Ferrari 488 GTB
At a price tag оf оvеr NGN50M. thе 488 GTB iѕ thе newest mid-engine, “entry-level” Ferrari, continuing a line thаt dates back tо thе Dino 206 GT оf thе lаtе 1960s thrоugh thе much-loved 458 Italia. Thе lineage fоr mid-engine, turbocharged Ferraris iѕ a bit thinner—the 488 iѕ thе firѕt ѕinсе thе F40 thаt debuted in 1987. Itѕ twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 develops 660 hp аt 8,000 rpm; thе 458’s naturally aspirated 4.5-liter unit needed 9,000 rpm tо dish uр 562 hp. Thе nеw engine iѕ аlѕо mоrе efficient. Progress соmеѕ аt a cost оf thе оld engine’s intoxicating wail аnd instantaneous throttle response, but let’s nоt bе overly dramatic: Thе 488 ѕtill sounds delicious аnd revs ѕо quickly thаt thе LED shift lights оn thе steering wheel rarely hаvе timе tо rest. It аlѕо feels mоrе agile аnd light-footed thаn thе 458—and, bу extension, juѕt аbоut еvеrуthing еlѕе оn thе road—yet аlѕо feels lеѕѕ liable tо bite back if уоu exceed itѕ limits. It’s еvеn rеlаtivеlу practical аѕ it’s easier tо climb intо аnd mоrе comfortable оnсе you’re settled in. Whilе thiѕ Ferrari iѕ lеѕѕ emotional thаn thе оnе it replaces, it iѕ undeniably better.
Mercedes AMG G65
In this monstrous ride, twelve cylinders and two turbos combine to make 621 hp(horsepower) and 738 lb-ft of torque. Think on that for a second, then factor in three locking differentials and ’70s styling. The 2016 G65 is sure to leave a wake when it sits in your garage.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce
Take a look at this machine on wheels and tell me you don’t want one. It sounds old-school Lambo. It looks old-school Lambo, too. The brash aero addenda might have made genuine performance gains, but this car also stimulates the 8-year-old in all of us. Start the 740-hp, 6.5-liter V-12, and a big, dirty noise erupts. Good thing there are giant
carbon-ceramic rotors to slow things down. Unlike the SVs of yore, this beast has been engineered to show some civility.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet was terminally uncool, but a chop-top Evoque definitely piques our interest. Credit the little Range Rover’s stunning good looks, which is further enhanced this year with full LED headlights.
Infiniti is getting into the entry-level luxury segment with the Q30 hatchback and QX30 crossover that go on sale in April 2016. The both compacts will compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and GLA-Class, with which, incidentally, they share a platform and a turbo four-cylinder engine.
This is the Volvo engineered fully under Chinese ownership and it is a winner. Chrome accents and “Thor’s Hammer” LEDs up front bring just the right amount of bling. The quality and creativity of the interior materials, including an optional crystal shift knob, will make Audi blush. A supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder
replaces the old inline-six. The smaller, lighter engine helps the XC90 corner with surprising friskiness for a full-size crossover. A plug-in hybrid version, that promises 59 mpge.
Although the new Xf may look a bit similar to it’s predecessor, but a lot of the parts have changed. The new parts includes an aluminum intensive structure, which is lighter, resulting in a weight loss of 130 pounds for rear-wheel-drive models and a whopping 270 pounds for the all-wheel-drive model. Also undergoing changes is the wheelbase which has grown by at least two inches, this allows more legroom.
2016 Ford Explorer
The snappy appearance is inspired by the Range Rover, and this $53,595 Explorer Platinum gets a luxurious interior treatment to go along with its 365-hp, twin-turbo V-6 and all-wheel drive. Even so, utility remains the prime directive here. The power-operated tailgate can now be triggered remotely, and the third-row seats fold down at the push of a button. A turbo-four engine returns, but it grows to 2.3 liters and 280 hp. The suite of active safety features expands with front and rear cameras that have an automated washing function to keep things clear.
Bentley Continental GT
Bentley has managed the impossible: It made its Continental uncomfortable. Well, at least in GT3-R guise. More super than even the previous Supersports, the GT3-R rides stiffly on 21-inch wheels. A twin-turbo V-8—that’s right, not the W-12—makes 572 hp. The car has shed some 220 pounds, thanks in part to standard carbon-ceramic brake rotors. That leaves 4,839 pounds, it’s not a Lotus Elise, but it is the liveliest Continental yet. It’s also the liveliest looking, this continental only in white with green stripes.
The Spark is Chevrolet’s smallest car, originally perceived to be cheap and gawky, this car has now come of age. This car now has a redesigned front fascia, which has greatly refined it’s looks, with a new four cylinder 1.4-litre engine. The 2016 edition comes with a longer wheelbase and a stiffer body that is sure to improve the driving experience.
Honda wants enthusiasts to get excited about the Civic again. To that end, the Civic Type R comes to the U.S. at last and will make more than 300 hp from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four. The standard car will get forced induction too: a 1.5-liter turbo-four that can be paired with a six-speed manual. Last but not least, the Civic hatchback—the car that helped launch a thousand aftermarket companies—is returning to the States after a decade hiatus.
The Honda HR-V is the best all-rounder and the early segment leader. It’s not as stylish as the Fiat or as exciting as the Mazda, but it checks all the right boxes: good fuel economy, mature driving dynamics (the manual is more fun), and competitive pricing. Because the HR-V inherits the Fit’s clever, center-mounted fuel tank layout, it offers a large and infinitely configurable interior. The dashboard’s plush materials and modern-looking design are just cherries on top, even if we’re not huge fans of Honda’s button-free touchscreen interface.
The new Tucson is one of the most stylish entrants in its (admittedly un-stylish) segment. A clean interior design integrates lots of technology into an easy-to-use interface. There’s technology under the hood too, with a 175-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a dual-clutch automatic transmission that achieve an impressive 29 mpg combined.
A stiffer body structure and a significantly revised suspension aim to deliver the sportiness and refinement that the Optima’s styling has long promised. A 178-hp, turbo inline-four joins the lineup, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A new interior with higher-quality materials continues Kia’s march upmarket.
The sharp Mazda CX-3 looks more contemporary than the Fiat but makes an equally successful style statement. It drives with the dynamic poise and sportiness that you’d expect from the Zoom-Zoom brand. But climb into the well-appointed cabin and you’ll find that there’s not nearly as much space as its rivals, with a cramped rear seat and a tiny cargo area. It’s attractive and great to drive, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense as a utility vehicle.
Mercedes AMG C63
The old C63 was a cartoon character, that with its firing-range exhaust note and tail-out cornering antics. The new car is more sophisticated and well-rounded. It corners with more enthusiasm and brakes with right-now urgency, even without the optional carbon-ceramic rotors. The twin-turbo V-8, for better or for worse, delivers its power in relaxed fashion, but the output is an undeniably brutal 469 hp (503 hp in th? C63 S). An optional two-mode exhaust still delivers a thunderous soundtrack.
Despite an unusually extensive midcycle refresh that significantly improved its ride, handling, quietness, and interior, the Outlander is far from the most sophisticated compact crossover on sale today. It is, however, very affordable and extremely practical, even offering a third row of seats where most rivals offer just two, although the cramped back row is meant only for children.
Large, front-wheel-drive sedans have fallen out of fashion, yet the highly fashionable, nicely finished new Maxima should carve out a niche for itself. Just don’t expect it to carve corners. Give Nissan head designer Shiro Nakamura points for boldness. You won’t confuse the Maxima for an Altima—or anything else, really. When the Maxima debuted at the New York auto show in April, it appeared to have more tortured skin than “50 Shades of Grey.” But the Maxima looks much better on the street—even attractive, from some angles. Under the skin, its big 3.5-liter V-6 has been reworked to produce 300 hp, and it now has some 80 fewer pounds to move. The sporty Maxima SR variant gets firmer springs and dampers, a thicker front anti-roll bar, and 19-inch aluminum wheels shod in grippy Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. It also has a horizontally mounted damper up front to help soothe body vibrations. Active ride control taps brakes to quell fore-and-aft pitching.
It has been more than a decade since we’ve seen any major updates to the Toyota Tacoma, and that’s because it works. For 2016, Toyota is looking to modernize its midsize truck without upsetting its rugged simplicity. All-new, hot-stamped body panels reduce weight and look more aggressive. The interior has softer-touch materials and a new dash layout to accommodate a new array of electronic aids. The biggest change, however, is that the 4.0L V-6 has been replaced with an Atkinson-cycle 3.5L V-6 with port and direct fuel injection for better efficiency and more power. This new motor sounds complicated and will have to prove itself worthy of the Tacoma’s reputation for indestructability, yet it is necessary to stay competitive with the rejuvenated Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Unlike the GM twins, Toyota will still offer a manual transmission on four-wheel-drive models