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Anticipating the 2016 New York Auto Show

The New York Auto Show, like most auto shows, has a personality of its own – this is the show where manufacturers like to court the luxury buyers and the featured cars are often geared to those who like to summer in the Hamptons. This year however promises to bring some serious adrenaline to Javits Convention Center with the U.S. debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1, the reveal of the new Nissan GT-R and even a Mazda Miata with a retractable roof panel.

The 6 th generation Camaro finally gets a ZL1 version and from what we learned from the initial March 16th announcement is that Chevrolet had more than just the Mustang in its sights with this monster. The new ZL1 gets a slightly detuned version of the supercharged LT4 that is currently used in the Z06 Corvette, pushing out an incredible 640 horsepower and an even more impressive 640 lb-ft of torque. The LT4 engine represents an improvement of 60 horsepower and 84 lb-ft of torque over the LSA engine used in the current ZL1; combine that with an expected weight reduction of around 200 pounds from the new Gen 6 chassis and the 3.9 second 0-60 time and 12.0 second quarter mile time of the current ZL1 are likely to be significantly bested. Hopefully the New York reveal will provide some additional insights into the expected performance of the 2017 ZL1 – I for one can't wait!

Not too much is known yet about the new Nissan GT-R ahead of the upcoming press reveal – all that has been shown is a teaser image of the iconic rear taillights (those that most people who challenge the GT-R typically end up viewing). The current GT-R, nicknamed Godzilla, is already a legend among car buffs with its 545 horsepower handcrafted twin-turbo V6 and awe-inspiring acceleration. I can't wait for the Autoblog team in New York to dish the details on this one!

Mazda had been promising something special ahead of the New York Auto Show and based on the recent press reveal, they delivered! Mazda is showing a version of the MX-5 Miata in New York that features a fastback design with a retractable roof panel. The new body style is called the Mazda MX-5 RF, apparently short for Retractable Fastback. Based on the early pictures it looks like the MX-5 RF will be a real stunner.

It looks like a great week for car lovers following the New York Auto Show and as the old Frank Sinatra song goes – I want to be a part of it, New York, New York!

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