Published on January 15th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
The Five Coolest Cars Coming out in 2018.
It’s 2018 and all current model year vehicles have been announced, if not released. In fact, several 2019 vehicles have long been announced and are slated to be released later this year. They cover the gamut from cheap pickup trucks to unobtainium hypercars. Here are just five of them. Note that Canadian pricing is not available on any of these vehicles as of this writing, so we converted the U.S. figures to Canadian dollars. (We figured the actual retail price to be higher by several thousand dollars because of import tariffs.)
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 (Price: $44,000).
After suffering numerous production delays, the long-awaited Tesla – with its game-changing 310 miles/500 km of pure electric range – has started trickling into the North American market. “Trickling” is no euphemism: as of January 3, 2018, CNBC was reporting that 1,550 Model 3s have been delivered thus far, which is way short of the rumored 500,000 reservations the company has on its books since it started taking $1,000 USD deposits back in 2016. Early reports from lucky owners are excellent with many noting that the car handles superbly, so the wait might just be worth it.
The 2019 Ford Ranger (Price: $19,000).
Seven years or so after it was shelved, the baby brother of the ubiquitous F-150 pickup is set to return for the 2019 model year. Fans of this utilitarian, affordable truck will be pleased to learn that the new version is expected to come with three powertrain options: a turbocharged EcoBoost 4-banger, a naturally-aspirated V6 and a diesel – possibly the 3.2 liters, 5-cylinder powerplant that’s currently used in the Transit van.
The 2019 BMW Z4 (Price: $62,000).
BMW’s Z series has been the epitome of cool ever since Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond was seen driving a Z3 in the 1996 movie GoldenEye. The soft-topped, rear-wheel drive roadster is expected to be offered in three versions: the base model will likely be powered by the existing 2.0 litres turbo four that’s rated at 180 horsepower (hp) and 200 pound-foot (lb-ft) of torque in the 320i. The next step up will get you 248 hp and 258 lb-ft, while the upper trim level is expected to use the 340i’s straight-6 that currently produces 320 hp and 340 lb-ft. Sadly, fans of the Bavarian automaker’s “M” subsidiary will have to exercise patience, as BMW has no immediate plans to let their high-performance team work their magic on the Z model.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (Price: $149,000).
The “Ferrari Killer” is back with a vengeance after being absent from Chevy’s catalogue since 2013. The new version is likely to annoy and irritate Italian supercar owners just as much as it did in the past. With its ridiculous 755 horsepower/715 lb-ft of torque on tap and a claimed top speed of 210 mph, all of which can be yours for a fraction of the price of Modena’s finest. If the race car-inspired spoiler and electric orange paintwork isn’t quite attention-grabbing for you, there’s a convertible version in the works. Mamma mia!
The McLaren BP23 (Price: $2,48 million).
If the price tag that’s attached to the F1’s successor seems outrageous, I’ve got good news for you: you can’t buy it anyway. All 106 examples are already spoken for. As was the case with the F1, the BP23 places its driver right in the middle of the car and its cabin can somehow accommodate two passengers, with extra seats planted on either side and just abaft the driver. Performance specs? While McLaren has yet to release official numbers, a 789 hp V8 with a 220+ mph top speed and 0-60 mph figure of 2.6 seconds are expected. Note that the above-mentioned Corvette’s 0-60 time is just 0.1 second slower than the McLaren’s (at 1/16 of the price), so if you weren’t allowed the privilege to spend your hard-earned millions on McLaren’s latest toy, you can always drown your sorrows by buying a whole fleet of Vettes.
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