The New York International Auto Show is still on and there are about 1000 vehicles on show, from the latest, prettiest, sexiest, luxury automobiles on the planet to classic beauties of old.
NJacob K. Javits Convention Center
11th Avenue between 34th & 40th Streets
Subway: 34th St-Hudson Yards
Show Dates: April 14th through April 23rd
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sundays: 10am – 7pm
$17 adults age 13 years and older, $7 children under 12 years.
More than 1 Million visitors attend each year (?); that’s an amazing number touted by the show’s publicity department.
Of course, this bodes the question:
What are the most luxurious and beautiful cars?
I don’t know about the prettiest cars but certainly, we can share our opinion of the most interesting ones….
Remember: “The true cost of luxury is the choice that it affords.”
To this end, here is our list:
RAM Rebel 1500 TRX Concept
Surprisingly, we start with a beast of a concept truck.
6.2L supercharged HEMI® V8 engine and real off-road suspension, the RAM 1500 Rebel® TRX will be the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup.
Is it “luxury”? By our definition, it certainly packs in the “luxury of choice”.
The price is still a “concept” but do you really need to ask!
1500 HP, $3 Million, Hyped, Uber-Super-Car.
Goes like a bullet train and probably uses the same amount of fuel at full throttle.
Did they say a full tank of gas lasts only 12 minutes at top speed?
Or was that just an urban legend?
Audi R8 LMS GT4
495 HP, 7-speed, dual-clutch, RWD, entry-level Race Car.
This is actually not the priciest Audi R8.
Engine power, number of driven wheels and sticker price have all been restricted to make it “affordable”.
Of course, it’s all relative because the yet-to-be-announced cheaper price is estimated between the $145,000 of the Audi RS3 LMS and the $450,000 of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 (4-wheel drive).
All those go-faster stripes and it doesn’t even have the famous Audi 4-wheel drive! Vorsprung durch Technik?
What price luxury to be a cheap racing driver?!?
Koenigsegg Agera RS
$2 Million buys you the exclusivity of being one of 25 boy racers (10 cars already pre-sold) equipped with “advanced lightweight sound insulation, an all-new front splitter optimized for the track, front winglets, side skirts, advanced dynamic underbody flap system and a dynamically active rear spoiler for added down force (now up to 450 kg at 250 km/h or 155 m.p.h.)
Be still my beating heart: The RS also features improved side air outlets behind the front wheels, increased power and a raised rpm limit. The smart engine allows the use of regular gasoline to put out 1160 HP.
Your oil-rich potentate with access to a refinery in his backyard and E85 specification petrol gets “even higher horsepower” because that clever engine can adjust, on-the-fly, for any fuel octane rating.
Your $2 Million only gets you the base car. For the bigger wallets, the options include the Koenigsegg active and self-levelling chassis package, 3G connected Pre-Active chassis setups, alternative aero packages, active sound cancellation, etc. etc.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).