Time flies, right? Even though 2010 was the year we were supposed to make contact, we’ve blitzed right past that and we’re essentially into 2020 now. A lot has changed in the past ten years, especially in the automotive space. The first Nissan Leaf was introduced back in 2010. It had a range of 73 miles and a motor making 110 horsepower. Now we have the long-range version of the Tesla Model S, which can go 370 miles between charges.
On the gas-burning side, we had the arrival of the Challenger Hellcat in 2015. That was followed by a Charger Hellcat, Jeep TrackHawk, and eventually we arrived at the Red Line and Demon versions. You can buy a Dodge that will rip past 200 mph and boasts what I assume is an actual metric fuckton of horsepower.
Ford launched its first-generation Raptor for the 2010 model year. What started with a V8 has wound up with a twin-turbocharged V6, and it’s actually better with the smaller engine. Sure, the sound isn’t as good, but the truck is definitely a better vehicle with less cylinders and displacement. And it’s suspension is smart enough to adjust damping at lightspeed so you’re properly setup for bumps, dips, curbs, Civics, and hang time.
All of that is a fun peek at what the past decade as brought to us. But that’s next? What do you want to see happen in 2020 and beyond? Right out of the gate, I’m eager to see Rivian bring a production-ready model to market. I’m curious to see how the C8 Corvette evolves with its more powerful and focused models. And I want to see how the market reacts to Ford’s electric Mustang crossover.
How about you?