2017 brought us some truly excellent cars, didn’t it? Cars like the Bugatti Chiron, the McLaren 720S and the Ford GT come to mind. We also know which cars were the most popular in 2017.
However, it’s a new year now and that means we have a whole load of new cars to look forward to. Here are the five cars I can’t wait for in 2018.
5 – Renault Megane RS
In recent years, the Renault Megane RS has been one of the best hot-hatchbacks money can buy and fans of the French manufacturer will be very excited to get their hands on the new model.
The engine has been downsized to 1.8-litres but its turbocharger ensures that it is still putting out 276bhp. Obviously, that’s a considerable amount lower than rivals such as the Civic Type-R and the Leon Cupra R, both of which are now over 300bhp, but the Megane never has been the most powerful of cars.
Instead, Renaultsport have concentrated more on developing an incredible chassis which gives the Megane RS arguably the best handling in its class. This more than makes up for the lack of power and a new four-wheel steering system called 4CONTROL should take this to the next level.
4 – Mercedes-AMG Project One
Likely to be the most extreme new car of 2018, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is simply stunning. Its 1,000bhp might not sound so impressive in a world of 1,500bhp Bugattis and Hennesseys but it’ll come from a version of the 1.6-litre hybrid engine used in Mercedes’ F1 race cars and will be “the most efficient hypercar you can get”.
It looks incredible and only 300 will be built so if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford one, you’d better get your chequebook out fast.
3 – Lamborghini Urus
With a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 kicking out 641bhp, the Lamborghini Urus will undoubtedly be the fastest SUV on the road. 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 190mph is staggering for a car of that size and weight. Eventually, it will be offered with plug-in hybrid power, a first for the Italian manufacturer.
Moving engines and performance to one side, just look at it. It looks incredible which, to be honest, is exactly what you’d expect. It’s a Lambo – they always look incredible.
The Urus is expected to land in the UK early this year with prices starting at around £165,000.
2 – Jaguar XE SV Project 8
This is Jaguar’s answer to the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. With a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 under the bonnet, the XE SV Project 8 produces a whopping 592bhp making it the most powerful production Jag ever. That power is sent to all four wheels and will propel the car from 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds and to a top speed of 200mph.
Like the Lamborghini Urus, the insane nature of its speed and power is matched by its appearance. It looks angry with its aggressive body kit and that huge rear wing looks amazing. Only 300 will be made though and such exclusivity comes at a price. At £149,995, it’s a staggering amount more than any of its competitors. I don’t think that’ll put anyone off, though!
1 – Volkswagen Up! GTI
Whilst all of the others were the sorts of cars you’d expect in this kind of list, my number one may come as a bit of a surprise to you. Personally, my favourite car of all time is the Mk1 Golf GTI – it’s a true icon. The Up! GTI is effectively my favourite car reborn and for that reason, it tops my list.
I’ve worked for Volkswagen for a few years now and the Up! has never been an exciting car. It’s slow and it’s never been particularly interesting to look at. It’s a completely different story with the GTI, though.
It weighs less than a tonne and its 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 113bhp. This means the Up! GTI will do 0-60mph in 8.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 122mph. Admittedly, it isn’t exactly going to rip your face off when you put your foot down but with Volkswagen promising “agility akin to that of a go-kart”, it’ll be undeniably fun to drive.
It looks good as well. VW have fitted a sportier bodykit, lowered the suspension and given it some nice new alloys. The single exhaust has a surprisingly throaty tone, too! It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m definitely looking forward to driving it.
So that concludes my list of the cars I’m looking forward to in 2018. What do you think of my choices? Which five cars would make up your list? Let us know in the comments section below or via our Facebook and Twitter pages.