The Chiron Pur Sang Sport is a Chiron built for keen drivers. The 8-litre W16 quad-turbo engine still puts out 1,479hp but the car now has more downforce thanks to a larger front splitter, a wider rear diffuser, and a humongous fixed rear wing. The rear wing is 1.9 metres wide – that's wider than an Audi A3. To aid it in the bends, the springs are stiffened and weight has been reduced thanks to the use of many titanium components. The exhaust is interesting because it's titanium and 3D-printed. Price is a staggering €3.2 million.
This is possibly the wackiest car announced yesterday. It’s the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar and it’s a roofless two-seat grand tourer with a twin-turbo W12 engine that develops 650hp and 905nm. It comes with massive 22-inch wheels and the wood trim in the cabin comes from super-rare 5,000-year-old Riverwood. It’s a showcase for Mulliner, Bentley’s special division that creates custom and limited-edition cars for its wealthiest customers. Only 12 will be made and each costs around US$2 million. Naturally, all are sold out.
This is the McLaren 765LT, a more powerful and lighter version of the 720S. Its 4-litre twin-turbo V8 now produces 765hp (45hp more) and the car weighs 80kg less than a standard 720S. Weight is saved by using carbon fibre body panels and seats, forged wheels, titanium wheel nuts, and thinner glass. 0-100km/h takes just 2.8s and 0-200km/h happens in just 7.2s. Crucially, that’s faster than a Ferrari 488 Pista. It also has four central tailpipes, which is also more than the Pista.
Let's get back down to earth a little. This is the latest Porsche 911 Turbo S. While the last generation car launched with 552hp, this car launches with 641hp. And with its all-wheel-drive system, this means the car will launch from 0-100km/h in just 2.7s and 0-200km/h in just 8.9s. Top speed is a very adequate 330km/h. To keep everything under control, it has a larger rear wing, front spoilers that deploy pneumatically, rear-wheel steering, and handy carbon-ceramic brakes.
Next, we have the first of two Koenigseggs. This is the Jesko Absolut and it will be the company’s fastest car ever. Company founder Christian von Koenigsegg says the company will exit the speed game and not make a faster series-production road car ever. Power will come from a twin-turbo V8 that will produce 1,600hp, at minimum, with E85 fuel. The company hasn’t shared any speed numbers yet but said that simulations show it will be “unbelievably fast.” If this is true, this means it will eclipse the 490km/h record set by the Chiron last year. Let the speed wars begin.
The Koenigsegg Gemera is the company’s take on a 4-door super-saloon. The company says its a “Mega GT” and Gemera has two large scissors door, wireless chargers, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi, an 11-speaker sound system, and bonkers performance. It’s a hybrid. Three electric motors produce 1,100hp and a 3-cylinder, bi-turbo 2-litre engine –nicknamed Tiny Friendly Giant – produces another 600hp. In total, the Gemera has 1,700hp and – wait for it – 3,500nm of torque, enough to launch the car from a standstill to 100km/in in just 1.9s. Top speed is over 400km/h. Gasp.
This is the BMW i4 Concept and it’s a concept version – a teaser – of the all-electric i4 that will go on sale next year. It has BMW’s “generation 5” electrical system and a single rear electric motor that produces 530hp in full-performance mode. 0-100km/h happens in around 4s and the 80kWh capacity battery has a range of about 600km. Presumably there will be less powerful versions that will offer even more range. So, which would you rather? This or a Tesla Model 3?
Fans of Alfa Romeo probably have watery eyes now. The new Giulia GTA is a hardcore version of the already pretty bonkers Giulia Quadrifoglio. Its 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 now puts out 532hp and the front and rear track has been increased by a whopping 50mm. The Giulia GTA is about 100kg lighter too, thanks to a carbon fibre bonnet, roof, front bumper, and sports seat. 0-100km/h takes just 3.6 seconds. Only 500 will be made so not only is the Giulia GTA fast, it’s also exclusive.
The Morgan Plus Four is refreshing. In a world of big horsepower and ridiculous 0-100km/h times, the Morgan Plus Four only concerns itself with the joy of driving. It may look like a relic but it’s a modern thing. The chassis is aluminium (previous Morgans were made out of wood) and it has a turbocharged 2-litre four-pot plucked out of a BMW. Power is very adequate 255hp and 400nm, which is enough to get it from 0-100km/h in 4.8s. Many cars are quicker but I doubt few will be as fun to drive.
It seems like what the top 1% of the world really wants is hypercars because a new one seems to be announced every month. This is the Czinger 12C and it’s notable because large parts of the car are 3D printed, including most of the chassis, the suspension, and dashboard. It has a perfect 1:1 power ratio. The entire car is weighs just 1,218kg and the hybrid powertrain features electric motors and a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V8 that produces a total of 1,233hp.
This odd-looking contraception is the latest BAC Mono. It’s a track monster that’s designed to be road-legal as well (at least in the UK). It’s more of everything – more powerful, more efficient, and crucially, lighter. Weight is now just 570kg and with its turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder producing 332hp, this means it has a power to weight ratio greater than that of a Veyron or F1. It also means 0-100km/h is over in just 2.7s.
It seems the top 1% really like their cars with no windscreens and roofs. This is the Aston Martin V12 Speedster and it leaves its occupants bare to the elements. Though it may not have a windscreen or roof, it does have a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 that produces 691hp and 750nm. 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 300km/h means it’s a more than adequate replacement for your hairdryer. It costs US$985,000 and only 88 will be made. And for once, they aren’t sold out. Hurry! What are you waiting for?