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The New York motor show returns to Manhattan for an incredible 115th time, with almost all of the world's most influential carmakers in attendance.

New supercars, lightweight sports cars and an ultra-luxurious SUV form a small part of a long list of unveilings. We cover five of the most exciting below.

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Porsche Boxster Spyder

Hot on the heels of the Cayman GT4, Porsche has unveiled another exciting proposition; the Boxster Spyder. Promising to be the most hardcore Boxster yet, Porsche has squeezed 375hp out of its 3.8-litre flat six, claiming 0-60 in around 4.5 sec and a top speed of 180mph.

Read: Porsch Boxster Spyder preview

Additionally, the Stuttgart carmaker has lowered the ride height by 20mm, and equipped it with brakes from the 911 Carrera. The Boxster Spyder will go on sale in July, with prices starting at £60,459.

McLaren 570S 

McLaren’s long-awaited Sport Series supercar has finally been revealed in New York. Dubbed as the most usable and attainable model the brand has ever made, the 570S serves as the entry-point to McLaren ownership.

The supercar will boast an ‘evolved’ variant of the existing 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 from the 650S, with 30 per cent new components, producing 562bhp and 443lb ft. This enables a 0-62 time of 3.2sec. Top speed is 204mph.

Read: McLaren 570S preview

Priced from £143,250, the 570S will also be joined by a lower powered 540C Coupe. Prices for that will start at around £126,000.

Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept

Subaru’s unexpected concept could be a signal of intent as to where the BRZ range will be headed in the next few years. Modifications have been made to the car’s suspension, brakes and aero-kit, and as much as 300bhp could be available.

Though a production version of this car could fix complaints of an underpowered standard BRZ, the concept unfortunately won't be going on sale. Instead it will remain a demonstrator of STI’s engineering prowess.

But with it’s bloated arches, a jutting front splitter and DTM-spec rear-wing, a finished STI is at least an exciting proposition.

Range Rover SV Autobiography 

The new head of Land Rover’s burgeoning family tree, the SV is the Range Rover’s answer to premium brands like Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Maybach.

Complete with a number of unique features, including ‘event-seating’, duo-tone paint finishes and the latest InControl features, the new flagship is the last word in luxury. If you need more proof, just look at the cabin’s aluminium switchgear, chiller compartment and twist pile mohair carpets.

The SV Autobiography goes on sale in summer 2015, with prices starting from £148,900. For reference, non-SV Range Rovers sell from £74,950. 

Honda Civic Concept 

Honda has revealed a striking next-gen Civic concept. Focusing on ‘spirited performance and class-leading versatility, the concept offers a first glimpse of what the tenth generation Civic could look like.

The car features a longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance, and uses Honda’s new Earth Dreams Technology powertrains. These include a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo, short-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, and a new continuously variable transmission. 

Fans of fast Hondas rejoice: there are firm plans for a Type-R in the pipeline.

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