up clutch can connect the gas engine to the drive axle for more efficient operation. Fuel economy is expected to come in around 55 mpg in city driving.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Kia K900
Kia debuted the next generation of its K900 flagship at this year’s New York show, featuring fresh styling and an array of new high-tech features. “The all-new 2019 K900 is much more than a generational redesign, as it takes on a whole new look, feel and character over its predecessor,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia. Most noticeable is the K900’s new grille, made up of 176 jewel-like cells fit into the signature Kia grille, flanked by all-new headlights with dual LED running lights. The new K900 borrows its powerplant from the sporty Stinger: a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque teamed with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. All K900s have Kia’s Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control all-wheel-drive system.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Kia K900
Inside the K900 is a new level of luxury for Kia, featuring fine leather, metal veneers and a choice of open pore matte wood decor. A 12.3-inch touchscreen display is the focal point of the dashboard, providing information on navigation, audio, climate controls and more. With Kia’s UVO telematics system, the K900 can be accessed via the UVO phone app, which allows for remote starting or setting the cabin temperature. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and K900 comes with a wireless phone charger. The K900 also has a 900-watt 17-speaker Harmon Kardon/Lexicon audio system with 17 speakers. The all-new K900 is expected to reach showrooms toward the end of this year.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Mercedes-AMG C63
A few weeks ago an updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan made its world debut. For New York Mercedes went further with the all-new AMG C63, showcased in sedan, coupe and cabriolet form. Standing out via an AMG-specific grille, the C63 carries a more muscular appearance than the standard C-Class, thanks to side skirts, additional air inlets, quad exhaust outlets, a rear lip spoiler and aerodynamically optimized AMG light-alloy wheels. Inside are performance seats with integrated head restraints and available heating and cooling. The cabriolet adds the innovative Airscarf neck-level heating. The C63 also gets a new AMG steering wheel as well as an available digital cockpit.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Mercedes-AMG C63
Under the hood of the C63 lurks a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that generates 479 horsepower, or 503 horsepower in the C63 S. The powerful engine is hooked to a 9-speed AMG Speedshift transmission. For improved driving dynamics, the C63 uses an electronically-controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential that reduces slip on the inside wheel during cornering, providing improved traction when accelerating out of the corner. The quickest of the three body styles, the C63 coupe can reach 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceAMG GT Four-Door Coupe
As the high-performance tuning group associated with Mercedes Benz, AMG is best known for producing more muscular versions of existing Mercedes-Benz vehicles — AMG versions can be found on model lines ranging from the C-Class to the highly capable G-Class. AMG has produced two standalone sports cars, the SLS AMG and the current AMG GT, but the brand has never produced a 4-door sports car — until now. The all-new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe made its North American debut at this year’s New York show, offering impressive performance and gobs of power in a sleek 4-door configuration. Joining the ranks of vehicles such as the Porsche Panamera and Audi A7, the newest AMG GT is a fastback design. This not only provides a sleek silhouette but also adds to versatility with considerable cargo space.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceAMG GT Four-Door Coupe
There will be three different variants of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, ranging from the 429-horsepower GT 53 to the top-level AMG GT 63 S, which boasts a hand-built biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 630 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. The GT 63 S jumps to 60 mph in about 3 seconds and achieves a top speed of 195 mph. All variants of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe come with AMG’s Speedshift 9-speed automatic transmission and AMG 4MATIC high-performance all-wheel-drive system. The AMG GT 63 and 63 S also get rear-wheel steering for improved handling. Look for the AMG GT 63 and AMG GT 63 S to arrive in showrooms early in 2019. The AMG GT 53 will arrive a few months later. Pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Nissan Altima
Altima is the best-selling passenger car in the Nissan lineup, and the brand is hoping to maintain that position with an all-new version of the popular sedan. The sixth-generation Altima premiered during press days at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The reworked midsize sedan is lower and wider than the previous model, with a more dynamic design taking inspiration from the Vmotion 2.0 concept that debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The 2019 Altima features key Nissan design elements including the V-Motion grille, floating roof and boomerang lights. The new grille is the boldest expression yet, dropping to the lower fascia and flanked by swept-back headlights.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Nissan Altima
The standard engine for the 2019 Nissan Altima is a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit producing 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 9 horsepower over the previous model with an increase in fuel efficiency. The new optional engine is a 2.0-liter VC-Turbo, the first production variable compression ratio engine that debuted in the Infiniti QX50 crossover. The VC-Turbo engine continuously adjusts its compression ratio to optimize both power and efficiency, producing 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. For the first time Nissan will offer the Altima with all-wheel drive. The 2019 Nissan Altima will go on sale in fall 2018 with pricing to be announced at a later date.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The latest in a long line of 911 iterations made its North American debut at the 2018 New York Auto show. The GT3 RS is the latest race-bred, high-performance 911, joining the 911 GT3 and the 911 GT2 RS which were both new for the 2018 model year. Based on the 911 GT3, the design of the wide body 2019 911 GT3 RS was determined by aerodynamics and lightweight construction. Like the 911 GT3, the front and rear fascias are made of lightweight polyurethane, while the hood and front fenders are carbon fiber and the roof is magnesium. The hood has air ducts like the 2018 911 GT2 RS for improved brake cooling without increasing drag.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The GT3 RS is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine producing 520 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever offered for a street-legal 911. That’s enough power to push the new 911 GT3 RS to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, with a top track speed of 193 mph. The GT3 RS is also available with the Weissach Package which features front and rear sway bars, sway bar coupling rods, roof, steering wheel trim, and shift paddles are all made of carbon fiber, reducing vehicle weight by about 13 pounds. When equipped with the Weissach Package and the optional forged magnesium wheels, total weight of the 911 GT3 RS is 3,153 pounds. The 911 GT3 RS is priced at $187,500 and is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRimac C2
Granted there are numerous hybrid sports cars on the market, but the new Rimac C2 goes one step further by showing what’s possible with a pure electric powertrain. The second model from the Croatia-based car company, the C2 made a splash at this year’s New York show. The C2 features an electric motor at each wheel, all of which are controlled via the Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring system. Each motor can be used to operate ABS, stability control and an adaptable all-wheel-drive system. Powering the Rimac C2 is a 120-kWh battery pack that provides a range of around 400 miles, or as the press materials point out, two laps of the famed Nurburgring race ciruit at full power.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRimac C2
Full power is a lot in the C2 — the four motors combine to produce a mind-boggling 1914 horsepower and almost 1700 lb-ft of torque. With power at all four wheels, acceleration to 60 mph is accomplished in a mind-blowing 1.85 seconds, reaching 100 mph in only 4.3 seconds. Even more impressive: in a bit under 12 seconds the C2 will be at 186 mph, having passed the quarter-mile mark in a mere 9.1 seconds. While the stats are beyond exotic, the C2 carries its passenger like a true GT car with high-quality materials in the spacious cabin as well as a usable trunk. Rimac expects to build 150 of these EV rockets.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Toyota is adding to its already poplar Corolla line with the all-new Corolla Hatchback. Making its North American debut here in New York, the new hatchback is lower, wider and longer than the Corolla IM it replaces, which gives the small car a more athletic stance. Overhangs in front and back are shorter which provides a sporty silhouette. The rear hatch is at a steeper angle, adding to the sporty styling. The new hatch is available as an SE or XSE — the higher trim level setting itself apart with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights and a chrome grille surround.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Powering the Corolla Hatch is an all-new 2.0-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder engine. The new powerplant is smaller and lighter than the outgoing 1.8-liter engine and is expected to deliver more power, better fuel efficiency, quieter operation and cleaner emissions. Corolla Hatchback can be set up with either an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT with simulated 10-speed shift points and paddle shifters, or a 6-speed manual transmission. Look for the new Corolla Hatchback to arrive in Toyota showrooms this summer.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Volvo V60
Volvo brought its latest wagon to the 2018 New York Auto Show, following the debut of the larger V90 wagon last year. More substantial than the outgoing V60, the new model offers a more spacious interior, higher levels of luxury and the latest technology designed to enhance the driving experience as well as increase safety levels. Two powertrains will be available for the V60, matching those found in the XC60. The T5 will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 250 horsepower, while the T6 gets a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine generating an impressive 316 horsepower. The T6 will also come with Volvo’s all-wheel-drive system.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2019 Volvo V60
As expected with any new vehicle emanating from Volvo, the V60 will come well equipped with the latest safety features. This includes City Safety, which uses autobraking and sensor systems to avoid potential collisions, as well as detect and recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. City Safety will also be the first on the market to engage autobraking to lessen the impact of oncoming collisions. Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system also is improved for the V60. The system can assist the driver with acceleration, braking and steering on well-marked roads at speeds up to 80 mph. Included with this are Run-off Road Mitigation and Oncoming Lane Mitigation.

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