On April 17th and 18th, I had the pleasure of returning home for the 2019 New York Auto Show. Held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan, this show is never one to miss (mostly because this is the closest auto show to my hometown, which is located on Long Island). With unveilings from Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Acura, Jaguar, Porsche, Range Rover– well almost 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 seventh 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 I (as well as everyone else) noticed that BMW was noticeably missing.
Some of my favorite unveilings were courtesy of Manhattan Motorcars. Because of them, the tri-state area had the opportunity to experience the new Koenigsegg Jesko, Bugatti Chiron 110 ANS, BAC Mono, and the Scuderia Cameron Clickenhaus SCG 003. Aside from those four cars, they also brought the Lamborghini Aventador SV, Lamborghini Urus, Koenigsegg CCX, and the Rimac C-Two.
Porsche unveiled the new limited edition Porsche 911 Speedster with the MSRP of $275750. Only 1948 will be produced. It has 502 horsepower, 346 pound-feet of torque, 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Impressive specs, but it is way too small for me. I can easily fit in it, but I can easily overstuff a Porsche within one shopping trip.
One of my favorite cars from the New York Auto Show is from the Mercedes Benz family. Yes, the Maybach seats are ultra plush, but the Mercedes Benz AMG GT63 won my heart. It may have a price tag of $136,500, however, the 577 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque, 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds, and it has more than enough trunk space to survive one of my shopping trips. One day….
Speaking of things that I want from the Mercedes Benz area, they also brought a Maybach inspired bag called The Eve I.
Best use of space goes to Subaru and their collaboration with the Natural Park Foundation to unveil the new Outback.
Toyota did bring the new Supra, however I am disappointed that they didn’t bring the Yankees Camry.
Another unveiling that peaked my interest was the Rivian R1S SUV- the first electric full-sized SUV. Despite the size, the R1S can reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Three battery packs are available- one offers 240 miles of range, 402 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque, another battery offers 310 miles of range, 753 horsepower, and 826 lb.-ft of torque, and the third battery can offer 410 miles of range, 700 horsepower, and 826 lb.-ft of torque. Don’t rub your eyes, you’re reading this correctly. MSRP starts at $72,500.
Aside from the Jesko, the other attention grabber went to the Karlmann King with the world’s most expensive SUV- valued at over $2 million. Just look at the interior to see why.
Enough talking because I know you would rather see some photos…
Bernie’s 2019 New York Auto Show gallery.
It felt great going back home.