Just like almost every other industry, the American automotive sector was also impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been tough for every car manufacturer, with auto sales in the country plummeting to an all-time low. However, even in these difficult times, American automakers have continued to push the envelope when it comes to automotive innovation. A prime example is SSC, an American super sports car manufacturer that’s obliterating the production car speed record with their new hypercar, the Tuatara.
And that’s not the only positive news: almost every major American automaker is preparing to introduce exciting new models for 2021. Here are some vehicle launches to look forward to next year.
Since a considerable portion of Ford’s profits comes from truck sales, the company really takes them seriously—particularly the Ford F-150. This iconic truck is not only Ford’s best-selling vehicle, but is also one of the best-selling vehicles in the world—and has been for years. In 2018, Ford managed to sell an F-150 every 35 seconds in the U.S!
However, when it comes to a vehicle as important as the F-150, Ford generally plays it safe and opts for evolution rather than revolution. However, the 2021 model will be all-new, right from the enormous front grille to the tailgate. Moreover, the next-gen F-150 will be offered with no less than three cab configurations, six powertrains, and of course, both short and long bed lengths.
The engine choices offered with the new model will include a naturally-aspirated 2.7-liter V6, a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, a 5.0-liter V8, and for the first time: a hybrid V6! A fully electric Ford F-150 is also in the pipelines; however, it isn’t expected to hit the roads for at least another two years. Moreover, all variants of the 2021 F-150 will come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
It goes without saying that the new model will come with all the features and qualities the iconic F-line has become renowned for. You can expect stunning off-road capabilities, remarkable durability, and a towing capacity of up to 14,000 lbs.
Furthermore, the latest F-150 will also come with a wide array of advanced safety features and electronic driving aids, depending on the trim you opt for. Some notable features include available adaptable cruise control, available lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning, and standard pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking.
You might be wondering why a car that was announced over a year ago is on this list. Well, although you have a fair point, deliveries of the C8 Corvette were delayed by COVID-19, and it won’t be until next year that we’ll really start to see this beauty on the road.
When the first pictures of the C8 Corvette surfaced on the internet, it had automotive aficionados around the world in a frenzy. And it’s clear why: this is the first-ever mid-engine Corvette.
At first glance, the C8, with its megadollar, hyper-fast, exotic cabin-forward proportions, looks more like a Ferrari than a Chevrolet. However, the more pressing question is: does it drive like an exotic? You bet it does. The outgoing C7 Corvette was undoubtedly a magnificent sports car. It was superbly nimble and agile. However, the new model is on an entirely different level. Shifting the engine behind the cabin has had a profound effect on the car’s handling. It’s a much more dynamic beast now.
Currently, only the base version of the C8 is offered for sale. It comes with a 6.2-liter V8 that produces an impressive 490 hp and 470 ft-lbs of torque. There’s also the optional Z51 package that adds grippier tires, more powerful brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential, and five extra horses. Moreover, although Chevrolet just introduced the C8, rumors are that a high-performance ‘Z06’ version is already in the works. Considering the last-gen Z06 produced 650 hp, you can only imagine how powerful the next one will be. And of course, at some point, we’ll see the ultimate C8 Corvette—the ZR1.
Oh, have we mentioned that the base C8 Corvette can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, and touch a top speed of 200 mph?
The Dodge Challenger has historically been the most low-profile member of the iconic Mustang/Camaro/Challenger American muscle car triumvirate. However, Dodge plans to change this with the 2021 model. While Ford and Chevy have selected the sporty, handling-focused route for the Mustang and the Camaro, the Challenger has stuck firmly with its muscle car roots. Unlike its rivals, its party piece isn’t razor-sharp handling. It’s more of a relaxed cruiser with a bellowing V8 exhaust note at the command of your right foot.
The standard 2021 Challenger will come with the same legendary 5.7-liter Hemi V8 as the outgoing model, but with a few tweaks. It will produce 375 hp. But of course, there are people for whom 375 hp is not enough. Well, if you want to take it up a notch, Dodge also offers a 484 hp 6.4-liter V8. Still not enough? No worries! How does 807 hp sound like? Well, that’s exactly what you get from the Challenger’s range-topping variant, the Hellcat.
When it comes to the interior, Dodge hasn’t made many changes over the outgoing model. However, we’re not complaining. Its ‘70s-inspired cabin design is one of the classiest ones you can find on modern muscle cars. Moreover, the Challenger is much roomier inside than its rivals, the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang. Its back seats can actually fit adults!
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