Luxury Cars – What to drive in 2021, from hybrid hypercars to luxury limos
Luxury car sales have plummeted due to Covid-19 but manufacturers hope that the New Year triggers a race back to showrooms. Only electric vehicles bucked the trend in 2020 and will be the driving force in 2021.
The next 12 months also promise a rash of delayed new models, hybrid hypercars and luxury limos held over from the pandemic lockdown. The government’s plan to outlaw new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 will help ensure a bumper year for battery power too.
However, there could actually be less model choice in the showrooms in 2021. Why? Despite Brexit, the UK is adopting the EU’s strict new CO2 emission regulations from January 1.
The ruling means car brands will need to post an average of 95g/km of CO2 emissions across their entire range. New car CO2 emissions actually rose for a third consecutive year in 2019, partly due to the demise of diesel and a boom in larger SUV sales.
Car manufacturers may even need to consider rationing petrol car sales to manage CO2 targets, or face big fines. No wonder luxury and supercar makers are frantically buying into electrification in a bid to lower their average emissions.
My top eight premium models slated for 2021 – and one oddball! – show it’s not all bad news though. With the possibility of new government legislation to allow limited use of self-driving vehicles, 2021 is set to be another game-changing year.
Aston Martin Valhalla
James Bond hasn’t driven anything like this before. The Valhalla is a mid-engined, hybrid hypercar that offers incredible performance and sensational styling. I stood next to a prototype at Silverstone and couldn’t even find the door handles.
A must for well-heeled car collectors, just 500 will be built at around £1 million each. That includes a cockpit made from space-age materials, a screen mounted on the steering column – oh, and a heart-rate monitor to display driver data.