Coming soon: new luxury and performance cars for 2016Clive Sutton looks at the just-launched, must-have performance and luxury cars coming in 2016
- April 18, 2016
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2016 looks to be a vintage year for new supercars and hypercars. Aston Martin, Bugatti, Bentley, Rolls-Royce – all are bringing significant new luxury cars to market that I am absolutely sure will be in huge demand. Indeed, we’re already seeing waiting lists extend for some of them…
That so many significant new models have been revealed so early in the year is further proof the supercar and luxury car market is thriving. I’ve been visiting the key shows during the winter months to see what’s in store – here’s my pick of the new cars to watch as they’re launched to market in 2016.
The monstrous Bugatti Chiron is a mighty step forward, now with nearly 1500hp and great design development. Bugatti set the bar with the Veyron and now its Chiron successor looks set to do the same. Revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, it’s an unbelievably well-specced car, a Top Trumps star.
As for the price, Bugatti has cleverly seen the real-market pricing for the LaFerrari where a new car costs over £2 million by the time it reaches the market. The Bugatti Chiron starts at £1.9 million and it’s likely to trade in the open market for well in excess of this, considering only 360 are planned
Available: autumn 2016
Aston Martin DB11
If the Bugatti is the most exciting dream car, the Aston Martin DB11 is the most hotly anticipated ‘achievable’ supercar. The firm’s shaken and stirred its core model with fresh progression from the db9 and, surprisingly, a brand new Aston-developed 600bhp 5.2-litre turbo V12 engine.
Launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and the star of the show for many, waiting lists are already growing for the long-overdue DB11 which follows the much-loved 12-year-old DB9. List prices start from £154,900.
Available: late 2016
Bentley has done it: built an SUV. The EXP 9F concept car was certainly controversial when revealed in 2012, but achieved everything Bentley wanted: the world agreed a luxury SUV from Crewe was a good idea, but the styling needed to be more well considered. Enter the Bentayga, a much more acceptable-looking machine priced from £160,000.
It’s now on sale in the UK, and the waiting list is already stretching to a year. Most of those cars won’t be £160k machines either: the world’s most expensive SUV takes the market north of £200,000 and people are queuing up to put their money down even at this price. Bentley has this machine spot on.
Chevrolet Camaro 2016
There’s an all-new Camaro for 2016 and it sits on the most advanced platform in GM’s arsenal – the highly accomplished Alpha architecture also used by the Cadillac ATS and CTS. It makes for a lighter, more compact Camaro, one boasting more sophistication than ever, particularly inside.
Mechanically, the range opens with a 275bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, although I expect most will prefer the 335bhp 3.6-litre V6 or the 455bhp 6.2-litreV8, the latter exclusively offered in SS guise (the other trims are labelled LT and 2LT). As for styling, it’s crisper but still evolutionary: no bad thing as the current-style Camaro’s been a hit ever since its launch in 2010.
Available: summer 2016
Corvette Grand Sport
The Corvette Grand Sport is a C7-generation coupe and convertible model with Z06-look styling without that car’s hyperdrive performance: it uses the regular 460bhp 6.2-litre LT1 V8, with the quad exhausts so many like. Importantly, there’s a seven-speed manual option as well as an eight-speed automatic.
In essence, it’s a car with a top-spec chassis but without the extreme engine – and will thus be a real enthusiast’s choice, particularly as this will help keep prices more affordable than the extreme Z06.
Available: Summer 2016
The F12tdf is an astonishing new halo car for the Ferrari F12 range with genuine track level performance courtesy of its incredible 770bhp 6.3-litre V12 engine. Ferrari’s only making 799 of them and demand is high for this remarkable car that boasts extreme aero-honed bodywork, a new four-wheel steer system, a 110kg weight saving over standard but none of turbocharging controversially seen in some other Ferraris.
Ferrari claims the faster-shifting gearbox and tuned engine deliver 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of over 211mph. It’s an absolutely remarkable car to drive, a guaranteed classic that, if you’re a top-line Ferrari connoisseur, you’ll want to add the F12tdf your collection.
Ferrari 488 Spider
Ferrari has taken the ‘downsized’ turbocharged engine of the 488GTB – a car that replaced the earlier 458 Italia – and installed it into the open-top Spider version. Cue the 488 Spider, a 670bhp supercar offering a new high-speed take on open air motoring.
The lift in performance over the 458 Spider is extraordinary and Ferrari has worked hard to give the new turbocharged engine the character of the howling old non-turbo engine. It’s easier to drive, colossally fast and the extensively tweaked styling means it visually looks new and exciting.
Beyond doubt the year’s most anticipated and wanted supercar. The original GT40 crushed Ferrari at Le Mans with victories in 1968 and 1969, creating a legend in the process. The Ford Motor Company came back in 2004 with the Ford GT in homage to the original car. That was was well liked, but nothing like 2016’s all-new one…
With the incredible new GT, Ford is bringing a new generation supercar with a 3.5-litre Ecoboost motor that again is looking to teach Ferrari a thing or two. With a closed list of chosen buyers this Ford is set to be wanted worldwide: Ford’s just opened the configurator on its website so we can all create our virtual £400,000 supercar dream…
Available: Autumn 2016
The original NSX was a 1990s supercar famously developed by racer Ayton Senna that was so good, it terrified Ferrari into making the root-and-branch overhaul that delivers today’s exceptional models. Honda didn’t fully capitalize on it, but has decided now’s the time to bring it back – like the original, as a technologically brilliant performance supercar.
It has a 550bhp twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor and nine-speed automatic on the rear axle and two more electric motors on the front axle. Yes, it’s a hybrid, one that Honda says will do 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and hit a 191mph top speed. This is hypercar performance yet Honda says the NSX will cost around £130,000 in the UK (although pre-orders closed months ago). Question is, for all its performance and dynamic looks, can the NSX truly take on Porsches, Audi R8s and Ferraris in the UK?
Available: Autumn 2016
The F-Pace SUV is Jaguar’s first, and I am certain it will be the car to put the brand on the map. It looks great, reportedly has the sporty drive similar to a Porsche Macan and the pricing is spot-on.
With perhaps the best modern Jaguar interior yet and full family flexibility for five, this is a very well thought out sports SUV that sits comfortably alongside the Range Rovers offered by sister brand Land Rover. Well done, Jaguar – the F-Pace is a gamechanger.
The Lamborghini Centenario is a remarkable car. Costing £1.64 million, just 40 will be built and all have sold out. Created to mark Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday, the 770bhp V12 model is part of the same super-special Lamborghini line that bought us the Reventon, Sesto Elemento and Veneno. This will be equally idolized.
Made entirely from carbon fibre, the remarkable-looking car will hit 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and has a rear-wheel steering system that should ensure it handles equally well. As 100th birthday presents go, this is quite something…
Available: Autumn 2016
Lincoln is a popular United States brand that competes with Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW in the luxury car sector. It’s wonderful new Continental concept is a large luxury take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with beautifully modern-retro styling that has wowed everyone who’s seen it at motor shows.
Indeed, this Bentley Flying Spur clone has the status to lift Lincoln into the top-line luxury car sector, particularly if the production version looks this amazing. Definitely a U.S.-market modern I want to bring over in the UK.
Sports car manufacturer Porsche has been making SUVs for years and now Maserati belatedly gets in on the act with the luxurious Levante. Styled very much in the template of a Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport, it is a range-topping SUV costing upwards of £55,000.
I hear the UK market will be diesel-only, reflecting Maserati’s ambitions to make this the highest volume car it has ever sold over here: if it does prove popular, expect high-performance models to rival the Range Rover Sport SVR to follow. Will it be just the thing for those seeking an alternative to a Cayenne or Range Rover Sport?
Available: Summer 2016
McLaren 570S and 570GT
McLaren’s Porsche 911 Turbo rival, the 570S is its smallest and most accessible car yet, but don’t think the brand has gone light on performance and prowess. It uses the same 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engine as other McLarens, with 570bhp giving 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds, faster than almost every Porsche on sale. It’s a colossally brilliant car to drive.
The interior is McLaren’s best yet and thoughtful features such as a front nose lift function make it more practical to use in busy cities such as London. Crucially, it looks brilliant too, with the same dramatic dihedral doors as the 650S guaranteeing turned heads each time you get into it. It may be an entry-level car but the 570S is the best looking McLaren and undoubtedly great value. It was recently joined by a new 570GT with extended rear screen for more stowage space and more comfort.
The McLaren 675LT was a real surprise. Taking the regular 650S and pushing it to the max, McLaren has upped the power, made the chassis even more focused, stripped back the cabin and added on a bigger, more adjustable rear wing whose extra length give it the ‘Long Tail’ branding.
It’s a fantastic car to drive and the success of the 675LT has led McLaren to establish the LT brand as a fully fledged high-performance sub-brand. Now available as a Spider, these two new models car bury the memory of the early MP4 12Cs.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe
This is possibly the most impressive Mercedes-Benz to yet wear the 63 number, although this is now rather misleading as it is in fact powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, much the same as the engine in the AMG GT. Don’t worry – it still has much of the drama and noise of the older engine…
This S version of the new C 63 Coupe produces over 500hp and 516lb ft of torque, beating the BMW M4 by 78hp and the Audi RS5 by 90hp From just under £70,000, this is the best value Mercedes-Benz (well, Mercedes-AMG these days…) to use the 63 suffix.
The latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class is among the most sophisticated cars the company has ever made. All but ready for autonomous driving, the mini S-Class saloon initially has a limited range of diesel engines but plenty more will roll out in time.
An electronics-packed cabin is the last word in executive car luxury and the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz styling will ensure plenty of appeal alongside the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 that also dominate this sector. Potentially a landmark E-Class that’s definitely one to watch.
Available: Summer 2016
Porsche faced criticism when it launched the GT3 RS as a PDK-only model. The car’s incredible 4.0-litre naturally aspirated performance and handling made up for it, but still some critics grumbled.
To answer them, Porsche has launched an ultra-special 911 R, pairing the GT3 RS drivetrain to a manual gearbox and ‘narrow’ body that’s been stripped of much of the aero features. Hugely desirable as a result, the company will make just 911 of them and I already feel this could be a modern day icon.
Available: Summer 2016
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Seen by some as controversial, Range Rover previewed the idea of an Evoque Convertible open-top SUV a few years back at motor shows: some commentators were far from sure but it seems customers thought differently, with sufficient demand encouraging Range Rover to put it into production.
Launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, dealers are getting ready to take first orders now. It’s a two-door, four-seat machine with a folding soft-top roof and, although the boot is a bit compromised, folding rear seats mean it might still prove more practical than you expect. A full open-top model, the raised ride height and open air drive is appealing in town and I’m looking forward to seeing how the market reacts to this new take on convertible motoring.
Available: Spring 2016
Range Rover Sport SVR
Tuners have been cleaning up for years with extreme high-performance versions of the highly able Range Rover Sport: now the factory is getting in on the act with the 550bhp Range Rover Sport SVR. Developed and built by its bespoke Special Operations department, there’s no missing this hardcore Range Rover Sport on the range, particularly in the popular Estoril Blue colour that all the promo shots are of.
0-62mph takes just 4.5 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 162mph: this is an SUV with genuine supercar performance. Yet all the luxuries of the regular Range Rover Sport are fitted and the factory-finish standards outside and in give it further kudos. Already much in-demand, the SVR will add further polish to the Range Rover Sport line-up.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a beautifully developed contemporary GT coupe from the Goodwood-based British brand and the Dawn develops this theme into an open-top convertible. A little less gauche and more stylish than some other convertible Rolls-Royce, it’s another styling success that has a tremendous presence on the road.
Naturally, it’s been fantastically well developed and the four-seat cabin is a real experience. It has terrific status yet also seems modern and in line with current London trends – I expect this to be another Rolls-Royce success story that will help the brand continue to develop.
Available: Summer 2016
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