There’s an awful lot to see at the Javits Center and I’m betting your short on time so we’re going to take you through the highlights.
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10. Lincoln Continental Concept
Kicking things off, we’ve got a conceptual preview of Lincoln’s next flagship sedan. The Continental is coming back in a year, but we’re getting an early peek in NYC. It uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 held in reserve for the Continental. Lincoln is being forthcoming with its plan to push the car into the real world in the near future, so it’s no surprise that it looks close to being showroom ready.
9. 2016 Scion iA
Scion has a new product! Somebody tell the media! Oh, wait…
The Scion iA is A Mazda. Literally. It’s a badge engineered Mazda2. For about 16 grand you can take one home later this year loaded with the same technology and engineering that we’re already so fond of. For example, it gets the same infotainment screen that you would find in the Mazda3 as well as the enviable control knob that you use to navigate its menus. And it doesn’t stop there because the iA also comes with a pre-collision alert system.
8. Subaru STI Performance Concept
Juice up your rascal and take the 30-mile journey to the North Hall in the Javits Center where Subaru is hiding a 350 hp version of the BRZ. Even if this thing never reaches production, Subaru says the concept is a sign of more STI tuned cars coming to this market in the future. Truth be told, the chances of a street legal BRZ with 350 hp, but the notion of more STI models is positively tantalizing.
7. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Club
No, this isn’t a “world debut” and no it doesn’t matter. Mazda is showcasing the range-topping club version of its roadster in New York and with goodies like Bilstein shocks and an LSD. While it might be disappointing to learn that you’re going to get a limited slip rear end shy of shelling out for the priciest model, it’s also hard to argue with how mean the MX-5iest Mazda looks. Expect a pricing announcement mid-April.
6. 2016 Nissan Maxima
Four cylinders of Japanese goodness not enough? Nissan is taking it to the Maxima with the latest version of its mid-size sedan. They call it a four-door sports car, which is a stretch but I’m still not going to complain about its new looks. It’s longer, wider, lower and 10 percent better at cutting through the air than the generation it replaces while using a thoroughly revised 3.5-liter V6 and continuously variable transmission.
5. 2016 Lexus RX
Just like the Nissan, Lexus is introducing a new measure of aggression to its styling and you can have your fill with the brand new RX350. Like before it uses a 3.5-liter V6 but unlike before it makes 300 horsepower. As was the case previously, you will be able to choose between the RX350, RX350 F Sport and the hybrid RX450h.
4. 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder
Through lightweight wizardry, Porsche managed to cram a larger engine into the Boxster while maintaining its sub-3,000 pound curb weight. The list of upgrades is a long one, but here’s a sample: brakes bilked from the 911 Carrerra, a stiffer suspension that sits 20 millimeters lower to the ground and a 375-hp 3.8-liter flat six. Just in case you’re wondering, that’s the same engine you would find in the hardcore Cayman GT4.
3. 2016 Cadillac CT6
Cadillac’s new full-size luxury sedan gets a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 400 horsepower and an equal measure of torque. Want to have your mind blown? This thing is actually lighter than the mid-size CTS if you compare the four-cylinder CT6 rear-wheel drive model to the 2.0T rear-drive CTS.
2. 2016 McLaren 570S
Speaking of lightweight performance, McLaren brought yet another iteration of its carbon fiber tub powered by a boosted small displacement V8. This one is called the 570S and it’s priced to poach customers from Porsche who might otherwise buy a 911 Turbo S. As with most of McLaren’s products, the name says it all. Or at least it says enough the “570” part indicates the number of metric horses the 3.8-liter twin-turbo powerplant pushes to its rear wheels.
1. Honda Civic Concept
We started this list with a concept and by George we’re going to end it on one too. That is if you haven’t already figured out the fact that Honda’s idea of concept cars usually involves putting downsized side mirrors on a production car. The 10th gen Civic gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but best of all it sounds like we might finally get our own version of the Type R right here in America.