New York Auto Show Second Update
Porsche rolled out a high performance 911 called the GT3 with a new engine, transmission, body and chassis. Performance you say? How about 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph, on top of a sub 7 minute 30 second lap time on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It carries a 3.8-liter boxer engine yielding 475 horsepower and a screaming 9,000 rpm redline. Not to mention the return of the huge rear wing for improved aerodynamics and it is the first Porsche to employ active rear wheel steering. The 2014 model will go on sale here later this year with a base price of $130,400 minus transportation. I want one.
For the very well heeled, the Bentley Flying Spur made its U.S. debut. It sports a V12 engine with a top speed of only 200 miles per hour and a 0-60 run of 4.3 seconds. Every seam in the A-Grade leather is individually sewn and every layer of veneer is lacquered and polished by hand. The company states that the Flying Spur “is born of the belief that nothing is impossible; that the twin objectives of power and luxury can, if relentlessly pursued, be achieved.” The starting price is said to be right around $200,000 which if nothing else promises a degree of exclusivity.
Arriving in dealer showrooms in the third quarter is the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Jeep says it will be the first mid-size SUV to feature rear-axle disconnect for improved fuel economy. Three new four-wheel-drive systems will be offered with either an inline four cylinder engine or a 3.2-liter V6 with 271 horsepower, 239 lb-ft of torque capable of towing 4,500 pounds. The interior is quite attractive and it undoubtedly maintains the Jeep tradition of off road excellence.
Nissan talked up a Pathfinder Hybrid featuring a supercharged 2.5-liter gas engine, 15kW electric motor and priced around $3,000 above the standard V6 model. It is scheduled to go on sale in late summer.
The major changes in Hyundai’s top of the line Equus are inside with a redesigned instrument panel, center stack and shift lever. There is a larger 9.2-inch upper center stack LCD display and dual 9.2 inch rear seat entertainment monitors. The air suspension was recalibrated with the Sport mode getting more controlled damping, and a Snow mode has been added. Engine-wise, the 5.0-liter, 429 horsepower V8 is carried over.