2012 Audi R4: A surprise electric-sports-car concept confirms Audi’s long-rumored “baby R8.” The compact R4 will be a sister to new Volkswagen and Porsche 2-passenger sports cars, but with a style and character all its own.
2012 BMW 6-Series: Sharper styling, new engines, and more gadgets highlight the imminent next iteration of BMW’s suave 4-seat coupe and convertible. But check your credit score. The redesigned 6-Series is predicted to be a lot more expensive.
2012 Mazda RX-7: The “rotary rocket” sports car is coming back after more than 10 years away. It promises to be the fastest, most-agile RX-7 yet. It could also be a hybrid.
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class: A timely redesign promises fresh looks, more power, and slight dimensional gains for the pioneer hideaway-hardtop sports car. The next SLK-Class should also be easier on gas, but the real shocker is a rumored all-electric version.
2012 Nissan GT-R: Nissan’s flagship sports car is getting more power and numerous detail changes for 2012. Too bad GT-R prices are likely to go way up.
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera: It won’t look very different, but the next generation of the iconic rear-engine sports car will be leaner, meaner, cleaner, easier on gas, and even more agile. Inevitably, the new 911s will cost more too.
2012 Porsche 928: Is Porsche about to do a coupe spinoff of its first-ever sedan? The odds seem to favor a “two-door Panamera,” but not until the economy picks up.
2012 Porsche Boxster: Porsche’s mid-engine convertible will lighten up and shift down to 4-cylinder power for better fuel economy with no loss in performance. The redesigned Boxster won’t look very different, but its prices probably will.
2012 Toyota Celica: Toyota’s once-popular sporty coupe is set to be reborn as a low-dollar, high-mpg Mazda MX5-fighter with rear-wheel drive and a Subaru powertrain. Goliath teaming up with David? Yup, and it could be just the start of a beautiful friendship.
2013 Chevrolet Corvette: It’s not the radical mid-engine design enthusiasts have been expecting for decades, but so what? The next iteration of America’s sports car will be a slimmed-down, muscled-up front-V8 Vette with higher performance, higher mpg, and “Transformers” styling.
2013 Jaguar XE: Jaguar’s next true sports car is finally on the way, with V6 power, lightweight engineering, and a bodacious body. The XE is still subject to changes, but current intel points to a strong new rival for premium two-seaters like BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.
2013 Porsche Boxster 356: Volkswagen now calls the shots at Porsche and is eyeing a new 4-cylinder sports car to slot in below the Boxster. This “new 356” won’t be cheap, but it looms as another profit-plumper for Europe’s largest automaker.
2013 Volkswagen BlueSport Roadster: It seems VW’s long-promised sports car will finally happen. Patterned on the recent BlueSport concept, the mid-engine 2-seat ragtop shapes up as affordable driving fun with high mpg and low emissions. Too bad it’s some four years away.
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C: A striking sports-car concept previews major excitement for Alfa Romeo’s long-promised U.S. return. A Porsche Cayman rival, the limited-production 4C promises Italian style, high tech, low weight, and great go. And it’s coming to your local Chrysler-Fiat dealer.
2014 Cadillac ZTS: General Motors is making money again, so a “super Cadillac” sedan is back on the table. Possibly to be named ZTS, this long-rumored flagship aims to best premium-class import-brand favorites–provided events don’t put it back on the shelf.
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder: Porsche’s next flagship sports car is–wait for it–a tech-heavy plug-in hybrid. Ultra green and ultra mean, the slinky 918 Spyder will also be ultra costly and ultra scarce.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro: Chevrolet’s reborn ponycar is being redesigned for a mid-decade showdown with a new-generation Ford Mustang. The next Camaro may be somewhat smaller, lighter, and more fuel-efficient than today’s car–if General Motors planners can get their act together.
2015 Honda S2000: Honda is said to be planning a new small sports car with a mid-mounted gas/electric hybrid powertrain and weight-saving construction. But this “new S2000” is likely four years away, time enough for the market to change and Honda to change its mind.