This year is set to be a bumper 12 months for supercar launches with everything from all-electric and hybrid hyper-cars and a three-wheeled Morgan, to a brand new Range Rover and even an off-road Ferrari slated for release. After sifting through the busy launch calendar, here’s Luxury London’s handpicked selection of the six most exciting cars set to launch in 2022…
Land Rover Range Rover
New Range Rovers don’t come around very often, so, when they do, it’s rather a big deal. After the covers came off the original Range 53 years ago, it’s time for the much-anticipated fifth generation to make its mark on the world’s city streets, country lanes, fields and fords. “Over time, it’s created an indelible stamp on the psyche of the country,” said Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Creative Officer, Professor Gerry McGovern, at the car’s unveiling in 2021. “It hasn’t changed too much – it’s evolved.” With its progressive looks, a tapered tail and cleaner interior, the fifth-generation Range Rover starts from £94,400 and can rise to well over £130,000 with a few of the many options selected. Be prepared for the new Range to become a mainstay of inner-city districts and affluent neighborhoods wherever you go.
Expected Q2, from £94,400, landrover.co.uk
First revealed in 2019, the Evija represented a radical new dawn for Lotus. Not only was it the marque’s first electric vehicle, it was also the most extreme performance car to come out of the Hethel carmaker, aside from its iconic Formula One cars, of course. Firmly placing Lotus in the all-electric hyper-car category, alongside the Rimac Nevera and Automobili Pininfarina Battista, the Evija is set to launch this year and boasts just short of 2,000 bhp. Limited to just 130 models, this Lotus will be a very rare sight when it hits the roads.
Expected Q2, from £1.7 million, lotuscar.com
Aston Martin DBX 707
For anyone that thought the standard Aston Martin DBX was lacking in power (with 542 bhp!), the news that the marque is launching a more potent take on its sports-orientated SUV will be welcome news. Called the 707 – which happens to be the exact figure that Aston has upgraded the power output to – the car is set to launch in the first quarter of the year when it will claim the title of ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on the market. With more aggressive styling, a new grille, bigger rims and a sportier interior, the 707 should be a formidable opponent to the likes of Ferrari’s Purosangue or Bentley’s Bentagya Speed.
Expected Q1, from £189,000, astonmartin.com
Mercedes-AMG Project One
Sitting alongside the Aston Martin Valkyrie (also due this year), the Mercedes-AMG Project One is another rare example of Formula One technology being engineered for the road. Bearing the same three-pointed star that’s helped British Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton claim seven World Championship titles, the Mercedes-AMG name needs no introduction. Slotting in a de-tuned version of the very same 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 hybrid that’s powered the British champ’s car, the Project One churns out close to 1,000 bhp and an expected top speed of more than 220mph. Representing a new breed of extreme performance hyper-cars, beasts like the Project One have been engineered to take on both race tracks as well as everyday roads. With Lewis Hamilton believed to be one of the recipients of the £2.1 million car when it eventually hits the road later this year, expect to see one or two cruising around Monaco’s casino square sometime soon.
Expected mid-2022, from £2.1 million, mercedes-amg.com
The idea of a high-riding, off-road Ferrari is a little contradictory, right? Correct. But the never-ending rise of SUVs means that there’s no stopping the most iconic sports car maker from pressing on with its most controversial model yet. Called the Purosangue – which translates as ‘thoroughbred’ – details of Ferrari’s first SUV are hard to find but the marque’s Chief Technology Officer, Michael Leiters, revealed the car could accommodate a V6, V8 or V12 engine, with the two larger engines benefiting from some form of hybridisation. Lining up to compete with the likes of Aston Martin’s DBX 707, the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga Speed, the Purosangue will need to bring some Maranello magic to the SUV mix in order to stand apart.
Expected Q4, price TBA, ferrari.com
Morgan Three Wheeler
Away from the automotive arms race being waged by the likes of Aston Martin, Mercedes and Lotus, plucky British brand Morgan is busy shaping up its new, eccentric three-wheeler. Carrying on Morgan’s three-wheeled heritage, which dates back to the company’s origin in 1910, the new three-wheeler is their latest take on the unusual sports car that was produced between 2011 and 2021. Equipped with aluminium coachwork, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine from Ford and a transmission from the Mazda MX-5, the three-wheeler promises to be a lot fun when it hits the road this year.
Expected Q1, price TBA, morgan-motor.com