The New York Auto Show opened with major participation from luxury car makers that have important stakes in the American auto market. The very top end of luxury cars from Ferrari and Lamborghini don’t display their latest and the best products in New York as it comes after major international auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles and Geneva. They believe that participation in the New York how doesn’t help their marketing effort as they are not aiming at a mass market. They have a well defined customer base and there are better ways to connect directly with them. However, the luxury carmakers who want to aim at the mass market even if they have to scale down the price points marginally were there in full attendance with very hot cars. We bring to you here some of the hottest cars at the New York Auto Show.
This is the Hyundai HCD-14 concept which gives us a clear idea about the next Genesis premium sedan. It uses the well-known 5.0-liter Tau V8, a naturally aspirated direct-injection engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Rolls Royce is focused on the American market as it gives them their largest sale. This 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith is made to be driven, with 636 horsepower and comes with a price tag of $295,000.
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is a clear improvement on its predecessor as its power jumps from 470bhp to 550bhp. It also shaves 0.4 seconds off its 0-60 mph time, which drops to 4.7 seconds for the new model. Top speed is 190 mph.
The Jaguar XKR-S GT is a limited edition street-legal, high-performance version of the XKR-S. Only 30 will be offered in North America, with 25 earmarked for the United States. Price: $174,000 when it goes on sale in August.
The 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet is again a high performance car with a 4.2-liter 450-horsepower V8 engine backed by a 7-speed paddle-shift dual-clutch automatic transmission. The RS 5 Cabriolet goes from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 174 mph.
The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG offers AWD and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 360 horsepower. It’ll hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. For a greater penetration this model will be priced around $50,000.
BMW is using this concept to gauge what the reaction will be to smaller luxury cars in the American market. The concept is already accepted in Europe. This car has a 3-cylinder hybrid engine, which is the same engine that will be used in the i8.
The Audi A3 sedan is based on the next-generation Volkswagen Golf and is about the size of the A4. The A3 sedan will be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 220 hp. The car is estimated to carry a price tag of $30,000.
This is the second-generation Range Rover Sport that rides on a wheelbase 7 inches longer than its five-passenger predecessor. It comes with either a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that makes 340 horsepower or an optional 5.0-liter supercharged V8 (510 horsepower).