Chevrolet Camaro: The Chevy engine’s redline is lower and the torque base much broader and beefier than the 3.0-liter Honda V-6, but the sound, the rip to redline, and the way it overflows with character make it like few others. The standard six-speed slides easily from gear to gear, and the eight-speed automatic pops off shifts with a quickness that rivals the best dual-clutch transmissions
Abarth 500X: Fiat’s cheeky ad saw a 500 grow into a crossover after ‘swallowing’ a little blue pill. Well, now tuning arm Abarth is set to pump the 500X up further, creating a 200bhp rival to the Nissan Juke Nismo RS and MINI Countryman JCW, and our exclusive image shows how it could look.
Acura NSX: Acura brings back the low-slung NSX sports car for 2016, and this time around it’s a fast and frugalgas/electric hybrid. A twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine is augmented by a three-motor electric Sport Hybrid drive system (two at the front, one at the rear) to deliver what should be impressive bursts of speed via a nine-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission and the automaker’s Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. Among its many sophisticated chassis control features, a “launch” function ensures sudden and sure acceleration from a standing start.
Honda Civic: The Kelley analysts describe the redesigned 2016 Civic as “stylish, refined and tech-savvy and sporting a powerful and efficient new powertrain.”
Tesla Model S 70/70D: Car and Driver has declared the Tesla Model S 70/70D one of the “10 Best Cars of 2016.” Car and Driver points out Tesla’s innovation and Musk’s popular appeal but says that, even ignoring all of that, “the Model S still points a spotlight on the auto industry’s complacency.” Absolutely.
Cadillac CT6: Based on what people actually buy, Cadillac is now a purveyor of SUVs, not luxury sedans. While the ATS and CTS are dynamic automobiles, and the overpriced ELR nevertheless provides an innovative alternative to traditional expressions of luxury, it is Escalade and SRX that sell in the greatest quantities.
Jaguar XF: As promised, the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF sedan made its first appearance as part of a dramatic over-water high-wire crossing that took place in London’s Canary Wharf district prior to its debut in New York. But that high-profile entrance aside, the second generation of Jag’s popular midsize 4-door has an impressive story to tell in its own right. A comprehensive remake endows the 2016 XF with a more refined design coupled with upgraded dynamics, enhanced creature comforts and improved fuel economy in virtually all models.
2016 BMW M4: The 2016 BMW M4 is the two-door sibling to the brand’s best-selling M3 performance sedan, and it takes the same luxury-oriented performance package and shrinks it down into either coupe or convertible form. A 425 horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine sits under the hood of the BMW M4, mated to your choice of either a seven-speed automated manual or a six-speed traditional manual transmission. Also capable of producing 406 lb-ft of torque, this engine makes a 0-60 sprint of 3.9 seconds possible thanks in part to its launch control system.
Volvo XC90 T6: Recently introduced to the American market, the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 is making waves on America’s. shores for its excellent performance and safety features. Powered by Volvo’s supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, the crossover delivers 316 horsepower while still maintaining class-leading fuel economy.
Ford Edge (spring 2016): The Edge is a mid-size five-seater described as an “upscale utility vehicle”. It is an all-new design based on the same global C/D platform as the new Mondeo and S-Max models and will in effect become Ford’s European flagship.Previewed in concept form at the LA motor show in November 2013, the prototype shown at the Paris motor show in 2014 indicates that Ford is planning to stick closely to the design of the concept. A large, multi-barred grille can be seen at the front, as well as a muscular front bumper and raked rear windscreen.
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