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Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept
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16 Sep 2019 06:40

Sports cars and hot hatches

Aston Martin Vanquish

On sale 2022

The DBS has taken the role of Aston Martin's grand tourer, so the new Vanquish will be a McLaren 720S-rivalling supercar instead. It will use aluminium underpinnings and an all-new 700bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine. The styling of the Vision concept (pictured) that Aston Martin showed at the 2019 Geneva motor show is said to be 85% representative.


Audi RS7 Sportback

On sale Early 2020

2020 Audi RS7 Sportback front

A rival to the Porsche Panamera, this luxurious and roomy five-door coupé uses a 592bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 to get from 0-62mph in just 3.6sec, but a mild hybrid system means it shouldn’t be horribly thirsty. Air suspension and four-wheel steering are also available


BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series front

On sale Late 2020

BMW has previewed the next 4 Series coupé with a concept that’s said to be 85% representative. Its distinctive look is meant to give it an identity separate from the 3 Series on which it’s based. Rear and four-wheel drive will be offered, with 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines. A four-door Gran Coupé and a convertible will follow.


Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette C8 front

On sale Late 2020

After the UK arrival of the Ford Mustang, another American icon, the Corvette, will finally offer right-hand drive. In its eighth-generation, this Porsche 911 rival has its engine – a 495bhp 6.2-litre V8 – mounted behind its driver for the first time, promising better handling. Driver is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed paddle-shift gearbox, and you can expect to pay around £70,000.


Ferrari F8 Tributo

Ferrari F8 Tributo

On sale Late 2019

Ferrari will replace its £200k 488 GTB supercar with this F8 Tributo. Featuring a new 710bhp 3.9-litre mid-mounted V8, it produces 49bhp more than its predecessor, and along with weight loss of around 40kg and a 15% boost in downforce, it's 10% more aerodynamically efficient. That means it can accelerate from 0-62mph in a shocking 2.9sec and 0-124mph in 7.8sec.


Mercedes-AMG A45

Mercedes-AMG A45 2019 left front cornering

On sale November

With 415bhp and four-wheel drive to help you make the most of it, Mercedes' flagship hot hatch is obviously searingly fast; 0-62mph takes just 3.9sec. However, the A45 is no one-trick pony, because it's also agile and entertaining through the corners and has a very striking interior. 


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