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There's Something Really Important Missing at the New York Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/1/2015 Elana Scherr

We only go to auto shows for one reason: to see cutaway display engines and chassis components. We’re here in New York for NYIAS 2015, and there is a marked lack of the nerdy engineering stuff we like, so much so that we had to include four-cylinder and battery-pack technology in this gallery just to fill it out (and also to make fun of the wee pistons in the VW engines, no bigger than our fist, and our fists are straight-up baby-hand territory).

Let’s go through a few of the highlights we did manage to find, starting with Dodge, which not only has a cutaway of its beautiful 707hp Hellcat engine but has that display motorized and with changing lights. It’s like a rave—a supercharged rave!

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Cadillac introduced the new flagship CT6 here and has a nice cutaway of that car’s 400hp, turbocharged six-cylinder and eight-speed 8L90 auto, but what really caught our attention was the chassis and suspension display. Look at the aluminum waffle structure and the all-wheel-drive and rear steering components. Neat!

We noticed that both Hyundai and Honda had cutaways, not of traditional four-cylinders but of fuel-cell stacks. What’s a fuel-cell stack? It’s basically a battery, made up of electricity-producing cells that use hydrogen and oxygen to make power. Single cells don’t make enough electricity to drive anything, so they have to be grouped up for use in a car. It doesn’t look quite as good as an old Hemi, does it?

Speaking of old Hemis, in a side hallway, we found what might be the best cutaway of the show, a JTM Motorsports-built 1970 twin-turbo Hemi ’Cuda drag car. The builder said it runs 6s. Show winner!

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