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Best sports cars arriving in 2022

Subaru's redesigned WRX benefits from a new platform and a fresh 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

There might not be too many new sports cars landing in 2022, but the few models that are scheduled to go on sale are significant.

It’s a big year for affordable sports cars and iconic nameplates, but a pair of premium German performance heroes should appeal to those with deeper pockets.

Barring any delays caused by the global semiconductor shortage, here’s the rundown of sports cars hitting Australian dealerships in 2022.

Audi RS3 - First half

Audi lifted the covers from its all-new RS3 performance sedan and hatch in July 2021, revealing a sexy, sporty take on its volume-selling small car.

Once again powered by Audi’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the RS3 retains its 294kW power output but gains 20Nm more torque, at 500Nm.

Due in the first half of 2022, the new RS3 has a drift mode, and it can cover 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds in both Sportback hatch and sedan guise – that’s 0.1s quicker than its Mercedes-AMG A45 S rival.

Read more: 2022 Audi RS3 revealed: New Mercedes-AMG A45 S rival goes official with five cylinders, all-wheel drive with drift mode, and aggressive styling

Audi RS3

Audi RS3
3.8
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$83,800
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Nissan Z - 2022

It’s been a long wait for Nissan sports-car fans, but a new Z car will finally land in Australia in 2022 to replace the ageing 370Z.

The new model, simply dubbed ‘Z’, carries over the old model’s platform, although Nissan has made significant tweaks. A new 298kW/475Nm twin-turbo V6 engine powers the rear-wheel-drive Z, paired with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.

Thankfully, Nissan has upgraded in-car tech as well as active safety which gets a boost thanks to auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and more.

Read more: 2022 Nissan Z finally revealed! New 370Z successor coming to Australia with Toyota Supra-smashing twin-turbo V6 power and manual option

Porsche 911 GTS - First quarter

A new GTS variant of any Porsche model is big news, especially when it’s the iconic 911. Scheduled for the first quarter of 2022, the new 911 GTS is available in two-wheel-drive Coupe and Cabriolet guise, and all-wheel-drive Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa forms.

Pumping out 353kW/570Nm from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine, the new GTS adds 22kW/20Nm over the previous version. The 4 GTS Coupe completes the 0-100km/h dash in a blistering 3.3 seconds.

GTS styling flourishes are standard, as is the Sport Design package, an updated multimedia system, 20/21-inch alloy wheels and specially tuned adaptive suspension. 

Read more: 2022 Porsche 911 GTS price and features: Sporty new grade ups the ante to take on Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT

Porsche 911

Porsche 911
4.3
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$236,300
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Subaru WRX - Second quarter

Thirty years after setting the standard for affordable rally-bred performance, an all-new Subaru WRX lobs in Australia in the second quarter of 2022.

Based on the Subaru Global Platform underpinning all models but the BRZ, the latest Rex gains a new turbocharged 2.4-litre petrol engine delivering 202kW and 350Nm – a marginal increase in power over the outgoing car.

The all-paw four-door will be offered with a six-speed manual or a sports-focused continuously variable transmission. Subaru says the new stiffer chassis has unlocked more performance than before.

Read more: Has the new 2022 Subaru WRX done enough to retain its performance hero crown?

Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX
3.8
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$40,990
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Toyota GR 86 - 2022

While the second-generation Subaru BRZ hits showrooms in 2021, collab partner Toyota’s new GR 86 doesn’t arrive until 2022.

Like the Nissan Z, the new GR 86 rides on the same platform as the model it replaces, albeit a heavily revised version. It gets an engine upgrade, too, with the old 2.0-litre unit swapped out for a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated engine offering up 173kW/250Nm – a decent increase over the old model.

The exterior design is an evolution of the previous 86, and the differences between the Toyota and Subaru are subtle. The interior gets an upgrade with a more modern look and a new multimedia set-up.

Read more: 2022 Toyota 86 powers up! New Subaru BRZ twin revealed with larger engine, manual option, unique design, stiffer body and GR branding

Toyota 86

Toyota 86
3.9
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$32,180
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)