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New York Auto Show Highlights

It seems like only yesterday we were running around the Geneva Motor Show gawping at hot new metal, generating bunyons like there was no tomorrow, but it’s time to do it all again for the 2013 New York International Auto show.

The event, which which runs between 29th March and 7th April, is the scene of numerous high profile product launches. Some of them will be US-only fodder, but a good amount of exciting machinery be available across the globe. We’ll be covering the most drool-worthy stories that apply to us Brits and leaving handy links to those articles here in this article so you can see, at a glance, what’s what. Don’t say we aren’t good to you.

Here are the hottest stories we’ve covered so far. 

Range Rover Sport

The latest generation of the Range Rover Sport was unveiled amid much fanfare on the streets of NY ahead of the motor show. It was a glitzy, star-studded reveal and the car itself did not disappoint, either. Drop dead gorgeous, packed to the rafters with technology and fitted with a choice of brutally quick or surprisingly efficient new engines, it’s certain to have fans and non-fans clamouring over each other to get a closer look.

Read more about the Range Rover Sport

Jaguar XJR

When Jaguar slaps an ‘R’ on the end of one of its products that usually means one thing: The police are about to make a killing from speeding fines. The XJR will use Jaguar’s legendary 5-litre supercharged V8 alongside a few bespoke chassis and aerodynamic tweaks that help it offer ‘supercar performance’. It should appeal to anyone that wants to ferry passengers around in absolute luxury — even if that ferrying takes place sideways round corners or backwards through a hedge on fire.

Read more about the Jaguar XJR

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

The Z/28 is the ultimate version of the Chevy Camaro. Distinctly track-focussed, the car has undergone an extensive weight reduction program that sees it ditch just about every superflous extra that could weigh it down. It’ll feature engine tweaks from Corvette Racing, aerodynamic upgrades to generate increased downforce at track speeds and carbon-fibre brakes for superior stopping power. Oh, and it still looks like Bumblebee, which is a huge bonus. 

Read more about the Chevy Camaro Z/28

Kia Optima

The Optima wasn’t exactly ugly, but Kia’s seen fit to give it a facelift anyway. It’s a pretty thing with a semi-cute, semi-fierce ‘tiger nose’ grille and new front and rear headlamps. Kia’s supplied a few interior tweaks too, including new, more comfortable seats and fancy information displays. Expect lots of upscale tech, our favourite being the rear cross-traffic alert system that stops you reversing out of a parking space and into oncoming traffic. 

Read more about the Kia Optima

Audi A3 Saloon

The Audi A3 hatchback is a hugely popular choice among well-to-do motorists yearning for an up-market badge. It’s a little on the cutesy side, though, so we’re pleased to see a slightly more grown-up-looking A3 Saloon is being released. The car will be powered by a range of powerful but economical engines that give it diesel-rivalling fuel returns and grunt on par with some hot hatches. It’s loaded with tech, too, not least a 4G module that lets you use the car as a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

Read more about the Audi A3 Saloon

Jaguar XKR-S GT

The XKR-S doesn’t need more performance, but that hasn’t stopped Jaguar from adding some anyway. The GT model is designed specifically for track use and features better tyres to help get the power down, a carbon aero package that adds 145kg of downforce at the car’s 186mph top speed, better brakes and an uprated suspension system.

Read more about the Jaguar XKR-S GT

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