You know what I want?
A car about the size of a Chevy Cruze but with almost 500 hp and a 6.2-liter pushrod V8. I’d also like it to get about 25 mpg on the highway, use regular gas and have a top speed somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 mph. Give or take.
Yes, if I could design the next car I want to park in my garage, that would be a pretty good start.
If the rumors are true, my dreams may become reality thanks to the 2014 Cadillac ATS-V. Of course, if pricing holds me back, I might settle for the baby Toyota FT-86 or a gas-powered turbo Honda CR-Z.
It’s no secret that General Motors wants a piece of the small end of the premium market. Cheers & Gears seems to hope a fantasy-worthy ATS-V is on the way, and with that 6.2-liter V8 engine sending 470 horsepower and 438 pound-feet of torque through either a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox. It’s just a rumor for now, but one well worth spending a few moments drooling over. Build it, GM!
The ugliest source of excitement this week comes from the people at AutoGuide, who comment on the “baby FT-86” Toyota showed at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Before you judge this car by its sheetmetal alone, consider that it’s an early prototype in response to a questionnaire asking what kind of cars Toyota should build in the future: affordable, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports cars. AutoGuide says:
Powered by Toyota’s 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, this concept makes 109-hp, but weighs under 2,000 lbs. The car is 150-inches long and 65-inches wide, making it just over a foot shorter in length than the FT-86. [sic]
Whatever it looks like, this is exactly what Toyota should be doing!
Honda also appears to be starting to realize the importance of affordable, fun cars. The hybrid CR-Z is, quite honestly, a woeful attempt at creating a sports car. Or even a “sporty” car. Now the company plans on making it right and has fast-tracked production plans for a gas-only turbo CR-Z.
Two versions of the gas CR-Z will be built; the base model will use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four to make 160 horsepower, while the tuned version (Si, maybe?) will get 200 horsepower. Losing the electric motor and batteries should shave some considerable weight from the front of the car, finally giving us the lighter, better balanced and more powerful CR-Z we’ve wanted. From all indications, these revisions could lead to a desperately-needed home run for Honda.
Which of these cars, Cadillac’s ATS-V, Toyota’s baby FT-86, or a turbo Honda CR-Z, would you want?