We recently had the opportunity to go star gazing in the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 Bison. While the truck offered a solid package for off-roading and rocky terrain, it did not quite measure up to competitors like the Raptor or TRX. Additionally, we found ourselves questioning the value proposition of the Bison model.
Looking at some other automotive news, a modern version of the iconic Alfa Romeo Stradale 33 was unveiled. This limited-production vehicle will come with a turbocharged V-6 or electric powertrain, and only 33 units will be produced starting in the summer of 2024.
Mercedes-Benz announced the upcoming opening of their first charging stations this fall. As part of their commitment to building out their charging infrastructure, the automaker is planning to expand their network of charging stations, although specific locations have not been revealed yet.
In other news, Volkswagen introduced the 2024 GTI 380, which marked the end of the manual transmission for the hot hatch. The 380 moniker is a nod to the Mk VIII Golf’s internal codename. The next-gen Golf GTI will only be available with an automatic transmission.
Mini also unveiled the 2025 Countryman, which comes with more space, a larger footprint, and an electric powertrain. While sales will not commence until 2024, the next-gen Countryman will still offer a gas-powered option at launch.
In the world of classic cars, Colin McRae’s iconic 1998 Subaru Impreza STI 22B was sold at auction for a staggering £480,500 (approximately $604,000). This prototype was once owned by the rally legend himself and celebrates Subaru’s hat trick of World Rally Championship titles from 1995 to 1997.
Lastly, we have the 2024 Ram 1500 TRX Final Edition. This marks the end of the nameplate and the Hellcat-powered pickup truck, at least for now. While it’s possible the name will be resurrected in the future with fewer cylinders and electrification, for now, this powerful dinosaur will go to sleep.
In conclusion, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 Bison proved to be a capable off-roading truck, but fell short compared to its competitors. The automotive industry also saw exciting developments with the return of the Alfa Romeo Stradale 33, the expansion of charging stations by Mercedes-Benz, and the launch of the 2024 Volkswagen GTI 380 and 2025 Mini Countryman. Furthermore, classic car enthusiasts witnessed the sale of Colin McRae’s Subaru Impreza STI 22B and the final edition of the Ram 1500 TRX.