My favourite (and least favourite) cars of 2020!
Done by country!
Normally at the end of the year I've run the British Car Awards. Due to unusual circumstances, I haven't got round to that yet, I apologise, neither have a posted for a while. However, I decided while I had time to knock up my list of best and worst 2020 cars from each country! I hope you enjoy, and I would love to see your thoughts in the comments!
USA - Chevrolet Corvette, Tesla Model Y
It's not hard to tell which way these are going to be round! While I'm a critic of the muscle car, I'm a massive fan of a cheap sports car, plus it has a V8 and is mid engined like the Boxster and Alpine! What's more, we get a right hand drive version in the UK! A highlight.
On the other hand, the Model Y. Stories of terrible build quality push a car that I think looks like a fat duck even further down my bucket list. I like Elon's attitude sometimes, but make cars that at least look cool to make up for the lack of engine feel!
France - Bugatti Divo, Renault Megane RS Trophy R
While the Divo premiered as a concept in 2019, it finally arrived on (very few) driveways at the end of this year. Why do I like it so much? Well, it has Chiron speed and power, plus cornering ability and looks incredible. This new taillight style, seen on the Lamborghini Sian and Aston Martin Vulcan, is stunning. I bet we'll see that on the Audi A1 in less than 5 years, guaranteed.
And the bad one? The Renault Megane RS Trophy R! Who spends £70k on a hot hatch that has no more power than a £30k one, isn't much lighter but simply has good steering feel? No one.
Japan - Toyota Yaris GR, Toyota GR86
The Yaris GR is certainly pricey. At £30k, and fitting in the supermini class, it's twice as expensive as the competition. My personal bewilderment is at the fact they restyled the whole rear end and yet couldn't sort out that gawky face, but that's a minor point considering this is faster than a Honda Type R at a drag race and faster than a Ford Focus RS round a rally course!
Toyota's sporting division has made some really good moves recently, but I hate the new Toyota GR86 (while it hasn't been officially been released, we know what it looks like and what the specs are from the BRZ sister car). Newsflash, it's ugly, has a dated exterior and is still underpowered. I get the idea of lightweight sports car, but 200bhp is not enough.
Italy - Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Fiat 500e
Italy, home of the world's supercars. Ferrari alone has released 5 this year! The best? The Stradale. An 1000bhp convertible/coupe hypercar that introduces us to the hybrid future of Ferrari. We don't want to accept its coming, but it is, so at least it's brilliant!
The Fiat 500e is the opposite. It has a complete lack of hype, a complete lack of range, and the design looks like they tried to differentiate it from the standard car while being on a tight budget, and so looks overdone and tacky. And, without being too stereotypical, we already know the target market. Not petrolheads.
UK - Bentley Flying Spur, Mini e
The Bentley Flying Spur has a lot of approval. In fact, I don't think I have seen a single person criticise it. And while I was torn between this and the new Rolls Royce Ghost, this pips the spot just because I irrationally love it. It's classy and cool, if you have it with black highlights it looks sporty, it is comfortable, silent and powerful. What a car!
On the other hand, the Mini e. I don't want people to think I'm against small electric cars. I'm not. I like the Zoe, Twizy, ID.3 and iUp!, just to name a few. But the Mini is slow, not practical, has a very limited range and the tacky green highlights and terrible wheels ruin it for me.
Germany - Porsche 911 Turbo S, BMW iX
A few years ago, the Demon was the fastest stock drag car. The Model S claimed that title shortly after, and then the McLaren 720S. Now, it's the 911 Turbo S. An incredible feat of achievement, with unprecedented acceleration in a GT body that looks way better than the 992 Carreras that we saw a year ago as ugly.
You should all be thanking your lucky stars that I didn't include a picture of the iX. Hopefully, I've saved enough of your eyesight. Enough said.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the article!