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
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.