There’s a lot to look forward to in 2021. Not just new models of established nameplates like the Challenger SRT Super Stock, the Mini John Cooper Works GP, and the latest incarnation of the Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet, but new all-new cars like the Audi e-tron GT, the BMW i4, and the three-wheeled Electra Meccanica Solo. Let’s breakdown the best of them for you.
Audi e-tron GT
The concept for Audi’s sleek four-door coupe was first revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Back then, you’d have been forgiven for believing this model would never see the light of day. The battery-electric e-tron GT takes its platform from the Porsche Taycan sports car, but it’s a little quicker than the Porsche. You get 582 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque that propel the Audi to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s half a second quicker than the Taycan.
The new i4 has been designed to take on the Tesla Model 3. It shares its platform with the 4-Series but has an electric drivetrain. It produces 530 horsepower, which is more than you’ll get from the twin-turbocharged V8 found in some BMWs, but unlike them, you get access to the torque instantly, so expect a sub-four second sprint to 60mph.
Electra Meccanica Solo
The Electra Meccanica Solo is perfect for our times. It seems its designers have taken the social distancing rules too far because they’ve only included one seat. And they’ve missed off a wheel. This three-wheeler looks like a traditional city car from the front, but the back tappers down to cover one wheel at the rear. At less than 1,500 pounds, this battery-electric vehicle has a 100-mile range on a single charge and a top speed of 80mph. You’ll need to wait 10 seconds for it to reach 60mph, but who cares about speed when you’re nipping in and out of traffic and leaving your car in the parking bays the bigger cars can’t squeeze in?
The original was essentially a Lotus Elise with an electric motor. It was a great car, but this model’s even better. The all-wheel-drive Roadster will reach 60mph in less than two seconds, and it’ll go onto a 250mph top speed. You can also expect to go 620 miles on a single charge. But this isn’t the sort of car anyone would take for a road trip across the USA. The interior’s cramped as you’d expect from any roadster, but it has four seats, and there’s a shallow trunk at the back that’ll only hold a small carry-on bag.
Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock
Muscle car lovers can avoid all the electric-powered European cars we’ve featured and look forward to the latest Dodge Challenger. With 807 horsepower on tap, we think Dodge is right when they say this is the most powerful muscle car on the planet. Expect a 3.25-second trip from zero to 60 mph and a top speed of 168mph. You’ll need $79,595 to buy this one, which will be available from the fall.
Mini John Cooper Works GP
Do you want to experience a small car with a 301-horsepower four-cylinder turbo stuffed upfront? If so, you’ll need to buy the latest Mini. It doesn’t look like any Mini we’ve seen before, thanks to the massive rear wing and other aerodynamic touches around the car. It’ll cost $44,900, but you won’t lose out financially on this one. As only 3000 will be made, it’s rarity will help it keep its value.
Porsche 911 Turbo
This design is timeless, but Porsche keeps refining it. The latest version of the classic Turbo comes with a twin-turbo flat-six engine that produces 572 horsepower. That’s 32 horsepower more than the outgoing model. Whether you buy the coupe or cabriolet, you’ll get an all-wheel drive and a sub-three-second time to 60mph. As we’ve come to expect from the Turbo, this latest version is wider than other 911s. It sits on wider tires and has an increased track width. It’s 1.8 inches wider at the front fenders and .78 inches at the rear. All Porsche can confirm is that it’ll be out early 2021.