Six cars we can't wait to drive in 2020

Six cars we can't wait to drive in 2020

Sunday 5th January

Six cars we can't wait to drive in 2020

There's a whole heap of exotica due this year - here are the ones we're excited about right now...



BMW M2 CS

If you're not excited about the CS version of BMW's already brilliant M2 then there might be no hope for you in 2020. True, there's a new M3 inbound, too - but everything we've grown to love about BMW's quintessential model has already been distilled in the smaller car, and in the CS its maker has finally taken the shackles off. So you get 450hp and 406lb ft of torque, adaptive suspension for the first time, forged wheels wrapped in Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and a redesigned dual-branch, four-pipe exhaust. In other words, a slightly lighter, faster, pointier and more sophisticated M2. With Alcantara everywhere you'd want it. Perfick.

Search for a BMW M2 here


Toyota GR Yaris

Less than a week away from its reveal, the rally-spec Yaris is shaping up to be something pretty special. We know that because of the absurd (i.e. awesome) lengths Toyota has gone to when building it. For a start, there is permanent all-wheel drive - a fact which had us at hello last year. But there is also what's reputed to be the world's lightest 1.6-litre petrol engine, offering more than 250hp. And three doors where there was once five. And a massive pumped up track front and rear. And redesigned suspension. And a roofline which is nearly 10cm lower. In other words, it's been made by extremely enthusiastic engineers and not accountants. Which is very rare, and very wonderful.

Search for a Toyota Yaris here


Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The SF90 is nothing less than a new chapter in Ferrari's history. It is the most powerful road car in the maker's storied history, and it is a hybrid. It is also four-wheel drive. It will do 25km without requiring the intervention of its 780hp 4.0-litre V8. But burn petrol alongside the electrons and it'll apparently manage 0-124mph in 6.7 seconds. It is also capable of minutely controlling the level of torque available to each wheel, and that is said to supply a level of handling dexterity that not even Ferrari has previously attained. Oh and Matt - who has seen the car in the flesh - says it has the best interior of any Maranello-built model in the last twenty years. If it delivers on two-thirds of its promise, it's hard to think of any more desirable car in 2020.

Search for a Ferrari 812 Superfast here


McLaren Speedtail

The Speedtail was revealed to us so long ago now that the concept of it being new to 2020 almost seems counter-intuitive. But new it most certainly is and McLaren reminded us of its standout feature just before Christmas with confirmation that the car had repeatedly achieved its 250mph target speed at Kennedy Space Centre. 'Pah, Bugatti has gone 300mph' I hear you splutter - well, yes, but that was achieved through the blunt force trauma of 1600hp. The Speedtail has (just) 1050hp and looks like a grounded spaceship. It looks that way because it is an aerodynamic masterpiece built around McLaren's idiosyncratic central driving position. There is no other car like it in the world. By the end of 2020, there will still only be 106.

Search for a McLaren P1 here


Mini JCW GP

There are several other important hot hatches inbound this year, not least a new Golf GTI. Yet the new Mini GP stands out because it is a) just round the corner and b) it literally stands out. Possibly like a sore thumb. But possibly not if you're a fan of all things Mini, and that's always what the GP has been about. The latest one shrinks from the challenge not one millimetre thanks to an outrageously pumped-up body and the trick suspension contained beneath. That it is now beyond 300hp (and almost beyond Β£35k) is virtually par for the course; that it has managed a sub 8min Nordschleife lap time suggests that Mini has left no stone unturned in making it the 'fastest model ever produced in the 60-year history of the brand'.

Search for a Mini JCW here


Porsche 911 Turbo/GT3

We've avoided including too many as-yet-unrevealed cars - because honestly it's hard to get too excited about what the new Tesla Roadster might be like when it remains beyond the horizon - but the go-faster 992 variants are a different matter. For one thing, you can bet your bottom dollar that both the Turbo (a name whose cache somehow remains intact) and the slightly more distant GT3 will be up to snuff. And when that snuff includes a weighty contender for 'best car of the decade' it's rather more easy to swap about on your office chair like a sweetie-eating seven-year-old. The Turbo turns up first, mind, now endowed with 650hp. Which ought to be enough for getting along with...

Search for a Porsche 911 GT3 (991) here

Author
Discussion

seanyboyy

Original Poster:

6 posts

97 months

Sunday 5th January
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yawn, not much innovation in that lot.

Oilchange

5,887 posts

209 months

Sunday 5th January
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The new Esprit. Come on Lotus!!!!

Pvapour

8,434 posts

202 months

Sunday 5th January
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None of the above anymore, they’re dinosaurs, still love them (and drive them) but not the future

For me..

Jaguar XJ ev
Audi GT

Any luxury ev saloon offering in fact..

SidewaysSi

6,292 posts

183 months

Sunday 5th January
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Well I think they all look brilliant. Let's not turn this into yet another EV debate.

Isn't this site meant to be about great driving cars?

Tickle

3,472 posts

153 months

Sunday 5th January
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I know the direction of Lotus producing an EV splits opinion, but I thought the 2000bhp all new Evija maybe on the list over the mini or 2 series scratchchin

Gitwhoismiserable

521 posts

72 months

Sunday 5th January
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What about the latest SUV’s ?

richthebike

641 posts

86 months

Sunday 5th January
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seanyboyy said:
yawn, not much innovation in that lot.
You, Sir, need to hand in your card.

If you can't get excited about any of the bases covered here, or recognise any progress at all, then could you please explain exactly what you were hoping for...



Grindle

680 posts

33 months

Sunday 5th January
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seanyboyy said:
yawn, not much innovation in that lot.
The M2 (and many other latest sporty cars) underwhelms me tbh. With current turbo technology and all the engine improvements the past 2 decades have given us i find 450 bhp very ordinary, especially at that money. 2 turbos as well.
In 2005 i bought a car with 405 bhp, just 2 litres and 1 turbo. Yes it was old school laggy and old fashioned and brutal but even so...
By BMW we were given 507 bhp from the old M5 without any forced induction the same year. Oh and that sounded way better than the M2.
500 bhp from the 2.9 Alfa 5 years ago also shows that the M2 at 365 bhp has been way behind the 8 ball for far too long. 450 bhp is okay, but at that price? I'd never spend it.

Grindle

680 posts

33 months

Sunday 5th January
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richthebike said:
seanyboyy said:
yawn, not much innovation in that lot.
You, Sir, need to hand in your card.

If you can't get excited about any of the bases covered here, or recognise any progress at all, then could you please explain exactly what you were hoping for...
TBH unless we can afford to buy stuff costing a fortune, all that exotica above is irrelevant.
On the wider point here, i never have got why people get so excited about an upcoming car costing X amount of £££ zillions that the likes of me and 99% of other people are probably never going to see on the road, let alone drive or (hell freezes over) OWN!
I would rather stick to what i have a chance of owning.
''Latest McLaren has 40 bhp more than last year's and through the use of titanium and carbon weighs 40 kgs less''. Well my life will be so much better for that!

kambites

57,662 posts

170 months

Sunday 5th January
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The ICE powered car I have most interest in in the coming year is a Toyota Yaris. That just seems wrong.

Pvapour

8,434 posts

202 months

Sunday 5th January
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SidewaysSi said:
Isn't this site meant to be about great driving cars?
I think you’ll find EVs are wink as are ice, no debates or arguments, just enjoy both as thats where we all really win smile

Twoshoe

486 posts

133 months

Sunday 5th January
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What does 'a fact which had us at hello last year' mean?

big_rob_sydney

2,423 posts

143 months

Sunday 5th January
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Grindle said:
richthebike said:
seanyboyy said:
yawn, not much innovation in that lot.
You, Sir, need to hand in your card.

If you can't get excited about any of the bases covered here, or recognise any progress at all, then could you please explain exactly what you were hoping for...
TBH unless we can afford to buy stuff costing a fortune, all that exotica above is irrelevant.
On the wider point here, i never have got why people get so excited about an upcoming car costing X amount of £££ zillions that the likes of me and 99% of other people are probably never going to see on the road, let alone drive or (hell freezes over) OWN!
I would rather stick to what i have a chance of owning.
''Latest McLaren has 40 bhp more than last year's and through the use of titanium and carbon weighs 40 kgs less''. Well my life will be so much better for that!
A lot of the things you're describing start out at the big end of town, but trickle down to mainstream models over time.

Toltec

5,880 posts

172 months

Sunday 5th January
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kambites said:
The ICE powered car I have most interest in in the coming year is a Toyota Yaris. That just seems wrong.
I know, it is the first hot hatch I've been interested in.

Onehp

1,204 posts

232 months

Sunday 5th January
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The GR Yaris for me.

It's something I haven't seen before, a small, light, driver focused 4wd car, much more than a hot hatch. If people expect this will be hot hatch money, they're im for a surprise. I hope, because the hardware I'm hoping for doesn't come for free.

A modern day EVO VI TME with wrc inspired suspension (much larger travel than hot hatches and with hydraulic bump stops)?

But smaller and lighter.

Hope business goes well this year so I can get one...

Edited by Onehp on Sunday 5th January 10:20

James_33

222 posts

15 months

Sunday 5th January
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Grindle said:
richthebike said:
seanyboyy said:
yawn, not much innovation in that lot.
You, Sir, need to hand in your card.

If you can't get excited about any of the bases covered here, or recognise any progress at all, then could you please explain exactly what you were hoping for...
TBH unless we can afford to buy stuff costing a fortune, all that exotica above is irrelevant.
On the wider point here, i never have got why people get so excited about an upcoming car costing X amount of £££ zillions that the likes of me and 99% of other people are probably never going to see on the road, let alone drive or (hell freezes over) OWN!
I would rather stick to what i have a chance of owning.
''Latest McLaren has 40 bhp more than last year's and through the use of titanium and carbon weighs 40 kgs less''. Well my life will be so much better for that!
This.

Edmundo2

823 posts

159 months

Sunday 5th January
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Yaris looks fantastic! If the price is right and they get the styling details right with a motorsport vibe then could be mega..

CABC

2,901 posts

50 months

Sunday 5th January
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Toltec said:
kambites said:
The ICE powered car I have most interest in in the coming year is a Toyota Yaris. That just seems wrong.
I know, it is the first hot hatch I've been interested in.
yes. Toyota have some passion back.
innovation coming from the east these days.

nickfrog

10,826 posts

166 months

Sunday 5th January
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I know PH is essentially about being negative but I find those cars really exciting and even affordable for the MINI and the Toyota which seems like decent track ready dailies.

s m

18,384 posts

152 months

Sunday 5th January
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Toltec said:
kambites said:
The ICE powered car I have most interest in in the coming year is a Toyota Yaris. That just seems wrong.
I know, it is the first hot hatch I've been interested in.
Yep, far more interested in that ( and to a lesser extent the M2 ) than everything else on that list

I’m sure the supercars are great but just irrelevant for me