2020 has been a year of change. We got off to a good start, with Porsche releasing its high performance Taycan on one end of the scale and Mazda rethinking the Miata sports car on the other. Manufacturers world-wide started to respond to the climate protests of last year by introducing more environmentally friendly hybrids or electric vehicles.
Then Corona. (Sadly, not Corolla, although just about as ubiquitous.) Auto shows were delayed left right and center, things went zooming, new vehicle sales and production figures plummeted. Phrases like, “when lockdown ends” or “when imports resume” or more tragically “when my job is secure” became common. Let’s face it, when you hit rock bottom, the only way you can go is up. It’s only logical to say that 2021 will be better so on that note, let’s take a look at 10 high performance sports cars we can’t wait to see.
1. 2021 Alfa Romeo GTV
It’s not every day that you buy a car purely for the looks, but if we could it would definitely be the new Guilia Quadrifoglio (no, we’re talking about the coupe that’s rumored to hit in 2021, not the four door). Aside for its terrible reliability, who would be able to resist the gorgeous styling, and jaw dropping twin-turbo V6 performance? This beast has 600 horses, and everyone is a palomino.
2. 2024 Aston Martin Vanquish
I say Jeeves old boy, have you seen the latest? Bond is going up against the Italians and the Germans with the new Vanquish, coming to cinemas in 2024. All we can say is if it is as fast as it looks in the 2019 premiere, there will be blood.
3. 2024 BMW Vision M (pssst, it’s actually the i8)
Uhmm, the last i8 was a little disappointing, ya? Despite this, BMW have been buoyed up by the rising demand for green transportation and are working undeterred on their own Taycan/Tesla killer; which practically oozes retro M styling if the 2019 preview is anything to go by.
4. 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
Detroit is increasing its track presence with this performance sedan in a direct challenge to the German and Japanese equivalents. However instead of going with a 4.2-liter V-8, they’ve chosen to rather use the CTS-V’s 6.2-liter supercharged motor. Couple that to a 10-speed auto or 6-speed stick and you’ve got plenty of tire shredding muscle.
5. 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV
Ever since Porsche said ‘Cayenne’ it was just a matter of time until Ferrari joined the SUV bandwagon. We’ve never found SUV’s to be particularly good looking (except for the Jaguar F-Pace) but the clean lines and subtle curves of the Purosangue are visual proof that Ferrari can work miracles. Like its name, this is a true thoroughbred.
6. 2021 Jaguar XJ
On the subject of the F-Pace, Jaguar feels that it is time to refresh their XJ (even though it still looks sharp) with an all new, electric model. With 300 miles of range and fast charging, this will be one fast cat.
7. 2021 Maserati MC20
Another very niche marque, the MC20 is proof that Maserati can still box in the super car arena. Unlike the exorbitant MC12 or (dare we say mundane) Ghibli, the MC20 is a solid six figure performance machine, which due to it possibly sharing parts with Alpha Romeo, is squarely aimed at the mid-market.
8. 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class
This list wouldn’t be complete without a Benz. Although a lot of the newer models tend to remind us more of over-inflated balloons than high performance sports cars, the 2022 SL promises a refreshing recourse to the older, less flabby SL-Class that we all love.
9. 2021 Nissan 400Z
Winds of change (or more hurricanes) have been blasting through Nissan of late with their Renault partnership in severe jeopardy. So, we don’t blame them if they were a little distracted from giving their dated 370Z the attention it deserves. With a lot of components borrowed from its Infiniti models, the new Z car isn’t so much of a redesign as a synthesis. Still, the twin turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with 400 ponies in the stylish new coupe body should be more than enough to get your heart racing.
If you’re after the Porsche, as opposed to a Porsche this is the model you should be waiting for. Performance tuned on all fronts and really one for the purists (we don’t even know if it will get an auto tranny) this is a track beast that absolutely screams performance and exclusivity.
While 2020 has been a year of change; necessity is the mother of invention, and at Foreign Affairs Motorwerks, we feel that 2021 is set to be a year of innovation when it comes to high performance sports cars. So, buckle up, feel the rhythm and get ready to ride!