Top five cars we're looking forward to in 2011The cars we’re excited about driving next year
27 December 2010
Of the many new cars due to be launched next year, there are some that stand out for their ground-breaking design, performance or efficiency. And we're already getting excited about driving these special few.
To cover a broader spectrum of cars, we've listed our most anticipated cars of 2011 in various categories.
This includes a 4x4, small city car, sports car, family car - and something a bit special.
There will be plenty on offer in 2011 - here are the cars we already know about and can’t wait to get behind the wheel of.
1. Range Rover Evoque
Available: Late 2011
Price: estimated to start from £30k
The Evoque will be the smallest Range Rover available, coming in three and five-door form. The looks are ultra futuristic, and the premium image will make it a hugely desirable car.
2. Lotus Elise
Available: order book open
Price: From around £28,000
As well as more up-to-date and mature looks, the 2011 Elise has a new engine for 2011 – a 1.6-litre Valvematic Toyota engine instead of the 1.8 option available in the current model. The smaller engine produces the same 134bhp figure as the outgoing 1.8-litre petrol, but significantly lowers emissions, meaning cheaper car tax.
3. Gordon Murray’s T.25
Available: date to be confirmed
Price: to be confirmed
The T.25 is the brainchild of former Formula 1 and supercar designer Gordon Murray. It combines supremely compact dimensions with F1-derived safety technology - you can even change the interior layout to suit your needs. The 660cc powered car hasn’t been signed up to a manufacturer for production yet, but we really hope it makes it to showrooms in 2011.
4. Ford Focus
Available: March 2011
Price: from £16,000
One of the best-selling cars of all time in this country gets a dramatic overhaul for next year. The 2011 Ford Focus sports updated looks and a bunch of new features. Ford claims the drive has improved over the current model, which is already a class-leader. There's also going to be a hot hatch version, the Ford Focus ST, with a new 2.0-litre engine replacing the old 2.5-litre Volvo powerplant.
5. Audi Quattro Concept
Available: late 2011/early 2012
Price: to be confirmed
The Audi Quattro Concept is the German manufacturer’s gift to itself to celebrate its 100th birthday. It will feature the same 2.5-litre engine as the Audi TT RS – that means 402bhp and 0-62 in under four seconds. The rest of the Quattro will be based on the Audi RS5, but shortened and stiffened to give it supercar handling. Definitely a car worth watching develop more in 2011.
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