Hot New Rides for Spring and Summer

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By: Kasey McNerney

As the weather heats up, the urge to take a fast car for a cruise on an empty highway grows stronger. Is that just us? We didn’t think so.

Luckily for all of us, this year is shaping up to be a standout in terms of high-performance vehicle releases. We’ve compiled a list of the most exciting upcoming rides, as well as a few that are already available if you just can’t wait.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S/Image Credit: Tesla

When you think of sporty electric vehicles, one of the first to come to mind is the Tesla Model S Plaid. This vehicle combines power and performance with the eco-friendliness of an EV, with a peak output of over 1,000-horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph. Of course, the Model S also features an ultra-high-tech interior, with a 17-inch touchscreen display, an in-car gaming system comparable to the top consoles, and a 27-speaker premium audio system. If you have the need for speed and comfort, the Model S has you covered.

2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe (Coming Spring 2021)

2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe/Image Credit: BMW

With the luxurious feel of a BMW sedan, featuring the 612-horsepower of a 4.4L turbocharged V8 engine, the upcoming Alpina B8 Gran Coupe is truly the best of both worlds. Its sporty yet graceful design, including two exclusive Alpina colors, and high-tech interior provides a level of comfort many sports cars don’t have. Be prepared to look and feel like a million bucks, while also leaving everyone else in the dust.

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line/Image Credit: Kia Motors

The Kia Stinger, already a powerhouse in its class, has stepped up its game even more with the 2022 GT-Line. Now featuring a 300-horsepower, 2.5 L turbocharged engine, the Stinger GT will make a strong statement wherever it goes. Your joyrides will remain safe, with a suite of standard driver assistances features to keep you aware of your surroundings. All of this technology is packaged in a sport but refined appearance that’s guaranteed to turn heads.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat (Coming early 2021)

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat/Image Credit: Dodge

The Hellcat name tells you everything you need to know about this vehicle: it’s sinfully fast. With a V8 engine that produces 710-horsepower and reaches a top speed of 180 mph, this Dodge Durango is no ordinary SUV. However, it still is an SUV, meaning you take the whole family for a ride and let them experience the power of this HEMI engine.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT/Image Credit: Ford

If a car is going to bear the Mustang name, it must live up to the image of an ultra-powerful, joyous muscle car. The GT version of the Ford Mustang Mach-E makes a strong case. With 480-horsepower, the Mach-E GT is an incredibly thrilling drive. Styling changes – like black 20-inch wheels and performance seating – let you know that this is no ordinary EV. The Ford Mustang is synonymous with power and fun, and its environmentally-conscious cousin certainly does not disappoint on either.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Line (Coming spring 2021)

2022 Hyundai Kona N Line/Image Credit: Hyundai

Now, we know what you’re thinking: A Hyundai Kona on a list of high-performance vehicles? Well, it’s more likely than you think. With the release of the 2022 model of the compact SUV, Hyundai announced there would also be a N Line version. The N Line (the N being a reference to the iconic German race track, the Nürburgring) brings bigger wheels, a sportier design, available All-Wheel Drive, and a 195-horsepower turbocharged engine to the Kona, making this SUV one gearheads will appreciate.

2022 Audi e-tron GT (Coming summer 2021)

2022 Audi e-tron GT/Image Credit: Audi

The upcoming Audi e-tron GT is an incredible blend of technology and excitement. With an available boost mode, this sedan reaches 522-horsepower and can go from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Its sleek body shape and aggressive nose are modern but give a hint of the power underneath. And of course, being an Audi, the e-tron GT has all the luxuries you need, including a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit and a sculpted interior.

With a variety of different options, these hot new rides are sure to spice up your warmer months. If your summer plans involve a lot of driving; these vehicles will make everything more fun and bring a smile to your face.

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and inherited her interest in cars from her dad. She previously worked at Phoenix Raceway, where she assisted with communications for NASCAR events. Currently, Kasey writes automotive content for BestRide and works with auto and auto-adjacent businesses to strengthen their social media presence.