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Enthusiasts have been starved of auto shows during the Covid-19 pandemic but the return of the New York International Auto Show this April, held for the first time since 2019, provided a welcome slice of normality.
Despite the absence of many foreign auto makers and few world-first model premieres, there was still plenty of new metal on display for visitors, especially considering that many new cars and trucks launched online had not previously been seen in public.
With emissions targets and mandates on the horizon, it’s no surprise that many new models in the Javits Center focused on electrification. But OEMs know that gas power still pays the bills, so there were dozens of the latest trucks, muscle cars and sport-compacts to catch the eye.
We were excited to get a first look at the Corvette Z06 and its screaming, 8,600rpm LT6 V8. Also at Chevrolet, the ZR2 injected new interest into the Silverado, even as next year’s EV version watched on across the hall. Jeep brought a lengthened Wagoneer with a new, turbo inline-6 – the Hemi’s long-term replacement, which is sure to appear in other Stellantis vehicles soon. And at Ford, all eyes were on the wild Bronco Raptor and the latest Heritage Edition GT.
New for 2022, the Silverado ZR2 takes the full-size Chevrolet to new off-road heights, thanks to electronic lockers front and rear, 33-inch Goodyears and high-end, Multimatic DSSV shocks. Power is from a 420-horsepower version of the familiar 6.2-liter V8.
Ultra4 Racing-inspired 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor has a wider track with new Dana axles and 37-inch BF Goodrich A/T tires. There are new shock towers for longer wheel travel and body reinforcement for increased torsional rigidity.
The insane Dodge Charger SRT Jailbreak makes 807 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. A huge number of color, finish and trim combinations cover everything from brake calipers to the steering wheel.
The 2023 Nissan Z is on show in New York ahead of its much-anticipated market launch this summer. The new coupe’s V6 is now turbocharged, but like its predecessors it retains rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission option.
The new Tremor package for the Ford Ranger adds off-road essentials like all-terrain rubber, skid plates, a retuned suspension with Fox shocks, an electronic locking differential and upfitter switches.
Vivid Orange Metallic is a new Camaro color for 2022. This SS coupe looked sharp with the contrasting black splitter and rocker moldings.
Need more space in your Wagoneer? Jeep has you covered with the 12-inch-longer Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L, which go on sale in the fall. Also new for the 2023 model is the "Hurricane", a twin-turbocharged 3.0L inline-six with up to 510 horsepower.
Making its debut in New York was the latest Ford GT Heritage Edition. This Holman Moody Edition supercar was displayed alongside its inspiration, the Holman Moody-run GT40 Mk.II driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson that finished third in the Ford podium sweep at Le Mans in 1966
Hemi-powered Jeeps aren’t new, but now you can get one from the factory. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a strengthened frame and a two-inch suspension lift with Fox dampers. Add the Xtreme Recon package for 35-inch tires and a 47.4-degree approach angle
Ram claims best-in-class power, torque, acceleration and top speed for its mighty TRX. It boasts a supercharged, 702-horsepower, 6.2-liter Hellcat under the hood.
This Mach 1 was the only Mustang at the Ford booth in New York, which was dominated by the F-150 Lightning. Performance upgrades for this version of the world’s best-selling sports coupe include MagneRide shocks and adjustable strut top mounts.
The all-new "Gemini" LT6 lies at the heart of the 2023 Corvette Z06, which arrives this summer. Said to be the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production V8, the flat-plane-crank, 5.5-liter motor puts out 670 horsepower and hits 8,600rpm
Starting at $44,155, the Dodge Challenger Hemi Orange provides plenty of bang for the buck. There’s a 485-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi; Scat Pack Widebody kit including Brembo brakes; and the Hemi Orange package’s black-and-orange theme, inside and out
There are three special-edition Chevrolet Colorados for 2022. The ZR2 Bison stems from a collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) and has skid plates, front winch provisions, rear recovery points and AEV bumpers.
And finally, Subaru won’t build a new gas-only WRX STI, so for now the new WRX is as good as it gets. The sedan switches to the Subaru Global Platform and gets a 271-hp, 2.4-liter Boxer turbo. The base model with manual transmission costs $30k.