Porsche 911 GT3 (992)
Ever since the 992 generation was released back in 2018, the ever enthusiastic Porsche community has been itching to see the GT3 variant. Now in its third decade, the 911 GT3 is the go-to if you’re looking for a truly raw driving experience, without losing commodities like heating or sat nav. It’s a car that does both exceptionally well, driving to the Nurburgring from South Wales in complete ease, smashing lap after lap at the highest level, only to twist the dial back to comfort mode and pootle all the way home.
It’s a car that continues to shake up the market too. Allocations were incredibly hard to come by, and some of the lucky few who did manage to get one eventually caved into the eye-watering amount of profit that could be made on the resale market. The normal rules of depreciation do not apply to the 911 GT3, and it’s likely the GT3 RS is going to be even more desirable!
Fiat 500 E
Another fully electric vehicle in our list, but this one is slightly bigger than the little Fiat. Built from the ground up to be an electric car by Volvo’s sister brand, the Polestar 2 is a rival for the Tesla Model 3, Audi Q4 e-Tron and anything else that dares to breach the electric SUV/crossover realm.
From a design standpoint alone, the Polestar 2 ticks every box imaginable. Crossover SUVs aren’t exactly the perfect place to showcase creativity or innovation from a design point of view, but this one really does look unique. At 4.6m long it’s a 3-series sized, chiselled hatchback that looks slightly on tip-toes, giving it far more cabin and boot space as a result.
Settle in and you’ll be at once familiar with the Scandi styling and Volvo overtones, but also surprised by the freshness of the design. Materials and build quality are top-notch regardless of whether you’ve got a basic version or a top-spec car. It’s the subtle way to join the electric vehicle community, it doesn’t shout like a Tesla does or turn heads quite as much as a Porsche, but for those who know will appreciate it greatly.
Land Rover Defender V8
Speaking of last hurrahs, here’s one of the most iconic names in motoring history with a stonking great supercharged V8 engine under the bonnet. Although questionable at first, the new-look Defender has been a great money maker for Land Rover, appealing to both city slickers and the agricultural type.
What we like most about the V8 Defender is the way it carries its heritage, with nods to the past but remaining an entirely new and innovative model. Reports suggest on the road it’s smooth, refined and still very, very fast, but isn’t as flashy as an SVR Range Rover for example.
It’s an SUV with real purpose, and much like the others in our list, the net is closing in on powerful combustion engines, meaning it’s likely this will be the last ever production Defender we see with such a powerful engine, as JLR moves to become entirely electric in the coming years.
So there’s five of our picks for 2021, a list of cars both big and small, fast and slow, but all so unique in their own way! Let us know what you think should be on our list, is there a car that really blew you away this year?
Elliot is our resident tech-lover and petrolhead, who is in charge of spreading AdFeeder to the masses! Having previously worked with brands such as Porsche and BMW, Elliot specialises in content creation and social media.