As 2018 winds down, we reflect on what we enjoyed this year, but we've also got an eye on the future. These are the 15 cars we're most excited for in 2019. It's going to be a good year for cool cars.
Yep. The mid-engine Corvette is finally coming. Chevy won't confirm it, of course, but it's just a matter of time before one of the most eagerly anticipated sports cars of all time is here. We thought it'd debut next month in Detroit, but now, it seems that won't be the case. Still, we shouldn't have to wait long.
Ford has made it clear that it wants to beat Jeep, and to do that, it'll need a true off-road SUV. That's why it's reviving the Bronco after a 23-year hiatus. It should compete against the Jeep Wrangler, and we'll finally see it in the sheetmetal next month at the Detroit Auto Show.
It's a Wrangler pickup—what more could you want? We finally saw the new Jeep Gladiator last month in LA, and it didn't disappoint. Now, we've just got to drive the thing.
It seems 2019 will be a year filled with revived nameplates. As you might've heard, Toyota is bringing back the Supra as part of a co-development program with BMW (which produced the new Z4), and it's aiming to be a front-engine alternative to a Porsche Cayman. A turn behind the wheel of a prototype a few months ago indicates that the fifth-generation Supra will live up to the legendary name.
The descendent of the Land Rover that started it all is coming back, and this time it'll be a very different machine. The next Defender will still be an aluminum-bodied truck with off-road chops, but this time, it'll ride on the same unibody platform as a Range Rover. That should make it a much better daily driver, but hopefully it doesn't spoil the magic that made everyone love the original. And unlike every Defender save for the 1994-1997 models, this one will come to the US.
Polestar is reinventing itself as an electric performance-car brand, and its first non-Volv0-branded car, the Polestar 1, arrives next year. It's a 600-hp hybrid coupe, and as you can see here, it's stunning. Expect the Polestar 2, likely an all-electric SUV, to arrive sometime next spring, too.
Ford wasn't going to let Dodge and its Hellcats have all the fun. The Shelby GT500 will make its comeback next month, and it should be a monster. Ford promises over 700 hp from a supercharged V8, and lots of chassis goodies from Ford Performance. If it's basically a GT350 with more power, we'll be happy.
The previous generation Mazda 3 was a massive overachiever. It drove exceptionally well, was nicely built, and looked fabulous. The new one looks to continue what its predecessor started, , it's got Mazda's compression-ignition engine of the future.
The last Porsche Cayman GT4 quickly became a modern classic, and for good reason. It got all the chassis goodness from the people that create 911 GT3s, a naturally aspirated flat-six paired only with a six-speed manual gearbox. The next one will skip the 718's turbo flat-four for an N/A six, and it should be excellent. We could see the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport racing in America very soon, while we'll have to wait a little longer for the road car.
Generally, when Ferrari releases a "speciale series" version of its mid-engine sports cars, their replacements are about a year away. The 488 Pista (pictured here) arrived last Spring, so don't be surprised if the successor to the 488 GTB makes its debut very soon. There's a possibility it'll be a hybrid, which could be very interesting.
Last month, we finally saw the new Porsche 911, the 992. We'll drive it soon, and Porsche promises to release lots of model variants throughout 2019 so there should be lot to talk about.
Yes, we've already driven the lovely new Aston Martin Vantage, but next summer, a manual-transmission version will arrive. Why is this a big deal? Well, the Vantage will be one of the few high-performance sports cars to offer a three-pedal setup, alongside the 911 and the Corvette. We can't wait to see how it transforms the car.
No, it's not the crazy 400--hp A45 we're all waiting for, but the 300-hp A35 should be plenty fun. When the A35 comes to the US as a sedan, it'll be the cheapest AMG, but that doesn't mean it'll be cut-rate. We'll just have to wait a little longer for the A45.
The McLaren 720S was our Performance Car of the Year for 2018, so of course we're excited for this new convertible version. Because McLaren uses an ultra-rigid carbon-fiber tub, its Spiders aren't really any less stiff than its coupes. That's not the case with other open-top supercars. Translation—the 720S Spider will offer world-class dynamics with the ability to open up the roof. What more could you want?