So, it is that time of the year, when you curiously browse over the internet to get a glimpse of what 2016 has to offer us. A timeline of the year 2016 is created, and you secretly wish you owned some of these upcoming priced possessions, be it smartphones, tablets, games, and oh yes! Cars.
Now, specifically if you are looking out for Supercars (And we know you are!), We’ve got you all covered. This may not fit in the socks that you place by the window sill or fireplace, ’cause you will need a place much bigger than that. So let’s cut to the chase and get your eyes on some of the beauties that will be arriving in style, in 2016.
1. 2016 McLaren P14 Supercar
(Above is a photo of the McLaren P1)
Engine: 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8
Power: 661+ HP
Top speed: 329 kmph
0-100 kmph (or 0-62 mph): Less than 3 seconds
This year, we will witness the new entry level Sports Series by McLaren, including the 570S, 540C and the upcoming P14. Rumored to be the replacement for the 650S, this car will give the feel of a junior P1. The P14 is all set out to be in a whole different league. The P14 will use a development of the MonoCell carbon-fiber tub, and will be powered by a retuned version of the proven 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8. In the company’s attempts to beat Ferrari at every turn, McLaren might just get ahead this time.
2. 2016 Aston Martin DB11
(This photo is a render by Autocar, showing how the DB11 might look)
Engine: 4.0-litre V8 (maybe a V12, no confirmation from the company)
Power: 510+ HP
Top speed: NA
0-100 kmph (or 0-62 mph): NA
The typical 007 performance and class, is what is offered by this Supercar, apart the mad 4.0-litre V8 German engine from AMG, which has been fitted with twin turbochargers. With a longer wheelbase and more spacious interiors, Aston Martin assures you that this can be used as a day to day car, unlike its utility in the James Bond films. Revisions from the previous models include reducing the engine’s capacity from the current 5.9 litres as a part of the company’s quest to drop CO2 emissions below the 333 g/km mark of the DB9. The makers are relying on this one to set a different standard for the company and replace its existing line-up.
3. The Bugatti Chiron
(Above is a photo of the Bugatti Vision Gran Tursimo. The Chiron’s design language is based on the Vision GT)
Engine: 8.0-litre W16 engine
Power: 1500 HP
Torque: 1500 Nm
Top speed: 467 kmph
0-100 kmph (or 0-62 mph): 2.2 seconds
The son of Veyron, as they call it, sounds no less than any superhero. Although this time, the son will be much more menacing than its father. Well, the 8-litre massive engine is what makes that name so deserving. What car can beat the Veyron? Chiron is the answer to that. Set to arrive at Geneva in March 2016, you can expect a price tag over Rs. 16.7 crores. You have to be in the league of Tony Stark to both afford and control the Chiron on the road.
4. 2017 Ford GT
Engine: 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6
Power: 650 HP
Top speed: NA
0-100 kmph (or 0-62 mph): NA
Set to be the birthday gift for Ford’s 100th birthday, the Ford GT is to be released next year. Although not a lot of specs have been known so far, we do know that Minimizing the mass to around 1270 kg, and improving the Aerodynamics was the prime focus while designing the 2017 GT. The GT uses the Daytona prototype engine whose power is regulated via the Getrag seven-speed dual clutch transmission. All of this comes at a price tag of Rs. 2.67 crores.
5. 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1
Engine: 6.2 litre Twin-Turbo V8
Power: 750+ HP
Top speed: 321 kmph
0-100 kmph (or 0-62 mph): 2.6 seconds
Starting at Rs. 1 crore, this Corvette has an engine that is moved to the rear end. This enables enhanced acceleration and braking performance. You can expect a complete makeover by GM. Ferrari 458 performance at the price of Porsche 911 Turbo? This one is sure to send shock waves throughout the supercar domain. The Z1 is believed to arrive by the end of next year.
6. 2016 Hennessey Venom F5
Engine: 7-litre twin-turbo V8
Power: 1190+ HP
Top speed: ~466 kmph
0-100 kmph (or 0-62 mph): 2.4 seconds
The Hennessey Venom GT is the current record holder as the fastest production car. Though the Veyron’s world record wasn’t officially broken, as Hennessey used NASA’s runway, which could be used only in one direction, it was unofficially crowned as the fastest production car on the planet.
With the Venom F5, Hennessey plans to set the new world record. But wait, isn’t that the objective of Bugatti with the launch of Chiron? It’s going to be a tough one this time, with both cars believed to cross the 465 kmph mark. Let’s see who takes the crown home this year! This beast will empty your pocket by at least a whopping Rs. 8 crore, that is, if you are one of the lucky 30 people who get to proudly own it.
7. 2017 Maserati Alfieri
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6
Power: 410+ HP
Torque: 610 Nm
Top speed: 300+ kmph
0-100 kmph (or 0-62 mph): Less than 3.5 seconds
The Alfieri is supposed to be smarter, sharper and more appealing than Maserati’s previous automobiles. It will probably be lesser expensive than the GranTurismo, which comes as a relief for most of us out there. The Alfieri is set to compete against the Jaguar F-type, the Mercedes-AMG GT, and the Porsche 911 with a starting price around Rs 66 lakhs. The manufacturers have decided to use the GranTurismo mix of Steel and Aluminium, ensuring low weight and agility. Various versions of the Alfieri will be available, to fit in a value of 410 HP to about 520 HP. The 410 HP engine is expected to drive the rear wheels and more-powerful models will come standard with four-wheel drive, controlled via a ZF Eight-Speed Automatic. Personally, this is the vehicle, which I look forward to seeing in my garage on a winter morning.