Special Report NY Auto Show

Cruising the New York Auto Show

The Big Apple's 2005 car party has lots of stars, a couple of lowlights, and some downright oddities. Let's take a look

A spike in gas prices? Surely you jest. Judging from the new cars at the New York Auto Show, open to the public from Mar. 27 to Apr. 3, you would think gasoline was selling for a $1 a gallon. At every turn, an auto maker was showing off a superpowered version of one of its regular production cars.

General Motors has a souped-up version of its Chevy Trailblazer SUV. This family-hauler has a 6-liter V-8 engine that powers the truck to 60 miles per hour in under 6 seconds. Not to be outdone, Chrysler showed the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, which has a 415-horsepower V-8 that gets from 0 to 60 mph even faster. Throw in Ford's Shelby Cobra GT500 Mustang, which will have a minimum of 450 hp, and it's clear that this year's show is about muscle.

Here are a few other cars worthy of your desire, or derision...