At an auto spectacle where a Ford Mustang hangs suspended from from a wall in the central gallery, you know an exhibit of motor muscle is in store. The 2014 New York International Auto Show didn’t disappoint on that front. Bill Ford brought along a limited edition model of the new 2015 ‘Stang on the first day of press previews, while Saleen’s showcase in the southern end of the Javits Center displayed the most supercharged versions of Detroit muscle legends around.
Yet the newly minted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may have stolen the show with a press conference that came off an awful lot like a heavy metal concert. The new wave of power coming from the Dodge brand was matched by premium and supercar manufacturers hailing from England to the Far East. Here are seven scorching debuts from the 2014 New York Auto Show.
1. 2015 Infiniti Q70L
The new Infiniti Q70L was unveiled at an April 17 press conference in New York. Nissan’s premium brand continued the excellent work it did with the Q50 and raised the stakes in this Q70. Inside this eye-catching package are two engines of varying power. The base model offers 320 horsepower on 270 pound-feet of torque, while the “driver’s hybrid” model delivers a total 360 horsepower with electric and gas power combined.
Packing the most juice is a 32-valve V8 that delivers 416 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque in the long-wheelbase model. If premium cars hit their marks best when combining power and elegance, Infiniti scored big with the new lineup of Q70 models.
2. 2015 Dodge Charger
It’s difficult to stage a press conference more rousing than Dodge’s in the unveiling of its 2015 muscle car lineup. Following a brilliant commercial starring centenarians who celebrated 100 years of the Dodge brand, heavy metal roared out of the speaker. Then came the muscle. The 2015 Charger has a sharper look than its predecessor, but Dodge vowed to keep pushing power quotient, as well.
To that end, the 2015 Charger R/T comes in with the type of juice you don’t normally find in an affordable four-door sedan, at 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque from the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Still, it was only the second most-powerful car on Dodge’s stage.
3. Bentley Continental GT Speed
While the premium coupes of the world may provide solid power, few can compete with the ferocity of the new Bentley Continental “GT Speed” that debuted in New York. Under the hood is a 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 engine capable of 612 horsepower and 607 pound-feet of torque. True speed demons may demand the top speed of the GT Speed coupe (206 miles per hour), but you can still drop the top and “settle” for the convertible’s high-water mark of 203 miles per hour.
4. Soleil Anadi
In this muscle-bound environment, Milan-based automaker Soleil had to make its voice heard. Soleil’s statement came in the form of the North American debut of its Anadi supercar at an April 17 press conference. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that can crank up to 651 horsepower. Its rocket-ship specs allow for drivers to blast from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds. Once you pass 200 miles per hour in the Anadi, the Brembo ceramic-drilled brakes will come in handy.
5. 2014 Dodge Challenger
Dodge’s loud, proud press conference at the New York Auto Show had some genuine revelations once the smoke cleared. Among them was the arrival of a supremely powerful new Challenger model. For those who can settle for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, a max 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque is on tap. However, muscle fiends may want to opt for the new 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that vaults the 2015 Challenger into another dimension — one where 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque await.
6. Koenigsegg Agera R
Then there are the cars that wouldn’t be caught at a stoplight with engine power under 1,000 horsepower. Fortunately for the Koenigsegg Agera R, that’s not a issue. At an April 17 press conference, Koenigsegg revealed this blistering ride with 1,140 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque that marks its North American debut. This Agera R will hit the U.S. market when it goes on sale at a Manhattan dealership in late 2014. Buyers who want to access the full power slate will have to feed the Agera R E85 or E100 biofuel. While it can run on 95 octane fuel, the power quotient plummets to 960 horsepower.
7. Rolls Royce Ghost II
While the average hypercar may not stand up so well in a crash at 200 miles per hour, power fiends looking for more safety may opt for the Rolls Royce Ghost II that made its U.S. debut at the New York Auto Show. This Ghost sports a V12 engine capable of maximum 563 horsepower, allowing drivers to blast out a stoplight or merge onto a highway without a shred of competition.
This Rolls also packs enough advanced safety technology to make drivers feel relatively safe when launching out of the box in a Ghost. To start, satellite-aided cameras can sense animals crossing the road or other dangers hundreds of feet away. You’ll need this level of safety features if you choose to access a power source this menacing.