Motor Trend|September 2021

We’re all still on the wild ride that began in earnest 18 months ago, but if nothing else, a lot of things sure do feel different right now than they did at this time last year. We’ll save talk about challenges faced by new car dealers and customers for our Buyer’s Guide issue next month; right now, it’s time to look toward what’s beyond the horizon.

Whether you’re most interested in peering ahead to the near term or further down the road, we have you covered with all of our latest intel on cars of the future. And with info that breaks down more than 50 of the most noteworthy vehicles set to arrive within the next few years—from the continuation of some of the world’s most famous conventional gasoline-powered models to a quickly growing fleet of EVs—there’s sure to be more than a few cars here that catch your eye.

So, get reading, and look forward to the time when the recent unpleasantness will hopefully be even further in our rearview and the models featured on these pages hit the streets. They’ll all be here before you know it.

2023 Aston Martin DBX AMR

WHAT IT IS: A high-performance version of Aston Martin’s stylish SUV. The DBX AMR is aimed squarely at Lamborghini’s Urus.

WHY IT MATTERS: Aston Martin’s first SUV is already a hit, quickly accounting for close to half the marque’s total sales despite being launched in the middle of the pandemic. New Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers believes DBX sales could reach 5,000 vehicles per year, so he has made expanding the DBX family a priority. As such, the DBX AMR won’t be the only addition to the DBX lineup: Two hybrid models are also coming within two years.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Whereas the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the regular DBX makes 542 hp, the DBX AMR is expected to get a Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S engine with at least 603 hp— and perhaps up to 650 hp, Aston insiders say—and 627 lb-ft or more of torque. To match the 641-hp Urus, the quickest SUV we’ve ever tested, the DBX AMR will need to scoot from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds, almost a second quicker than the standard DBX.

The mil- hybrid version of the DBX will have a turbocharged and electrically supercharged 429-hp 3.0-liter straight-six under the hood, plus a 21-hp motor mounted between the engine and the nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s basically the AMG 53 powertrain, and in the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, it delivers a 0–60 time of 5.2 seconds and city/highway fuel economy of 18/23 mpg.

The plug-in hybrid DBX will likely be powered by the potent AMG E-Performance powertrain scheduled to make its debut in the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG GT73e four-door coupe. Combining the 603-hp version of the AMG twin-turbo V-8 with a 201-hp motor mounted at the rear axle, that means this PHEV Aston SUV should pack more than 800 horsepower..


EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: The Aston Martin DBX AMR is expected to go on sale in 2022. The MHEV DBX goes on sale later this year, and the PHEV DBX is scheduled to arrive in 2023.

2024 Aston Martin Valhalla

WHAT IT IS: A limited-edition mid-engine supercar that borrows key technologies from the Adrian Newey–designed multimillion-dollar Aston Martin Valkyrie halo car.

WHY IT MATTERS: Aimed at niche hypercars like the Ferrari SF90 and the McLaren Senna, the mid-engine Valhalla is designed to showcase Aston Martin technology and to fill the gap between the ultra-exotic V-12-powered Valkyrie and the mainstream mid-engine Vanquish. Although it shares some of the Valkyrie’s design and aerodynamic features, the Valhalla is designed to be a more all-around usable car. The interior is still relatively minimalist, but it has much more room.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Whereas the Vanquish has a bonded aluminum chassis, the Valhalla will have a carbon-fiber monocoque like the Valkyrie, as well as lots of lightweight components and dramatic ground effects/aerodynamic elements.

Like the Vanquish, the Valhalla was intended to be fitted with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 developed in-house by Aston Martin. However, the engine was canceled last year after new CEO Tobias Moers found it was still in the very early stages of development and would have cost too much to ultimately put into production.

The Valhalla will be powered by a hybrid powertrain built around a version of the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 fitted with unique components to boost power and torque. This engine will be significantly different from the V-8 fitted to the Vanquish. Like the Vanquish, though, the Valhalla will be all-wheel drive, with electric motors at the front axle providing extra traction and improved agility via torque vectoring. The total system output should be around 1,000 horsepower.



2025 Aston Martin Vanquish

WHAT IT IS: Aston Martin’s first “mainstream” mid-engine supercar. The Vanquish will be priced and equipped to compete with Ferrari’s F8 successor and Lamborghini’s next Huracán.

WHY IT MATTERS: The mid-engine Vanquish is designed to expand Aston Martin’s regular sports car lineup and will be sold alongside the company’s traditional front-engine Vantage and DB11 models. Although only a clay model of a coupe version has been shown, it is suspected that a convertible is under development, as well, with more powerful iterations likely to appear before the end of the decade. CEO Moers, who formerly headed Mercedes-AMG, believes the company could sell up to 3,000 Vanquishes per year.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: The Vanquish platform is constructed from bonded aluminum, and the car will feature an all-wheel-drive, hybrid powertrain with electric motors powering the front wheels.

When Aston Martin announced in 2019 it was building the Vanquish, the car’s internal combustion engine was intended to be an all-new Aston-developed 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. But that powerplant, which had scarcely progressed beyond the early prototype phase when Moers arrived last August, has been axed. Instead, the Vanquish will be powered by a version of AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, revised for a mid-engine configuration. To be competitive against its Italian and British targets, the Vanquish is expected to pack 700 horsepower or more. The Vanquish will also get the new Aston Martin infotainment system being rolled out in refreshed versions of the DB11 and Vantage over the next three years.


EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: Fall/winter 2024

2024 Audi A6 E-Tron

WHAT IT IS: An electric version of the A6, one of Audi’s core nameplates, as previewed by this year’s A6 E-Tron concept. Whereas Audi’s first serious electric vehicle efforts have been the low-volume E-Tron SUV and E-Tron GT fastback sedan, this sleek-looking A6 EV is a sign of mainstream things to come for the four-ring brand. And surprise: It’ll be sold alongside the more conventional-looking regular A6.

WHY IT MATTERS: Audi reports 95 percent of the concept will translate to the production car. The sleek new sheet metal shows off the latest evolution of Audi’s design language, including the new “inverted face” front end, which swaps the traditional dark grille area and body-color front bumper treatment of its conventional cars and SUVs.

In profile, the concept car looks more like an A7 than it does an A6. Credit the fastback roofline, which imparts not only style but also slipperier aerodynamics: The A6 E-Tron concept has an impressively low claimed 0.22 coefficient of drag, just 0.02 higher than Mercedes-Benz’s pedestrian looking EQS flagship.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: The sleek A6 E-Tron uses a new platform co-developed with Porsche. Dubbed Premium Platform Electric, or PPE, it will underpin all-electric Audis—as well as Porsches and Bentleys—for the foreseeable future. This modular platform supports single-motor rear-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains, and it’s capable of up to 270-kW charging speeds. That’s about 80 kW less than initially promised but still 20 kW more than the quickest Tesla Supercharger.

The production A6 E-Tron will showcase PPE’s flexibility, offering rear- and all-wheel drive, as well as single or dual motors. The concept’s two motors produce a total of 469 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, splitting the performance difference between the current Audi S6 and RS6. Unlike the E-Tron GT, we expect the A6 E-Tron concept to have a single-speed direct-drive transmission instead of a two-speed unit. Audi says its concept can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds, which we assume the road model will match.

Thanks to its 100-kWh battery pack, the A6 E-Tron concept claims more than 435 miles on a charge—albeit as measured on the rather optimistic European WLTP test. For comparison purposes, the 2021 Audi E-Tron SUV is WLTP-rated at 248 miles of range, but its EPA rating is 222 miles. Expect the 2024 A6 E-Tron to score north of 300 miles on the EPA cycle when it goes on sale here in 2024. Assuming you can find a station capable of charging at that 270-kW max, 10 minutes of charging is said to add 186 miles of range. Juicing the battery pack from 5 to 80 percent requires as little as 25 minutes on said charger, according to Audi.

ESTIMATED PRICE: $55,000 (single motor)


2023 Audi Q6 E-Tron

WHAT IT IS: Audi’s first two electric vehicles, the E-Tron SUV and E-Tron GT fastback, are flagships of sorts for the automaker. But the upcoming 2023 Audi Q6 E-Tron is slated to be Audi’s first heart-of-market electric luxury SUV. This Q5-sized compact electric SUV (and its future electric Porsche Macan stablemate) will be Audi’s answer to the Tesla Model Y, Jaguar I-Pace, and Mercedes EQC, among others.

WHY IT MATTERS: Automakers have finally realized that in order to sell electric-powered vehicles, they have to build cars people actually want to buy. This means compact SUVs, and especially luxury ones. For Audi, the 2023 Q6 E-Tron will be the SUV counterpart to the brand’s coming A6 E-Tron sedan, helping to amortize costs for the (likely) slower-selling A6 and providing an alternative for those who find the Q4 E-Tron too small and others who find the original E-Tron SUV too large.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Like the A6 E-Tron, the Q6 E-Tron will be built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture co-developed with Porsche and Bentley.

Officially, Audi hasn’t yet disclosed powertrain details for the Q6 E-Tron, but we’d be shocked (no pun intended) if it didn’t mirror the A6 E-Tron lineup. We expect the top powertrain option on the Q6 E-Tron to feature dual motors with about 470 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, backed up by a 100-kWh battery pack. A smaller battery pack and single motor rear-drive option are also likely.

You can expect a driving range north of 250 miles for the Q6 E-Tron. Like the A6 E-Tron and E-Tron GT, the Q6 E-Tron will be capable of quick-charging at seriously quick speeds—up to 270 kW, or 20 kW higher than Tesla’s latest V3 Superchargers. That will make the Q6 E-Tron road-trip friendly, with a theoretical 5–80 percent charge time of just 25 minutes.

ESTIMATED PRICE: Expect a base Q6 E-Tron to sticker for somewhere in the $50,000–$55,000 range before any applicable federal, state, and local rebates and incentives.


2023 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid

WHAT IT IS: A plug-in hybrid version of Bentley’s luxurious four-door sedan.

WHY IT MATTERS: Bentley has announced that by 2030 it will produce nothing but electric vehicles. Before it moves away from internal combustion engine road cars, though, Bentley will offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its lineup over the next three years. The Bentayga Hybrid has just gone on sale in the U.S.; the Flying Spur sedan will be next, followed by the Continental GT coupe and convertible.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Being part of the VW Group—and being closely aligned to Porsche within the group—gives Bentley ready access to a bunch of useful hardware and technology. For example, the Flying Spur shares all of its structure ahead of the firewall with Porsche’s Panamera and its center section with the long-wheelbase Panamera Executive. The rear section of the platform is unique to the Bentley, however. It allows for a more comfort-oriented suspension setup and features a roomy conventional trunk instead of the Porsche hatchback.

The Flying Spur Hybrid will thus get a version of the plug-in hybrid powertrain used in the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. That means a 325-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood, aided and abetted by a 134-hp motor mounted between the internal combustion engine and the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Total system output will be 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The 17.9-kWh battery pack will add about 500 pounds to the car’s overall weight compared with the 542-hp/516-lb-ft Flying Spur V8, but it should provide about 14 to 18 miles of EV range. Despite more weight and less power, the Flying Spur Hybrid should still accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.0 seconds and have a top speed in excess of 170 mph.



2023 BMW 7 Series

WHAT IT IS: The 7 Series is BMW’s biggest, most luxurious sedan and its model with the most gravitas. First launched in the late 1970s, the 7 has long served as Bavaria’s answer to Stuttgart’s S-Class. It should exemplify the best of BMW, and it has usually boasted a number of engine options and wheelbase lengths. For most of its existence, it’s been the driver’s choice among large luxury cars.

WHY IT MATTERS: In an SUV-dominated world, this big Bimmer wants to show it still has a place. With this new generation—the 7’s seventh—it will still be able to serve as eminently comfortable and luxurious chauffeured transportation. It should also be good enough to drive that owners who don’t want to get hauled around can take the wheel and feel satisfied. Recent 7 Series models have failed to deliver in the latter regard, and our fingers are crossed that this next-generation car brings just as much “ultimate driving machine” to the table as bleeding-edge infotainment, safety, and advanced driver assistance tech.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: The 2023 BMW 7 Series will be built on the modular architecture that underpins the current i4 and offers a plethora of propulsion options. The turbocharged I-6 and V-8 engines are likely to carry over from the current 7 Series, and they might produce slightly more power. However, the V-12 found in the M760Li is almost assuredly shuffling off its gas-fueled coil due to tighter global emissions regulations. An eight-speed automatic transmission will route power to either the rear or all four wheels.

The headline powertrain news, however, is that the 2023 7er will also be available as a fully electric vehicle. Although details on this version’s setup are scarce, it’s safe to assume range, power output, and motor configurations will, at the very least, match those of the BMW i4 M50. That means—in the top-spec version—at least 500 horsepower from a pair of electric motors, a 100-kWh battery, and at least 300 miles on a single charge. There’s no word on whether the EV will take on the “i7” moniker, though. For those not ready to make the full EV switch, plug-in hybrid power is in the cards.

EXPECTED PRICE: The current 7 starts at more than $86,000, but the new car’s base price will creep closer to $90,000. With the M760Li removed from the range, the top-of-the-line 7 Series will be the most powerful and longest-range EV variant, which will likely peg at $140,000 or so.


2022 BMW i4 EV

WHAT IT IS: BMW’s most conventional electric car and I brand model to date, the i4 is a fastback sedan rather similar to the gas-powered 4 Series Gran Coupe. Under the sheet metal, though, this one is packed with batteries and electric motors. Although the unfortunate bucktooth grille is present and accounted for, it’s at least functional, housing sensors needed for advanced driver assistance systems.

WHY IT MATTERS: Whereas every other i model has been a rather extreme experiment in design, the i4 will appeal to folks interested in EVs who prefer not to drive a rolling science project. Comparatively, it’s far and away from the safest bet, mixing traditional appeal with impressive range and power. It’s the first I model to get an M variant, though the i4 M50 is more of an M Sport than a full-fledged M car.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Built on BMW’s new EV platform that’ll underpin a range of new cars, the i4 promises up to 300 miles of range and up to 536 hp, though not on the same trim level. The basic rear-drive i4 eDrive40 is the range winner, while the power-champ M50 comes in at 245 miles, as both models use the same 84-kWh battery. That battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 31 minutes on a 200-kW DC fast charger. The single-motor eDrive40 will make 335 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, enough to hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, BMW says. The dual-motor M50 makes up to 536 hp and 586 lb-ft of torque in over-boost mode and can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, per BMW. (Normally, it makes 469 hp and 538 lb-ft.)

ESTIMATED PRICE: The i4 eDrive40 will start at $56,395, and the i4 M50 at $66,895. Adaptive M suspension is standard on the M50 and optional on the eDrive40.


2022 BMW iX EV

WHAT IT IS: BMW’s flagship all-electric SUV comes with a long list of brand firsts. It features a new platform, new styling language inside and out, new technology, and more. Roughly the size of the brand’s X5, the iX is BMW’s long-awaited entry in the electric luxury SUV segment. And yes, the bucktooth false grille is really happening; it’s a convenient place for BMW to mount the sensors needed for advanced driver assistance systems.

WHY IT MATTERS: BMW says the iX is its new technology flagship, a big deal for a company that’s long-heralded its 7 Series as its technological standard-bearer. The iX introduces a new aluminum and carbon-fiber structure, housemade electric motors, and the most advanced computer system BMW has ever put in a car. It’s also designed and built with sustainability in mind, BMW says, from material sourcing to assembly to end-of-life recyclability.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: BMW’s done electric cars before, but the iX ushers in a new generation and a new platform to go with it. Like most, it packages the batteries, co-developed with a supplier, in the floor. Front and rear electric motors designed and built by BMW provide 516 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque and will allow the iX to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The 112-kWh battery should provide 300 miles of range, and it can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in less than 40 minutes on a 200-kW DC fast charger.

ESTIMATED PRICE: Flagships don’t come cheap, and neither do luxury SUVs. BMW says the iX xDrive50 will start at $84,195, and it’s a safe bet you’ll be able to add thousands of dollars in options, among them adaptive dampers and air suspension. The company hasn’t said whether there will be multiple configurations of batteries and motors, but its competitors have taken the approach of introducing the most expensive configuration first and adding less powerful models with shorter range later. A 600-plus-hp iX M60 has been announced.


2023 Cadillac Lyriq and Celestiq

WHAT IT IS: The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq midsize crossover SUV is the luxury brand’s first battery-electric vehicle. Serving up 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, the Lyriq has a familiar five-passenger, four-door layout but with its own cool, black-accented face, illuminated Cadillac crest, animated approach lighting, gigantic wheels, and a rakish rear window. Inside, a 33.0-inch curved LED screen capable of displaying more than a billion colors and a 19-speaker AKG audio system provide the wow factor. The Lyriq will be offered in a choice of two colors at launch: Steel Metallic or Black Metallic. (We know which one Catherine Wheel fans will be ordering.) It will initially be rear-drive only, and the model is expected to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. A second drive motor at the front axle will add all-wheel-drive capability later, and sporty variants are also in the plan. GM’s Super Cruise automated driving technology will deliver hands-free operation in certain scenarios.

The Lyriq will be followed by the Celestiq, a limolike four-door sedan that will take over as Cadillac’s flagship. The interior is intended to coddle chauffeur-driven passengers sipping Champagne in the second row under a transparent, four-quadrant glass roof. Upfront, the large dashboard screen stretches the width of the car. It will feature all-wheel drive, a hatchback cargo opening, and four-wheel steering.

WHY IT MATTERS: General Motors wants Cadillac to lead its EV push, so every one of the brand’s new models moving forward will be electric. That starts with the Lyriq, followed by the Celestiq sedan, the Optiq, and Symbolic SUVs, another sedan/coupe, and an electric version of the Escalade full-size SUV. The Lyriq sets the styling tone for the lineup.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: The Cadillac Lyriq will use the same BEV3 architecture and Ultium battery system as the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup. The battery cells are packaged as modules to allow the creation of vehicles of any size or shape. GM is building a new Ultium battery plant in Tennessee to supply the Lyriq, which uses a 12-module, 100-kWh pack versus the Hummer’s 24 modules. Future crossovers for the Chevrolet and Buick brands will share a similar layout. The Celestia is more of a one-off vehicle and a surprise addition to the portfolio. It will have at least two motors, and the long body provides a lot of underfloor space for energy storage. It will be able to fast-charge at 800 volts and likely provide at least 300 miles per charge.

ESTIMATED PRICE: The Lyriq starts at $59,990, and the Celestiq is expected to command at least $200,000.

EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: Lyriq, Q1 2022; Celestiq, as early as 2023.

2023 Canoo Pickup and Van

WHAT IT IS: The Canoo Pickup and Canoo Van family of electric vehicles feature rounded, faux forward-control styling evocative of 1960s vans and trucks. These products will share mechanicals with a line of commercial vans that employ a more angular, interior-volume-maximizing design. In the passenger van, tall seating areas with no combustion engine in the way accommodate seven people in a compact car footprint, and a loft-inspired interior features recycled materials and facilitates a high degree of potential customization. The truck pairs a 2+2-passenger extended cab with a full 6-foot bed in an overall length 21 inches shorter than today’s smaller-box compact pickups. A slide-out floor extends the box length to 8 feet, and the barn-door-style tailgate includes fold-out panels to enclose the additional space. Portions of the box’s tall walls fold down to provide a workspace, and there’s a storage frunk. Power outlets in the box and frunk can provide power at a campsite or on the job.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Southern California–based EV startup enjoys Chinese investment backing, and its founders cut their teeth at Faraday Future and BMW. The retail van and pickup are expected to pioneer a subscription-based ownership model while sales of the commercial delivery van keep the company’s lights on. The compelling design, high degree of product standardization, and cost-saving innovations like selling a single exterior color with wraps that provide individuality seem to tilt the odds of long-term viability in Canoo’s favor.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Economies of scale are realized by sharing a fully electric skateboard chassis with a 112.2-inch wheelbase. Initial power offerings will include a 300-hp, 332-lb-ft single rear motor or front and rear motors that Canoo says provide up to 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque combined and all-wheel drive. An 80-kWh battery is said to deliver 200 miles of range in the AWD pickup and 250 miles in the rear-drive van. Different commercial-van wheelbases, battery-pack sizes, and motor combinations are expected to follow. The AWD pickup truck is rated for 1,800 pounds of maximum payload, but towing capacity has yet to be announced.

ESTIMATED PRICE: Canoo has yet to divulge details of its subscription model, but we expect retail pickup and van pricing will fall somewhere between $35,000 and $50,000.


2023 (and Beyond) Chevrolet Corvettes

WHAT IT IS: The mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won our 2020MotorTrend Car of the Year award, but that car is just the starting point. Chevy Performance is gearing up to roll out five high-performance variants of the C8, and a new Z06 will be the first to arrive. Expect about 625 horses from its 9,000-rpm 5.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-plane-crank V-8. With its aggressive aero and sticky tires, you can assume some serious Ferrari 458 Speciale vibes.

The Z06 will be followed by a ZR1, which will likely bolt two turbochargers onto the Z06’s powerplant, pumping out about 850 hp. Around the same time, expect to see a Corvette Hybrid, which will be the first production AWD version in the model’s history. The rear wheels will be powered by the C8’s 6.2-liter V-8 (or possibly something with a couple of fewer cylinders) and an electric motor. The front wheels will each get an electric motor, and plug-in capability is likely. Those same two electric motors will be joined by a third motor on the all-electric Corvette E-Ray. Finally comes the Zora, a 1,000-plus-hp PHEV hypercar that mates the Corvette Hybrid’s electric motors to the ZR1’s monster engine. The exotic car world is hereby put on notice.

WHY IT MATTERS: Although the eighth-generation Corvette captured our COTY honors, it placed fifth out of seven at our 2020 Best Driver’s Car competition. Chevy needs high-performance variants to keep up with and even beat the likes of Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren. We know what Chevy Performance is capable of, and when world-class power and handling combine with the Corvette’s relatively low price, the results should be world-beating.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: There’s a lot of room for more plumbing in the C8’s engine bay. Likewise, filling up the frunk space with motors makes packaging sense. We also know the 5.5-liter flat-plane V-8 in the C8.R race car was developed with more than just endurance racing in mind. Although a production engine would lose the 500-hp restrictor plate, it’s unclear what vibration countermeasures will be required to meet durability standards with such a large flat-plane V-8 engine.

ESTIMATED PRICE: $90,000 seems like a good starting price for the Z06, whereas the ZR1 will probably start in the $120,000 neighborhood. Details are sparse for the Hybrid and E-Ray, but $80,000 and $100,000 make sense, respectively. Expect to pay close to $200,000 for the Zora.

EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: Early 2022 makes sense for the Z06. The Hybrid should appear toward the end of 2022, followed by the ZR1 and the E-Ray in 2023. The Zora should appear by 2024, about halfway through the C8’s life span.

2023 Ferrari Purosangue

WHAT IT IS: The Purosangue is Ferrari’s first-ever crossover and is designed to compete with Lamborghini’s Urus and Aston Martin’s forthcoming hotted-up AMR version of the DBX.

WHY IT MATTERS: Former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo routinely proclaimed the company would never build an SUV. But the Purosangue, with all-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and a long-travel suspension, is a Ferrari SUV in all but name. Ferrari’s technical chief Michael Leiters has confirmed the Purosangue effectively replaces the two-door GTC4Lusso in the Ferrari lineup. “Our intention is to create a new segment for Ferrari,” he says.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: The original thinking was the Purosangue would share its underpinnings with the all-wheel-drive GTC4Lusso, but in fact, it will be built on the new modular front-engine GT architecture that made its debut in 2020 with the Roma coupe. Critically, this architecture not only can package AWD hardware but has also been developed from the get-go to accommodate a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Purosangue will therefore be available with a version of Ferrari’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 under its long hood, supported by a 161-hp electric motor to produce a total system output of about 700 horsepower.

The Purosangue’s launch engine may be the Scuderia’s 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12, even though this charismatic powerplant is under threat from the forthcoming Euro 7 emissions and fuel consumption regulations. “We are fighting and fighting to maintain the naturally aspirated V-12,” Leiters says, “and with the limits we see and the regulations that are in discussion, we think we can make it.” The latest iteration of the engine pumps out 789 horsepower in the newly launched Ferrari 812 GTS. The V-12 would give Ferrari bragging rights over archrival Lamborghini, whose Urus SUV is only available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8.

Regardless of engine, the Purosangue will send its might to the ground via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Expect a height-adjustable suspension and a specially developed version of Ferrari’s acclaimed Side Slip Control vehicle dynamics system tuned to handle low-friction surfaces such as gravel and snow.


EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: The Purosangue will make its debut in 2022, though Ferrari sources cannot confirm whether it will arrive in the U.S. in the first or second half of the year.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado EV

WHAT IT IS: Chevrolet’s first battery-powered full-size electric pickup truck.

WHY IT MATTERS: If General Motors is to make good on its promise to (probably) eliminate internal combustion engines by 2035, its popular and profitable full-size pickups will have to go electric. And they need to do it soon: Tesla has proven what an electric startup can do to traditional automakers, and Rivian had planned on a summer 2021 launch for its R1T pickup. Meanwhile, Ford plans to put the 2022 F-150 Lightning into production in the spring of 2022. Electric pickups might be a tough sell for hardcore truck owners, who tend to be conservative in their mechanical druthers, which is probably why GM will lead the electric truck charge with the 2022 GMC Hummer EV.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: The Silverado EV will share its powertrain with the GMC Hummer EV pickup, but while the Hummer’s distinctive styling screams “early adopter,” the electric Silverado will wear more traditional pickup garb. Chevrolet has not announced powertrain information, but it will offer the electric Silverado in both fleet and consumer models, built alongside the Hummer EVs at GM’s new Factory Zero. We expect the Silverado EV will offer dual- and triple-motor setups like the Hummer, and perhaps even a low-cost single-motor powertrain. GM announced the electric Silverado will offer up to 400 miles of range, and the automaker and partner LG are already at work on the next-generation Ultium battery. It promises better energy density and therefore greater range.

ESTIMATED PRICE: EVs typically sell for a premium compared to their internal combustion counterparts. But as the electric Silverado strategy includes work and fleet trucks, the pricing needs to be considerably lower than the GMC Hummer EV pickup’s starting price of $79,995. We imagine Ford’s starting price of $41,669 for the F-150 Lightning will be a good target.

EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: The Hummer EV Edition 1 comes this fall, with less expensive versions to follow in 2022, and we can’t imagine the Silverado EV will be far behind.

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German automaker BMW said this week it intends to speed the rollout of new electric cars, vowing to bring battery-powered models to 50% of global sales by 2030. The company underlined the point by unveiling a new allelectric model three months ahead of plan.

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AppleMagazine #490

What Is Clubhouse, The Buzzy New Audio Chat App?

Clubhouse, an invitation-only audio chat app launched less than a year ago, has caught the attention of tech industry bigshots like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — not to mention the Chinese government, which has already blocked it in the country.

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Die Cast X
Winter 2021

The GOD of WAR

Italian boutique coachbuilder Ares Design unveils its first production supercar

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January - February 2021

6 apps to delight book lovers

Find more things to read, in more ways, and more people to discuss them with

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Mac Life
January 2021


How four master builders defined the path of the 2021 BMW R 18

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