The most insane sports cars of 2016
If you love the smell of burning rubber in the morning, you won’t have been disappointed with the sports cars the auto industry gave us over the past 12 months.
From the Geneva Motor Show onwards, the crème de la crème of manufacturers rolled out a parade of petrolheads’ dreams. So grip the wheel and keep your foot on the gas: here are five of the most eye-catching sports cars of 2016.
- Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
- McLaren 570S
- Koenigsegg Regera
- Bugatti Chiron
- Arash F10
Arash F10 – the spaceship
The F10 looks like it just drove in from the future, and Arash even claims it comes with an optional “warp drive” (actually four electric motors combined with a V8 petrol engine). With 2080bhp, this car from a galaxy far, far away – or from its factory in Newmarket, UK, depending on your level of geek – has taken auto-vehicular power to a new dimension. While the standard version will set you back a not inconsiderable £350,000, space cadets wanting the warp drive can expect to stump up £1.2 million before they get to go interstellar.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – the bargain
If you want to cruise the streets in something one step removed from a racing car but still haven’t scored that big lottery win, the Chevrolet Corvette would be the right choice for you. Combining more than enough power, safe handling and a juicy naturally-aspirated sound that puts competition from Porsche and Mercedes in the shade, it’s yours for a cool £62,500.
McLaren 570S – the noble Englishman
More than twice the price of the Stingray, the McLaren 570s is every bit twice as good. It will out run a Porsche 911, Mercedes AMG or even an Audi R8 thanks to its V8 engine and 570ps (well, it is in the name). Visually, this £142,000 marvel more than matches its performance with a sleek, curvy aesthetic from bumper to bumper. And for added individuality, you can configure your own 570S on the McLaren website.
Koenigsegg Regera – the rocket
In the race for the most expensive car in this list, the new Koenigsegg has to settle for second place. In terms of speed, however, the gearbox-free Regera (Swedish for ‘rule’) comes up trumps: with its V8 engine generating 1100hp, as well as three electric motors that another 707hp it reaches 300km/h in a staggering 10.9 seconds. Anyone who owns this £1.5 million hypercar can consider themselves lucky. Not only because they’d need to be mega rich, but because they’d also managed to get their hands on one of just 80 Regeras to leave the Koenigsegg factory in Ängelholm.
Bugatti Chiron – the diamond
Under the bonnet of the most expensive sports car ever made lies an 8-litre, 1500bhp engine with four turbochargers, which takes its exquisitely crafted chassis to 300km in under 13.6 seconds. French car manufacturer Bugatti, who named this machine after the Grand Prix racing driver Louis Chiron, will only make 500 units over the next eight years. If you want one, you’ll probably need a loan to cover the £1.9m asking price.