Top 10 Cars For 2022
Well, as strange as it may seem, we’re now in 2022. It’s not still March 2020 apparently. So after we’ve all acclimatised to that rather shocking fact, let’s celebrate that a new year brings new cars!
I’ve scoured the internet and come up with the 10 cars I’m most excited to see next year and I hope you might too. There are supercars, SUVs, SuperSUVs, SuperSUV-EVs, the baffling nomenclatures go on and on. So, onto the list (in no particular order):
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
When the new shape Aston Martin Vantage came out in 2018, Aston stated that there would not be a V12 version, as the V12 wouldn’t fit, no way no how. Well, 2021 was full of surprises and seemingly Aston knows how to do a nip and tuck job because the Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been announced. Details are scant from Gaydon, but thanks to some friendly ears who went to the customer previews we do have some news to go on. As you can see in the images above, there’s a heavily reworked front end with a larger grille, more intakes and vents, the rear sees a central twin exhaust and a wing. That’s all we can see so far, but it’s safe to guess that it’ll share some styling with the limited Speedster, which also somehow fitted the V12 from the DBS into a tweaked Vantage sized package. But what we know is this – there’ll be 300 made, it’ll cost £260,000, will have 641bhp, hit 62mph in 3.2 seconds and top out at 209mph. And it’s the last time there’ll ever be a V12 in a Vantage. Exciting stuff.
BMW M2 Competition
With the quite large M4 turning into an £80-90k car now, the previous generation M2 has garnered a bit of a reputation as one of the best M/// cars of the last decade. Gorgeous looks with the pumped arches and aggressive yet pretty front end, it had ample power, RWD and the option of a manual gearbox. The last hurrah in the BMW M2 CS was outstanding if pricey, but just furthered the car’s legendary status. Quite the hard act to follow then. Well, we’ll find out how BMW has done next year when the new BMW M2 Competition is revealed. We’ve already seen the M240i, so have an idea of the proportions (more of the same) and the front end (not quite as pretty but not bad). The rear is quite contentious with wide taillights and a tall bootlid giving a slightly odd look, but when you add in the pumped rear arches that the M2 will inevitably have, it may look okay. Power is expected to be around 450bhp from the same engine as the M3, but the big difference this time is the M2 will be AWD. It may be optional, but having driven the M3 Competition xDrive I think it’s one of the best systems out there and is a big win for me. Expect the M2 Competition to cost around £60,000 when released.
BMW M3 Touring
Now then, this is what’s really getting me excited for 2022 – we finally get to have an M3 Estate, made by the factory – the BMW M3 Touring. Audi and Mercedes has lorded it over BMW for years with their RS4 Avant and C63 Estate, with those wanting a fast estate 3-Series having to turn to the slightly quirky Alpina to get their fix (and for the record, I adore the B3 Touring). But now, finally, BMW has relented and we get to see the full-on family friendly version of their insanely quick 503bhp M3 Competition. You can see the camo shots above, plus a couple of renders I’ve done so you can have an idea of the looks. It’s a no-brainer really – it’s an M3 with an estate body! So the swollen arches remain, as does the controversial front end. It’s likely the BMW M3 Touring will only be available in xDrive AWD format, but as mentioned above I have no issue with that after driving the AWD saloon. Okay, it’s likely to start at over £80,000 but it’s unlikely that any car out there will be able to combine this level of driving joy, performance, handling and practicality. Yes please.
Range Rover Sport
When the new Range Rover was revealed, it instantly made the current older model look incredibly dated, but none more so than the Range Rover Sport – it instantly looked bloated and last-gen. Thankfully after the full-size Range Rover, it won’t be long before the smaller brother is revealed to the world as despite its age the Sport is still a hugely popular car for JLR. They actually expected the Velar to take over from the Sport in the longer term but it seems the Velar never really gelled with the buying public. So when we see the new Range Rover Sport we can expect a similar styling change as we saw in the full size – sleeker, more aerodynamic, cleaner styling with a familiar look just brought right up to date. Engine line-up will be broadly similar too, with the new longer-EV range hybrids, straight-six petrol and diesels and soon after launch, a fire breathing SVR model with a hot 600+bhp version of the BMW-sourced twin turbo V8. There’ll also be a full EV version eventually, but that’s a few years away yet. Expect to see these everywhere.
There are many words that come to mind when I consider the prospect of a Ferrari SUV. Many are unsuitable for a public article like this, but I’ll settle on ‘why?’ and then grumble to myself in the corner for a while. You see, I don’t like SUVs, I think they’re grotesque wastes of resources created and pushed on us by marketing people – but that’s the subject of a much lengthier rant. When Lamborghini gave us the Urus, it was inevitable that Ferrari would respond eventually, but it’s taken a little longer as their SUV needs to be bespoke, unlike Lamborghini’s Audi Q8-based Urus. So although their SUV – allegedly named Purosangue – is based on the GTC4Lusso architecture, it is effectively a new car. And it has killed the wonderful Lusso too, which is another reason it irks me so. Expect it to be overtly aggressively styled, have well over 600bhp and cost over £250,000. And that’s all I’ll say before I get myself into trouble!
Honda Civic Type-R
In September I reviewed the last Civic Type-R and to say I’m a fan would be an understatement. The combination of wild looks and some of the best handling (and the best gearchange ever) means it would be my go-to for a hardcore hot hatch. But sadly that model is dead and buried now and there were rumours that Honda weren’t going to replace it. Well thankfully now we’ve been given some teaser images as you can see above of the car undergoing testing. I was worried when the normal new Civic came out as it’s a pretty bland shape, but you can make out most of the details under the camo wrap and it seems that they’ve managed to keep the wild looks as much as they can. It still doesn’t have quite the same athletic look to the body shape, but there’s a big wing, triple exhausts and lots of intakes at the front. The powertrain is still yet to be confirmed, but it’s highly unlikely that Honda will move from the FWD layout and the 2.0 litre 4cyl turbo is likely to remain with a modest boost in power to around 340bhp. It will certainly have the manual gearbox as standard, though it’s rumoured that a dual clutch gearbox will be optional. More details will be released mid-Jan.
Okay, bear with me on this one. No it isn’t a snarling supercar but honestly for me this is a game-changing car for a huge amount of the population – a cheap, versatile 7-seater family car. And when I say cheap I mean it – the Dacia Jogger will start at under £17k when it lands in the UK in 2022, which is Fiesta money for a car that will seat seven people in comfort and actually looks quite good at the same time. If Dacia could make this as an EV, with 200 miles range for £25k it would sell like hot cakes.
The Maserati GranTurismo has been in production for a long time, and is in fact still being made now albeit in very small numbers. The production line will stop in January though as they start to get ready for the all-new GranTurismo – and this is going to be quite the step change for Maserati. You see this new GranTurismo model (and it’s drop-top GranCabrio sibling) will be available with the usual petrol engines, or as a full EV. Maserati are going all out on their promise to offer every model in their range with an electric version, so the new GranTurismo will be engineered to accept a snarling V8, howling V6 AND a bunch of batteries and motors. Visually the GranTurismo seems to follow the same lines as the current model, with a long body, powerful haunches, low nose and some details to tie it in with the MC20 supercar. The dual powertrain options means the GranTurismo will sit as a rival to a huge number of cars, from the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT to the Porsche 911 and Ferrari Roma.
Polestar has had huge success with Tesla Model 3-sized Polestar 2, offering Swedish style and quality combined with good handling and decent range. So it’s no surprise that they’re going to be expanding their line-up and this year we’ll see the Polestar 3 revealed. Sharing its platform with the next generation Volvo XC90 (so it’s going to be a fairly large SUV) – as Polestar and Volvo are both owned by Geely – the Polestar 3 will be a full EV as all new Polestars are, but will be a 5-seat, more rakishly styled SUV than the XC90 (which will also, confusingly have it’s own full EV version in time). Battery size should be around the 90kWh region which should translate into a 300+ mile range. Going off the camouflaged image above, it’s going to be a great looking car and will certainly hold its own against the rather staid Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The latest 992-generation 911 GT3 is, it’s safe to say, quite a big hit. Every review has raved about it and it’s following the older 991.2 GT3’s trend of being virtually impossible to buy and then selling for double the list price as soon as deliveries start. In fact, even 3yrs on the cheapest 991.2 GT3 for sale is still more than the list price was – amazing stuff. But as good as the GT3 is, if you want a proper track weapon there has always been one car to have – the GT3 RS. The 991.2 GT3 RS was a much wilder version of the GT3 with hints of the 911 GT3 race car, so this was expected for the 992 RS. Well, if these images are anything to go by Porsche has decided to go all out and released pretty much an RSR racer for the road. I mean, just look at that rear wing – look at it! Absolutely huge, swan-neck mounting, almost higher than the roofline – this is Serious Wing. Elsewhere we can see the typical RS details – front wing vents, along with larger vents in the bonnet feature, but I have a feeling that the bumpers are hiding some even more extreme aero cut-outs. It’s likely to weigh less than the GT3 and will command a 20bhp increase just to keep owners happy, though with that level of aero the thing keeping lap times down won’t be the power, it’s the driver’s commitment.