A surfing pug? That’s a must-see. Anything with Scarlett Johansson in it? A definite must-see. The most beautiful cars from the 2015 New York Auto Show? We can help with that. The Big Apple recently played host to a fleet of stunning machines from across the world.
We’re not going to give away too much in the opening paragraph, but let’s just say the Germans and British have taken a fair chunk of the limelight from the star-studded showrooms of the U.S of A.
#1 McLaren 570S
When a British F1 outfit and supercar maker decides to build their own Porsche 911 fighter, the 570S is the result. Deemed the ‘baby’ of the McLaren range, the 570S targets the entry level supercar buyer, but that’s just about where the childish behaviour ends. The 570S packs some serious performance with 419kW derived from a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 shared with its older siblings. This DNA enables the little McLaren to rocket itself to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds before hitting a top speed of 328km/h. How’s that for child’s play.
#2 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Making it’s extravagant debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the Phantom Drophead Coupe – the only convertible to grace the British brand’s luxury stable. When you buy into a Rolls-Royce you can rest assured you’re buying into a huge statement that represents you as a successful figure in the world. It’s also a perfect combination of bespoke opulence with big V12 performance. The price of unyielding luxury is not cheap – the Drophead Coupe retails for US$560,000.
#3 2016 Porsche Boxter Spyder
The name of Porsche’s most affordable sportscar lives on in the form of the 2016 Boxter. The car’s clasic design has matured a lot since its first appearance years back with an updated front fascia and modern rear design. And this one is likely the most beautiful looking Boxter yet.
Under the bonnet sees a 3.8-litre flat six engine delivering 375hp to the rear wheels. Just as previous Boxter models, the roof is still manually opened and closed by hand and the transmission is a manual affair only. This is a good thing as it keeps weight down to achieve a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.3 seconds.
#4 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition
More power is never a bad thing. And that’s exactly what Land Rover gave their 2016 Range Rover Sport HST model which slots nicely in between the entry Sport and balls-out supercharged version. The HST Limited Edition also has a supercharged V6 but with a milder output of 380hp. In the aesthetics department you get contrasting black roof, gloss-black exterior trim, blacked-out headlight and taillight bezels, and 21-inch wheels in gun metal. It’s not Range Rover Sport SVR territory but it still has that sporty streak we love.
#5 2016 Mercedes AMG G65
An old favourite of ours has finally made its way to the land of the free. The G65 is anything but free though. It will go for a whopping $218,000 in the U.S and what you get in that price bracket is an off-roader like no other. It packs a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 that produces 621hp to get the tall body to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds – not bad for a car that weighs almost 3 tonnes. The interior is where the class shines for the G65 with quilted leather all round and carbon fibre accents throughout.
#6 2016 Jaguar XF
Sequels are almost never any good, but the second generation Jaguar Xf looks to dispel this trend. Weight was the culprit in the first car so Jaguar took to the XF with a scalpel and removed 120kg from the vehicle. Much of this weight-saving attributed to the liberal use of aluminium throughout the chassis which now sits at 75% composition. Even better news? The handling is now razor sharp with a 50:50 weight balance achieved by the engineers. Powering the mighty Jag is a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 which delivers 380hp.
#7 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe
The big suprise from the 2015 New York Auto Show is actually a tuner car, but not the type you’re thinking of. Alpina have long had a history with racing since the 1970s and making BMWs go faster. Whilst the company’s M division now look after the steroid-induced side of things, Alpina have moved more towards the luxury performance segment.
The Alpina has 20hp less than the BMW M6 on which it’s based off, but it makes more torque down low for a more immediate push. Under the bonnet you get a 540hp twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 and all wheel drive. Not bad for a big four-door sedan.