1. FORD FOCUS RS
Ford’s Focus RS should, as the wildest hot-hatch to join the ranks in 2016, be firmly on the radar for the budget-conscious man or woman in a hurry. The new RS will have all-wheel-drive, which will help it deploy the 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo engine’s sports-car-like power when it hits local tarmac in February.
2. SUBARU LEVORG
The Subaru Levorg is bound for showrooms around the middle of 2016. Essentially an even more practical version of Subaru’s popular all-wheel-drive turbo compact sedan the WRX, , it should please anyone shopping for a swift small/medium wagon which, with discontinuation of the WRX hatchback and the Liberty wagon, should apply to plenty of buyers.
3. PEUGEOT 308 GTI
Peugeot’s 308 hatch is an excellent small car, so the arrival of the hot 308 GTi in the first quarter of 2016 is exciting. Two manual-gearbox-only versions will be available – a $45K GTi 250 version and a more powerful GTi 280 for $50K. Both are powered by turbo four-cylinders that produce more power than popular alternative the VW Golf GTI, despite the fact they’re smaller engines.
4. FIAT 124 SPIDER
We already know how good Mazda’s ND MX-5 and in the New Year Fiat will deliver something Mazda won’t – a turbo version, in the form of its 124 Spider. This restyled MX-5-derivative could be even more fun with the extra effortless acceleration a turbo engine can offer.
5. PORSCHE BOXSTER AND CAYMAN
Porsche’s next-generation Boxster convertible and Cayman coupe will arrive in 2016 with smaller 2.0- and 2.5-litre flat four-cylinder engines instead of six-cylinders. Despite their smaller size, turbocharging will give these all new engines noticeably more power than those they replace, and make them more fuel efficient.
6. HONDA NSX
The return of Honda’s NSX is huge news for fans of ultra-high performance Japanese cars. The original version was born in 1990 as a less expensive, more user-friendly Ferrari-fighter, but since then Italian supercars have grown friendlier, which prompted Honda to reinvent the NSX as a more serious Hybrid-powered supercar, with a 373kW twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6, triple electric motors and a nine-speed dual clutch transmission.
We’ll see an even hotter version of the already wickedly fast Mercedes-AMG A45 in 2016, with the arrival of an updated A-Class range.
At the top end of the performance and price spectrum is Ferrari’s new 488 GTB supercar, which will replace the 458. Lamborghini’s ultimate Aventador LP750-4 Super Veloce is also expected.
A more powerful, less thirsty second-generation Audi R8 will drop the less powerful V8 version for a high-powered V10-only line up.
Still in German high-performance, we’ll receive the ultimate version of BMW’s M4, the GTS, and the M2, its most serious 2 Series version to date.
The twin-turbo V8 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe will give buyers an appealing alternative to BMW’s M4.
And turbo flat six-cylinder engines will replace larger non-turbo engines in Carrera versions of Porsche’s updated 911 sports car.