10 Upcoming Cars That Prove Manufacturers Still Build Cars For Gearheads

The next few years are promising to be exciting for the automotive industry. The car world is undergoing a revolution as battery technology continues improving. It’s no surprise almost every automaker is working on hybrids or electric cars. Nonetheless, gas-driven cars are still as popular as ever, with new models rolling out frequently. SUV’s popularity still is rising and accounts for some of the most exciting models in 2022. Ferrari has embraced this wave with the new Purosangue SUV.

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Some models in this list were set to be released in 2021 before the world faced microchip shortage, supply chain disruptions and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Manufacturers rescheduled their release dates to 2022 and 2023. We have compiled some of the best metal expected to hit the streets over the next months and beyond. Here are the 10 upcoming cars that prove manufacturers still build cars for gearheads.

10 2022 Ferrari Purosangue

Ferrari is finally backtracking on its own words; it promised to never follow every automaker’s footstep in making an SUV. The Italian firm declined the SUV name claiming the Purosangue is an FUV (Ferrari Utility Vehicle) but we all know it’s an SUV.

Regardless, the Purosangue is a beauty. Meant to go against other marques like Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentyaga and Lamborghini Urus, this SUV will feature a V12 engine (judging by the engine sound). A V8 option can’t be ruled out due to the tightening emission regulations. Brace yourself as we wait for Ferrari’s first-ever SUV.

9 Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin plans to ditch combustion engines and go electric with the 2024 Valhalla. The Valhalla is a Formula One-inspired road-going car featuring carbon-fiber parts and a double-wishbone pushrod suspension. Currently, it’s powered by an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a plug-in-hybrid system, which combine to generate 937 hp.

The PHEV powertrain can propel the Aston Martin Valhalla to a top speed of 217mph and would take 2.5 seconds to sprint from 0-60mph. Few hypercars will be as heavenly as the Valhalla, as it can tackle the track and the streets without breaking a sweat.

8 2023 Acura Integra

It’s been more than two decades since the Integra left the US market in 2001. It’s finally making a comeback in 2022 as a 2023 model, replacing the Acura ILX. The car is based on the 2022 Civic Si but in a slightly upscaled package.

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The Integra shares the Civic’s turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, producing 200hp and 192lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. An optional CVT is available on the top-trim Integra – a feature not available in the Civic Si. The downside? A three-door version is not available this time.

7 2022 BMW i4

As the world moves towards carbon-neutral energy, BMW is joining the party with this 2022 BMW i4. While there are other EVs from the Bavarian automaker, this is the real answer to the already popular Tesla Model 3. The product version is yet to be released, but the concept car was unveiled in 2020.

Fitted with two electric motors on each axle, the i4 will whip 536hp and 586lb-ft of torque. The battery pack lies beneath the seats, bringing down the car’s center of gravity. The i4 M450 travel range is an estimated 245 miles on a full charge. If that’s not enough, BMW offers a base model i4 eDrive40 that covers 300 miles on a single electric motor rated at 335hp.

6 2023 Nissan Z

Another icon returning to the US market in 2022 is this Nissan Z. It borrows design cues from almost every other Z-car generation to come up with a sleek, long nosed-profile like that of the original 240Z.

Nicknamed the Z35, it shares the same platform with the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged V6 mill sending 400hp to the rear wheels via a standard six-speed manual transmission – an optional nine-speed automatic transmission is available. Nissan will be offering a Sport, Performance and a limited-production Z Proto model.

5 INEOS Grenadier 4X4 Offroader

After 67 successful production years of the original Defender, Land Rover culled the rugged 4×4 and re-invented it with a more on-road-focused SUV. This left the Suzuki Jimny, LC 70 series and Jeep Wrangler as the only live-axled 4x4s. This didn’t go well with many enthusiasts of the serious off-road Defender.

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Ineos Automotive capitalized on this gap and unveiled the 2022 Grenadier that picks up where the rugged old Defender left. It resembles the iconic Brit in every aspect except that it’s powered by a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter straight-six engine making a respectable 250hp and 369lb-ft of mud-plugging torque. Production is expected to commence in July 2022.

4 2023 Honda Civic Type R

Honda announced the next-gen model of the Civic Type R when they revealed photos of a camouflaged prototype. Unlike the previous over-styled models, the 2023 model is more reserved, but it retains its exciting drive. The Type R is set to make its debut in June.

This 2023 model continues with the q 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s more powerful than the current model. The engine makes 306hp and 295lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Honda claims it will be the fastest Type R ever, as it already broke the record of the fastest front-wheel-drive at the Suzuka Circuit.

3 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin prepares to terminate the pure internal combustion engine as the automaker moves towards EVs. The V12 Vantage is going out in style as it’s the last of its line. The powerful 5.2-liter V12 engine will be squeezed into a more petite Vantage body, making it the most powerful Vantage.

Based on the Aston Martin DBS, the powerful mill is expected to deliver 690hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and together they propel the Vantage from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200 mph. With only 333 units coming out of the factory, the spine-tingling soundtrack is about to become a classic.

2 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Toyota introduces the first Corolla in the US, infused with Gazoo Racings’ DNA. This upcoming 2023 GR Corolla serves as an apology to Americans for not getting the rally-inspired GR-Yaris. It comes as no surprise that the GR Corolla is based on the GR-Yaris, including a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine.

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The GR Corolla’s engine pushes 300hp and 273lb-ft of torque to all wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. With an aggressive front grille, vents, rear diffuser, and flared fenders, the GR Corolla won’t need to fight for attention once it hits the American roads in 2022.

1 Tesla Roadster

When the first-generation Tesla Roadster burst onto the scene in 2010, it put the all-electric car manufacturer on the map as the best EV manufacturer. Several years down the line, Tesla unveiled the second-generation Roadster in 2017. Production is set to begin in 2023, with reservations still open

A tri-motor will drive the Roadster. Tesla claims it can accelerate from 0-60mph in a neck-snapping 1.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of over 250 mph, making it the fastest production car. The numbers are yet to be verified outside Elon Musk’s warehouse, but Tesla cars have proved to outrun other supercars.

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