October 2021 New Cars on the Block

Q4 kicks off with a few new choices for the near future!

Acura Integra

A huge name is to be resurrected in the near future!  Acura’s teaser photo confirms that the Integra will return as a five-door liftback, but all other details are still to be determined.  Will it share a chassis and performance with the also incoming Civic Type R?  Stay tuned!

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Slotting beneath the current Stelvio, the Tonale will bring premium materials and the Italian essence into the small crossover category.  With design cues coming straight from parent company’s hometown of Milan, this sub-$40k vehicle should capture quite the audience when it goes on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

To get straight to the point: the world-beating Corvette Z06 is back!  With a starting price of around $85,000, this car will once again threaten the performance statistics of automobiles costing 3-4x its base price.  And with a new flat-plane crankshaft comes serious RPM capability, which should endear itself to the enthusiast’s soul as well.  Get in line now, because we expect these to follow along with their more civilian base model’s waitlists.

Kia Forte

The 2022 Forte touches down with interior and exterior refreshes, a new 10.3-inch screen option, and a few new wheel choices.  The Forte is in a dying breed of small sedans but carries the torch as one of the highest reviewed and fun options in the segment!

Honda Civic Si

The higher performance Si version of the Civic has been announced.  While actually less powerful than the previous version, Honda reassures the buying public that the power is better spread across the rev range…as a result, performance and efficiency will be improved.  The limited-slip differential and 6-speed manual stay as well.  Thank you for that, Honda.

Honda Civic Type R

Above the Si and succeeding the outgoing Type R, we have the first photos of the new top-dog Civic, now in its eleventh generation, looking mean in all its camouflaged glory.  Fans of the brand will immediately notice the spoiler and triple exhaust set-up like the tenth-generation car, but also the new wheels and slightly more mature body styling.  The six-speed manual (!!!) is confirmed when the car goes on sale, sometime in 2022.

Lucid Air Dream Edition

Gorgeous?  Yes.  Powerful?  Nearly 1000 horsepower.  Range?  A not-seen-before 520 miles!  And that’s the “Range” model.  The “Performance” model cranks horsepower to 1111 while still yielding 471 miles.  We can’t emphasize enough how excited we are to see our first Lucid Air, whether one of the $169,000 Dream Editions or one of the base Air Pure models from $77,400.

In other news……

Winnebago has announced six new campers, including the mini Hike 100 Series pictured above.  The icon of Americana’s smallest travel companion weighs 2700 pounds (GVWR of 4200 pounds), allowing almost anything that can be factory fitted with a hitch to be able to tow this behind.  Prices are expected to start in the mid-$20,000 range.

Volvo will update its XC60, S90, V90, and V90 Cross Country models with a Google-based infotainment system, replacing the previous Sensus unit.  As one of the only detractors inside the Scandinavian interiors, Volvo is proving it is listening.

Hyundai will build 1,000 Sonata N Line Night Editions for MY22.  Made to resemble the model found in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, this Sonata has the performance to match its wicked looks.

Ford’s popular Sasquatch off-road performance package will be available with a manual transmission in 2022.  Following a petition on change.org, Ford has decided to take a chance and give the 12,000+ enthusiasts that signed what they want!  Good news!

Chevrolet Performance has announced its competitor to Mopar’s Hellephant crate motor.  Called the ZZ632/1000, this engine has a dyno tested and proven 1004 horsepower and 876 pound-feet.  It also revs to 7000 rpm and runs on 93 octanes.  It’s exciting to see what kind of hot rods these might end up in recently.


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