Cars Coming Soon->New BMW 4 Series and Competition for Ferrari 458, Mazda MX-5 Miata

March 31st, 2011
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

Can Porsche compete with the 458?

The Italy-versus-Germany supercar battle might get a lot more interesting.

The Ferrari 458 Italia could be the hottest car in production right now. It’s routinely compared against the McLaren MP4-12C and sometimes the Lamborghini Gallardo and even the Audi R8. There’s one famous nameplate missing from the comparos, though: Porsche.

If the folks at Autocar have their facts straight, that could change when Porsche introduces a new midengine exotic that would slot in between the 911 and the new, limited-production 918 Spyder. That’s smack in the middle of the territory firmly controlled by the 458.

If the rumors are true, the new Porsche would be a regular production model (not a limited edition) and priced in the $200,000-$250,000 range. A possible engine is the 550-horsepower 3.4-liter V8 developed especially for the 918 Spyder.

We’ll know in the coming months if Porsche decides to follow this idea through.

Now, if you’ll indulge me, think for a moment about an automaker that doesn’t have a sports car, but deserves one. Maybe something to take on the Mazda MX-5 Miata. What’s your guess? Honda? Toyota? Nope. Keep reading for the surprising answer!

Kia Miata?

A Kia version of the MX-5 on the way?

Kia Europe’s CEO Paul Philpott told Britain’s Auto Express,

I’d like to have a Kia MX-5. 2011 and 2012 are about establishing the brand. But for 2013 and 2014, we’re thinking about halo models that stretch the company forward.

That’s the kind of thinking I like to hear! Affordable sports cars are never a bad idea, and Kia is primed to make an impact with one, especially one that guns for the MX-5.

Finally, there have been Internet rumblings of a possible BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo on the way, but now the rumor mill says the car will actually arrive as an all-new 4 Series Gran Coupe. BMW Blog says it would come as a four-door coupe that would help BMW compete with offerings like the Audi A5 Sportback.

Whether this car comes as a 3 Series GT or a 4 Series GC, BMW is smart to keep pace with Audi, which seems to feverishly be introducing exciting new models.


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