2019 was a busy year for the automotive world. Let’s take a look at the 5 most talked-about cars this year.
A lot of exciting car news came out in 2019. Insane achievements and impressive releases made the final year of the 2010’s memorable for car geeks everywhere. I’ve chosen 5 of the most hyped cars that were boosted to stardom this year out of the sizeable pool of options, and the list is in no particular order.
Audi RS6 Avant
Finally, Audi is bringing the fastest wagon on the planet to the American market. We’ve been clamoring long enough for the Germans to send us something to satisfy our speed-deprived sleeper cravings (yes, I’m a part of this wagon brotherhood). The unfortunate cause of this withholding is simple: American’s don’t buy wagons. It’s just not financially sensible to send a flagship model to a market that won’t buy it. But at last, we have one.
The RS6 is coming with a plethora of new gadgetry, and of course enough power to make your cheeks wrap around the back of your ears. The 22-inch wheels and brakes are taken directly from the Lamborghini Urus. A 4.0L V8 resides under the hood complimented by twin turbochargers and is paired with a 48 volt hybrid system. The 591 horsepower and 590 ft.-lb. of torque is more than juicy enough for the wagon. The sleek, sleeper design is what we all want from a wagon, so now it’s time to line up and reassure Audi that yes, we want the RS6.
Chevrolet Corvette C8
Ah yes, it had to happen at some point. Many Americans were less than pleased at the ‘Euroization’ of the Corvette, by moving the engine to the rear. Front engine, rear wheel drive is what the established American supercar was known for. But the numbers don’t lie. The specs look pretty tasty, as well as the starting price of just under $60,000.
First off, the C8 can hit 60mph in less than three seconds, thanks to the 495 horsepower pumping out of the 6.2L V8, named the LT2. That acceleration time puts it up near original Bugatti Veyron numbers, and that car has 1,001 horsepower. The C8 also gets rid of dated leaf springs underneath and allows the car to handle much better than previous generations. So, while the C8 goes against tradition, does it really matter? Duel it out on the track.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
304 mph. Bugatti finally reached that elusive speed with a Chiron, breaking the record for fastest production car, and promptly announced a new car is on the way. This production car is called the Chiron Super Sport 300+ and is similar in both looks and specs to the record-setting Chiron. Though the production car will lack the rollcage, it is equipped with a standard ride height and a passenger seat.
Bugatti admitted that a speed limiter will be installed, but that speed is unknown. Typically, tires are the weak point at high-speed, and are probably the culprit contributing to this limiter. However, Bugatti has hinted at a chance for owners to go 300mph on Ehra-Lessien (the test track on which the record was set), but that is unconfirmed. Regardless, the excitement around this achievement was incredible.
One of the biggest anticipated announcements this year was the Mk V Supra. The Mk IV had been appointed legendary status, and people were ready for the next edition. The Mk V is a solid performer, but garnered some negative publicity mostly for the styling and BMW’s input. While the reception of the FT-1 concept was largely positive, the new Supra avoided some of the more aggressive aspects.
Regardless, the numbers and critical reviews of the Mk V are very respectable. The Mk IV had an almost ‘supercar killer’ reputation, while the Mk 5 is more of a daily driver, middle-of-the-road sports car. The new Supra is also easy to drive and tackles corners effortlessly thanks to 1.07g’s of lateral grip on the skid pad. As with nearly everything, there will be fans of the Mk V Supra, as well as disappointment.
I’m sure you were expecting this one. Elon Musk has an incredible knack of getting people to talk about his products. The Cybertruck is no different. You didn’t have to be a car enthusiast to know what that geometric truck was, as Tesla had everyone talking about it.
The announcement blunders didn’t help either. The armored glass wasn’t really armored at all. If you listened closely, you could hear the engineer’s sweat dripping onto the floor. The styling was something that was truly futuristic, yet evoked thoughts of cars from the 70’s-80’s (Lancia Stratos anyone?). Regardless of whether Tesla will keep those body lines for the production model or not, this was definitely a vehicle that was on everyone’s mind.
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