These are the cars we think people will be scouring auctions and classified ads for 20 years down the road, and some of them will likely be worth some serious money.
2020 Toyota Supra
With a rich heritage, the 2020 Supra is a fully forward-looking sports car, brimming with a cutting-edge powertrain, chassis and multimedia technology. Like the pinnacle of the previous Supra series, the 2020 model will be powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. The new Supra’s 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo six will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and will be teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota projects 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which makes this the quickest Toyota-branded production vehicle to date.
The Toyota Supra is legitimately one of the best sports cars on the market, and in 20 years’ time, the majority of this new generation of Supras will be either crashed or heavily modified. At its heart is BMW’s a remarkably robust and tunable BMW B58 turbo six-cylinder engine, and the race has already been on to build reliable 1,000 hp drag racing monsters. The fact the Supra is a superb sports car out of the box, and the rarity of unmolested cars will ensure its status a collectible in the future.
Toyota President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda tested the Supra on the Nürburgring and other racing venues to give his personal feedback as a Master Driver to ensure this new model would exceed the expectations of Supra fans across the globe.
Supra devotees have waited a long time for the next-generation model. They’ll find the 2020 Supra worth the wait.
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO
The Nissan GT-R is not new for 2020, but we shouldn’t forget its importance. While there are a lot of legitimate complaints that the GT-R is getting old these won’t be relevant in 20+ years’ time. It’s still a phenomenally fast car and a prime example of Japanese engineering being applied to a sports car. More importantly, every generation of GT-R has become collectible, and there’s no disputing the historical importance of any of them.
If Nissan chooses to take the next generation GT-R into an electrified future, the current base 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 will be the last of its kind. Of course, the 2020 GT-R Track Edition and GT-R Nismo will be the premium classics, but base models will also make the grade.
2020 Corvette Stingray
Today, Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.
“Corvette has always represented the pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing at GM. The traditional front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history. Customers are going to be thrilled with our focus on details and performance across the board.”
More powerful and more sought after variants of the new Corvette will become available for future classic car collectors. However, the first model year of the transition from being a front-engined sports car to a mid-engined supercar is a historical moment for the badge. It’s now gone from supercar adversary to supercar competitor, and while that leaves a sour taste in some enthusiast’s mouths, it will be forgotten in time. The term game changer is overused, but it’s apt here. The Corvette has become America’s first blue-collar supercar and has put exotic supercar manufacturers on notice.
Bentley Flying Spur
Bentley has said it plans on electrifying its entire range by 2023. That means the brand new twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 Bentley Flying Spur will be short-lived as a purely gas-engined sedan. Its 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque will help keep it desirable well into the future. Bentley is looking forward to entering a new era, so anything at the end of this era, including the final Mulsanne model year cars, is guaranteed to become a well-loved and desired Bentley classic.
“As with the launch of the Continental GT, the new Flying Spur is a ground up development that pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement,” comments Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors.
Designed, engineered and handcrafted at the Home of Bentley in Crewe, England, the new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s unique application of cutting-edge & modern technology, seamlessly integrating the latest British craftsmanship with innovation features. The latest generation of Flying Spur pushes the existing boundaries of refinement and attention to detail to create the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Shelby cars have a long history of becoming classics, and the 2020 GT500 is a new factory built high-performance Mustang benchmark. A supercharged 5.2-liter V8 pushing 760 hp and the ability to hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds ensures we will remember it for a long time. Buy one, keep that snake badge clean and shiny, and it’s unlikely to be a depreciated asset in 20+ years. Buy one and drive it like it’s supposed to be driven, and someone will still want to give it a good home.
In the process of making the all-new Shelby GT500 the quickest street-legal Mustang ever, Ford Performance created an exclusive powertrain to deliver new levels of power and torque.
“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”
Porsche 911 Carrera S
The all-new 2020 model year Porsche in any high-performance trim is a shoo-in here, but those that choose the Carrera S with a manual installed are doing future generations a favor. The manual transmission is dying, and people are always going to be looking back at the 911 fondly. Put those facts together, and you have a future classic car.
At some point, it’s also likely that manual transmission Porsches will create their own bubble in the market as rear-engined Porsches did recently. If you can afford two, buy one to drive and stick one in the garage with a sheet over it. Your kids will thank you for it later.
“The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, who opened the world premiere in Berlin, “This day marks the start of a new era.”
Porsche’s first all-electric car is guaranteed to become a classic. Whether it will be a popular or niche classic is another matter, though, and probably depends on whether battery electric power becomes our future standard. Power-wise, the Taycan’s 562 hp to 750 hp and relentless torque won’t age in a hurry, but the battery tech will. The shape, style, and the fact its Porsche’s first all-electric powerhouse will help it endure and well-preserved models will satisfy the history nerds for generations.
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
For those that want a scorchingly fast muscle car but also have to put people in the rear seats, the Dodge Charger Hellcat is a dream come true.
The Hellcat Charger has been around a while, but adding a widebody version with more tire for 2020 doesn’t just make the Charger SRT Hellcat look badass, it’s also a riot to drive on the track or back roads with generously sized lanes. However, looks alone will make sure the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is preserved for future generations to enjoy.