Best new performance cars coming in 2022

Nick Francis

23 Dec 2021

Some electric, some petrol. Some two-seaters, some SUVs: performance cars come in all shapes and sizes and there’s a bunch of new ones being launched in 2022. In alphabetical order we reveal the ones we think are the most interesting and exciting.

1. Aston Martin Vanquish

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Only seen in concept form so far, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the 2022 Vanquish will feature a mid-mounted hybrid V6 engine made in house at Aston, rather than being sourced from Mercedes-AMG like its current cars. Expected to cost around £250,000 it will rival bedroom poster models like the McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo. 

2. BMW M2 Competition 

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Keeping it keen against the new Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S, BMW is set to update its rear-wheel-drive hyper hatch next year. It will feature a 3.0-litre turbocharged engine good for around 400hp, most likely lifted from the M3 and just down-tuned. 

3. BMW M3 Touring

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In the past we’ve seen estate versions of the BMW M5 but never the M3, but that is about to change as of 2022. Offering more practicality than the saloon, the M3 Touring will feature a decent boot but will be powered by the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine producing 510hp. Just warn your dog before putting your foot down. 

4. Ferrari 296 GTB

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Earlier this year Ferrari took the wraps off the 296 GTB, but UK customers won’t get the car until mid-2022. It features a brand new 2.9-litre V6 plug-in hybrid engine which produces 830hp and means the 296 GTB breaks the 3-second mark from 0-62mph, doing the sprint in 2.9 seconds. It will cost you £230,000 for the pleasure though.

5. Lotus Emira

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Under ownership of Chinese giant Geely, Lotus will bring through a range of new models in the coming years, starting with the Porsche Cayman-rivalling Emira. Customers can choose from either a 3.5-litre V6 engine or a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, the same one found in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S. In both versions power is sent to the back wheels, but the V6 is manual only. 

6. Maserati Grecale Trofeo 

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Maserati’s all-new midsize SUV, the Grecale, will launch in 2022 and part of the lineup will be the hotter Trofeo model, already seen winter testing in prototype form. Because the Grecale will share a platform with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, it’s speculated the Trofeo could be powered by the Stelvio Quadrifoglo’s V6 where it produces 505hp.

7. MG E-Motion 

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It’s easy to forget MG was once a sports car brand, since being revived by China’s SAIC it’s focussed on affordable family cars, but next year will see a return to its roots. Well, kinda, because the MG E-Motion will be fully electric. We’ve only seen it in concept form so far, but it promises a range of around 300 miles and a four-second 0-62mph time. 

8. Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance

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The Mercedes-AMG 4-door E Performance isn’t just a mouthful to say, it’s the first plug-in hybrid car to get the AMG treatment. An electric motor is paired with a 4.0-litre V8 engine to produce a total of 843hp, which means it can sprint from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds. That’s a fraction quicker than the car it rivals, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. 

9. Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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For those who find the 911 GT3 a little soft and shy, Porsche is preparing to launch the even more track-focused GT3 RS. As you can see from our spy pictures of the prototype being tested, the GT3 RS has more aero than a Boeing 747. The RS will use the same naturally aspirated 4.0-litre engine as the ‘standard model’ but will have fewer creature comforts, in the name of weight saving. 

10. Toyota GR86

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The GR86 replaces the GT86, which was an excellent car in almost every way, but it lacked a bit of power. The 2022 GR86 uses a bigger 2.4-litre engine which produces a tidy 233hp, sent to the back wheels, and will be good for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. So our only gripe with the GT86 has been addressed. Both manual and automatic versions are expected. 

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Nick Francis

23 Dec 2021