SHOW STOPPERS

Packed with the hottest mo­tors and the lat­est car tech, this year’s New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show is one heck of a crowd pleaser. Nick Odantzis re­veals the best on show

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Each year the Big Ap­ple is host to the most leg­endary car show around, and this year’s New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show has more than 1,000 ve­hi­cles on dis­play over four floors. There’s an eclec­tic mix of metal, from burly mus­cle cars to elec­tric con­cepts, and there’s even a few fam­ily wag­ons thrown in.

Of course, when we say fam­ily wag­ons, what we mean is Audi’s brand-new 331kW RS5 Sport­back (it’s got four seats and a big boot, duh), which is the wilder ver­sion of the reg­u­lar S5 Sport­back, com­plete with oo­dles of car­bon fi­bre, an ir­re­spon­si­ble amount of power and four-wheel drive.

Want more space, and speed? There’s Maserati’s take on the mega SUV: the Le­vante Tro­feo. Ob­vi­ously it’s a huge hunk of metal, but it also has a V8 with 440kW – enough to take your kids to space.

Hyundai’s lux­ury arm, Ge­n­e­sis, showed off the 2019 G70 lux­ury four-door sedan, which takes on the Ger­mans at their own game. A new Sport ver­sion with a six-speed man­ual gear­box aims to put the fun back into com­fort­able daily driv­ers, though the 272kW au­to­matic is not ex­actly dull.

Ac­tu­ally, it kind of is dull com­pared to the other car Ge­n­e­sis brought to the show: its Essen­tia GT con­cept. Penned for a 2022 re­lease, it’s a cu­ri­ous mix of vin­tage and fu­tur­is­tic, with a car­bon mono­coque chas­sis, hy­brid elec­tric setup, but­ter­fly doors, and a de­sign that looks like it just rolled out of Tony Stark’s garage. It’s said to be pow­ered by high-den­sity bat­ter­ies, with ru­mours that they may even be solid-state cells, giv­ing it a Tesla-sham­ing range and a charge time of just a few min­utes.

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