The combination of high-horsepower, lavish interiors, and slimline exteriors make up the requirements for a high-end luxury car. This year, the focus is on renowned brands Jaguar, Aston Martin, Porsche and Rolls Royce releasing their first hybrids and SUV’s. We compiled a list of the top impressive supercars set to rule the roads this year.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupé
While the future of automobiles is unknown, Lamborghini continues to combine cutting-edge technology and superior design to create sports cars that deliver a driving experience like no other. The new Aventador SVJ Coupé is no exception. Fresh off the Nürburgring circuit, which saw a top speed of 6:44, the SVJ is turning heads both on and off the track. Ultra-lightweight materials give rise to enhanced aerodynamic profiles while the technological look of carbon fiber —featured in the cockpit, doors, seats, and console—combined with leather upholstery add a bold touch to the luxurious interior. It’s 6.5 liter V12 churns out an impressive 770 horsepower and with peak torque of 720 Nm, the SVJ is capable of a sprint from standstill to 62mph in a mere 2.8 seconds, making it one of the most powerful road cars of all time. Costing around $517,770 and only 900 planned to be built (63 of which will become part of a special edition commemorating Lamborghini’s founding year, 1963) this incomparable machine breaks new dimensions, pushing supercars into the future.
Making its way to U.S. soil in September 2018, the Audi e-tron is already widely popular for its long-range capability and exhilarating performance with Quattro all-wheel drive. As the company’s first full-production modern electric vehicle, the e-tron adopts everything we love in an Audi, from sleek lines to sculptural LED taillights, but with the added bonus of being eco-friendly and fit for everyday life. The spacious interior has room for up to five passengers as well as generous cargo space and folding seats all packaged in a luxurious interior, complete with cutting-edge technology for an intuitive driving experience. A low center of gravity and torque output from two electric motors positioned on each axle distributes power efficiently for a smooth drive with a top track speed of 124mph. Starting at $74, 800, the e-tron is the first of three battery-electric vehicles Audi plans to debut by 2020.
Bentley Continental GT Convertible
The king of grand tourers, Bentley, blew the roof off their Continental GT to create a handcrafted masterpiece that is longer, sleeker and sexier than ever. The 6.0 liter Bentley Continental GT Convertible epitomizes the spirit of grand touring with a fabric roof that lowers in 19 seconds flat while traveling at speeds of up to 30mph. The 8-speed dual clutch transmission makes for smooth, fast gear changes while the 12-cylinder engine delivers a perfect fusion of power and refinement, capable of accelerating 0 to 60mph in 3.7 seconds flat. To ensure every journey is a joy, Bentley incorporated a new range of driving technology including active all-wheel drive and driver assistance as well as a wealth of enhanced intuitive digital features including a rotating display and driving modes, which allow you to adjust the car’s performance to suit your journey, with a simple, smooth turn of a dial. At a starting price of $236 100, the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible is the luxury and comfort you seek with all the power you need in a grand tourer.
This year seems to be the year for electric SUV’s, first with the Audi e-tron and now Jaguars’ I-Pace, the first pure-electric model to come out of the British luxury brand. With two-electric motors, the Jaguar I-Pace combines impressive handling with a 234-mile range, all-wheel drive and an interior design that reimagines classic Jaguar luxury craftsmanship. An impressive 0-80% charge in 85-minutes and acceleration of 0 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds is ambitious for a car of this caliber with only 394 horsepower. The hood scoop and flowing waistline allow the car to slice through the air, while the rear diffuser minimizes drag for optimized range and stability… Equipped with everything you need for everyday life, from generous cargo space to the activity feature, a waterproof wristband that unlocks and locks the car—no need to carry keys when on the run anymore—the I-Pace is a true drivers car. Starting at $70,000, this eco-friendly head turner is capable of handling any task you throw at it.
In the trend of moving to larger cars, who knew a Rolls Royce could get any bigger? The Cullinan is extraterrestrial in size and ability as the first all-terrain SUV from Rolls-Royce to make luxury off-road travel a reality with a push of a button. A 6.75-liter V12 engine produces 571 horsepower to propel this beast through any terrain while a self-leveling air suspension proactively adjusts acceleration, steering cues and uses camera intelligence to ensure a Rolls Royce quality ride. Speaking of Rolls-Royce quality, the Cullinan makes no sacrifices in the luxury department, with a viewing suite in the back that introduces two leather seats and a cocktail table at the press of a button. For passengers, a center console drinks cabinet will keep them satisfied while the versatile raised and electronic seating offers the best views. In an age where technology rules, the Cullinan features touchscreen theater and picnic tables that fold out and wireless charging to keep you connected everywhere you go. Venture beyond your comfort zone, in ironically uncompromised comfort in the $325,000 (base price) Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
BMW M850i XDrive Coupe
Featuring the latest M sport technology, the BMW M850i XDrive Coupe is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine belching out 523 horsepower and 553 pound-per-feet of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s safe to say BMW knows how to integrate the perfect combination of heritage and bold new experiences to create an icon of design and engineering. Inside, command, comfort, and control are effortless with BMW’s new iDrive 7.0 system, allowing you to control by touch, voice or gesture all from the comfort of a multi-functional, heated leather seat. Outside the signature kidney grille and advanced adaptive LED headlights paired with bold sleek lines make for an aggressive look deserving of a sports car. Standard integral active steering, adaptive M suspension, and an M sport differential keep the coupe in sync with every move while standard fixed-caliper M sport brakes ensure a smooth stop. At $111,900 the M850i XDrive Coupe is a true sportsman’s’ choice for style and performance.
Aston Martin Vantage
Aston Martin is no stranger to creating fast, good-looking cars. First, it was 007’s DB10 that caught viewers eyes in Spectre, then the DB11 was released, now it’s the Vantage that pulls to the top with a record speed of 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. The 503 horsepower 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 purrs on the road, leaving nothing but a streak of lime essence green in its wake. Its unmistakable presence has everything to do with its predatory stance, giving way to broad haunches, muscular flanks and ultra slim rear lights that express the car’s animalistic character. The cockpit creates an immersive experience, connecting the driver with the car, especially in track mode, with newly designed sport oriented gearshift paddles. Unlike the DB11 or any other Aston Martin, the underside of the car has been designed to guide airflow from the front splitter to the rear diffuser, increasing grip, and enhanced stability. Owning this road predator is going to cost around $150,000.
Formerly known as ‘Mission E’, Porsche has finally announced the name of their first purely electric car as the Taycan. Translated as “lively young horse,” this four-door sports car is set to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 3.5 seconds flat thanks to two permanently synchronous motors belching out 600 horsepower. Widely being called the Porsche of tomorrow, the Taycan is expected to have a range of 300-miles and a charging time of 80% in less than 15 minutes. In terms of build, the sedan adopts a slimline design with a classic flat hood and rear light strip. Inside, the cockpit feels more like a spaceship, with the absence of a transmission tunnel and the addition of a curved intuitive driver display that moves with you is just something to look forward to in the future. You will have to wait until its unveiling later this year to get an idea of a price tag and additional features.
Aston Martin DBX
No list is complete without including Aston Martin’s DBX, especially since this is the luxury brands first attempt at cashing in on the SUV market, long ruled by the Land Rover. Since its concept debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show, the DBX is generating buzz for its durability as it undergoes testing in the worlds harshest environments, from the frozen arctic to scorching deserts in the Middle East, and of course the Nürburgring circuit. The DBX will feature a choice of two engines, a 4.0 liter V8 and a 5.2 liter V12, with rumors it plans to go hybrid at a later date. The DBX, which may get a new name is set to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and there’s no word on price just yet, but we can only assume that as an Aston Martin, it will be worth it.