A little from Porsche, maybe a new Mazda, Subaru’s new Impreza (again?), Maserati and Audi and more are all expected at this year’s New York International Auto Show. The press days are March 23 and 24.
Porsche: This German car company will be bringing the recently-released 718 Boxster and 911R, as well as debuting the Macan. The CUV will be sporting a turbo four cylinder engine with a 2.0L displacement mated to a seven-speed PDK transmission. With 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, it may sound beefy, but is it? Porsche weighs it in at 3,900 lbs. but with any sort of regular-sized and healthy human driving it, you will have it in the 4K range.
Porsche claims it has an acceleration time of 6.1 seconds from 0-60 MPH and tops out at 142 MPH.
Mercedes-Benz: With Audi, BMW and Porsche all showcasing a world-debut at NYIAS, Mercedes-Benz isn’t getting left in their proverbial dust. It actually may be leading the pack with their 2017 E43 AMG. While the regular E-Class sports an inline four cylinder engine, the AMG badge adds on a 3.0L V6 producing 396 HP and 384 ft.-lb. of torque. Mercedes also mates a 9-speed automatic to the hefty power plant. AWD will be standard with this model, otherwise known as 4Matic on the Benz line.
0-60 times will come in around 4.5 seconds, but with a weight of 4,145 lbs., this S7 and CTS-V contender definitely doesn’t have a light footprint on the road.
There are rumors that a GLC-Class coupe could be showing up at the show since it didn’t at Geneva, but at the same time it could require more testing so maybe it won’t be here.
Maserati: Described on Maserati’s website as the “Maserati of SUV’s” (what??!), the Levante is the first time the Italian automaker has stepped into building a larger car. Frankly, it looks like an Infinti QX70 and a Ferrari Shooting Brake had a child.
There will be a diesel variant offered only in the UK, but the 430HP 3.0L V6 will be making its way stateside with an eight-speed automatic. Oddly enough, it’ll be cheaper than the Range Rover Sport and it can get from not-to-sixty at 5.9 seconds.
Audi: We can expect a new R8 making an appearance from recent spy photos (hat-tip to Carmagazine.co.uk) but what about a new TT/TT RS? According to an Instagram user, he believes he found a new TT in the flesh. And it certainly looks like it, following last year’s R8-style laser headlights.
BMW: Last, but not least, BMW will be unveiling the M760i xDrive and Alpina B7 to North America. I’m really excited to see a 12-cylinder M-powered BMW with the M760i. Best of all, it has two turbochargers to get to 600 HP and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. 0-60 time comes in at 3.9 seconds.
The Alpina B7 will make the same amount of horses and torque from a 4.4L V8, with a 0-60 time in 3.6 seconds. No price yet on either.