Swanky European supercars may have stolen the show in Geneva. But when the auto world pulls into Manhattan this week for the New York International Auto Show, some hulking American muscle cars will try to wrestle back the spotlight.
Perhaps none more muscular than the 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C, an ultra-souped-up version of the already-souped-up Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The listed 1,200-horsepower engine out-muscles even the million-dollar Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren models that so wowed the Swiss crowds last month.
Shelby American plans to produce only 100 of these powerful ponies. And, at a pretty price: adding the cost of the base car to Shelby's six-figure custom conversion fee pushes the total bill above $200,000 per pop.
Chrysler Group, meanwhile, unleashes its own slick, limited-edition street-legal track-worthy sports car: the 2014 SRT Viper TA, a lighter-bodied 640-horsepower update on the race-inspired snake that debuted at last year’s show. If nothing else, Chrysler’s newest serpentine ride introduces some precious new paint-job jargon into the automotive lexicon: “Time Attack Orange.” All 33 cars in the series will come in this particularly alerting shade of traffic-cone radiance.
Chevrolet is rolling out a freshly ripped Camaro SS, which the company is teasing as the “most significant change” to the model in years, albeit without dishing up much in the way of specifics. One thing is clear: this au courant Camaro will share the stand with Chevy’s hot new Corvette Stingray convertible, now making its North American debut after first dropping its top in Geneva.
Though not traditionally known for its muscle, Cadillac will introduce its first twin-turbo engine under the hood of a new eight-speed, 420-horsepower CTS sedan. Images leaked ahead of the unveiling indicate a rather taut-looking body, as well.
Not one to let the American brands have all the hot-rod fun, Mercedes-Benz will be showing off a new turbo-charged, 360-horsepower iteration of its new CLA-class four-door coupe, the CLA 45 AMG. (A preview of its sporty design arrived somewhat unusually last month in the form of a new Playstation video game called “Driveclub.”)
Jaguar joins the European show of force with the debut of its new flagship high-performance sedan, the 542-horsepower XJR, while sister British brand Land Rover arguably flexes the most might of the whole lot. The luxury SUV maker has enlisted a Hollywood production company to broadcast the break-out of its newly restyled Range Rover Sport on the streets of Manhattan just prior to the show’s opening.
Take an early peek at these primo machines by clicking on the slideshow.
The New York International Auto Show runs March 29 through April 7.