We talked about the cars we liked, and the cars that disappointed us most of all last year, and now it's time to turn our attention to this year. Of all the new cars that will be produced next year, it is these that we look forward to next year. By the end of next year, which of them will fall into our list of favorites, and who will be in a pile of disappointments, we can only guess.
I suspect that I will not be alone when I say that the car I most want to drive next year is the new Chevrolet C8 Corvette. But in addition to the cheap feeling of the fact that the new Vette engine Vette passes through several exotic race tracks, I am really fascinated by the question of how he will live with the rest of the world of supercars.
In fact, my interest is more academic than lustful. I, all the cards on the table, not the inflexible fan of the Corvette. I have never had one, and I have not dreamed about it. What interests me is the simple, direct question of whether Chevrolet really, as company representatives have always said, create a supercar equal to Europeans, “if we really wanted to.”
As you know, while the rest of the true world of supercars has long passed to a mid-engine layout, General Motors has retained the classic layout of the front engine and rear-wheel drive Corvette due to its dedication to its stubbornly hidden clientele. Now, for any reason – the pressure to compete, the change of the engineering guard, or simply the fact that its traditional customers are dying off – the General begins with this program.
So no more excuses. More we can not if we want. C8 either proves that American engineering solutions are equal – or, thank God, will give a supercharger, superior – Continental nous, or Detroit will finally have to admit that Maranello knows something he doesn’t know. I really want to find out.
I have been traveling for more than 45 years, and I spent most of this time testing new models of various manufacturers and writing about them – indeed, the best job in the world (or my friends told me like strangers). No matter how much I love sports cars — especially the expensive Aston Martins and Porsches — I feel the need to repent for all the gas burned. In addition, I recognize a certain interest in how well his new AWD-e system will work during the Canadian winter. So, I look forward to testing the new Toyota Prius hybrid during the New Year. Already effective – with projected fuel economy rates of 4.5 and 4.9 l / 100 km (city / highway) – according to Toyota, the AWD-e model can account for up to 65 percent of Canadian Prius annual sales.
The car uses an independent rear electric motor to drive the rear wheels from zero to 10 km / h, then up to 70 km / h if necessary. According to Toyota, the system provides power for the rear wheels to come off the stop, but the system recognizes on demand when all-wheel drive performance is not required to provide better fuel economy. We'll see!
The first of the trips that I look forward to in 2019 is the Audi RS Q5. Not much yet, but if he gets the same 2.9L twin-turbo V6 as the RS 5 coupe, he promises to get a big kick from David Booth – 444 hp and 443 lb-ft. torque at 1900 rpm causes appetite. Shoot it with an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive Q uattro, and it promises four-second mileage up to 100 km / h. Spice it up with full processing and the latest technology and it will surpass my wish list.
Something more mundane is the promise of the Hyundai Elantra GT N, and we are not talking about the Elantra GT with the N Line details. No, it has not been officially announced, but the betting player says that the real deal is already underway – his Euro-twin, i30 N, will go on sale in February, so how far can GT N be from Canada? While the Veloster N is here, and makes waves, it has an excess back seat and a third door, which is of little use. The provision of the five-door Elantra GT N treatment makes it an intriguing offer – 275 hp and 260 lb-ft. torque in oversized roller skates with adaptive damping holds so many promises!
Finally, the Toyota Supra, which will be presented at the North American International Motor Show in January, is better to wait, even if only from a voyeur point of view! The recipe certainly says that it should be so – it shares its transmission, including a 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine with turbocharging and a chassis with a completely new Z4, so that it has the right powers.
How could we not expect a new 911? The introduction of the 911 version of the eighth generation 992 opens the door to many future performance models, from GTS to Turbos and GT3 options. What time to be alive! Since these 911s may well be the latest all-petrol versions before electric enforcement comes, the 911 will, as always, have a special place.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Silverado diesel. The Silverado 2019 is a great looking truck with better practicality than ever. It is reported that the diesel engine, a 3.0-liter inline-six, has as many as 282 horsepower and 450 lb-ft. torque – more than any other half-ton diesel – and will debut in 2019. And let's not be shy of our expectations about the revival of two plaques of honor: Ford Bronco and Toyota Supra. If Ford designs the Bronco properly and Toyota gets the Supra power, we can consider the two most exciting cars in 2019.
Finally, we can’t wait to rush onto logs, rocks and muddy streams in the new Jeep Gladiator. Bring it!
I'm all about trucks, and there are three upcoming ones that I want to wear, starting with the Jeep Gladiator. Of course, it looks like a Wrangler with a box in the back, but this is the whole point – but instead of a Wrangler with such equipment, it was built from scratch to be a truck with its own frame. It has off-road chops, it has that classic look, and if it's a sunny day on the tracks, you can remove the doors and the roof (but without the stigma of the old Dodge Dakota gig, for them, what that poor thing remembers).
I want to drive a Ford Ranger and see how it goes with its mid-sized rivals. Currently, full-size trucks are so stupid that even tall drivers have to climb into and fall out of them, and they really need to give you steps to get into a box that is too tall. Since many truck owners do not carry anything but air, the ranger should be more than enough for a pickup truck for a large number of them.
But for those who are pulling with them, I want to see how the new Silverado Heavy Duty (and its hope, handsome, brother of GMC Sierra HD) cope with difficult tasks. The Duramax diesel-Allison powertrain combination has always been an ideal idea in heaven, but let's see what happens at ten speeds instead of six. The heavy duties of GM have always been well executed, and I look forward to seeing if this tradition continues this tradition.
The new Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S with their spinning turbocharged flat four-stage engine are amazingly awesome sports cars, but if you were weaned off from flat-six Porsche aspirated engines, the recent transition of Cayman to blown fours leaves heart strings to want. The coming of this year is perhaps the answer to all the prayers of the Porschephilos — at least those who do not drink only from the 911 cup. The 2020 Cayman GT4 promises to start from where the previous 385-hp 3.8L GT4 stopped. Expect an upset version of the 911 GT3 4.0L Screamer with more than 400 horsepower. The Cayman GT4's visual business card will be the large, fixed rear wing, as well as larger wheels and dual exhaust tips that are farther from the center of the car. Under the decks there will be a lowered sports suspension, replete with all the electronic tricks of Porsche. While the previous GT4 warmed the hearts of the purist, being available only with a six-speed manual gearbox, this one will also be offered with a dual-clutch PDK gearbox.
Looking forward to 2019, the car I absolutely need to drive is the new Ford Ranger. I had two generations of the Ranger, my current set of wheels is the ten-year-old Mazda B4000, which is an updated version of the latest generation Ranger. It is still in a stellar state, but when it comes time to replace it, I would prefer to do this with the help of a modern average size, rather than face the gigantic dimensions of the last crop of full-size varieties daily.
Of course, I’ll have to give up my current driver’s manual gearbox, but this is a sacrifice that I’m ready to make in exchange for the practicality of a medium-sized pickup truck – and from what I’ve read so far, the new Ranger doesn’t seem to disappoint.
Well, I have a car most I look forward to driving in 2019, this is my own car, which is currently jacking. 🙁
[No, for real, Clayton, –Ed.]
Well, if I had to choose a new car, I would say that I am very pleased with the new generation of hot rods in Detroit. The long-awaited mid-engined C8 Corvette will undoubtedly be a winner, full of superlatives, and I can't wait to see what they come up with. I am hoping for a supercharged V8, dual clutch gearbox and a lot of carbon fiber. I am also very happy to see (and drive) the new GT500 Mustang. The messages say that he will have more than 700 hp, and I can not wait to hear this crazy noise of the supercharger. It may be the king of the road in terms of pony cars when it comes out.
The more cars I drive, the more I crave for simplicity and the traditional combination of rear-wheel drive with a manual transmission on the track, so the 718 Cayman GT4 sounds almost perfect in my mind. Of all the cars currently on the market, the 718 Cayman provides perhaps the most exciting driving experience, so raising it to the performance level of the GT4 is the perfect recipe to rediscover driving magic and find a decent turning speed around the racetrack.