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 2020 and beyond...
Sports cars and hot hatches
Volkswagen Golf GTI
On sale Late 2020
Following the launch of the new, eighth-generation Golf, we’ll get a new hot version in 2020. And while it will feature the most striking looks of any Golf GTI to date, it should still be more business suit than shellsuit.
Expect deeper, more aggressive front vents and pumped-up wheel arches to go with the usual chunkier wheels and tyres, bigger brakes, twin exhaust pipes and fairly modest rear spoiler. But for the first time, there will be no three-door version.
In a reversal of its original plans, Volkswagen has decided not to switch to hybrid power. Instead, the new Golf GTI uses an updated version of today’s turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, with even the standard version beating the 241bhp of the outgoing GTI Performance and the successor to that car – which will be called the TCR, after the touring car racing version of the Golf – putting down close to 290bhp.
As with the current Golf GTI, you’ll be able to choose a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG) gearbox. A 0-62mph time of around 5.0sec seems realistic when the latter is fitted. And engineers involved say a lot of their attention has been focused on the steering in an effort to provide greater responsiveness and feedback.
A successor to today's four-wheel-drive Golf R will follow in 2021. And there are even plans for a 400bhp R Plus (above) to rival the Audi RS3 Sportback and Mercedes-AMG A45 S in the £45,000-plus hot hatch bracket.
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
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.
On sale October
The Roma is aimed at those who "might be a bit afraid" of Ferrari supercars – and have £175,000 burning a hole in their pocket. With a 612bhp 3.9-litre V8 driving the rear wheels via a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and weighing just 1472kg, it can hit 62mph in 3.4sec. Inside, you'll find a curved 16in digital instrument display, an 8.4in touchscreen, a 345-litre boot and four seats.
Hyundai i20 N
On sale Summer
The i20 has always been a worthy but rather dull small hatchback , but the new version should be much more exciting, particularly when it’s given the ‘N’ treatment that was such a success on the i30. Expect to see adverts boasting of a Ford Fiesta ST-rivalling 200bhp, a lower ride height (to improve handling) and stronger brakes.