The Fast And The Luxurious: The Sports Cars Of 2020
This year, everyone came out to play. The Italians, the Germans, the British, and even the Japanese. The sports car market has been booming since the past two years, with Lamborghini taking the top spot, with the highest number of sports car sales. But other carmakers also have their eye on the top spot, and have an extensive portfolio expansion planned for 2020. We take a close look at all the sports cars on offer this year, so far
Another non-European sports car that has managed to cement its name in the sports car category, is the Jaguar F-Type. While the previous model enjoyed massive success worldwide, the new 2020 facelifted version aims to use that momentum and deliver another Jaguar success. Jaguar ditches the curvy lines for more sharper streaks. The headlights and tail lights have been designed to look sleeker, and the overall design retains the sporty persona and muscular haunches of the previous F-Type. On the inside, you now get two engine options to makes this Jaguar growl the way you want it to — a 2.0-litre, fourcylinder turbo-petrol that delivers 300 bhp and 400 Nm of torque, and a 5.0-litre, supercharged V8 that is offered in two options — the P450 V8 with 450 bhp and 580 Nm of torque, and the rangetopping P575 V8 with 575 bhp and 700 Nm of torque.
Price: Rs 95.12 lakh to 2.42 crore
LEXUS LC 500h
The Japanese are not known for their extravagant designs, but more for their efficiency, and reliability. And Lexus is a prime example of that. But in 2020, the carmaker decided to go in a different direction, and attract consumers who are looking for sports cars with Japanese engineering and European design elements. The result is the magnificent, head-turning Lexus LC 500h. The new car is another sparkling addition in the Lexus’ portfolio of hybrid electric engines. The LC 500h comes equipped with a Self-Charging Multistage Hybrid System, which fuses the potential of a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a powerful electric motor, along with a lithium-ion battery pack, delivering an output of 354 bhp and 348 Nm of torque.
Price: Rs 1.96 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN EVO SPYDER RWD
While subtlety is the Japanese’s strong suit, the Italians love flamboyance and exuberance. Lamborghini’s portfolio is stacked with cars for every potential Indian buyer out there, and this year, they decided to add another model to it — the Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder RWD. The Huracán EVO Spyder RWD is Lamborghini’s top-tier, droptop, rear-wheel drive excellence. Roof up or down, daily driving and high-performance are accompanied by the inimitable sound of the V10 aspirated power plant, delivering the same 610 hp and 560 Nm of torque as the coupé version. The Spyder allows you to enjoy that roaring V10, with no glass blocking the raw rumbles. Drive through the hills, with your top down, while the sound of a beastly V10 echoes throughout the valley.
Price: Rs 3.2 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Similar to BMW, Mercedes-Benz also plans to considerably expand their portfolio this year. With a slew of Benz cars already in line, AMG vehicles aren’t far behind. The German carmaker’s star sports car — the MercedesAMG GT-R — entered the Indian market this year, with subtle exterior revisions, compared to the 2017 version. The 2020 GT-R is now 14 kgs lighter, and boasts of minor exterior changes such as redesigned LED headlights and a wider bumper. The cabin now gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with the Mercedes Me and COMAND Online connected tech in the telematics package. The GT-R draws power from a 4.0-litre Biturbo V8, which produces 585 horses, 700 Nm of torque and sprints from 0-100kmph in 3.6s flat.
Price: Rs 2.48 crore
BMW M8 COUPE
2020 is a big year for BMW. The carmaker has a stacked schedule of releases for India this year, with one of the highlights being the much-awaited release of the 8 Series for the first time in the country. In May, BMW launched the 8 Series Gran Coupe, and the M8. While the former is perfect for someone looking for a good-looking and luxurious BMW, the M8 is not as sophisticated. It retains the luxuriousness of the 8 Series, but has a bratty engine and roaring exhaust notes, and that sets it apart. The two-door M8’s roof is built with aerodynamic, torsion-resistant, carbon fibre, which makes it lighter and faster. The 2020 M8 is powered by a 4.4-litre twinturbo V8 petrol engine, which is one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a BMW production car. The V8 churns out a colossal 600 bhp, 700 Nm of torque, and goes from 0-100kmph in just 3.3 seconds.
Price: Rs 2.1 crore