The hottest high-end sports cars for 2019
They may be virtually unattainable, but we can still dream, can’t we?
Despite the swelling ranks of ultra-luxury crossover SUVs, including some rip-roaring sports-minded models, automakers aren’t abandoning their highestprofile performance-minded passenger cars. Red-hot sports cars remain the rides of choice among affluent motorists feeding a need for speed, with several new or reimagined models debuting for 2019.
With low production volume and sky-high sticker prices, not only will most of us never be able to drive one of these supercars, few will ever see them out on the open road. And at that, if you do see one, it will probably either be parked in front of the swankiest restaurant in town, or speeding past you in a blur.
Here’s the models auto enthusiasts will most likely be drooling over for 2019:
• Aston Martin DBS
Superleggera. Gorgeously styled with fluidly flowing bodywork crafted from carbon fiber, the new DBS Superleggera sports coupe packs a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine with 715 horsepower that can launch the car to 62 mph in a sudden 3.4 seconds and hit a terrifying top speed of 211 mph. Riding on 21-inch rims and Pirelli P-Zero performance tires, and with assorted performanceenhancing systems at hand, the car is engineered to hug the corners as tightly as a toddler clutching a teddy bear. Base price: $304,995.
• Bentley Continental GT.
The third generation of Bentley’s sporty and stately Continental GT coupe continues its familiar long-hooded appearance, and comes propelled by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that’s like a pair of conjoined V6s. With 626 horsepower, it pushes the GT’s hefty curb weight along at a rapid clip — 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a warp-drive top speed of 207 mph. An electronically controlled suspension balances ride comfort and energetic handling abilities via selectable driving modes. As one would expect, the four-seat coupe’s interior is over-the-top posh and plush. Base price: $220,000 (estimated).
• BMW M850i xDrive.
BMW brings back the 8 Series coupe after a 20-year hiatus as an appropriately long, wide, and low slung ride. It packs a punch with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter 530-horsepower V8 engine that enables a leap to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. All-wheel drive and a self-parking function come standard, with an adaptive racing-inspired suspension among its performanceminded options. A purposeful interior features sport seats trimmed in Merino Individual leather with contrast stitching. Base price: $111,900.
• Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Chevrolet brings back the famed ZR1 for 2019 as a bona fide Ferrari fighter. Coming in both coupe and convertible models, a new dual-fuelinjected supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine channels a speedy 755 horsepower to the rear wheels via either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. A carbonfiber “halo” hood is open in the middle to accommodate the supercharger/intercooler assembly. An optional Track Performance Package includes
a massive adjustable high-wing spoiler and added performance enhancements. Base price: $119,995.
• Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
Four-Door Coupe. Aimed squarely at the Porsche Panamera, this new four-door fastback comes wrapped in muscular styling, and is roomy enough inside to serve
as a daily driver. A choice of engines includes an in-line six-cylinder engine with 429 horsepower, or either of two bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8s with 577 or 630 horses; the latter can reach 60 mph in a scenery-blurring 3.1 seconds.
The V8 models include active rear axle steering (for added agility and stability. What’s more, the car can be fitted with Mercedes’ “Energizing” Comfort” system that adjusts various vehicle functions to relax or refresh the driver and passengers according to predefined programs. Base price: $120,000 (estimated).
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera