2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed: What to expect

Goodwood is back, and this year it will debut some serious firepower.

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Fans across the world were disheartened last year to learn that the Goodwood Festival of Speed would be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

But in 2021, things are expected to go above and beyond to make up for it.

Goodwood is a prime opportunity for car manufacturers to display their latest and greatest creations and this year will be no different.

Here are the cars set to make their Goodwood debut in 2021.

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm

The wildest Giulia ever made will be making its way to Goodwood in spectacular fashion, with more power, downforce and plenty of carbon fibre.

CarExpert has confirmed that the bold GTA and GTAm will be coming to Australia, but just 18 will be available (if they’re not already sold). Listen out on the Goodwood coverage for that glorious Ferrari-developed twin turbo V6.

Alpina B8 Gran Coupe

If you’re after a slightly classier version of the BMW 8 Series, this is it. With a twin-turbo V8 producing 457kW of power and 800Nm of torque, this car will be a weapon on the Goodwood Hillclimb. The B8 will sound good too, with a custom stainless exhaust system to wake the crowd up.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin will be bringing the firepower this Goodwood, mainly in the form of the Valkyrie. With a Cosworth-developed V12 engine that revs out to 11,000rpm, this may just be the best sounding car up the hill at the Festival of Speed.

BMW 2 Series

BMW has retained its rear-wheel drive underpinnings for the latest 2 Series Coupe, due in Australia by the end of 2021.

The flagship model, at this stage, will be the M240i xDrive which will feature BMW’s familiar B58 turbocharged straight-six engine. It’ll produce 275kW of power and 500Nm of torque. Expect plenty of gorgeous six-cylinder noises as it takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb.

Ferrari SF90 Spider

Ferrari’s plug-in hybrid V8 supercar will be making an appearance at Goodwood this year. With 735kW of power and 800Nm, this is a serious piece of machinery. With nothing but the sky as your roof, this Ferrari will be the ultimate wind-in-your-hair experience.

Genesis G70 Shooting Brake

Arguably one of the best-looking wagons to be released in recent times, the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake will be an interesting alternative to the likes of an Audi A4 Avant or Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon when it touches down in Australia in the third quarter of 2021.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6

While it may seem that Goodwood is a petrol-fest, there will be plenty of electric goodness, too. Both Hyundai and Kia will unveil their ground-up electric cars at the festival’s Electric Avenue display.

The Ioniq 5 and EV6 certainly won’t be making the same noise as the other cars in this list, but their design and technology should impress the masses. Both models are due in Australia during 2021.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae

The Ultimae might just be the very last time we see a naturally-aspirated V12 in a Lamborghini and could be one of the last times we see one, period.

It’ll take the best parts of the SVJ and S Aventadors and will produce 574kW of power. Expect this thing to make all the right noises as it takes on Goodwood. Just enjoy it while it lasts – it won’t be the same from here on.

Land Rover Defender V8

Here’s one vehicle that can handle most hill climbs, not just the one at Goodwood. The Defender P525 V8 packs a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine with 386kW of power and 625Nm of torque. In short-wheelbase 90 guise, it has a 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds. And yes, it’s coming to Australia.

Lotus Emira

One of the finest styled cars of the year, as well as the last new Lotus to use an internal-combustion engine, will be heading to Goodwood to flaunt its good looks. It’s due here in July 2022.

Two engine options will be available in the Emira: a Mercedes-AMG-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder or a supercharged 3.5-litre Toyota V6 mated with a manual gearbox. It will be great to hear what these engines sound like at full throttle at the Festival of Speed.

Maserati MC20

The MC20 sold out in Australia within weeks of its unveiling, so expectations are high for Maserati’s supercar.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, the beast produces 463kW of power and 730Nm of torque. It’s the first in-house developed engine in 20 years for the brand. The supercar has a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of under 2.9 seconds so expect a quick hill climb run.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

Porsche has gone and slapped a big GT badge on the back of a Cayenne, but for good reason. The Turbo GT is the most hardcore Cayenne ever made by the company and produces a hearty 471kW and 850Nm. 3.3 seconds to 100km/h is an impressive feat for the big SUV and we can’t wait to see it go to work on track.

Toyota GR 86

There’s a new generation of Toyota 86 coming. Gone is the 2.0-litre Boxer flat-four, replaced by a larger 2.4-litre unit. Fresher styling and proper tyres means the GR 86 will be a popular attraction at Goodwood this year.

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