Dodge Demon Challenger, Lincoln Navigator Creating Big Buzz At NY Auto Show

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The 2017 New York International Auto Show is shifting into high gear at the Javits Center.

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From high-performance muscle cars to hot-selling SUVs to cars hitting the U.S. market for the first time, the auto show features a diverse lineup of new vehicles.

The show officially opens to the public on Friday, but the media got a sneak peek Wednesday.

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Here are some of the buzz-worthy new cars and trucks at the show:

DODGE DEMON SRT CHALLENGER

Dodge has unleashed the Demon. The Fiat Chrysler brand is laying claim to the fastest production car in the U.S. The Demon Challenger is a freaky-fast 840-horsepower gasoline burner. It can go from zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds. That beats the Tesla Model S P100D sedan, which hits 60 in 2.5 seconds.

Dodge used explosions, burnouts and a small drag strip to roll out the car ahead of the New York International Auto Show press days. The company even brought in Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel for effect. The street-legal Demon also can hit 140 mph while running a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds, about two seconds faster than a typical muscle car. It’s available in the fall.

BUICK ENCLAVE

It sits lower and has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, yet the Buick Enclave people-hauling SUV is more maneuverable. General Motors has given the seven-passenger midsize utility more third-row seating space, improved towing capacity and a tighter turning radius than the outgoing model.

A 3.6-Liter, 302 horsepower V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission are standard. The motor shuts off at red lights to conserve fuel and instantly restarts when the light turns green. Outside it has a sleeker look and is more aerodynamic than its predecessor.

LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

Ford gives the new Lincoln Navigator an all-aluminum body and the big luxury SUV sheds 200 pounds. The look is more subtle elegance, designed to attract buyers from the more showy Cadillac Escalade. The gull-wing doors that were an eye-catching feature of the concept Navigator are gone from the production vehicle Ford.

The new Navigator gets a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that puts out 450 horsepower. It seats seven or eight and is due out late this year. Matthew McConaughey won’t unveil the SUV this year, but he’ll still be featured in Navigator commercials.

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The Auto Show will be at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center through April 23.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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