It’s just the beginning of 2017, and there are already a lot of great cars coming out. The auto market is changing, some brands are getting semi-autonomous driving systems while others are building better SUVs and crossovers. However, there’s one thing you never can beat, and that’s raw power. Cars with horsepower that drive as good as they look is what this year is shaping up to be with the all-new Kia Stinger, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and the redesigned Ford Mustang.
2018 Kia Stinger
After its recent debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the buzz about the all-new Kia Stinger has yet to die down, and how could it? Kia Motors’ The Curve Ahead promotional campaign got a lot of people itching to know what vehicle they were going to release. The internet had spy photos and teased promo videos, but once the campaign released all the goods, it’s hard not to want the car.
The 2018 Kia Stinger is a sports sedan that drives and looks like a high-end performance car. It’s available in two trims, the Stinger and Stinger GT, each with its own engine. “GT” stands for “Grand Touring” or “Gran Turismo,” which refers to a car drivers use to make long-distance trips in comfort and style.
Standard is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Theta engine, able to generate 255-horsepower. For a really sweet ride though, drivers can get the Kia Stinger GT, powered by a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine.
The 2018 Kia Stinger looks elegant and sculpted at the same time, like a well-dressed fitness instructor. Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ design returns, and the car rides on 18-inch performance tires. As of yet, there’s no info on its release date or starting price. All we do know is we want it and we want it now.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Following the same smooth moves as Kia Motors, Dodge has started their own promotional campaign, If You Know You Know. It’s a 90-day promo teasing the release of a new muscle car that will debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. What muscle car is this? It’s the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and it’s coming to reclaim the streets.
The “Dodge Demon” name was originally used decades ago and now it looks like it’s back for revenge. There are no exact specs on the vehicle except an expected horsepower that will out-perform the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. We’re guessing something between 850-900 horsepower from a supercharged SRT HEMI engine.
Many say the Demon was snuck into the next Fast and Furious movie, also coming out in April, but Dodge is attempting to debunk those claims. If it’s true, then all we have to go by are the promo videos for now. Dodge claims the Demon will weigh 200 pounds less than the Challenger SRT Hellcat with a reduction in the weight of several driving components, including the wheels and suspension. Many are hoping to get an all-wheel drivetrain with the Dodge Demon, and let’s face it - how else are you supposed to control all that power under the hood unless you have power going to all four wheels?
2018 Ford Mustang
Here’s another beauty that has yet to be released, but has already gotten a lot of attention. The 2018 Ford Mustang, wearing its Orange Fury coat, is the icon for this pony car. Wait, “pony car”? Yeah, that’s what the enthusiasts of the Mustang call it, but this vehicle definitely isn't for Bronies.
The specs tell us a couple of things, such as a four-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that will replace the previous 3.7L V6. Moreover, the powerful 5.0-liter V8 has been reworked and fine-tuned for more power than the previous model. The shocks, stabilizer bars, dampers, and rear suspension have all been improved as well. To get the best out of the Mustang, a Performance Package will be available for purchase.
LED lighting has become the norm for all of the vehicle’s lights, so expect LED headlamps to light up the road. Some customization options have been added to give the driver more control over what information is presented on their instrument cluster and driver information screens, along with body color and wheel choices of course. Release for the 2018 Mustang is slated for late-2017.
Yes, power is the name of the game for 2017, and we can’t wait to add some new performance vehicles to our inventory.