Future Fantasy Cars and Trucks
In the Year 2021... Envisioning Our Favorite Vehicles' Future
August 3, 2011
In our Future of Performance Cars feature earlier this year, we asked a number of movers and shakers in the auto biz what they believe the future of performance will be in a decade or so. We got a lot of interesting and thoughtful responses, although many of them were generic, as most execs keep future product plans so close to the vest they're practically part of the vest's fabric. That story naturally got us here at MT HQ talking and thinking about the future of some of our favorite cars and trucks.
2021 Cadillac DeVille
Realizing that Cadillac couldn't truly be the "standard of the world" without a legitimate flagship, the iconic DeVille was relaunched in 2015 and aimed squarely at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Drawing inspiration from the popular Sixteen concept, the long-nosed sedan was an instant hit.
Now in its second generation, the DeVille has expanded its range to include a sportier Coupe DeVille with a side profile that suggests a modern interpretation of 1930s Bugattis. The base engine for both models is twin-turbo 4.8-liter DOHC V-8 based in part on the abandoned Northstar replacement. Base cars offer 450 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, while high-performance V Series models lay down 525 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque from an enlarged 5.2-liter DOHC twin-turbo V-8. Also available is a hybrid variant using a supercharged 370-horsepower version of the 3.6-liter V-6 mated to a 150-horsepower electric motor and a 5-kilowatt-hour battery that can propel the car up to 68 mph on electric power alone and increases fuel economy to 35 mpg. A 3.2-liter twin-turbo diesel V-6 with 330 horsepower and 580 lb-ft of torque has just been announced for the U.S. market after seeing success overseas.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette
The C8 Corvette represents the clean-sheet Corvette the engineers have dreamed about since GM emerged from bankruptcy more than a decade ago. In an homage to the original six-cylinder engine of the 1953 model, the "Blue Flame" moniker has been resurrected, and applied to the new premium engine for the Corvette, a tri-fuel gasoline, E85, or natural gas engine. The tri-fuel strategy was employed to offers owners the choice of high fuel economy or ultra-high performance. The advanced fueling system can run on any of the fuels individually, or on a combination of gasoline and E85, or natural gas.
In addition, the new 'Vette employs a bank of ultracapacitors behind the driver and passenger seat to provide bursts of electrically assisted acceleration to the front in-wheel electric motors/brakes. Front braking is normally accomplished via a regenerative function of the motors, sending surplus power back to the ultracapacitors. Under hard or emergency use, integrated hydraulic composite brakes add additional stopping force. Peak power on the 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged Blue Flame V-6 engine is 550 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque when running on separately injected E85 and gasoline. Fuel economy in this mode is a highly respectable 23/34 mpg city/highway.
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