2016 Honda NSX

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Class of 2016: Exciting New Car Models

As 2016 gets fully underway, many people become interested in available vehicle upgrades. There is a wide variety of new car models to choose from including high-end brands such as Acura, Porsche and Mercedes. Here’s a sneak peek at eight awesome models that will become available during 2016.

2016 Acura NSX

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Photo by Latvian98 on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.

As Honda’s luxury line, Acura is well-known for comfort, security and performance. One of the most popular models of all time was the NSX, which first debuted in 1995 and has remained extremely popular among sports cars for years. The production was discontinued in 2005, to the disbelief of many fans.

There were rumors that the NSX will be back in production for years, but these have remained just rumors. Well, at least until last year:  In 2015, fans were thrilled to read the official statement that the NSX is coming back, and it’s coming back in style. The new NSX model looks absolutely amazing and features a lot of upgrades, some of which include a brand-new twin-turbo, dry sump, longitudinally-mounted, four-cam 3.5L V6 engine and a nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox coupled with three electric engines to power both the front and the rear wheels.

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Photo by Latvian98 on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.

Providing more than 573 horsepower and a top speed of 190 mph, the 2016 NSX is quite the competition to other sports cars. Along with its crisp handling and adaptive suspension, the NSX features four different drive modes that you can choose from: Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track.

The exterior of the NSX is redesigned with a new grille configuration and JewelEye LED headlights. The interior of the vehicle features several upgrades when compared to older models, with the primary color for the interior being black instead of the former red. The base price for the 2016 Acura NSX is listed at $156,000.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

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The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R promises to be supremely fast thanks to its 5.2L V8 engine. This fire-breathing dragon produces 526 horsepower and 429 foot-pounds of torque. In the 112 years of Ford history, this naturally-aspirated and road-legal engine has taken the throne as the most powerful of them all. The suspension used for this Mustang has been re-configured with a first-time magnetic-style damper. The engine of the 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R can reach whopping 8,250-rpm.

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Photo by Latvian98 on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.

The Mustang Shelby is designed for pure power. The sporty feel of this car will satisfy the most speed-hungry driver. The wheels are made of carbon-fiber to provide additional weight reduction. The huge down-force generating wing makes it easier to take this speed monster around corners. The base price for the 2016 Shelby is listed at $49,995.

2016 Honda Civic

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Photo by RL GNZLZ on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0.

The Civic is the little brother of the Honda Accord. The base 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine for this easy-riding vehicle provides 158 horsepower. The optional upgrade features a 174-horsepower turbo 1.5 liter engine. The 2016 Civic sedan has an acceleration speed of zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 126 mph. It features a flashy design that wouldn’t be out of place in an Acura showroom. Flared wheels and bracket-shaped tail lamps are just a few of the exciting features of the newly-designed vehicle.

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Photo by Ryan Hildebrand on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.

The Civic is among the most popular vehicles in the United States for its reliability, safety and resale value, and judging from the 2016 model, it will stay that way for a long time. The vehicle comes standard with Bluetooth compatibility, a cap-less fuel filler, Honda Sensing and hill-start assist. Optional equipment includes Apple CarPlay, LaneWatch and a 450-watt, 10-speaker sound system, among others. It is highly affordable for many people with its base price starting at $19,475.

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

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Photo by Falcon® Photography on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0.

The Cayman design is now 18 years old. The 3.8L flat-six engine offers 385 horsepower at 7400-rpm and 310 foot-pounds of torque at 4750 rpm. A manual six-speed transmission is carried over from the Cayman GTS with an upgraded clutch and a lightweight, dual-mass flywheel. The GT4 reaches speeds of 60 mph in approximately four seconds and is faster than the 911.

Gas mileage is listed at 18/23 for city/highway driving. The Porsche Cayman GT4 features a rear wing large enough to satisfy the most gung-ho sports car enthusiast and offers extensive personalization options. The GT4 offers exceptional handling around corners and a remarkably smooth transmission. Its price is currently listed at $37,295.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

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Photo by HimmelrichPR on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0.

The 2016 Chevy Camaro is remarkable in its nimble handling and sheer power beneath the hood. The entry-level model features a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine providing 275 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque.

The interior of the base 1LT model includes keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, a rearview camera and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Camaro reaches 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The smooth and quiet ride of this vehicle makes it ideal for those who want a less sporty feel.

2016 Mercedes Benz GLE

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Photo by RL GNZLZ on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0.

The Mercedes Benz M Class will be known in 2016 thanks to its 2016 GLE. Powertrains include a 2.1 liter four-cylinder engine rated at 201 horsepower and a 3.5 liter, V6, 302 horsepower engine with rear- or all-wheel drive. Top speeds are 130 to 155 mph. Hybrid models are also available and offer greater power than previous ones.

Drivers can choose from various driving modes – Individual, Comfort, Slippery or Sport. The hybrid version is the first to be offered in Mercedes Benz SUVs. The GLE offers plenty of cargo space at 80.3 cubic feet. The upscale cabin features shiny wood trim and optional leather upholstery. New exterior designs include a fresh front end. This SUV is currently priced at $66,025.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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Photo by Mario von Berg on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.

The RAV4 Hybrid by Toyota borrows much of its design from the NX300h using a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine. An electric motor at each axle provides additional power. The hybrid is expected to reach 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. Its responsiveness during driving is one of its best strong suits.

The design is exactly the same as the gasoline-powered model, which has also been updated for 2016. Interior design includes generous cargo space and comfortable seats. Rear-vision cameras are standard on all models, as well as eight air bags and new electronic safety systems. The RAV4 Hybrid is listed at $25,250.

Fiat 500X

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Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns on Flickr / CC BY 2.0.

The Fiat 500X retains the all-weather handling of the 500 while remaining distinctly Italian. All models of the 500X are equipped with a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 foot-pounds of torque. The Fiat 500X is known for a sporty feel and a “torquey” turbo. It offers a firm ride and is reasonably priced at $20,995. Acceleration speed was zero to 60 in 9.0 seconds.

Conclusion

The New Year brings new models, and all of them look very promising. From the long awaited Acura NSX to the nimble Fiat 500X, each one of these vehicles is a joy to drive.


Which one of these cars most interests you?

Which one would you like to try out or drive?

Do you have any other models on your wish list for 2016? 

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