In the wide world of the auto industry, auto shows don’t just display the latest offerings—they provide a window into the peculiarities of a given place. Geneva is the supercar show, for the super wealthy. Detroit is a showcase for homegrown, American metal (and lots of trucks); Paris is a collection of European quirk. Los Angeles wants to be the new home of mobility, a showcase for the world beyond just cars. And the New York International Auto Show, open to the public this weekend through April 23, focuses on the fleeting fashions, a reflection of the times.
This year, size and power are en vogue. Dodge rolled out the Challenger SRT Demon, a car so powerful it does wheelies. Ford trotted out its latest cop car, Mercedes bulked up with a new AMG offering, Lincoln’s refreshed Navigator dominates anyone standing in its shadow.
If you’re headed to the show or watching from afar, here’s the best metal to drool over.