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Best of the Big Apple: The most exciting cars from the New York Auto Show

Best of the Big Apple: The mos...
New Atlas takes a look at the cars on display at the New York Auto Show
New Atlas takes a look at the cars on display at the New York Auto Show
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The beating heart of the Dodge Demon 
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The beating heart of the Dodge Demon 
The Audi RS3 will also be sold in America 
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The Audi RS3 will also be sold in America 
The Audi RS3 Sedan is a more natural choice for America than the hatchback 
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The Audi RS3 Sedan is a more natural choice for America than the hatchback 
The grille on the RS3 reveals the car's all-wheel drive system
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The grille on the RS3 reveals the car's all-wheel drive system
A close look at the RS3
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A close look at the RS3
A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
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A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
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A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
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A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
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A closer look at the Lucid Motor Air 
Behind the wheel of the Lucid Air 
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Behind the wheel of the Lucid Air 
Lucid is planning to major on luxury 
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Lucid is planning to major on luxury 
The GT is hunkered down to the road
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The GT is hunkered down to the road
The Ford GT is still a showstopper, even years after its launch
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The Ford GT is still a showstopper, even years after its launch
The GT uses intelligent aerodynamics to stay stuck to the road at high speed
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The GT uses intelligent aerodynamics to stay stuck to the road at high speed
Looking into the eye of the Ford GT
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Looking into the eye of the Ford GT
The Nissan Rogue looks much meaner on tank tracks 
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The Nissan Rogue looks much meaner on tank tracks 
The Nissan Rogue looks much meaner on tank tracks
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The Nissan Rogue looks much meaner on tank tracks
Details on the Nissan Rogue's tank tracks
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Details on the Nissan Rogue's tank tracks
Nissan is playing up its connection with Star Wars for maximum effect 
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Nissan is playing up its connection with Star Wars for maximum effect 
Nissan is working hard to make sure people know it has paid for some Star Wars licensing
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Nissan is working hard to make sure people know it has paid for some Star Wars licensing
The Nissan Rogue doesn't make a particularly good base for a spaceship, but the company has tried 
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The Nissan Rogue doesn't make a particularly good base for a spaceship, but the company has tried 
The Demon will wheelie off the line
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The Demon will wheelie off the line
Dodge is very proud the Demon will wheelie off the line
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Dodge is very proud the Demon will wheelie off the line
The Demon is close to best in show in New York
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The Demon is close to best in show in New York
The Demon rides on sticky drag radials
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The Demon rides on sticky drag radials
The Demon is most at home on the drag strip
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The Demon is most at home on the drag strip
The Demon has 840 hp
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The Demon has 840 hp
Dodge is trying to capitalise on the press surrounding the Demon with plenty of merch on its stand
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Dodge is trying to capitalise on the press surrounding the Demon with plenty of merch on its stand
Another badge to add to the Dodge family
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Another badge to add to the Dodge family
Into the eye of the Demon
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Into the eye of the Demon
Most cars will only see this angle of the Demon
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Most cars will only see this angle of the Demon
The Stelvio is a new type of car from Alfa Romeo
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The Stelvio is a new type of car from Alfa Romeo
The Stelvio launched in LA last year
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The Stelvio launched in LA last year
Alfa has done a good job making the Stelvio look unique among a flood of SUVs
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Alfa has done a good job making the Stelvio look unique among a flood of SUVs
The Stelvio looks good in regular trim as well
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The Stelvio looks good in regular trim as well
The Alfa Romeo Giulia looks good in blue
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The Alfa Romeo Giulia looks good in blue
The Giulia is gunning for the BMW M3
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The Giulia is gunning for the BMW M3
The Giulia sparks a return to form for Alfa Romeo
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The Giulia sparks a return to form for Alfa Romeo
The Giulia has the traditional Alfa shield grille
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The Giulia has the traditional Alfa shield grille
The QX80 is bold in gold
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The QX80 is bold in gold
The QX80 will likely make production in one form or another
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The QX80 will likely make production in one form or another
The lights on the QX80 Monograph are incredibly detailed 
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The lights on the QX80 Monograph are incredibly detailed 
The QX80 is a similar size to the Chevrolet Tahoe
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The QX80 is a similar size to the Chevrolet Tahoe
Does the QX80 really need a diffuser?
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Does the QX80 really need a diffuser?
Lincoln is making a statement with the QX80
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Lincoln is making a statement with the QX80
The Navigator has 30-way adjustable seats 
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The Navigator has 30-way adjustable seats 
The Navigator is unapologetically big
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The Navigator is unapologetically big
Would you choose this over a Chevrolet Suburban?
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Would you choose this over a Chevrolet Suburban?
Jaguar has slotted a four-cylinder into the F-Type
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Jaguar has slotted a four-cylinder into the F-Type
The F-Type four-cylinder is just as quick as the V6 option
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The F-Type four-cylinder is just as quick as the V6 option
The single exhaust on the F-Type signals the four-cylinder engine within
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The single exhaust on the F-Type signals the four-cylinder engine within
Details on the F-Type
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Details on the F-Type
Details on the F-Type
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Details on the F-Type
Details on the F-Type
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Details on the F-Type
Subaru has a sales mountain to climb with the Ascent 
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Subaru has a sales mountain to climb with the Ascent 
The Ascent will be sold in the USA when it hits production 
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The Ascent will be sold in the USA when it hits production 
The Ascent is a scaled-up Subaru
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The Ascent is a scaled-up Subaru
The tail of the Ascent borrows heavily from the Impreza
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The tail of the Ascent borrows heavily from the Impreza
The new Subaru Ascent will be powered by a turbo boxer engine
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The new Subaru Ascent will be powered by a turbo boxer engine
Rear seat passengers are looked after in the Ascent 
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Rear seat passengers are looked after in the Ascent 
Subaru isn't known for luxury, but the Ascent looks like a sumptuous place to be 
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Subaru isn't known for luxury, but the Ascent looks like a sumptuous place to be 
Mercedes brought the AMG four-door to New York
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Mercedes brought the AMG four-door to New York
The AMG isn't exactly subtle
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The AMG isn't exactly subtle
Koenigsegg isn't a brand for shy, retiring types
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Koenigsegg isn't a brand for shy, retiring types
The Rimac Concept One is all-electric Croatian performance 
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The Rimac Concept One is all-electric Croatian performance 
The Concept One is no longer a concept 
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The Concept One is no longer a concept 
Toyota has made the FT-4X smaller than a RAV4
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Toyota has made the FT-4X smaller than a RAV4
The FT-4X was hotly anticipated ahead of its release
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The FT-4X was hotly anticipated ahead of its release
The FT-4X on show in New York
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The FT-4X on show in New York
Toyota is aiming the FT-4X at active millennials 
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Toyota is aiming the FT-4X at active millennials 
The Toyota FT-4X on show in New York
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The Toyota FT-4X on show in New York
The FT-4X is like a rolling toolbox
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The FT-4X is like a rolling toolbox
Toyota is writ large over the nose of the FT-4X
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Toyota is writ large over the nose of the FT-4X
If odd angles are your thing, the FT-4X should serve you well
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If odd angles are your thing, the FT-4X should serve you well
Honda has launched a line of Clarity models in New York
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Honda has launched a line of Clarity models in New York
The Clarity has a limited number of hydrogen filling stations holding it back
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The Clarity has a limited number of hydrogen filling stations holding it back
Behind the wheel of the Honda Clarity
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Behind the wheel of the Honda Clarity
There are a few subtle touches to tell the Clarity apart from its siblings
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There are a few subtle touches to tell the Clarity apart from its siblings
The Clarity has a traditional hunched hybrid shape
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The Clarity has a traditional hunched hybrid shape
The Clarity is now available as a plug-in hybrid
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The Clarity is now available as a plug-in hybrid
Just in case you weren't aware, the Clarity can be had as a plug-in hybrid
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Just in case you weren't aware, the Clarity can be had as a plug-in hybrid
Don't worry too much about this angle of the Clarity. If you end up in a drag race, you're unlikely to lose
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Don't worry too much about this angle of the Clarity. If you end up in a drag race, you're unlikely to lose
The new Honda Clarity
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The new Honda Clarity
Jeep has stuffed a Hellcat engine into the Cherokee 
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Jeep has stuffed a Hellcat engine into the Cherokee 
The supercharged heart of the Trackhawk
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The supercharged heart of the Trackhawk
The engine is the most important part of the Trackhawk
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The engine is the most important part of the Trackhawk
Behind the wheel of the Honda Civic Type-R
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Behind the wheel of the Honda Civic Type-R
Under the hood in the Civic Type-R
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Under the hood in the Civic Type-R
Hoods up if you're a V8-powered family four-wheel drive!
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Hoods up if you're a V8-powered family four-wheel drive!
The Type-R will be available in the USA
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The Type-R will be available in the USA
Behind the wheel of the Honda Civic Si 
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Behind the wheel of the Honda Civic Si 
The Civic Si slots in under the Type R in the Honda hierarchy
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The Civic Si slots in under the Type R in the Honda hierarchy
Honda has gone all-out on the drama with the Civic Type-R
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Honda has gone all-out on the drama with the Civic Type-R
Looking the new Civic Type-R in the eye
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Looking the new Civic Type-R in the eye
The new Honda Civic Type-R
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The new Honda Civic Type-R
New Atlas takes a look at the cars on display at the New York Auto Show
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New Atlas takes a look at the cars on display at the New York Auto Show
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Detroit might be Motor City, but the annual New York Auto Show is arguably the biggest car show in America. Electric power was in the spotlight at the Paris Motor Show last year, but it would appear that trend hasn't made it across the Atlantic yet, because much of the new metal in New York was about old-fashioned, gasoline-powered muscle. Here are some of the highlights from the Big Apple.

Dodge Demon

The Demon is most at home on the drag strip
The Demon is most at home on the drag strip

Without doubt, the highlight of the New York Auto Show was the (long-awaited) reveal of the Dodge Demon. There are so many crazy details on the Demon – from the extreme engineering lengths taken to keep the supercharger cool, to the sheer size of those rear tires – but any good muscle car is defined by horsepower.

The Demon's engine is a reworked version of the supercharged HEMI V8 from the Hellcat, with a whopping 840 hp (626 kW) on tap when the owner stumps for race fuel. Mixed with a comprehensive chassis overhaul, that prodigious power helps the hottest Challenger hit 30 mph (48 km/h) in 1 second, 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.3 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph (225 km/h).

Inside, the Demon is a single-seat affair. Drivers can use the central touchscreen to keep track of their performance numbers, and a set of unique buttons on the dash can be used to activate race fuel mode, a special transmission brake and pre-launch boost-building. Just 3,300 examples will be built, and Dodge hasn't released a price.

Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln is making a statement with the QX80
Lincoln is making a statement with the QX80

Lincoln is a brand on the rebound at the moment, as Ford tries to re-establish it as a real player in the luxury game. The new Navigator follows in the footsteps of the Continental in offering a unique brand of luxury, eschewing a focus on sportiness for cosseting, old-fashioned comfort.

Inside, this focus is best summed up by the seats, which can be adjusted in 30 different ways. If you can't get comfortable in 30-way adjustable seats, there's something seriously wrong. All the materials look to be high quality, and there are very few hints of the Ford bones that lie beneath.

The exterior isn't for shy, retiring types, that's for sure. Lincoln has done an admirable job of maintaining the design previewed on last year's concept, although we would've liked to see the gull-wing doors also make the jump to production as well. Power will come from a twin-turbo V6 making 450 hp (336 kW), with no word of a V8 option at launch.

Toyota FT-4X

The Toyota FT-4X on show in New York
The Toyota FT-4X on show in New York

Hopes were high for the Toyota FT-4X ahead of the New York show, after a teaser suggested it might be a direct replacement for the FJ Cruiser. Instead, we got a compact concept targeted at urban millennials who like to go hiking, biking and skiing on the weekends.

Size-wise, the car is actually smaller than the RAV4, making it similar to theJeep Renegade and Nissan Juke. That slots it into one of the fastest-growing segments in North America, and should mean space-limited millennials can slide it into the parking spots outside their favourite cafe without too much trouble.

On the inside, Toyota's designers have created what they call a "multi-tool cabin." Along with a beverage heater/cooler, there's a sleeping bag strapped to the center console, and various interior lights can be removed and used like a torch. There's no guarantee you won't lose them, but the thought is nice.

This is just a taste of what's on show in New York. For the full story, take a flick through our 2017 New York Auto Show photo gallery or take a look at the best track, trail and tuned cars on display in the Big Apple.

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5 comments
SvenSterne
Dodge Demon... whatever happened in car design the last 50 years, the people at Dodge obviously missed is. Completely.
Or wait, maybe the color is new...? Yeah, that must be it. Sorry, I didn´t think of that. Silly me.
LarryWolf
That Toyota has the biggest blind spot I have ever seen except for a full windowless panel van.
JoeFrederick
96 photos and not a single shot of an affordable car designed for the average American family. Heaven for all the 14 year old boys out there, for sure. Fun - 5 stars! Practicality - no stars.
MK23666
Lincoln, I fear, is on it's death bed.
RodneyJohnKirby
I notice there is a lot of cars and 4x4 being built with console mounted touch screens. With the increasing number of accidents caused by mobile phone use while driving, how are people going to keep their eyes on the road and not play around with the screens. Maybe they need to restrict there use to when the car is stopped and the hand brake is applied