The thrilling recent auto shows are giving way to expectations about the releases coming in the year ahead. For 2014, new spins on iconic muscle cars will battle for attention alongside futuristic sports cars and performance vehicles without equal. Here are seven cars generating high expectations ahead of their 2014 debuts.
Toyota is looking to build up its thrill factor in 2014, and the Lexus RC Coupe is one of the cars leading the charge. The RC Coupe, which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 , will feature a 3.6-liter V6 capable of generating 314 horsepower on 280 pounds-feet of torque. All in all, it’s a coupe that ought to get the blood pumping in the veins of car lovers everywhere.
It’s difficult to overestimate the success GM has had in its rollout of the Corvette Stingray. All eyes will be on Detroit when GM unveils the Corvette Z06 at the January auto show in the Motor City. Chevy sees the new Z06 going into production in late 2014 and being capable of tackling the likes of a Porsche (POAHF.PK) on the track. The 2013 model (pictured) features a 505-hp V8 that can hit top speeds of 198 mph on 470 lb-ft of torque. If GM outdoes those specs, it will have an epic car on its hands.
Back in 1914, the Dodge brothers made their first automobile. To celebrate, Chrysler (FIATY.PK) will unveil a 100th anniversary edition of its Dodge Challenger in January 2014. Special red paint jobs, a jeweled key fob, and anniversary badging will come in the limited-edition Challengers that start at $30,795. Maximum horsepower tops out at 375 with the Hemi V8.
In terms of pure explosiveness, the Nissan (NSANY.PK) GT-R Nismo may have no equal among the 2014 debuts. The crown jewel of Nissan Motor Sports made an appearance at the L.A. Auto Show and will go on sale in late 2014 with its fearsome 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT. That package allows the GT-R to generate 600 horsepower on 481 lb-ft of torque. Nissan is touting the fact that it holds the record for production cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track. Pricing is expected to come in around $200,000.
After the successful debut of the Infiniti Q50, it’s time for Nissan to show what its premium brand can do from a performance standpoint. The Q50 Eau Rouge is a Formula One-inspired version of the Infiniti flagship that will debut at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January. The automaker says it will blend “road car technology and a thoroughbred motorsport vision” to reach its goal of “extreme performance.”
Honda is pushing its own performance brand to new heights with the 2014 debut of the Acura NSX hybrid supercar. The automaker confirmed to Edmunds that the NSX will have a specially designed powertrain that includes three electric motors and a dual-clutch transmission of at least six gears. That led the car site to hypothesize 3.7-liter displacement capable of generating 550 horsepower on the low end. Pricing is expected to be just north of $100,000, making it a supercar with a slightly larger audience.
The new version of original muscle icon is making its way to dealerships in mid-2014. The 2015 Ford Mustang may not have the aggressive look of its predecessors, but life-long fans are raving about the handling and performance in the new incarnation. Ford’s global focus led to the new Mustang including even a fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine, but a 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 will be available for muscle fiends.
For car lovers, 2014 is going to be a miraculous year. These seven dazzling vehicles will be leading the charge.
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