There’s just something about attending an auto show that appeals to the seventeen-year old kid hiding inside all of us. The faint smell of high-octane gasoline, ridiculously expensive cars, thumping sound systems, ladies who are clearly out of our league—and the dream of sliding behind the wheel of a car that cost more than most college funds…x3.
The 2013 New York International Car Show which will be held March 29-April 7 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC is no exception—it’s the kind of show that will fill your head with ideas of recreating the shopping mall scene from the classic Blues Brothers flick...drifting around large groups of people in an indoor venue while the authorities chase you with little hope of actually stopping you from smashing through the front doors and driving off into the sunset behind the wheel of a supercar.
Corvettes, Camaros, and Apple Pie
Leading the pack with headline grabbing unveils, the folks over at Chevrolet recently announced plans to introduce the refreshed 2014 Camaro
. The bow-tie wearing crowd is keeping quiet about the details leading up to the show, but leaks suggest that the Camaro could gain a new twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 engine. There is also talk that the long discussed X28, with a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine could be making an appearance at the New York Auto Show. As General Motors made sure to point out in the announcement of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
debuting at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the bowtie clad muscle car has been the bestselling car in the class for each of the last three years
Although it was officially unveiled at the 83rd International Auto Show in Geneva, the convertible version of the new seventh-generation Corvette
, which is expected to go on sale later this year, will make it’s North American debut in the Big Apple.
It was also recently announced that the first Corvette
Stingray convertible off the assembly line will be auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson’s event in Palm Beach, Fla., April 4-6. The first coupe was auctioned in January at a Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Ariz. It sold for $1.1 million.
The retail price of the convertible has not been disclosed.
Beyond the Bowtie
Mercedes-Benz will finally stop playing hide and seek with its CLA models at the New York International Auto Show, where the CLA45 AMG version will debut.
This is the most powerful version of the entry-level front-wheel-drive sedan from Mercedes. The CLA45 AMG will be powered by 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing peak power of 360bhp and peak torque of 450Nm. The engine transmits power through seven-speed dual-clutch transmission system to the all-wheel drive system with 40:60 distribution.
And if you prefer your supercars to come with a more Italian flair, the 113th New York Auto Show is sure to please with a wide range of high-tech racers gracing the showroom floor including the Lamborghini Aventor J.
The Aventador J packs 691 hp from the same 6.5-liter engine as its fixed-roof sibling and is clad in a nice little shade called Rosso Red. The car makes extensive use of carbon fiber, including a patented material called "carbon skin" for the interior.
This Lamborghini is so extreme that the driver must wear a helmet, though the car can be registered for road use, Lamborghini says.
It’s not clear if the recently unveiled Lamborghini Veneno, of which there are only three, will grace the stage at the NY show. The Veneno made a huge splash in Geneva not only for its radical design, but the hefty $4 million price tag.
Powering the Veneno is a 12-cylinder engine and a 7-speed transmission with five different driving modes. Lamborghini says the Veneno can reach speeds of 220 miles per hour and accelerates from 0-60 mph in a heart-thumping 2.8 seconds.
No matter what your automotive preference, the 2013 New York Auto Show
is sure to have your dream car among the more than 1,000 vehicles that will be rolling into the 900,000 sq ft. Jacob Javits Center later this month.