Visitor Perspective: The Stars of the 2015 New York Auto Show


With the 2015 New York Auto Show coming to a close yesterday evening, it’s time to reflect back on the highlights. Downmarket McLarens, stripped-down Porsches, and uber-opulent Range Rovers stole the show this year, and was there on closing day to remember it all.



2017 Ford GT. With design cues from the famed Lamborghini Miura, Ferrari LaFerrari, and, of course, the Ford GT40, Ford’s newest hypercar is a tour de force of beauty and performance–its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is capable of over 600 horsepower, and its massive Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes are menacing in person. Rotating on a moving platform immediately near the entrance to the show, Ford’s exhibit made a bold, impressive statement. We just can’t wait to see the GT take on the likes of the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1 on the track.


2016 Ford Mustang GT350R. Arriving in the wake of Ford’s hotly anticipated GT supercar, the GT350R made an appearance in New York without much fanfare due to its official launch earlier this year. Nonetheless, this Camaro Z/28 killer packs a serious punch–a 5.2-liter flat-crank V8 churns out over 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque, and weight savings is the name of the game. No air conditioning, rearview camera, or even rear seat come with stock GT350Rs. Seeing one in person at the New York Auto Show was purely breathtaking.


2016 Range Rover SV Autobiography.  The newest member of Land Rover’s SVO (special vehicle operations) division, the SV Autobiography is the ultimate in opulence from the Land Rover brand. With an extended wheelbase, executive seating package, and the necessary rear-seat entertainment systems, this Rover can seriously rival the most luxurious offerings from Rolls-Royce and Bentley. The SV Autobiography stands almost in a league of its own at the moment (until the launch of the Bentley Bentayga, of course). Add all of this to a 550-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 and Land Rover’s Terrain Response II system, and the SV Autobiography is a serious contender both on and off pavement.


The Entire McLaren Exhibit. Lines formed around McLaren’s small floor space at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and for good reason: McLaren brought in the all-new 570S, the first of the Sports Series McLarens, to complement the 650S, 675 LT, F1 Longtail, and P1 GTR that were also on display. Pictured above is the P1 GTR in all of its track-day livery, but equally impressive was the bluish-black 1997 F1 Longtail owned by the McLaren factory. With only 200 miles from new, the F1’s sparkling clear coat accentuated its tan, suede-lined interior. Representatives from McLaren noted that even 18 years later, the F1’s performance still stands virtually unsurpassed, and the company’s embracement of their history allowed the McLaren exhibit to steal the show.

Please enjoy this video review of the 2015 McLaren 650S.

frank kosarekFrank caught automotive fever early in life. Hailing from a long line of car fanatics, he was able to recite the year and model of every car that passed him by age five. His passion and love for the automobile have only grown since then. When not thinking about cars, he is reading, writing, learning, or dreaming about them. His area of expertise is in the realm of German and Italian cars, of which Porsche is a favorite. Frank currently resides in the heart of NASCAR country in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family. He enjoys driving exotic cars in the beautiful Carolina weather.