Happy New Year everyone. Yet another year has come and gone so now it’s time to start looking forward to what 2016 holds in store for us in the motoring world.
I have put together a list of 10 exciting cars coming up over the next 12 months. It’s going to be a great year.
Aston Martin DB11
The DB9 has been with us for over a decade now and it’s time for Aston to replace it with the DB11. The numerical leap is due to the reason that the DB10 was the car built especially for the Bond film, Spectre. Due to cost £170,000 when it goes on sale, Aston will have the unenviable job of trying to replace one the most beautiful and coolest cars ever created. Under the bonnet a 6.0-litre V12 is expected but likely to be turbocharged to try and bring down emissions.
This year will finally see the controversial Bentley SUV take to the road. Billed as the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world, Bentley aims to take the fight straight to the big boys such as the Range Rover and the Porsche Cayenne. You can expect Bentley level of quality on the interior with lashings on wood and leather trim and plenty of power from the family 6.0-Litre W12 engine. With a top speed of 190mph and 0-60mph in four seconds, it’s certainly no slouch and with a price tag of £160,000 it’s definitely a car of the people. The only thing that could possibly match this for quality and price will be the equally controversial Rolls-Royce SUV.
Arguably the most exciting release of the year, if not the decade so far. Bugatti is replacing its world beating Veyron with an equally world beating hypercar. When the Veyron was unveiled in 2005, it rewrote the rule book on speed by being the fastest road car ever. But now, 11 years on, the competition has gone up a gear and technology has leapt into the future with hybrid powertrains playing a massive part in current hypercars such as the Holy Trinity (Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918). Expect the Chiron to trounce those cars and regain the title of world’s fastest car with a rumoured top speed of 300mph and well over 1,100bhp.
Ford Focus RS
The only hatch back on a list filled with supercars and exotica may raise an eyebrow or two but bear with me. This is no ordinary hot hatch, this is a 345bhp, 4WD, 165mph sport car slaying speed machine. A Ford Focus that will be quicker than a £100,000 BMW i8. Speaking of costs, the Focus RS will be £28,940. Which is a lot for a hatchback but cheap for the thrills and speed you are getting. But of course the RS will have to face the King of hot hatchery, the Golf GTI. Let battle commence.
Another Ford to make this list is the latest incarnation of the Ford GT supercar. Not only is the car retuning to production, it will also be returning to Le Mans with a race prepared version. With nearly 600bhp it will certainly have to oomph of a race car. Only 250 will be built a year with a planned production life of three or four years they will be a rare sight to see, especially in the UK as less than 10 are expected to arrive on British shores. Unveiled at last year’s Detroit Motor Show, the Ford GT was one of the most talked about cars of last year but this year it has tough competition to be the best.
This year is seeing a lot of cars return such as the Ford GT but none have got people more excited than the return of the Honda NSX. It feels like years in the making with several models being showcased at various events across numerous years with the final production version being launched last year. The main talking point is that this new NSX will be a hybrid. Three electric motors will be paired with a petrol V6 giving a combined power of 550bhp. With a cost of £120,000 this could be a rival to BMW’s i8 electric supercar.
Jaguar’s first attempt at an SUV will see them launch the F-Pace. Determined to keep up with the boom in SUV’s and to ride on the success of their F-Type and XE, the F-Pace will be aimed at more on road than off road ability with customers able to choose between a 4WD and RWD version. Also Jaguar does not want to clash too much with Range Rover who is part of the same company. The F-Pace could see Jaguar spawn a smaller version and even a coupe version. Costing around £35,000 the F-Pace represents value for money and style when compared with its bigger Range Rover brother. Judging by the looks, it is definitely a stunner and one of the best looking SUV; around, which is a good start.
Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster
Hot on the heels of the Aventador SV, Lamborghini has given us a roadster version which will be available to buy from this year. Based on the same underpinnings as the hardtop, the roadster will still have the 740bhp V12 heart. The styling also remains practically identical to the hardtop SV which in itself is even wilder than the original Aventador. With its huge rear diffuser, massive rear spoiler and slashed sills, it’s not a car to be messed with. A top speed of 217mph is promised which will do wonders to anyone’s hairdo. Plus Lamborghini will be offering customers the chance to personalise their Aventador SV Roadster, just in case you bump into someone else in Monaco with the exact same one.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
One of the more strange cars to appear in 2016 will be the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. As I reported earlier in the year, this car will probably never get its expensive tires dirty in a field but that hasn’t stopped Range Rover from ensuring this convertible version is just as worthy to hold a Range Rover badge when the going gets tough. For £47,000, you get one of the hottest fashion accessories of the year, plus an extremely capable off-roader and a decent town car. Will it be a success? Only time will tell
Rolls Royce Dawn
With the much talked about SUV on its way some time in the next couple of years, Rolls-Royce has decided to launch the Dawn, in a bid to show the world it hasn’t completely lost its mind. Basically the Dawn is a convertible version of the Wraith coupe. Costing approximately £250,000 it will retain the Rolls-Royce mark of excellence and quality meaning unparalleled levels of luxury. It carries over the same 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 from the Wraith so it will certain have the moving power for long drives but this car is more about comfort and elegance rather than speed and handing. Luxury doesn’t get better than this.
What car are you most looking forward too seeing in the next 12 months? Leave a comment below.