The last generation lineup of Cadillac’s CTS-Vs were gearhead legends (especially the wagon version), and with their updated CTS-V sedan—now packing 640 horsepower—Cadillac looks to continue to steal more buyers from Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Cadillac has added over 25-percent more structural stiffness, 40% faster response time from their incredible Magnetic Ride Control system, and added over 84 horsepower, all while providing better fuel economy and efficiency.
Maserati Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Concept
Based on the S Q4, the Ermenegildo Zegna Concept leaves the Chrysler-inspired interior behind and instead relies on EZ’s Italian leather and natural fabrics to really give the Maserati a taste of culture. Further enhancements on the inside, such as a silk weave and rib embroidery, really set the car apart and enhance creature comforts. The exterior will feature a brand new Azzurro Astro paint, which pulls the muscular features out of the Ghibli. Expect the Ermenegildo Zegna edition to come in extremely limited quantities.
Watch your back, Ferrari, America is coming to get you! Going into production in 2016, the higher than $150,000 price-tag performance bomb known as the GT will offer a 600 horsepower twin-turbo V6, dual-clutch transmission and a carbon fiber tub. The GT will also return to racing at Le Mans, the track where it dominated Ferrari with a 1/ 2/ 3 finish when the original GT40 made its debut 50 years early. Not a bad way to celebrate a 50th anniversary.
Any truck that includes a "Baja"-specific mode is alright with us! The new 2017 Raptor will once again come with badass Fox Racing Shocks made to soak up the punishment from wherever you can imagine taking the dedicated race-but-street-legal behemoth. Also, a new 10-speed automatic transmission should keep MPG up and getting stuck low thanks to an incredible range of gearing. It shaves 500 pounds off its existing model and gets powered by a not as cool 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6; however, it will add more power than the outgoing V8.
The original NSX was one of the best sports cars of all time. The new NSX will try to continue the legendary status using less concentration on brute power, and more overall balance and agility. An American design team and strictly American production make the NSX a USA-made product. A unique 3-motor setup, including a twin-turbo V6 mated to a 9-speed dual-clutch and a direct-drive electric motor out back with a twin electric system up front, will move the machine. Total output is 550-plus horsepower with four modes: quiet, sport, sport plus and track mode. Orders begin Summer 2015, with production starting in Fall 2015 and pricing around $150k.
The Volt could become a huge jolt of success with a simplified charging system, a one thousand mile range between gasoline stops (remember, this is a hybrid), and a rejuvenated interior. The new two-motor drive unit is more efficient and lighter, offering up to 50 miles of gasoline-free driving, though many users report better-than-advertised electric only range. The first Volt was a step in the right direction; let’s hope this is a leap.
Built, assembled and tested in America, the extremely long-in-the-tooth Titan will showcase a new Cummins diesel powerplant and all-new looks. (The last time the truck had a new look was when it was first unveiled over 12 years ago.) If Nissan can combine good looks, great gas mileage, and capability, Ford and GM might have to put their tail(gate) between their legs.