There are few possessions a gentleman covets as much as his car – that singular creation where perfectly-formed aesthetic meets on-the-ground practicality, continually elevating the easily-mundane act of driving.
Luckily for us, there are always plenty of game-changing vehicles just around the corner. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Sunday drive, or just something to impress the valet, these are the incoming cars we can’t wait to see hit the road.
Land Rover Defender
It’s been a long while coming, but the successor to Land Rover’s iconic off-roader is soon to be yours. Again using a lightweight aluminium architecture for easier handling, the new Defender should please its core fanbase while drawing new audiences to its off-road mastery.
Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV
A luxury-carmaker like Rolls Royce seems like the last company you’d imagine making a rugged SUV. Those looking for a stylish alternative to the Range Rovers out there, however, could do worse than this high-end, all-terrain powerhouse.
Out of the ashes of the 1991 Griffith, comes TVR’s first new sports car in a decade. Geared towards performance, this aerodynamic two-seater will shift 0-60mph in under four seconds, with top speeds of over 200mph. A classic silhouette is quietly tweaked for thoughtful design choices – side exit exhausts, keyless ignition, and a double bubble roof – that will make sure it stands out from the crowd.
Lotus Evora GT430
The Lotus range achieves supercar status with the GT430, boasting a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine and incredible speeds, aided by its strong-but-light carbon-fibre body. An alternative GT430 Sports is also on offer for those wanting to ditch the rear wing and sit in the fastest road-going Lotus yet. With only 60 built for global markets, though, good luck getting your hands on one.
Aston Martin DBX
Ok, it’s technically 2019 for this one, but the GJ office is buzzing to see the DBX in action. Aston Martin, a brand best-known for supplying James Bond, is branching into a more spacious four-seater SUV. Combining the best of all-electric and all-wheel drive, it promises to be both family-friendly and environmentally-conscious – there are even solar panels to power the aircon in more sweltering climates.
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