Hybrid cars are often considered undesirable and most petrolheads hate them. With emission regulations getting stricter, supercar makers have been forced to switch to hybrid powertrains. But, is that necessarily a compromise? As it turns out, not at all. As these cars which are slated to launch within the next five years will show, hybrid actually makes up for a better supercar and in some cases, extreme. Here are the upcoming hybrid supercars and hypercars in the order of their expected release date.
- McLaren Speedtail
The new ‘Hyper GT’ from McLaren will resurrect the central-driving position first introduced on the McLaren F1. Promised to be the fastest McLaren ever, the Speedtail will feature the 4.0-liter V8 borrowed from the 720S combined with a hybrid system for a total output north of 1000 hp. Like the McLaren F1, the Speedtail will be produced in limited numbers – 106 units in total, all of which have been sold out.
McLaren is planning to show a pre-production prototype of the car next month.
- Aston Martin Valkyrie
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is probably the most extreme supercar project of the 21st century. The Valkyrie will use a 6.5-liter V12 built by Cosworth. The naturally aspirated V12 engine is assisted by an electric motor powered by an F1-style kinetic energy recovery system which adds another 130 hp taking the combined output to 1130 hp. Weighing in at around 1000 kg, the Valkyrie will have better power to weight ratio than 1:1. A production spec example could be revealed anytime with the development inching closer to a finish.
- Mercedes-AMG ONE
The AMG One has started road testing whereas its 275 lucky customers have started speccing their cars. Production does not seem to be far off and we might see a finished example at next year’s Geneva Motor Show. The AMG One will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine adapted from the company’s Formula 1 car. It will produce around 670 hp. Four electric motors producing close to 350 hp will help the total output exceed 1000 horsepower. Mercedes claims that the ONE will be able to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in less than 6 seconds.
- Ferrari Mid-Engine Supercar
In a bid to create a two-tier mid-rear engine model range, Ferrari will launch a new supercar that will sit above the 488. Ferrari says that the upcoming car is a “real supercar in the standard range”. The car will feature Ferrari’s new platform for its supercars and will be a V8 hybrid. One of our sources has informed us that a private reveal of the car is scheduled for December 2018.
- Lamborghini LB48H
In June this year, we reported that Lamborghini has showcased a new hypercar at a private event in Italy. The new car codenamed LB48H will launch next year with a hybrid powertrain. It was also reported a few weeks back that it might pack 838 hp. The LB48H reportedly borrows design cues from the insane Terzo Millennio concept. It is believed that only 63 units of the Lamborghini LB48H will be produced with prices starting at $2.5 million.
- McLaren 570S successor
McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt has confirmed that the new Sports Series models will adopt hybridization and autonomy. The successor to the 570S, which is supposed to launch next year will be based on a new Monocell II architecture that has been designed for a hybrid powertrain from the outset. A more refined twin-turbo V8 is likely to be the main power source however. It has also been speculated that the Sports Series might come with a 6-cylinder engine in its hybrid guise.
- Ferrari 488 GTB successor
The replacement of the 488 GTB is scheduled for launch in 2020. A part of the 2-tier mid-rear engine product range, the 488 replacement will sit below the aforementioned thoroughbred supercar from Ferrari. While, the top of the range supercar will focus purely on performance, Ferrari says the primary objective of the 488 successor is to be a fun to drive car. It will feature a hybrid powertrain supposedly with a V6 engine mounted on to a new platform.
- Aston Martin Project 003
Aston Martin recently revealed more details on a new hybrid hypercar which is internally named as Project 003. Aston says that the car is being designed and engineered to offer more practicality compared to the Valkyrie while possessing class leading dynamics on both road and track. It will feature a new twin-turbo V6 combined with electric motors to produce north of 1000 hp. The hypercar will be fully homologated for both left and right-hand drive markets. The production run of the ‘003’ is capped at 500 units each going for around $1 million.
- Lamborghini Aventador Replacement
Lamborghini is reportedly halfway through the development of Aventador’s successor. The hybrid powertrain is expected to produce over 1000 hp with 770 hp reportedly coming from a naturally aspirated V12. A dual-clutch Getrag transmission will replace the single-clutch of the Aventador. With rumors swirling that the launch of the car has been postponed, we currently have no idea when the next gen V12 Lamborghini will release.
- Lamborghini Huracan Successor
The Huracan replacement will also retain its naturally aspirated V10 that will be assisted by electric motors for a total output of more than 900 hp. For cost reduction, the car will reportedly be based on a new aluminium “Mimo II” platform, rather than a carbon fiber one. We are expecting launch in 2022.
- Jaguar J-Type
A mid-engined hybrid supercar is currently under development at Jaguar, which is set to replace the F-Type. A trademark filing by the company suggests that the supercar might be named the J-Type. Jaguar engineers are benchmarking the upcoming car against the Acura NSX. The powertrain will consist of a turbocharged V6 paired with at least two electric motors to produce around 550 hp. The J-Type is rumoured to launch in 2022.
More cars will be added to the list as they are announced.