In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, a raft of new supercars is slated to arrive in 2021, all boasting scintillating performance statistics and suitably eye-watering price tags. From the awesome Alfa Romeo GTA to the futuristic Aston Martin Valhalla, these are supercars your teenage self would have blu-tacked to his bedroom wall.
Lamborghini Sián FKP 37
Not just a supercar but a hybrid hypercar loaded with an electrified V12 engine, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 looks similar to the Aventador but packs even greater performance – if that’s possible. The Italian marque’s first proper venture into battery power features a 48V electric motor producing a modest 34bhp but ups the overall output to a massive 808bhp.
The two-seater will storm to 60mph in under 2.8 seconds and keep going to over 220mph. A regeneration system harvests electrical power under braking, while the raucous Lambo exhaust roar will, thankfully, still possess the power to fell a tree. Only 63 units will roll off the production line.
Approx. £1.5 million, lamborghini.com
A Maserati supercar has been a long time coming but the MC20 looks well worth the wait. First examples will feature a twin-turbo V6 petrol unit but, later, a fully-electrified model will smash 0-62mph in under two seconds.
The lightweight, tri-motor car will combine a single motor on the front axle and a pair at the rear. It will be 100kg heavier than the petrol MC20 but that only boosts the car’s performance. V6 models will arrive later in the year and cost £187,000 – but expect would-be clients to wait for the electric model.
From approx. £155,000, maserati.com
McLaren embraced hybrid technology years ago with the sensational P1. The new Artura will replace the current 570S, utilising a hybrid V6 powertrain on an all-new platform. As usual, the Artura will be built around a McLaren carbon-fibre tub and share the aggressive front-end looks of the company’s Speedtail model – although no proper imagery of the car has yet been released.
A full reveal is expected in the next few months, with a price of around £160,000. McLaren believes the supercar will be a key rival to the Ferrari F8 Tribute and the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.
From approx. £160,000, cars.mclaren.com
Production of the all-electric Evija was badly delayed by the pandemic but Norfolk-based Lotus appears to be back on track. The £2 million, quad-motor hypercar deploys 1,972bhp and will return monster performance – if you can find anywhere safe enough to enjoy it.
The car is scheduled to be ready for the summer and, with Chinese auto conglomerate Geely holding the Lotus purse strings these days, it looks like exciting times are ahead for the famous British marque. A set of new models to replace the Elise, Exige and Evora range are also planned by the end of 2021, with a more modest price tag. Development of the Type 131 is already well advanced.
From £1.5 million, lotuscars.com
Elon Musk’s electric brand proudly proclaims the forthcoming new Roadster model the ‘quickest car in the world’, with a top speed of 250mph+ and an exceptional 200 kWh battery range of 621 miles. The 2+2 also claims to have a 0-60mph time of just 1.9 seconds and can already be reserved for £189,000 online. However, there are reports the car might now be delayed until 2022.
Key features include a lightweight, removable glass roof, four-wheel drive and styling that closely resembles the prototype Musk unveiled back in November 2017. The original Tesla Roadster model was launched in 2008 and based on the Lotus Elise.
From £189,000, tesla.com
Aston Martin Valhalla
The slippery-looking Valhalla is so futuristic that when I stood next to a prototype version at Silverstone last year I couldn’t even find the door handle. Under the bonnet is an all-new, turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 – the first engine Aston has designed in-house since the 1960s – which has been mated to a plug-in battery pack that will feature in future models.
From approx. £1 million, astonmartin.com
Mercedes-AMG Project One
Project One is the closest you can get to driving Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car. Powered by a 1086bhp hybrid powertrain, the difference is that this Mercedes can be driven on the road.
Its top speed will be around 220mph and Mercedes promises a 0-124mph time of just under six seconds. Remarkably, all that power comes from a 1.6-litre single turbo V6, just like the one found in Hamilton’s racing machine.
Project One should be here later this year with a few tricks up its sleeve – like a reversing camera on the roof, adjustable foot pedals rather than driver’s seat, and wheels cut from magnesium alloy. Only 275 units are being produced.
Approx. £2 million, mercedes-benz.co.uk
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Naturally-aspirated, non-turbocharged supercars are rapidly falling out of favour, replaced instead by hybrids. Porsche is having one last stab at it the with the hotly-anticipated GT3 RS. Using the same 4.0-litre flat-six engine as the Speedster, the new RS will produce 500bhp+, with massive downforce from a slightly retro-looking, outsized rear spoiler.
No word on exact costs yet but expect prices to start around £140,000. And, given that fanatical Porsche fans will have paid a deposit months ago, the hottest 911 money can buy is a guaranteed sell-out. The RS will become an instant classic and a rock-solid investment.
From approx. £140,000, porsche.com
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA
What’s a relatively humble Alfa doing on a list of supercars? Well, the GTA is not your average Giulia. It will cost £153,000 and feature a delightful 2.9-litre, twin-turbo borrowed from the Quadrifoglio. Power is increased to 532bhp and the sound is amplified via an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that is centre-fixed at the rear. Production is due to start soon but if the standard version is not enough, opt for the hardcore, £158,000 GTAm version, with extra carbon-fibre bits, including a curvy rear spoiler.
From £153,000, alfaromeo.co.uk