Which cars would make the headline if there was no CyberTruck?
November 2019 has been one crazy month with almost all manufacturers giving us a teaser of what to expect in next year or two. Some stood out some didn't. Here are 5 reveals that caught my attention the most:
(I) The eye catchers
This category is about the newest hot shots in the industry, along with a bit of performance stats for the nerds.
The Elva costs $1.69M and only 399 will ever be produced.
It is fitted with a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 which is controlled by a 7 speed dual clutch gearbox. This RWD missile touches 60 mph in under 3 seconds and flies to 125 mph in 6.7 seconds which is a whole 1.3 seconds quicker than the Senna. While McLaren are yet to confirm the top speed, the Elva made headlines for being the first ever road legal hyper-machine without a windscreen.
Inspired by the original Elvas of the 1960s, McLaren claims that the car is designed to give the driver unparalleled driving pleasure as well as let the driver bond with the raw elements of the car.
If the Elva is meant to be experienced on freeways at night, this Ferrari is meant to take you to brunch the next day.
The Roma is designed to honour Ferrari's styling heritage of the 1950s and 60s. It, however, is no slow pony churning out 611 HP at 561 ft-lbs of torque with its 3.8L V8 making it touch 60mph (96 kmph) in 3.3 seconds. It comes with a 8 speed dual clutch gearbox which will take the Roma all the to 199 mph (318 kmph) in straight line sprint.
Estimated at $225,000, this new Ferrari GT will roll out in 2020 and aim to attract new customers with its "easy-to-drive" technology and simple yet elegant styling.
Dare I say that if this was a beauty contest, the Karma SC2 would take the crown with Ferrari coming a close second.
Karma (previously known as Fisher) have revealed their latest all-electric concept with 1100 HP that will make it touch 60 mph in under 2 seconds. Karma have used fancy words like carbon ceramic brakes, a racing inspired pushrod suspension and a torque vectoring gearbox to show that the SC2 will also have insane cornering capabilities.
Before you reach for your phone to get yourself this Karma, the SC2 is still a concept with the performance numbers being quoted straight out of pre-production digital modelling and simulations. While the SC2 is still some years from reality, it will make a grand entrance when Karma do decide to launch this flagship model and take on the likes of the Rimac and the Tesla Roadster.
(II) The unnecessary
There is no other way to put this except the following cars are the newest most futile additions to the auto industry.
Mini John Cooper Works GP
BMW launched the new 2 series, 2 series Coupe, M8, X7 and a few others at the LA Auto Show last week. But alongside these bearable and sort off sensible machines, BMW also showed us the all new 2020 Mini GP.
Priced at $44,800 (before options), this thing is more expensive than the VW Golf R, Honda Civic Type R and Tesla CyberTruck (sorry but I had to) which are much more serious performance units. JCW has given this car 306HP making it the fastest road going Mini ever produced. The front end has grills and openings to make it look aggressive and a few splashes of red paint to make look angry. But what is the point?
Tuned on the Nurburgring, all this car is going to do is be too loud and annoy environmentalists. It's hard for me to say this but I would be less mad if this GP, a car that doesn't add much to the performance industry was electric with 15 motors and 11 wheels (yes I mean 11).
The petrol segment is on the verge of being completely taken over and I'd rather save the space for cars that will be remembered as the classics of this decade.
Ford Mustang Mach-e
If the Mustang GTR is the candy every petrolhead wants, this vegan candy bar is Ford's attempt of using the brand to push e-SUVs into the market.
The Mach-E will come with a single motor RWD and dual motor AWD options. The highest spec will deliver 332 HP with 417 ft-lb of torque which will target 0-60 in 3 seconds. The range will be between 210-300 miles. But is it really a Mustang?
The "Mustang" is associated with one of the richest racing heritage in all of automotive history. As soon as I hear the word Mustang, I imagine pure American muscle with a loud V8 and half the car hidden behind a cloud of smoke. Look at from any angle, this steroid infested machine is not a Mustang.