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...
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.