As fall begins in 2013 and we draw closer to the holidays, 2014 lurks right around the corner. With a brand new year comes many brand new things and cars are no exception.
Take a sneak peek at some of the 2014 automobiles either already released or ready to be released in the new year. These vehicles are some of the cars listed by Car and Driver as “worth waiting for.”
The luxury design of the Audi RS7 offers a sleek look while encasing an engine that is worthy of applause. The four-door car has a 560 horsepower engine, 4-liter twin turbo V-8, adjustable shocks and 20-inch wheels. Optional features include 21-inch wheels, a sport exhaust and a torque-vectoring rear differential. The body of the Audi RS7 hatchback is made of 80 percent steel and 20 percent aluminum for better gas mileage.
This Audi has all-wheel-drive, which great for those who live in extreme climates. The RS7 is a very powerful car, giving the driver varying driver modes, and Audi claims this powerful beast can do 0 to 60mph in four seconds. And with prices starting at $104,900, this car will only fit in the garage of most of our dreams.
The two-door Cadillac ELR (Extended Range Electric Coupe) has a futuristic design that sports 20-inch wheels. The electric hybrid Cadillac gives 35 miles per gallon and can do 0 to 60mph in roughly 80 seconds. The luxury Cadillac ELR has a safety alert seat, multiple safety systems, cruise control, and leather and sueded microfiber interior. This car also offers multiple driving modes. As the MSRP of this coupe exceeds $60,000, this car is for a car enthusiast in love with American metal and green technology.
The incredibly sleek, futuristic, sporty Ferrari LaFerrari is actually an electric hybrid. The two-door, two-seater sports car is very powerful and fast, and boasts a 950 horsepower engine. The body is made of carbon-fiber and offers a seven-speed, dual-clutch standard transmission. The batteries of this hybrid are charged when the car decelerates. The seats are tailor-made, so the steering wheel and pedals are adjustable. The LaFerrari is reported to go from 0 to 62mph in less than three seconds and tops out over 217mph. With a price tag somewhere between three and four million dollars, this supercar will only make it into the garages of superstars who see price as not a factor.
The four-door, simple luxury sedan has a 404 horsepower engine. Though rear-wheel drive comes standard in the Ghibli, all-wheel-drive is available. The Maserati Ghibli has an automatic transmission with eight speeds. This high-speed sedan goes from 0 to 60mph in just under five seconds. At a base price around $70K, it’s not ultra-expensive on a Maserati scale, but on the high end of what most are willing to shell out when looking for a luxury performance sedan.
The stylish, luxury four-door comes standard with front-wheel drive and has a seven-speed, dual-clutch standard transmission. This compact, sleek sedan has 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth availability, rain-sensing wipers and safety features such as Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist. The Mercedes-Benz CLA has over 200 horsepower, and the ability to shut off the engine when the car is sitting idle and restart the engine when the brake is discharged.
Other 2014 automobiles include, but are not limited to, the Acura RLX, BMW i3, Alfa Romeo 4C, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette, Jeep Cherokee, Jaguar F-Type, Kia Cadenza, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mitsubishi Mirage, Porsche 918 Spyder, Toyota Highlander and Volvo V60 Sports Wagon.
Many of tomorrow’s cars are electric hybrids. With the concern of the economy and environment on the minds of many, cars are being built to be more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly. Caring about the earth is as important as caring about ourselves and one another. And with the price being surprisingly cheap on Benz standandards (starting just under $30,000), this seems to be the most practical choice in the bunch for those looking for quality and value.