The 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) opens its doors on April 18, and is going to be one of the biggest ever. Although the show has been running since 1900 (also the first car show in America), this year’s line-up and international attention seem to be off the charts. Virtually every brand selling cars in the U.S. will be part of the show, with manufacturers like Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz and Audi introducing new concept or production models. American automakers will be making some big splashes too, as Chevy is introducing a new Corvette and Ford is showing off the 2015 F-150. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important announcements.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. in 2015 with the 4C, a two seater sport coupe. The Italian automaker is known for its refined and sporty sedans but this time will be competing against Porsches and Audis. Behind the two bucket seats hides a turbo-charged 1.7 four cylinder beast, producing up to 237 horsepower. When coupled with the 4C’s light carbon fiber frame, this Italian vehicle can go from 0–60 in just under 4.5 seconds. American publications are already praising the car’s performance and looks, though some are skeptical of its success because of the speculated price tag: $70,000.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Also known as the top of the line Corvette, Chevy is already calling the 2015 Z06 a super car, and rightly so. The new Corvette makes more than 600 horsepower thanks to its 6.2-liter V-8 supercharged engine. It is also the fastest Corvette ever. The Z06 also features oversized ceramic brakes, 625 lb. of torque and an optional all-new automatic transmission that promises fast shifts on par with Porsche’s Doppelkupplung gear box. Chevy is headed in the right direction with the 2015 Corvette Z06, as it becomes once again relevant in the performance sports cars arena.
Ford has proven time after time (30 times, actually) that the F-150 is a winner. Ford’s four wheel workhorse has been the best selling vehicle in the U.S. for 30 years, and things keep getting better. For model year 2015 the American automaker is bringing a lightweight aluminum chassis, more improvements to its powerful yet efficient V6 and improved headlight technology. F-150 sales have skyrocketed in recent years and the V6 engine is now the most popular.
The BMW i8 is a rare beast that combines the best of a plug-in hybrid and a sports car. BMW is betting the future of the company with their “i” series, as they’re introducing a new platform, technology and design languages that will trickle down to the rest of the lineup in coming years. The BMW i8 can achieve compact car fuel efficiency without compromising performance or looks, and it’s geared to the high-end eco-friendly consumer.
Remember to stay on top of the new car announcements as the New York International Auto Show runs from April 18th through the 27th.
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