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2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Preview

 
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Our team of editors has only just recovered from this month’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show but soon they’ll be back on the road, this time heading to metro New York for the city’s annual auto show.

Mark your calendars, as the Motor Authority crew will be hitting up the Javits Center in New York on April 4 to bring you the latest details and live photos of all the hottest concept and production cars being unveiled.

There will be nearly 100 individual events, conferences, industry forums, symposiums, award ceremonies, roundtables, and parties taking place during the show's press preview week--in addition to the more than two dozen press conferences hosted by the automakers.

That means more sneak peeks, more brand new '12 and '13 production models and more concept vehicles than ever before. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect, and remember, you can get our latest updates direct from the show floor by staying glued to our dedicated show page.

Performance Cars

2013 SRT Viper teaser

2013 SRT Viper teaser

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2013 SRT Viper: One of the most anticipated cars of the year, if not the decade, the 2013 SRT Viper will finally be revealed in New York, ending years of speculation and helping establish the new standalone SRT brand. Not much is known about the car except that it will get a new Stryker logo, pack a V-10 engine and will no longer carry the “Dodge” name in its title, hence the new 2013 SRT Viper moniker. And if you’re interested in being one of the first to own one, better forget it unless you’re a loyal and dedicated long-term member of the Viper Club of America as only they will be eligible for the first batch of cars produced.

2012 Shelby 1000: If a lot of horsepower is good, then even more horsepower must be even better. That’s the theme behind the latest limited-edition creation from Shelby American, the 2012 Shelby 1000 based on Ford’s own Shelby Mustang GT500. Peak output is 950 horsepower when relying on regular pump gas but switch to race fuel and you’ll be looking at a Bugatti Veyron-rivaling 1,100 horsepower. The price tag for all this tire smoke starts at $149,995, plus your own donor Shelby GT500.

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

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2013 Ford Explorer Sport: This particular performance-bred SUV from Ford will come with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 good for “more than 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque,” according to the automaker. The vehicle is also claimed to run from 0-60 mph a whole two seconds faster than a standard Explorer, which should put it in the mid six-second range. The best part is that the Explorer Sport doesn’t give up practicality, either, retaining the standard Explorer’s Terrain Management system and 5,000-pound towing capacity.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
: Mercedes-Benz is out to prove that the era of V-12 powered sports cars is far from over with its 2013 SL65 AMG set to debut in New York. The car looks almost identical to the lesser SL63 AMG unveiled in Geneva though it packs a new twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 dishing out 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. While those figures may not represent a monumental increase over the output of the previous model, thanks to several key refinements, namely the adoption of an all-aluminum body, the new car should deliver much better performance, refinement and overall fuel-efficiency.

2013 Porsche Boxster

2013 Porsche Boxster

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2013 Porsche Boxster: Porsche’s latest Boxster heads to New York following its debut this month in Geneva. Once again the car comes in two different flavors, the standard Boxster and sportier Boxster S. Both are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and an engine start-stop function. Porsche promises the cars are roughly 15 percent more fuel-efficient than previous models. They arrive in showrooms just in time for summer and start from $49,500 plus $950 in destination charges.

2013 Subaru BRZ
: Subaru’s version of the Toyota GT 86 and Scion FR-S makes its U.S. debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, at which point we should know how much the new rear-wheel drive sports car will cost. We’re expecting the pricetag to be very close to the $24,930 sticker of the FR-S, which will be quite impressive considering the level of engineering and standard equipment on offer. The BRZ, like the GT 86 and FR-S, will come with a 2.0-liter ‘Boxer’ four-cylinder engine, which thanks to direct-injection technology and a relatively high 12.5:1 compression ratio results in an impressive 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. That power will be transferred to the pavement via a standard Torsen limited-slip differential.

Hit the next page to see some of the luxury cars that will be on display at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.


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