Driving: The high-performance vehicles to look forward to this year

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For those who love the swift world of motorsport, there’s a lot on the horizon. The best of them was summed up by Jack Evans.

Although 2020 has proven to be a year that few predicted, the future for performance cars looks bright.

Things have never looked so promising for fast models with the introduction of electric powertrains and the rising power of gasoline-powered cars, and there’s plenty to look forward to. Let’s dive in and look at it….

1. Golf R of Volkswagen

In a package that looks like a normal Golf at first glance, the Volkswagen Golf R has always been a hit with enthusiasts, mixing everyday practicality with supercar results.

The new edition is the most powerful yet, adding outstanding performance to this hatchback with a 2.0-liter, 316-horsepower turbocharged gasoline engine.

2nd Yaris Toyota GR

The GR Yaris is the measure of all things when it comes to hype. The auto industry is crazy about this hot little hatchback that, with its outstanding performance and all-wheel drive, has captured the attention of many.

It’s shaping up to be a true future classic, built on a tailor-made platform – but it’s a car worth getting excited about today.

3. Electric Works Mini John Cooper Works

While an electric version of the famous Mini John Cooper Works is not yet confirmed to be released next year, the company has announced that it is a model that is well on its way.

Initial images show a car with all the classic features of the JCW, as well as styling elements taken from the ultra-focused GP model, such as a massive rear wing and wheel arch extensions made of reinforced plastic carbon fiber.

4. Formentor Cupra

Since it split from Seat and became a standalone brand, Cupra has been on a roll. The Ateca model has been a success with customers, but with the Formentor, it’s getting serious.

The Formentor is the first car that has been produced specifically for the brand since it was split from the Spanish company and has the most powerful form of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine.

Lamborghini Huracan 5th STO STO

If Lamborghini knows how to do one thing, it’s to create ultra-focused road cars that seem to be mainly built for the racetrack. One such car is the Huracan STO, which represents a hardened, razor-sharp version of the smallest supercar in the business.

The STO underwent extensive weight-saving measures while maintaining the powerful naturally aspirated V10 engine, which resulted in a 43 kg weight loss compared to the normal Huracan.

6. Ferrari Spider SF90

In manufacturing innovative drop-tops, Ferrari has a long history, and the SF90 is its latest attempt. It provides the standard SF90’s hybrid performance, but with a retractable hardtop that can be opened and closed in just 14 seconds.

The Spider can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph, thanks to a combination of a V8 engine and an electric motor.

7. T.50 Gordon Murray Automotive

When it debuted in the summer, Gordon Murray Automotive’s T.50 created a sensation and is also set to be launched in the UK early next year. It features a V12 engine of 3.9 liters that can rev up to an impressive 12,100 rpm, ensuring that you can hear this car coming.

It also weighs just 986 kg and has a central driving role reminiscent of the renowned F1 supercar from Murray.

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