All the latest from the New York Auto Show
THE New York International Auto Show has just kicked off, and already there have been some fascinating new reveals.
Coming as no surprise, but welcome nonetheless, Mazda has introduced a new retractable hardtop version of its award-winning MX-5 roadster. Known as the MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback), the new car offers fastback styling with a smooth roofline sloping down to the rear end, plus a unique rear roof and retractable back window.
Mazda promises the roof is stowed efficiently, with the MX-5 RF offering the same amount of boot space as the soft-top model. Good job, as you wouldn't want to lose any of that less than generous space on offer with the rag top.
When the MX-5 RF arrives in Australia, at a date not yet confirmed, it will be available only with the 2.0-litre engine and not the current entry-level 1.5-litre.
For those demanding a bit more performance, news of the 2016 Nissan GT-R receiving styling and power enhancements will be most welcome.
Nissan says the GT-R's new look inside and out plus the driving-performance enhancements are the most significant changes made to the model since it was introduced in 2007.
The front end gets a complete makeover with an enlarged chrome matte finish "V-motion" grille with updated mesh pattern, a new and reinforced bonnet, freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumper to generate higher levels of front downforce.
The side sills have been pushed out to improve airflow, while new rear styling with revised side air vents and higher beltline give the GT-R's back end a wider look.
The GT-R's cabin has a new dashboard and instrument panel covered in leather, while the integrated navigation and audio controls reduce the number of switches from 27 to just 11. The touchscreen monitor is also enlarged to 8-inches, while shift paddles have been mounted to the steering wheel to allow gear changes mid-turn.
The car's 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo engine now delivers 419kW and 632Nm of torque (up from 404kW/628Nm) thanks to revised ignition timing and extra boost from the turbochargers, while the six-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been revised, which Nissan says now brings smoother shifts and less noise.
New suspension, titanium exhaust and 20-inch wheels also feature on the new GT-R.
A fifth generation Impreza has been unveiled by Subaru, and is the first model to utilise the new Subaru Global Platform to enhance body rigidity, chassis rigidity and strength.
The car receives a newly-developed 2.0-litre Boxer engine, Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and advanced collision safety and hazard avoidance systems.
Expect more power and better fuel efficiency over current models, while Australian specifications for the new Impreza have yet to be confirmed.
Also making its debut was Audi's R8 Spyder V10, an obvious follow on from the launch of the hardtop R8 supercar.
The open-top features the brand's incredible naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine good for 397kW, a 0-100kmh time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 318kmh.
The car features a lightweight cloth roof, electrically operated to go up or down in 20 seconds and at speeds up to 50kmh. The new R8 Spyder arrives in Australia in the first half of 2017.
Meanwhile Genesis - the new premium sub brand of Hyundai - has shown off a hybrid sports sedan it's named New York Concept.
It features a 180kW/353Nm 2.0-litre GDi hybrid engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, while its elegant shape hints at future Genesis design direction.