These 14 Cars Will Make Headlines Next Year
In the future Rick Deckard hunts replicants through Los Angeles, RoboCop fights crime in Detroit, Soylent Green is people and there is a seventh-generation Corvette. In the far-off tomorrow of about 14 months from now, the only things that are certain are that there will be at least a dozen exciting new, 2014 model cars hitting the street and that Red Lobster will be featuring several tasty dishes based on a new six-eyed species of codfish.
What follows here is something more than pure speculation — it's the truth of what's about to come. The general outlines of all these cars are known and many of the details are, too. Not everything is locked down and certain, but by this time the OEMs have committed to all the production tooling and are deep into planning their launch marketing assaults. These are cars for which the wait will be worth it.
And 14 months isn't that long to wait. After all, the zombie apocalypse is probably at least 16 months away. Probably.
14. 2014 Ferrari Enzo
2014 Ferrari Enzo: Look for the Enzo replacement to echo styling established by the 458 Italia. With a bit of retro endurance racer thrown in
It's unlikely this supercar will be called Enzo, but this is the Ferrari built to succeed that now decade-old legend. As with the Enzo, its structure will be carbon fiber, with the mid-mounted V12 engine a stressed member. But that V12 should displace about 7.3 liters, rev to nearly 10,000 rpm and make something like 800 horsepower.
But beyond that 800 hp, the new Enzo will feature a Formula 1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that adds a battery pack and electric motor to the drivetrain. So when that 800 hp just isn't enough, the KERS components will kick in to provide an additional burst of 120 hp. You know, for when you really need 920 hp.
If you want one when it goes on sale early in 2013, don't expect much change from your $1 million bill. So bring two with you.
13. 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo's mid-engined 4C sports car will appear in prototype form during the middle of next year
If Alfa is going to come back into the American market, it needs to do it with a car that's spectacular. That's two Cs in "spectacular" and this Alfa has four of them.
Think of the midengine, rear-drive 4C as the four-cylinder Ferrari that Ferrari doesn't build and you've got a solid bead on what Alfa is trying to accomplish. Shown in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, the 4C is built around a carbon-fiber center tub with front and rear aluminum crash structures bolted to it. And it's small — think Fiat 500 minus 8 inches of height — so it should weigh in at under 2,000 pounds when it enters production.
Power for the 4C comes from a 1.8-liter turbocharged-4 making around 230 hp. It will be backed by a dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The light curb weight means performance should be more scintillating than the engine's modest output suggests. Our guess is a 0-60 time under 5 seconds.
Production of this gorgeous twerp will be limited. And with prices starting about $50K, the 4C won't be cheap.
12. 2014 Jaguar F-Type
2014 Jaguar F-Type: Why not sell the F-Type wrapped like this? It would be so cool.
Jaguar makes a play to save its own soul with the introduction of the all-new 2014 F-Type roadster. It's a pure two-seat sports roadster powered by a new supercharged V6 (if history matters we're guessing a 3.8-liter displacement) that should make around 380 hp. With its compact size, eight-speed ZF transmission and open cockpit, it's philosophically closer to a Porsche 911 than to a high-end exotic. So expect it to be priced like the 911, with prices starting in the $80K range.
11. 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish: Carbon fiber never looked more provocative than on the new Aston Vanquish
Forget Aston Martin's half-measure DBS. The Vanquish is roaring back packing a new version of Aston's 6.0-liter V12 rated at 563 hp. Vastly more voluptuous than previous Astons, the new Vanquish will need to impress with its all-carbon-fiber beauty — because 563 horses may not be enough.
Aston has already announced pricing. Just bring $279,995 plus tax and license to your local dealer if you want to drive one home.