Find Out Which Of These Will Hit Our Shores
If the 2015 Geneva auto show solidified one thing, it’s that British automakers are stronger than ever and are preparing an onslaught of new products in the near future. From the return of the Lotus Evora to the interesting Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible, here’s a rundown of 13 future vehicles the UK in the pipeline.
Aston Martin DB9 Successor
Whether it’s called DB10 or DB 11, or something else altogether, this new model will replace the exceptionally handsome, but aging, DB9 sports car. Test mules have been caught in numerous locations including Germany’s Nuburgring course, and the car, slated to arrive next year, appears to retain the DB9’s overall silhouette. Expect powertrains to include a twin-turbo V-8 from the new partnership between Aston and Mercedes-Benz.
Aston Martin Vantage GT12
The barely street-legal Vantage GT12 packs a 6.0-liter V-12 that makes 591 hp, along with a number of suspension and aero upgrades optimized for track days. Only 100 are being built, making it one of the rarest Astons ever, and unfortunately there are no plans to bring it Stateside. The model was previously named Vantage GT3, but a legal scuffle with Porsche led Aston to change the name to Vantage GT12.
Aston Martin Vulcan
Sure, it’s only limited to the track and it’s uncertain if it’ll come to North America, but the Aston Martin Vulcan is most definitely being built and should be one of the most memorable Astons ever. The Vulcan will be powered by a 7.0-liter V-12 that the automaker claims should make at least 800 hp. Not surprisingly, its production run will be very low.
McLaren expands its portfolio with the new Sports Series lineup, which is spearheaded by the 570S and 540C. The Sport Series cars slot below the Super Series models that currently include the 650S and 675LT. Touted as a Porsche 911 fighter, the 570S brings a 562-hp, twin-turbo V-8 and carbon-fiber construction to the table.
Lotus Evora 400
Lotus appears to have a promising road ahead thanks to new CEO Jean-Marc Gales. While Gales has many plans for the brand, the Evora 400 will be the first small step for Lotus and its attempt to grow in the U.S. The aluminum-framed Evora 400 will make 400 hp from a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6.
The growing demand for luxury SUVs was too much for Bentley to ignore. As a result, we will soon see the Bentley Bentayga, which will share its platform with the Audi A7 and next-gen Porsche Panamera. Craftsmanship will be impressive, as will its powertrains, which should include a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 that could make an upwards of 600 hp. An early Bentayga prototype is shown here.
Mini has yet to reveal the new Clubman, but plenty of prototypes have been spotted. The car will be different than the current model in a number of ways. Not only will it be longer, but it will lose the quirky, suicide-style rear doors in favor of normal, full-size doors. However, the cargo area’s split barn door remains.
Jaguar is getting back into the BMW 3 Series segment with its new XE sedan. Aluminum is used for much of the sedan’s construction, while a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 provides plenty of thrust. It handles well, too, which is important if Jag wants to lure would-be BMW buyers.
Jaguar also unveiled its new XF sedan, which is set to take on the Lexus GS, BMW 5 Series, and Cadillac CTS. Like the XE, the 2016 Jaguar XF boasts a lot of aluminum, helping it shave up to 265 pounds from its curb weight compared with the current model. Powertrains will include turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-four gas and diesel engines, as well as a supercharged V-6.
With its name and styling inspired by the F-Type sports car, the upcoming F-Pace finally throws Jaguar into the luxury crossover fight. The Jaguar F-Pace will arrive next year and will ride on the same aluminum-intensive platform as the XE sedan. The powertrain should mostly mimic the XE’s, too.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Land Rover‘s small crossover is spawning a drop-top version. Arriving sometime next year, the Range Rover Evoque convertible gets a soft convertible top and retains seating for rear passengers. Land Rover is obviously turning a blind eye to the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and is confident it has a hit on its hands with what it’s calling the “world’s first premium compact SUV convertible.”
Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST
This limited edition model is powered by the automaker’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that’s been boosted to make 380 hp, 40 more horses than the standard model. Look for its 21-inch gray wheels, red brake calipers, HST badges, and black accents.
Vauxhall Corsa VXR
General Motors recently unveiled the Europe-only Vauxhall Corsa VXR, which features a sport suspension, limited-slip differential, Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires, and a 1.6-liter, turbocharged I-4 that makes 202 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. It sounds like a perfect Ford Fiesta ST fighter and that’s because it is. It’d be even more perfect if GM eventually brought it to North America, perhaps badged as a Buick.