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HERE ARE MY TOP FIVE 1 (in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der): Audi SQ5 In­finiti QX50 Kia Stinger Lexus LS

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Audi's next plug-in hy­brid will take the form of a full-size SUV when the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Q8 launches next year. It's hard to say how much will change be­tween con­cept and pro­duc­tion, but for what it's worth, the Q8 con­cept is pow­ered by Audi's 3.0L TSFI V6 mated to an elec­tric mo­tor that pro­duces 100 kw of power. Com­bined with a de­cou­pler is an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. To­tal out­put is rated at ap­prox­i­mately 442 horse­power andd 516.3 lb-ft. of torque. Thee The in­te­rior fea­tures an ar­ray ay ofo of touch­screens, in­clud­ing­gin­clud­ing ann an en­hanced ver­sion of Au­udi'ss Audi's vir­tual cock­pit. Seat­ing in thhe the con­cept is lim­ited to four, but the pro­duc­tion model could have greater pas­sen­g­ger pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity. The Q8 con­cept also fea­tures Audi's hall­mark qu­at­tro all-wheel drivve. drive.

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The 2018 Audi SQ5 is slated to be­gin ar­riv­ing this spring and it will carry some im­pres­sive per­for­mance cre­den­tials with it. Pow­ered by a 3.0L tur­bocharged V6 en­gine, the SQ5 will pro­duce 354 horse­power and 369 lbft. of torque that can launch the mid-size the SUV from 0-96.6 km/h (0-60 mph) in 5.1 sec­onds. An eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and Qu­at­tro all-wheel drive are stan­dard is­sue and, for the first time, the new SQ5 will also re­ceive a sport adap­tive air sus­pen­sion which low­ers the ve­hi­cle's ride height by 30 mm.

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Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of its QX Sport In­spi­ra­tion fore­run­ner, the QX50 con­cept marks a sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from the cur­rent QX50 and ad­vances In­finiti's `pow­er­ful el­e­gance' de­sign lan­guage that fea­tures mus­cu­lar lines and flow­ing sur­faces. The brand's au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech (laser scan­ners, radar, cam­eras, etc.) also fea­tures promi­nently here as does the Vc-turbo (vari­able com­pres­sion) en­gine, which could be de­ployed in a mid-size cross­over.c The en­gine feat fea­tures tures vari­able com­pres­sio com­pres­sioni on ra­tiosti as a means of de de­liv­er­ing liv­er­ing bet­ter per­for­mance and effi ef­fif­fi­ciency.ffi­ciency ef­fi­ciency.

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Ar­guably the big­gest waves at NAIAS 2017 were made by Kia, which un­veiled the 2018 Stinger, the Korean au­tomaker's take on the Gran Turismo. With a wheel­base longer than a Lexus GS, the Stinger is all about per­for­mance, from its low seat­ing po­si­tion and ride height, to its long hood and de­vel­op­ment on Ger­many's leg­endary Nur­bur­gring cir­cuit. Two en­gines will be avail­able when the car goes on sale late this year, in­clud­ing a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 that prod pro­duces 365 horse­power an and 376-lbft. of torque. P Power goes to the rear wheels via an eight­ght-speed eight-speed au­to­mat­ica au­to­matic trans­miss­sion.trans­mis­sion.

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The flag­ship Lexus LS is com­pletely re­made for 2018, and will be built on the com­pany's new GA-L (global ar­chi­tec­ture for lux­ury ve­hi­cles) that also un­der­pins the 2018 LC 500 coupe, al­beit on a longer vari­ant. The new LS is 35 mm longer than the cur­rent car, yet is also 200 pounds lighter thanks to a greater use of ul­tra-high strength steel and alu­minum. The LS will re­main RWD, but will be pow­ered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 that pro­duces more horse­power and torque (415 / 442) than the out­go­ing V8. The LS will also re­ceive the com­pany's new 10-sp 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sio trans­mis­sionon which de­buted in the LC 50 500.00. The 2018 LS is ex­pected to be­gin ar­riv­ing at deal­er­ships­deal­ersh ips by the end of th thehe year.

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