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Autodealer's Top 10 drives of 2016

20.12.2016

As the year draws to a close we asked the boys behind the words, Sean Nurse, Justin Jacobs and Charl Bosch to make a list of their top drives of 2016.

It was not an easy task as the boys had driven many different cars this year. After a long debate, they submitted their lists which consisted of cars they felt stood out, which they really enjoyed to drive, ignited their passion and, given the President's bank card, they would love to own.

 

Audi R8 V10 Plus

A screaming normally aspirated V10, oodles of tech gadgetry and of course that performance factor. While you could perhaps say it does not have the looks of its predecessor, it does however live up to the hype with stares of amazement and a primeval noise following it along. Without a doubt, my Best Drive this year - Charl Bosch

Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 is a bold entry into the luxury sedan market and sets a new standard with superior materials, technology, comfort and class-leading semi-autonomous features.The fit and finish inside is as you’d expect from a premium product. Leather and soft-touch materials are to be found everywhere along with a general impression of tangible quality. There are perhaps areas where the Germans may be sharper, however, the fact remains that the brand's offerings have been very appealing, especially in the visual sense - Sean Nurse

BMW M2

The BMW M2 seems to be a favourite with the local motoring media as seen by the awards it has been accumulating. Frankly, it is easy to see why. It is a small BMW with a powerful engine up front, it’s rear-wheel drive and has a limited slip differential - this is the recipe for motoring success really. It is a hoot to drive, looks great and works with you unlike its bigger brothers who are seemingly intent to kill you - Justin Jacobs

Ford Mustang 5.0 GT AT

Ford's iconic pony car has been a sensation despite a limited number being allocated to South Africa. A metallic sounding free breathing V8 up front and that classic Fastback silhouette is enough to make any detractor consider their point of view. Stick with the manual box though - Charl Bosch

Ferrari 488 GTB

Once a year or so, the folks at Scuderia South Africa give me a call and ask me if I’d like a go in one of their new products. This year it was the 488 GTB, a car that left me stunned for many different reasons. I feel that the addition of turbo power to the Ferrari range has made its cars even more phenomenal. The level of performance for this 488 is really something quite special. So, the question is, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 650S or the Ferrari? I would have to say that, at this point, I’d be inclined to choose the car wearing a Prancing Horse logo - Sean Nurse

Mercedes-AMG GT S

The Mercedes-AMG GTS is a bold, unlikely move aimed squarely at the Porsche 911. And it's a move that AMG has completely succeeded with. It handles like no other AMG before it. Not only is it a true sports car in every sense with the latest and greatest tech to enhance the experience even more, but, as its name suggests, it also works as a GT -  Justin Jacobs

BMW 740i

The stigma of the seven coming close but ultimately failing to topple the Mercedes-Benz S-class is likely to persist, but the gap is now narrower than ever before. Even in "baby" 740i guise, the latest G11 7-series packs a punch with superb levels of refinement and luxury, a creamy smooth powertrain and levels of tech NASA would be proud of – Charl Bosch

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

Yes, we have to have a GTI in the mix of supercars. The Clubsport is the best incarnation of the GTI to date. It features a more powerful engine, upgraded suspension, brakes and a new front differential which makes it one of the best handling front-wheel drive cars on the market today. Better still, it can transport you and your family in comfort and safety, yet thrill and amaze when the moment arises - Justin Jacobs

Porsche 718 Cayman

The Cayman is a vehicle that I wanted to remain a six-cylinder forever, really. However after driving the boxer-style four-cylinder engine in the new Cayman range in Germany, I more readily accepted the loss of two cylinders. The new Cayman is faster, more efficient and provides the sort of feedback and driver engagement seen in cars costing two or three times as much, what a class act - Sean Nurse

BMW i8

If we are going to include a hybrid, it might as well be the eye catching i8. It looks like something Batman would drive, its doors go up and it is made from carbon fibre. It also features technology that actually works, handles the twisty bits well and perhaps best of all, it is a car you can use and live with on a daily basis - Justin Jacobs

 

So there you have it, our top 10 list of most memorable cars for 2016. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to include all of them, but other cars that stood out include the BMW 340i, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Porsche 911 S and the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet.  Here’s to 2016 and all the wonderful memories. We look forward to what 2017 has to bring.

Article written by Autodealer
20.12.2016
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