8 Exciting Things We Learned About Cars from the New York Auto Show That Don't Involve Tesla

The New York International Auto Show is still in full swing, serving up some great selfie opportunities as well as insights into the car industry. 

Here are several of the most exciting things TheStreet learned while attending the event and talking to auto executives. Sorry Tesla (TSLA) bulls, your favorite electric car company is nowhere to be found on this list.  

Editors' pick: Originally published April 21.

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The Dodge Demon will be a police magnet.
The Dodge Demon will be a police magnet.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

At 840 horsepower and sporting barely legal racing slicks, Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) Dodge Demon will be a true beast of the road when it arrives later this year. If you are a single male over the age of 40, this should be your daily driver.

The Demon was one car on display that showed off a focus by automakers on upping horsepower thanks to cheap gas prices. 

There is an Audi with laser lights.
There is an Audi with laser lights.
Photo credit: Scott Gamm

Audi's 2018 R8 V10 boasts laser lights, a feature not seen on any other Audi vehicle.

For $164,000, this car better have laser lights and a ridiculously powerful engine. 

BMW thinks fully self-driving cars will soon become reality.
BMW thinks fully self-driving cars will soon become reality.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Driver-less cars could be a reality within the next five years, Ludwig Willisch, Head of BMW Group Region Americas, BMW of North America told TheStreet in an interview at the New York International Auto Show.

The luxury automaker has already made good strides in the area of autonomous driving.

BMW's 2017 540i can drive itself at certain times. The 540i has sensors that detect if you are navigating out of a lane and then quickly put you back in it. No need to touch the steering wheel, just a slight vibration while the process is playing out.

BMW also makes a car with recycled seats.
BMW also makes a car with recycled seats.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

The BMW i3 is a car with a conscious targeted toward busy millennials.

It has seats made from recycled materials. The body panels are made from special materials that prevent dings. The interior uses real wood, and is overall pretty minimalist.

Oh, and it's all electric.

The 2017 i3 has a 94 Ah, 33 kWh battery that gives the driver range of 114 miles of city/highway use. Add in 19 inch wheels, real-time traffic and information and an easy to use five-door hatchback design and more i3's could be on the road in not too long.

BMW is seeing the strongest sales for the i3 in urban markets in California, Jose Guerrero, Product Manager for BMW told TheStreet in an interview at the New York International Auto Show.

The Toyota Camry finally gets a dose of cool.
The Toyota Camry finally gets a dose of cool.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

One of the best-selling cars in America has snagged a face lift.

The mid-size 2017 Toyota (TM) Camry XSE features aggressive front and rear styling, two things that have never been the norm for the the company's flagship family brand. The version on display at the New York International Auto Show even had red leather seats.

The XSE clocks in at 268-hp with its V6 engine. Toyota's Bill May, Group Vice President and General Manager, told TheStreet that the design overhaul is in large part to keep the brand fresh.

Cadillac wants to send you different cars throughout the year.
Cadillac wants to send you different cars throughout the year.
Photo credit: Cadillac

The Netflix (NFLX) model has made its way to the auto sector.

For $1,500 a month, customers can gain access to top Cadillac luxury vehicles without ever owning them.

The program is called BOOK by Cadillac, a division of General Motors (GM) .

That figure includes insurance, taxes and maintenance. You don't have to worry about mileage- there's no limit.

The Cadillac models include the CT6, XT5, Escalade and V Series. One weekend you may want an SUV for a long-trip, but on another weekend, a luxury sedan may suit your needs better.

Honda also gets an injection of cool.
Honda also gets an injection of cool.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Honda's (HMC) Type R Civic, dubbed the most powerful version of the model ever, will start hitting the U.S. market this spring. Up until now, the Type R has only been sold overseas. But based on consumer interest in the U.S. in modifying small cars to go faster, Honda decided it was time to bring this bad boy over from the across the pond.

"It basically has face-ripping performance," Honda spokesman James Jenkins told TheStreet in an interview at the New York International Auto Show. That may be an understatement.

The Type R, which reportedly weighs in slightly under 3,000 pounds, features a 2.0 liter turbo-four engine with 306 horsepower. It also has adaptive steering, Brembo brakes, a massive rear wing, an aero kit and racing-like seats. No automatic transmission here, just manual.

For around $35,000, getting your face ripped off comes at a great value.

The Pontiac Trans Am lives on.
The Pontiac Trans Am lives on.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

As luck would have it, Pontiac's iconic Trans Am muscle car lives on years after General Motors killed the brand in 2010 due to financial troubles.

TheStreet stumbled across the Trans Am 455 Super Duty at the New York International Auto Show. Packed with a supercharged V-8 engine that delivers 1,000 horsepower (Dodge's new Demon puts out "only" 840 horsepower), the Trans Am 455 Super Duty is built by the custom auto makers at Trans Am Depot.

The car is built on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro chassis, and has all the legendary Trans Am styling cues: the pointy bird-like nose, the screaming chicken on the hood and devilish looking rear taillights. There is even a Pontiac logo on the hood, though it has Trans Am Depot's logo inside of it.

Burt Reynolds, who brought the Trans Am to fame in Smokey and the Bandit, would be proud.

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