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Issue 12
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Porsche Carrera GT3
Issue Twelve
May 25, 2004
Porsche 911 GT3
2004 New York Auto Show Coverage
BMW Promotes Chris Bangle
First Drive: 2004 Bentley Continental GT
Digital Camera Comparison & Review
ZF Sachs Nivomat Suspension
Preview: 2005 Porsche 911
Coming Next Issue
Beat Gas Prices
BBQ Guide
Dells Auto Museum
iPod FM Tuners

2004 New York Auto Show
By Steve Litscher
Editor in Chief

(Thursday, April 8, 2004 6:30 PM EST)

Ford Mustang GTR

MINI Cooper Convertible

Maseratti MC-12

Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

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2004 New York Auto Show Photo Gallery
You have to love New York City - there's no way around it. It's the city that never sleeps - and how could it when the typical driver averages 8.3 honks of the horn every minute? New York has to be the only city where Jiffy Lube replaces your horn and horn button with every oil change.

All noisiness aside, New York really is great, and the New York Auto Show is no exception to all that is great about New York. Roadfly hit the streets running to bring you gobs of exciting new information, photos and highlights from the 2004 New York International Auto Show.

New York tends to handle auto shows a little differently than say Detroit, Geneva or Tokyo. There's not a lot of fanfare and glitz - it's more of a nonchalant affair. Sure, cars are unveiled, but it's done with less flash. Interestingly, one common thread to most of the premieres and unveilings was the heavy emphasis on what we call "New York Performance."

Many of the manufacturers went out of their way to tout their vehicle's ability to live up to the New York lifestyle. Ford, for example, demonstrated that its new Hybrid Escape was able to survive a multi-day, 600-mile trek down every single New York City street - on a single tank of fuel. Other manufacturers boasted similar feats.

And speaking of Ford, the boys from Detroit surprised everyone with their Mustang GTR concept. Before the unveiling took place, journalists were abuzz with what might be sitting under the loosely fitted cover. Some speculated it might be a Ford Cobra. Others speculated that it might be a hot-rodded version of the GT, or perhaps a radical Z3 concept. No one expected to see the GTR Mustang.

But it makes sense, as 2004 marks the 40th anniversary of the venerable Mustang. It's gone through a lot in its forty-years, but it ain't suffering from any mid-life crisis. The new Mustang looks simply sexy while the GTR concept is downright intimidating. With heavy references to the infamous Boss Mustangs from the late sixties and early seventies, the GTR looks more than comfortable with whatever the competition might serve up.

Speaking of intimidating, Maseratti was on hand with its awesome new MC-12. Our initial impression of the MC-12 was one of bewilderment. Upon further inspection, our impression has turned to one of awe. The MC-12 is the real McCoy, and it packs one heckuva punch - more than 600 of them to be exact. The MC-12's engine is a transplant from the Enzo so you can rest assured that it means business. As does the menacing bodywork, which reminded us slightly of the McLaren F1.

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