Fuel efficiency, sportiness and style are taking center stage once more in the new car models 2013-2014.
Fuel efficiency and sleek, sporty styling best describe the new cars for 2013 and 2014, some of which have been already released for sale in the U.S.
BMW i3 Electric Car
BMW has been designing a high concept electric car which it unveiled in 2011. The i3, which it plans to release in 2013, will be available for around $35,000. BMW dealers are already taking orders for this futuristic car with shatter-proof transparent doors and roof. The i3 will be able to travel more than 100 miles on a single charge and is designed primarily for city travel and parking. The passenger cell of the car is constructed of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), the same material used to make Formula 1 race cars. CFRP absorbs impact and does not crush like metal, so airbags are not a necessity. Carbon fibre is also light and non-corrosive, making it an ideal material for automobiles. The vehicle will come with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Under the hood, the engine delivers 170 horsepower with 184 lb-ft torque and can reach 60 mph in about 8 seconds. Making 170-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque it can hit 60 mph in roughly 8 seconds.
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The Scion FR-S or the Subaru BRZ?
Both Subaru and Scion, Toyota’s sporty franchise, will be competing head to head for the affordable sport car in 2013. The 2013 Scion FR-S and the 2013 Subaru BRZ are very close rivals due to nearly identical engineering and price. Toyota partnered with Subaru to bring out the Scion FR-S, so it is only natural there would be similarities between the two autos. The good news for car aficionados is their price tag and what they bring to the tarmac. Under the hood both cars pack a 6-speed direct fuel injected 200 horsepower 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine. With a price tag of around $26,000 for either the Scion FR-S or the Subaru BRZ, you’re looking at a sporty engine in a sleek body that can only be outmatched by smarter engineered European rivals that will probably cost more.
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The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid
Audi has released its first hybrid car with the 2013 Q5. It delivers power through a 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, a 54 horsepower electric motor, and a 211 horsepower, 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Q5 also takes advantage of Audi connect to give a quality navigation experience via Google Maps with voice recognition and Wi-Fi connections for wireless devices.
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The 2013 Audi A7
The 2013 Audi A7 3.0 TSFI Quattro has received rave reviews for wrapping a sport car in a more civilized body. The newly designed exterior on the A7 shows the beast hiding in the more roomy 4-door saloon with its aggressive octagon-shaped grill, angular headlamps and sporty rear end styling. The Macpherson struts, usually reserved for more sporty models, really pay off in the A7 by giving it great control in wet conditions and a quiet ride in normal ones. The 3.0 liter V-6 engine with 325 lb-ft torque reaches 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The A7 is a performance car bar none in that it offers this powerful engine as a standard.
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Audi Electric Cars
Audi is also working rapidly to release its own all electric cars, and will launch an electric version of its R8 roadster in 2013, called the R8 e-tron supercar. The original concept car had 313 horsepower and 3,319 lb-ft torque and reached 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. The e-tron can run for 154 miles. The e-tron contains 4 electric motors and all-wheel drive.