The New York Auto Show, one of the largest in the US, never disappoints. The lines snaked around the Javitz Center at every entrance with car enthusiasts patiently waiting for the doors to open for one of the most anticipated events of the year. They expect more than 1 million visitors over a 10-day period. The show runs until April 3rd.
Early admission is worth the price as you can easily maneuver through the numerous showcases without the crowds impeding your way. You can’t help but stop at the eye-catching displays and start compiling a wish-list of your perfect car.
On display at BMW besides the new Alpina B7xDrive in their owners-only loft area was an iconic 1978 BMW M1 in perfect condition. This true Supercar can rest on its accolades as one of the fastest cars on the market at the time, hitting 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, from a standstill.
The BMW loft also had a swanky area exclusively for BMW-owners who can gain access with their ignition key. It was quite impressive overlooking the auto show perched high above the crowds.
The Alpina B7 xDrive made its New York debut at the show. This is another Supercar that reaches a top speed of up to 193 mph, powered by a new 4.4 liter 600 HP 8-cylinder engine.
One of the cars I was instantly drawn to was the BMW M2 that never stood alone. A constant flow of admirers vied for a turn to just sit in the driver’s seat and imagine owning this motor-monster.
The World Car Awards were handed out at the show, with the BMW-7Series winning the coveted 2016 World Luxury Car award, beating out the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.
The World Car jurors, which is comprised of automobile journalists from around the world, observed that, “This is the flagship model for the Bavarian car maker, and so it simply has to be the epitome of what the brand represents in terms of technology, design and performance. And the new 7 Series certainly delivers. It is very much the new face of BMW in the new family design – and yet it is a classic BMW all at once. It drives phenomenally well courtesy a new range of engines, and has a sporty drive dynamic that the rivals in the segment cannot claim as their USP. This comes from a 130 kg drop in weight thanks to the new ‘Carbon Core’ frame. 25 new features, of which 13 are segment firsts! Inside the cabin, BMW has taken things up a notch on luxury, pampering the owner with not just very comfortable and well-designed seating, but with loads of technology, entertainment too. The new 7 Series brings in new features like the ambient ‘sky lounge’ sunroof, the ambient air package and the all‐new gesture control.”
This is it. If you want to see, hear and feel the very latest in technology and design, the New York Auto Show delivers.
For tickets and information go to www.AutoShowNY.com