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2018 Specialty Cars

The following specialty Cars were at the 2018 Buffalo Auto Show.

Martin Truex #78 Bass Pro Shop Toyota Camry

Martin Truex CarMartin Truex Jr. hoisted his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trophy on Sunday evening by winning the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Toyota driver for Furniture Row Racing led 78 of the 267 laps in beating fellow championship contender Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, championship hopeful Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, championship hopeful Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, pole-starter Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman. It was Truex’s eighth victory this year, coming after Las Vegas, Kansas City, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago, Charlotte, and again at Kansas City.
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Hollywood Wheels Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine

Back Future CarThe DeLorean time machine which was once outfitted for stunt work with train wheels for Back to the Future Part III is now on display at Universal Orlando next to Doc Brown's time traveling train from Back to the ... When it was returned to Universal Studios Hollywood, it was displayed outside as part of the Studio Tour. Seven DeLoreans were used throughout the filming of the Back to the Future trilogy. Six stock DeLoreans were purchased for the production in order to convert into time machines, and a fiberglass DeLorean replica was fabricated for the flying sequences in Back to the Future Part II. Of these, only three of them are believed to have survived and exist still today.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes Benz SLS AMGThe Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a front mid-engine, 2-seater luxury, limited production supercar automobile developed by Mercedes-AMG of German automaker Mercedes-Benz and was the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed in-house by AMG. The car, which has gull-wing doors, was the successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and was described by Mercedes-Benz as a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. SLS stands for “Super Leicht Sport” (Super Light Sport). The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was assembled largely by hand, with its chassis and aluminum body shell produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria and then transferred to Sindelfingen, Germany for assembly, with its engine being hand built by AMG in Affalterbach, Germany. This Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Edition will be on display in room 104 courtesy of Buffalo Car Care. This is the same room that the Hollywood on Wheels Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine will be featured.

Acura NSX

Acura NSXThe 2018 Acura NSX is an engineering tour de force that blends hybrid components with a turbocharged V-6 to create a track-ready supercar that can also be driven daily. Acura put a lot of work into all that technology. In fact, the NSX’s only rivals in terms of complexity are the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, both of which are no longer sold and cost way more when they were available. In the real world, think more in terms of the Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo, or even the Ferrari 488 GTB.

First Alert WKBW Chevy Mobile Weather Lab

weather labIn early 2015, WKBW, in partnership with Western New York Chevy Dealers, introduced the "7 First Alert Mobile Weather Lab"; a specialized SUV designed for storm chasing, complete with a dashcam, multiple radar sources, and a built-in weather station. WKBW is the only television station in the Buffalo market that owns and operates their own storm chaser vehicle.

Lexus LS 500h AWD

Lexus LS 500 hThe LS 500h marks a significant step forward for Lexus’s flagship. It’s oozing with technology and driver assistance features, there are some stunning intricate design touches, and on the strength of this drive, the cabin feels even more beautifully screwed together than ever. But while the petrol-electric system might seem like the perfect powertrain for current trends, in reality its drive is still badly compromised in too many situations for us to recommend it over mainstream diesel alternatives. People after a left-field option will find plenty to like in the LS, just because of its different approach. But in this case, we struggle to get beyond the fact that their cash would buy a wider range of abilities with the latest S-Class or A8.

Lexus LC 500

Lexus LC 500The LC 500 is stunning. It’s low and long with short overhangs, and in glinting Infrared paint it looks dangerous and gorgeous all at once. Bunched under the buff wheel arches are 21-inch forged wheels ($2,650), and the tall and wide Lexus spindle grille does not look out of place here. It draws the eyes up over the hood, the carbon fiber roof, then down the sides to the sleek vents between the pinched doors and flexed rear wheels. The rear is really where the LC 500 sticks out. Curved and muscular, it’s wider than the rest of the car, as if it spends as much time at the gym as it does on the track. Execution of the aesthetic carries over to the inside. Soft beige headliner makes it feel as if you’re ensconced in a suede slipper at a spa. The low height and center make it a squeeze getting in, even with the seat in its lowest position. We comfortably fit two adults up front and wedged two tweens in back for an extended outing, though a wide tunnel divides the 2+2 seating position. Oh, yes, the driving. The 471-horsepower V-8 mated to a 10-speed transmission hits 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, according to Lexus. There are other six-figure rear-wheel drive coupes that are quicker, but few with a naturally aspirated V-8. The contained rumble of the free-breathing V-8 engine is what made me fall in love at first sound on a rainy day at the track. It sounds as good as it looks. But it has to deliver. It throws you back in your seat, simultaneously lifting up and back as 398 pound-feet of torque hits the rear wheels. In turns and under full throttle, the rear slides as loose as last call dancing at the club. Thanks in part to four-wheel steering, that temperamental looseness provides an ever-present reminder of understeer and its consequence: the spin out. It’s a thrilling reminder that sport mode demands the driver to actually drive.

Mercedes AMG GT R

Mercedes AMG GTMercedes-AMG calls it “the Beast of the Green Hell,” an overt nod to its development on the so-nicknamed Nürburgring Nordschleife. It’s the hardcore variant of a previous BDC winner, and it’s out for blood. Under hood, its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 has been cranked up to 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It continues to feed a rear-mounted seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle but with closer-spaced gear ratios. Manually adjustable coil-over springs twist their way around electronically adjustable shock absorbers, and a rear-steering system helps get the maximum agility out of the Cup tires. Carbon-ceramic brakes stop the car, and a manually adjustable nine-stage traction-control system helps get it up to speed again after the corner.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake S AWD Wagon

Jaguar WagonThe Sportbrake rolls on the same 116.5-inch wheelbase as the XF sedan and is the same length overall. Compared with the previous XF Sportbrake, whose blacked-out rear pillar treatment echoed that of the XJ sedan, the new model is graphically more conventional—and more handsome. The greenhouse is beautifully executed, with an artfully tensioned rearwards flow, and the new surfaces at the rear of the car retain the crisp, taut surfacing of the sedan. As with the sedan, it’s all done in aluminum, apart from the tailgate, which is a single polymer piece. It is sportier and more agile than either the Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic wagon or the Volvo V90, particularly in terms of steering feel and front end grip—the Sportbrake also rides much more smoothly and comfortably than its SUV cousin.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander SportWith its angular looks, the Outlander Sport cuts a swath through the sameness of cookie-cutter crossovers. A 148-hp 2.0-liter inline-four with front-wheel drive mates to a five-speed manual; all-wheel drive is optional, as is a CVT. An uplevel 168-hp 2.4-liter inline-four is only available with a CVT; front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive optional. A low base price and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty add appeal. The smaller of the two Outlanders is the Outlander Sport, an SUV that lines up most closely with the subcompact-crossover segment (think Kia Soul, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade). Introduced back in 2010, it’s now getting on in years despite Mitsubishi bestowing numerous updates on it during that time. After a few visual tweaks in 2016, Mitsubishi added a Limited Edition model for 2017, which we tested here. With attractive 18-inch wheels and bits of black trim complementing the athletic lines, it gives off a modern vibe even if it’s not exactly a styling standout.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S AWC

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVAll New 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT that gives you LED headlights, LED fog lights, power glass sunroof, 710 watt 9-speaker Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system, heated steering wheel, multi view camera system, 1500-watt AC power supply W/ 2 outlet, adaptive cruise control (ACC), forward collision mitigation (FCM) W/ pedestrian detection, lane departure warning (LDW), automatic high beam (AHB), auto-dimming rearview mirror, mirror with compass and home link (R) with super all wheel drive control that get 74 MPGe.

Lincoln Nautilus

Lincoln NautilusThe same adaptive cruise control makes the jump from the MKX, but added is a lane centering system. When using adaptive cruise, the car can also keep itself in-lane with no help from the driver. Additionally, the car can use a combination of radar and camera to predict any obstacles in its path. The car can then assist the driver in swerving around said obstacle to avoid a collision. The 2019 Nautilus loses the naturally aspirated V6 engine from the MKX and gains a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard fare. Those wanting a bit more oomph under the gas pedal can opt for a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, good for 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and will be available in either front or all-wheel drive. Visually the Nautilus gets a new front fascia with some super-nifty light signatures. Inside are orthopedic-designed 22-way adjustable seats with a massage function, which should do much to quell those traffic-jam blues. We're not quite so stoked on the push-button transmission that lives on the center stack, it does make room for large cupholders and plenty of storage. Wireless charging is on hand, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Lincoln MKC Black Label

Lincoln MKC Black LabelThe MKC is available in Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trims. Base models aren’t base at all: power adjustable heated front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, blind-spot monitors, and leatherette upholstery are all standard. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It’s rated up to 23 mpg combined and is shared with the Ford Escape, which the MKC is largely based upon. The optional 2.3-liter turbo-4, which doesn’t make an appearance in the Escape, is massively powerful and uproarious fun—if that’s what you’re looking for. Rated at 285 hp and 305 lb-ft, it’s capable of 0-to-60-mph runs in less than seven seconds and is mated to all-wheel drive only.For front-seat passengers, the MKC is remarkable in execution. The material quality and layout punch higher than one might expect from the luxury arm of Ford. Rear seat passengers may be horse-trading for space with front-seat riders—the MKC isn’t especially spacious in back.