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The Best Cars Of 2016
2016 has been a fantastic year for cars. We have seen some real treasures come in the form of the Ford Focus RS, the Aston Martin DB11 and the Fiat Abarth 124 Spider. We saw so many cars that we had been looking forward and were not disappointed by their arrival on the road. Some of the most exciting launches this year were prestige cars and here are the ones we enjoyed the most.
Aston Martin DB11 – Grand touring supercar
This James Bond-inspired car hit the road this year and it made a damn good impression. This new model is wider and lower than the DB9 it replaces and it has that special trick of a floating roof design that gives this beautiful car its shape.
Under the bonnet of this new Aston Martin, you find a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. From that engine, the car produces 600 bhp and with that it develops a top speed of 200 mph. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. This is all helped by the aluminium chassis, rear wheel drive system and eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox that ensures this car is one of the best drives you will experience this year and beyond.
Inside the DB11, you get a gorgeous four-seater setting that delivers a cutting-edge design and sumptuous leather. One of our favourite parts about it is the space. In most supercars, you get limited space, but in this grand tourer, you get a comfortable and roomy interior.
If you are looking for a new grand touring supercar to travel across the continents in or simply take a drive in the country, the Aston Martin DB11 is a prestige car to consider.
Audi R8 Spyder – Convertible supercar
The Audi R8 has been judged as one of the best cars on sale since it was first launched in 2006. It has since then gone through a few facelifts and upgrades. This year, Audi launched its updated R8 Spyder and it has proved this car still has it. It has a mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine, that produces 533 bhp. This ensures it is one of the fastest convertibles on the road by getting it to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 197 mph.
The Audi R8 Spyder is one of a few cars that can lower its roof, whilst on the move. Yep! This car can lower its canvas roof in 20 seconds if you drive it under 31 mph. Inside, you get heavily bolstered sports seats that offer you both comfort and stability. The inside is also exceptionally well-built with updated high-tech design and minimalistic beauty. One of our favourite things inside the R8 Spyder is the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit design that replaces the normal speed dials and offers you a wealth of information like speed, how many revs you are doing, engine temperature and fuel efficiency and so on. The price for the Audi R8 starts at £119,520 and rises further still if you choose the V10 Plus edition, which starts at £134,520.
Fiat Abarth 124 Spider – Convertible
This car is the closest convertible the Mazda MX-5 has to a competitor. It is also a worthy rival for the Audi TT Roadster. The Abarth version of the Fiat 124 Spider has a striking difference immediately in the form of two-tone black and white paint jobs.
This version offers more power than its Mazda MX-5’s 2-litre version, whilst having a smaller engine. It comes with a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine developing 168bhp. That is 10 bhp more than the Mazda. With that power, it sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and it tops out at 143 mph.
Audi TT RS – Sports Coupe
The Audi TT is generally seen as a great coupe sports car having been launched in 1998. Its current incarnation was launched in 1014 and Audi have decided to up its game and offer you an Audi TT RS – the sports coupe that takes on the BMW M2 and the Porsche 718 Cayman S with ease.
This model comes with an all-aluminium 5-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine that develops a whopping 395 bhp. When you compare the TT RS to the normal TT you find that it has 60 extra bhp and Audi have sheared off 26 kg off the engine bay. This means the TT RS has a top speed of 174 mph, but more importantly for most drivers, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. It is a smooth, but powerful drive that is incredibly comfortable to control.
Once you slip inside the TT RS you find a superb interior. The dashboard is well built with high-quality materials and an easy-to-use layout. The speedometer and rev counter have also been replaced with a now famous TT Virtual Cockpit Instrument screen that offers you all the necessary data. This gives you the chance to drive the car anyway you wish and see exactly how that affects the car, the fuel efficiency and your style in general. You do also have full control over the sat-nav and music devices through your steering wheel mounted control.
You also get a sportier look to ensure you know the difference between the TT and the TT RS. It comes with a fixed rear wing, unique wheels and an overall more aggressive sporty bodykit.
BMW M2 – Sports Saloon
This year, BMW launched their smallest and cheapest M-Series car in the form of the BMW M2. It has the talent to take on the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and the Audi TT RS. One of the best things about this car is the fact it comes with a manual gearbox. Most high-performance saloons and sports cars come with an automatic gearbox as standard, which can for some drivers, ruin the fun.
The BMW M-Series is about taking an agile body and inserting a larger engine and updated engineering and the M2 achieves that in spades. BMW have put a straight-six 3.0-litre engine into the BMW 2-Series compact body. It develops 370 bhp, which results in a limited top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.5 seconds.
Inside the BMW M2 you get luxuries of a saloon with 4 seats and a boot. Those seats are made with gorgeous leather with contrasting blue stitching. The driver’s seat is fully adjustable along with the steering wheel, so you can give yourself the perfect driving position. It has space for four six-foot adults. It is true if you tried to add a fifth adult in the middle of the rear seats, it would be a squeeze, although it would be fine for three children sat in the back.
Jaguar F-Pace – Luxury SUV
This year, Jaguar launched their family crossover to take on the popular market of the luxury small SUV. It goes up against the strong competition of the Audi Q5, Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes GLC and wins. The F-Pace has all the best qualities of its rivals but is just so much more fun to drive.
The F-Pace comes with a variety of engine types. The cheapest option is a 2.0-litre diesel engine, developing 180 bhp. It is capable of doing 57.7 mpg, which is great for an SUV model. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. The most powerful engine is a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine which is partnered with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive system. This model develops 380 bhp, giving it an acceleration speed of 5.1 seconds from 0-60 mph. Its top speed is limited to 155 mph which is beyond ample amount as this car is more suited for cruising and comfort.
Jaguar also did a great job with the F-Pace’s Interior. On the inside, you feel comfortable and welcomed. The high dashboard makes you feel as if you have been all wrapped up and that everything inside feels as if it has been made for you rather than for the mass market. You will be able to fit four six-foot adults inside comfortably without complaint. In the boot of the F-Pace, you will find 650-litres of boot capacity making it the class leader in practical space when compared with its rivals, as the Range Rover Evoque only delivers 575-litres and the Mercedes GLC only comes out with 550-litres.
We, at Hippo Prestige, aim to deliver you the best offers of Prestige Cars across the UK, so please contact us and we will help you in any way we can. We have a regular stock list of Porsches, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Jaguars. If you are searching for a gorgeous prestige car on sale, then check out our stock list now.