Want to do 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds, and feel like you’re Lewis Hamilton every time you head to the shops for milk? Well, both Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG think they have the car for you in 2019 – but you’ll just need a lazy $4 million.
Or maybe the petrol-free world of electric propulsion is your ideal automotive chariot… or a car that’ll drive from home to work without you lifting a finger… or perhaps your personal automotive tastes extend to a car that’ll hold conversations with you?
Whatever you want, car companies are clambering over each other to give you the car of your dreams, and they’re all coming to Australia in 2019. Hold on tight, because the pace of automotive evolution is about to go stratospheric, if our top ten dream machines coming in 2019 is anything to go by.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston usurps the turbo trend with a monstrous race car for the road
Price: $4 million
Due: December 2019
This is one outrageous rig, featuring arguably the most powerful naturally aspirated road-going engine ever built. The Valkyrie is being manufactured in conjunction with Red Bull Technologies – legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey penned its sensuous form – while its monster 6.5-litre V12 motor was designed in conjunction with legendary British engine builders Cosworth. Early mail suggests it’ll boot out north of 820kW. Ulp.
With its gullwing doors, carbonfibre everything, and a hybrid power system to go along with that engine, the $4 million price tag should be no surprise. And if you’re thinking of snapping a couple up, too late – all 150 road and 25 track version slated for production have been claimed.
Audi builds an electrified offensive against strong German competition with its first hybrid SUV
Rivals: Mercedes-Benz GLE500e, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, Volvo XC90 T8
Due date: January 2019
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Using the Audi Q7’s 3.0-litre V6 synced to an electric motor fed by a plug-in chargable 17.3kWh battery, the new Q7 e-tron large SUV has a pure electric range of up to 56km and a combined fuel efficiency of just 1.9L/100km. Beyond the plug-in hybrid system, the Q7 e-tron shares the same specification as the Q7 3.0 TDI quattro, and includes the same driver assistance and safety systems of the entire range.
BMW’s revenant sportscar looks as wild and svelte as the concept that previewed the production version
Price: $75,000-$130,000 (est)
Due: March 2019
At long, long last, the new BMW Z4 will land in 2019. Lighter and simpler than the outgoing version thanks to a fabric roof, the Z4 is designed to chase cars like the Porsche Boxster and Alpine A110. Of course, it also shares its architecture with the forthcoming Toyota Supra.
No specifics on pricing yet, but it looks like there will be three models on offer; an sDrive20i, sDrive30i (just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) and the most potent M40i.
Power will be sent to the rear wheels, and the two sDrive cars will get a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. The M40i, meanwhile, will score a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-potter making a healthy 250kW and 500Nm.
Ferrari 488 Pista
Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 road scythe gets a crash diet and more power for the track
Due: December 2019
Should be called the Pista resistance… for this is the defining light of Ferrari’s V8 prowess. Packing 530kW and 770Nm in a lighter, more aerodynamic form, the Ferrari 488 Pista is a trackday toy like few others – though we’d love to see how it fares against Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS…
Pricing falls under the ‘if you have to ask…’ category, but since you asked, it’ll cost near enough to $650,000… And that’s before the average $65,000 that Ferrari owners add to their new cars in options.
Long-rumoured Wrangler-based pick-up finally confirmed with badass name.
Price $60,000 (estimated)
Rivals: Ram 1500, Ford Ranger Wildtrak, Mercedes X-Class
Due date: Late 2019
Details are light on the ground at the time of writing but Jeep’s late offering in the one-tonne market will bring a more style-focused option in a carpark occupied by many forgettable designs. What is known is that the Gladiator will be mechanically almost identical to the all-new Wrangler, which is known for its go-anywhere capability. Expect Jeep’s first ute in years to be an authority when the paved road ends.
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Kia’s first all-electric crossover promises a 600km urban range between charges.
Price range: From $55,000 (estimated)
Due date: November 2019
Rivals: Hyundai Kona Electric, Nissan Leaf
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Kia Australia has all but confirmed its Sportage-sized e-Niro will arrive toward the end of 2019, boasting a range between charges of up to 615km that will leave more expensive European models such as the Jaguar i-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC in its wake.
The e-Niro will also feature independent rear suspension, advanced regenerative braking technology, battery heating for cold climates, LED lighting inside and out, a 451-litre cargo area and Kia’s seven-year warranty.
Lambo’s SUV foray knocks Bentley’s Bentayga from the top sport as most powerful in class
Rivals: Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin DBX
Due: January 2019
What do you get when you blend the best elements from some of the world’s most premium brands and whack it underneath a body that a Hot Wheels designer couldn’t have dreamed up? The Lamborghini Urus.
The five-door, five-seat Urus uses a Porsche-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that produces 478kW and 850Nm, powering an all-wheel-drive system with the ability to send up to 87 per cent of drive to the rear end.
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It’s backed by a traditional eight-speed automatic transmission, which forms part of a multiple drive mode system that includes Strada, Sport and Corsa road modes as well as Terra (land), Neve (snow) and Sabbia (sand) settings. There’s also an Ego mode that allows for a mix of personalised settings.
The Urus uses components and tech found in cars like the Bentayga, Cayenne and Q7. It’ll do 0-100km/h in about 2.5 seconds, and its ten-piston brakes are the biggest ever fitted to any production car ever. Wow.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
Manic Formula One-engined hypercar threatens every road car record in the book
Price: $4m (estimated)
Rivals: Aston Martin Valkyrie, McLaren Senna, Ferrari La Ferrari, Koenigsegg Agera RS, Pagani Huayra BC
When a car company says it’s built a race car for the road, it’s probably stretching the truth. In the case of Mercedes-AMG, however, it is the truth. Under the outlandish carbon skin of the Project One lies the complex, cutting edge heart of the same car that took Brit Lewis Hamilton to the 2017 and 2018 F1 World Championships.
It’s got a projected 0-100km/h time of just 2.5 seconds, courtesy of a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine teamed with four electric motors, and it’s making a neat one thousand horsepower (745kW). And its limited top speed is a measly 350km/h. Pricing is expected to be in the A$4 million bracket – though it’s rumoured that all 275 are already sold out. We’d bet that ardent Merc collector Lindsey Fox might be near the front of the queue.
The car that surfaced as the dizzyingly gorgeous Mission E concept rolls out in production form
Price: $240,000 (estimated)
Rivals: Tesla Model S, Porsche Panamera
Due: Dec 2019
Long shot for 2019, this one, but Porsche is pushing hard with the development of its Taycan electric sedan. It runs on an all-wheel drive system driven by a twin-motor setup. The motors are permanent magnet synchronous, and the system is based on the one developed for the 918 Hybrid.
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A 160kW/300Nm motor drives the massive 21-inch front wheels, while either a 240kW/340Nm or 320kW/550Nm motor will drive the even bigger 22-inch rears, depending on your spec.
Porsche is already claiming a 0-100km/h sprint of 3.4 seconds, with a top speed limited to 250km/h… and what it says is usually true or understated even. Add to that a 500km claimed range on the larger 95kWh battery, and 800-volt charging that can give you 400km of range in 20 minutes (or 100km in four)… where do we sign up?
The iconic Supra returns rolling on oily bits shared with BMW’s Z4
Price: $70,000 (estimated)
Due: Late 2019
Seven years… that’s how long it’s been since Toyota first hinted that it might revisit the notion of a medium-sized sports coupe. Now, after a long and fruitful collaboration with BMW, the Supra is finally on the horizon (and maybe as soon as the Detroit Motor Show in January).
Stats are virtually non-existent on the internally coded A90 Supra, but figure on outputs of around 250kW and 450Nm, as well as an estimate weight of around 1500kg, a short wheelbase and wide front and rear track widths.
It’ll stay true to the notion of a rear-wheel-driven, six-cylinder petrol-powered two-door, though it may well forgo a manual gearbox (It will have a ZF/BMW eight-speeder and a BMW limited slip diff). It’ll sit above the 86 in both size and price; we guess (hope?) that Toyota won’t make the Supra too premium at the base.