If you have asked Santa for a new ride, perhaps you should ask him to work some magic and leave you one of these upcoming releases. These are the top 10 new cars we can’t wait to see in the new year:
1. Acura NSX
We have been teased with a new NSX for years and it is almost ready for launch. Extensive testing at the ‘Ring and around the world will help to produce a faithful successor to the mid engined V6 Japanese supercar. We expect to see a twin turbo V6 out back with hybrid capability used to electrically power the front wheels.
2. Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
Ford’s first production flat-plane V8 will be found in the new Mustang Shelby GT350. This fast revving 5.2L makes 500 HP and the chassis utilizes magnetic ride control for the first time. A six-speed manual is the only offering, as many luxuries have been axed in the quest for weight savings. With the demise of the Z/28, Ford has your race car ready to go.
3. Alfa Romero 4C Spider
It has been two decades since Alfa Romero left the US, but they are back and eager to get started. A blend of carbon fiber and aluminum is used to keep weight to a minimum. The 1.7-liter four cylinder engine is mounted transversely between the rear wheels to provide optimal traction. A true driver’s car, power steering and mufflers are nowhere to be found. Fiat-Chrysler will use Alfa to fill the product lineup between Fiat and Maserati so that every American buyer has an opportunity for Italian motoring.
4. Cadillac V’s
The ATS-V coupe will be packing a 3.6-liter twin turbo making 450 hp in a chassis shared with the 2016 Camaro. Big brother CTS-V will have the 650 hp LT4 from the Corvette Z06 along with its rear-mounted eight speed automatic transaxle for AMG annihilating performance.
5. Chevrolet Camaro
Now that the new Mustang is tearing up the streets, Chevrolet is poised to launch the sixth generation of the Camaro. Smaller and hopefully lighter than the current model, expect to see a four cylinder option to compete with Ford’s EcoBoost package. This will probably be the end of the Z/28, but the SS and RS models will carry the pony car wars for another decade.
6. McLaren Sports Series
With a unique teaser campaign known as “BlackSwanMoments,” McLaren is highlighting their history and heritage leading up to the launch of this new 911 fighter. A more conventional cockpit and detuned 650S V8 will make this McLaren a more practical choice for the everyday enthusiast.
7. Audi R8
Lamborghini’s replacement for the long lived Gallardo, the Huracan, shares engines and chassis with its cousin, the new Audi R8. While it’s hard to improve upon perfection, these two will offer 600 hp V10s with rear and all wheel drive models. The coupes will launch first, but Spyders will arrive a few months down the line.
8. Charger Hellcat
Dodge has put the automotive world on notice and built a 707 hp sedan. The black ignition key limits horsepower to only 500, but the red key unlocks full power and changes the eight speed automatic into track mode. MSRP is $62,500, or half the price of a 911 Carrera S with 307 extra horses to play with.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley are now scared. Maybach is back with two opulent versions of the S-class sedan. The 600 will be a twin turbo V12 in a seriously stretched chassis. 523 hp and 612 lb-ft will motivate you while your back receives a hot shiatsu massage. Mercedes says it will be the quietest production car ever made; we can’t wait to put it to the test.
10. Mercedes-AMG GT
The long awaited replacement for the SLS AMG, this new coupe has an innovative 4.0-liter V8 with twin turbos mounted inside the engine valley. Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Mercedes AMG GT packs 503 hp and a seven speed dual clutch automatic along with an e-differential to provide sub-4.0 second runs to 60 mph.