2016 Bugatti Chiron

Top Seven New Cars of 2016 | With Ned Jasper

Yeah, 2016 probably won’t go down as a vintage year in terms of global politics and current affairs. However, when it comes to new cars, it’s most certainly been a classic! As the man who has covered the biggest new releases for ESM this year, our man Ned Jasper picks his top seven.

Top 7 New Cars of 2016

Well, here it is. Christmas time 2016. That means festive tunes fill the airwaves, trees go up and presents are bought. That also means that it’s nearly the end of 2016. So let’s take a look back at some of the greatest new cars to come out this year. This is ESM’s top five new cars of 2016. Actually, it’s not. There were so many good contenders this year that we stretched it to seven! Yes, yes, I know I said that last year as well, but this year we really have had some rather special cars released. Here they are:

7. Porsche 718 Boxster S2016 718 Boxster SI know what you’re thinking. Great intro, best cars of 2016, and now I’m presenting you with a Porsche Boxster. What is going on? I had my reservations about this one too. This is the baby Porsche, only with fewer cylinders and a turbocharger. Not really a recipe for success is it? However, it’s been 11 months since this little gem was released and, I must say, it’s grown on me.

First, let’s talk about the heart of this little orange and black tiger. It’s down two cylinders from the previous model, but it’s up one turbo and a whole heap of power. What’s more, the Boxster S has a variable vane turbo – not necessarily something you would expect to find from this class of car.

So what about the rest of it? Underneath we have the same mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, sports car with a manual gearbox (PDK is available, too) that’s been entertaining drivers for nearly two decades. Despite the engine alterations, the recipe remains unchanged with superb handling and excellent composure. Only this time with a little more grunt. Well worthy of the number 7 spot.

 

6. McLaren 570GT2016 McLaren 570GT

You would think that with 562bhp, and a top speed of 204mph, the 570GT would undoubtedly be the fastest hatchback in the world. The thing is, it’s not even the fastest hatchback on this list – told you it was a good year! What the 570GT is, though, is a remarkable piece of British engineering. Not only is it a comfortable, usable supercar, it’s also stunningly good to look at, and actually practical.

First, the looks: unlike the other cars in the McLaren range, the 570GT is a little more mature. There’s no lurid paint and no stripped out interior on this show car. Instead we’ve got rich silver-grey paint, mixed with deep red leather. This car is, in my eyes, the best-looking McLaren of the lot. Now, I said it was a practical hatchback, and I wasn’t lying. In total, the 570GT has 370 litres of luggage space. Sure, it’s split between two different enclosures, but that’s still more space than a Ford Focus.

The 570GT is a remarkable piece of engineering and surely serves as proof that we’re living in a new age. No wonder McLaren has just churned out its 10,000th car!

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Geneva 2016 – New 261 mph Bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Veyron was hugely impressive when it came to big numbers, but with its replacement the French brand has gone even further in the pursuit of insane figures. Say hello to the mind-bendingly fast Bugatti Chiron.

2016 Bugatti ChironLet’s get the raw numbers out-of-the-way first because, as dramatic as the Chiron may be to look at, let’s not kid about what’s important here:

  • €2.4 million (£1.87 million) starting price
  • A quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine
  • 1,500 PS (1,479 bhp)
  • 1,600 NM of torque (1,180 lb-ft)
  • 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 2.5 seconds
  • Top speed of 420 km/h (261 mph)

Possibly the scariest part about the last figure is that it’s qualified with the additional words “limited for road travel” in the press release. Which suggests that a) the Chiron is capable of more than that, and b) asks what financial ridiculousness is required for the unlimited level of performance?! Bugatti is also clearly gunning for an outright production car speed record with the Chiron, and will no doubt tweak things when needed to maintain that ultimate status.

Despite the huge starting price, Bugatti has already taken orders for a third of the 500-strong production run. Styling was quite clearly foretold by the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept, as was the extensive use of carbon fibre. Bugatti promises that the new carbon monocoque and adaptable chassis will make the Chiron as agile as it is stupidly fast. A knowing nod to the fact the Veyron was hardly regarded as being nimble, perhaps. However, in 2016 the bigger question is of course as to whether it’ll have a drift mode… (more…)