While most people in the U.S. are huddled around dining room tables lit by the soft glow of candles and warmed by freshly baked apple pie, there are still a few of us car freaks who are hungry for nourishment of a different kind.
We prefer our stuffing to be wrapped in supple leather rather than stuffed inside poultry. We prefer to be lured by the fresh scent of luxury rather than a browned turkey. We’d rather be hypnotized into a state of delusion by the exhaust note of an Aston Martin than the exhaust note of a sleeping Uncle Larry.
And that, my friends, is why we bring you this special Thanksgiving edition of Cars Coming Soon.
First, for those of you who want a Bentley but also want to hold onto your half-million dollars, you may soon have something to be thankful for. The elite carmaker is considering a double whammy of economical fun: a potential performance-oriented shooting brake model and an SUV. Actually, it would be more of a crossover. Think along the lines of a $130,000 Audi Allroad. Engine choices for both models could include a diesel and a 4.5-liter Audi V8 pumping out 550 horses.
For a healthy dose of luxury and power, but without quite as hefty an entry price, the new 2011 BMW 5 Series has officially debuted. It’s built on the same platform as the 7 Series and even the Rolls Royce Ghost, so this one could be called a bit of a bargain, as it certainly can be had for well under $100K. Factor in a 400-hp twin-turbocharged, direct-injected reverse-flow V8 on the 550i and a 300-hp turbocharged inline six in the 535i, and you’ve got yourself a nearly perfect automobile. Then there’s the lure of a possible M version, a diesel, and a hybrid…. Who wants seconds!?
The Kia Amanti is a car that never got much love. The expectations for a replacement are pretty high, considering the greatness Hyundai has been pumping out in the form of the Genesis and Equus. So what does Kia have in store for those of us who crave cheap luxury? It’s called the Kia Cadenza, and it will debut at next month’s Riyadh Motor Show in Saudi Arabia.
Hyoung-Keun Lee, president of Kia Motors Corporation said,
With the Cadenza, we have created an all-new, large sedan that will revitalize Kia’s fortunes thanks to its exciting appearance, strong performance and luxurious cabin which will guarantee a much broader consumer appeal, attracting thousands of new customers to our brand.
We’ll see if he’s right, but a 285-hp V6 combined with slick looks and sure value are pretty strong indicators that Kia will soon have another vehicle they can be very thankful for.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving.