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Check out this Sports Car That’s Back from the Dead After 17 Years

After being discontinued in 2002, few ever thought that this beloved Japanese sports car would come back after nearly two decades. But Toyota has listened to our incessant cries. Yes, the Toyota Supra is back after 17 years. And it looks better than ever. 

Originally released in Japan in 1978 and based on the Toyota Celica, the Supra was an instant hit in Asia and in the West. Pegged as a more affordable, but still capable sports car, the aesthetics, and performance of the car resonated with legions of fans around the world.

The Supra was also popular on the racing track, enjoyed by amateur and professional racers alike. You’d also be familiar with the Supra if you grew up playing Need for Speed, as the car was heavily featured in multiple games in the NFS series.

Despite its popularity, the exact reason for the Supra’s discontinuation is unknown. Speculation has pointed to the state of the economy in Asia, where Toyota is based, during the Supra’s last years. 

The Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 may have taken a big toll on Toyota’s production lines. This may be why they had to discontinue an expensive sports car that also cost a lot to make. With no one to buy them, the Supra was simply no longer profitable. 

But 2019 is a different story. We live in undoubtedly more prosperous times, and so the Toyota Supra has finally found its way back into our hearts and minds. The hype started way back in 2014 when Toyota applied to renew the US patent for the Supra name. After 5 long years, Toyota finally confirmed its plans to bring back the Supra.  

In last month’s North American International Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the 2020 Toyota Supra. 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter variants are set to be released, and the cars will have 197 or 335 horsepower depending on the variant. 

Power will be transmitted to the wheels using an 8-speed automatic transmission. There are currently no plans for a manual transmission option, so hardcore fans may have to wait a bit more. The Supra is also stupidly fast. The 2.0-liter model goes from 0–60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the 3.0-liter variant does the same in only 4.1 seconds. 

All in all, it’s safe to say that Toyota fans have had their wish granted with the return of the Toyota Supra. The wait is almost over, and when it rolls off production lines, the car will be priced at about $50,000. 

5 Upcoming Electric Cars to Get Excited About

15 years ago, the notion of electric cars replacing our beloved combustion engines sounded like nothing but a pipe dream. Most Americans back then just couldn’t fathom how much technology had to advance in order to replace millions of cars on the road.  

Today we’re at the cusp of a golden age of electric cars. All because of the few who dared make it happen, including Elon Musk and his company Tesla, makers of the first truly mass-friendly electric vehicles. 

The company’s meteoric rise has inspired every other major auto company to push out their own versions of the electric car. Without further ado, here are some of the most exciting electric cars releasing in the next decade. 

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz 

This car is the perfect combination of retro looks and modern flair. A reimagining of the iconic Type 2 bus that was most popular during the 60s, the I.D. Buzz is slated to release in 2022. Volkswagen claims the production version will have a 600-mile range and go from 0-60 in 5 seconds. 

The car will also feature a customizable interior and full autonomous capabilities. Now that’s groovy. 

Faraday Future FF 91 

When someone thinks of futuristic-looking cars, the FF 91 is usually what it looks like in their head. From mercurial automaker Faraday Future, the FF 91 is set to be released in 2019. The large crossover boasts of 1050 horsepower, a 300-mile range, and a ridiculous 0-60 time of just 2.4 seconds. 

According to Faraday Future, uncompromising luxury was in mind when they came up with the vehicle’s design. From its sleek, aerodynamic exterior to its spacious interior, the FF 91 screams luxury. If you’ve got the cash, this just might be the car for you. 

Tesla Model Y 

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Tesla entry. Set to be unveiled this year, the Model Y will be Tesla’s darling in the burgeoning crossover market. Featuring the same ‘falcon-wing’ doors from its big brother Model X, the Model Y is poised to be Tesla’s most advanced electric car yet. 

We can only hope that its pricing will be as competitive as the Model 3, which it shares its platform with. 

Rivian R1T 

The Rivian R1T is the truck for the true adventurer. This incredible car was the spectacle of last year’s LA Auto Show, and with good reason. The R1T will be the first-ever electric production pick-up truck when it releases in late 2020. 

The vehicle will feature 4 motors, up to 400 miles of range, a wading depth of 3 feet, and the ability to go 0-60 in 3 seconds. Still not convinced? Rivian says the truck’s base model will be available for less than $90K. 

These are just some of the most exciting electric cars coming soon. There are plenty more good ones out there. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll try to cover them next.  

3 Underrated Car Companies to Watch in 2019

We all know the big names in the auto industry. Most of them have existed for decades and have proved their worth to consumers worldwide. But for every Ford, Chevrolet, and BMW, there’s a Lucid Motors, Byton, and Faraday Future nipping at their titanic heels. 

Let’s take a look at 3 of the most underrated car companies you should watch in 2019. 

Lucid Motors 

Lucid Motors has had a tumultuous existence. Founded in 2007 and based in California, this luxury car company is heavily backed by Chinese investment firms. Their flagship model Lucid Air missed its production deadline in 2018, but they managed to secure a whopping $1 Billion worth of funding from Saudi Arabia the very same year. 

We may get a look at what the company is working on as soon as this summer, as reports have indicated that Lucid may have plans to unveil an electric SUV based on the Lucid Air platform. Featuring full autonomous driving, the car is set for production in 2020. 

Byton 

Some people consider Byton to be a poor man’s Lucid Motors. But that’s a bit unfair. The two companies both have similar looking cars and are both backed by Chinese investors. But whereas Lucid Motors deal in luxury vehicles, Byton looks to cater to a more conservative market. 

Last year, Byton unveiled its all-electric SUV, which it claims to be “the most advanced EV in the market as of 2019.” Whether that’s true remains to be seen, as the SUV won’t be in production until at least 2020. But there are other positives, such as the $45,000 price tag and the 300-mile range. 

Faraday Future 

Faraday Future may be the wildcard of this list. The California-based automaker is serious in its ambition. But the company has been dealing with issues with its Chinese investors, who once promised $2 billion in funding for almost half of the company. It has also survived a round of job cuts in late 2018. 

Faraday Future is still optimistic. After all, it still does have its $1 billion North Las Vegas factory. And its flagship model, the FF 91, is still the closest you can get to the Batmobile. Driving it would be great. As long as Faraday Future can deliver on its promises. 

Will these 3 companies get off the ground or implode before take-off? We’re all going to have to watch closely this year as they try to produce the best cars we’ve never seen before. 

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