On March 28th and 29th, I had the pleasure of returning home for the 2018 New York Auto Show. Held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown, this show is never one to miss (aside from New York, the other two auto shows are the North American Auto Show (Detroit) and Los Angeles. All the other cities, no offense, are considered middle and bottom tier to those three). With unveilings from Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac, Acura, Jaguar, Porsche, Range Rover– well everyone, there was plenty of ground to cover and plenty of eye candy to capture.
Even though I’m from New York, this was my sixth year going to the New York Auto Show and I absolutely love it. I get a rush of excitement seeing what’s new in the automotive world, as well as some looking at some custom cars within the Tri-State area. I had an excellent time at the show this year, although BMW broke my heart by not bringing the X6M. I don’t ask for much…
… but instead BMW unveiled their i8 roadster and much like the coupe, I had a hard time getting in and out of that car.
Mercedes-Benz had a couple of unveilings, however, I was too busy enjoying interior of the Maybach. I’ve said it time and time again, those seats are uber comfortable. The Maybach is roomy on the inside but it’s a big sedan- 215 inches long (a mere 14 inches shorter than my Dodge Charger)
The interior to this G63 AMG was pretty plush as well. With G Wagons, in general, I feel like I have to slam the doors for them to close all the way, which is why I’m not a fan of them.
I loved this Mercedes C63S AMG. You can never go wrong with a matte black vehicle, black interior and black wheels.
Next door to Mercedes was Lexus (side note- their carpet was ultra soft. Felt like I was walking on a cloud) One of their vehicles on display was the LC500 in this GORGEOUS Structural Blue.
I’m grateful for Ford for allowing me to relive my childhood. They brought Legos!!!
Aside from the Legos, Ford also brought the GT and the Ford Mustang Bullitt- which celebrates the classic Steve McQueen movie Bullitt. The new and improved Bullitt has 480 horsepower and it costs about $48,000.
Acura brought delicious cookies. They also brought their entire lineup, including the newly remodeled RDX.
Porsche brought food as well, and they unveiled their new GT3RS with the Weissach package.
Year after year, I can always count on Toyota to pay tribute to the most winningest team in North American Sports.
… and they also wrapped a vehicle to honor the second best baseball team in New York. That comment was a little shady.
Chevrolet showed off their 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels Camaro…
As well as a $120,000 Chevy Corvette ZR1. All that matters is that it has 755 horsepower.
Nissan unveiled their newly redesigned Altima. It definitely grabbed a lot of attention because it’s one of the most popular cars on the road. Nissan also brought their…
dog friendly Rogue that dispenses a snack for the dogs. One of the models is Baxter, and he’s an 11 year old Jack Terrier that has done print work for Target, Macy’s, and Ralph Lauren. And I forgot to mention that Baxter is from Queens.
Maserati brought their 590 horsepower Levante Trofeo.
Audi didn’t bring the RS7, however they brought the A7.
Jaguar brought their new F Pace SVR. Most exciting feature- the 550 horsepower. I really like that SUVs are no longer being stingy with horsepower.
Speaking of horsepower, Range Rover unveiled their limited edition SV Coupe (557 horsepower). Only 999 will be produced and the starting MSRP is at $295,000. One of the options is called the Modernist Pack- which goes for $56,700, ironically that’s the price of an actual car… or two.
One of my favorite parts of the show was courtesy of Volvo. Volvo teamed up with a no-kill doggie shelter on Long Island and they brought some of the dogs to the show, in hopes that they will get adopted. The dogs were so calm and adorable.
I can never, ever forget about this beauty- the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 707 horsepower.
An manufacturer that is close to my heart- Dodge- brought the Demon again.
But if the Demon has too much power for you, there’s always the Hellcat- available as the Charger and the Challenger.
Dodge also has a new trim level called GT (also GT AWD). It replaces the Rallye edition, but it’s essentially the same thing.
This car single handily stole the entire New York Auto Show- the Genesis Essentia concept car. Word on the street is that it could go into production in 2021.
And finally, the luxury and exotic dealership that always brings the most expensive vehicles to the show- Manhattan Motorcars. Located a few blocks north on 51st St between 11th and 12th Avenues, this is where you go when you’re in the market for a Porsche, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Bugatti, a Koenigsegg or if you want to purchase a Bentley Continental GT Supersports for me. Most importantly, Manhattan Motorcars brings that source of inspiration to a future luxury car owner.
I always have a great time at the New York Auto Show. You may not understand but this show holds a special place in my heart. As you guessed it, the iconic phrase above is one that I live each and every day and yes, I will be back at the show next year. To see the rest of the photos, including cars that I didn’t talk about, check out Bernie’s 2018 New York Auto Show gallery.
It felt great going back home.