September - October
Aston Martin Vantage and DB11 Volante; BMW i8 facelift and i8 Roadster; Chevrolet Camaro; Ford Everest update; Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV; Jaguar F-Pace upgrade and SVR; Kia Cerato hatch and GT; Land Rover Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid; Mazda CX-3 update; Porsche 911 GT3 RS; Skoda Fabia facelift; Subaru Forester
November - December
Aston Martin DB11 AMR; Audi Q8 and RS5 Sportback; Bentley Continental GT coupe; Ford Focus and Mustang Bullitt; Genesis G70 and G80 sedans; Holden Acadia; Hyundai Veloster and Kona EV; Jaguar I-Pace; Jeep Wrangler; Lexus CT200h update; Mazda MX-5 update and CX-9 facelift; Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG update and X350d 4MATIC
Genesis G70 - Due November
The flagship Genesis G70 is the one we’re excited about – 272kW of twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 in a cut-price, rear-drive German muscle-sedan hunter complete with locally tuned steering and suspension. The most potent version is powered by the same 510Nm donk as the Kia Stinger, wrapped in a more traditional medium, four-door package. There will also be a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder version aimed at entry-level C-Class, A4 and 3 Series, but with Korean cost-of-ownership, warranty and value equation. Expect the hard-hitter to do 0-100km/h in 4.7sec, use 11L/100km and cost about $75,000. The 190kW/353Nm four will likely start at less than the Germans with a figure below $55K.
Mazda MX-5 - Due September
A substantial upgrade to the 2.0-litre four-cylinder is good reason for would-be buyers to wait for the updated MX-5, due in October. A decent power increase from 118kW to 137kW comes with improved official economy. The extra 19kW – torque is up 5Nm to 205Nm – comes via lighter pistons and conrods, bigger exhaust valves, a larger throttle body and a bigger bore exhaust also said to beef up the MX-5’s note. The addition of steering wheel reach adjustment will please tall drivers, and a brown fabric roof trim, tan leather interior trim, and black wheels and mirror caps bring new choice.
Chevrolet Camaro - Due September
Fans of retro-inspired two-door muscle have something to look forward to in September. The HSV-delivered Chevrolet Camaro arguably shades the Blue Oval alternative in the visual department and with a 339kW/617Nm GM 6.2-litre LT1 V8 powering via an eight-speed auto it packs similar power and a bit more twist to the ’Stang. And, built on the rear-drive GM Alpha platform, with an LSD, the Camaro has the entertainment value to provide endless distraction from the typically North American interior finish.
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