Posted by Chris at CarFlow Motors on January 11, 2016
Hello Car fans!
Yes, yes, I know it has been a while since my last post. School has been extremely time consuming. Then suddenly I found myself in the busiest holidays that I have had to date. Also I found that there wasn’t too much exciting news coming out of the pipelines. Regardless, I’m back. Now that one of the hardest years I’ve had yet is behind me, I am excited for whats to come. And if you are a car fan (I sure hope you are, as you’re reading a car blog) you should be excited too. There are some AWESOME cars coming out this year.
Ford Focus RS
This car is one of the most anticipated cars of the year, and I haven’t seen this much hype surrounding a car in a really long time. And for good reason. This car is poised to set a new standard for hot-hatches. To read a bit more on why this car is so good, read this.
This little beauty pushes all the right buttons. Most BMW’s sporting the M-badge are amazing masterpieces of engineering and performance. This one, at first glance, is no different. Featuring a straight-six 365 hp engine, and rippling, vented body work, this car is built for speed. If you opt for the DCT twin-clutch gearbox over the manual, it will launch from 0-62pmh in 4.3 seconds. That’s on a par with Audi’s quattro-equipped straight-line monster, the RS3. It should be interesting indeed to see these two in a drag race.
Bugatti unveiled the hardcore Vision GT concept (read about it here) at the Frankfurt show in September, and now the real thing will be shown at the Geneva show in March. We still don’t know any official specs or numbers, but the W16 quad turbo engine will live on, possibly with hybrid assistance and definitely with enough power to sail past the Veyron’s top speed. Right now things are pointing at around 1,500bhp and 280mph. This should be a very special car.
McLaren 675LT Spider
This car is based upon one of the best coupes the world has seen in recent time. We know that thanks to its super-stiff carbon tub the 675LT will lose little in the way of dynamism next to its enclosed relative, and gain much in the way of noise. Now that Ferrari has made the switch to turbo V8s and lost its trademark shriek in the process, there’s an opportunity for McLaren to up it reputation for making great sounding cars. We suspect they will take it. The only issue is that they are only building 500 of them, and prices should be quite a bit more than the Ferrari 488 Spider.
Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
Porsche has confirmed the Boxster and Cayman will switch to four-cylinder turbo power for 2016, which is a sign of the times. Porsche is shifting most of their cars to turbo power, to cut down on emissions. However, this may not be a bad thing. Porsche has mastered the use of the turbo in its 911 Turbo almost eliminating turbo-lag, and putting out massive performance. Despite the loss of two cylinders, expect power figures for the standard and S models to increase to around 300bhp and 350bhp respectively.
Aston Martin DB11
The replacement for the DB9 should arrive around March 2016. Aston Martin is skipping the DB10, as that car is strictly reserved for 007. I expect the DB11 will take some of its design cues from Mr. Bond’s ride. We hear the V12 will live on, possibly with turbochargers strapped on for the first time pushing the output towards 600bhp and it’s likely to use electrical hardware sourced from its tie-up with Merc. I am curious to see the direction that Aston Martin will take.
Arriving in April, the F-Pace gained notoriety when it did a Hot-Wheels inspired loop-de-loop. If you haven’t seen that video, I strongly suggest you go YouTube that, as it’s pretty ridiculous. Yes, it was a bold marketing move to build awareness around Jaguars first SUV. But I suspect that move hints at some more serious capabilities. The F-Pace could very well be the best driving, most dynamic SUV we’ve ever encountered – the car to make the Porsche Macan look like a wimp. We know this because the XE, with which it shares its all-aluminum underpinning and engines, is now right up there with the 3 Series as a driver’s tool. This is a very important vehicle for Jaguar.
Alfa Romeo Giulia QV
The Giulia is a car that can not afford to be underwhelming. This is not just an exciting new model, but the rebirth of a brand that holds a large proportion of our hearts. Alfa’s philosophy of go big or go home has been focused squarely on this car. It has some EXTREMELY promising stats. A 503bhp twin-turbo V6, part engineered by Ferrari, unlocks a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds – and that’s for the rear-wheel drive version. A four-wheel drive version will follow. Stay tuned here for information as it comes out with this car, who is sizing up Merc’s C63 AMG and BMW’s M3. Those are some pretty strong opponents.
The NSX seems to be one of the slowest supercars out there. It has promising stats, a 500hp twin-turbo V6 sits in front of the rear axle, supplemented by 47hp motor attached to its flywheel and a further two motors (36hp each) at the front, one for each wheel. Total output is 573hp – think 911 Turbo, R8 and 570S. The worry is at 1,725kg its electronics have to be awfully clever to mask that mass most of the time, and because the notoriously perfectionist engineers at Honda took so flaming long to get this car out the door, has the styling started to date already? It should be interesting to see if Acura can prove the skeptics wrong.
Ford makes the list twice. And they have definitely earned it. They are consistently making some of the most exciting cars on the market. This is no exception. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first of Ford’s four consecutive wins at Le Mans with the legendary GT40, and its historic 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 event. Until recently, it looked like Ford wouldn’t have a car capable of fighting the good fight on that particular birthday. But that changed at the recent Detroit motor show, when it unveiled the new Ford GT. And stole the entire show. Not only is it one of the most visually exciting cars of all time, seriously, its staggeringly beautiful and aggressive, but it should be extremely capable. Oddly, it will feature an ecoBoost V6. The 3.5 V6 has more power than the 6.2 V8, and better economy. There are no official performance figures from Ford as yet, but bet on the 0-62mph dash taking under 3.3 seconds and a top speed of over 200mph. This car alone, is one of the most exciting things we will see in 2016.
This article was written by Chris at CarFlow Motors. Please check out his other articles here.