The aftermarket hall at the New York auto show may not be as robust as, say, L.A.’s, but there’s still lots of weird and wonderful stuff found both there and on the show floor. Here are some highlights.
Honda Project 2&4
“Pontiac Trans Am”
Mazda MX-5 Cup Car
Ram Rebel TRX
Nissan NV200 HD
It’s a Mazda, we swear
It’s a Land Cruiser! No, wait! It’s Toyota’s take on the Kia Soul! Or perhaps the Honda Element? Either way, if it wasn’t for the Dodge Demon’s crazy launch the night before, the arrival of this neat-o little SUV from Toyota would have stolen the show.
Removable water bottles doubling as door pulls; North Face sleeping bags used as armrests; proper locking four-wheel-drive; and a front end that harkens back to both the classic Land Cruisers and recently-deceased FJ Cruiser make for a really cool, modern and fascinating car. Let’s just hope the company builds it.
Arrive at the Subaru stand and you were greeted by this cute li’l number. Long before the brand was building rally monsters and AWD wagons, it built little city runabouts like this. Now, just picture it in World Rally Blue with yellow “555” graphics on the side—
Honda makes cars. We get that. It also make bikes, and the super-wacky 2&4 is named as such because it represents a mix of both car and bike: four wheels, but powered by a 999-cc bike engine. And not just any bike engine, but one lifted from the company’s MotoGP racer.
In quotations because it’s not a Pontiac, really; it’s actually a current-gen Camaro with some trick carbon bodywork – and a T-top – to make it look like the Pontiac of Smokey and the Bandit fame. Pretty sure The Bandit didn’t have 800 to 1,000 hp and a NASCAR engine under its hood, though.
The MX-5 RF too pedestrian for you? Try this, but forget a retractable fastback or a roof of any kind: this MX-5 gets a roll cage only. Oh, it also has no passenger seats, more power than a stock version, and whatever bizarro paint job you and your sponsors can come up with. As if the MX-5 couldn’t get any purer—
Make your way to the back of the Javits Center’s North Hall and you’ll come across this display of NYPD cruisers and bikes through the years. From a ’40 Ford all the way to a present-day Charger, it’s a compelling cross-section of one of the world’s most recognized police departments through the years.
The Dodge Demon and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk weren’t the only examples of Mopar muscle at the show; the truck everyone hopes they build was there, too, in all its Hellcat-powered, big-wheeled glory. It really looks like nothing can stop it.
Now, if you’re really hoping to stand out in New York City, you gotta be big, you gotta have presence, and you gotta make it so nobody’s gonna miss ya. It seems Nissan’s taken heed, delivering this 4WD lifted Cummins diesel-powered monster of a van originally built for PowerNation TV. Beastly.
Do you like classic cars? We do. It appears that Volvo does, too, as it brought not one but two beauties to its stand this year. That’s a 1968 Duetto in blue, and a gorgeous ’57 P1800 in pearl white. Now, where’s Simon Templar at?
Though it look something like a 993 Porsche Carrera, this is actually an FD3S Mazda RX-7 with an RE-Ameiya body kit. Gotta love those blue brake calipers.