The new year is set to introduce a range of excellent cars to our streets. From super GT cruisers to swift hot hatches, all bases are covered. Here are just a handful of the most anticipated cars of 2018.
Ford Fiesta ST
The Fiesta ST is going to hit showrooms in March 2018, it’s eagerly awaited by driving enthusiasts, many of whom purely want to see how it compares to its predecessor, which is a legend in its own right. The car has had a major facelift for the new year with most of the changes happening internally. Ford has finally stepped into the future with a touchscreen infotainment system, upgraded Sync 3 connectivity and a sportier feel all round. The 1.6 Ecoboost engine we came to love is no more… it has now been replaced with a 3 cylinder 1.5l turbo engine, which boosts the power to a healthy 197 BHP and torque is taken to just under 300 Nm. This model will be a massive upgrade to its previous model, so make sure that you pick it up at a local and well-respected dealer such as LMC.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferraris are synonymous with class and speed and the 812 Superfast is more than capable of keeping that tradition alive. In terms of performance, the 812 Superfast is on par with the limited F12tdf, managing 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, with top speed touted as in excess of 211 mph. Compared to the standard F12, it’s a tenth quicker from 0-62mph. Ferrari also introduced a new steering setup in the Superfast; hydraulic assisted steering has made way for a more sophisticated electronic setup; we’re eager to see how this goes down with the diehard enthusiasts. Ferrari will have some eager competition when it comes to releases this year however, as Aston Martin’s final tribute to the naturally aspirated v12, its Vanquish S, is looking like a strong contender in the super GT market.
Yet another manufacturer is taking the leap into the SUV market and this time, it’s Maserati’s turn. The Levante technically isn’t a 2018 release, it was first sold in the UK in 2016 however only the diesel model was available in right hand drive. For the new year, Maserati is bringing us a petrol engine and a slightly improved exterior. The Gransport edition is the performance model, boasting a sonorous Ferrari-created v6 petrol engine. The Levante is already the maker’s best-selling car, with over 25,000 sold in its 15-month existence. Not bad for a company that only sold 32,000 cars in total in 2015.
For anyone over the age of 30, the mention of a Lamborghini SUV will most likely bring back memories of the mental LM002, an adrenaline junkie’s dream. Lamborghini has moved on from this, however, and the Urus almost seems grown up and sensible. This may be down to the fact that Lamborghini has done the unthinkable and swapped its v12 for a v8. Although this may be a bit of an insult to the Lambo culture, releasing a more practical SUV does make sense. It’s still the quickest SUV currently in production and it’s not just quick on tarmac either, take it off road and the car will still accelerate like an F1 car.
The BMW M5 has a long history, and this time around, BMW’s new model will have the brand’s XDrive all-wheel drive functionality and only offer an automatic gearbox. Driving enthusiasts may wince at the thought of a car with such pedigree not being allowed a manual gearbox but from early reviews, the car is said to be excellent and shows that BMW is taking its M-cars seriously once again. Maximum torque is available at just 1800 RPM resulting in an extremely impressive 0-62 time of just 3.4 seconds.
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