Q1 closes with a few fresh faces!
2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage will return in 2023 for one more round of V12 fury. With 333 scheduled to be built with a snarling 5.2L twin-turbo V12 under the hood, this will likely be Aston’s V12 swan song and one of the last vehicles produced in this wonderful configuration. With a revised chassis, a mechanical limited-slip differential (replacing the regular Vantage’s e-diff), and a standard body kit, we are happy to see it and sad to see it go at the same time.
2023 Ford F-150 Rattler
Further adding to the crowded F-150 line-up, the Rattler will be available on 4×4 base XL trim levels and is intended to attract those who want to off-road on a budget. It will include a number of FX4 goodies including the electronic locking differential, hill descent control, HD shocks, and a number of skid plates protecting the undercarriage. It will also receive dual exhaust. To make the most of the required engine options.
2023 Maserati Grecale
Maserati’s take on a compact luxury crossover is here! This new sub-Levante will come standard with turbo four-cylinder power, optional turbo V6 power, and eventually full electric capability in the Grecale Folgore. It is a rather handsome vehicle, with enough ground effects to give it the proper look. Expect it to go on sale later this year with the Porsche Macan in its crosshairs.
2023 Mazda CX-50
Designed to slot alongside but not replace the similarly sized, powered, and looking CX-5, the CX-50 will appeal to those looking for a slightly longer, lower, and wider automobile. It’s interesting that they will be offered together.
2023 Mercedes-Benz G550 Edition 550
After a small hiatus as Mercedes worked out some kinks with its V8s, the G Wagen is back! And with it, a limited edition called the Edition 550. It will be offered in three colors (Jupiter Red, Arabian Grey, & Moonlight White) and will have special badging as well as a black grille guard and fender flares. 200 are scheduled to be built.
In Other News…
Polestar has dropped one of the most visually striking cars of the past year. The O2 is currently just a full-size concept, but with full EV underpinnings from the current 2 and upcoming Polestar 5 models, it is entirely possible that the O2 could enter production, but likely without the drone that debuted with it.
Audi has also teased us with an amazing new concept: the A6 Avant e-tron. Building off the success and popularity of its existing e-tron cars as well as the RS6 Avant, the eTron could be the future of performance electric wagons. That it’s a full-size wagon and not a miniature is something that makes us even more excited. Here’s hoping Audi has the audacity to bring it into production, and then also stateside.
The 1-of-1 bespoke 2022 Bentley Bentayga Space Edition takes a “normal” Bentayga Speed and adds a few solar-themed goodies, including solar system door sills, orange accents in the interior to mimic dust trails and a special Cypress exterior paint. It’s truly a work of art, outlandish but also restrained.
Stellantis has a new six-cylinder on the way! Codenamed “The Hurricane”, it will evoke memories of the Mopar Slant-6 of yore, while adding twin turbochargers. At three liters, it is similar in size and configuration to many German offerings, but it is expected to make more than 400hp/450lb-ft when it debuts. An even stronger High Output version is said to follow with 500+ horsepower and 475+ torques for use in heavy-duty truck applications where towing is required.
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