Cars Coming Soon: 2014 Chevrolet SS

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP: The basis for the new SS

The 2008–2009 Pontiac G8 GXP remains one of my favorite American cars ever built.

Of course, we all know that once General Motors finally hit a home run with the Pontiac brand, it promptly pushed the self-destruct button, and Pontiac exploded into oblivion. Built with some of the best pieces in the GM parts bin, the G8 GXP had the Corvette‘s 6.2-liter, 402-horsepower LS3 V8 under the hood and none of the plastic body cladding glued on to nearly all other Pontiacs in modern history.

Not like we need another high-powered V8 vehicle roaring over American roads, but one like the G8 would be most welcome.

Enter the 2014 Chevrolet SS.

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Cars Coming Soon: C7 Corvette Better Not Look Like This

C7 Corvette?

The next-generation Corvette could debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. There’s no official word on if that’ll be the case or what it’ll even look like, but there’s so much speculation and excitement about the car that it’s already impossible to ignore.

Considering GM’s poor track record of keeping cars coming soon a secret, it’s pretty remarkable that the C7 Corvette still remains an object of speculation. There have been heavily disguised spy shots, but nothing concrete revealing the car’s final design or specs.

In an effort to keep its super-secret C7 from leaking before the big reveal, GM will even suspend tours next month of the plant that builds the Corvette. After September 14, according to a report in The Detroit News, the factory will close to retool for production of the next-generation car. So much for a curious member of the public spilling the beans with an iPhone.

So, until GM finally pulls the sheet off the new ‘Vette, we’re left with unofficial renderings and speculation about what’s to come. I really hope the latest guess proves significantly off-base.

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Cars Coming Soon: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover

2013 Land Rover Range Rover

Losing 700 pounds is a big deal.

Thanks to an all-aluminum body and part-aluminum chassis, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover weighs a good 700 pounds less than the outgoing 2012 model.

Can a truck with the tough, go-anywhere reputation of a Land Rover succeed wrapped in a metal that’s easy to damage and expensive to repair?

Considering how few of these barges actually make it off road, I think it’s a good move by Land Rover. The design, though, leaves something to be desired. Anyone else see too much Ford Flex in there?

Regardless of how it looks, this newly unveiled Rover should be one impressive machine.

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Cars Coming Soon: 2013 Honda Accord Looks Better Than Ever

2013 Honda Accord

We’ve spent plenty of time here lauding the design of Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin and the like. Rarely do we take a moment to applaud the more accessible cars. The cars most of us drive every day aren’t the type to grab attention for their design, at least not in a positive way.

Cars for the masses are typically either understated and bland or so modern that they quickly show their age.

The Honda Accord certainly falls into the bland category, though images of the 2013 version have just been released, and things are looking…well…a little less bland!

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Cars Coming Soon: Excitement from Toyota and Ferrari, Mostly Ferrari

2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The Toyota Corolla severely lacks excitement. Even the Corolla S, which could have seen a fun little boost of extra performance, received nothing more than a body kit and a sunroof. Blah.

Then Toyota shocked the auto world recently by adding some excitement to the stodgiest member of its lineup, the Avalon. The next iteration of the traditional full-size sedan gets svelte new looks and a sporty driving character. Now, the  Corolla is next in line for a makeover, and Ward’s Auto says it’ll be even more dramatic than the Avalon’s.

For more on that and a peek into the super-hot 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, keep reading!

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Cars Coming Soon: More M Performance from BMW

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Don’t be fooled. That headline doesn’t mean more BMW M models are headed our way, just that more M performance cars will arrive on our shores in the next couple of years.

Confused?

You’re not alone. Cars like the BMW M3 and M5 have defined a generation of performance and have notched their share of racing successes. But more of that isn’t what’s in store. So what is? Cars with names like the M235i.

Keep reading to find out what that means.

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Cars Coming Soon: Acura Tweaks the Beak, Previews New Models

Acura ILX beak

One of the worst design decisions in recent memory came courtesy of designers at Acura, who thought placing the snout of a toucan on the front end of the company’s cars was a good idea.

The design has led to endless ridicule and even the admission that designers “may have gone too far” with what has become known as “the beak.”

In spite of all the negative feedback, the company has chosen not to abandon the beak, but instead to tone it down on future models. Will that help the Acura stable become less awkward? Probably not.

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Cars Coming Soon: Infiniti, the Next Audi

Infiniti Essence concept

Infiniti Essence concept

A CNN Money article caught my attention yesterday because it makes the point that Infiniti wants to be like Audi.

Well, of course it does. That’s like saying a high school basketball player wants to grow up to be like Lebron.

The difference here is the high school kid can’t hire Lebron’s coach. Nissan, Infiniti’s parent company, wants so badly to emulate Audi that it has hired the guy who ran Audi in the U.S. for the last 19 years. Doesn’t get much more blatant than that!

Yes, Audi has seen remarkable growth and success, particularly in the last decade, while Infiniti has struggled to carve a niche for itself the way its arch-nemesis, Lexus, has. But is trying to become a Japanese version of Audi the best way to sell cars?

I’m not so sure.

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Cars Coming Soon: Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin Vanquish

Can a car be brutal and beautiful at the same time?

In my book, Aston Martin has built the most beautiful cars on the planet for most of the last two decades. The company never really crossed into “brutal” territory until the super-exclusive One-77 came rolling off the bespoke automaker’s hand-built assembly line. That hypercar, though, lost the beauty so ingrained in Aston lore.

With the Aston Martin DBS aging out of production, the company has the opportunity to replace it with a car that finally melds brute and beauty into one machine.

The new Aston Martin Vanquish appears to have done it.

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Cars Coming Soon: Alfa Romeo 4C Heading to U.S. Ahead of Schedule

When the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione hit the U.S. (in extremely limited numbers), there was hope that the long-lost Italian brand would finally ride valiantly back into the American mainstream with a long list of fun and sporty automobiles.

That hasn’t happened. In fact, the only new Italian we’ve been introduced to lately is the FIAT 500.

Get ready to rejoice, though, because the sumptuous and sexy Alfa Romeo 4C appears ready to drive off the boat about six months of ahead of schedule, probably leading the parade in a line of America-bound Alfas.

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