Not-So-Distant Hits From Past NY Auto Shows
Big premieres, such as the new BMW M4 and Mazda Miata, have kept the media at bated breath in advance of the 2014 New York Auto Show. While the Big Apple’s auto gala has historically played second fiddle to contemporaries in Detroit, Tokyo, and Geneva; the show has unveiled quite the collection of important vehicles over the last decade. Take a look. 2013 SRT Viper (2012 NYIAS)
PHOTOS: See pics of the 2014 SRT Viper
Just two short years ago, the newly formed SRT marque pulled off the covers of the 2013 SRT Viper in New York, which woke the Viper nameplate from a two-year slumber. With an 8.4L V10 engine and 600 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal, it still is a hilariously obnoxious (yet stubbornly beautiful) car, and one you could gaze at for hours. Flash forward to the present, and Viper production is on stand-by until June 23, 2014. Bummer.
2008 Hyundai Genesis Coupe (2008 NYIAS)
PHOTOS: See pics of the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The 2008 Hyundai Genesis Coupe can trace its genesis to the New York Auto Show a bit more literally than most. It marked the brand’s first rear-wheel drive coupe, and thanks to a potent 3.8L V6, it didn’t drive like a first attempt. The sporty 2+2 was seen as a rebuttal to the 2007 Infiniti G37 Coupe, which was unveiled in New York just one year prior. The G37 moniker differed from its G35 sedan stablemate thanks to the addition of Nissan’s bombastic 3.7L V6 that put 330-horsepower to the floor, and kept pretty much everything else far, far behind.
2009 Acura TSX (2008 NYIAS)
PHOTOS: See pics of the 2009 Acura TSX
The 2015 Acura TLX breaks cover later this month, marking six years since the company first unveiled the second-generation TSX in New York. The TSX mirrored the performance of the discontinued Acura RSX and Integra coupes – offering agility in a small four-door package. The TSX is rumored to be on the way out as well, but it’s safe to say that the new TLX, with its “Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive”, should be quite the performer.
2005 Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 Concept (2005 NYIAS)
PHOTOS: See pics of the 2013 Mustang GT500
And nearly a decade ago, the 2005 gala welcomed the return of the Ford and Shelby marriage with the Shelby Cobra GT500 Concept. The car didn’t officially make it to production until 2007, but it did consummate the marriage of supercharged V8 fury and those throwback Pony car looks.