Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New York International Auto Show

April 22nd- May 1st

Love fancy cars? Jacob Javits Center will host the annual car show in New York City, displaying the latest rides for 2011. Admission tickets (Adults $14) can be bought at the door or ordered here.

Time Out NY offers a sneak preview of some of the most anticipated models:

1 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen’s New Beetle has been on the road for 13 years—an eternity for a single model to be produced without any major changes. The latest version drops the New from its name, but don’t let that fool you—it’s updated from nose to tail. VW is keeping mum on details about the car (other than that it’ll debut online two days before the show opens, with the help of the Black Eyed Peas), but spy photos on auto blogs reveal a Bug that looks more masculine and less bubblelike than its predecessor. Level Three, Booth 505
2 Lexus LF-Gh
The awkward name (it stands for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid) won’t be used on any production cars, but this concept vehicle will replace the luxury brand’s aging GS sedan. The automaker describes the LF-Gh as a “bolder” luxury ride; based on that description and the handful of teaser pictures the company has released, this may be the first four-door in Lexus’s history worth ogling. If it’s not, though, the $375,000 LFA super sports car should be right across the exhibit—and that’s certainly stareworthy. Level Three, Booth 802
3 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
The Ford Mustang is the epitome of the all-American ride (identifying one might even be part of the citizenship test these days), so don’t expect to be shocked by its latest iteration: The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s looks are pure pony car, albeit a very attractive example of the breed. But the real excitement here is under the hood: a supercharged eight-cylinder engine that cranks out as much as 800 horsepower—not on higher-octane racing fuel, but using regular old pump gasoline. Level One, Booth 1305
4 The Mercedes-Benz Stand
Three vehicles by the German manufacturer will be making their international production debut during the show. While Mercedes has confirmed that one of them will be the new C63 AMG Coupe—a 451-horsepower two-door the size of a Honda Civic—and the other will be a concept version of the next A-Class minicar, the final vehicle is still under wraps. (Reports indicate that the last launch may be the convertible version of Mercedes’s super-sleek SLS AMG supercar.) If that weren’t enough, three more cars—the SLK roadster, the revised C-Class sedan and the more reasonably powered version of the C-Class Coupe—will be unveiled for the first time in New York as well. Level Three, Booth 902
5 Camp Jeep
This outdoor display is one of show’s few spots where you can have a ride-along. Granted, it’s just around a short track in front of the Javits Center, but the attraction is designed to simulate some of the trickiest off-road terrain nature has to offer. Sadly, driving duties are restricted to Camp Jeep personnel, but after catching a glimpse of the nasty excuse-for-a-road these Jeep Grand Cherokees and Wranglers are rolling around on, the passenger seat will seem like the most desirable one. Inner Roadway, alongside Eleventh Ave

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