There is nothing better than checking out what your favorite car brands are getting up to in 2021. It is certainly turning out to be quite an exciting year when it comes to new releases, with Toyota, Nissan and Chevrolet all bringing their A-game. Luckily, the days in which we were kept in the dark about the latest in sports cars are long behind us. Thanks to various renderings, spy shots, rumors, and new model leaks, we don’t have to wait for official news from the manufacturers to find out everything we want to know about our favorite performance vehicles that are still in progress.
Thanks to technological advancements and manufacturers getting more and more creative with their designs, every year gets a lot more exciting when it comes to unveiling the latest and greatest in sports cars.
I know, Tesla is still not available in South Africa, however, they have promised us a dealership soon. So, let us take a look at the latest sports model they have to offer. Plans for this Roadster started all the way back in 2017BC (before covid19) and should be available sometime in 2021. Tesla has boasted about the amazing performance of the Roadster, suggesting that it goes from 0 – 60 in 1.9 seconds and will have a top speed that clocks just over 400km per hour, very impressive.
- Fiat 124 Spider
While I have never really known anyone to drool over a Fiat sports car, the 2021 updated 124 Spider may just change that. She has a gorgeous, classy design that one expects from a high-performance Italian roadster and she is also available as a convertible so you can drop the top and enjoy those warm summer evenings.
Even though it features a Mazda Miata- X’s underpinning, it does have a few special components of its own. The suspension tuning, engine and transmission are all the Fiats very own. According to Fiat, this will also be one of the most affordable sports cars on the market.
- Mazda MX5 Miata
The MX5 Miata is an icon its own right, the 2021 version will be perfect for track days and zipping through sun drenched city streets. Its 4-cylinder engine ensures that it has enough power to make it thrilling and its chassis is perfectly balanced for sticking to those tight corners. She comes as a standard, or soft-top convertible with a luxurious red upholstery to complement her pearl white paint job.
- Toyota 86
The 2021 Toyota 86 update was confirmed in September 2019 and we have been patiently waiting ever since. The 86 has enjoyed well deserved popularity and is still one of the most consumer-friendly sports cars in the industry. Rumors have suggested that the 2021 model will have higher torque of roughly 156 lbs.-ft and a much sleeker design. Besides that, the 86 is not expected to be receiving too many tweaks and buyers can prepare for its launch which is supposed to be somewhere in March 2021.
- G22 BMW 4 Series
The 2021 BMW 4 Series comes in a radical new design which features the Munich based company’s controversial grille. This is no doubt an attempt to break any relation to the sedan 3 Series and apparently the Chinese market loves the oversized kidney grille. The M440i will be the top of the range model for this car, it comes with mild-hybrid technology and a 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder engine with 275 kW and 500 Nm of torque.
- Porsche 718 Boxer
Porsche is and always has been a forerunner when it comes to producing our favorite sports cars and all of the 2021, 718 models will gain a few new and exciting additional features. The company will also be making its seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission widely available across the entire line up. This unfortunately puts an end to the exclusivity of the GTS 4.0 trim levels as well as the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4.
- Chevrolet Corvette
The 2021 Chevy Corvette is expected to go on sale in the last quarter of the year. This is great news since the 2020 Corvette is completely sold out. The latest model comes in a range of new interior and exterior colors as well as standard Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The biggest news from Chevrolet is that the amazing Magnetic Ride Control dampers can now be ordered independently of the Z51 Performance Package.
- Jaguar F-TYPE
The 2021 update of the Jaguar F-TYPE is certainly a sleeker more sculpted take on the current version. While Jaguar may ooze class and sophistication, the new F-TYPE is definitely not conservative under the hood. This beauty comes as a Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, supercharged or a 5.0-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission with options in rear or all-wheel drive.
- Toyota Supra
Everyone has been talking about the new 2021 Supra, its wild design and nostalgia is what makes it especially unique when compared with other entry level sports cars. Toyota has packed the new model with a lot of new stuff, including a new entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder version and a juiced-up, more powerful turbo six. Toyota claims a 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds for the four-cylinder and 3.9 seconds for the updated 2021 Supra six.
- Nissan 400Z
Our pic for the most exciting new sports car. Nissan’s new Z car will be the 7th generation in an iconic line that stretches all the way back to the Nissan Fairlady Z in 1969. The new design is a perfect mix of modern meets retro and the engine packs a huge punch with its entry level that begins with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit that generates 300 hp and 295 lb.-ft of torque. However, rumor does suggest that the 400Z will live up to its name by Nissan going straight for the 400-hp version of the twin-turbo V6 that is currently only available in the Red Sport badged Q50 and Q60 models.
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