With the roll-out of the 2022 RS3, Audi reveals it has once again trimmed, tweaked & upgraded their smallest performance car with attention focused on the drive. With increased torque (& a new torque vectoring rear axle) from its 401-horsepower motor, it delivers a very respectable 0-62 time of 3.8 & top speeds hitting 180. The stance looks a bit meaner than the outgoing model & so does the blacked-out grill.
There are options aplenty if you want to drive a 2022 Porsche 911 GTS. The latest 992-generation GTS coupe & convertible will be available in both rear-wheel and AWD configurations as well as an AWD Targa variant. Powered by a twin-turbo 3-liter flat-six, it outputs 437-horsepower through either an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic or a 7-speed manual transmission. All models are available for order now to be delivered in the early months of ’22.
For 2022 Jaguar has dropped the 4 & 6-cylinder F-Types from its lineup, replacing them with the P450; a V-8 powered variant that packs 444 horsepower. It will also be available in either all-wheel or RWD specifications. It jumps from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 177MPH. And for the new model year, the only other F-Type will be the high-performance R variant, fitted with a 575-hp supercharged V-8.
The 2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible xDrive is the long way of saying there’s a new M4. The all-wheel drive open-top coupe is powered by a S58 3.0-liter straight-six tuned to output 503 horsepower. Which it sends through a 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission—with sixth gear being the direct drive. Top speed, 174 MPH. Though a manual shift model will not be offered, the front-axle can be disengaged to convert it to a pure rear-wheel drive experience. Sounds fun.
Audi just unplugged and unveiled a new all-electric compact crossover. The forthcoming 2022 Q4 E-Tron will be available in 2 variants, including a fresh-looking fastback. Three trim levels will be available as well, with corresponding increases in power, from the 167 hp single motor version to the 295 hp AWD Quattro model. Mileage numbers range from 221 to north of 300. No word yet on the Q4’s USA on-sale date.
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Designed to be the first truly premium luxury electric sedan on the market, Mercedes’ forthcoming 2022 EQS sets a high bar. Similar in detail to its gas-powered S-Class counterparts, this car delivers a mix of luxury, power, and range that is truly impressive. The EQS features a 107.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack that delivers 480-miles of range. As far as power, the dual-motor version makes 516 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque. 200-kilowatt charging also means that 186 miles of range can be added in just 15 minutes. As for the level of tech & luxe in the interior, one word: wow!
Motorsport maniac Ken Block has teamed up with collectible car broker LBI to offer three iconic rally cars from the YouTube superstar’s deeply stacked garage. The cars include a 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43, a 2011 Ford Fiesta GYM3, & an ultra-rare 1986 Ford RS200. These are the actual cars Block “drove” in the Gymkhana 3, 6, 8, and Terrakhana films which have now amassed over 200+ million views.
BMW just unveiled its first all-electric sedan, the i4. Boasting 530 horsepower and a range of up to 300 miles, it will also be offered in an M performance model. BMW hasn’t released full specs on the i4 yet but this sleek full-size sedan will be among the brand’s cleanest and most advanced vehicles yet. Available in 2022.
In its steady advance towards a cleaner, simpler future, Volvo is rolling out a fresh battery-powered crossover. The plug-in C40 Recharge offers seating for four with ample rear headroom. A 75-kWh battery pack powers electric motors on each axle for a total of 402 horsepower and an estimated EPA range of 210 miles. It uses an Android-based OS to link seamlessly with apps like Google maps. The launch of the C40 is a milestone—the first Volvo for which there is no gas-powered counterpart.
Few imagined we’d ever see an electric station wagon bearing the Porsche emblem. But the forthcoming 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo makes it real. With a slightly taller ride height and protective exterior cladding, it’s got a slightly off-roadish attitude as well. For families and hauling toys, the extra cargo capacity makes it practical. It offers a range of 277-miles on a charge with performance stats similar to its existing sedan counterpart.
For its latest all-electric offering, Audi shifted from the crossover & SUV categories to create a new high performance sedan. The 2022 e-tron Quattro GT will become the 6th electric Audi and the very first sedan. With more than 460 horsepower and a range of 238 miles, it is both fast and efficient, pulling 0-60 in 3.1 and a top speed north of 150MPH. With its 800-volt electrical architecture, it can recharge from 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes. As for the tech, trim, and finish of this new GT, it is most certainly a head-turner.
As GM looks ahead to producing electric-only vehicles, Cadillac will lead the way. But not before rolling out a 668-horsepower supercharged V8 that boasts a top speed north of 200MPH. The 2022 CT5-V Blackwing will become the most powerful Caddy ever produced, merging executive-level luxe with pulse-quickening performance.
Powered by a 400-horsepower all electric motor, the new Porsche Taycan is the brand’s entry-level electric sedan. EPA efficiency has not yet been released but it is a rear-wheel drive design with a 0-60 time of 5.1 & a top speed of 143. Its 79.2-kWh battery pack supports DC Fast Charging. Arriving Spring ’21.
With an updated design inspired by the all-new Wagoneer, the forthcoming 2021 Grand Cherokee L, is a more luxurious 3-row SUV. It will be available with 3 powertrain options & later in the year, a variant offering 2-row seating. LED lighting, oversized wheels and upgraded interior details mark the L as a more refined yet off-road capable ride truly worthy of the Jeep nameplate.
Blowing past Ford’s own originally projected performance numbers, the forthcoming 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT makes 480-horsepower & 600 lb-ft of torque. That’s good for 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and certainly worthy of the GT designation. The range on a full charge is a respectable 250 miles. Details like Brembo brakes, blacked-out 20s, & a carbonized black grill add a little extra sauce.
Powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi engine that pumps out 470 horsepower & 470 pound-feet of torque, Jeep’s 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 marks the return of the V8 Wrangler. One that tears from 0 to 60 in 4.5 and sounds like a beast with its throaty dual-mode exhaust. Available only in four-door & finished in Unlimited trim, it offers full-time Selec-Trac 4WD & an 8-speed automatic transmission. Pricing for this desert-ready rig has not been released but being the most powerful Wrangler yet, it’s sure to be the priciest.
For 2022, Volkswagen has made their Golf R more powerful than ever—which is impressive considering its pedigree. Its fiery little turbocharged 4-cylinder twists up 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, with a 6-speed stick as the sole tranny option. Sounds fun. Especially with 4Motion AWD that got upgraded to a gain a torque vectoring function for improved cornering control. Coming to America late 2021.
Paying homage the original “jeep,” the World War II Willys MB, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys Edition offers upgraded suspension, beefy BFG’s, a limited-slip differential, and other off-road bits pulled from Rubicon models. Powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a manual tranny, it features blacked-out trim plus wheels, grill, and roof for a stealth, mil-spec inspired look. Available early 2021.
For 2021, BMW has completely redesigned its 4-Series coupe. In addition to a fresh front-end topped-off by large dual kidney grills, the foldable drop-top 430 is available with either a 255 gas or 382 horsepower hybrid drivetrain. The roof shaves off 40% of weight compared to a hard top, which translates to some impressive numbers for both speed & efficiency.
Volkswagen’s forthcoming all-electric ID.4 is a mid-size SUV with pricing & utility aimed at the masses. Powered by either a 201 single-motor or 300 horsepower dual-motor system, the ID.4 boasts an EPA adjusted range of 250 miles and a price tag below Tesla Model Y. Pre-order is open now.