Best cars at the Guangzhou motor show 2021

Nick Francis

23 Nov 2021

The 2021 Guangzhou motor show kicks off on November 19. Here we reveal the most exciting new cars that will be making an appearance on the stands.

1. Audi RS e-tron GT

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The Audi e-tron GT shares much of its DNA with the superb Porsche Taycan, although it's different in a few key areas. The range-topping RS model – the first electric Audi to wear the hallowed letters – has three electric motors and produces up 646hp when a boost function is engaged. The 0-62mph dash is over in just 3.3 seconds. It’s one of the most exciting EVs on sale today, we think it looks stunning.

2. Audi A8

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Chauffeurs pay attention: your favourite limo car has just been updated. Audi’s flagship saloon has upped the luxury stakes with new massage seats and heated footrests for passengers, as well as two 10.1-inch screens for video streaming on the move. And for those who need to get to meetings quickly a hotter S8 model has also been revealed, capable of 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds. 

3. Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

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The Porsche Taycan is an excellent EV but it does suffer in the practicality department. Not anymore though, thanks to this estate version: the Taycan Cross Turismo. You still get the blistering performance, with up to 761hp in the Turbo S version, but you also get 446 litres of luggage space. An optional off-road pack raises the car 30mm and adds some protective cladding, so you can take it off the Tarmac. 

4. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

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Just when you thought the Cayman GT4 couldn’t get any better, Porsche announced an RS version. Focussed primarily on track driving, the suspension has been retuned and power hiked. The steering has been made even more responsive too: having driven the ‘standard’ GT4 we struggle to see how that’s possible, but we’re keen to find out. A prototype of the GT4 RS recently lapped the Nürburgring 24 seconds faster than the standard model.

5. BMW iX

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And the award for the biggest grille ever goes to…the BMW iX. Despite some criticism of the latest 4 Series design, BMW is pushing on with its oversized grille theme, and the new iX electric SUV takes it to new heights. Controversial design aside, the iX is a highly practical zero-emissions family wagon, with up to 370 miles (according to BMW) of range from the xDrive50 model’s 100kWh battery. 

6. BMW i4

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If the iX is a little ‘too much’ for you the i4 offers more subtle styling. The four-door Gran Coupe is essentially an electric version of the 4 Series and offers a very impressive 367 miles of range. A hot M50 version will sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, although you pay for performance – the M50’s range drops to 316 miles. Because it’s a BMW the interior oozes class and you’ll get one of the best infotainment systems in the business. 

7. Volvo C40 Recharge

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The C40 Recharge is a coupe version of the XC40 Recharge, Volvo’s first electric car. It looks sleeker than its sibling, with a raked rear roofline and spoiler at the base of the windscreen. Volvo says the C40’s 78kWh battery is good for 260 miles of range, and via a 150kW charger you’ll be able to recoup 80 per cent of range in 40 minutes. Perhaps more impressive is the fact it covers 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. 

8. Lexus NX

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The big news about the 2022 Lexus NX is the fact that it will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. The 2.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor are lifted from the Toyota Rav4 PHEV, producing 306hp and offering up to 39 miles of electric range. An all-new infotainment system is also making its debut, while the styling changes are fairly minimal. The NX has never been a dreary-looking car though.

9. Toyota Corolla Cross

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Toyota hasn’t officially confirmed the Corolla Cross will make its way to the UK yet, but the Yaris Cross is already on sale here, suggesting Toyota might bring the Corolla to our shores. Like its little brother, the Corolla Cross is a pumped-up crossover version of the hatchback model, with protective plastic cladding on the wheel arches to help avoid nasty supermarket car park dings and dents. Expect a range of hybrid engines to choose from. 

10. Geometry Kung Fu Cow

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We had to add this to the list with a name like that. Being a Chinese motor show of course there are a lot of Chinese cars being displayed, but this one has the best name for sure. We actually think it looks pretty tidy too. The Kung Fu Cow is an electric crossover with a 200-mile range, and it only costs £7,000. That’s astonishingly cheap, comfortably undercutting the £7,995 Dacia Sandero, the cheapest new car on sale in the UK. 

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Nick Francis

23 Nov 2021