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Winter's icy stranglehold on the northern hemisphere has finally been broken. After months of gray skies and freezing weather spring is finally in the air. Automakers are responding to the warmth and sun by emerging from product hibernation. Companies located in places ranging from South Korea to the United Kingdom have unveiled a bumper-crop of new hardware ranging from sensible to insane. Here are the Top 10 reveals from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
Baring any surprises, the star of this year's New York Auto Show is likely to be the Mercedes CLA45 AMG, a high-powered version of the brand's stunning new affordable luxury sedan. Other major debuts include the 2014 Cadillac CTS, Acura MDX, updated Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Equus, as well as refreshed version of the Buick LaCross, Regal and Chevy Camaro. Rumors point to a Subaru hybrid reveal while it'll also be the first showing of the controversially designed Jeep Cherokee.
It's business as usual to have supercars in spades at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Exactly how awesome was it? Here's a hint, the 1,030 hp carbon bodied Koenigsegg Hundra didn't even make the list. We're just using it to fill space.
The successor to the Enzo and a car Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says "defines excellent" has finally been unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show.
The first Ferrari road car in history to be powered by a gasoline-electric system, it uses what Ferrari calls HY-KERS. Making 789 hp from its 6.3-liter V12 engine and revving to 9250 rpm, when mated to the electric boost of 161 hp total system output is 950 hp.
As for performance stats, Ferrari claims a 0-62 mph time of under 3.0 seconds, 0-124 mph in under 7.0 seconds and finally a speed to 186 mph (300 km/h) of under 15 seconds – a solid two seconds faster than the McLaren P1. Unlike the McLaren, however, the LaFerrari will not be able to propel itself under pure electric power, which the British supercar can do for up to 10 miles.
As though there were any doubt, the LaFerrari is the fastest road-going car in the iconic brand's history, and boasts a lap time at the company's Fiorano track of under 1:20. That, says Ferrrari, is 3 seconds a lap faster than the F12 and an astonishing 5 seconds a lap faster than the Enzo.
Not one to hold back Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo commented that, "We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving." Commenting that technologies found in the LaFerrari will find their way into the rest of the Ferrari lineup, he went a step further, boasting that the LaFerrari, "represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry."
Known for debuts of exotic supercars, this year's Geneva Auto Show will be one to remember with the world premieres of the successors to both the McLaren F1 and Ferrari Enzo. Other major reveals include the Toyota GT86 Convertible, Lexus IS300h, Corvette Convertible, Mercedes C63 AMG 507 Edition and many more. Look for live coverage at AutoGuide.com from the media preview days March 6th and 7th.
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