Coming soon: sports cars and hot hatches
Our ultimate guide to the new models coming in the second half of 2021 and beyond, plus how much you can save on their predecessors...
Sports cars and hot hatches
Audi RS3 | November 2021
Audi's premium hot hatchback is here to take on the BMW M135i and Mercedes-AMG A45, and it's got everything it needs to succeed. In fact, its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine pumps out 395bhp, which means the RS3 can sprint to 62mph in just 3.8sec. New driving modes allow drivers to put the car into a drift on the racetrack, while Alcantara sports seats aim to keep you well planted inside.
Ford Mustang Mach 1 | October 2021
If you thought Ford committed sacrilege by putting the Mustang name on its Mach E electric SUV, perhaps this old-school muscle car will be more up your street. With an uprated 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine under the bonnet, the Mach 1 will be heard long before it is seen. When it is in sight, the aggressive bodywork will keep onlookers clamouring for more. That V8 engine produces 454bhp, enough for an anticipated 0-62mph sprint time of less than 4.3sec.
Mercedes SL | December 2021
The current SL is a grand tourer which is both powerful and luxurious, and this next-generation version looks ready to take up that baton. It's expected to have seating for four, and is both stiffer and lighter than today's car, which should boost agility. A fabric roof will be standard, while multiple hybrid models will make up the bulk of the range. At the top will be a fire-breathing SL63 AMG version.
Toyota GR86 | November 2021
The GR86 is the successor to the GT86, and like that car it's a rear-wheel drive four-seat sports coupé which is designed to provide sports car thrills without a sky-high price tag. It's powered by a 2.4-litre petrol engine developing 232bhp, and can sprint to 62mph in 6.3sec. Although it's the same size as the GT86, the new GR86 is said to be a lot stiffer, which should give it even sharper handling.
Citroen e-Berlingo | October 2021
This all-electric version of Citroen's seven-seater is capable of travelling for up to 170 miles between charges, and is powered by a single 134bhp electric motor. To help drivers eke out extra range, an 'eco' driving mode restricts the car's top speed to 82mph and reduces the heating and air conditioning to preserve energy.
Peugeot Rifter EV | October 2021
The Rifter is essentially the same car as the Citroen e-Berlingo underneath, so it has the same range and electric motor. Also like the e-Berlingo, it can be charged to 80% of capacity in just 30 minutes if you can find a charging point capable of providing its maximum 100kW charging rate.
Vauxhall Combo-e Life | October 2021
You might see a pattern here, because the Combo-e Life shares its electric motor, battery pack and underpinnings with the Citroen e-Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter. It has roughly the same range as those cars (Vauxhall says 174 miles) and the same 134bhp electric motor. It's available in five and seven-seat forms, and can tow up to 750kg.
Volkswagen ID Buzz | Late 2022
Volkswagen sees the ID Buzz, its new retro-styled electric people carrier, as an indirect replacement for today's Volkswagen Touran, and it's likely to attract plenty of interest when it goes on sale. Both rear and four-wheel drive versions are planned, with range-topping models having a range of around 372 miles between charges.
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