10 Exciting New Cars Most Americans Won't Get To Drive

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2013 looks set to be a fantastic year for new cars.Here are 10 exciting models due in showrooms this year.

Alfa Romeo 4C

The beautiful 4C will be powered by a mid-mounted, 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

With a kerb weight of less than 1,000kg thanks to the use of carbon-fibre in its construction, performance should be excellent.

Price: Approx £45,000

Launch date: Autumn

Porsche 918 Spyder

By combining a race-bred 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine with pair of electric motors, Porsche has created a supercar that can travel from 0-62mph in 3.2sec and yet still return 94mpg in EU Combined tests.

Other astonishing figures include a 199mph top speed and CO2 emissions (again on the EU Combined cycle) of 70g/km.

Price: £624,000

Launch date: September

Renaultsport Clio

A five-door body housing a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and paddleshift gearbox mark a new era of Clio hot hatches.

You can also expect a launch control system and handling tuned by Renaultsport's experts, who have an excellent track record.

Price: Approx £18,000

Launch date: May

Vauxhall Cascada

This four-seater convertible is the third part of Vauxhall's attempt to inject some glamour into its product line-up. We've already tested the other parts of this puzzle, the Mokka and Adam, and found room for improvement in both.

Let's hope the Cascada, which features a folding fabric roof, is right straight out of the box, and proves a credible rival for the Audi A5 Cabriolet.

Price: Approx £25,000

Launch date: March

BMW i3

A revolution in small-car design, or an expensive way to show you care about the planet?

BMW's i3 is sure to divide opinion, but this electric or range-extended five-door supermini marks the birth of the German manufacturer's 'i' sub-brand.

The i8 electric supercar follows in 2014.

Price: TBC

Launch date: End of 2013

Peugeot 208 GTi

Joining the Renaultsport Clio in the battle of the hot hatches will be Peugeot's pretty 208 GTi.

Like the Clio it gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, but is available in a three-door body.

Can it live up to the legend of the 205 GTi? We'll be driving it in the spring to find out.

Price: Approx £19,000

Launch date: June

McLaren P1

Taking the fight to the Porsche 918 Spyder and new Ferrari Enzo will be McLaren's P1.

This curvy looking car is said to combine the track performance of a racing car with the refinement of a road car.

Like the MP4-12C, at the heart of the P1 is a carbon-fibre Monocell structure, which combines light weight and stiffness.

Price: Approx £800,000

Launch date: Autumn

Jaguar F-Type

Whether you opt for the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 or supercharged 5.0-litre V8, the F-type looks set to deliver one of the ultimate driving experiences of 2013.

The compact, rear-wheel drive two-seater is available as a roadster from launch, with a coupé likely to follow.

Price: From £58,550

Launch date: May

BMW M6 Gran Coupé

A four-door version of the BMW M6 sounds like a good recipe for fans of fast cars.

With a 552bhp, 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 under the bonnet it'll accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.2sec.

Rivals will include the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and, arguably, BMW's own M5.

Price: Approx £98,000

Launch date: Summer

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Think of the CLA as a smaller version of the Mercedes CLS, the car that launched the 'four-door coupé' segment in 2004.

Unlike the CLS, however, entry level CLA models will be front-wheel drive, and use the platform of the new A-class.

A four-wheel-drive version is also being developed, although it is not clear if this will be sold in the UK.

Price: Approx £21,000

Launch date: Summer

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