2020 promises to bring in a flurry of performance cars, from Audi's RS6 Avant to the BMW M2 CS, and Porsche's electric sports car, the Taycan, here are five performance cars headed to South Africa over the next 12 months.
Audi RS6 Avant -
What is it? A high-performance wagon with 440kW and 800Nm, powered by a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine in conjunction with a mild hybrid system.
Why do we like it? Do you know of a car that's able to hit 100km/h from standstill in 3.6 seconds, reach 200km/h in 12 seconds AND still carry five adults in comfort with a 565-litre boot? We didn't think so either.
When is it coming? Final quarter of 2020, and the timing is subject to change.
BMW M8 Competition Coupe
What is it? A powerful two-door, four-seat grand tourer that sits aloft the 8 Series range as the ultimate performance model.
Its 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine produces 460kW and 750Nm, channeled through an eight-speed M transmission to all four wheels linked to an active M differential.
Why do we like it? The F92 looks fantastic and despite being four-wheel drive like many super powerful cars built by BMW it should boast serious levels of grip. This here, is a weapon.
When is it coming? The high-performance four-door coupe will arrive in South Africa during the first quarter of 2020.
BMW M2 CS
What is it? A special edition of the M2 Competition will have a new front splitter, a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic hood and other changes to diffrentiate it from the normal Competition.
Why do we like it? It'll have the same amount of power as the M4 Competition (331kW and 550Nm) going through the rear wheels. It's going to be a hooligan.
When is it coming? Second quarter.
Hyundai i30 N
What is it? Hopefully the first proper hot hatch from the Korean carmaker. The i30N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 202kW and uses six-speed manual gearbox. Top speed is limited to 250km/h.
Why do we like it? Could this be the hatch to ruffle the established hot hatches' feathers? We'll find out when we get one to test. Numbers are limited and the vehicle will only be available from a selected 15 dealerships around the country, Hyundai SA revealed to Wheels24 at the end of last year.
When is it coming? February 2020.
What is it? Porsche's first electric car is a sleek, four-door capable of bending time with 460kW and 1050Nm courtesy of two electric motors on each axle.
Why do we like it? Zuffenhausen is taking the fight to Tesla and the like with an electric vehicle that has sportscar pace. 0-100km/h in a claimed 2.8 seconds is nothing short of ludicrous.
When is it coming? Third quarter.