Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration - Steve Cropley
My star is Infiniti’s Porsche Macan-sized soft-road concept because I like the idea of a sports car interior in a car with decent accommodation and an elevated view of the road, and I think Infiniti’s designers are finally getting the hang of applying their often OTT body sculpting to real cars with real proportions. Hope it happens.
BAIC Arcfox-7 - Mark Tisshaw
Five years ago, most Chinese cars were dull, generic saloons. Not anymore. Nothing illustrates the progress in the Chinese car industry more than the concept of an electric supercar. Even better, the 603bhp, 162mph Arcfox-7 is no concept car; it will be going on sale later this year, looking like this and with the same tech spec.
Jaguar XF-L - Rachel Burgess
It’s fascinating that most premium European car makers, especially the relatively small Jaguar, consider it worthwhile to produce long-wheelbase versions of models for China only, demonstrating the massive significance of chauffeur-driven cars in the Red State. Another sign of Jaguar's commitment to China, the XF-L is the first Jaguar to be built in its Chery Jaguar Land Rover plant in Changshu - no doubt this helps to keep production costs down, too.
Audi TT RS - Darren Moss
This is the TT we’ve been waiting for: an aggressively styled, more powerful (395bhp, to be precise) range-topper to really secure the TT’s status as a sports car. The fact that the TT RS Coupé can sprint from 0-62mph in 3.7sec is particularly impressive because it means it completes the sprint faster than a Porsche 718 Boxster S.
Porsche 718 Cayman - Sam Sheehan
Like the 718 Boxster, the new 718 Cayman swaps its naturally aspirated flat-six engine for a turbocharged four, producing more power and less CO2 than ever. You could say without that six-cylinder wail the car has lost its unique selling point, but Porsche is on a bit of a roll, so I suspect this could still be the best-handling Cayman ever made.
Smart Fortwo and Forfour Brabus - Jimi Beckwith
Brabus has sprinkled its magic dust over the Smart range, and although the resulting cars divide opinion, it’s hard not to be charmed by the juiced-up Fortwo and Forfour. They may not be the hottest of hatches, but they’re among the most characterful. That turbocharged-triple promises quite a throaty note, too.
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