When a car company promises something “very different,” it’s hard not to expect something amazing and exciting. Usually, though, we end up with something like the Acura ZDX. Different, for sure, but certainly nothing with mass appeal. Or even good looking. (But good news, Acura fans, a nose job could be on the way!)
When Ferrari promises something very different, well, consider my attention piqued. Autoblog found a French sports magazine where Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo declared:
You will discover at the Geneva Motor Show a very different new Ferrari that proves that we adapt as the world changes.
There are two possibilities here:
- Ferrari is buckling to world pressure to build an SUV (like Porsche, Aston Martin, Maserati and even Lamborghini) or…
- Ferrari is going green.
Option two is much more likely, as the automaker could certainly produce a machine to rival the likes of the 78-mpg Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid. Only time will tell for sure, though, and it appears we have just over three more months to wait.
For you sports coupe fans on a budget, Hyundai’s eagerly anticipated new coupe will finally debut on January 10 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and, judging from the car’s new microsite, it will keep the Veloster name.
Hyundai has also released a 13-second video teasing the Veloster, but frankly, it’s not worth watching unless you like idle shots of a silhouetted front end. It does tell us, though, that the car will have a direct-injected engine and a dual-clutch gearbox and hit an estimated 40 miles per gallon. Last we heard power was expected to come from a 1.6-liter, 140-hp four-cylinder. That’s the kind of fuel economy I can get behind!
Is a car like the Hyundai Veloster something you could get excited about?