NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
TOP 3 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
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.
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!
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 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.