The Hottest New Supercars of 2020admin
What do high-end automakers have in store for us this year? It’s safe to say that the horsepower wars are still being waged, though cars can’t get much faster than they already are—or can they? We’ll soon learn if there are limits to tire adhesion and the ability of the human body to absorb “g” forces.
Amazingly enough, Ferrari never before named a car after Italy’s capital, but the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Roma coupe will join the company stable this year. The vehicle is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (as seen in the SF90 Stradale hybrid), delivering 612 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The car was first shown, not surprisingly, in Rome last November.
The Roma boasts a sharklike nose flowing to a ready-to-pounce rear treatment. The Ferrari is what used to be called a 2+2, meaning that the rear seats—though exquisitely crafted in the Italian manner—are for small children or parcels. The interior uses an array of digital controls, something Ferrari has been slow to adapt. Expect the price to be close to the current Portofino, which starts at US$215,000.
Higher up the scale and replacing the 488 is the F8 Tributo, with 710 horsepower from a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, and a price tag starting at US$293,480.
There’s considerable excitement about the first mid-engine Corvette, so much so that the first year of production—40,000 cars for the U.S. market—is already sold out. Like the Ferrari, the Corvette is powered by a twin-turbo V8, though with slightly more displacement at four liters. With 495 horsepower, and 470 foot pounds of torque, it should reach 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. It’s a supercar by every measure except price—it starts at US$59,995. You could buy four of them for the price of the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Since you’re saving so much money, you might want to go all the way to the ultimate Z51 version—which adds adaptive suspension, larger Brembo brakes, electronic limited slip, and a look-at-me rear spoiler.
The Italian automaker has a number of cars in process, including an all-new sports model to be built on the Modena production line starting this year, followed by the convertible version of the sports car, a second SUV and the successor GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2021. The latter will be produced at an upgraded facility in Turin. Expect many of Maserati’s new cars to be available in electrified versions.
The Sián FKP 37 is an exciting departure for Lamborghini—a hybrid with a 6.5-liter V12 engine, a 34-horsepower electric motor integrated into the gearbox, and super-capacitor technology. The Sián name means thunderbolt in the Bolognese dialect, and the new car should live up to its name, with 819 horsepower on tap and 217 miles per hour possible. The super-capacitor offers both weight and power delivery advantages over a battery pack in a hybrid setup, and charges quickly, though batteries are better at storing electricity for longer periods.
This should be the fastest Lamborghini ever made, with sub-2.8-second zero-to-60 times. Only 63 Siáns will be built (commemorating the 1963 birthday of the marque). Ownership will be a very exclusive club. All of the US$3.6-million supercars have been claimed.
The company’s first-ever SUV, the DBX, goes on sale in the U.S. in the second half of this year. The company says it will be an “all-terrain, seven-days-a-week Aston Martin.” Predictions that it will expand AM’s footprint worldwide are justified by what happened when other supercar producers built their first SUVs. Also in 2020 will be a V8-powered Vantage coupe (based on the architecture of the bigger and more expensive DB11) with a seven-speed manual transmission, and an automatic roadster.
It’s interesting that an electric car claims the fastest times in this roundup. If the second-generation Tesla Roadster lives up to the hype, it will be able to reach that speed in just 1.9 seconds, on its way to 250 miles per hour. The new Roadster, with three electric motors, four seats and a removable glass roof, will sport a huge 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which enables an unbeatable 620-mile cruising range.
The Roadster, which will start around US$200,000, is a halo car for Tesla. Expect to see it after the debut of the Model Y crossover SUV. Reservations are being taken.
The US$210,000 McLaren GT is a comfortable tourer, with a softer ride and plenty of space for you and your baggage—even golf bags. Still, it’s not all that relaxed: the four-liter twin-turbo V8 (similar to but detuned from the motor in the 720S) produces 612 horsepower and 465 foot-pounds of torque. The GT will reach 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds, and tops off at 203 miles per hour.