In an era where optimal performance and precision is king, car manufacturers are focusing more than ever on the driver as a source of inspiration for technological and stylistic updates. Intuition is the word for 2016: The cars of today are designed to respond and react to the driver’s every move, ensuring a smooth ride and a feeling of oneness. We have selected five cars you will not only look good behind the wheel of, but are sure to give you the adrenaline-pumping fix of a lifetime.
For the Eco-Conscious Speed-Demon: The Acura NSX
Running on a hybrid power unit with a twin turbocharged V6 engine, three electric motors and a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, the 2016 Acura NSX is the brand’s second generation of the model, and resembles its predecessor’s smarter and more athletic cousin. With a price point of $135,000 USD, the NSX promises optimal on-rails handling and a seamless connection with the road.
For the Midnight Track-Shark: The Cadillac CTS V
Apart from the updated body elements such as the narrowed grill that lends the CTS V its trademark aggressive appearance, the new 2016 model boasts an all-new V8 power plant, 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, rivaling the competition in terms of sheer brute force. Built for the racetrack, the 2016 CTS V will only set you back $83,995 USD.
For the Terrestrial Aviator: The Mercedes AMG GT S
With a finely crafted aviation theme permeating the 2016 AMG GT S’s interior, this baby is no blimp when it comes to speed. Featuring a hand-built AMG V8 bi-turbo engine, dynamic suspension and exhaust, this car will have you going from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds flat. Its aerodynamic design reduces lift and leaves the driver comfortably protected from the external velocities being achieved at competitive rates. Coming in at $150,000 USD, the AMG GT S features aviation-inspired details such as a wide dash and attractive controls, ensuring you will be captain of your domain.
For the Patriotic Pedal-Pusher: Mustang GT 350
Long-loved as the shiver-worthy muscle car of every American boy’s dream, Ford is promising the new Mustang model to be every inch as track worthy as its European competition. With a price point of $48,695, we could get on board with the new model’s improved lighter body, featuring extensive use of carbon fiber, as well as world-class handling. The GT 350 additionally boasts signature huge brakes that ensure seat-grabbing deceleration and supreme cornering, guaranteeing a memory-worthy drive every time.
For the Thrill-Seeking Alpha Male: Ferrari GTB
Topping our list in both speed and price ($270,000 and 0 to 60 MPH in 3.0 seconds flat), the 2016 Ferrari GTB is sure to break hearts – not to mention the bank. The Italian stallion stuns once again with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a meticulous execution of aerodynamic details and a complete absence of turbo lag. Designed to respond to the driver’s every move, the 2016 is intended to be an extension of whoever is behind the wheel. God is, indeed, in the details on this one.
Precision handling, sleek styling and ultimate comfort are key features of the top models of 2016. Car manufacturers are, today more than ever, trying to get into consumers’ minds to build vehicles that react and glide on intuition. Well, they’ve succeeded in getting into our heads with these models, as well as getting into bed with our hearts.