The coolest cars and concepts from the 2015 New York motor show

New York, a concrete jungle where cars are unveiled

Last year's annual automotive festival in the Big Apple saw Land Rover unveil a wacky concept aboard an aircraft carrier and Mercedes drop the silk sheet on the almighty S63 AMG Coupe.

This year's collection of metal might not be quite as technologically advanced as the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept but there's plenty of powerful stuff to salivate over: including McLaren's "affordable" supercar and a Porsche Boxster with a 911 engine.

Subaru STI Performance Concept

Do you remember a time when the Subaru Impreza was king? You couldn't move in your local Tesco car park after dark thanks to the number of tuned, pimped and slammed Subarus clogging up the place.

Well, the Japanese marque has hinted at a return to the good old days with its BRZ-based STI Performance Concept, a 300bhp beast that packs more body kit and spoiler than a Halfords warehouse. There's no word on a production model but we're sure it would find fans should it make it to showrooms.

Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Concept

VW went a bit crazy with the Beetle concepts this year, revealing a model that was covered in 'Stonewashed Blue' and a denim soft-top roof, a surfboard-inspired Wave convertible and the excellent R-Line Concept.

The latter is a performance-focused Bug that squeezes a heady 217bhp from its 2.0-litre petrol engine. It's wider, lower and more aggressively styled than its standard sibling, while a carbon fibre-esque cockpit completes the racy overhaul. Herbie never looked so good.

Range Rover SVAutobiography

Do you know what this recession-riddled world needs? The most expensive Range Rover ever made, that's what.

The £148,900 (RM806,000) SVAutobiography edition features bespoke two-tone paint, chrome exterior accents and a spanking new front grille. Inside, there are electrically operated tray tables, a chiller compartment and deep pile carpets.

Perhaps coolest of all, though, are the leather seats that slot into the tailgate. Dubbed "Event Seating", these plush thrones make for the perfect mobile grandstand from which to heckle poor people.

McLaren 570S Coupe

Much commotion surrounded the launch of McLaren's latest performance machine but it didn't fail to disappoint when it was unveiled in the flesh in the halls of the Javits Center.

A thumping 563bhp from a tuned 3.8-litre V8 is available for a bargain basement price of £143,250 (RM775,000). It's a proper weapon, able to smash the 0-100kph sprint in just 3.2 seconds and accelerate on to a top speed of 329kph. When the Woking wonder goes on sale later this year, those with a few spare pennies will face a tough choice between the 570S and its rivals the Mercedes' AMG GT, Porsche's 911 Turbo and the new Audi R8.

Jaguar XF

Jaguar hopes to crash a party that is currently bossed by the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 with the launch of its stylish, frugal and technologically impressive XF model.

A range of fuel-supping diesels will be on offer, while the top spec models come complete with a 12.3-inch TFT display in place of analogue instrument binnacles and a large touchscreen system that runs the marque's latest suite of InControl apps.

A quad-core processor ensures its one of the most responsive and graphically impressive infotainment systems on the market.

Porsche Boxster Spyder

The fastest ever version of the baby Porsche will soon be among us and it will be powered by the 911's 3.8-litre engine. That means 370 raging horses will be available to those brave enough, while a blistering 0-100kph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds is on the cards. The Spyder retains the classic fabric roof from the previous model, which has to be removed by hand and stowed behind the seats. It'll cost £60,459 when it goes on sale, which might sound a lot for a Boxster but this ultra-aggressive version is no longer the baby of the bunch.

Lexus RX

The best-selling Lexus of all time has received a thorough makeover, with some sharp new exterior styling and a whole host of interior tech to ensure it keeps up with the premium German brands.

A 12.3-inch touchscreen display now sits inside the wood-trimmed dash, while a head-up display projects information on to the windscreen. A 3.5-litre V6, which is mated to electric motors, produces a total of 300bhp in the hybrid versions, while pure V6 petrol engines with sporty suspension will also be on offer later this year.