10 Exotic Cars That Give Us Hope For the Future
While this year will see the launch of more all-electric powered commuter cars than ever before, that doesn’t mean exotic cars designed to draw eyes and drop jaws are going away anytime soon. In fact, it seems like there are now more than ever before. Not to mention that just a short few years ago a list like this would have looked a lot different. Now there are a number of exotics featuring hybrid and EV powertrains as well as several more super SUVs.
This list of 10 exotic cars we’re excited about in 2020 exemplifies how quickly the world is changing, with a hybrid Ferrari, an all-electric Porsche, and a first ever Aston Martin SUV making the cut. And though big bucks, low volume supercars are fun and all, we decided to keep the exotics on this list to cars with more of a true production run, hence, the likes of the McLaren Elva and Lamborghini Sian don’t make the cut. Sorry, not sorry.
Like the LaFerrari before it, the SF90 Stradale is a mid-engine hybrid. But there are a number of key differences. Thanks to a pair of electric motors up front, the SF90 will be all-wheel drive and will feature a twin-turbo V-8 instead of a 6.3-liter V-12. Total output for the hybrid powertrain is a claimed 986 hp. In simple terms, that’s a LOT. We can’t wait for our first drive and we’ve already specced how we’d build one.
At the other end of the Ferrari stable is the new Roma. This exotic car sits near the bottom of the Ferrari range and is a 2+2 coupe—much like the Ferrari 612. It’s not a hybrid, and is motivated by a twin-turbo V-8 similar to the one in the SF90 making “just” 611 hp. Despite the Supra-sized power difference, we’re still looking forward to this one, too.
Easily one of the most interesting high-performance cars coming in 2020, the Polestar 1 is a Bentley-rivaling hybrid GT. The Polestar’s powertrain is fiendishly complex, but its power delivery is nearly seamless. A version of Volvo’s twin-charged 2.0-liter four cylinder is augmented by not one or two, but three electric motors. One integrated with the engine itself and two at the back. Total output is 600 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Hybrids like this are getting really interesting, and we can’t wait to see more of what we’ve seen so far from the Polestar 1.
Even though this exotic hasn’t been released yet, we know a 992-generation Turbo is coming, as we’ve already had the chance to drive and give our thoughts on a prototype version of the upcoming Turbo. The 911 Turbo has traditionally been the quickest model in the 911 family, and the 992-Series model car shouldn’t be any different, following the Turbo’s formula of a twin-turbo flat 6 engine, PDK gearbox, and standard all-wheel drive.
Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback
The RS6 Avant is finally coming to the United States. Praise be to the good people at Audi who decided it’s worth bringing its super wagon to the States, packing a 600 hp V-8, AWD, rear steering, and options like sport suspension and ceramic brakes. How does this high-performance ride all come together? Check out our first drive here. Oh, and there’s an RS7 Sportback available as well if you don’t live that #WagonLife.
The Aston Martin DBX is a late entry into the super-SUV game. It will have the tricky task of wooing Bentley Bentayga and high-end Cayenne owners out of their cars and into the world of Aston Martin. If the quilted leather and heated cupholders don’t convince them this is a proper luxury SUV, maybe the 4.0-liter AMG derived V-8 and claimed top speed of 181 mph will sway them in the name of performance.
We’ve already driven multiple versions of the Taycan and shared our thoughts. The consensus? It’s brutally fast and a true Porsche, even if it’s a little short on range and somewhat pricey. Still, we can’t wait to see them roaming around the streets of L.A. and get our hands on one for instrumented testing. Can it really best the Model S performance to 60 mph? Stay tuned.
It’s already pretty clear we’re excited about the mid-engine Corvette. We covered it extensively in July at its launch and have since given it MotorTrend’s highest honor. The Corvette is our 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year, and we can’t wait to spend most of the year with it to fully explore what Corvette ownership is like.
The M8 is just the second M-branded high-performance car to get the Gran Coupe treatment, the first being the M6 Gran Coupe more than five years ago. We’ve already applauded the standard M8 as a fantastic Poland to Portugal cruiser, and the hope is the 2020 M8 Gran Coupe makes it easier for more people to experience all that power and luxury from BMW’s current exotic car.
The McLaren GT is Woking’s first fully-fledged attempt at a luxury GT. You might remember the 570 GT, but ultimately that was a trim level and not its own car. The McLaren GT, on the other hand, accomplishes its GT goal and without sacrificing (most of) the blistering performance we’ve come to expect from McLaren. And you can get it with a cashmere interior. How cool is that!