Time is undoubtedly electrifying, the market is still dominated by SUVs, and CO2 fines in France border on the absurd. There are so many unforgiving realities that sadden sports fans who find it increasingly difficult to find the right shoe for them, bypassing the used box, which is sometimes very old. But there are still a few reasons to be hopeful, and 2022 will still see its fair share of “real” sports cars..
Coupes and convertibles
Ferrari 296 GTB
No horribly unknown faces to be found next year in sports coupes. But we will still see the new Ferrari 296 GTB on the way. Presented digitally last summer, the first hybrid V6 berlinetta (830 hp) in Prancing Horse history hasn’t invited us to ride yet. What we look forward to seeing is the wonders the wizards from Maranello were able to accomplish to make this descendant of the F8 Tributo so formidable on the road.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
Less powerful and therefore less efficient, the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS, on the other hand, promises mechanical emotion that Ferrari can’t offer. Because the Porsche coupe is still based on the naturally aspirated flat-six. 4-liter 500-horsepower, which will have to tinker with before it is electrified Really. Looking forward to the first bites!
Restyled Alpine A110
Even less powerful than the models mentioned above, the Alpine A110 will be eligible for some mechanical upgrades in 2022. Not enough to make it as efficient as a Ferrari or a Porsche but Dieppe Berlinetta is so pleasant to drive that nothing else is needed. A few extra horsepower grafted onto the 1.8 4-cylinder turbo engine (300 hp) will only brighten up a picture clouded only by the largely improved quality of the finish.
New Mercedes SL
The new SL may well be a rather bourgeois 4-seater convertible, but in terms of chassis it remains the work of the Mercedes sports department. Therefore, AMG engineers did not hesitate to turn the venerable SL into high-performance GT, adding to it a 4.0 biturbo V8 with 585 hp. and 800 (!) Nm of torque. The German, despite his almost 2 tons, therefore fully deserves his place here.
A simpler and even cheaper Toyota GR86 will delight fans of old-fashioned driving. As with the devilish GR Yaris, whose performance is only matched by driving pleasure, the GT86’s successor was not guaranteed to be introduced in Europe. So, let’s thank the Japanese giant, which has been reaping the fruits of its efforts to electrify its production for more than 20 years. We had a chance to preview this GR86 and its naturally aspirated 234bhp flat-four 2.4 engine. And believe me, it’s worth it!
Updated Ford Fiesta ST
Finally, we must not forget about the “small” restyled Ford Fiesta. At the cape of mid-career, the townswoman offered herself a small make-up session, but didn’t give up on its formidable ST version with its bluff efficiency and such nice 3-cylinder engines.
Station wagons and SUVs
The Audi RS3 is not an archetype of the family, but its 5-seater and Sportback tailgate are all everyday assets. Of course, off standby, its 5-cylinder engine does have some free time to shine. This 2.5-litre turbocharged engine delivering 400 hp is now an exception in modern car production.. Singer, as the engine and revitalizing chassis rarely can be, more agile than before, he alone deserves a detour.
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo
Even if the electric Taycan Sport Turismo looks more like a station wagon with its broken silhouette, it remains a Porsche and, as we have seen, will easily enter this list of sports cars of 2022. Its performance is amazing, as is its agility.. Can be used without moderation if the bank account is well secured and the charging station is installed in the garage.
Ferrari Purosangu SUV
Like the Sport Turismo, the Purosangue, which we don’t know yet, doesn’t have a sports car profile. But Ferrari’s first ever off-road vehicle can’t be reckoned anywhere else but here. Everything remains to be clarified from him and the appointment is most likely taken in the second half of 2022.