Billed as the baby-CLS, the new CLA is based on the latest Mercedes A-Class. It is part of the manufacturer’s new small-car family and will cost from around £24,000 when it arrives this year. Its sleek body and flowing lines are striking, while its aerodynamic profile has the lowest drag coefficient of any car on sale.
The new Skoda Octavia has already impressed on its road-test debut, narrowly missing out on victory to the well-rounded VW Golf. So the thought of a high-power vRS version is certainly something to set the pulse racing. It’s expected to get an extra 20bhp and cost from £22,000 when it goes on sale in July.
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe arrives this year, and will get the same 552bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 as the M6 Coupe and Convertible. It’ll beat the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG to 62mph – covering the sprint in just 4.2 seconds. However, with a list price near to £100,000, the M6 GC is sure to remain an exclusive sight on UK roads.
Alfa Romeo has been penning a Porsche Cayman rival for years. We’ve seen teasers, spy shots and concept cars but the Italian carmaker has finally revealed details on its Lotus-fighting coupe. The strict-two seater should get around 275bhp and cost from £40,000 when it goes on sale in the summer.
If you felt like the standard Mercedes SLS AMG wasn’t quite quick enough, then you’re in luck. The SLS AMG Black Series gets an extra 59bhp and is 70kg lighter than the base car and manages to hit 62mph in 3.6 seconds. However, less weight doesn’t mean less cost, and we expect prices to start at around £300,000.
Along with the super light, super fast SLS AMG Black, Mercedes is set to release an all-electric SLS – with 730bhp and four-wheel drive. It’ll only be available in left-hand drive, and could cost even more than the £300,000 SLS Black.
2013 is set to be a special year for hypercars. Along with the hybrid-powered McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari is set to launch its all-new Enzo successor. There’s currently very few details but we expect the 7.3-litre V12 hybrid to produce more than 900bhp for a 0-62mph of less than three seconds.
The estate version of the Toyota Auris will debut in the summer, and is set to rival the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia estates. It’ll be built in the UK and should offer all the same engine and trim combinations at the hatch. That means a variety of petrol and diesel motors as well as eco-friendly hybrid.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo arrived in 2009, but until now has only been offered as a three-door. As of July, the baby Alfa will get an extra set of doors and slightly increased practicality. Expect the car’s compact dimensions to remain, while the stylish exterior could be subject to a light facelift.
Following the success of the Ford Focus ST, the manufacturer has suggested it could be considering a hot RS version packing as much as 350bhp from a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The plans are still under wraps but should be confirmed some time this year.
Volkswagen has lacked a hot city car since the demise of the Lupo GTI of the early 2000s, but that is set to change with the VW up! GT. It is set to get a 108bhp petrol engine capable of 0-60mph in around 8.5 seconds and will rival cars like the Renaultsport Twingo and Suzuki Swift Sport.
With sales of the brand new Range Rover kicking off earlier this year, the 4x4 maker is all set to reveal its smaller brother – the Range Rover Sport – this summer. The typical Land Rover design cues are obvious, with a bold front end and synonymous floating roofline. Prices should start at around £55,000.