Best new sports cars and supercars coming in 2022

2022 is promising to be an exciting year for sports car fans. Read on for our picks of the best performance cars that are heading our way

James Allen
Jan 13, 2022

Thanks to advances in technology over the years, there are now a broad array of cars that offer lots of power and a quick turn of speed. Nowadays, there are even hatchbacks and family cars that in their sportiest guises are faster and more capable than supercars from just a decade ago.

For some car buyers, though, nothing less than a traditional sports car will do in their quest for something that’s exciting to drive and sufficiently speedy to have fun behind the wheel. If you’re in that camp, then you’ll be pleased to know that a sizeable number of exciting sports cars and supercars will be arriving in the UK in 2022.

Even though they all share the traits of being quick and promising to be great fun to drive, there is a fair bit of variety in the sports cars and supercars that we’ve listed below. They range from affordable sporty coupes to ultra-powerful hybrid supercars, and cossetting convertible grand tourers to vehicles that take lots of inspiration from racing cars.

For some drivers, they also represent one final hurrah with combustion power before these cars' electric replacements arrive in the near future. Keep on reading to find out more about our picks of the most eagerly anticipated new sports cars and supercars for 2022.

Best sports cars 2022

1. Aston Martin V12 Vantage

By many metrics, the current Aston Martin Vantage (pictured) is a very quick sports car - which is to be expected, considering it has a 510hp twin-turbocharged V8 engine under the bonnet. However, if you crave even more performance than that, you’ll be pleased to know that an even more powerful Vantage variant is on the way.

As its name suggests, the forthcoming V12 Vantage will replace the regular car’s 4.0-litre V8 engine with a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 (which, even in its least potent current application in the Aston Martin DB11 grand tourer, produces a mighty 639hp). It also marks an important milestone in Aston Martin’s long history, as the company has confirmed this car will be the last ever V12 Vantage model.

2. BMW M2 Coupe

The first-generation BMW M2 Coupe was a very well-received sports car, with the hardcore M2 CS model (pictured) being crowned the 2020 Car of the Year by our sister title Evo, for instance. As such, it’s no surprise that BMW has announced it will build a new M2 sports car, using the latest 2 Series Coupe as a base.

Very little is known about the new BMW M2 yet, though it will likely build upon its predecessor’s successful recipe, with a powerful and tuneful six-cylinder engine. Expect the new M2 to debut as a rear-wheel-drive-only sports car with a 400hp+ turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet when it arrives in 2022.

3. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

A brawnier version of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car is on the way, in the form of the forthcoming Corvette Z06. Powering this flagship Corvette model is a 5.5-litre V8 engine that produces a substantial 680hp, and features styling and mechanical parts that are inspired by the Corvette competition cars that take part in events such as the famous Le Mans endurance race.

Officially, Chevrolet hasn’t confirmed whether the Corvette Z06 will definitely be coming to the UK. However, it already sells the standard Chevrolet Corvette in Britain, and the company has confirmed that it will build right-hand drive versions of the Corvette Z06 when production starts in summer 2022.

4. Ferrari 296 GTB

It may have the smallest engine of any new Ferrari road car, but the Ferrari 296 GTB promises to be a sensationally fast supercar. The 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine is supported by a battery-powered electric motor, which means the car’s quoted maximum power output is an incredible 830hp.

Being a plug-in hybrid, the Ferrari 296 GTB does things you may not necessarily expect from a Ferrari supercar. For instance, Ferrari claims the car’s 7.45kWh battery pack can hold enough charge for up to 15.5 miles of electric driving range, and you can recharge said battery by plugging the car into a public or domestic charging port.

5. Lotus Emira

Lotus has retired its long-running Elise, Exige and Evora sports cars, though the company isn’t replacing them with a trio of new models. Instead, those cars will have a sole spiritual successor to share between them, in the form of the new Lotus Emira.

When the Lotus Emira arrives in the UK in spring 2022, it will initially be available with an updated version of the 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine that Lotus used in the outgoing Evora. A Mercedes-AMG-sourced turbocharged petrol engine will also be offered, though that engine won’t join the range until 2023.

6. Mercedes SL

A new version of Mercedes’ SL drop-top sports car is coming in 2022, and it promises to be a return to the model’s historic roots. It sees the return of a fabric roof, instead of the folding hardtops that have featured on the last few versions of the SL, and the handling around corners should be a bit sharper this time around too, as Mercedes’ AMG performance division has been leading the car’s development.

Not every feature on the new SL can be traced back to older models, though. For the first time ever in a Mercedes SL, all-wheel-drive will be available on all models from launch, and every engine initially, at least, will be a variation of a punchy 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. In time, a potent plug-in hybrid model will also be available, though this version of the Mercedes SL likely won’t arrive until 2023.

7. Morgan Three Wheeler

Technically not even a car, the Morgan Three Wheeler has made it onto this list by being one of the most distinctive performance vehicles set to arrive in 2022. After all, there’s little else on the roads today that looks like a roofless three-wheeled Morgan.

While the wheel arrangement will remain the same, Morgan promises the new Three Wheeler will be noticeably different in some areas to its predecessor. For instance, the outgoing car’s two-cylinder motorcycle-derived engine will be replaced with a Ford-sourced three-cylinder petrol engine. Despite this, it will still offer a unique driving experience.

8. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Porsche is no stranger to making fast and powerful versions of its Cayman sports car, and its latest attempt promises to be the quickest and punchiest yet. In fact, it has a claimed turn of speed that wouldn’t be out of place in a seriously fast and expensive supercar.

This is partly because it has a very powerful engine: a 4.0-litre six-cylinder that produces 500hp, which helps the Cayman GT4 RS sprint to 62mph from a standing start in just 3.4 seconds. That straight line speed is backed up by strong performance in the corners, too, thanks to the grippy tyres and the downforce produced by its large rear wing.

9. Toyota GR86

Most of the cars on this list are incredibly quick vehicles with lofty power outputs and even higher price tags. However, there are still options at the more modest and affordable end of the sports car spectrum - one of these being the new Toyota GR86 that will arrive in the UK in 2022.

While it may be humbled in the performance stakes by many of the other cars here, the Toyota GR86 is no slouch. Toyota claims the car’s 234hp 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is punchy enough for a quick 0-62mph acceleration time of 6.3 seconds. Positioning the car accurately when you’re driving it shouldn’t be hard, either, as the Toyota GR86 takes up a similar amount of space on the road as a conventional family hatchback - so it should prove agile around corners and easy to drive.

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