- T​he all new gorgeous 2021 Lexus IS

A​ list of Automobiles I'm genuinely excited about

H​ere are some cars that I look forward to

Zak G posted in All Polls
36w ago

#​1: The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI / GTE / GTD

M​ost people claim that the VW Golf GTI is the definitive hot hatchback and I'd have to say that I wholly agree with that statement as the Golf GTI originated the hot hatch itself. It is a cult icon among VW fans and holds a special place in enthusiasts hearts as a balanced, adequately powered, and fun to drive pocket rocket. The new Mk 8 generation does not fail to live up to it's predecessors expectations by retaining all of the car's core values yet adding even more advanced technology, a snazzy new interior, more power, & different variants of VW's famed GTI. The regular GTI comes standard with a familiar 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder Turbocharged engine producing 242 BHP & 273 LB FT of torque. All that power is transitioned to the ground with a 6 speed manual (optional 7 Spd DCT) onto it's traditional FWD layout. The Golf GTD and GTE are all new for the Mk 8 generation with the Golf GTD utilizing a 2.0 Liter turbodiesel 4 cylinder pumping out 197 BHP and a more than generous 295 LB FT of torque while the Golf GTE fuses past and present by using a 1.4 Liter Turbo 4 banger along with an electric motor creating the same 242 BHP as the Golf GTI but with the same torque of the diesel and who knows, the Golf GTE might be the best of both worlds which is quite contradictory for someone like me. All in all, I think the Mk 8 Golf performance oriented versions will thrive in today's hot hatch market as they provide insurmountable performance for an affordable price.

#​2: The 2021 Toyota Sienna

S​ure, I know a minivan doesn't really appeal to us car fanatics but in all honesty I find it to be quite refreshing. The minivan is usually associated with soccer moms hauling a bunch of kids and juice boxes but I have to say, the new Sienna looks quite promising. In terms of the mechanics, the Sienna is packing a 2.5 cylinder N/A 4 cylinder with battery assistance to make a combined 243 BHP (unknown torque figures) with an optional AWD system. Now the reason I'm excited for this minivan is because of the styling. It completely stands out from the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, & other minivans due to it's relatively angular styling rather than something curvy and unappealing. The interior seems to be a decent place to be as well with a large touchscreen, seemingly decent interior materials, & a host of standard features. More like this Toyota, more like this.

#3: T​he 2021 Lexus IS

Over the years, I think Lexus has made many boring and dull cars primarily for the older demographic with the LS, GS, ES, & RX. Sure, the IS and RC models tried to appeal to the younger generations with a humongous grille and outlandish (ugly) styling but ultimately, they didn't really achieve their sales goals. With this refreshed IS, I think Lexus will succeed. I mean look at the overall stunning. What was once the hideous spindle grille has evolved into a functional and and utterly gorgeous front fascia. Lexus was going for a sporty and aggressive mood with the new design language and they sure have achieved it with the new IS. Apparently, this generation is more honed towards performance, with sharper suspension tuning and more performance enhancing features like stiffer suspension and a quicker steering rack on F Sport trims. Engine choices remain the same with the IS250 with it's 2.0 Liter Turbo 4 cylinder, the IS300 with it's 3.5 Liter N/A V6, and the IS350 with it's higher powered, 3.5 Liter N/A V6. The engines pump out 241 BHP to 311 BHP & 236 LB FT (IS 300) to 280 LB FT of torque mated to an 8 speed automatic (6 speed for the IS 300). As of right now, there is no IS F slated to be in the works, however, there may be an IS 500 with the LS's 3.5 Twin Turbocharged V6 making 400+ horsepower. Moving to the interior, I thinks it's a mere center console changeup but I think it works and makes the interior a more joyous place. The only thing I'd change is that god awful looking steering wheel and the dreadful touchpad that controls the infotainment. Sure, the 2021 Lexus IS is a refurbished 2020 Lexus IS rather than a total rework, but I'm ok with that as this new IS could win me over as long as it is lightweight and agile like Lexus claims it to feel like.

#​4: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

T​he all new Mustang Mach 1

T​he all new Mustang Mach 1

The Mustang is known as one of the most iconic vehicles in the entire automotive industry. Everybody, petrolhead or not, knows exactly what Mustang is and some will even tell about their near death experiences with one (if you know you know). In 2015, Ford established the Mustang as a proper handling car (albeit a little bloated) with the Mustang Shelby GT350 & GT350R and then they recently unveiled the new Shelby GT500. The Mach 1 nameplate hadn't been used since 2004 and during that one generation, it didn't change anything whatsoever. With this new model, the Mach 1 is here to bridge the gap between your everyday 5.0 Mustang GT & any Shelby Model. Think of the Mach 1 as a Mustang GT equipped with the Performance Pack 2 but turned up to 11 which lighter wheels, better brake bite, improved cooling, and even a Handling package which provides a generous amount of aerodynamic assistance from both it's GT350 and GT500 brethren. Powering this beast is a 5.0 Liter N/A V8 producing 480 BHP & 420 LB FT of torque which is mated to a 6 spd manual transmission by Tremec straight out of the GT350. A 10 speed automatic can also be optioned if that's more your style. Speaking of style, the Appearance package with orange and black accents along with the Handling Packages wheel, tire, and aero setup looks gorgeous and it may be a bold statement but I think it's the greatest looking car America has ever built. This Mach 1 as a matter of fact is the only Mustang I'd take over a Camaro SS 1LE.

#5: The Ford Bronco

The 2021 Ford Bronco

The 2021 Ford Bronco

In today's modern day and age, we notice that Jeep Wrangler's are extremely popular, however, they are never actually used for the purpose of going off road and are often coined mall crawlers since people just pimp them out and do nothing with them. Finally, a true competitor to the Wrangler will be unveiled in the new form of the 2021 Ford Bronco. I guess you could say it was popular because of OJ but this thing ruled the unknown terrain ever since it was conceived. While not much is known about this upcoming release (July 9th which happens to be OJ's Birthday), I'm guessing the base Bronco will utilize a 2.3 Liter Turbocharged Ecoboost 4 cylinder making around 250 to 300 BHP and around 330 LB FT, however, higher trims will most likely pack a 2.7 or 3.5 Liter Twin Turbocharged Ecoboost V6 making around 350 to 400 BHP and 365+ LB FT of torque. It would be awesome if this thing got the 5.0 from the Mustang or some kind of V8 but even without that kind of power, this will be a guaranteed hit and definitely live up to it's nameplate.

#6: The Nissan 400Z

Renders of the 2021 Nissan 400Z

Renders of the 2021 Nissan 400Z

Let's face it, this car should've been unveiled like 2 to 3 years ago because 370Z sales numbers really started to falter after it's first few years on the market. Anything with the Z nameplate has to be nimble, powerful, stiff, and be able to handle like a true sports car. Both the 350 & 370 lived up to those expectations but Nissan finally realized this after the new BMW Supra was released, "Hey you know we should start trying to make some money again," then boom, a light bulb... let's build a new Z. Very critical thinking on Nissan's part if I do say so myself. Anyway, enough with the nonsense, the new 400Z will copy the Z blueprint of the past with modern tech and a host of new mechanical upgrades. This gen is predicted to share the 3.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged V6 from the the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 making anywhere from 300 to 400 horsepower. Transmissions will most likely be a 7 or 8 speed automatic or a 6 speed manual. The interior of this car will definitely be an improvement over the 370Z and judging by Nissan's revamped interior design, I think it'll be a delightful place to be in the time you spend with this car. Lastly, the exterior styling will have a throwback with the rear end showing some similarities to that of the Datsun 240Z. Overall, I am excited to see another competitor the BMW Supra since that's what comes to many people's mind as the definitive modern day sports car.

#7: The 2021 Acura TLX Type S

If you have read my previous article about Acura, you know that I was exuberant about the unveil of the 2021 Acura TLX as a whole but even more so about the Type S as it has been AGES since Acura had coined one of their models with the TypeS moniker, finally the time has come and this looks to be very promising. The Type S comes with a 3.0 Liter BiTurbo V6 making over 350 BHP and 350 LB FT of torque combined with a 10 speed automatic gearbox which pushes power to all 4 wheels thanks to Acura's Super Handling AWD system. 0 to 60 will definitely come in under 4.5 to 5 seconds courtesy of it's generous mechanical figures. The car looks very, very good in every single angle you look at. Honestly, this is what the sport sedan market needs as BMW is shooting themselves in the foot and other brands just aren't really that sport oriented.

#8: The Maserati MC20

The 2021 Maserati MC20

The 2021 Maserati MC20

While little is known about the Maserati MC20, this looks like it will be a return to form for the Maserati brand. It will be powered by a twin turbocharged V6 and is slated to go directly against the McLaren 570S, Acura NSX, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 Turbo, etc. Horsepower figures are projected to be somewherein the ballpark of 600+BHP and 500+ LB FT of torque. Looking at the prototype, one can definitely see some Alfa Romeo 4C cues which highlights the fact that this will be a pretty lightweight car packing a huge punch. Well done Maserati!

#9: The Porsche 911 (992) GTS and GT3

If any of you reading this know me, you definitely know that I am a Porsche fanatic as my uncle will have owned 5 Porsches within the last 3 to 4 years. I have a HUGE obsession with them and I especially love the 992 generation. While the 992 Carrera and Carrera S have been out for some time now, Porsche has began testing the 992 GTS. It will obviously carry over the 3.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged Flat 6 but couple that with bigger turbochargers and the power will probably be around 470 BHP (underrated) and around 420 LB FT of torque. Other changes from the S moving up to the GTS include standard PSE (Porsche Sports Exhaust), the Sport Chrono package, PASM (lowered suspension), the Sport Design package, Sport Seat Plus, and possible GTS exclusive interior themes. The GTS should be unveiled sooner than later as it would be next in line which leaves all of the GT cars to be released including the 992 GT3. While few things are known about the 992 generation GT3, we do know it will also carry over the spectacular 4.0 Liter N/A Flat 6 and will produce about 520 BHP and 350 LB FT of torque mated to a choice of a 6 spd manual or a 7 or 8 speed PDK gearbox. While the changes seem miniscule, we know what Porsche is capable of doing with those teensy tiny changes.

#10: The 2022 or 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

A rendering of the 2022-2023 Toyota GR Corolla

A rendering of the 2022-2023 Toyota GR Corolla

When the Toyota GR Yaris released, it stirred a huge commotion particularly in North America, the place the Yaris wouldn't be making it too (sadly). However, Toyota realized the potential another GR product could have in the US and Canada. So, they did announce that a GR Corolla would be making it to our shores. Again, little is known, however, the power will be formulated by a 1.6 Liter Turbocharged Inline 3 making 257 BHP like it's Yaris sibling mated to a 6 spd manual gearbox. All that power will be pushed to the front wheels, however, it is not known if the Corolla could have AWD as option or standard like the Yaris. I think Toyota has been pushing out some pretty decent cars with the likes of the Sienna, GR Supra, and GR Corolla and hopefully, they keep it coming.

If I missed any cars, please comment some vehicles you are excited for and I will share my thoughts on the vehicle you have wrote about! Thanks for reading!

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Comments (12)

  • Strange how no one mentions the T.50

      8 months ago
  • I have a feeling the 10-speed in the Acura might be a bit hesitant, based on the 9-speed's mediocre responsiveness on the MDX my mom used to have.

      8 months ago
    • I can see where your coming from 100%, the 9 speed in my moms MDX wasn’t good either

        8 months ago