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In pictures: Track, trail and tuned cars from the New York Auto Show

In pictures: Track, trail and ...
Audi hasn't held back on the aero touches with the R8 V10 LMS GT4
Audi hasn't held back on the aero touches with the R8 V10 LMS GT4
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Kia joined the tracks-party with this Sportage in New York 
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Kia joined the tracks-party with this Sportage in New York 
This Kia Sorento is a much meaner proposition when lifted on tracks 
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This Kia Sorento is a much meaner proposition when lifted on tracks 
The Nissan Armada isn't what you'd call subtle 
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The Nissan Armada isn't what you'd call subtle 
In spite of rising fuel costs, big four-wheel drives like the Armada are selling well in 2017
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In spite of rising fuel costs, big four-wheel drives like the Armada are selling well in 2017
The Nissan GT-R is always a favorite for track rats and tuners 
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The Nissan GT-R is always a favorite for track rats and tuners 
The Chevrolet Camaro has been reinvented as a track car
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The Chevrolet Camaro has been reinvented as a track car
The Camaro ZL1 1LE is set up for hardcore track work 
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The Camaro ZL1 1LE is set up for hardcore track work 
The Camaro ZL1 1LE should make Porsche owners very nervous at their next track day
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The Camaro ZL1 1LE should make Porsche owners very nervous at their next track day
Staring into the eyes of the Camaro ZL1 1LE
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Staring into the eyes of the Camaro ZL1 1LE
The Dodge Durango SRT isn't as mean as the Jeep Trackhawk, but it's still a big V8 four-wheel drive
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The Dodge Durango SRT isn't as mean as the Jeep Trackhawk, but it's still a big V8 four-wheel drive
The Durango SRT is a big, V8 four-wheel drive
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The Durango SRT is a big, V8 four-wheel drive
The Chevy Camaro Grand Sport is always a favorite in the USA
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The Chevy Camaro Grand Sport is always a favorite in the USA
The Corvette Grand Sport is designed to act as a halfway house between the base Corvette and the Z06
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The Corvette Grand Sport is designed to act as a halfway house between the base Corvette and the Z06
The Corvette Grand Sport looks good in bright blue
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The Corvette Grand Sport looks good in bright blue
There are few cars as iconic as the Corvette 
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There are few cars as iconic as the Corvette 
The Kia Stinger will hit 100 km/h in less than five seconds 
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The Kia Stinger will hit 100 km/h in less than five seconds 
The Stinger is a good looking car, but the real test will come when we get to drive it 
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The Stinger is a good looking car, but the real test will come when we get to drive it 
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The Kia Stinger is even prettier when you get up-close and personal 
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The Kia Stinger is even prettier when you get up-close and personal 
Details on the Kia Stinger 
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Details on the Kia Stinger 
Details on the Kia Stinger 
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Details on the Kia Stinger 
Toyota brought along its Corolla from SEMA 
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Toyota brought along its Corolla from SEMA 
Behind the wheel of the Corolla that Toyota has brought over from SEMA 
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Behind the wheel of the Corolla that Toyota has brought over from SEMA 
Toyota has injected a touch more fun into the Corolla in New York 
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Toyota has injected a touch more fun into the Corolla in New York 
The Prius doesn't make a natural base for a performance car, but that hasn't stopped Toyota from trying 
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The Prius doesn't make a natural base for a performance car, but that hasn't stopped Toyota from trying 
If driven like the average Prius, the body modifications might be a bit of overkill from Toyota 
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If driven like the average Prius, the body modifications might be a bit of overkill from Toyota 
Toyota is keen to inject a bit more excitement into the Prius lineup 
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Toyota is keen to inject a bit more excitement into the Prius lineup 
The Prius actually looks quite good with all these modifications 
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The Prius actually looks quite good with all these modifications 
The Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4 is the latest addition to the Audi Sport lineup 
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The Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4 is the latest addition to the Audi Sport lineup 
Power in the R8 V10 LMS comes from a naturally aspirated V10
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Power in the R8 V10 LMS comes from a naturally aspirated V10
The V10 LMS has a special hatch in the roof to make driver access easier in an accident 
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The V10 LMS has a special hatch in the roof to make driver access easier in an accident 
Audi hasn't held back on the aero touches with the R8 V10 LMS GT4
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Audi hasn't held back on the aero touches with the R8 V10 LMS GT4
Audi has fitted a wing that could be confused for a dinner table on the LMS GT4
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Audi has fitted a wing that could be confused for a dinner table on the LMS GT4
Details on the Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4
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Details on the Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4
Details on the Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4
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Details on the Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4
Details on the Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4
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Details on the Audi R8 V10 LMS GT4
The refreshed Acura TLX was launched in New York 
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The refreshed Acura TLX was launched in New York 
Acura says the new TLX is more capable on a backroad 
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Acura says the new TLX is more capable on a backroad 
The Porsche 911 Turbo S is designed to be a track warrior on the weekend, and a smooth commuter during the week 
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The Porsche 911 Turbo S is designed to be a track warrior on the weekend, and a smooth commuter during the week 
The 911 Turbo S will hit 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds 
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The 911 Turbo S will hit 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds 
The 911 Turbo S is a semi-skim supercar
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The 911 Turbo S is a semi-skim supercar
The 911 GT3 was launched earlier this year, but it looks good in New York too 
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The 911 GT3 was launched earlier this year, but it looks good in New York too 
The Porsche 911 GT3 looks similar to the last generation car, but Porsche has wrought big changes under the skin
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The Porsche 911 GT3 looks similar to the last generation car, but Porsche has wrought big changes under the skin
The wing on the GT3 sits higher than before 
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The wing on the GT3 sits higher than before 
The new GT3 will be available with a manual gearbox
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The new GT3 will be available with a manual gearbox
A hybrid four-door doesn't make the most natural track car, but Porsche says the Panamera can handle itself when the kitchen gets hot
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A hybrid four-door doesn't make the most natural track car, but Porsche says the Panamera can handle itself when the kitchen gets hot
The Panamera Turbo S is the range-topping four door for Porsche 
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The Panamera Turbo S is the range-topping four door for Porsche 
The Lamborghini Aventador S on show in New York 
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The Lamborghini Aventador S on show in New York 
The Bugatti Chiron is a much meaner looking car than the Veyron it replaces
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The Bugatti Chiron is a much meaner looking car than the Veyron it replaces
Jaguar is keen to show off its involvement in Formula E
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Jaguar is keen to show off its involvement in Formula E
The new Acura TLX has a fresh beak to match the rest of the range 
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The new Acura TLX has a fresh beak to match the rest of the range 
The Nissan NV Cargo X will deliver, on road and off
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The Nissan NV Cargo X will deliver, on road and off
The NV Cargo X sits on a special lift kit 
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The NV Cargo X sits on a special lift kit 
The NV Cargo X has a custom load bay 
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The NV Cargo X has a custom load bay 
The NV Cargo X is powered by a Cummins diesel engine
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The NV Cargo X is powered by a Cummins diesel engine
The winch on the nose of the NV Cargo X is rated to 10,000 pounds 
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The winch on the nose of the NV Cargo X is rated to 10,000 pounds 
The RAM Rebel TRX was first displayed at SEMA 
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The RAM Rebel TRX was first displayed at SEMA 
The rack on the TRX can be slid back and forth to accomodate kayaks, surfboards and bikes 
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The rack on the TRX can be slid back and forth to accomodate kayaks, surfboards and bikes 
The nose on the TRX isn't pretty, but Dodge has tried to make the car look tough 
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The nose on the TRX isn't pretty, but Dodge has tried to make the car look tough 
The Corvette is always a showstopper 
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The Corvette is always a showstopper 
The Corvette Stingray on show in New York 
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The Corvette Stingray on show in New York 
The Stingray has been joined by some faster models, but it can still hold its own 
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The Stingray has been joined by some faster models, but it can still hold its own 
The quad-exhaust setup on the Stingray is overkill, but that's sort of the point with cars like this 
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The quad-exhaust setup on the Stingray is overkill, but that's sort of the point with cars like this 
The Corvette will show most cars this angle in a straight line 
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The Corvette will show most cars this angle in a straight line 
Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
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Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
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Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
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Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
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Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
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Subaru was keen to show off its rally heritage in New York 
This Koenigsegg Agera RS will be making a customer very, very happy
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This Koenigsegg Agera RS will be making a customer very, very happy
The Agera RS is much more subtle take on the Koenigsegg formula than the orange and black one shown last year 
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The Agera RS is much more subtle take on the Koenigsegg formula than the orange and black one shown last year 
The Agera RS is pretty in blue and white 
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The Agera RS is pretty in blue and white 
Spyker continued its tradition of producing automotive jewellery 
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Spyker continued its tradition of producing automotive jewellery 
The C8 Preliator is powered by a Koenigsegg V8 
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The C8 Preliator is powered by a Koenigsegg V8 
The Spyker C8 Preliator on show in New York 
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The Spyker C8 Preliator on show in New York 
Cadillac is taking on the World Endurance Championship with the DPI.VR
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Cadillac is taking on the World Endurance Championship with the DPI.VR
The Cadillac DPI.VR goes head to head with offerings from Mazda, Porsche and Toyota in the WEC
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The Cadillac DPI.VR goes head to head with offerings from Mazda, Porsche and Toyota in the WEC
Just to be clear, this isn't your standard Cadillac
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Just to be clear, this isn't your standard Cadillac
The Cadillac DPI.VR is powered by a good old fashioned V8
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The Cadillac DPI.VR is powered by a good old fashioned V8
Lexus is trying to overhaul its image, and the RC F GT3 is a part of that process
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Lexus is trying to overhaul its image, and the RC F GT3 is a part of that process
The RC F GT3 looks great, even though it's made up of some odd angles 
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The RC F GT3 looks great, even though it's made up of some odd angles 
The GT3 splitter on the RC F gives it a mean looks from front-on
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The GT3 splitter on the RC F gives it a mean looks from front-on
The RC F GT3 was front-and-center on the Lexus stand 
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The RC F GT3 was front-and-center on the Lexus stand 
That huge wing on the RC F GT3 looks big enough to hold a family dinner 
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That huge wing on the RC F GT3 looks big enough to hold a family dinner 
The RC F has become the base for Lexus' racing operations 
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The RC F has become the base for Lexus' racing operations 
The wheels on the S650 are polarising, but we like them 
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The wheels on the S650 are polarising, but we like them 
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 is overkill of the highest order 
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 is overkill of the highest order 
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Convertible is all about top-down opulence 
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Convertible is all about top-down opulence 
Venturi is chasing speed records with the Buckeye Bullet
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Venturi is chasing speed records with the Buckeye Bullet
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New York City isn't necessarily a natural home for low-slung sports cars or mud-plugging off-roaders, but the floor of the Jacob Javits Convention Center is chock full of both this year. From barely-legal road racers to jacked-up trucks, the New York Auto Show had tweaked, tuned and track specials catering to all tastes. Here are some of the best.

Nissan GT-R Track Edition

The Nissan GT-R is always a favorite for track rats and tuners 
The Nissan GT-R is always a favorite for track rats and tuners 

With a monstrous twin-turbo V6 under the hood and enough electronic smarts to launch a space shuttle, the Nissan GT-R was ripe for a track-ready makeover. Unlike the standard car, which has been softened up in search of extra refinement, the Track Edition makes fewer concessions for comfort.

Extra adhesive bonding has been used to make the bodyshell more rigid, and the team at Nismo has contributed a new suspension tune, tires and lightweight wheels. Trainspotters will also notice the carbon fiber rear spoiler, which is lighter than the standard unit. Given lots of owners will replace it with something bigger, bolder and lighter, the team could have got away with leaving the standard unit in place, but it's a nice touch nonetheless.

Behind the wheel, the standard interior has been mostly left alone, but passengers have been treated to a set of black-and-red Recaro seats. The car slots in underneath the GT-R Nismo in the range.

Audi R8 V10 GT4 LMS

Audi has fitted a wing that could be confused for a dinner table on the LMS GT4
Audi has fitted a wing that could be confused for a dinner table on the LMS GT4

Since launching in 2006, the R8 has become a halo car for Audi. Not only does it sit atop the brand's road-car range, it forms the base for its customer racing program. The latest addition to that racing stable might have a name like a Scrabble game gone wrong, but it represents an enticing mix of road-car reliability and GT4-ready driving dynamics.

Like the rest of the R8 range, the LMS GT4 is powered by a high-revving V10 engine. It's restricted to 364 kW (495 hp) of power as-per FIA GT4 regulations, but that might change if the car starts returning faster lap times than its competitors. Reliability isn't a particularly exciting topic, but it's important in racers nonetheless. Audi says the V10 engine only requires work after 10,000 km (6,214 mi), and the first rebuild comes at 20,000 km (12,428 mi).

Nissan NV Cargo X

The NV Cargo X is powered by a Cummins diesel engine
The NV Cargo X is powered by a Cummins diesel engine

Okay, the NV Cargo X was technically launched at the Chicago Auto Show, but it's so cool we're going to take another look. After all, just look at it.

Based on the NV2500 HD, the Cargo X has been comprehensively overhauled for off-road duties. Gone is the standard suspension, and in its place is a new setup with enough clearance to fit a set of 37-inch tires. Coupled with a big lift kit, purposeful skid plate and custom winch, the changes make for a Nissan unlike any other.

Tough new exterior aside, the biggest change to the NV200 comes under the hood. The petrol V8 from the standard car has been swapped from the Cummins diesel powertrain from the Titan XD. With 752 Nm (555 lb.ft) of torque on tap, it's perfect for low-speed rock crawling.

Of course, this is just a little taste of what was on show. For more of the best track, trail and tuned cars on display in the Big Apple head through to our full gallery, or check out our look at the best of the 2017 New York Auto Show.

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