Of Choco Coronet and Porche 911 – New York International Auto Show 2007

Growing up in the United States means that what’s native and comfortable for me is, well, what’s around me and not what’s not around me. But my slightly more complicated life circumstances as a Chinese-born American (still nothing compared to Manabi’s travels) may make me more accustomed to yakitori and some strange Asian pastries as well.

But nothing about my middle-class upbringing will dim the shine off a showroom Porche 911 Targa 4.

Some breed of Porche 911

Well, that’s not quite the car Misaka Kirihara drives (is it?), but you get the idea. (By the way I :wub: the Cayman, it’s probably the dream car in my overly practical imagination).

When the Taiyaki Thief made her rounds, some people were cheated this staple snack for young people (I’ve never seen an old person eat a taiyaki, now come to think of it). It’s a pure coincidence that after doing my annual visit at the New York International Auto Show that I went into a bakery and see, for sale, choco coronets. What’s odd is that the store is more than half way across town from the Javits Center, and yet, fate would have it that I stepped into it, unplanned.

The auto show is a fun fare. It’s definitely something you take your kids to, and for people looking to buy a car, it’s the sort of research opportunity that you shouldn’t pass up. I mean, you really could compare side by side something like an Audi S6 next to a Caddy CTS V, then plant your butt inside a Ford Fusion because the line for the Shelby 500 is a bit long. All for fun and not for any kind of chance of buying those cars (well, this year’s Ford Fusion is a nice pick if you’re looking for a new car I suppose).

Highlights (no pics because, well, didn’t really take many):

  • The new Sienna is like the old one, but with a lot more juice; too bad you can’t tell sitting there. The new-new Town and Country, though, wow. Dang. That is pimp.
  • The prices for those overly expensive Ford pickups are going down, which is good. Honda’s Ridgeline is still the top pick for mid/full size “refined” ride, although I can understand why you’d buy an Avalanche.
  • The new Acura RL channels a lot from Mercedes, and for the price it’s quite the luxury.
  • But for some more, the Infiniti M45 is still tops. The new G37 is, well, rewarding for those who are patient; it really blows the G35 away as far as interior and, most importantly, body styling. If you think the G35 coupe is sexy, well the G37 is way sexy. Too bad I dunno if I could say the same for its new 3.7L engine.
  • The two Nissan/Infiniti concepts, Rogue and the EX, respectively, is going to cater to your Murano-buying crowd without the excessive price tags. Look for them probably late this year.
  • Surprisingly, BMW manages to wow me with the 3-series convertible. It is very sweet if you are looking for that kind of experience. If you like the VW Eos and wanted something more luxurious, this is worth looking into. Speaking of which, the Eos and the GTI (I like the pimped out one on the floor…forgot what special name it had) were nice, but Rabbit totally disappointing.
  • Which is a lot more than I could say for Mercedes this year. You go, woah, S67 AMG. And like, move on to cars they actually let you sit in? If I wanted to stare I’d go stare at the very sexy Lexus LF-A concept or the Ford Interceptor concept; or the Audi R8 which was out a year ago but didn’t make the show last year.
  • The new Audi S5 gets me excited. Being a minor fan of Audi’s designs and looks for some time now, seeing the RS4 repackaged in a more reasonable (but probably still overpriced for its lower-than-expectation performance) S5 is something to hope for, as more data roll out for the new car slated for later this model year.
  • Miscellaneous things…well, the new Accord 2-door reminds me a lot of a much better looking Altima for some reason (with a dash of Toyota’s FT-HS prototype mixed in). Hopefully this is the new “break” they need. Funnily enough the Altima 2-door concept is going the same places. The new Saturn Astra looks less ridiculous than the prototyped(?) Scion xD, for what it is worth. Subaru, this year, really toned it down; the Tribeca and WRX for 2008 both looked much more “normal” and less oddball. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing but I don’t hate it. I did really like the Demon concept. Very sweet.

The day ended for me with some powerwalking to both catch restaurants that closes too soon and trains that didn’t leave too early (thankfully). I went into a Nathan’s by the train station and had a chili dog with a corn dog (no pictures necessary I hope). Cheers to some Coney Island memories.

…..Right. Back to the choco coronet: it is what you think it is; a bread outer structure that is then filled with some kind of chocolate filling. As with most Asian pastry, the filling isn’t very sweet, so the chocolate-ness isn’t overwhelming with the fairly light bread. I was surprised that I wasn’t totally disgusted with it. Maybe because the place I got it from was Korean, but there was a lot of filling which made eating it the “smart” (by Lucky Star’s standards) way not very practical, as soon you will be licking both sides. In the end, I’m with Konata; head first.

Sort of like this post.

5 Responses to “Of Choco Coronet and Porche 911 – New York International Auto Show 2007”

  • Spiritsnare

    I think the one thing you forgot to mention was which side you thought the head was. :3

  • houkoholic

    Bah when it comes to Porsches it’s always about the Turbos! In particular the 993 Twin Turbo is one sweet sweet car.

  • omo

    I dunno, I never really looked at Porche roadsters that way. I think of them as a very solid, consumer brand of roadsters, and they have those Turbo models just to boost the brand name so they can be compared with the more exotic car makers. After all they did discontinue the 993 for a reason…

    Ever seen a Cayenne Turbo? I’ve seen it in the wild, and it’s hardly exciting.

    Spiritsnare: Same as Konata.

  • houkoholic

    Porsche is already exotic enough, they don’t need the Turbo models to boost the brand name, they have other way more exotic models which fills that role such as the GTs. The Turbos are the ones which are the real wolf-in-a-sheep’s-skin type of machine and the perfect balance between everyday and performance cars, it’s not menacing and also not the “wow” of the Italian brands, but certainly no less impressive performance wise then those and certainly a lot easier to drive everyday too. You have to try one to understand its beauty.

    They discontinued the 993 because of the air-cooled engine to move on to the water-cooled 996, but that’s just an evolutionary step that was necessary, not because the 993 design was flawed. Ask any Porsche enthusiaist and they will tell you that the 993 is still one of the best Porsches around in terms of driving experience and is the perfection of the air-cooled Porsche. And driving one with the air-cooled exhaust note plus Turbo is nothing short of breath-taking. There’s something about its responsiveness and fine-ness that’s just too hard to describe with words. (Long story short, my dad bought one AFTER I moved out of the country, but I get to drive it once in a blue moon)

    The Cayenne is not a Porsche, I don’t acknowledge its existance. ;)

  • omo

    The Turbos don’t need to be driven to understand its beauty, I don’t dispute that. But you don’t need to be rich to buy yourself a Cayman. Plenty of middle and upper-middle class Americans can afford it, if they really want to buy one. Cayman is just the “better” buy; any breed of 911 Turbo would cost twice as much if not more (Cayenne Turbo is about 2x more exactly). What you’re giving up for that extra $4-50000 USD is well worth the fact that you’re not driving a 993 (which is not exactly an easy find anyways).

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