Coming soon: sports cars and hot hatches

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2019 and beyond...

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14 August 2019

Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept

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.

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. 

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

Porsche Cayman GT4 front

On sale Autumn

Unlike the previous GT4 range-topper, which effectively sold out because Porsche couldn’t make it fast enough, the plan this time is to build as many as there are customers. As a result, you shouldn't expect the same smile-inducing financial gains, but our early drive indicates that your smile will be just as big every time you go for a blast.

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