July 2021 New Cars on the Block

What a month! The summer months are typically packed with new vehicles announcements joining brand’s line-ups. The automotive industry is still dealing with inventory issues, but that didn’t stop these announcements. Which one is your favorite? 

2022 Aston Martin Valhalla

2022 Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin is back with a new mid-engine hyper car.  Called the Valhalla, the car will feature Mercedes-AMG power by means of a 4.0 twin-turbo V8, combined with three electric motors.  It is expected to cost around $800,000, but that means it should also qualify for a federal electric vehicle tax refund. Cha-ching!

2022 Audi RS3

2022 Audi RS3

Following the debut of the A3 and hard core S3, Audi debuts its most driver-centric and track-focused version of its sedan in the 2022 Audi RS3.  The RS3 has upgrades in seemingly every tangible performance category, this compact hot rod will bring back the charismatic turbocharged inline five-cylinder motor and standard Quattro all-wheel-drive, now featuring torque vectoring.

2022 BMW 2-Series

2022 BMW 2-Series

Thundernight Metallic.  Yes, that is the name of BMW’s newest color on its second generation of the 2-series.  Back with fresh sheet metal and still featuring BMW’s powerful and efficient four- and six-cylinder engines, we predict this car will remain dear to the enthusiast’s heart.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N

2022 Hyundai Elantra N

Following the Veloster N, the Elantra N marks Hyundai’s second foray into high performance N versions of its standard cars.  Featuring the same 286 horsepower Turbo 4 cylinder and choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed dual clutch automatic, it is time to recognize that Hyundai intends to be a serious competitor in the segment. 

2022 Jeep Compass

2022 Jeep Compass

The ever-popular Compass gets a mid-life refresh, including minor exterior tweaks and a major interior overhaul.  With prices starting well under $30,000, this new interior should make it even more appealing.

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae

Concluding a ten-year production run of Lamborghini’s most successful flagship mid-engine V12 car to date, the Aventador Ultimae includes a host of visual and performance cues from the multitude of limited editions of the past decade.  As Lamborghini’s swan song to naturally aspirated V12s, we do not expect the 350 coupe and 250 convertible Ultimaes to hang around for long.

2022 Porsche Macan

2022 Porsche Macan

It is unusual for a particular model to get two refreshes between complete overhauls, but that’s just what Porsche has done with the Macan.  The Turbo is dropped and the new top dog in the model range is now the GTS, which takes over most of the Turbo components from the 2021 model year.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

Fresh to market as the new top model in the Cayenne line-up, the Turbo GT does everything better than their existing ultimate super SUV, the Turbo S.  Pricing starts at $182,150.

2022 Volkswagen GTI / Golf R

2022 Volkswagen GTI / Golf R

The updated 8th generation of the Golf will finally get its GTI and R variants, once again providing customers with high performance driving and hatchback practicality.  They remain a fan favorite and provide perennial bang-for-the-buck value.

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition

It is hard to believe but Passat production is ending after the 2022 model year.  Insisting that the car go out with a bang, Volkswagen is releasing a final edition to properly send off the mid-size sedan.  In a limited run of 1973 cars (to commemorate the first model year), the Passat Limited Edition will feature various hidden cues to the Chattanooga, TN plant that has been producing them since 2011.  In our opinion, one of the 423 vehicles made in Racing Green Metallic is the way to go!


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