2021 will be marked by a staggering number of new supercars, many of which will be fully electric. Here are the 10 everyone’s most excited about.
With each passing year, technology advances, changes, and shifts. While many areas of consumer tech like cell phones are the obvious and most instantly noticeable areas when it comes to this change, cars are as reliant and important on and to technological change. Just look at cars from 5 years ago, features like lane keep assisting, and radar-guided cruise control was once top-end tech, but now are being incorporated into a large portion of new cars today.
Yet, the greatest area when it comes to automotive technological advancement is the ones most people can only dream of – supercars. Defined by beautiful and/or outrageous styling, typically mid-engine, and being uncompromising in offering all the latest performance capabilities, style, and technology. Thanks to their hefty price tags, supercars can afford to pour massive development into areas on the cutting edge of technology. Naturally ending up as icons of the auto industry, supercars tend to inspire the progress of technology across all cars as automakers try to keep up with the trends they create.
Today, this advancement in supercars comes at a blistering pace. With just a few years separating today’s paradigm of hybrid supercars dominating the performance game, and the old belief that an electric car could never be fun, a single year alone brings dramatic new entries to the supercar playing field. With some truly incredible machines on the horizon, here are 10 of the most anticipated supercars that are planned to hit the road in the coming year:
Paying tribute to their Can-Am racing roots, the McLaren Elva is one of the purest modern performance-oriented supercars, built specifically to offer an unparalleled driver-focused experience.
With just a glance, you can tell the Elva is something truly special, and something focused on achieving the ultimate in performance. The latest car to join McLaren’s Ultimate Series, which contains dream cars like the P1 and Senna, the Elva brings ridiculously low weight, a beautifully aggressive sculpted aerodynamic form, massive power, and a lack of windshield to the table.
Built almost entirely from carbon fiber, the Elva uses a groundbreaking Active Air Management System to achieve optimal downforce and drag. But a low weight and aerodynamic mastery are one thing, power is another, and with an 803 hp V8, the Elva ticks all the performance boxes in a truly stunning fashion.
Ferrari 812 “GTO”
It’s yet to be confirmed by Ferrari themselves, but spy shots from Maranello have proven that the prancing horse is brewing up something special for the 812.
Last used on the 599, the GTO nameplate signifies a hardcore, race-bred supercar, and some of the best road-going performance that Ferrari has to offer. Similar to the 599, the 812 is Ferrari’s front-engine V12 flagship supercar. With the 599 as well as many Ferrari models typically lasting 5 years in production, the 812 – introduced in 2017, is rumored to be due for a replacement soon.
When the 599 reached its final years of production, the GTO was introduced to give it a proper send it off. While these are all rumors based on spy photos, the timing of said photos, and the aggressive aerodynamic tweaks seen on the test car point to a hardcore version of the 812 being in the works. Regardless of whether it ends up being called the 812 GTO, if the rumors and assumptions based on the photos and Ferrari’s typical lineup changes are true, you can expect to see the 812’s hardcore form released around late 2021 – and if the 599 GTO is anything to go by, it’ll be worth the wait.
Unveiled in 2017, the new Tesla Roadster made waves across the industry, signaling the return of Tesla’s original car, but with shocking levels of performance for the price.
Originally a Lotus Elise modified with an electric drivetrain, the first generation of Tesla Roadster was a cool and innovative car but was by no means a show-stopping, ultra-competitive supercar. The new Roadster, however, flies in the face of its origins and plans to show up all the established supercars with its mind-blowing speed.
With the base model capable of doing the 0-60 MPH sprint in just 2.1 seconds, and on to a claimed quarter-mile time of 8.8 seconds, the new Tesla Roadster is absurdly fast. Not just fast though, the Roadster comes with some supremely sleek and simple looks, seating for 4, and a (claimed) range of 621 miles. With an estimated base price of around $200,000 USD, expect to see Tesla Roadsters dominating the supercar scene once deliveries begin.
When released in the 2000s, the Tesla Roadster was among the only performance electric cars out there, based on the quick and nimble Lotus Elise. Coming full circle, 2021 will see Lotus enter their own electric performance machine into the ring: the Evija.
While many of us car enthusiasts aren’t too excited about the future of cars being electrified, the Lotus Evija shows exactly what makes the new wave of electric cars something to be excited about – absolutely ridiculous amounts of power and acceleration, as well as new rules for designing a car.
Not many things can replace the scream of a high-strung gas-powered engine in a supercar, but having nearly 2,000 hp on tap with instant power delivery is definitely one of them. Uniquely styled with awesome laser head and taillights, the Lotus Evija is an awe-inspiring technological marvel. While planned for release in 2021, don’t expect to see it stateside, as unfortunately, the Evija isn’t road legal in the US.
Storming into the supercar playing field with gorgeous style and race-oriented engineering, the MC20 is Maserati’s latest work of art, and the first true supercar to bear their trident badge in over a decade.
While Maserati’s sports cars like the GranTurismo have stuck around, their last true supercar was the MC12, which was released 15 years ago. Bringing the Maserati Corse (MC) nameplate back, the MC20 goes above and beyond, packed to the brim with gorgeous Italian styling, and a competitive amount of advanced performance technology.
Powered by a twin-turbo V6, the MC20’s heart is bespoke, being a completely new F1 derived design by Maserati that lays down 630 hp while mounted in the middle. With a lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum construction, beautiful styling, talks of a later electric version, and an estimated starting price of $195,000, the MC20 is sure to be a hit when released in 2021.
Aston Martin Vantage
Aston Martin’s long-running performance bred grand touring nameplate, the new Vantage is not entirely new, but carries one point of distinction that makes it a ray of hope in today’s performance market.
A continuation with minor tweaks to the drop-dead gorgeous looks introduced with the Vantage’s 2018 refresh, the Vantage is as beautiful as ever, inside and out. With a sumptuous and luxurious interior, and a V8 engine laying down 503 hp, the Vantage is the best of both worlds, offering great performance with comfort and luxury to boot.
But, that’s not all that different from previous years, what makes the 2021 Vantage so special though, is its transmission. In a market where manual transmissions are no longer standard, and almost every supercar uses some form of automatic, the Vantage bucks the trend, offering a 7-speed stick shift as the standard transmission option. For those who still enjoy rowing gears, and are fans of grand tourers, the new Vantage is the supercar for you.
Aston Martin Valhalla
While the new Vantage carries the long-running nameplate with a gorgeous modern flair, the Valhalla is something new, something powerful, and something incredibly special.
The “Son of Valkyrie,” the Aston Martin Valhalla takes direct inspiration from Aston’s absolutely insane race-bred monster, and tones it down just enough to be a more manageable car for the road. That’s a relative term though, as the Valhalla is still an aerodynamically optimized, Formula 1 derived rocket.
Powered by a turbocharged V6 inspired by modern F1 engines, the Valhalla uses a hybrid-electric drivetrain to take the power even further. Made almost entirely from carbon fiber, packed with insane amounts of leading-edge technology, and downright gorgeous with its streamlined form, the Valhalla is bound to be one of the most spectacular sights when it hits the road in 2021.