New York Auto Show 2015

By | April 27, 2015

New York Auto Show

The 2015 New York Auto Show was mediocre at best this year with very few interesting announcements.  Most of the new cars unveiled were on a much smaller scale in terms of interestingness but they were cars you will see on the road on a daily basis.  Things like a new Chevy Malibu and a face lifted Kia Optima.  There were a few worth noting though that we feel you will want to know about.

Lincoln Continental Concept

After a nearly 14 year hiatus Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name.  Lincoln is finally ditching the butterfly winged grill and adds some class to the new concept.  Not much in terms of details have been revealed although Lincoln does say it will be making use of an all-new and brand specific 3.0L Ecoboost V6.  The interior is quite classy too with polished aluminum everywhere.  The back seats recline and have food trays as well as a whine cooler.  The back of the seats feature removable Venetian travel bags.  That’s the stuff Bentley’s are made of.  Bentley designer Luc Donkerwolke says its a blatant copy and said he might as well send Lincoln their tooling.  Well played Lincoln, well played.

2016 Nissan Maxima

Although technically unveiled during a Super Bowl commercial Nissan finally pulled the wraps off the new Maxima.  You may notice it keeps true to Nissan’s latest fetish of being funky.  The C pillars for example are similarly styled as the IDx concept cars from 2013.  Nissan has been working hard at improving the 3.5L V6 and have bumped power up to 300 hp and while seeing a 15% increase in fuel efficiency.  They also say the CVT is “performance oriented.”  Now, in our experience with CVTs we would not add the words “performance oriented” to any of them.  We will happily and readily be proven wrong but we shall see.  The new Maxima will start at $32,410.

Honda Civic Concept

Tuner fans rejoice!  Honda unveiled their new North American version of the Civic with this bright green little beast.  The new Civic features a 1.5L turbo 4 and looks great!  On top of that the Si will make a return and the Type R will be coming to our side of the pond.  Honda has also said that a 5-door hatchback will be available along side the coupe and sedan versions.  The tenth generation Civic will be on sale this fall.

Subaru STI Performance Concept


Ever since the launch of the Toyobaru enthusiasts have been asking for more.  Where is the TRD/STI versions?  Well, Subaru has finally responded with the STI Performance Concept.  It certainly looks the part with its big rear spoiler and matte blue paint.  Subaru also chose to throw the BRZ GT300 race car engine under the hood which makes roughly 300 hp, exactly the numbers the enthusiasts have been wanting to see.  The suspension is also upgraded to cope with the 50% increase in power.  Sound too good to be true?  You’d be right.  Subaru says there is no plans for production and is strictly a concept.  Why do you tease us so Subaru?

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

With the recent unveiling of the Porsche Cayman GT4 it was to be expected that a Boxster version would soon follow.  Porsche didn’t disappoint with the new Boxster Spyder.  While keeping with tradition, the Boxster Spyder follows the same logic as before, less is more.  Porsche removed all the traditional features like a radio and AC.  They even removed the electronic spoiler and replaced it with a permanent duck tail echoing the old 911 RS.  The Spyder uses a 3.8L flat six producing 375 hp and it steals the brakes from the 911 Carrera S.  The Boxster Spyder starts at $82,100 and hits showrooms later this year.

McLaren 570S

McLaren has been busy this year with new model after new model.  The latest from Woking is the 570S, a smaller “entry level” model aimed at the 911 Turbo and Audi R8.  Don’t call it a baby Mac though because this “smaller” McLaren is actually longer than the 650S and uses the same engine albeit a detuned version producing only 562 hp.  The 570S will be a fantastic alternative to the Germans and we imagine it will be priced similarly.

Photos: Autoblog



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