2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2017 New York auto showEnlarge Photo
Yep, the biggest star of the New York auto show may burn the fastest and leave a black hole for Dodge. Does the world need a drag-rated street machine? Who would choose to live with a car like this? And what's next for the Challenger/Charger, which is quickly approaching the end of its practical life with no real replacement in sight for a flagging automaker? These are big questions for an automaker that has done a very good job of distracting critics with its mega-horsepower numbers.
2018 Lexus LS 500 F-Sport, 2017 New York auto showEnlarge Photo
Lexus has long offered a "sporty" variant of its flagship sedan, but we've always wondered why? The updated sedan barely broke cover last year and Lexus seems keen to run out the usual suspects of model variants on its good looking LS. That behavior is par for the course, but we can't help but ask for something different. The looks of the LS and LC were such exciting design departures for the once-banal brand that we we held out hope for a rethink of trim variants. (See Inscription, Volvo.)
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept, 2017 New York auto showEnlarge Photo
The only concept on our list is one that we were hoping would have signaled a better start for Infiniti's updated SUV range. From the outside, it's clear that the QX80 Monograph concept is far from ready and the big luxury SUV from Infiniti needed an update yesterday. Their design study is a little muddled, by our eye. We can see a future in some elements, but the strong resemblance to the current QX80 that's on sale today is living in the past. We hope that Infiniti pushes further ahead soon.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir, 2017 New York auto showEnlarge Photo
The new Enclave may go a long way in helping better define a busy Buick brand, but it also underscores our current frustrations with the premium automaker. Buick used the Enclave to launch its "Avenir" sub-brand—a carbon copy of Denali for GMC. In French "avenir" means "future," but Buick's future was more exciting when it was called Avista and Avenir—and we mean the concept cars. Both of those have no future in the brand and that's a shame.