It’s almost an understatement to say that the automotive world is changing faster than ever before. Thanks to advances in technology, engineering, and safety, our cars are more connected to the outside world, more comfortable, and more powerful than ever before. Fuel prices are low, the price of horsepower is dropping, hybrids and EVs are finding an audience, and after a few decades of awkwardly integrating safety features into our cars (see: ’90s-era airbag steering wheels), companies have figured out how to make some truly beautiful cars again.
And from the looks of it, these good times are no blip on the radar either. Despite signs that the auto market could cool off a bit, automakers are flush with cash and pressing on with plans for more luxury cars, performance cars, EVs, big SUVs, and crossovers, giving us plenty of future cars to lust over well into the next decade.
Of course, by then, many of today’s cars could look as empty and primitive as some 2006 models do today. But that’s the price of progress, and we don’t mind it one bit. Here are 10 future cars that we can’t wait to see in the next few years, listed by their projected release date.
Launched in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron made history with its $1 million price tag, quad-turbocharged 1,001-horsepower W16 engine, and then-top speed of 253 miles per hour. Then over the next decade, it got faster, more expensive, and somehow, passé. Due out later this year, the Chiron picks up where Veyron left off, with 1,479 horsepower, a zero to 60 time under 2.5 seconds, a 288 mile per hour top speed, and a $2.66 million price tag. It may be ostentatious, but it’s nothing short of a technological powerhouse.