Your complete guide to the 2017 New York Auto Show
Includes: the world's fastest SUV, and the world's nuttiest ever muscle car
Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk
Brace yourself for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: the world’s fastest and most powerful SUV.
Want some numbers to chew on? Well, feast on these: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds (at 116 mph), a top speed of 180 mph, 60-0 mph seen off in 114 feet and .88g pulled on the skid pad. In a car that’s meant to be a premium way to tottle over rocks.
It’s courtesy of Dodge’s wondrous 707bhp, supercharged 6.2-litre, HEMI V8 from the Hellcat. A motor that’s a cacophony of supercharger whirr and head-banging woomph which, in our opinion, needs to be dropped in as many cars as possible. Like a sledgehammer muscle car and now, um, a family SUV. Heck. Yes.Advertisement - Page continues below
Infiniti QX80 Monograph
This, apparently, is America’s answer to the Range Rover. It’s called the QX80 Monograph and the work of Nissan’s fledgling (in the UK, at least) posh sub-brand, Infiniti.
It’s only a blingy concept for now, but measuring over five metres long, almost two metres tall and more than two metres wide, it’s a lot bigger than a Range Rover.
Now, we don't get the monstrous QX80 (the one that looked like a dugong) over here in the UK, so we doubt we’ll get whatever transpires out of this new QX80 concept (which looks like will.i.am if he were a dugong) either. To be honest, we’re not really bothered. We’ll stick with our Range Rovers, thanks.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Lock up your loved ones and allow us to introduce to you the new Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.
Put simply, it’s a Camaro ZL1 that’s had even more anger injected into it, making the quick version of the humble American muscle car quicker still around a track.
How much quicker? Well, compared to the standard ZL1, the 1LE is three seconds faster around General Motors’ 2.9-mile, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track. So expect a reasonable chunk to be taken out the ZL1’s 7min 29.60sec Nürburgring time, too.Advertisement - Page continues below
Audi R8 GT4
If you're an industrious entrepreneur who has always wanted to go racing but have been too busy making money, this could tempt you onto the track. It's the lightweight, 500bhp Audi R8 GT4 and the perfect 'My First Race Car'.
It's a non-road-legal, off-the-shelf race car - like the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - and eligible for series like the British GT Championship and one-offs like the Nürburgring 24hrs.
It shares 60 per cent of its components with the road-going car but for legislative reasons loses its four-wheel drive safety net. So the 5.2-litre N/A V10 delivers up to 495bhp (the exact amount varies, and depends on Balance of Performance regulations), channelled to the rear wheels only via a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox and mechanical LSD. Sounds tasty. Looks tasty, too.
The Dodge Demon might be the most deranged car in the world. 840bhp. 717lb-ft. 0-60mph in 2.3 secs. 0-100mph in 5.1 secs. 1/4 mile in 9.65 secs and the first production car to pull wheelies. YES. There are also many world firsts and natty details, so read more about it here.
Damn you downsizing! It's all your fault that this Jaguar F-Type has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder (FOUR!) engine. It's a new variant which now means there are now 20 – yes, twenty – engine, transmission and body style permutations of F-Type to choose from. Why is this one notable? Because it’s the cheapest, starting at £49,900. But it is also the most engine-deficient, with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine powering the rear wheels. Here are the York Notes; 295bhp, 295lb ft, an oblong exhaust and half the price of a V8 SVR.
Nissan GT-R Track Pack
At last year’s New York Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the most significant facelift of the R35 to date. With more power, new looks and a different interior, 2017’s Godzilla had a little more life injected into it thanks to a softer, more premium outlook. For this year’s New York Auto Show, Nissan has put the harshness back in, keeping the R35 alive even longer. Until an entirely new generation GT-R arrives… at some point in the future.
Anyway, this one’s called the Track Edition, and is a tough game of spot-the-difference for Skyline enthusiasts. Yes, it still delivers 562bhp at 6,800 rpm, and 469lb ft of torque, so there’s no change to the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 attached to that brutally effective four-wheel-drive system and dual-clutch gearbox. A shame when there’s the 600bhp Nismo to pinch parts from. But there have been a few Nismo hand-me-downs.
First off, the titanium quad exhaust system from has found its way underneath the car, so you’ll hear the guttural mechanical mayhem in all its glory. The independent suspension has also been tweaked by Nismo, including weight saving (the Track Edition is 1.8kg heavier than the Nismo but 8.1kg lighter than the standard car) and more roll stiffness. You’ll spot the Nismo’s 20-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels, track-honed tyres, front arches and carbon spoiler too. Inside, the Track Edition gets a flashy red and black colour two-tone interior with Recaro seats.Advertisement - Page continues below
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe
Mercedes has never knowingly left a niche unplugged, which is why it’s given us this, the GLC 63 AMG Coupe.
Looks like a serious piece of kit, no? More so than the GLC 43, certainly. In principle, it’s a scaled-up version of the C63 on which it’s based. It uses the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 with 469bhp and 479lb ft, or 503bhp and 516lb ft in the GLC 63 AMG S, but adds rear-biased all-wheel drive (though Merc says the torque distribution is “fully variable”) and the nine-speed wet-clutch automatic gearbox from the E63.
The top speed is limited to 155mph, but the 0-62mph time hasn’t been released. Special three-chamber air suspension promises to “combine exemplary driving dynamics with excellent road-roar and tyre vibration characteristics”.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63
This is the same GLC 63 you just read about on the previous page, this time in non-coupe form. You scared yet, Porsche Macan?Advertisement - Page continues below
Pathetic police cars
We don't know why, but there was a whole corner dedicated to crap police cars. Here are some better ones.
Nissan Rogue Tracks
The problem with the Nissan Rogue (X-Trail over here) has long been that it doesn’t come with snow and sand tracks. In its infinite wisdom, Nissan has solved the problem with this: the Rogue Trail Warrior Project. Never let it be said it doesn’t listen to its customers.
As you can see, it has tracks. Four of them, to be precise. One in place of each wheel. They’re called ‘Dominator’ Tracks, and they’re four-foot long, 30 inches high and 15 inches wide.
NSX GT3 Race Car
You know the Honda NSX. Now meet its slightly demonic, ginormously winged racing sibling.
It’s brimming with all the attitude you’d hope for from a car designed for GT3 regulations. Like the air the car will carve through, allow your eyes to be drawn first to the dive planes at the front, before traversing the length of the car to that rear spoiler.
Beneath its skin is a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, just like the road car. But unlike the road car, it’s not supplemented by heavy hybrid gubbins, and it drives its rear wheels only. No word on power, but if it becomes a GT3 car, this will be dictated by a rulebook. Let’s say somewhere around 500bhp.
Nissan 370Z Heritage
In 2019, Nissan will blow fifty candles out to celebrate the anniversary of its famous ‘Z’ brand. You may have noticed we’re in 2017, so the ‘Z’ brand is currently only 47 years old. Yet that hasn’t stopped the Japanese brand getting a little too excited and giving itself an early birthday present in the shape of a very yellow 370Z.
It’s called ‘The Heritage Edition’ and is essentially a bit of makeup to keep the ageing V6 sports car alive a bit longer. There’s new head and tail lights, smoked chrome door handles and, weirdly, a new, faster clutch. It’s available in two colours: Chicane Yellow or Magnetic Black Heritage Edition with contrasting trim and graphics.
Yum. Horsepower and confectionary. Now that's a killer combination.
There weren't many concepts at this year's NY show. But this was the best. It's a lifestyle SUV concept from Toyota called the FT-4X. Designed for millennials, and the fact it's a lifestyle SUV and a concept, there are fancy features to sate the short attention spans of the youth. Things like removable panels, GoPros on board and extreme weatherproofing so you can drive it into the sea. It currently doesn’t feature an engine, but Toyota said if it did, it’d likely be a small displacement four-cylinder, driving all four wheels.
Nissan's Dog Car
Obviously, fed up of producing actual, sensible cars Nissan appeared to spend most of its time before the New York show just modifying X-Trails for the sake of it. And when they were done modifying X-Trails that would appeal to humans, they started modifying cars for dogs. Yes, dogs. This is an X-Trail (or Rogue if you're from the US) that's aimed directly at dogs, and it’s probably the most ingenious thing you’ll see today.
There’s a DOG RAMP, so that your furriest pal no longer has to cast you their most meticulously rehearsed ‘lift me’ eyes each time walkies comes to an end.
There’s a DOG SHOWER to wash away the grime of said walkies, and a DOG DRYER to ensure the interior stays, um, bone dry.
There’s also a water bowl that won’t spill, a treat dispenser, and – our favourite feature of all – a video and audio link between passengers and dog, so you can effectively Facetime your pooch throughout the journey.
Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition
Oh, look! ANOTHER modified X-Trail (seriously, how much money did they have to burn before the start of the new financial year?) and the most tenuous one yet.
It's the - deep breath - Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. Apparently, the Nissan Rogue One (which is what we’re going to call it, because we don’t have the rest of time to try and type out the name a second time) is the “first production vehicle ever to include Star Wars-branded elements”.
And by branded elements, read: special stickers and badges, and some branded floor mats. Yep, really. But there's also thrusters, blasters, side mirror Rebel logo projectors and even an astromech droid, all inspired by an X-wing fighter. May the force be with you.
RAM 1500 Sublime Sport
Truckers, meet the RAM 1500 Sublime Sport. A very green RAM pick-up truck that likes to do burnouts – just in case people didn't see you the first time.
As you can see, it features a bright green monochromatic exterior paint, an aggressive air-grabbing hood, blacked-out Ram grille and massive 22-inch black aluminium wheels. Inside, acid green stitching can be found on the Ram’s head seat embroidery, sport mesh seat inserts and headlining.
BMW E36 Race Car
BMW had nothing of serious note on its stand. But they did have this to distract us. Drool.
Let's be honest: you're not living life until the Crystal is poppin' in a stretch Navigator. Well, better get those bottles in the chiller as this is the new Lincoln Navigator. And it's HUGE.
Yes, to rapper's delight, the Navigator is back. All 450 horsepower, 500 lb-ft of torque (from the same engine as the Ford Raptor) of it. And it's chock-full of tech, luxury fripperies and 22-inch wheels to make sure it's hip hop mag cover-worthy. We just wished it had the jet-style airstairs from the concept last year. Now, is it wrong we kind of like it?