Cars of the Future: What's Next, and How Do We Get There? Page 3

January 20, 2010
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My M3--my future car?

With history swirling around us like so much uncombusted gasoline, it's fair to ask how right my car is for this moment.  Is it really the right time for a V-8? Is it time to set aside my passion, work through my arrested development issues, and finally grow up?

Fat chance.

So we get to the real questions swirling around the collective car-freak consciousness. Who will be the first to step up with the car, or line of cars, we're all looking for?

Will the Tesla four-door deliver as promised, and will we have the guts to place the $60,000 bet?

Will BMW or Volkswagen introduce a great-handling high-torque diesel GT? Or will Cadillac come out with a flat-tracking hydrogen-powered sport wagon?

How long will it take to bring grunt to the run of the mill Honda hybrid? How gradual a move will we need to endure?

Will I have to swallow the '75 Corvette lima beans before I'm allowed the Corvette Z06 dessert?

The good news is, everybody seems to have something in the pipeline. But how long is that pipeline? How far away is the light at the end of it? And what will be flowing through it in place of "bubblin' crude?"

All of this I sit and ponder while scanning eBay, looking at the listings of low-mileage, pre-V-8 M3s and Audi RS4s, thinking that the interim move to make may be two steps backwards before taking the giant leap forward.

Just what Detroit, Munich, and Tokyo don't want to hear.

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