At this year’s New York International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz debuted its first electric car for the U.S., Cadillac unveiled a rather villainous-looking new CTS, and Jaguar showed up with a completely awesome, 550-horsepower track car (that also happens to be street legal). We’ve rounded up our six favorites here. Try not to drool on your keyboard!
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
The first battery-electric car from Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. has a 115-mile range and will charge fully in about four hours from a 240V outlet (you can also plug it into a standard wall outlet and get a full charge in eight hours.) Tesla Motors designed and built the lithium-ion battery, which is located in the car’s underfloor to maximize interior space. With a 134hp electric motor that offers 228 pound-feet of torque, the B-Class Electric Drive accelerates from 0-60 in “less than 10 seconds” and has a max speed electronically limited to 100mph. Though we don’t yet know how much it will cost, Mercedes-Benz says the five-passenger hatchback will be available in the early part of 2014.
Subaru WRX Concept
There aren’t a ton of details available yet about this concept car from Subaru, but wow, look at it! We do know that the car’s roof is made entirely of carbon fiber to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity. The bulge on the hood is supposed to accomodate a “new turbocharged engine and intercooler,” and Subaru says the hexagonal grille is designed to enhance aerodynamics, add downforce, and help cool the engine.
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport weighs about 800 pounds less than its predecessor and starts at $63,495 with a 340hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (you can upgrade to a 510hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V8 for $93,295.) It’s got a foldaway third row of two seats for “occasional use,” but otherwise seats five. The V6 accelerates from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds—0.3 seconds quicker than the previous model.
2014 Cadillac CTS
The new Cadillac CTS looks like a supervillian’s car, doesn’t it? It runs on a 321hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 272hp, 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbo. But if you want to get from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, you can pay more for the 420hp twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 with 430 pound-feet of torque. No word yet on price, but production begins this fall.
2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT
With 550 horsepower and a max speed of 186mph, this new $174,000 track car from Jaguar is probably the coolest vehicle at the show. It’s also street-legal. The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine produces 502 pound-feet of torque, and the body structure is entirely aluminum. Jaguar is only selling 25 of these in the U.S., starting in August.
2014 BMW 328d
BMW says its new sedan—the first four-cylinder diesel it will sell in the U.S.—will get 45 miles per gallon on the highway and accelerate from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. The car’s 2-liter, turbocharged and direct-injected engine and eight-speed automatic transmission offer 180hp and 280 pound-feet of torque.