NEW YORK IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AUTO SHOW

TOP 3 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE NEW YORK IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AUTO SHOW

Super Street - - CONTENTS - WORDS & PHO­TOS Sam Du

There’s never a whole lot of cool OEM or af­ter­mar­ket news that takes place at ma­jor auto shows, but this year’s New York show proved to be a bit spe­cial thanks to Toy­ota with the in­tro­duc­tion of its next Corolla, a pair of lim­ited edi­tion Lexus mod­els and a well-cu­rated dis­play from Ravspec.

COROLLA HATCH­BACK

Good­bye Corolla im (for­merly Scion im) and wel­come the new and im­proved ’19 Toy­ota Corolla Hatch­back. The new model looks heaps bet­ter with a more sleek and ag­gres­sive de­sign, LED headand tail­lights, wider track, and longer wheel­base. It’s ex­pected to drive a lot sportier also thanks to a new 2.0-liter four-cylin­der, six-speed man­ual and up­dated sus­pen­sion/chas­sis (we’ll have a full re­view soon). To cel­e­brate the new Corolla in NY, Toy­ota also de­buted Fred­eric Aasbo’s lat­est For­mula DRIFT com­pe­ti­tion car, which uses the same body of the pro­duc­tion model, with ex­cep­tion of wider fend­ers and all that other cool stuff that makes it a drift car (1,000hp tur­bocharged 2AR, rear-wheel-drive con­ver­sion, etc.). A big con­grats is also in or­der to Fred­eric and his team for tak­ing first place at this year’s first round in Long Beach, and third place in the sec­ond round at Or­lando!

CEL­E­BRAT­ING F

It’s hard to be­lieve, but the ‘F’ per­for­mance brand of Lexus is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary. The matte gray RC F and GS F were un­veiled at the Chicago Auto Show a cou­ple months prior, but it was our first time check­ing ’em out in N.Y. There will only be 240 (RC F) and 100 (GS F) 10th an­niver­sary mod­els made avail­able, so we’re cer­tain they’ll be close to sold out by the time you read this.

RAVSPEC

Ravspec has been dis­play­ing at the New York Auto Show for some time now and they know how to make their pres­ence felt. We were quite fond of their Dodge Charger Scat, which was low­ered on KWS and 20” Volk Rac­ing TE37 Ul­tra wheels.

Photo: Toy­ota

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