The Definitive Cars of 2016
A new year is here, and everyone now has a much better understanding of which cars will be launching in 2016
With the prices and specifications of the hottest models of the year already confirmed by manufacturers. But which cars will help to define the market over the next 12 months? Here are just a few of the upcoming automotive attractions.
Destined to arrive in April, the F-Pace is the Jaguar SUV that many people have been excited about, especially since it is based on the same platform as the XE while also benefiting from its range of appealing engines. Observers are hoping that this compact crossover will drive like a sports car but offer the room and road presence of a fully fledged 4x4, and with prices starting from £34,170 it will be fairly attainable.
Ford Focus RS
The most powerful Focus of all time is set to land this spring, and with 345hp under the bonnet and a 0-62mph time of just 4.7 seconds, it will be a truly powerful beast. Add to that the top speed of 165mph, and it will be able to take on any of its rivals built by premium German brands while hitting a price point of just under £29,000 to make it look like excellent value for money.
Lotus is introducing its fastest track car to date this year, and to achieve a 0-60mph sprint that takes less than three seconds to complete it has bolted a V6 engine with 450hp at its disposal under the long, sleek exterior of the 3-Eleven. It will cost £82,000 for the road-legal version, but the manufacturer has been keen to point out that it is quicker than any other comparable car when taking on the notorious Nurburgring, which will be enough to sell it to enthusiasts.
Alfa Romeo Giulia QV
Another quick yet practical car appearing this year comes from Alfa Romeo, with the QV edition of the Giulia packing a Ferrari-engineered V6 engine that develops 503hp thanks to a pair of turbochargers being bolted on for good measure. While it may be a little too powerful for some tastes, the fact that it will hit 60mph from a standing start in under four seconds will give it plenty of street cred with petrol heads.
There is no doubt that the upcoming M2 is a good-looking car, owing a lot to the muscular styling of the M4 in spite of its smaller proportions. It will also be an impressive performer thanks to its 365hp engine and 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds, although BMW has also endeavoured to ensure its design is geared towards comfort and luxury as much as towards straight-line speed.
Since only 500 versions of the M2 are set to arrive in the UK starting in April, it could be a relative rarity on the roads. And with a £44,000 price tag, it will also be quite a costly proposition, especially when compared with the aforementioned Focus RS.
The NSX is back and better than ever, with an advanced hybrid powertrain that should give it a combined output of 573hp. This Japanese super-car arguably has a lot to prove in 2016, especially given the stiff competition it will be facing in the form of the following two rivals.
While a lot of the information about the Chiron remains secret, it is expected to feature a W16 engine with four turbochargers and a potential power output of up to 1500bhp. It is also expected to reach a top speed of as much as 280mph, easily eclipsing the Veyron and making Bugatti fans weak at the knees.
McLaren 675LT Spider
Taking the roof off McLaren’s super-car has seen the price hit over £285,000, and the manufacturer is only intending to build 500 for the global market. So the super-rich can now get their kicks with the wind in their hair.