2017 was a great year for supercars. We saw some fantastic cars. Lamborghini presented their two awesome cars in the Centenario and the Veneno. McLaren presented their most extreme supercar in the P1 LM model. Koenigsegg and Bugatti are always making something fast and crazy. There was also the Aston Martin One-77, the Lykan HyperSport, and many more.
Last year was good, but this year will be amazing for supercar enthusiasts. On this list, you'll see some of the most anticipated cars for 2018. Automakers are always keeping the best and most interesting details of their new supercar masterpieces a secret. Still, more than enough information is available. In addition, some car experts got unique sneak previews and shared them with us.
Not all the 2018 supercars will be completely new. Some car manufacturers are just updating their existing supercars with improved technologies. When it comes to new technologies, we'll see more electric supercars than ever before. Electronic components and even electronic engines are slowly becoming standard nowadays. Almost every new supercar is a hybrid. Ferrari announced that the 812 Superfast would be the last Ferrari with the V12 engine.
I'm not old-fashioned, but I don't like this trend. You cannot hear the electric engine. Back in the day, you had to be a great driver with an above-average sense of bravado to drive a supercar. Nowadays, with electronic assistance, everyone can. Still, new supercars are something to be excited about. Here are some of the most anticipated cars for 2018.
20 Ferrari 812 Superfast
Another year, another new Ferrari. This time it’s a worthy replacement for the F12 Berlinetta. The Ferrari 812 Superfast has a very symbolic name. "Eight" stands for 800 horsepower that the engine is capable of producing. "12" represents that engine. Sadly, this is the last Ferrari with a V12 engine. "Superfast" because it should be the fastest Ferrari ever. Let's start with the power then.
The 6.5-liter V12 engine has 789 horsepower with a maximum of 8,900 rpm and a 530 lb-ft of torque.
Expected acceleration numbers are from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. With electrically assisted power steering, handling should be a blast. The same goes for agility, as the 812 Superfast is unbelievably light with great aerodynamics. Its spaceframe is taken from the F12, so the whole body is made out of aluminum. Its price should be around $300,000.
19 Bugatti Chiron
The long-awaited successor of the Veyron is finally coming. The Bugatti Chiron is probably the most powerful supercar and hypercar ever produced. Bugatti improved and refined every aspect of the Veyron. Under the hood is the same 8.0-liter W16 engine, however, with bigger turbos that produce more power and torque.
The engine now has 1,479 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and torque of 1,600 Nm going up to 6,000 rpm.
The Chiron speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, to 124 mph in 6.5 seconds, and to 186 mph in 13.6 seconds. The Chiron has a fully adaptive chassis and optimized parts. Michelin developed special tires that can withstand driving at 260 mph. Handling should be more agile and fun than with the Veyron. Like in every Bugatti, people can expect more luxury than in any other supercar. This spectacular hypercar will cost you 2.5 million.
18 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the Lambo’s most iconic cars. During the years, we've seen the Aventador J, the S, and the SuperVeloce. The Aventador is also a base for the Veneno and the Centenario models. The latest in the incredibly successful line is the Aventador S Roadster. This is the only super roadster with a mid-rear V12 engine. The S Roadster is a very customizable vehicle. For example, it offers five different interior configurations. Under the bonnet is the 6.5-liter V-12 engine that delivers 730 horsepower at 8,400 rpm. A seven-speed ISR gearbox delivers power to all four wheels. The Aventador S Roadster accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. The Aventador is a heavy car but with better weight management and new steering, and the four-wheel drive makes handling fun. Therefore, the S Roadster is a fantastic addition to the Lambo family.
17 BMW i8 Roadster
The BMW i8 Coupe was controversial and not well accepted by many BMW fans. The I8 Roadster tries to improve BMW's electric-car credentials and attack Tesla Roadster. Like the BMW i8 Coupe, the Roadster version is based on the LifeDrive vehicle architecture. There's also a further optimization of the BMW eDrive technology. As a result, the driving time and the operating range under the electric-drive system are significantly increased.
The optimized 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine produces 231 horsepower (170 kW) with maximum torque of 320 Nm (236 lb-ft).
When two engines are working together, they produce 374 horsepower (275 kW). So now, the engine provides a much sportier soundtrack. The BMW i8 Roadster speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupe version. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 kph/ 155 mph.
16 Rezvani Beast Alpha X Blackbird
Rezvani is an automaker from California. They have a line of supercars called 'Beast.' Rezvani's latest Beast is inspired by the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. The Black Bird combines the stealthy-looking body of the Alpha and the open-roof, upgraded power train from the Beast X. Like the previous Beast, the Blackbird's chassis is based on the Lotus Elise. Cosworth built a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine is mounted behind the driver and can produce 700 horsepower. Black Bird's expected acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is 2.9 seconds. The Black Bird has “Side Winder” doors and a removable hardtop panel. Inside, you can expect good comfort and many high-tech gadgets. People can buy this spy plane for the road for $225,000.
15 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Chevrolet Corvette has always been the cheapest supercar you can buy. You get one of the fastest cars in the world with its awesome racing pedigree for the fraction of the price of other supercars. The only drawback is the lack of quality materials and interior comfort. This is why the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a big step forward in the evolution of the Vette. The whole body is made out of carbon fiber and polycarbonate, including the new fantastic-looking carbon-fiber “Halo” hood.
Another signature feature will be a pair of rear wings. This will help the ZR1 to have 70 percent more downforce than the Z06.
Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine that produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. The price for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 should be around $120,000 when it reaches dealers in Spring 2018.
14 Lister Thunder
Lister is a British automaker famous for its racing programme. They made legendary Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ D-Types in the '50s. Also, their own car, Lister Storm, raced in GT championships of the '90s. Storm won FIA GT and British GT championships in 1999. This year, Lister is coming back with the new Thunder. The Thunder is based on the new Jaguar F-Type. Basically, it's a modified, high-performance version of the F-Type. The Thunder will have a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. It's re-engineered to produce 666 horsepower. The Thunder will speed up from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Its interior, with several mod options, will be more luxurious than that of the Jaguar. Lister CEO Lawrence Whittaker confirmed they would modify several Jaguar cars in future. He said, “Like Brabus and AMG with Mercedes and Alpina with BMW, we are hoping to become synonymous once again with tuning Jaguar vehicles."
13 Ford Mustang Bullitt
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 iconic movie Bullitt, Ford made a limited-edition Mustang Bullitt. A legendary car chase and McQueen's cool persona are in many ways responsible for Mustang's iconic status. The original 1968 Mustang GT had around 300 horsepower. Like every muscle car, the Mustang GT was powerful but hard to control. This year, Ford is committed to making the most powerful Mustang ever. They combined everything from the GT Premium and the Performance Package content into the Mustang Bullitt.
Under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers around 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
The Mustang Bullitt's top speed should be around 163 mph. It'll have a manual-transmission gearbox with a white cueball shift knob, like the original. Ford prepared a special Bullitt Electronics Package. The new Bullitt will go on sale at midyear for around $45,000.
12 Lotus Evora GT410 Sport
Lotus celebrates its 70th anniversary with a new Evora GT410 Sport. This car is based on the GT430 model. Lotus added composite front and rear body panels. There are new carbon-fiber air ducts up front for cutting turbulence and providing better downforce. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6-powered engine. It produces 410 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
The Lotus GT410 Sport speeds up from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a manual gearbox.
With a six-speed automatic gearbox, the acceleration is 4 seconds flat for the same distance. The Lotus offers a no-cost touring suspension-package option. On offer is also a race package with special Lotus-tuned Öhlins TTX aluminum adjustable shocks. The interior is full of carbon parts with special carbon race seats. You can buy the fastest Lotus road car ever for £104,500.
11 McLaren 570GT
At first, the McLaren 570GT looks like a variant of the 570S model. Sure, on the outside, the only noticeable change is on the rear bodywork. And when you enter the car, you'll hardly notice any change as well. But changes are there, and you'll feel them while driving. The 570GT is a strange car coming from McLaren. It's not a pure supercar like the 12C or the P1. It feels more like a touring car with great handling and practicality. This is what McLaren improved. They softened the springs and replaced the Pirelli Corsa tires with softer and quieter P-Zeros. The whole body was stuffed with sound-deadening material. The steering is slower, and there's more luggage space. Under the hood, the 570GT is identical to the S model. But due to modifications, the 570GT hits 124 mph from rest in 9.8 seconds. This is faster than the McLaren P1.
10 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS
The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is a mid-engine, two-seat coupe that's cheaper than rear-engined 911 models. The 718 Cayman is a sister vehicle to the 718 Boxster. Both are based on Porsche’s 982 chassis. Two engines power the 718 Cayman GTS. The first is a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four that produces 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, and the second is 2.5-liter, turbocharged flat-four with 350 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. Standard is a six-speed manual gearbox. Optional is a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. Inside, the 718 Cayman is a comfortable two-seater. There are many great features like leather upholstery, a PCM interface, and a rearview camera. Porsche offers many additional options including navigation. Handling is excellent with an improved chassis, wider tires, and a steering system from the 911 Turbo. The engine song isn't as beautiful, though, as they replaced the six-cylinder.
9 McLaren 720S
McLaren made their first car, the iconic Mclaren F1, in 1992. They weren't very productive. Nowadays, famous brands launch many new vehicles every year. So, it's no wonder this is the second new McLaren on our list. The McLaren 720S is a replacement for the 650S model. This is the first time McLaren completely replaced its model. Development started in 2013 before the 650S was even announced. McLaren made a larger 4.0-liter engine with 41 percent new content.
This engine is now capable of producing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque.
The 720S can speed up from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds, and to 186mph/300km/h in 21.8 seconds. You can see this engine illuminated through the rear screen. The McLaren 720S has a beautiful carbon-fiber ''Monocage II'' chassis and is much lighter than the 650 model.
8 Italdesign Zerouno
Italdesign Automobili Speciali is a Turin-based design house. They unveiled their first model, the Zerouno, at the Geneva Motor Show. Italdesign made this supercar for collectors and ‘visionary enthusiasts’ who could appreciate art—and have a lot of money to spare, I suppose. They plan to make five Zerounos until the end of the year. Italdesign will tailor every car to the needs of its customers. The bodywork is made of carbon fiber, and the chassis combines carbon fiber and aluminum. Under the hood is a 5.2-liter V10 engine from Audi. The Zerouno accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The top speed should be 205 mph. Zerouno's looks are clearly inspired by Lamborghini. Italdesign will offer many customization options, from color to several optional exterior and interior packages. The Italdesign Zerouno should cost around $2 million.
7 Ferrari Portofino
The Portofino replaces the California T as Ferrari's entry-level model. The Portofino is a small-town version of the Italian Riviera. Like the California, the Portofino is also convertible with a retractable hardtop. Unlike the awkward proportions of its predecessor, the Portofino's has aggressive styling and beautiful balance.
Under the bonnet is a front-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine.
Ferrari made many improvements plus new management software for the engine. This engine now develops 591 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. Portofino will speed up from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Those who had the opportunity to drive the Portofino claim it can go faster than that. Ferrari says the new chassis is both stiffer and lighter than the one on the California T. Handling is improved with the electrically assisted power-steering at the driver's disposal. The 2018 Portofino will be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt auto show.
6 Vanda Dendrobium
Vanda Dendrobium is an electric hypercar made by Vanda Electrics from Singapore. Vanda specializes in battery technology and electric mobility. This hypercar is a startup project made to build brand awareness. Vanda has plans for limited production in cooperation with Williams Advanced Engineering. The Dendrobium is a species of orchid native to Singapore. This is why the design of the car is made to resemble an orchid. Rear-hinged roof and doors especially give that impression. There will probably be three electric motors in the Dendrobium. Details about the electric engines are still unknown, but the total power should exceed 1,000 hp. It's projected that the Dendrobium will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The top speed will be around 200 mph. Many things are still in a work in progress. The Dendrobium should appear on the market later this year.
5 Audi R8 V10 Plus
Audi is well known for making sensible luxury cars. It was a surprise for many when they launched the R8 back in 2006. The R8 is a fantastic supercar that still has a distinctive Audi look and a high-class feel. This year, we'll see the second generation of the Audi R8. It's the fastest road car Audi has ever built. The new R8 still has a four-wheel-drive system. The old R8’s 5.2-liter V10 engine is updated to make 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The R8 V10 Plus will speed up from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds. The top speed is limited to 205 mph. This probably doesn't concern supercar owners, but engine efficiency is also improved. Inside, you'll find new sports seats and rotary control.
4 ATS GT
ATS Automobili has come back to make supercars some 50 years after it was originally established. The company ATS Automobili was born out of internal designers' and engineers' struggles in Ferrari. Their first car was launched in 1963, with the 12 GT and the GTS versions being produced from 1963-1965. Only 12 units of the new ATS will be built. The ATS GT price starts at €1,150,000.
Under the rear deck sits a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine. This engine will produce 650 horsepower, and with a power pack, this will increase to 700 horsepower.
The ATS GT accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in around 3 seconds, and the top speed is 206 mph. The ATS GT is styled by Emanuele Bomboi and is created to resemble the old 1964 ATS 2500 GTS. There are many similarities in design between the ATS GT and the McLaren 650S.
3 Tushek Renovatio T500
The Tushek Renovatio T500 is the first supercar from Slovenia. Aljosa Tušek is a former Slovenian racing driver. After retirement, he started assembling the K1 Attack car from different car parts. After many years, he made a car that satisfied his desires. The Tushek Renovatio is more than 80 percent different from the K1. The old Ford V6 engine is replaced by a 4.2-liter Audi RS4 engine. Its power is only 440 bhp, but the car weighs just 1,090 kg. The Renovatio speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The Tushek Renovatio has a rear-wheel-drive system. Its transmission is a six-speed manual from the Audi S5. The Renovatio's body is made from Ferrari’s and Ducati's composite body panels. Its ceramic brakes are taken from Porsche. The Tushek uses Akrapovic exhausts. The price for this interesting supercar is €300,000.
2 Spyker C8 Aileron
Back in 2000, Victor Muller relaunched the Dutch brand Spyker. The two-seater convertible C8 Spyder was their first car. It used Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 engine. It was powerful, and its handling was robust. The Aileron is a completely new car. The all-new aluminum chassis is much wider up front and with a slightly bigger wheelbase. Inside, the C8 Spyder is completely redesigned with a new dashboard with the great details Spyders are known for.
Under the hood is a 4.2-liter V8 engine that develops 400 horsepower at a maximum of 7,200 rpm.
The Aileron accelerates from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. Oddly, that's the same result that the old C8 Spyder had, despite the additional 150 kg on the Aileron. Those who had the opportunity to drive the Aileron say that its handling is great. The starting price for the Spyder C8 Aileron is £162,500.
1 Zenvo TS1 GT
Zenvo is a Danish company that has made supercars since 2004. The Zenvo TS1 GT is their second car. The ST1 wasn't a great success. Many car enthusiasts probably remember its debut on Top Gear. Many unfortunate accidents happened during filming, and it wasn't a good show for Zenvo. Now, with the new TS1, this Danish company is ready to take on the Bugatti Chiron, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and others. The first thing you'll notice is that not many things changed from the original car. Big changes are found under the carbon-fiber bodywork, though. A supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine produces 1,163 horsepower at 7,700 rpm and 811 lb-ft of torque at 7,700 rpm. The new Zenvo has a special single-clutch, automated manual paddle-shift gearbox. The TS1 can speed up from 0 to 60 mph in a fantastic 2.8 seconds.
Sources: evo.co.uk; autocar.co.uk; topspeed.com