The Internet has done wonders for the automotive community. For one, the stockpile of shop manuals and how-to guides available on the web have enabled do-it-yourselfers to easily fix most car problems. And, because of online vehicle forums and message boards, the public is able to learn vehicle specs about upcoming models long before they even hit the market.
But, when you have this type of information at your fingertips, there’s always the chance that some of the “teased” cars will never make it into production, news that inevitably crushes diehard gearheads.
That’s why it’s difficult to know if a rumored ride will actually make it to local dealerships. For every highly anticipated vehicle that ultimately hit the assembly line – like the Plymouth Prowler and Ford GT – there are so many others that share the fate of the Chrysler ME 4-12 and Mustang Mach 2, both of which never made it past the concept stage.
However, since the following new cars have a definitive launch date during the 2020 calendar year, fear not auto enthusiasts.
Your dream of purchasing one of these models can soon become a reality – assuming you have the funds for each vehicle’s likely price tag.
Three years ago, the chairman of the union that was set to build the all-new Bronco at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan assembly plant told media outlets that this retro-futuristic SUV would debut in 2018. Then, the launch was mysteriously postponed until 2019. And when it never appeared, we were simply told to wait.
But now, it finally seems as if 2020 is the year for this SUV’s return. Little is known about the Bronco at this time, aside from the fact that it will be an intermediate utilitarian vehicle that will share a platform with the Ford Ranger.
However, the Bronco will try to dethrone Jeep’s venerable Wrangler for 4×4 supremacy by also offering removable doors/roof and comparable off-road capability, powered by a likely 270-hp turbo four-cylinder base engine that makes 310-lb-ft of torque.
It’s an idea that General Motors has been hinting at for the past 55 years, ever since Corvette forefather Zora Arkus-Duntov constructed a mid-engine prototype of America’s iconic sports car. But now, it’s finally coming to fruition.
According to GM, the base C8 – which features a 495-hp LT1 V8 connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic (sorry stick-shift fans, but it’s unlikely that this generation will receive a manual due to poor sales) – will retail for under $60,000, a small price increase from the previous generation.
This new supercar, which is being branded as the Stingray in an homage to the famous ‘Vette of the past, is one badass machine that will directly compete with every Porsche 911 and Audi R8 on the road.
Tesla, the brainchild of billionaire Elon Musk, has garnered quite the reputation for revolutionizing the electric car segment by offering consumers an alternative to the traditional notion of gasoline-powered performance vehicles.
But the 2020 Roadster isn’t just any car – like its Model 3 counterpart. In fact, with a proposed 0-60 time of 1.9 seconds, it’s being billed as the quickest street legal production car ever built.
Oh, and did we mention that it can gallop to a top speed of 250 mph and drive a reported 620 miles on a single charge.
With these numbers, the only thing not to like is the MSRP, which will start around $200,000 – well out of the price range of the average buyer. However, that’s a relatively small price to pay for this type of get-up-and-go.
Although these models have yet to be released, if you plan on purchasing one – or any new car, for that matter – and need routine maintenance performed, contact Andy’s Auto Service at 412-478-9304.