The New York International Auto Show boasted the fastest, newest, most outlandish and extravagant vehicles in the world. More than 1,000 cars were showcased from 43 different manufacturers, reports CBS News.
An original Shelby Cobra, debuted at the show 50 years ago, was the most expensive vehicle at 25 million. Most fuel efficient was the electric Nissan Leaf, with zero emissions and no tailpipe. The Bugatti boasted the fastest car in the world, going from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. Here are a few more unusual highlights of the show.
Terrafugia Transition. You don’t have to be James bond to have a flying car. The Terrafugia Transition has retractable wings and can convert from a car to an airplane in 45 seconds. Slightly slower on land, the Transition tops out at 65 mph but reaches a cruising speed of 93 knots (105 mph) in the air. The proportions of the “car” version measure up to about a midsize SUV. The street-legal airplane has several testing phases to complete, but prices estimate it around 280,000.
Tailgating. There were multiple uses for the ever popular tailgate. Smart car found a way to use the wasted space in the bed wall. The wall now opens up, allowing more storage for tools, gear, and any other essentials you don’t want sliding around your car. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Bentley EXP concept vehicle had a fold down tailgate kit that featured a full pull down seat/bench, and storage cases containing picnic accessories and delicate silverware for the more luxurious tailgater.
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