Quick, name two of the most exciting things in the world.
Okay, I admit that new cars probably didn’t make your list. Still, when a new car is expected to arrive on the scene, people tend to get giddy while discussing what it might look like and how it might perform. While that’s especially true for all-new models hitting U.S. shores, a refresh of a long-loved model is sometimes equally appreciated.
Lucky for us, we’ve got a little of both to share.
First, take a look again at the top of this story. I can’t imagine you missed this on the first look, but that picture is a teaser for an upcoming Bugatti (Autoblog says it could be a sedan) with EIGHT tailpipes. If a million-dollar family hauler with an 8.0-liter, 1,000-horsepower W16 engine that can hit 60 miles per hour in about 3 seconds is in your budget, the Bordeaux could be for you. While there is very little official word on the new Bug, odds are if you’re going to pony up the money, you can get one in the States.
Getting back to Earth, Lexus has released a drawing of a potential new hatchback. In the past I’d have assumed a car like the CT would be designated for the European market only, but with the changing attitude in the U.S. regarding small hatches, there’s a real possibility we’ll see something like this from Lexus in the coming years. More evidence that the new Lexus is U.S. bound comes from Autoweek, which says,
Lexus has patented the names CT 200h, CT 300h and CT 400h in North America.
Looks like it’ll be a hybrid, huh?
As Toyota works to increase Lexus’s product offering, it also needs to supercharge its Scion lineup. That’s where the tiny new 1.3-liter 4-cylinder iQ should come into play. The European version gets 66 mpg. Scion dealers say it’s coming in 2010, but Toyota hasn’t made an official announcement, saying priority is on a redesigned tC, which is also good news for Scion fans. We could see a needed power jump from 161 hp to 200 out of a new 2.7-liter engine.
Sources are saying to expect only four-cylinder powerplants, including a turbocharged model after the initial launch. This is probably a smart move on Hyundai’s part seeing how sensitive Americans are to MPGs these days. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the next Tucson get close to 30 mpg highway, with an equally impressive 20+ in the city.
Are there any U.S.-bound cars you look forward to seeing, or any you think should appear on these shores?