Kia says goodbye to the Optima, and hello to the K5. The sedan features an all-new platform, a slick new fastback look, and a lower, longer, and wider stance. Two turbo-4 engines will be available: a 1.6L with 180 hp and 195 lb-ft. torque (FWD or AWD), and a 2.5L with 290 hp and 311 lb-ft. torque, which comes standard on the K5 GT.
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Ford’s popular F-150 pickup truck has a bold new exterior and interior, and can be equipped with all kinds of goodies, like a PowerBoost hybrid engine that goes 700 mi per tank and tows 12,000 lb, a Pro Power system which lets you plug in power tools in the bed, a tailgate work surface, and a huge 12″ touchscreen among other things.
Inspired by GMC’s badass sports pickup trucks of the early ’90s, Specialty Vehicle Engineering’s modern take is based on a 2021 GMC Canyon, bestowed with a supercharged 5.3L V8 that makes 750hp and 600 lb-ft. of torque. Its suspension has been lowered, and it has all-wheel drive for fast launches and confident handling.
BMW’s hot sports sedan has a sharp new look for its front and rear end, while keeping its powerful 4.4L twin-turbo V8 that makes up to 617hp in Competition trim, launching the 5-seater to 60mph in just 3.1 sec. Also new for 2021 is a 12.3 touchscreen display, wireless Android Auto, and a track mode for the M5 Competition.
After a 17 year break, the powerful and dramatically-styled Mustang Mach 1 is back. It rocks a 5.0L V8 that makes 480 hp, upgraded cooling and aero components, magnetic adaptive dampers, and either a Tremec 6-speed manual, or a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic. The black accents and racing stripes are Mach 1 staples.
Lexus’ long-running sports sedan gets a crisp new look, along with upgrades to its handling and dynamics. The car has seen enhancements to its chassis and suspension for a more connected and refined feel. It’s more than an inch longer and wider than before, and can now be equipped with 19″ wheels for greater grip.
Porsche’s understated supercar doesn’t look that different, but she’s got it where it counts. It’s wider, has staggered wheels, 10-piston carbon ceramic brakes, enhanced aero, and can go 0-to-62 in 2.7 sec, thanks to its massively-upgraded 641 bhp, 3.8L twin-turbo flat-6. With AWD and rear-wheel steering it’s precise too.
For 2021, the already fun to drive Toyota GR Supra 3.0 gets a power bump to 382hp, shaving 2/10ths off its 0-to-60 time, down to 3.9 sec. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 version is also on tap with 255hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque, as well as an A91 special edition with carbon fiber bits, matte black wheels, and a sweet new Refraction Blue paint color.
Jaguar’s sexy 2-seat beast gets a new front end with a more aggressive, linear look, with LED headlights and a new clamshell hood. The supercharged V8 F-TYPE R jumps to 575 hp and 516 lb-ft. torque and gets suspension refinements. Inside, there’s a new 12.3″ digital instrument cluster, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard.
Audi’s pure electric crossover is expected to produce up to 350hp, with a range somewhere around 277 miles per charge. Like the recently-revealed Mustang Mach-E, it has an aerodynamic side profile with fastback looks, and is packed with the latest tech. The AWD e-tron Sportback 55 quattro can do 0-to-62 mph in 5.7 seconds.
Lexus presents a drop-top version of its sexy and powerful LC 500 Coupe. It’s still got concept car looks and that growly 471 hp V8, but now you can enjoy the exhaust note with the wind in you hair. Limited to 100 units, the Inspiration Series gets Structural Blue paint, a beautiful white leather interior, and chrome/black 21-inch wheels.
Chevrolet’s updated Colorado ZR2 off-road truck features a bold and aggressive new fascia and standard red tow hooks, while retaining its impressive Multimatic DSSV dampers, 2-inch lift, wide track, front and rear locking diffs, skid plates, and more. The truck will make its public debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
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