Cars to look forward to in 2019
The new year is almost upon us. But rather than celebrate the coming of 2019, I feel it’s more appropriate to revel in the supercar treasures that’ll be revealed over the next 12 months. So then, here’s 12 of the most exciting cars that we’ll see in 2019...
Alfa Romeo GTV
A new Alfa Romeo coupe is said to be on the way, using the old GTV moniker. Aesthetically, it’ll probably look like a 2-door version of the Giulia - and it’ll also use the QV’s 2.9L Twin-Turbo V6. In the GTV however, it’ll be detuned to 460bhp, with the overall output boosted to 600 horsepower by hybrid assistance. Alfa making a hybrid? What could possibly go wrong (?)
What you’re about to read may come as a bit of a shock, so I advise you sit down before reading on: Toyota has made a new Supra! I know - I don’t know how they’ve managed to keep it under wraps for so long (!) In all seriousness though, the new Supra will debut officially at the North American international Auto Show in Detroit this January - if it doesn’t debut on Jalopnik first!
Shelby Mustang GT500
Also premiering at Detroit is the brand new Shelby Mustang GT500. Rumours for this car have been circulating since before the last ice age - or so it feels. At first, the rumours said it would use a Twin-Turbo V8 in keeping with Ford’s EcoBoost philosophy - but now, it’s widely believed to use a supercharged V8. Whether it’s the 5L cross-plane Coyote, 5.2L flat-plane Voodoo, or something entirely new, we’ll have to wait and see.
The new Audi RS6 will be available in two stages of tune. The first will utilise the current car’s 4L Twin-Turbo V8, turned all the way up to 650 horsepower; the second however will detune the V8 down to 550 horsepower, and then boost output by a further 150 horsepower using hybrid motors. Whether the additional 50 horsepower in the hybrid car will be enough to compensate for the weight the hybridity is bound to add, only time will tell.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante
The prettiest of Aston’s new era of cars, the DBS Superleggera aims to become even more beautiful by having its roof chopped off. Already a heavy car, how much weight is added by turning it into a convertible is something we don’t yet know. But with 715bhp and 664lb-ft of torque from a 5.2L Twin-Turbo V12, it’ll still perform like a monster.
Mercedes A45 AMG
Over the christmas period, Mercedes were kind enough to treat us all to a show of the upcoming A45 drifting - which you watch in the above video. Using a heavily reworked version of the 2L turbocharged engine found in the old A45, the new car is said to produce around 400bhp. Arguably the biggest problem with the outgoing A45 was its rather primitive Haldex 4WD system, which sent all the power to the front, and only up to 50% to the rear in dire emergencies. Given the drifting video, we can safely say that the new car will be different.
Pininfarina’s 1900 horsepower electric hypercar will be revealed in all its silent glory at the 2019 Geneva motor show. Using batteries and motors straight from Rimac - which may or may not be from the strikingly similar C_Two - the Battista is said to be capable of 0-60mph in under 2 seconds, and a top speed of around 250mph. And even at that speed, no one will hear you coming!
The lightweight version of McLaren’s 720S supercar is set to drop in 2019, thought to be called the 750LT. With LT denoting the legendary “Long-Tail” soubriquet that now bequeaths McLaren’s lightweight models, if the preceding number ends up being “750”, it’ll mean the car has 740bhp. With the 4L Twin-Turbo V8 used by the current 720S proving its worth in the 789bhp Senna hypercar, power won’t be a problem for McLaren to achieve. Hopefully, the lightweight 720 will capture some of that Senna magic in a less costly package.
Towards the end of 2019 - probably at the LA International Auto Show in November - we can expect to see the final production version of Elon Musk’s supposedly perfect hypercar, the Tesla Roadster. While no statistics for the car currently exist in the public domain, Musk has stated that it will be better than every other performance car in every measurable way. It’ll have a higher top speed, it’ll accelerate faster, and it’ll handle better. If you ask me though, Musk must’ve come up with that load of nonsense while sampling the goods on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
While we’re already quite familiar with the Aston Martin Valkyrie - even knowing its 6.5L NA V12 to produce 1000bhp without the hybrid assistance it’ll come with - we’re yet to learn all the vital statistics that we need to know. Well, in 2019, the car will enter production, and will be delivered to customers - so hopefully, that means we’ll start to learn a lot more about it.
At Geneva 2019, Koenigsegg will reveal their long-awaited replacement for the Agera, the Ragnarok. With a name meaning the Norse apocalypse, and with a car as godly as the Agera to follow, it’ll almost certainly accelerate like the end of the world. Using a completely redeveloped version of the Agera’s 5L Twin-Turbo V8, expect over 1400bhp at an earth-shattering 9,000rpm red line! Also, Koenigsegg is keen to point out that the Ragnarok will not use any hybrid augmentation - which if you ask me, is a very good thing indeed.
Bugatti Chiron SuperSports
Finally, also at Geneva 2019, Bugatti will be unveiling the car they’ll be using to try to break 300mph - the Chiron SuperSports. Since the Divo debuted back in August, it’s been known that Bugatti treated Divo owners to a look at the upcoming Chiron SS. While no statistics are available for it, the SS will definitely need a significant bump in power to push the Chiron to 300mph. While Bugatti has lamented that tyre technology limits what they can achieve with the 2-tonne Chiron in terms of top speed, I personally think they’re playing crafty - given the immense competition threatening the 300mph crown.
So then, that’s a quick look at some of the cars we can expect from 2019. Now I want to know: what car are you most looking forward to next year? Let me know in the comments.
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