2018 can't come fast enough for some of these models.
2017 was chock full of amazing cars that will make it a year to remember in the auto industry. Time moves on however, and we wanted to take a look at the cars we think will be making headlines in 2018. All of these cars have recently been revealed, and we hope to have a chance to drive some or all of them in the future. We kept the list to cars that have already been revealed, so cars like the McLaren BP23, which do not have any semblance of a launch date, were excluded from the list, as were sold-out models like the McLaren Senna.
This car is one that we saw coming from a mile away, yet still managed to impress us. The Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful model on the list, with a 6.2-liter 755-hp supercharged V8. We think that this Corvette has the potential to dethrone the Porsche 911 GT2 RS as the production car lap record holder at the Nurburgring. Even if the McLaren Senna comes along and bests the Corvette, this would still be an impressive feat. The Z06's biggest issue was overheating on track, so we can't wait to drive the ZR1 to see if Chevrolet has fixed the car's cooling issues.
The second most powerful car is surprisingly an SUV. But the Lamborghini Urus is no ordinary SUV. Lamborghini claims that the Urus is the world's first Super Sport Utility Vehicle (SSUV) thanks to its 650-hp twin-turbo V8. However, the Urus doesn't really have the SSUV category all to itself. There are other incredibly fast SUVs on the market, but the Urus can distinguish itself by being the best on track and offering a unique driving experience that rivals real supercars.
We are desperate to have a go in the all-new Polestar 1, because it is so radically different from anything that Volvo has built in the past. Polestar is now its own brand, and its first model will be a 600-hp hybrid sports coupe based on a shortened version of the S90 platform. Just judging by the styling of the Polestar 1, we'd guess that it's built more for highway cruising than track use. This could be a nice alternative to cars like the Lexus LC500 and Mercedes S-Class Coupe and we can't wait to test it out.
The new Aston Martin Vantage has taken a page from the DB11's playbook, and borrowed a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes-AMG. This makes it very close to another sports coupe that is already on the market, the AMG GT. We'll be interested to see if Aston Martin was able to infuse the new Vantage with its own unique character that justifies the price difference over the AMG. One area where the Vantage has already made itself unique is by offering a manual transmission. Sadly, this transmission was strangely absent from the car's launch, but we will be looking forward to driving the new Vantage with three pedals and a lever for changing gears.
The final car on our list is also the most easily attainable. Ever since the Genesis brand has been separated from Hyundai, it has soldiered on by selling essentially rebadged and facelifted versions of the Hyundai Genesis and Equus. The G80 and G90 are nice cars, but it will be nice to finally drive a Genesis product that is completely bespoke. The new G70 will be Genesis' answer to the BMW 3 Series, and we think that it looks great. The car will basically be a shortened version of the Kia Stinger, which is a car that we love. The most powerful version will come with a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, which should make it a worthy adversary to the 3 Series.