2016 has been a great year for cars, with manufacturers breaking into new territory or achieving fresh heights of excellence with their latest models. Here are a few of the cars launched during 2016 that deserve the attention of people looking to buy or rent a car in Dubai:
Jaguar F-Pace: Jaguar has been going from strength to strength in recent years with the XF, XJ, XE and F-Type all achieving sales and critical success. The F-Pace is the marque’s first ever SUV after decades of focusing on saloons and sports cars. As such, it was an important car for the company. The F-Pace was executed with aplomb, offering a combination of grace, space and pace that puts it ahead of its peers in the eyes of many critics.
Alfa Romeo Giulia: Alfa’s re-entry into the compact executive saloon segment was a crucial step in the marque’s plans to expand to a full model range after its contraction during the noughties. The Giulia that finally emerged after a long development is a return to the rear wheel drive Alfas of the past. It features all of the style and handling that people expect from the marque, but matches its German rivals for practicality and cost of ownership. To make matters even more exciting for Alfa fans, the top of the range Quadrifoglio model is the most powerful Alfa Romeo road car ever with a 503 bhp Ferrari developed engine.
Ford Focus RS: The RS badge has adorned some of the most exciting hot hatches of the last thirty years, but the latest model to wear it could well be the best of the lot. The Ford Focus RS features a 345 bhp engine that can rocket the car from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Four wheel drive allows this power to be applied to the road, making for a hugely quick, agile machine.
Aston Martin DB11: At the opposite end of the class system is the new Aston Martin DB11. The styling of the new car is a further gradual evolution of the distinctive Aston look that has been in development since the 1950s. Under the skin, however, the car features an all-new turbocharged V12 that breaks with the Aston Martin tradition of using normal aspiration. The engine offers a step change in performance for Aston Martin, which is matched by the car’s handling. When combined with the comfortable ride and well-appointed interior the end result is as good a GT car as the company has produced.
Fiat 124 Spider: This new open-topped sports car shares its underpinnings with the Mazda MX-5. However, it puts an Italian spin on that car with its turbocharged 1.4-litre engine offering more flexible power delivery than Mazda’s engine options. The Fiat also features an improved ride that makes it more of a pleasure to drive on bumpy roads. The interior is nicely constructed and upmarket, whereas the exterior styling takes cues from the pretty 1960s sports car that it takes its name from.