The automotive world, like the rest of us, is moving on to 2021. Those last few 2020 model year vehicles on dealership lots are being swept out the door as new 2021 vehicles come in ahead of the new calendar year — which, in turn, will bring its own new vehicles and debuts we’re super-excited about.
But the yearly turnover, as always, leaves a few great cars behind that were underappreciated or did not quite make sense in the present market. Below are five such cool cars going out of production in 2020 that we’re going to miss next year.
The Alfa Romeo 4C was one of the best purist-friendly driving cars out there. It had an impressive power-to-weight ratio, with a 237-hp turbocharged four-pot propelling its sub-2,500-pound heft from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The trouble was, the 4C was a bit too pure for most people to buy. It was loud, uncomfortable, and short on amenities. It cost almost as much as a Giulia Quadrifoglio.
The BMW i8 was one of the most striking production cars of the past decade, aesthetically. That alone may give it some shelf-life for posterity with niche enthusiasts. But the i8’s hybrid tech now feels dated; plus, its looks and price point of around $150,000 primes you for a supercar, but you can get the same approximate power output from a Kia Stinger GT.
The CT6 was Cadillac’s full-size flagship luxury sedan. The brand intended the CT6 to start a bold new direction (and a new alphanumeric naming convention). They gave the high-performance CT6-V the ultimate of automotive rarities, an exclusive engine: in this case, the 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8 engine putting out 550 hp. But full-size luxury sedans are an increasingly tough sell, even for Cadillac, so the Ct6 t’s departing due to low sales just as the smaller CT5 and CT4 are getting to market.
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The Jaguar XF Sportbrake sounded drool-worthy. It was a sexy, Ian Callum-designed midsize wagon with a 380-hp supercharged V6 and nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo space. One problem for the XF Sportbrake? The F-Pace, a sexy, Ian Callum-designed, World Car of the Year Award-winning crossover, also exists. So buyers could get the same engine, in a more popular body style, for about $10,000 cheaper.
The Lexus GS was an excellent, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan. We loved the GS F in particular, what with its 467-hp, naturally-aspirated V8 engine. But buyers have turned away from sedans, and automakers are tailoring their model trees to match. Lexus customers, by a beyond overwhelming margin, prefer the ES sedan, which is more comfortable, newer, and significantly cheaper.
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