Tootle’s favourite cars of 2016
Over the past year, Tootle has seen all kinds of cars put up for sale on our site. Although we get our fair share of Golfs and Corsas, we’ve begun to carve out something of a niche with proud owners who want to get the best possible price for their beloved motor without the effort and risk of a private sale.
A lot of these cars have raised some collective drool in the Tootle offices, so we thought we’d share our 10 favourite cars from 2016 so you can enjoy them too:
Nissan GT-R Coupe 3.8 Prestige
Although Supercar might not be first word that springs to mind when you think of Nissan, this GT-R should make you change your tune. With a top speed of 193MPH, it conquered the Nürburgring circuit in just 7:26:7, making it one of the fastest production cars of all time.
Nissan’s creative director says that the car is unique because it isn’t simply a copy of a European sports car, but a reflection of Japanese culture, and in orange, this 2017 model certainly made an impact on us at Tootle HQ.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Weighing in at just 895Kg, the 4C blends classic style with a range of futuristic materials that ensure the car’s performance matches its looks. With the chassis formed from a single piece of carbon fibre and a body formed from Sheet Moulding Compound, a type of fibreglass that is stronger and lighter than steel, it’s not surprising that the 1.7l engine can take the car from 0 to 60 in less than 4.5 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S Premium
Retailing new at over £110,000, the AMG GT S Premium is one of the most expensive and powerful Mercedes you can buy. Sitting on the same chassis as their SLS super-car, but differentiated by a smaller engine and a lack of gullwing doors, it sits firmly opposite the Porsche 911.
With a dry-sump 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 driven through a 7-speed, double-clutch gearbox, it reaches 62MPH in a searing 3.8 seconds and manages to hit a top speed of 193MPH. This is all kept under control by an electronically controlled differential – a system which distributes the best amount of power to each individual wheel to maximise the amount of power that makes it onto the tarmac.
While not the most prestigious car on the list, the Renault Twizzy is certainly something a little bit different. This two-seater electric vehicle is designed as the ultimate city runabout – with easy parking, a tight turning circle, a 180L boot and, well… not a lot else.
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe
In many ways, the S63 coupe is best likened to a private jet for the road. Despite managing to reach 62MPH in just 4.2 seconds, it packs in a serious amount of technology that reflects its position as the sporty two seater of Mercedes’ luxury S-class lineup.
The tech begins as soon as you sit down, with a robotic arm handing you your seatbelt to save you reaching behind, while the car can sense an imminent accident and prepare the car to keep you safe. It can even identify pedestrians on the pavement, anticipate what they’re going to do next, and take steps to avoid them. In heavy traffic, the car can steer, accelerate and brake, removing the mindless chore of crawling forwards in gridlock.
Perhaps one of the most impressive features, however, is a camera in the car which reads the road ahead, detects bumps and slopes, and adapts the suspension to meet the road as you drive over it. There’s even a curve tilting function which detects bends and tilts the suspension so that the car leans into the corner like a motorbike!
Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10
With 610 horsepower, the Audi R8 V10 is a truly mad car. In fact, the naturally aspirated engine is the most powerful ever put into production by Audi, using their Quattro four-wheel drive technology to power its lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre from a standstill to sixty in just 2.9 seconds.
As you would expect of the German brand, although it shares its engine and four wheel drive system with the Lamborghini Huracan, it’s an altogether more refined beast. In fact, the company describes it as an ‘everyday supercar’, the kind you could use for the Tesco run, carrying your clubs to the range, all while fitting in a (very brief) lap of the Nuremburgring in between.
BMW i8 Launch Special
Sitting in direct competition with Tesla, the BMW i8 is an increasingly common breed- the hybrid sports car.
Unveiled at the 2013 International Motor Show, it features all of the marks of a purebred sports car: butterfly doors, a heads-up display, the world’s first laser headlights, a top speed of 155MPH, and a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds (just 0.1 seconds slower than a Lamborghini Gallardo). Somewhat more unusually, it’s exempt from the London congestion charge and has a partially false engine noise, hinting at the hybrid drive train inside. Interestingly, the i8 is plug and play, meaning that it plugs directly into the mains, meaning you can charge it, well, anywhere you can find a outlet!
With just 1,700 i8s having been sold in the UK since launch, and the fact that this is the ‘launch special’ model, this is an unusual car indeed!
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
The Gallardo is Lamborghini’s best selling model to date – selling 14,022 globally since its launch. Appearing in several different specs, the production model of the Spyder, unveiled in 2006, is actually considered by the company to be an entirely new model, boasting a different drivetrain which puts out 513 horse power and a lower-ratio six-speed manual transmission. This allows a skilled driver to get the car from 0 to 60 in a very respectable 4.3 seconds, while turning a fair few heads in the process.
Mercedes ML63 AMG
Having pretty much invented the super-SUV market with the launch of the ML55 AMG in 1999, Mercedes has gone from strength to strength ever since. The Mercedes ML63 isn’t a necessarily a sensible buy – if you want to tow a horse box or go offroading, there are definitely more appropriate options, but if you love the driving position of an SUV but don’t want to compromise on supercar performance, this might just grab your attention…
The 5.5 litre V8 is one of the largest available in any performance SUV and takes the car to 60MPH in 4.2 seconds and 100 in 9.8. That means it eats up whatever you throw at it, making motorway overtaking a breeze while keeping you coddled in all the comfort you would expect from large Mercedes.
Described by Autocar as ‘one of the world’s best cars’, the S63L represents the ultimate way to arrive in style. This long wheelbase limousine, thanks to AMG’s magic touch, can still get to 62MPH in just 4.4 seconds while providing all of the luxury you would expect of Mercedes’ top-end S-class line.
The car is, as you’d expect, an all-round luxury experience – with an interior fully kitted out in genuine leather and metal – there’s barely a hint of plastic inside. It also comes with a whole host of assistance for anyone lucky enough to drive it: systems that allow it to keep in lane, make corrections if it senses the driver has lost concentration, and the ability to follow the vehicle in front for a short period of time. All of this means that the Department of Transport views it as one of the safest cars on UK roads.
Between its excellent safety record, suave looks, and spacious interior, it’s the choice of politicians and diplomats across the world – but you’ll definitely make an impression whatever your profession.
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