The 2016 New York Motor Show proved that there's still a big appetite in the Big Apple for new cars. The New York International Auto Show, to give it its full title, has offered up a whole hose of big new car debuts, including the new Mazda MX-5 RF and the Mercedes GLC Coupe, plus an exciting range of concept cars and some intriguine news developments in the car world.
As the show gears up for the public days from March 25th to April 3rd, it attracted many of the major manufacturers, including Mercedes, Audi, Toyota and Mazda. Europe and China may have bigger and more prestigious car shows, but the glamour of the Big Apple is always going to be a powerful draw.
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Held in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in the heart of Manhattan, the New York Motor Show is the longest-running motor show in the USA and is attended by huge numbers of US car fans and buyers. It will feature lots of new US-only cars as well as a few global debuts. Plus, of course, some wonderful and weird specialist cars created by tuners and niche manufacturers from around the world.
Just scroll down the page to find all the news stories from the New York Motor Show 2016…
• Mazda MX-5 RF - the folding hard-top version of Mazda's roadster blows in
• Mercedes GLC Coupe - the coupe SUV trend continues with Merc's BMW X4 rival
• Audi R8 Spyder - the latest version of Audi's super cool supercar
• Subaru Impreza - an all-new, larger version of Subaru's hatch takes a bow
• Genesis Hybrid Sport Sedan - the future of Hyundai's new luxury brand mapped out by this concept
Fans of soft-top supercars will be delighted to see the new Audi R8 Spyder on the show stands. Spyshots of an undisguised test model emerged earlier this month showed that, like the outgoing R8 Spyder, the drop-top gets rid of the glass panel above the engine from the Coupe and adds extra cooling vents to the extended rear panel. Now we've seen the car in the metal and it looks fantastic!
The New York show has given us our first look at the Jaguar F-Type SVR in motion. We've driven it through one of the road tunnels of the famous city listening to the stunning sound of the SVR's engine bouncing off the walls.
This is the Genesis Hybrid Sports Sedan concept. Revealed at the 2016 New York Motor Show the sleek four-door saloon gives us a clue as to how future models from Hyundai's new premium brand could look.
Genesis says the concept is its ‘modern view of luxury’, with a full-leather interior, floating 21-inch curved screen and four individual sculpted seats.
The RF (the name stands for Retractable Fastback) follows the folding hardtop version, which accounted for up to half of all MX-5s sold by the time the Mk3 edition of the car was phased out in 2014. However, it takes a more radical approach than its predecessor, with a complex mechanism that’s similar in principle to the set-up used by Porsche on the latest 911 Targa.
Unsurprisingly, the design is heavily influenced by the larger GLE Coupe, with the same sloping roofline, narrow rear window and big tail-lights. The front end is identical to the regular GLC on which it’s based.
Mercedes has pulled the wraps off the AMG C 63 Cabriolet. Available in two states of tune, the C 63 and C 63 S both use the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the C-Class saloon. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The standard C 63 gets 469bhp and 650Nm of torque, while the more powerful C 63 S uses the same engine tuned to 503bhp and 700Nm.
We've already driven the impressive Mercedes E-Class, and now the brand is planning a warm AMG-branded model under the E43 name. With its twin-turbo V6 it can go from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds, making sure it's worthy of the AMG branding. A limited top speed of 155mph matches its bigger brothers in the AMG stable, too.
If the racy MINI Cooper S Convertible is a bit too plain for you then why not try the JCW version? It uses a 2.0-litre turbo engine with 228bhp, sending it from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds. That's a whole lot of wind in your hair as, of course, it features a folding fabric roof as well - perfect for summer.
The new GT-R is an overhaul of the current car rather a brand new model. Despite this, Nissan is calling the changes “the most significant since the model was introduced in 2007”. So there are tweaked looks and a new interior, while the car’s V6 engine has been boosted to give more power and there’s also new sports suspension.
The latest generation of Subaru’s Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf rival sits on the firm’s all-new Global Platform. It gets a longer wheelbase than its predecessor (up by 25mm) that’s designed to boost cabin space, and Subaru claims the switch to the new chassis helps to ensure a dramatic increase in body rigidity - as much as 70 percent over the old car.
Toyota will update its GT 86 sports car this year, with the facelifted car going on display at the New York show. The front grille and bumper join LED lights and alloy wheels on the outside, while a new steering wheel and seats on the inside are the main changes.
Just as the latest Toyota Prius hits UK showrooms, the wraps have been pulled off the new plug-in hybrid version at the 2016 New York Motor Show. It gets revised styling, advanced tech and claims 202mpg which will make it the most efficient plug-in hybrid on sale when it arrives later this year.
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