SEMA News—September 2011

Mustang GT500 
 
BMW 1-Series GT 
   
 
 

When It Hits: No release date has been announced for the ’13 Mustang GT500.

What Priddy Says: With plenty of rumors circulating about what lurks under the hood of the GT500, some have speculated that the newly configured intercoolers visible behind the main grille and the right fog-light opening are evidence of a new 5.0L twin-turbo V8 or a new supercharger. The only aspect that is definite is that either setup would require an intercooler.

 

When It Hits: With BMW board member Ian Robertson revealing at the Paris Motor Show that the new lineup will make it to U.S. dealers, Priddy expects the vehicles to debut sometime in the middle of 2013.

What Priddy Says: The future of BMW’s 1-Series badge may be a little confusing due to the automaker’s plan to release RWD and FWD models. Pictured here is the FWD. Riding on the UKL platform, this new BMW will share its underpinnings with the next-generation MINI Cooper.

     

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

 
Tesla Model S
 
 
When It Hits: Look for the Veloster turbo to debut at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show or the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

What Priddy Says: The turbo model will get a new front fascia, with a new grille, round fog lights and chin spoilers on either corner of the bumper under the fog lights. Underhood should be Hyundai’s Gamma 1.6L direct-injection four-cylinder with the addition of a turbocharger. Most sources indicate that the powerplant should be good for around 210 hp.

 

When It Hits: Watch for the official debut at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show or the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

What Priddy Says: The production model has several differences compared to 2009’s concept, such as the slim main grille opening, redesigned lower grille and a pair of intakes at either corner of the bumper. The Model S will draw its power from a lithium-ion battery pack. The lower-end model should be able to travel about 150 miles, with the more expensive version ranging closer to 300 miles.

   
 

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