Whether it be the rebirth of an icon, the beginning of a vicious rivalry, or the inception of a monster that laughs in the face of practicality, this year is set to produce quite a stir in the performance car market.
Here are the five cars we here at Trailing Throttle most look forward to driving in 2016. Rest assured, you won’t find any economy cars in this list.
Alfa Romeo Giulia QV
The gorgeous Alfa Romeo Giulia QV is aimed to reinstate the brand’s position in the German-dominated luxury performance market.
The four-door Italian has some of the best styling we’ve seen in its class, but more importantly, is backed up by an immensely powerful Ferrari-developed turbo V6.
With 380kW and a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 3.9 seconds, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV will certainly give the BMW M3 and even the AMG C63 S a run for their money. Let’s hope the build delays don’t drag on too long…
Ford Focus RS
When it comes to the hot-hatch category, none has been as prolific as Ford.
Throughout the years the company has done very well to deliver cheap, reliable thrills. Just look at the success of the ST range. Well, this time they have built a monster.
The Ford Focus RS takes preconceived notions and throws them out the window. The car has sleek but aggressive styling that would not look out of place in a Ken Block video.
On-board is a six-speed manual transmission that is paired with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder motor that spits out an insane 257kW of power and 440Nm of torque.
The Ford Focus RS will arrive down under sometime in the first quarter of the year.
With a lightweight body, rear-wheel-drive and a powerful turbocharged engine, the BMW M2 has all the ingredients that make up a fun sports car.
The BMW M2 will be a more than a beefed-up M235i and will be one of the last M models to be equipped with an optional manual transmission.
After the BMW 1 Series M finished its short life in 2012 there was a big gap in the M range for a small, lightweight coupe and the M2 might just fill it, completely.
The history of the Ford GT goes without saying and developing a successor to the great machine would be no easy task.
No it doesn’t have a V8, but the Ford GT legacy is not great because of its specific format, but in its revolutionary design. When the initial Ford GT(40) was unveiled in 1964 it represented a new way of thinking. Henry Ford took a risk that resulted in it becoming one of the most important racing cars of all time.
The new Ford GT follows the same philosophy, taking the ‘GT’ name in to the future. Full carbon-fibre construction and body panels, active aerodynamics and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission are found on the new car. Behind the driver’s seat is a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 that is capable of over 447kW.
Production begins this year, but sadly we expect less than 1000 units to be built, with none coming to Australia, officially at least.
In some circles the Honda NSX has become a legend; it’s the car that played a pivotal role in changing the way we perceived Japanese sportscars. Providing sleek styling, reliable and useable power, and incredible feedback thanks to its precise driver controls, the Honda NSX made quite a splash amongst its Italian counterparts.
After several years and several false starts, Honda has finally come through. The all-new Honda (or Acura) NSX will start production this year. However, the new car is slightly less subtle than its predecessor. The highly technical hybrid supercar is equipped with three electric motors that work in co-operation with a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 that makes a cool 427kW. All-wheel drive and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission will come standard.
Specifications aside, I think we can all agree that the car looks amazing.