It’s going to be a good, good year for supercar and hypercar fans and customers alike. Many stars are about to align with delayed hypercars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG Project ONE finally making it into production.   We’ll also see the first-ever production car from a company that’s been around for more than ninety years in the form of the Pininfarina Battista. And there is another factor in play that will make the next twelve months unique. The old guard of internal combustion engineers is fighting it out with an ambitious band of electric power pioneers to prove who can create the most incredible new supercars and new hypercars of 2022 and, quite possibly, all time.

The Ultimate 2022 Supercar list

New Porsche 2022

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Wing Commander

One of the most exciting upcoming supercars on the radar for 2022 is the ultimate version of the new Porsche 911 992 – the GT3 RS. We’ve seen and heard it howling around the Nürburgring, development home to all the very best concept supercars, as Porsche’s engineers fine hone it to the point of what will no doubt feel like insane sharpness. The power output of the normally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine is said to be knocking on the door of 530bhp.

Delivering that phenomenal output through Porsche’s PDK transmission to the rear wheels, this most desirable of new supercars will require the driver’s reactions to be equally razor-sharp. An outrageous motorsport-inspired rear wing will generate masses of downforce, but even so, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS will not be one for the faint-hearted.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

By the numbers

Snapping on the heels of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS comes the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS. The debate over whether the ‘junior’ model deserves to be in the best supercars of 2022 list could run and run. But we’ll deal in facts here, not opinions. And the case for inclusion in the ranks of the best supercars rests upon a 4.0-litre, six-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine that musters 493bhp and 450Nm of torque to deliver a 3.4-second 0-62mph time and a 196mph top speed.

Combine all that with scintillating looks, a race car-inspired cockpit and near-telepathic levels of handling and response, and there’s no doubt that the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is one of the best new cars of 2022.

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New Lamborghini 2022

Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimate

Last Stand

Not even the engine builders of the House of the Raging Bull can stand against the forces of electrification forever. But if you are going to go down, make sure you go down with all guns blazing. That’s undoubtedly the engineering philosophy behind one of the most exciting cars to appear on our new supercars 2022 list, the utterly magnificent Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimate. This is the most potent Aventador ever.

Featuring the highest-performing standard-production naturally aspirated V12 engine in Lamborghini history, which develops an exceptional 769bhp at a spinetingling 8,500rpm. This phenomenal firepower ensures the Aventador can howl to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds and on to a 220mph top speed. And decades after the world of mobility has fallen silent and internal combustion engines are confined to museums, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimate will retain its legendary status as one of the best supercars ever.

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

Back To The Future

This one is hard to believe. Last year marked half a century since Lamborghini unveiled the prototype of the legendary Countach at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. One of the most ground-breaking concept supercars ever, Lamborghini followed it three years later with the production Countach, which remained on sale until 1990 and has gone down as one of the best supercars of all time. Sadly, there was no Geneva Motor Show in 2021, but happily, that didn’t stop Lamborghini from revealing a fresh take on the Countach to celebrate the car’s big five-oh.

A contemporary creation, the new Countach LPI 800-4 may well be, but the lineage to the original couldn’t be more apparent thanks to that signature cab-forward stance those stunning angular lines, iconic scissor doors and mighty V12 engine. With just 112 examples built, the new Countach is one of the top cool supercars of 2022 and worth every penny of the £1.7m base price.

New Maseratti 2022

Maserati MC20 New 2022 supercar

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Maserati MC20

Elegant Equilibrium

Achieving the ideal balance between a supercar and a continent-crossing GT is tricky work, but the early evidence is that Maserati has executed it very nicely indeed with the MC20, which looks set to be one of the best supercars, and best GTs, of 2022. The brief for the MC20 was to combine leading-edge design and luxury features with cutting-edge technology and motorsport-inspired performance.

The combination of a carbon fibre monocoque weighing a mere 100kg and a 621bhp 3.0 twin-turbocharged, mid-mounted V6 Nettuno engine bristling with F1-derived technology endow the MC20 with phenomenal performance and astonishing agility. Inside the gorgeously designed cabin, the MC20 effortlessly interweaves motorsport minimalism with timeless luxury, expressed through the finest leather, Alcantara and carbon fibre. All of which represents further proof of a delicate balance deftly delivered.

Maserati Gran Turismo 2022

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Maserati GranTurismo

Fashionably late

If it wasn’t for that pesky semi-conductor chip shortage wreaking havoc across the global automotive industry, we might well have seen the new Maserati GranTurismo at the tail end of 2021, but instead, it’s slipped back a little to the new cars 2022 list. The GranTurismo provides seating for four and will be powered by a version of the wonderful Nettuno V6 engine found in the Maserati MC20.

If you’re done with fossil fuel though and have been giving serious thought to new electric cars (not sure if we’ve got this one, could be worth adding), and want something with some serious Italian style and proper performance, the EV version of the Maserati GranTurismo, which is also on the cards, should hit the spot.

New Ferrari 2022

Ferrari 296 GTB

Berlinetta Brilliance

Maserati isn’t the only Italian manufacturer on our new supercars 2022 list to be deploying a lightweight, twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine. Ferrari is taking a similar approach with its 296 GTB. However, the Ferrari new model, which we rate as one of the most beautiful upcoming supercars, packs an additional performance punch thanks to the integration of an electric motor into its powertrain, resulting in an incredible combined plug-in hybrid output of 819bhp.

 

Described as ‘the Little V12’ by Ferrari, the company claims the V6 produces ‘the harmony of the high-frequency notes of a naturally-aspirated V12.’ And if even after all that the latest iteration of the Prancing Horse’s famed mid-rear-engined two-seater sports berlinetta concept doesn’t sound like it will deliver an intense enough driving experience for you, fear not, there is always the track-focused Assetto Fiorano version of the 296 GTB, which boasts a range of aerodynamic and weight-reducing features and competition-derived Multimatic dampers.

Ferrari Purosangue

Pure Blood

Finally, Maranello, which has built some of the world’s greatest supercars, is set to join a club whose members already include the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Maserati Levante and Rolls Royce Cullinan. This new Ferrari is not a Ferrari car; it is the world’s first-ever Ferrari SUV (another one worth adding?), the Ferrari Purosangue.

It’s pronounced pu·ro·sàn·gue, and it means ‘thoroughbred’ or ‘pureblood’ in Italian. The company won’t be relying on that name alone to reassure enthusiasts of the brand that its first SUV is a worthy successor to every legendary Ferrari new model that has gone before. Ferarri will offer a blood and thunder V12 engine to give the Purosangue the edge over the best new luxury SUVs (another one worth adding?) its rivals can offer.

Affordable Supercars 2022

Nissan GTR Premium T-Spec

Affordable Firepower

We’re not big fans of the term cheapest supercars. No true high-performance driver-focussed car can ever be described as cheap, but it is fair to say that some are more affordable than others. The Nissan GTR T-Spec is one of the best new cars unveiled last year, and the good news is with a price tag equivalent to £102,000, it doesn’t cost Ferrari money.

But the bad news is only a hundred are being built, and they’re not destined for the UK, at least not as official imports. Unveiled last year by Nissan’s elite Nismo division alongside a Track Edition version, the V6-powered Nissan GT-R Premium T-Spec is distinguished by features that include a Midnight Purple paint finish, a carbon fibre rear spoiler, carbon-ceramic, brakes and bronze Rays forged alloy wheels ¬– and there’s definitely nothing cheap-sounding about that specification.

New SUV 2022

Ineos Grenadier

Guarding Traditional Values

An off-roader named after the London pub it was dreamed up in, designed to do the job of the original Land Rover Defender? What’s not to like about the Ineos Grenadier? The no-nonsense straight-line styling sets the Grenadier very clearly apart from any other new SUV 2022. In fact, Ineos would see the term SUV as an insult, as the Grenadier heads up the best new 4×4 2022 and best new off-roader 2022 categories.

Offering a choice of two BMW 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, the Grenadier looks set for the most challenging terrain and ready to roam where Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus drivers might wisely fear to tread. With permanent four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, centre, rear and front locking differentials, Ineos likes to say that the Grenadier will get you there, wherever there happens to be. So, whether you need to take out some sheep feed in the middle of the night or take out some terrorists on a deniable black ops mission, the Ineos Grenadier is just what you need.

New Electric Supercars 2022

Tesla Roadster

Hurry up and wait

One of the most eagerly anticipated new electric supercars is the Tesla Roadster, but it seems we will have to wait a little longer for it. With the car’s release now pushed back until at least 2023, it won’t make the 2022 new cars cut off. Still, if even half the claims Elon Musk is making for his new Roadster turn out to be accurate, it will be worth the wait. With the ability to drive up to 620 miles on a single battery charge, the Tesla Roadster should render EV range anxiety a thing of the past and travel further between energy stops than any other supercar.

Tesla is also claiming a wheel torque of 10,000Nm, and no, we haven’t added an extra zero there by mistake. With that phenomenal output comes a mind-bending acceleration of 4.2 seconds. And that’s for the sprint from rest to 100mph, as Tesla claims the car can reach 62mph in just 1.9 seconds on the way to a top speed above 250mph. All-wheel drive will help the Roadster keep a secure grip on the road. But if Tesla wants to convince us it can outgun the best supercars and any future supercars, it needs to get a grip on development and make its new Roadster a reality.

Lotus Evjia

Living up to the hype

Few supercars caused such an impact at the all-electric drive Evija, which Lotus unveiled to the world in 2019. Instantly it was clear that this was not just one of the best supercars in the world. It was one of the best hypercars in the world. A year later, we saw the car make its public dynamic debut at the Goodwood Speed Week, and now, with deliveries to customers about to commence, it makes our new cars 2022 list.

The Evija produces a mere 1000bhp and 800Nm of torque in Range mode, where, thanks to its fully flexible electric motor technology, it runs in rear-wheel drive to optimise efficiency. City, Tour, Sport and Track modes are also available. The latter unleashes a full 1973bhp and 1700Nm of torque, delivered via all-wheel drive and intelligent torque vectoring. The man who signs off every Lotus, the legendary Gavin Kershaw, Head of Vehicle Attributes, describes the Evija as both ‘practical’ and ‘an absolute weapon.’ We are sure those fortunate customers taking delivery of their Evija will be in complete agreement.

Pininfarina Battista

First strike

Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina is best known for its roster of concept supercars and for designing many a legendary Ferrari car, such as the Testarossa, F40 and FF. Now the company is branching out, entering car production at the highest possible level, the arena of electric hypercars, with the Battista. Not only is the Battista Pininfarina’s first-ever production car, but it is also Italy’s most powerful production car ever.

Named in honour of the company’s founder Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the £2m, 1,874bhp, quad-electric motor Battista takes the formidable electrical underpinnings and carbon construction of the Rimac Nevera as a base. Naturally, awe-inspiring performance is assured, but where Pininfarina really levers its advantage is by drawing on its core skills of designing some of the most beautiful supercars ever to create the Battista’s truly mesmerising looks.

Cool Supercars 2022

McLaren Artura

A new beginning

Uncluttered and unadorned with an overkill of aerodynamic appendages and effortlessly elegant, there is a timeless beauty to the new McLaren Artura. But under the skin of this most stunning of new supercars lies a raft of all-new, future-facing technologies. The £182,500 Artura dispenses with McLaren’s long-serving twin-turbo V8 engine in favour of high-performance plug-in hybrid drive technology combined with a compact, lightweight, 160kg twin-turbo V6 engine.

It’s not the first time the Woking company has deployed hybrid drive, of course, as the emission-reducing technology also featured on its hypercars, the P1 and the Speedtail. The Artura might not match the pace of its illustrious predecessors, but with 671bhp on tap, a top speed of 205mph and the ability to sprint to 62mph in just 3.0 seconds, the Artura is one of the most desirable cars on our new cars 2022 list.

Acura NSX Type S

Signing off in style

This year, the Acura NSX says sayonara with a final Type S model. We are using the Japanese company’s North American Acura moniker here ­– as opposed to Honda – because, alas, the NSX Type S will not be sold in the UK. Customers who are fortunate enough to get their hands on one of just 350 sign-off supercar models, will benefit from an appealing package.

There’s an additional 27bhp, which takes the output of the 3.5-litre V6 hybrid powertrain to 592bhp and is delivered through a 50% faster-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. Ceramic carbon brakes and new forged alloy wheels are combined with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero tyres for enhanced grip, are also offered, ensuring Honda, sorry, Acura, has saved the best for last.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

One hundred per cent game on

It was almost the one that never happened. But, after first unveiling the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE back in 2017 in supercar concept form, Mercedes has confirmed that the much-delayed missile, designed to transfer the latest, most efficient F1-winning hybrid technology from the track to the road, will enter production this year. It is, without doubt, the most ambitious engineering project on our new cars 2022 list.

Mercedes says the car’s brief isn’t just to celebrate past achievements but is also to deliver the ‘Future of Driving Performance’ today. To do that, Project ONE produces more than 1,000bhp from a 1.6-litre hybrid petrol engine with four electric motors, one of which is integrated directly into the turbocharger to eliminate lag. So, while delivery from concept to production has been far from instant, Mercedes-AMG Project One drivers should experience no delay the moment they press the accelerator pedal.

Future Supercars

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Scream if you want to go faster

Like the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, the Aston Martin Valkyrie has been a long time coming. It’s survived turbulent times, including a name change and the axing of the Le Mans race programme that was to accompany it. But of all the new hypercars to appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year, it was the one that made the most significant impression on us, as it screamed up the hill.

And we do mean scream, thanks to the 1160bhp naturally aspirated, electric hybrid-supported 6.5-litre Cosworth V12 engine’s ability to rev to an astonishing 11,000rpm. The first of the 150 examples of the £2.5 hypercar coupés have already been lovingly hand-built at Aston Martin’s base in Gaydon, a painstaking process that the company says takes 2000 person-hours to complete. Later this year, we should see the Spider model and an even more extreme track version.

Gordon Murray Automotive T.33

Beauty of simplicity

Reports of the demise of the V12 engine appear to be greatly exaggerated, at least if the all-new T.33, the second supercar from Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA), is anything to go by. Like its predecessor, the T.50, the T.33 is powered by a GMA-Cosworth V12 engine, in this instance producing 615PS. Just 100 examples of the £1.37m supercar will be built, with global deliveries beginning in early 2024. The beautifully proportioned, aerodynamically efficient, timeless design of the T.33 will be built around a newly developed carbon and superlight aluminium architecture. Although it may not pack quite the same punch as GMA’s T.50 flagship model, with a targeted weight of less than 1100kg and that 3.9-litre V12 engine revving to 11,100rpm, the T.33 will still deliver an utterly life-affirming driving experience.

Koenigsegg Hypercar

Visions of things to come

So, how’s it going with the New Year resolutions? Hopefully, unlike the rest of us who have given up on the gym already, the engineers at Swedish supercar company Koenigsegg are sticking to their New Year resolution, which they stated as: ‘More ultimate performance through clever engineering and optimal design.’ That promise was released on social media, accompanied by a teaser image of the silhouette of a new hypercar.

It’s 20 years since the company delivered its first supercar, the CC8S, in 2002, and from what we can see of the teaser image, the new car will pay homage to some of the company’s greatest hits, such as the CCX, CCR and Agera. Will we see Koenigsegg’s ultimate interpretation of a V8 engine? Only time will tell…