After a year without events, we have missed the live unveilings and launches of new, prototype and concept cars of the future. Now 2021 is here, we’re taking a look at new cars that will be available to buy this year. Many of these were teased or shown as prototypes in 2019, so the production versions might differ slightly.
First presented as a show car in 2017, AMG say the One should be ready this year, with prototypes already in phase two of testing. Launched to coincided with AMG’s 50th anniversary, the One is hailed as a ‘Formula 1 car for the road’ because of it’s 1086bhp hybrid powertrain similar to the one in Hamilton’s GP car.
Aston Martin Valkyrie & Valhalla
Not one but two new cars from the team at Aston Martin this year, both with names from Norse mythology, both developed with Red Bull Advanced Technologies. The Valkyrie, limited to only 150 road cars, was scheduled to launch in 2020 but due to Covid-19 was pushed to 2021. Powered by a 6.5-litre, naturally aspirated V12 producing 1000bhp, as well as 160bhp of hybrid assistance, the Valkyrie is estimated to be priced between £2m and £3m.
The Valhalla, aka ‘Son of Valkyrie’, takes much of it’s styling and technologies directly from the Valkyrie. The N/A V12 of the Valkyrie is swapped out for a twin-turbocharged V6, though no power figures have been released just yet. Designed to be a more affordable and ‘practical’ alternative to the Valkyrie, the Valhalla will be limited to 500 examples and priced at around £1m.
BMW M3 & M4
There’s always some excitement around the launch of anything new from BMW’s M division, this year it’s the M3 and M4. Virtually the same car but in a 2-door and 4-door guise, both cars feature a twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine putting out 503bhp and achieving 0-62mph in 3.9sec. For the first time, the M3 & M4 will both be available with an optional four-wheel drive system but perhaps more exciting – the M3 will be available in Touring guise, but we’ll have to wait another year for that.
Audi e-tron GT
Audi’s variation of the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT is an all-electric sport saloon with 646bhp and around a 250 mile range. The first variant of the e-tron GT is to be the top-spec RS and is set to be the flagship vehicle in Audi’s electric car series, which is set to increase to 12 vehicles by 2025.
Ford Puma ST
Though nothing like the classic coupe, the Ford Puma crossover is getting a sporty new ST makeover in 2021. Using the powertrain from the popular and highly regarded Fiesta ST, the Puma ST is bound to be a hit with those looking for the same exciting drive but with the added practicality of a crossover.
The iconic British brand announced 2021 to be the final year of production for their current line up of vehicles, the Elise, Exige and Evora. The trio will be replaced by a new ‘family’ of sports cars, with the Evija blazing the trail and showing what the brand is capable of. A 1,972bhp electric hypercar with a target top speed of over 200mph, the Evija has been under development for some time and due to Covid-19 has seen delays in it’s production. With a £2 million price tag, those who are lucky enough to have one ordered will surely be getting impatient.
The second production car from Volkswagen’s ID range of electric vehicles following the ID.3, the larger ID.4 is an electric alternative to VW’s Tiguan model. With an anticipated price tag of around £46,000 before any incentives or government grants, the 1st Edition ID.4 gets a 324-mile range with 201bhp output. Though the ID.4 isn’t about performance but instead has a focus on practicality and everyday driving, with great boot space and practical features.
Peugeot 508 PSE
It’s been a while since we’ve seen so much excitement around a new Peugeot but the unveiling of the French brand’s most powerful production car ever has a lot of people talking. The first in a range of hybrid performance models from Peugeot’s Sport Engineered division (PSE), the 508 is available in either saloon or estate body styles. The hybrid powertrain fuses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 197bhp alongside two electric motors – one on each axle – generating an overall 355bhp to all four wheels. Expected in dealerships in early 2021 at a cost of up to £50,000.