April 13, 2012 3:30 PM
As we head into the second and final weekend of the New
York International Auto Show, it’s a good time to sit
back and take stock of the many wonderful moments generated at this
annual motorized wing-ding of glass, chrome and steel.
And the best way to do it? With a list, of course.
If memory serves there’s a guy in New York named Letterman
who has made quite a name for himself (and a pretty good living)
delivering Top 10 Lists on TV every night on one inane subject or
another. That could serve as our model.
Anyway, for our purposes (and because of time constraints),
here’s our "Top Five Best-in-Show" at the New York Auto Show:
2013 SRT® Viper
Leading up to the NYIAS, the 2013 SRT Viper was the topic of a
tremendous amount of pre-show, online “buzz” –
and the unveiling didn’t disappoint. The new SRT Viper is the
fifth generation of the iconic supercar that offers superior
craftsmanship and a host of new technologies. Plus, it's the only
car built by hand that is available from a major car company.
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R
The surprise of the show, mostly because nobody knew it was coming.
We learned that the SRT folks are good at keeping a secret; we
already knew they were good at developing fast, stylish cars. The
Viper GTS-R will compete in the American
Le Mans Series (ALMS) later this year.
2013 Ram 1500
Best in Class. That's the only way to describe the new Ram 1500, as
it shines with the best fuel economy in the segment, pioneering
technologies and more capability than any other full-size truck.
The 2013 Ram 1500
delivers unmatched durability, performance and refinement to
Dodge Dart RallyCross Race Car
Also making its official public debut in New York is the 2013 Dodge
Dart RallyCross race car. Power is the name of the game here, with
a turbocharged 16-valve 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 600 hp
and 550 lb-ft. of torque. Power is transmitted to all four wheels
via a Sadev gearbox.
Dodge and SRT Motorsports have secured a deal with four-time Rally
America champion Travis Pastrana, the man who for many is the
face of extreme sports. Eager to get involved quickly, Travis made
an appearance at the Dodge display at NYIAS, signing autographs and
getting to know race fans (image). He's also beginning to
get to know the Dart Rallye car. To catch video of him ripping
through the track at the Chelsea Proving Grounds outside Detroit,
visit our Dart
Global RallyCross Championship Facebook tab.
See the Dodge
Facebook Page for more images fans-submitted images of the
Travis Pastrana autograph session at the NYIAS. Image above
submitted by madis0nm_.