Revhead Ramblings: 2019 is a Huge Year For Cars
- January 3, 2019
- Posted by: Alex Baker
- Category: Revhead Ramblings
The new year is upon us and every car fanatic is waiting with baited breath for the cars we’ve been so cruelly teased with over the past year; or in some cases decades!
Electrification is obviously due to be a big element this year, however that’s not to say we’ll be without our beloved fossil fuel burners! Only time will tell just how far manufacturers are willing to push consumers in order to achieve their emission targets.
The Supra Returns
It’s been 17 years since we last saw a Supra leave the production line, but now after seven years of production alongside BMW we’re finally able to experience our Fast and Furious dreams!
The all-new Supra is due to be officially released at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit in January; however, the final design will be of little surprise after Toyota’s German division leaked yet more photos.
It’s expected to go on sale in the first half of 2019, priced at roughly £50,000; I suppose they’ve got to find the money for seven years of R&D from somewhere… Speaking at the Geneva show, Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada said “a front-mounted six-cylinder turbocharged engine powering the rear wheels was the configuration favoured by owners and aficionados of previous versions of the Supra.” The engine is expected to produce approximately 300bhp and 470nm of torque, enough for a 0-62mph time around the five second mark.
Audi’s marketing department have their work cut out this year with new cars coming in all shapes and sizes. The A8, A7 and A6 are all due to receive the S treatment; though the turbocharged V6s are expected in the two smaller cars. Thankfully this leaves plenty of room for the slightly mad RS models to make their mark!
The RS6 and RS7 are also due for a touch up. For the first time ever, both cars are expected to go the way of Mercedes and be offered in two states of tune. The faster of the tunes is expected to take advantage of a hybrid-boost system to take power past 700bhp! The new A3, and S3 respectively, are due to make an appearance too.
The Concept Honda
The Honda Urban EV was one of last year’s most loved concepts, combining a squat hatchback stance and retro detailing with a thoroughly modern electric powertrain. We’re now due to see it in 2019, let’s just hope it’s as exciting to drive as Honda have promised… It’s sure to be a hit however, as people become more environmentally conscious, the need for an affordable EV is only going to increase!
Reviewers raved when they drove the new Focus ST-Line, it’s smaller, lighter and lower than the current car, so we’re quietly confident the full fat ST will be a serious contender on the market. Horsepower is predicted to sit around 270bhp, this puts it firmly in contention with the Renault Sport Megane and Hyundai i30 N. The Golf GTI may be just out of reach however, with the Golf R expected to push beyond 350bhp to fend off the Merc-AMG A35, the GTI can extend its limits too.
Obviously, this is just a slither of everything on offer over the next 12 months, we’re sure to see some wacky idea from Musk and a few more start-ups entice us with concepts only to disappear the next week. One company we’ve all heard of but never seen a car from is Italdesign; they’re due to have an exciting year…
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