The hottest high-end sports cars for 2019

They may be vir­tu­ally unattain­able, but we can still dream, can’t we?

The Mercury News - - Drive - By Jim Gorze­lany

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

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