Automotive technology is continually changing and improving, and that’s good news for consumers. Meaning we now have access to cars that are faster, more fuel efficient, and far more luxurious than some of us ever thought possible. Manufacturers are spending millions, if not billions, of dollars on research and development of future models of cars to make sure this trend continues.
We have compiled a list of cars that are scheduled for release before 2020. Take a minute and see what the future of the automotive world has in store for us.
5Mercedes-AMG Project One
This may be the first street going engine to feature turbulent jet ignition. Internally called Project One, this top-level hypercar (think Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder) is being designed to mark the pinnacle of race-car engineering with extensive technology transfer from Formula 1. Coincidentally, it will also mark AMG’s 50th anniversary. It’s not intended to crack top-speed records like the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, but it is intended to be supremely capable on the racetrack.
It’s a halo car that radiates over the entire Mercedes-AMG lineup. AMG will build only 300 units, and rumor has it that more than half are spoken for already.
Estimated Arrival: 2019
4BMW’s Dreamliner: 9-Series Coupe
BMW is plotting a flagship coupe – the 9-series – to be spun off the high-tech architecture of the latest 7-series limo. The four-door, four-seat coupe takes the Gran Coupe theme from the 4- and 6-series ranges, and supersizes it to long-wheelbase 7-series proportions.
The 9-series is the first all-new model to be approved by new(ish) chairman, Harald Krüger, the unfortunate fellow who collapsed during his speech at the 2015 Frankfurt show. Krüger, his r&d chief Klaus Fröhlich and design supremo Adrian van Hooydonk met before Christmas, to review key future models at a ‘LUP’ meeting, shorthand for long-term corporate planning.
They gave the green light to a luxury coupe positioned between 7-series and the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Typically, a BMW coupe would wear an even numbered badge, but since management does not want to revive the little loved 8-series and does not own the rights to 10-series, 9-series is a likely designation.
Estimated Arrival: 2020
Launched in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron made history with its $1 million price tag, quad-turbocharged 1,001-horsepower W16 engine, and then-top speed of 253 miles per hour. Then over the next decade, it got faster, more expensive, and somehow, passé. Due out later this year, the Chiron picks up where Veyron left off, with 1,479 horsepower, a zero to 60 time under 2.5 seconds, a 288 mile per hour top speed, and a $2.66 million price tag. It may be ostentatious, but it’s nothing short of a technological powerhouse.
Estimated Arrival: 2017
2Tesla Model 3
Teslas Model 3 starts at $35K-and-up, and it will have a range of over 200 miles on a charge, the company’s Autopilot system standard, and a five-star safety rating. In the six weeks since the model was unveiled, the company has received 373,000 deposits for the car. Add that to the 90,000 deliveries it’s estimated to make in 2016, and suddenly that goal becomes a bit more realistic. Now all it needs to do is ramp up its production facilities…
**Honorable Mention** — Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Before we get to our top pick we had to show you our choice for “Honorable Mention”: This year, Bentley launched the Bentayga, an ultra-luxury SUV that was the culmination of four years and over $1 billion-plus of research and development. Not content to let its former sister brand have an edge, Rolls-Royce is following suit with its own exclusive off-roader, called the Cullinan. Seen here in disguised test mule form, the rock-crawling Roller is on it’s way soon.
Estimated Arrival:Late 2018 or early 2019
1Porsche Mission E Concept EV
Our top pick and coolest car set to released by 2020 is the Porsche Mission E Concept EV. It’s a 600-hp, all-wheel-drive, all-electric sedan that’s a definite competitor to Tesla’s Model S. The Mission E will be Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, which not long ago they claimed electric power-trains lacked performance and was unable to meet their customers expectations.
Porsche is expecting it’s Mission E to have a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds. They also claim that the Mission E will be equipped with an 800 volt charging system able to charge in under 30 minutes. Porshce CEO Oliver Blume, now sees Electric Vehicles reaching 50% of it’s total production as soon as 2023.