I am aware that it is mid January so this list is a tad late but these are the nine cars that I am most looking forward too seeing in 2015.
Mclaren Sport Series
Mclaren is pitting its new Sport Series up against some seriously tough competition. The Porsche 911 Turbo. The Sports Series will use a variation of Mclaren’s mid mounted 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 ,producing between 450-500BHP meaning it will be down on power compared to the 911 Turbo. However with the use of aluminum body panels and Mclaren’s MonoCell monocoque, the Sport Series will be a lot lighter than the Porsche. The power is fed through a 7 speed double clutch gearbox to the rear wheels. It borrows a lot of technology from the 650S including proportions but will cost two thirds the price of the 650S. this means a price tag of around £ 130,000 putting in between the 911 Turbo and the Turbo S. However this means it will be £20,000 above the Mercedes AMG GT S which is another tough rival. Although called the Sport Series, that is not its true name as Sport Series covers the entire range while the coupe and convertible models will have their own individual names. Confusing right? Why not stick to the original name of P13?
It has been 25 years ago since the original Honda NSX was first produced. Now, its back and looking for a fight. The new model has some big boots to fill as the original is considered one of the best sports cars ever made. It also won’t get a warm welcome into its class with the likes of the BMW i8 showcasing futuristic technology and design. The new NSX has a hybrid 4WD system with a 3.5l V6 mounted to an eletric motor driving the rear wheels while 2 further electric motors drive the front wheels. This means a combined power of over 550BHP with massive amounts of torque. So expect a 0-60MPH time of less than 3.5 seconds. The buzz surrounding the NSX’s return has meant that all the allocated 100,000 UK cars have all been sold even with a £100,000 price tag. Expensive for a Honda but cheap for a hybrid supercar. Could this be the working mans supercar???
Ferrari 458 Turbo
The European car industry is being strangled. Strangled by an invisible force called the European Emissions Legislation. Ferrari is the latest causality to become victim to this. As with other cars on this list, Ferrari is being forced to surrender its naturally aspirated engine in favour of turbocharged, environmentally friendly engines. The California was the first Ferrari to fall victim to turbos and now its the turn of the 458. Although Ferrari get a small manufacture exemption, CO2 emissions still need to go down. CO2 had been going down slowly (1999 360 Modena-415g/km of CO2 compared to 2014 458 Speciale- 275g/km of CO2) but more needs to be done. Ferrari seem reluctant in downsizing its V12 as its the flagship engine for their most special cars. But the best selling cars are usually the V8 cars, 458 and California. These make up the majority of Ferrari’s sales so are unfortunately are the ones in the firing line. The new 458 will be turbocharged but Ferrari promises that it will feel naturally aspirated. The 4.3 Litre V8 will be replaced by a turbocharged engine of the same configuration but it will produce more power, even without the added turbochargers. It is unsure how many turbochargers Ferrari will fit but expect to see at least two. The power will increase to around the 650BHP mark meaning it will be close to the Mclaren 650S. There is no name yet for the new model but people are favouring either 458M or 458T.
The latest incarnation of the beloved Mazda MX-5 is going back to its roots. Not that anyone could ever accuse the MX-5 of being fat or anything other than great to drive. It may have felt slightly outdated against the newer competition but Mazda aims to compensate for that. The new MX-5 is keeping to the USP of the car, low weight, modest power, natural aspiration, honest thrills. That is the MX-5 way. This simple approach to motoring means that there are no complicated systems on-board such as dual clutch gearboxes, hybrids and turbochargers. Difficult as it may seem, Mazda have given the forth generation MX-5 a 100KG diet and reduced the length by 10cm. However will not have a great affect on power output from the 4 cylinder petrol engine, carried from the previous gen MX-5. The styling will raise a few eyebrows but this promises to be a great little car.
Honda Civic Type R
This year sees the return of the Honda Civic Type R. Honda ditched the hot hatch a few years ago as it could not meet the European emission targets but now has seen how the hot hatch game has moved on and wants a piece of the action. However in order to meet the Euro targets, Honda has ditched the naturally aspirated engine previously used in Type R’s in favour of a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. Despite the turbocharged engine, Honda promises that the Civic Type R will be the “Most extreme and high performing Type R in the 22 year history of the badge.” More than 276BHP will be sent straight to the front wheels through a 6 speed manual gearbox which would normally be a recipe for disaster in the corners. But the new Civic Type R will feature a similar setup to Ford’s Revoknuckle as seen on the last gen Focus RS. This means reduced torque steer and therefore better handling. This is particularly important as Honda want the Civic Type R to set a new front wheel drive Nurburgring ring lap record beating the Renault Megane Trophy RS 7 minutes 54 seconds. That’s a tall order but the hot hatch game is now one of the most competitive markets in the car industry. The Civic will be going up against rivals such as the Megane RS, Astra VXR, Leon Cupra and the Golf GTI among others. Could the Civic Type R be the car to finally snatch the Golf’s hot hatch crown??
Bentley is making big claims about its controversial first ever SUV, the Bentayga. They claim it will be the worlds first truly luxury off-roader. It had better be nothing less than magnificent considering the Bentayga has a price tag of over £140,000 making it one of the most expensive SUV’s ever. Inside you can expect the same typical Bentley blend of leather, wood and metal to add to the luxurious feel. Underneath it will share its underpinnings with the new Audi Q7 and feature both Bentley’s 6.0 litre W12 and the more economical 4.o litre twin turbo V8. Later on Bentley has said that there could be both a diesel and a hybrid version. Bentley is aiming for a top speed of over 200MPH making the Bentayga one of the fastest SUV’s ever made. A concept version of the Bentayga was shown in 2012, code-named the catchy EXP9 F, and managed to secure 2,000 pre orders despite the fact the concept was pig ugly. Luckily Bentley has said that the production version will look different from the concept so it won’t be able to scare children who see it. However I wish Bentley would change the name of it. Bentayga, how will a footballer be able to pronounce that??
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
2015 sees the arrival of possibly the greatest convertible ever. Alfa’s stunning 4C gets its roof removed to create an even sexier looking car. Plus those ugly spider eye headlights on the Coupe have been replaced with proper headlights meaning every angle of the 4C Spider should now be gorgeous to look at.However, gorgeous to drive, that’s a different story. The 4C Coupe was said to have been a tad disappointing to drive by some critics, probably caused by the hype when the 4C was unveiled. However since the Spider is only 60KG heavier than the Coupe and has the carbon fibre monocoque , the Spider should feel sturdy to drive. The lack of a roof may even distract from any handling and ride issues as it gives you access to the exhaust notes bellowing from the Alfa’s 237BHP 4 cylinder engine. All of which is going straight to the rear wheels as in the Coupe. This is a car that I desperately want.
The brand new XC90 is expected to arrive in February and will aim to replicate the out going models success. The out going XC90 is over a decade old and rivals such as Range Rover have upped their game. The new XC90 has an all new modular platform which will be used on future Volvo models. The new XC90 has a new exterior showing off Volvo’s new body language with the “Thors Hammer” headlights. The interior is Volvo’s most luxurious interior yet with features such as a large touchscreen centre console and a crystal gearstick with features possibly making their way onto future Volvo’s. The range topping ‘T8’ version features a 400BHP petrol electric hybrid engine.
Jaguar’s baby saloon is coming and is aiming to be the British cat among the German pigeons by aiming straight for the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C Class. The XE is to be priced from around £27,000 when launched with a small choice of engines. The fastest of which will be a 335BHP V6. No word yet on an XE-R but we can predict that there will be a hot version in a few years time. Before then we can expect an estate version arriving a few months after the saloon. I am still undecided about the looks but maybe that will change after seeing a few of them in the metal.
There are my favourite cars for 2015, feel free to tell me the cars you look forward to seeing most this 2015 in the comments section below.