Subaru, Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac and Jaguar all brought performance-oriented four-doors to the New York show that make us wonder why anyone would need a sportscar.
Yesterday we brought you a run-down on the track-focused sportscars presented at the New York Auto Show last week, but the super-coupes weren’t the only metal on display at Javitz this year. There were minivans, crossovers, hatchbacks …and a few rather temping performance sedans as well. Audi, Cadillac, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru all chose the Manhattan venue to unveil their upgraded four-doors, leaving us with some very tempting machinery with which to transport friends and family at brisk pace.
Arguably the most dramatic new debut at the New York Auto Show this year came from Subaru, which in addition to rolling out its first hybrid for the XV Crosstrek, also lifted the veil off its new WRX Concept. Like Nissan did with the formerly Skyline-based GT-R, Subaru is splitting the WRX off of the Impreza family as a stand-alone performance model. Although the Japanese automaker didn’t reveal any technical details, the design of the WRX Concept shows the way forward with a powerful shape. If the production version looks anything like the show car, things are looking good for the next WRX.
Mercedes came to the New York expo with the AMG version of its new entry-level four-door coupe. The CLA45 AMG is a more svelte take on the A45 hot hatch earmarked towards American buyers with one of the most potent engines in the business. Its 2.0-liter turbo four produces 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, which it channels to all four wheels in a new range of all-wheel-drive Mercedes performance models. The traction helps it hustle to 60 in just 4.5 seconds, looking pretty damn sexy in the process. Best of all, it will cost just over $47,000 – not cheap, but still a good thirteen grand less than the C63 AMG.
Not one to let Mercedes have all the fun, Audi arrived in Manhattan not only with the new A3 sedan, but with the performance-oriented S3 version as well. Spun off the existing hatchback, the S3 sedan boasts a 296hp 2.0-liter turbo four that may not be quite as potent as the CLA45’s, but still manages to rocket to 60 in 4.7-seconds – just two tenths off the AMG’s time. And with an anticipated $39,000 sticker price, it’s a good eight grand cheaper than the Mercedes. The S3 also channels its power to all four wheels and comes fully loaded with all the equipment you’d expect of one of its larger stablemates.
Although Cadillac bring the next-gen CTS-V at the Javitz Center this year, it did introduce the new CTS sedan with a fresh twin-turbo V6 and an available Vsport trim that ought to bridge the gap until the new CTS-V arrives. The 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 offers 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, channeled to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. While smaller engines are available, the Vsport is packaged with the turbo six as well as 18-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, an electronic diff and more, giving potential Cadillac buyers something exciting to consider that isn’t absolutely bonkers.
Last but not least is the latest addition to Jaguar’s R family of performance models. Reviving the XJR nameplate, the British automaker slotted its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 into its flagship sedan to drive 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic to the rear wheels for a 4.4-second 0-60 time. It’s also been visually enhanced and mechanically upgraded with 20" wheels, bigger brakes and more. Available in both standard and long wheelbases, the XJR is targeted directly at the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW Alpina B7 and Audi S8 in the fight for supremacy in the no-compromise muscle sedan market.