The year 2017 was a good one as far as the advent of supercars is concerned. There were some lip-smacking monikers that made their Indian debut- the Porsche 911 GT3, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Porsche 718 and the Jaguar F-Type SVR to name a few. Now, over to the next year as we prepare an even grander spectacle of fire-breathing monsters to grace our tarmacs. Here are the four exorbitantly expensive and uber luxurious bravados on four wheels expected to foray in next year.
A fitting replacement to the ageing California, the Portofino is the modern-age Ferrari. The Portofino has some big shoes to fill since the California has been the gateway to Prancing Horse and has been the highest selling model in the Modena line-up. Carrying the looks of the 812 Superfast helps as the drop-top motoring on the Portofino is aided by the Ferrari’s 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 from the 488 GTB developing 600bhp. The grand tourer is built ground up with exotic materials and sophisticated technologies to keep the weight down. Once it hits the road, the Portofino will make its way to the subcontinent for us to drool over one of the most elegant Ferraris till date.
Aston Martin Vantage
Aston Martin plans an onslaught of seven new models in India in the coming few years. And what better way to fulfil the promise than the new-gen V8 Vantage. The baby Aston marks the realisation of the new generation Aston Martins carrying forward the mantle from the flagship DB11. The new gen Vantage looks like a production version of the James Bond’s DB10 Concept and looks stunning from every angle. It is more powerful, light, fast and also expensive than the outgoing model. Now under the hood is the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG punching out 503bhp and 685Nm. International deliveries are promised in the second quarter of next year, so we can expect the car to be launched in India by late 2018.
Roll Royce Phantom VIII
The stupendous and prestigious Rolls Royce Phantom entered into its eighth generation this year. Since its debut in 1925, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has been the chariot of choice for the world’s most influential and powerful men and women. The new Phantom is built ground up on an all-new bespoke scalable platform developed by RR engineers and not BMW. The hallmark grille dominates the facia but is now flanked by sleek and modern LED headlamps. Even though its lighter and bigger than before, the modern architecture helps the RR lose some extra kilos for that brisk and discreet performance from the reworked 6.75-litre V12. The butter-smooth motor has now been turbocharged to breathe out 563bhp and 900Nm. Indian debut is expected in the second half of 2018 with limited numbers and an enormous price tag.
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the new third-generation Bentley Continental GT promises the spirited performance with handcrafted luxury. Unmistakably a Bentley, the new Conti takes inspiration from the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. The aluminium bodyshell has been crafted using Super Formed technology thus shedding out 80kg of weight over the outgoing model. The cabin is festooned with all the opulent features one could expect from Bentley. Under the hood is a peerless 6.0-litre W12 belting out 626bhp and 900Nm. The Continental GT has a cult following in India. And given the demand the Crewe carmaker garners in the country, we expect the new gen Continental to make its way here sooner rather than later.