With governments throughout the world committed to reduce emissions and improve national fuel economy, it’s no surprise that the next generation of supercars will be substantially different from the last. Gone are the days of gas guzzling giants such as the Lamborghini Murcielago with its eye watering 13 mpg. Instead prepare for a new wave of hybrids to grace our roads, but don’t worry these chic and stylish models have all the sex appeal you’d expect from a super car, just with green credentials to boot.
I’ve scoured the net to bring you details of some of the most anticipated super cars of the future. Amazingly, these cutting edge designs are all due to be produced and on our roads within the next five to ten years, so here’s what we’ve got to look forward to.
1. Mitsubishi Evo XI
Car enthusiasts love the Evo (including me) with a huge online following though owners clubs and dedicated track days, meaning the release of the Evo XI is hugely anticipated. Mitsubishi is stepping up to exceed expectations with promise of a car with over 500 bhp. Stylistically the new Evo follows the masculine lines of it’s predecessors with a carbon fibre bonnet to reduce weight and improve handling. Meaner and greaner as some would say.
2. Ferrari LaFerrari
As far as names go, the latest offering from Ferrari is really scraping the barrel, however fortunately LaFerrari is one car that doesn’t live up to it’s name! The 6.3 litre v12 engine is fitted with a hybrid KERS system and pumps out an incredible 950 bhp, it’s just a pity it’ll set you back a cool $1.69 million, but I guess we can dream!
3. Audi R8
2015 will see the launch of the new Audi R8 to our shores. Although the previous model made a huge splash it wasn’t seen as a super car by many critics, more of a high end sports car. The new 600 bhp hybrid engine, sleek carbon fibre chassis and impressive design will propel this model to the super car status it deserves. At under $300,000 the Audi R8 represents one of the more affordable super cars on the market, ensuring it’s at the right price point to be a hit with the mid life crowd!
4. Nissan GT-R
As far as muscle cars go the GT-R is one of the finest, however until recent weeks there was no sign of a new model in the pipeline. Now rumors abound that a powerful hybrid version is being prepared for market in the next ten years. This is sure to cause a stir among enthusiasts who have ensured the popularity of this beast of the road since the early days of the Skyline.
5. Toyota Supra
The original Toyota Supra is one of the most popular performance cars ever made. Since it was catapulted to the heady heights of super car stardom in legendary car movie The Fast And The Furious, the Supra’s fan base has eagerly anticipated it’s predecessor. Although nothing is confirmed yet, there are reports that new Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda wants to revitalise the brand by creating a new hybrid model.
6. Acura NSX
The stunning Acura NSX is due for production in 2015 following release of the concept car at the Detroit Auto Show last year. Although Honda haven’t revealed any specifics sources say the motor will be a 3.7 litre V8 coupled with a hybrid electric motor. With an excellent mile per gallon promised the Acura NSX could be the sensible man’s supercar. Extremely good appearance with great moving makes it my personal favourite.
7. Infiniti Emerg-e
I could wax lyrical about the incredible look of this car, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Incredibly the Infiniti has the full package as it’ll be the world’s first super economy car. This impressive economy is achieve by two electric motors with a lithium battery pack, giving a total range of 300 miles.
8. Porsche 918 Spyder
Ever thought you’d see 80 mpg coming from a Porsche? Nope me neither, but thanks to the genius of hybrid engineering we will in 2014. The 918 Spyder had already been tested around the test track at NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife and achieved an impressive time of 7 minutes 14 seconds, proving a hybrid car really can perform with the big boys.
9. Lexus LF-LC
Lexus is in the doldrums in recent years, with an ever plunging reputation and the sales to match. In order to restore faith in the brand the Lexus LF-LC has been pegged as an innovative new design concept that will hopefully revitalise the brand to it’s former glory. Although the engine specifics haven’t been relieved yet no-one can deny the LF-LC is top looking motor, definitely one to watch for the future!
10. McLaren P1
Like all good commentators, I’m saving the best ’till last. The McLaren P1 is one of the most highly awaited super cars of all time and it’s easy to see why, with the model tipped to become one of the highest performing cars on the planet. Cutting edge technology and Eco credentials combine to offer a stunning super car with soul. More details surrounding engine specifics will be revealed in recent months, but this is rumoured to be a 800 bhp beast.
Mary Ann Keeling, although the name might suggest an Irish descent, is a regular woman. She enjoys driving, though being a typical woman means that she chose her car based on the car’s safety features above all others. Don’t let that fool you though, she’s put many a man to shame with her knowledge of the car industry, and left those who dared race her eating her dust!