And it's a Japanese SUV face-off this week

Aston Martin was clear about its goal for the new Vantage: it wants to take down the Porsche 911.

The embargo on drive impressions lifts soon – April 12, to be precise – but if our most recent poll is an accurate guide, the company is on the right track.

A whopping 66 per cent of respondents preferred the Vantage to the Porsche 911, in a sign the car's more aggressive new look is a winner.

Power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine in the compact Aston Martin, making 375kW and 685Nm. Unlike the rear-engined Porsche, power in the Vantage comes from up front.



Along with the facelifted Hyundai Tucson, the New York motor show played host to a new Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.

Are you a fan of the Toyota's tough looks, or is the Subaru more your speed?