Supercars have long represented the cutting edge of automobile technology. We’re not talking about muscle cars, five figure luxury cars, and the other common commodities on the road. Oh no, supercars are far, far faster and more refined. Think Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and increasingly Tesla. The fastest of the fast. The baddest of the bad. Supercars and increasingly “hypercars” are built specifically for those with a need for speed.
Often, that speed comes with a high price, quite literally. Supercars start in the six figures but can cost a million dollars or more. In order to squeeze every ounce of performance out of their engines and chassis even the most expensive hypercars sometimes curtail superflous luxuries and ergonomic is often a secondary concern.
For those willing to make the sacrifices and pay the price, however, hypercars offer the best performance on the planet. Let’s go over five of the best cars hitting the road in the not-so-distant future.
1. The 2018 Bugatti May Be The Fastest Production Car Ever?
The 2018 Bugatti Chiron is sure to turn a lot of heads. With 1,500 horsepower (yes, 1,500!) the Chiron tops out at about 288 miles per hour. It’s expected to get to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds as well. You can get to 125 miles per hour in about 6.5 seconds, and to over 180 miles per hour in under 14 seconds.
In other words, the Bugatti Chiron is one of the fastest and baddest cars in the world. Early test drives also suggest that it’s a highly refined and luxurious car as well. With a $2.9 million dollar price tag, however, few will be able to afford this hyper car.
For now, Bugatti continues to set the bar. However, there are new challengers on the block, and they are coming from unexpected quarters.
2. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Takes Iconic Muscle Car to New Level
The Chevrolet Corvette is an iconic and lauded muscle car. Yet as great as the Corvette is, many car enthusiasts have refused to consider the Corvette a true “super” let alone “hyper” car. Never mind Bugatti, the average production-line Ferrari would easily handle the average production-line Corvette at the race track.
The 2019 Chervolet Corvette ZR1 is set to flip the script. The 2019 ZR1 will be the fastest production Corvette ever, topping 200 miles per hour and expected to hit 60 in 2.5 seconds or less. Aggressive airflow dynamics will help the ZR1 cut through the air and stick to the ground.
Compared to Bugatti and Ferrari, the ZR1 will carry a price tag that’s more friendly for buyers, starting at roughly $120,000. A hyper car has perhaps never been more affordable than the ZR1.
3. 2020 Tesla Roadster: Return of the King
For Tesla, it all started with the Roadster. Built in a partnership with Lotus, the original Roadster was one of the first all-electric cars to hit the road. With a range of over 200 miles, it was one of the first electric cars to be truly practical as well.
Yet the original Roadster represented Tesla’s ambitions rather than the best of what the company could offer. Quickly, the Tesla Model S and other vehicles overshadowed the Roadster. The car has since been relegated to the garages of history, collecting dust as its bigger, better siblings tear up the roads.
The 2020 Tesla is going to rewrite that narrative and will place itself firmly in the history books. Tesla has stated that the new Roadster will hit 60 in less than 2 seconds, making it faster than even the fastest Bugatti. The Roadster will top out over 200 miles as well, and will have a range in excess of 600 miles. Soon, long road trips in your Tesla will be a distinct possibility.
The 2020 Tesla Roadster won’t hit the road in in 2018, at least not for consumers. However, it’s sure to eat up a lot of headlines. Industry insiders are watching this car closely, recognizing that it’s insane speed and “affordable” price tag of around $200,000 could shake up the hypercar industry.
4. 2019 Ferrari 488 GTB: The Passing of an Era
The 2019 Ferrari 488 GTB might end up being the last car of its namesake. The 488 followed on the heels of previous Ferrari generations, offering a near-retro look that showed the unique heritage of many of Ferrari’s most iconic cars from the 20th century.
Come 2020, many are expected a new Ferrari and one that may offer a more distinct break with the past. Either way, rumor has it that the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTB, which may be the last 488, will be a “hard core” performance machine. Ferrari wants to send the 488 out on a high-note and is expected to unveil a truly amazing car.
5. 2019 McLaren BP23: Hyper-Hybrid
McLaren is well-known for building some of the best hyper and supercars on the road. Like many extreme performance car manufacturers, McLaren has stubbornly stuck to traditional combustion engines. However, the 2019 McLaren BP23 will be a hybrid car, offering a mix of electric and gasoline performance.
What’s not expected to change is the high-performance nature of McLaren. Like other supercars, this hybrid three-seater will top 200 miles per hour and will get to sixty in less than 3 seconds. While reaching such extreme speeds, the 2019 McLaren BP23 will be a bit easier on the environment.
Electric engines can actually enable better acceleration, so don’t be surprised if more automobile companies go hybrid in order to combat Tesla’s extreme speed.