With Christmas season upon us, wish lists are long with things we hope the jolly ole man from up north would gift us. No, I’m not talking about your Uncle Buck on your dad’s side, but Saint Nick himself. Sure, things like new camera equipment or a performance parts might top the list of most car-loving folks out there, but what if Santa could reach into the future and deliver a hot new ride that isn’t even out yet?

What would you ask for?

Me, I’m into things with a purpose. Vehicles that go really fast or one that go slow, but can conquer the Rubicon trail usually get elicit more excitement than the average grocery getter. That’s why my list consists of purpose-built vehicles. I will admit, however, there is one vehicle that fills a more daily drier role, but comes with all-wheel drive and more power than its little chassis is normally allotted. What am I talking about? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for my top 5 future vehicles

Chevrolet Corvette Zora

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Talk about a mid-engine corvette has been happening for decades now, but Chevrolet seems more ready to deliver such a product than ever before. We’ve even seen Frankenstein-style test mules running around covered in camouflage and looking like an El Camino with an engine in the bed. While we can’t be certain, it seems GM has been doing extensive, real-world testing.

The mid-engine Corvette is rumored to be called the Zora, named after one of the most influential Corvette engineers, Zora Arkus-Duntov. Details on the car are completely hearsay at this point, so there’s not much to go off of. Still we’ve done some hard speculating in the past.

Current Corvette insiders say the current Corvette platform is maxed out in terms of road-holding and performance abilities, so the mid-engine design would allow the Corvette name to push further towards hypercar territory. A 700-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 would likely be the powerplant, placed behind the driver in a modified aluminum chassis similar to the C7’s. This will allow the Zora to accomplish better cornering, braking, and acceleration – all thanks to better weight distribution.

We don’t expect the Zora to make production until the C8 generation of Corvette has been on the market a year or two. Speculation now points to roughly the 2020 model year.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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In keeping with the GM theme, the Camaro is one of the automaker’s more profitable and popular vehicles. The Camaro ranges from four-cylinder, first-car material up to the 455-horsepower SS that’s ready for weekend track duty. However, there are still open slots in the Camaro lineup. Traditionally, the SS 1LE, ZL1, and Z/28 monikers make their appearance a few years after a new generation is introduced.

If GM keeps models the ZL1 after the fifth generation car (which is very likely), the Camaro will come with a supercharged V-8 that makes slightly less power than what’s found in the high-performance Corvette – the 650-horsepower Z06, in this case. Like the LSA V-8 before it, the all-new LT4 will displace 6.2-liters and come with a belt-driven supercharger. It will likely produce 640 horsepower, keeping it under the Vette yet matching the output of the LT4 in the 2016 Cadillac CTS V.

The ZL1 will be the all-out muscle car of the Camaro family, though it will likely out-perform the fifth-generation Z/28 on the track. For that reason, some suspect a Z/28 version won’t happen for the sixth generation Camaro.

Either way, expect the ZL1 to debut for the 2017 model year and offer outstanding performance for around $60,000.

Next-Gen Nissan GT-R

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Yet another high-performance car we’ve been eagerly awaiting is the Nissan GT-R. Rumors have been flying about Nissan’s next halo car for years, as the current car ages more and more. Nissan hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a hybrid drivetrain either, making the GT-R something of a Porsche 918 killer.

The current car boasts an impressive 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged V-6. Opt for the NISMO performance package and the power jumps to 600 horses and 481 pound-feet. It’s fair to say the next GT-R will have horsepower and torque numbers that exceed even the NISMO version. With the addition of an electric motor, The GT-R could be capable of 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and a top speed well past 200 mph.

More than that, Nissan is said to be putting more luxury into the cabin. It won’t come with its own pillows like a Maybach, but it should be more comfortable than the current GT-R. Sadly, Nissan has officially said the GT-R is years away from production, so we’re stuck with the current car for a while longer.

2017 Jeep Wrangler

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Heading off in a completely different direction than the previous three, the upcoming Jeep Wrangleris highly anticipated by those in the off-road segment – and by me. The Wrangler holds a special place in my heart thanks to its go-anywhere capability, removable roof, aftermarket support, and military heritage. What’s more, the people who make up the Jeeping community are some of the nicest in the world.

All that aside, the upcoming Wrangler, said to carry the designation of JL, will likely have an aluminum body tub and panels, making it lighter, stronger, and less prone to rust. The folding windshield is likely to be traded for a fixed unit, helping make the Wrangler safer in a roll-over crash. The traditional “roll bar,” or Sports Bar as it’s called, is said to be stronger thanks to a more ridged design with larger beams. This could make the JL less of an open-top vehicle, though Jeeps maintains the Wrangler will continue with tradition.

The Wrangler will likely get an updated V-6 gasoline engine, along with the addition of the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel found elsewhere in the FCA portfolio. Also expect the eight-speed automatic transmission to make its debut here as well. Neither engine is confirmed, but both make total sense. Jeep has confirmed the Wrangler will maintain its solid axle suspension design, along with a 5x5 bolt pattern for the wheels. This will be a major help to aftermarket builders looking to sell parts.

All told, we can expect the next Wrangler to be lighter, more fuel efficient, and safer, while still maintaining is off-road prowess and storied heritage. The Wrangler JL should make its debut for the 2018 model year. That is, unless Santa can bring me one early….

Ford Fiesta RS

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Remember the car I talked about being more of a daily driver than the rest? Well, the Ford Fiesta is certainly an easy daily driver. Add a couple hundred horsepower, AWD, and a sweet body kit shouldn’t hurt its ability to tote groceries, right?

The Fiesta RS takes after its big brother, the Focus RS, much the same way the Fiesta ST is modeled after the Focus ST. We suspect a Fiesta RS would include a slightly widened track, a revised suspension, a limited slip differential, and looks to match. Ford will also cut as much weight from the platform and interior bits as well, all in an effort to increase performance.

Speaking of performance, Ford could keep the 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Fiesta and wring some more ponies out of it. European Fiesta ST buyers can opt for a warranty-covered power tune that kicks the engine up to 212 horsepower. If Ford reworks the four-cylinder to have more power out of the gate, the Fiesta RS could deliver as much as 260 horsepower.

All this is pure speculation, however, as Ford hasn’t announced it will build an RS version of the Fiesta. We’re hoping it will, though, as the high-horsepower hot-hatch would be a hoot to drive.

If Ford did actually build the car, we could expect it around 2017 or 2018.

So let me know what you think of my Christmas wish list in the comments below! What five vehicles would you ask for?

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