The auto business has plenty of surprises in store for us over the next year, and motor enthusiasts are expecting car sales to remain healthy, providing petrol prices remain consistent! This, in conjunction with a flurry of brand new, redesigned car models, should leave us hanging around showrooms for a quick test spin, and the smell of plush leather interior. How will they compare to 2015’s models? Recap over some of the cars we raved about in 2015 and discover what developments 2016 has in-store.
We’re expecting a mixture of sporty, racy, pumped-up cars with a generous helping of some luxurious, sleek, stylish models thrown in there, too.
Brands such as Cadillac and Chevrolet promise a richly-styled interior equipped with impressive techy gadgets, as well as a re-design of exteriors, allowing for that muscled-out, lavish appearance.
Fuel economy also appears to be a main selling point of the cars we’re expecting circa ’16 – quicker acceleration and new lightweight body materials are making this entirely possible.
Here’s our top four, favourite super cars we’re looking forward to seeing soon…
- Ford GT:
- 592bph, roughly £250,000 with fewer than 10 planned to come to the UK.
- A tribute to Ford’s GT40 racing cars of the sixties and follows on from the GT of 2005/06.
- The show car is currently in the UK and at a presentation at the RAC Club in London.
- Ford UK boss Andy Barratt states, “We are already well oversubscribed”.
- Carbon-fibre body.
- Ford is promising “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car”.
- 20-inch wheels – Michelin Pilot SuperSport Cup tyres.
- Carbon-ceramic brakes.
- 5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine – delivering 600bhp+.
- Seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
- Alfa Romeo Giulia:
- Costing around £20,000.
- Competing with Jaguar XE & BMW 3 Series.
- First of eight new models from Alfa due by 2018, and will play a significant role in helping the Italian brand boost its sales over 400,000 by the end of that year.
- Twin-clutch-operated torque vectoring system.
- Lightweight, composite materials – bonnet, roof, propshaft and seat frames made of composite, wings and doors are aluminium with an option to order the faster Giulias with carbon brakes.
- Powered by a 503bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 and can hit 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds.
- Bentley Bentayga:
- Price around £160,200
- On sale early 2016
- The first Bentley 4×4 – sharing a platform with the Audi Q7. Aiming to be the most luxurious SUV ever, as well as being a fully competent off-roader.
- The name is taken from a rock formation in Gran Canaria.
- Max power 600bhp. Acceleration 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds.
- 8-speed Automatic Transmission, permanent all-wheel drive.
- Lexus LF-C2:
- Price £65,000.
- A convertible version of Lexus’ RC coupe. Lexus’ signature spindle grille and sharp LED headlights still intact.
- Fabric roof, rather than a metal folding one.
- 20-inch wheels provide a ‘visual pop’ to the profile view.
- LED lights run along the inside window line, leather steering wheel and ‘body-hugging’ seats.
- Expected 450bhp and 5.0 litre V8.
Which one will you be setting up a piggy bank for? Let us know your dream car for 2016 in the comments below!
Guest Post: Mary-Kate McAllister