Although the exact details could be subject to change, automakers love to let slip clues and other information concerning their most intriguing upcoming sports car models. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting future sports cars that have been slated to hit the streets over the course of the next few years.
Set to debut in February of 2011, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible is the drop top edition of the bowtie-wearing muscle coupe. The Camaro convertible is pegged to match the 2010 hardtop in terms of equipment, features and engine choices, with base models motivated by a 300 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and SS editions offering a 426 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 when matched with the available six-speed manual transmission.
The current Camaro SS springs to 60 miles per hour in just five seconds, and it’s reasonable to expect that the convertible edition will come in at just a bit slower due to the extra weight associated with its rag top design. The convertible Camaro finally gives Chevrolet something to throw at the topless version of the Ford Mustang that has been on sale for years without a true muscle car rival.
The Dodge Viper went on hiatus for the 2011 model year as new corporate parent Fiat worked out how to keep the iconic supercar viable in the future. A one-off version of the 2012 model was shown to Dodge and Chrysler dealers this past fall, and some in attendance made a connection between its styling and that of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione coupe, which represents the performance apex of the European brand’s lineup. Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles has denied, however, than the future Dodge Viper will be based on a Fiat or Ferrari platform.
Chrysler executives have also stated that the goal is to preserve the Viper’s trademark V-10 power plant and continue to have the vehicle produce well north of 500 horsepower. The motor will most likely be new (as in, not carried over from the 2010 edition) and derived from an existing Dodge or Fiat design.
The 2012 Toyota FT-86 has seen its share of development drama over the past year or so. A joint project with Japanese competitor Subaru, the FT-86 dropped cover at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and was revealed as a sleek and aggressively-styled rear-wheel drive coupe that would see Toyota return to the compact performance coupe segment after a prolonged absence. The Subaru version of the FT-86 will presumably employ an all-wheel drive layout.
Each company’s version of the FT-86 will most likely be powered by a four-cylinder engine in the base model. A turbocharged edition of the FT-86 is also potentially in the cards, and affordable entry-level pricing should help the FT-86 fight against compact coupes such as the Hyundai Genesis and the V-6 versions of the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.