Unbelievably, it’s almost time to turn over yet another new year. 2021 has—as any year—had its up and downs, but with the new year right around the corner, we’ve got our sights set on 2022.
That means it’s time for TRED’s annual year-end look forward to all of the new cars we’re eager to see released in 2022. Fortunately for car enthusiasts, there’s an exciting crop of new cars set to hit the streets next year, and in this article, we’ll be going over the car’s whose releases we’re most looking forward to.
C8 Corvette Z06
Just like nearly every other car enthusiast alive, we cannot wait to see the new Z06 hit dealerships. If you’re not privy to all of the Z06’s specs and details, we’ve already covered all of that in another article, but here’s the short version: 5.5L naturally aspirated flat plane crank V8, 670hp, dual-clutch auto, mid-engine.
What more do you need to know? Perhaps that it’s the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever fitted to a road-going vehicle… I’m told that’s an important detail as well. Beyond just its incredible spec-sheet though, the new Z06 is poised to make big waves in the supercar market, and we’re as excited to see it shake things up as we are to read the first reviews on how it drives.
One surefire way to attract attention to a brand is to revive the nameplate of a beloved long-discontinued car. That’s exactly what Acura is doing with the new Integra. After a 17 year hiatus, Acura has decided to bring the Integra back to the U.S market in largely the same format that it left in, only with 2 more doors.
While the new Integra’s design has gotten some criticism, we’re just excited to see another sporty option on the market for people who want something nice, reliable, and fun in the $30,000 range.
Since Toyota’s revival of the revered Supra back in 2019, it was only a matter of time until Nissan decided to step up to the plate with a competitor of their own. The 370z was already on the market, but with it’s ancient platform, it could hardly hold a candle to the Supra. Nissan intends to fix that problem with the all-new Nissan Z. With a 400hp twin-turbo V6 and an available manual transmission, the newest Z-car is sure to make a splash when it hits dealerships in 2022. For more of our thoughts on Z vs. Supra, check out this article that pits the two cars head-to-head.
Next in line in BMW’s roll out of its newest “G-series” generation of M cars is the new M2. The G42 generation 2 series is already on sale in M240i guise, but the top-dog M2 variant is slated for a release sometime in 2022.
While we don’t know all of the specs yet, the M2 is expected to use BMW’s S58 engine, the same one found in the newest G80 M3 and G82 M4. That’s right, unlike the last M2, the new one will use a full-fat M engine, plucked straight from its big brothers in the M lineup.
While the M2’s S58 will be de-tuned, it is still an extremely potent power plant, and should make the new M2 an absolute racket to drive. If BMW can manage to pull off a non-polarizing design with the new M2 (which may be difficult given their recent track record) they could have a hot seller on their hands.
Ford Raptor R
While the current Raptor is a fantastic truck, Dodge’s recent unleashing of their absolutely mental Ram TRX has pushed the Raptor off its throne. In an effort to fight back against Ram, Ford is set to release the Raptor R, which is expected to have the Shelby GT500’s 5.2L Supercharged V8.
Horsepower numbers are rumored to be in the high 700 range, which could make the Raptor R the most powerful pickup truck ever produced. With the Raptor R set to go on sale in late 2022, we can’t wait to see the new Ford battle it out against the Ram TRX in an effort to be crowned king of the muscle car-powered offroad pickups.
Ferrari’s first-ever crossover SUV, dubbed the Purosangue, has been in development for what seems like ages. However, with recent spy shots showing the car wearing production sheet metal, we think the much-anticipated Italian super-crossover is finally nearing the final stages of development.
The Purosangue, which is Italian for thoroughbred, is designed to compete in the ever-expanding ultra-luxury crossover SUV market. More specifically, Ferrari is setting its sights on Lamborghini’s Urus, which has done extremely well since its release back in 2018, although we’re sure that Ferrari also expects to take sales away from the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga, and Rolls Royce Cullinan.
All the details on the Purosangue are not yet known, however, it’s rumored to be available in both V12 and V8 formats, with both versions potentially having some form of hybridization.
As this short but action-packed list shows, 2022 should be a great year for new cars. With new rivalries developing, like Supra vs. Z and Raptor R vs. TRX, exciting revivals happening like with the Integra, and totally new ventures being undertaken, like with the Purosangue, 2022 is shaping up to be quite a thrilling year.
We can only hope that all of these cars come on time, and that the market cools off enough for them to be affordable.