If you are a car enthusiast, then you’re definitely aware that many famed carmakers were forced to abandon some very ambitious projects over the last few years, mostly because of this pesky economic crisis. However, things have started to look up as of late, which is why more and more automakers are getting ready to impress us with their future cars. These vehicles currently represent the pinnacle of the car industry, featuring outstanding performance and great looks, not to mention a whole lot of pedigree. We decided to create a top 5 regarding the most incredible upcoming supercars, so get ready to see the future offerings of Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz.
5. Lamborghini Cabrera (2015)
The Lamborghini Cabrera is going to be the official replacement of the Gallardo, which had a good run for over 10 years now. Since it will most likely go into production somewhere in 2015, we can definitely expect to see many changes along the way, changes that might actually affect the car’s name as well, since many believe that it will actually be called Deimos. But whether it will be named Deimos or Cabrera, this thing will undoubtedly be one of the most impressive supercars at the time of its launch, and judging by what we’ve seen so far, it will probably look like a mix between an Aventador a Gallardo.
Since it will replace the Gallardo, the Cabrera will feature a mid-engine platform much like the second generation Audi R8. As far as its body is concerned, the car will be made out of aircraft-grade aluminum and carbon fiber, which means that it will be quite light and very tough at the same time. Power-wise, it should boast at least 600 horsepower. The Cabrera will be the direct competitor of the Audi R8 V10, and it will probably be unveiled during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. When it comes to pricing, we expect a tag of about $200,000.
4. BMW M8 (2016)
It’s been almost 30 years since BMW has made a real sports car, but the M8 could change that. State-of-the-art technology, LED lights, a classic design and the famous M badge might make this car one of the most successful in BMW history, more so since it will not feature an electric motor like its BMW i8 sibling. However, it will borrow certain features from the i8 such as the overall platform, which means that it will be made using aluminum and carbon fiber. As with the Cabrera, the M8 will probably boast somewhere around 600 horsepower, but we don’t have any official news regarding this at this time.
The BMW M8 will go toe-to-toe with the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911, which means that it will flaunt a price tag of approximately $300,000. There’s still a long way to go until 2016, though.
3. Mercedes Benz SLC (2015)
The Mercedes Benz SLC is getting ready to become the official replacement for the famous and breathtaking SLS. Even though it will look similar to its older counterpart, the SLC will feature new headlights and will be faster as well as more agile. However, it will feature normal doors as opposed to the renowned gullwing ones, while its powertrain might involve a 600 horsepower 5.5-liter V8 engine.
The lightness and agility we mentioned earlier could come from a brand new chassis that will be smaller compared to the one used on the SLS. And since the SLS AMG is definitely being put on the sidelines in 2014, the SLC will surely be announced in the near future, while an unveiling might take place at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Since it will be smaller than the SLS, the SLC will also be cheaper, probably even under $100,000. Its main competitors will be the fearsome Audi R8 and the dashing Porsche 911.
4. Porsche 960 (2017)
Porsche is currently in a bit of trouble since its 911s can’t really keep up with the competition while its monstrous 918 model is definitely overkill. Therefore, the famed German automaker is working on the Porsche 960 model, which will be a mid-engine supercar that will provide more power than the 911 while being considerably cheaper than the 918. However, when it comes to looks, the 960 will look more like a 918, while its body will be made out of a blend of titanium, magnesium, carbon fiber and aluminum.
Lightweight and powerful, this fabulous supercar will be equipped with a roaring engine that is expected to dish out over 650 horsepower. This will surely allow it to surpass the Lamborghini Aventador or the Ferrari 458 Italia, while its price tag will be an equally competitive $300,000. The car was supposed to arrive in 2015 but was delayed, which means that it will not go into production until 2017. However, once it is ready, the Porsche 960 will not be a limited edition, since the brand plans to sell as many as 3000 to 4000 units in 6 years.
1. LaFerrari (2014)
The Ferrari LaFerrari is definitely the most impressive hyper-car on our list. This beastly yet elegant masterpiece was unveiled during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and it represents the official successor of the Enzo model. This fabulous vehicle will apparently be the fastest ever made by the renowned Italian company, but what’s truly surprising is that it will come with a hybrid powertrain. Packed with technology, the LaFerrari will feature an F1-sourced HY-KERS system as well as a massive V12 engine boasting a variable geometry air intake system.
But the F1-inspired features don’t end here, since the car’s body was created using the same production methods of a F1 vehicle. The body was made using four distinct kinds of carbon fiber, which brings the curb weight down to just 2,800 pounds. The massive V12 we mentioned before is a 6.3-liter that is good for 789 horsepower, while the electric motor brings the car’s overall power figures to 950 horsepower. This translates to a 0-60 sprint in under 3 seconds, while a 0-124 mph sprint is done in less than 7 seconds. Quite impressive, wouldn’t you say?
No word about the price just yet, but it’s safe to assume that Ferrari fans would have to dish out somewhere around $1.6 million for the privilege of owning such a masterpiece. Sadly, if you wanted to get one yourself you’re out of luck, since all 499 units were sold out even before the model was officially unveiled. This beauty will compete with the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1.