Among the most keenly anticipated cars of 2014, the new BMW M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan will hit the scene during the second half of the year, armed with a new high-revving twin-turbo six-cylinder motor good for 317kW and 550Nm.
Among the most keenly anticipated cars of 2014, the new BMW M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan will hit the scene during the second half of the year, armed with a new high-revving twin-turbo six-cylinder motor good for 317kW and 550Nm.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a pukka mid-engined sports car complete with a carbon-fibre tub chassis. The first batch is already sold out, so best you start chasing the 2014/2015 allocation.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a pukka mid-engined sports car complete with a carbon-fibre tub chassis. The first batch is already sold out, so best you start chasing the 2014/2015 allocation.
The Audi RS 7, due in January, packs a 412kW/700Nm force-fed V8 that gets it to 100 in a shade under four seconds.
The Audi RS 7, due in January, packs a 412kW/700Nm force-fed V8 that gets it to 100 in a shade under four seconds.
The cabriolet version of the latest Audi A3 will hit our streets during the second half of 2014, hopefully in time for spring.
The cabriolet version of the latest Audi A3 will hit our streets during the second half of 2014, hopefully in time for spring.
Those tired of the standard school-run crossover can look forward to the 228kW five-cylinder Audi RS Q3 in January.
Those tired of the standard school-run crossover can look forward to the 228kW five-cylinder Audi RS Q3 in January.
Before the year is out BMW will unleash its radical new lightweight i8 sports car, powered by a hybrid drivetrain that mates a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol to an electric motor for a combined output of 266kW.
Before the year is out BMW will unleash its radical new lightweight i8 sports car, powered by a hybrid drivetrain that mates a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol to an electric motor for a combined output of 266kW.
Longer, lower and wider than the 1 Series two-door that it replaces, the new BMW 2 Series Coupe offers up to 240kW of thrill potential. It will hit SA streets during the first quarter of 2014.
Longer, lower and wider than the 1 Series two-door that it replaces, the new BMW 2 Series Coupe offers up to 240kW of thrill potential. It will hit SA streets during the first quarter of 2014.
Radical new BMW i3, due in SA next year, is a lightweight hatchback built around an electric drivetrain.
Radical new BMW i3, due in SA next year, is a lightweight hatchback built around an electric drivetrain.
The 103kW Chevrolet Sonic RS will bring turbo-petrol power to the compact hatch range when it hits SA streets early in 2014.
The 103kW Chevrolet Sonic RS will bring turbo-petrol power to the compact hatch range when it hits SA streets early in 2014.
Datsun is coming back and the Nissan division promises that its new 1.2-litre Go hatchback will cost less than R100 000 when it hits the scene during the second half of 2014.
Datsun is coming back and the Nissan division promises that its new 1.2-litre Go hatchback will cost less than R100 000 when it hits the scene during the second half of 2014.
Ford is making a return to the large sedan market with its Fusion sedan. Expect it to offer a range of EcoBoost turbopetrol engines.
Ford is making a return to the large sedan market with its Fusion sedan. Expect it to offer a range of EcoBoost turbopetrol engines.
GWM will soon launch an assault on the lower end of the crossover market with its M4, which is powered by a 77kW 1.5-litre engine.
GWM will soon launch an assault on the lower end of the crossover market with its M4, which is powered by a 77kW 1.5-litre engine.
An interesting and imminent offering from GWM, the C50 is a Corolla-sized sedan powered by a 98kW 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine.
An interesting and imminent offering from GWM, the C50 is a Corolla-sized sedan powered by a 98kW 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine.
Expect the all new Honda Jazz to reach South Africa during the course of the year offering a practical-as-ever package wrapped in a more interesting design.
Expect the all new Honda Jazz to reach South Africa during the course of the year offering a practical-as-ever package wrapped in a more interesting design.
As was the case with its predecessor, the new Honda City will spawn the SA-market Honda Ballade.
As was the case with its predecessor, the new Honda City will spawn the SA-market Honda Ballade.
Models pose with Hyundai Motor's new Genesis sedan during a photo session at a hotel in Seoul November 26, 2013. Hyundai Motor unveiled the revamped version of its high-end Genesis sedan in South Korea on Tuesday, a key model along with the upcoming Sonata, to revive momentum in its key home and U.S. markets. Hyundai, the world's fifth-biggest automaker along with Kia Motors, is looking to lift its total U.S. vehicle sales by 10 percent next year, underlining its high hopes on the Genesis and more importantly, the Sonata sedan. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS) - RTX15T9Q
Models pose with Hyundai Motor's new Genesis sedan during a photo session at a hotel in Seoul November 26, 2013. Hyundai Motor unveiled the revamped version of its high-end Genesis sedan in South Korea on Tuesday, a key model along with the upcoming Sonata, to revive momentum in its key home and U.S. markets. Hyundai, the world's fifth-biggest automaker along with Kia Motors, is looking to lift its total U.S. vehicle sales by 10 percent next year, underlining its high hopes on the Genesis and more importantly, the Sonata sedan. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS) - RTX15T9Q
The quirky little Hyundai Veloster will get the fire-power it deserves when the 150kW 1.6-litre turbocharged version arrives around April.
The quirky little Hyundai Veloster will get the fire-power it deserves when the 150kW 1.6-litre turbocharged version arrives around April.
South Africa will get the Indian-market version of the new Hyundai i10. Dubbed the i10 Grand, it is 100mm longer than the European version, which is a good thing because we like our space.
South Africa will get the Indian-market version of the new Hyundai i10. Dubbed the i10 Grand, it is 100mm longer than the European version, which is a good thing because we like our space.
Infiniti plans to preview a brand new product at JIMS and logic dictates that it must be the new Q50, which is set to go up against 3 Series and friends.
Infiniti plans to preview a brand new product at JIMS and logic dictates that it must be the new Q50, which is set to go up against 3 Series and friends.
Due around mid-2014, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe range is headed by a 404.5kW supercharged V8 R model.
Due around mid-2014, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe range is headed by a 404.5kW supercharged V8 R model.
Kia will be pulling the covers off its new 150kW turbocharged Cerato Koup.
Kia will be pulling the covers off its new 150kW turbocharged Cerato Koup.
This radical new Lexus coupe, with up to 234kW on command, will rival the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series when it lands here during the second half of 2014.
This radical new Lexus coupe, with up to 234kW on command, will rival the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series when it lands here during the second half of 2014.
Mazda will enter SA as an independent entity in 2014 once the Ford divorce is complete. After that you can expect some exciting new products, like the all-new Mazda3 (shown here) and, possibly, the Mazda6.
Mazda will enter SA as an independent entity in 2014 once the Ford divorce is complete. After that you can expect some exciting new products, like the all-new Mazda3 (shown here) and, possibly, the Mazda6.
Larger-yet-lighter than before, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class promises to set new standards in its class. Expect to see it in showrooms before midyear.
Larger-yet-lighter than before, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class promises to set new standards in its class. Expect to see it in showrooms before midyear.
Something of an A-Class on stilts, the Mercedes-Benz GLA will offer yet another premium temptation to the compact crossover crowds. ETA is April, with prices starting just shy of R400 000.
Something of an A-Class on stilts, the Mercedes-Benz GLA will offer yet another premium temptation to the compact crossover crowds. ETA is April, with prices starting just shy of R400 000.
The MG3 is expected to cost just under R160 000 when it goes on sale in January.
The MG3 is expected to cost just under R160 000 when it goes on sale in January.
The styling might be evolutionary, but the 2014 Mini (due in April) is practically all-new beneath the skin. Cooper gets a 100kW three-cylinder 1.5T and Cooper S gains a 141kW four-pot 2.0T.
The styling might be evolutionary, but the 2014 Mini (due in April) is practically all-new beneath the skin. Cooper gets a 100kW three-cylinder 1.5T and Cooper S gains a 141kW four-pot 2.0T.
The all-new crossover you see here marks the return of the Mitsubishi Outlander to South Africa in 2014.
The all-new crossover you see here marks the return of the Mitsubishi Outlander to South Africa in 2014.
South Africans will enjoy more budget hatch variety when Mitsubishi launches its new Mirage next year, likely around April. Power comes from a 59kW three-cylinder 1.2 petrol motor.
South Africans will enjoy more budget hatch variety when Mitsubishi launches its new Mirage next year, likely around April. Power comes from a 59kW three-cylinder 1.2 petrol motor.
The all-new Nissan Qashqai will aim for compact crossover domination when it hits the local scene around midyear.
The all-new Nissan Qashqai will aim for compact crossover domination when it hits the local scene around midyear.
The new Nissan X-Trail boasts a smoother design, advanced technologies and the availability of a seven-seat model. ETA: mid-2014.
The new Nissan X-Trail boasts a smoother design, advanced technologies and the availability of a seven-seat model. ETA: mid-2014.
Peugeot RCZ-R
Peugeot RCZ-R
Peugeot 308.
Peugeot 308.
The Peugeot 2008 will take on the Ford Ecosport and Nissan Juke when it arrives in SA, before midyear.
The Peugeot 2008 will take on the Ford Ecosport and Nissan Juke when it arrives in SA, before midyear.
Porsche Macan S
Porsche Macan S
Due imminently, the new Renault Clio RS takes up turbocharging, its 1.6T heart pushing 147kW and 240Nm.
Due imminently, the new Renault Clio RS takes up turbocharging, its 1.6T heart pushing 147kW and 240Nm.
The WRX returns to South Africa in May 2014, powered by a new 200kW 2-litre boxer motor.
The WRX returns to South Africa in May 2014, powered by a new 200kW 2-litre boxer motor.
The more grown-up Suzuki SX4 will be aiming to put up a stronger fight in the compact crossover market. ETA: first quarter of 2014.
The more grown-up Suzuki SX4 will be aiming to put up a stronger fight in the compact crossover market. ETA: first quarter of 2014.
The bigger and more sophisticated Toyota Corolla arrives in February.
The bigger and more sophisticated Toyota Corolla arrives in February.
A big one on the calendar of hot hatch fans, the new VW Golf R arrives during the first half of the year with a new 2-litre TSI engine. Overseas versions pack 221kW, but the SA version may follow the Audi S3 in being detuned due to our hot climate.
A big one on the calendar of hot hatch fans, the new VW Golf R arrives during the first half of the year with a new 2-litre TSI engine. Overseas versions pack 221kW, but the SA version may follow the Audi S3 in being detuned due to our hot climate.

2014 is looking to be a cracker of a year as far as new car launches are concerned and now's as good a time as any to get that wish list sorted.

Performance car fans have a lot to look forward to, from the leaner and meaner new BMW M4 and M3 to the radical i8 hybrid, Alfa Romeo 4C and Jaguar F-Type Coupe.

And let's not forget new hot hatch contenders like the VW Golf R and Renault Clio RS, and coupes like the Kia Koup 1.6T and BMW 2 Series.

Some of South Africa's biggest sellers are also due for replacement in 2014, most notably the Toyota Corolla and Mercedes C-Class - both of which will be built on local soil and exported.

Even those on a tight budget can look forward to some interesting new hatchbacks like the Datsun Go, Hyundai i10 Grand and Mitsubishi Mirage.

Take a look at 40 of the most important and exciting new cars for 2014 in the gallery above, or click on the links below for more detail:

Alfa Romeo 4C

Audi RS 7

Audi RS Q3

Audi A3 Cabriolet

BMW M3 and M4

BMW 2 Series

BMW i3

BMW i8

Chevrolet Sonic RS

Datsun Go

Ford Fusion

GWM M4

GWM C50

Honda Jazz

Honda Ballade

Hyundai i10

Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Kia Koup Turbo

Lexus RC

Mazda3

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLA

MG3

Mini

Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Outlander

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan X-Trail

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot 308

Peugeot 2008

Porsche Macan

Renault Clio RS

Subaru WRX

Suzuki SX4

Toyota Corolla

VW Golf R