Aston Martin Virage Volante*

The Volante looks great in any color, especially orange!

What it is: The front mid-mounted V12 is Aston’s combo of high-class luxury and screaming performance (it’s offered in a 2+2 or 2+0 configuration). It has 490 horsepower and goes 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph.
When we can expect it: On sale now
Price: $224,995

The Evora S looks pretty sharp!

Lotus Evora S 
What it is: The 345-hp coupe comes with 295 lb-ft of torque, which is all the more impressive built on the race-car inspired, aluminum-clad double-wishbone suspension system. (The Evora IPS version allows for a paddle shifting option on the 6-speed manual car.)
When we can expect it: End of April
Price: $75,000

BMW 6-Series Convertible
What it is: The long-anticipated convertible version of BMW’s 6-Series coupe. It goes 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds with 320 hp and a top speed of 155 mph.
When we can expect it: Fall 2011
Price: $91,375

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class
What it is: A 4-cylinder, 4-wheel-drive, 210-hp compact vehicle that is debuting simultaneously in Shanghai. It has a dual-clutch transmission and radar-based collision warning.
When we can expect it: Late 2012


This Mini has BIG potential!

MINI Paceman
What it is: A small “sports activity coupé” that looks beefier than the Countryman and the Clubman. It has 211 hp from a 4-cylinder engine.

When we can expect it: After the MINI Coupe and Roadster, out in late 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
What it is: The 380-hp, 6-cylinder version of Porsche’s amazingly fast, amazingly sporty four-door sedan. No, it’s not going to win any beauty contests, but once you drive it you won’t care.
When we can expect it: On sale now
Price: $95,000

Range Rover Evoque
What it is: This is the car Victoria Beckham famously shilled for, and the one BMW’s head at DesignWorksUSA told me he admired. It has a has a 240-bhp, 2.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that uses direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing for an estimated 50-mpg fuel efficiency.
When we can expect it: On sale later this year
Price: $45,000

Jaguar XKR-S
What it is: The fastest production Jag ever made. It’s got 550 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque,with a 0-6o mph time of 4.2 seconds. (The 2012 XKR will make its debut at the New York show as well.)
When we can expect it: Fall 2011
Price: $132,000

Ferrari 458 Italia
What it is: An 8-cylinder two-seat berlinetta with a mid-rear mounted engine and 562 horsepower. It has been nominated to win the World Performance Car of the Year award, which will be announced during the auto show.
When we can expect it: On sale now
Price: $225,300


Audi A8

Audi A8

What it is: Audi’s V8 or W12 (in the long wheelbase version) luxury sedan complete with plush interior trimmings and technology and agile handling for so big a car. The V8 gets 372 hp with a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds. And it’s chauffeur-ready.
When we can expect it: On sale now
Price: $78,050 ($84,000 for the A8 L)

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR
What it is: The Supersportsthat set the Ice-Speed Record of 205.48 mph on the frozen Baltic Sea earlier this year. The car has 631 hp (it’s the most powerful Bentley ever) with max torque of 590 lb-ft. It’s a six-speed automatic all-wheel drive; 100 of them will be made.
When we can expect it: Fall 2011
Price: $291,900

Lexus LF-Gh
What it is: A hybrid grand-touring sedan–the letters stand for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid. The car’s still in the concept stage, but it’s likely the precursor to the next-generation GS hybrid.
When we can expect it: The world debut is this month–Lexus could make an announcement about production at that time.

The New York Auto Show runs April 22 to May 1. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $4 for children. Wear comfortable shoes; bring your camera.


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