Here’s a list of some of the most exciting cars that will be launched this year.
The LT name is back. McLaren have taken the 720S and created the new 765LT to do battle with the Ferrari 488 Pista. The Woking based car company haven’t just boosted the power on their range topping motor. Sure enough, they’ve tickled the mid-mounted 4.0litre twin-turbo V8 which now produces 754bhp, 44bhp more than the 720s. But the key to the new LT is the 80kg weight saving that has been undertaken to make the 765LT a completely new animal. This weight saving comes through a number of changes including race seats that can be found in both the Senna and the 600LT and new ultralight forged alloy wheels which save a further 22kg.
The 765LT looks more aggressive by comparison to the 720S, with an extended front splitter, enlarged rear diffuser, quad-exit titanium exhaust and active rear wing that aids cooling and increases downforce. The new McLaren travels from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 205mph and don’t worry about stopping as the 765 has the same carbon ceramic brakes from the incredible McLaren Senna.
If the new Longtail (yes it is longer than the 720S don’t worry) is to your taste then you can order one now with first deliveries expected in September, but expect to pay over £250K. Fortunately, more units will be made this time at 765 by comparison to the 675LT where only 500 were produced. 488 Pista watch your back, there’s a new kid in town.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche are back with the new 911 Turbo S. The range topping 992 model of the 911 comes with a 3.8 litre forced induction flat six producing a more than comfortable 641bhp. To bring the power up the Stuttgart engineers have tweaked the twin turbocharges inside the engine by making them larger with Variable Turbine Geometry. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and PASM all-wheel drive means the new Turbo S can deliver its power more efficiently and torque can be diverted to the front axle if needed. 0-62mph is handled in a mere 2.7 seconds and the eight-speed PDK gearbox will take you all the way up to 205mph.
The wider body and bigger alloy wheels make the Turbo S stand out and the rear of the car almost has nods to the 1980’s hero, Porsche 959. At £155,970 for the coupe and £165,127 for the cabriolet the new Turbo S looks like an excellent option for anyone looking for a serious performance car.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm
Right, stop whatever you’re doing (I doubt it’s nothing major considering most of us are at home). Alfa Romeo have taken the world’s best sports saloon and have created, not one, but two new variants, the Giulia GTA and GTAm. The GTA is a more day-to-day, road focused version of the Giulia and carries many parts over from the standard model, however, it does come with a mean body kit. The GTAm is more of a track day vehicle with two carbon fibre backed front seats. The rear seats have been ditched to make way for a small roll bar and storage space for protective clothing which Alfa are giving away with the car. If you thought the GTA was tasty looking the GTAm is an absolute peach with a carbon fibre front splitter and large rear wing and diffuser. A new Akropovič titanium exhaust has been mounted to exit through the diffuser making the car look even more satisfying on the eye and we can be sure it will have a note even Pavarotti would be proud of.
The engine is the same twin-turbo V6 from the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio but now with 532bhp. One key element of the two new cars is the weight saving. The Italian car makers have shed 100kg through the use of lightweight carbon fibre and titanium body panels. The GTAm also has lightweight polycarbonate windows for further weight saving.
Alfa Romeo are only making 500 units and will be more of a collector’s item than a car for the masses. If I was on the list of customers getting one of these, I’d be a very happy man.
From the makers of some of the world’s best hyper cars a new breed is upon us, starring 1700bhp, eight cup holders and a 0-62mph time of under 2 seconds. Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the new four-seat Koenigsegg Gemera.
The Swedish car company have created what they call a “mega GT”, a super powerful, four-seat sports car that will put most performance cars to shame, big style. Although the Gemera only has a 2.0 litre, three-cylinder engine the car has been engineered to produce 600bhp and 600Nm of torque. This is down to it having twin-turbo charges as well as Koenigsegg’s Freevalve system which replaces the normal camshaft with independent control of the intake and exhaust valves.
Alongside the three-cylinder engine are three electric motors, one for each of the rear wheels producing 500bhp and another attached to the crankshaft producing 400bhp. This all adds up to a staggering 1700bhp and 2581lb ft of torque and it’s meant to be a daily driver that you can put your kids and shopping in.
Every powerful car must be able to control it, therefore the Gemera has both four-wheel-drive, four- wheel steering and four-wheel torque vectoring. The car will also use Koenigsegg’s Direct Drive transmission, a single gear which goes from standstill all the way up to the top speed. With the hybrid technology on board the Gemera can be driven using the pure electric motors which will apparently have a range of up to 31 miles.
As it is a four-seater and a more ‘everyday’ Koenigsegg the Gemera has many useful features such as rear-view cameras, eight cupholders and two wireless phone chargers. Koenigsegg have seriously pushed automotive engineering to the very extreme here and have set a serious goal for their fellow manufacturers to chase.
Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
Bugatti have redesigned their luxury hyper and produced the Chiron Pur Sport. This is still very much the same as the standard Chiron, yet this one has been on a diet and engineered to be a more track focused car rather than an all-out speed demon.
A revised aero package is the clearest change, with a fixed rear wing instead of the hydraulic one and a new rear splitter, all of which give the car a more aggressive appeal. Weight saving has also been key to helping the car handle better. The new rear wing is 10kg lighter than the hydraulic one, the magnesium wheels which also add a bit of visual drama have saved 16kg and changes to the brakes have taken a further 3kg of weight off. The cars interior has also undergone a makeover with the leather being swapped for lighter Alcantara.
Under the engine the car maintains its 8.0 litre W16 engine with 1479bhp and 1180lb ft of torque. The gearing has been changed with the ratios now closer together, allowing the car to accelerate faster than the standard Chiron. Only 16 Pur Sports will be made with a price of around £2.9m before taxes.
Dacia are to release a new electric car in 2021 which they say will be the most affordable EV in Europe. The new Dacia Spring Electric takes much of its design from Renault’s City K-ZE electric crossover, with a high ground clearance and functional presence. Dacia say the Spring will have a top range of over 200km and is set to be more of an everyday city car.