The five most beautiful cars that stole the New York International Auto Show

An array of shiny and glitzy cars graced the floor of the New York International Auto Show 2024. Here are five of the star cars that stole the show.

1. Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Concept and Genesis GV60 Magma Concept

Among this trio of bright orange concept vehicles from Genesis comes this X Gran Berlinetta concept. It is a spectacle that combines beauty and color. Inspired by the Vision Gran Turismo video game series, it’s a powerhouse with a race-spec hybrid powertrain that includes a front-mid-mounted V6 engine that’s electrically assisted by an e-motor to deliver a whopping 1,071 horsepower and 986 lb-ft of torque. . While this bold and futuristic concept may not go into production, the GV60 Magma concept alongside it will – it signals a new realm for Genesis. It marks the luxury brand’s foray into high-performance vehicles and raises the bar for its first dedicated EV vehicle, the GV60. When it goes into production, the GV60 Magma will face high-performance rides from BMW’s M and Mercedes-AMG divisions.

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The Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Concept at the 2024 New York Auto Show on March 27.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

2. Rimac refrigerator

Designed, engineered and manufactured in Croatia, this Rimac Nevera hypercar pushes the boundaries in electrification and high-speed performance. With a top speed of 412 kilometers per hour, the Nevera is not only the fastest production vehicle on the road, it is also the fastest electric vehicle in the world. To date, she has amassed numerous performance records – 25 world records last year alone. Apart from its cutting-edge technology and unbridled power, the two-seater is astonishing in its design and execution. Produced by Rimac Automobili, only 150 vehicles are available. The franchise, as is often the case, does not come cheap – it carries a hefty price tag of $2.2 million.

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The Rimac Nevera hypercar pushes the boundaries in electrification and high-speed performance.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

3. Ford Mustang GTD 2025

This is no ordinary ‘Stang. This is the biggest, baddest and boldest Mustang ever built. Called the Mustang GTD, it’s designed to be Ford’s fastest road-legal performance car with the heart and soul of a Mustang. This limited edition 2025 Mustang GTD is designed for speed with aerodynamic touches, including a vented hood and fenders, a massive active rear wing, lightweight carbon fiber body panels, and a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine with more than 800 horsepower. The most expensive Mustang ever has a price tag of US$300,000. While the car wasn’t revealed at the New York International Auto Show, it took center stage at Ford’s stand as part of the Mustang’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

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The 2025 Ford Mustang GTD is the biggest, baddest, and boldest Mustang ever built.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

4. Karma Kaveya

From Californian company Karma Automotive comes this stunning electric coupe called Kaveya. It’s a two-door, two-seater sports coupe with a sleek body and long, sweeping lines. Designers incorporated lightweight carbon fiber into its body and distinctive touches including hidden door handles and headlights that blend behind sliding doors that open to reveal lights when needed. This all-wheel-drive car has 1,180 horsepower and an electric range of about 400 kilometers. As a result, it can accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in less than three seconds on its way to a top speed of 290 kilometers per hour. The Kaveya will have a limited production run and is expected to hit the roads in 2025.

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The Karma Kaveya has 1,180 horsepower and an electric range of about 400 kilometers.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

5. 1962 Porsche 356

Not all star cars were concept vehicles or breakthroughs. Vintage classic rides like this 1962 Porsche 356 also drew huge crowds at the show entrance. The 356 was Porsche’s first production car. It was a lightweight, rear-engined, rear-drive car that came as either a hardtop coupe or convertible. Porsche built just 50 cars when production began in Austria in 1948. In 1950, the factory moved to Germany where production continued until April 1965. Porsche initially produced 76,000 of these vehicles and about half survive today. In 1948, the original price of the 356 coupe was $3,750; convertible $4250.

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The 356 was Porsche’s first production car.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

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