Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder
Just like in Formula One, supercar manufacturers don’t make all-new cars every year, that would be too expensive and wasteful of the R&D spend that had gone into the original. Nope, every so often they refine, alter, trim the fat, add power, and make it quicker – the truest sense of evolution. Like the Lamborghini Huracan that now gets a drop-top Spyder version of the hardcore EVO introduced earlier in the year. It’s still a brute with 470 kW from a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 that spins to 8000 rpm but now there’s a new ECU control unit for the four-wheel-drive system with clever torque vectoring and rear-wheel steer. Those electronic gizmos, and the fact that with all those ducts and wings it has five times more downforce than a regular Huracan Spyder, should ensure unsurpassed agility.
2022 – Huracan replacement due
Maserati Levante Trofeo
A lot of manufacturers talk about sports SUVs, but this is one we can get behind. The regular Levante, by and large, is a pedestrian thing that does nothing better than any of the umpteen luxury SUVs already sold on planet Earth. This though, has a full-fat 3.8-litre Ferrari V8 behind its stubby overhangs and will do 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and exceed 300 km/h. Just don’t try that on gravel with those 22-inch rims, alright!
440 – Fiery Italian kilowatts
Audi R8 Decennium
Ingolstadt celebrates ten years of its sonorous V10-powered supercar with the V10 Decennium. It is a limited edition with only 222 units making it to production. The 5.2-litre FSI is rated for 456 kW and 580 Nm, by contrast, the original R8 V10 was good for 386 kW. The Decennium has a unique aesthetic available in an exclusive matte-effect Daytona Grey paintwork with contrasting milled 20-inch wheels finished in matte bronze. Other exterior details such as the rear diffuser are finished in gloss black. To really get your inner nine year old in a tizz the visible engine intake manifolds are covered in the same matte bronze colour scheme as the wheels. Although we know the origins of the R8’s heart we assure you that no mention of Lamborghini was made in the press material.
1-6-5-10-2-7-3-8-4-9 – This unique cylinder firing sequence creates the R8’s haunting yowl
Ginetta is a British racing car manufacturer and this is their idea of a road-going supercar. Developed from the ground up the Ginetta Akula is a thoroughbred mid-engined lunatic. A carbon fibre monocoque chassis, as well as carbon fibre bodywork, ensures this beast weighs only 1 150 kg. Propelling this lightweight construction is a Ginetta’s own 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. It produces 447 kW and 700 Nm. All this trust is sent through a six-speed sequential gearbox and a limited-slip differential to the rear wheels. Keeping the Akula under control is an aggressive LMP-inspired aero kit claimed to produce 376 kg of downforce at 160 km/h whereas large carbon ceramic brakes provide stopping power. It’s not all racer though, auto-lights, a reversing camera, touchscreen infotainment and wireless charging is included too.
1 150 kg – That’s less than a VW Polo
Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept
It should come as no surprise to JDM fans that the latest Toyota Supra was developed in part in the Gran Turismo Sport video game. You could drive the car in the virtual world long before its rubber even hit the bitumen, and many early Toyota in-house presentations and demos were in fact done by Polyphony Digital, the company behind the successful sim racing franchise. To keep the Supra buzz rolling, there’s this Gazoo Racing GT4 Concept. It’s not a real car as yet but it is likely to foreshadow a future customer racing program. If you’re interested, make yourself heard, because Toyota is evaluating interest in such an endeavor before it puts money behind it.
50:50 – Supra’s perfect weight distribution
Jaguar XE facelift
Nipped and tucked to take the fight to the impressive all-new BMW 3 Series the Jaguar XE facelift should land in South Africa in the second half of 2019. Key changes include sleeker exterior styling, a luxury-focused interior, new infotainment technology and a fresh entry-level specification promising better value. The XE range gains full-LED headlamps and taillamps as well as revised bumper designs. For the interior, a 12.3-inch dual-screen capacitive infotainment centre called the Touch Pro Duo system is fitted. That is similar to the one found in the stellar Jaguar I-Pace. Expect both 184 kW and 221 kW turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engines available at launch in S, SE and HSE guises along with an R-Dynamic optional package. Imported from the UK fingers crossed that pricing is competitive.
75% – Of the bodywork is made of lightweight aluminium
Volkswagen T-Roc R
Whoever drove a sensible Volksie SUV and thought to themselves, yes fine; but this would be better with the Golf R’s 228 kW, 4Motion and seven-speed DSG!? Someone at Wolfsburg, that’s who, and that’s what the firm has gone and done, giving us the first fully fledged R performance SUV. To legitimise its performance credentials, Volkswagen has been thrashing it around the infamous Nurburgring, presumably sniffing a crossover SUV lap record of some sort. We don’t know the official lap time just yet, but we bet it’ll go and stick to the tarmac like a limpet mine.
4.9 sec – 0-100 km/h sprint time
McLaren Senna GTR
The McLaren Senna is easily one of the most outrageous road-going supercars of the moment and in order to make it even faster and sharper McLaren has developed a track only GTR version. Not having to conform to regulations pertaining to pedestrian safety and noise regulations imposed on road-legal cars the Senna GTR is a full-fat racing machine. The GTR builds on the road cars package sharing the Monocage III-R chassis yet with more carbon fibre components. This sees a weight reduction of 10 kg. The same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 is put to work here seeing a bump in 19 kW over the standard car producing a total of 607 kW and 800 Nm. More significant changes are found on the GTR’s aero package where 200kg’s of additional downforce is available at 250 km/h glueing the racer to the ground. Drivers should be prepared to pull some serious G’s in the corners.
75 – Units produced for a select few