5. 2019 Lamborghini Asterion
The Lamborghini Asterion first appeared as a two-seat, hybrid GT concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4. A total of 896-hp was said to be available via the combination of the manufacturer’s 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine and three electric motors.
Fast forward to 2016, and we still don’t know if Lamborghini will ever produce the Asterion. My guess is they will though; the Asterion could fill two important roles in the Italian automaker’s model range: A. As a slightly less frenetic alternative to the LaFerrari, P1 and 918, keeping the V10 hybrid powertrain or B. As a down-market, director competitor to the Ferrari California, using a turbo V6 or turbo V8 paired with one or more electric motors.
4. 2017 Maserati Alfieri
The Maserati Alfieri, named after one of the founding Maserati brothers, also debuted as a concept in 2014. This 2+2 coupe is a sure thing, however, unlike the Lambo, and will compete with the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, and the Mercedes-AMG GT.
The base drivetrain configuration will feature a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, the same used in the Ghibli and Quattroporte, and have around 410-hp. An option will exist to upgrade the base V6 to 450-hp; a higher-performance model will also be available with a rumored 520-hp, possibly with a displacement bump. A convertible version has already been confirmed.
Base price for the coupe will be around $100,000.
3. 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1
GM has not denied reports from Car & Driver that predict the switch to a mid-engine configuration for the next-generation Corvette—the C8—although they’ve yet to officially announce the monumental change. Car & Driver report that the Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 will spearhead the C8 model range and should appear in dealerships late 2016, as a 2017 model.
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It’s likely the Zora ZR1 will be powered by a supercharged small-block V8, possibly outputting more power than Chrysler’s 707-hp Hellcat V8. Build volume is expected to be low, around 1500 units per year, with a starting price of around $150,000.
2. 2017 Bugatti Chiron
The recently retired 258-mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is still the fastest production car ever, but won’t be when its replacement, the Bugatti Chiron, goes on sale sometime in late 2016.
All the numbers get bigger with the Chiron. It will have 1500-hp, 1106-ft lbs. of torque, a projected 288-mph top speed and a $2.5 million dollar price tag.
Spy shots reveal the Chiron will feature some styling elements from the wild Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept. The Chiron will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
1. 2017 Ford GT
Unlike the previous generation Ford GT for sale, the 2017 Ford GT is a clean sheet design. Aerodynamics were prioritized so every sultry curve and scallop is functional, including the jaw-dropping flying buttresses which tie together the roof and the rear fenders.
It’s estimated to weigh 2800lbs and will be powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 650-hp—all sent to a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
We can’t get enough of the new Ford GT—and it hasn’t even made it to production yet. It will soon though, sometime in late 2016 as a 2017 model at a price of around $400,000.