It’s the beginning of a new decade, and while we can all say that things started out a little shaky, the good news is that we all have a lot to look forward to, especially when it comes to cars. The year 2021 brings a lot more promise and some certainty in the automotive world. As technology advances and automakers get more creative with their designs, we can expect a lot of interesting cars in the near future. Here are five of them.
2020 Polestar 1
Yes, we know this one is branded 2020, but it should make its debut next year. Regardless, Polestar is Volvo’s performance division, which was known for having its hand in cars like the Polestar Volvo C30 and S60. Polestar has actually branched off from Volvo and is now its own car company with a production facility that’s located in China.
Not to worry, though, their “customer-focused” ethos is to build an “industry benchmark for performance vehicles.” And Polestar is doing just that with the release of its first car: the Polestar 1. The Polestar 1 is basically a two-door version of the Volvo S90 and is powered by a hybrid engine setup. Under the hood is a twin-charged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s paired with an electric motor and puts out a combined 375 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive configuration doesn’t stop there, as a pair of electric motors power the rear wheels and the whole drivetrain combination produces a staggering 619 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque.
Aside from the car’s sleek and handsome looks, we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s engine setup puts Polestar on the map.
Tesla definitely does need any kind of introduction, nor does its forthcoming Roadster. But for those not in the know, Tesla did announce plans for the new Roadster back in 2017 and also proclaimed some intense performance numbers that it will achieve. For starters, the Tesla Roadster will be slated to get from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds, more specifically, 1.9 seconds.
It will also have a top speed of 250 mph and a total range of 620 miles, although, probably not at the same time. Would you like to put a deposit on one for now? It will cost you $50,000 upfront. The reason for the high deposit amount being the Roadster’s proposed $200,000 price tag. It’s not exactly in the same price arena as the affordable Tesla Model 3, but at least it has four seats like that entry-level car.
Audi E-Tron GT
Audi’s low-slung, four-door coupe might still only be a concept in pictures, however, we should be seeing a production version next year or so. The Audi E-Tron GT is made up of carbon fiber, aluminum, and high-strength steel and will also be powered by a dual-motor setup that will produce 590 horsepower. With that kind of power, the E-Tron is slated to get to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Pricing is still to be determined, but it will likely be twice the cost of the current E-Tron SUV.
Porsche Taycan 4S
While the Porsche Taycan is nothing new, the forthcoming Taycan 4s is. The Porsche Taycan 4S is actually the base model for the Taycan lineup, which currently includes the Turbo and the Turbo S. What sets the Taycan 4S apart from its stablemates goes beyond its lower $103,000 price tag. It will be an all-wheel-drive electric sports car, but will also have a choice of two batteries: A Performance Battery that will produce 522 horsepower and a Performance Plus battery that will push out 563 hp. No word on pricing or range, yet, but it should get more than 200 miles in range.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe
So it might not be as exotic as the last four cars we just mentioned, however, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which is actually a pair of four-door 8 Series cars that are set to expand that lineup. The M8 Gran Coupe will be powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that will produce 600 horsepower, while the M8 Gran Coupe Competition will have a similar-sized engine that will pump out 617 horsepower. They should already be in production, but at first launch, BMW will release a limited run of First Edition models of each car. Pricing will around $130,000 to $143,000.
We have a lot to look forward to
These five sports cars are only a small sample of the multitude of cool and regular consumer cars that are also due out next year. Either way, the future looks bright in the automotive world and at least we have a lot to look forward to.