Cars of 2016-2017: Prowess and Finesse

Being an avid fan of what is latest in luxury car industry, we have no doubt you are in a hurry to scroll down this article, greedily taking in the curves, imagining the exhilarating drive you are about to enjoy at the controls of a cozy cockpit that would understand your every move even better than yourself.

So slow down, and savor the ultra modern comforts that await you at your fingertips once you are inside those beastly beauties. We have picked five of them, A SUV, a Ferrari, a Coupe, a SUT and a Hatchback, the very best, and each one is better than the other, in its own unique way.


2016 Bentley Bentayga


Bentayga is the first bold step by Bentley to secure the world’s SUV market. Hand built, like all their luxury cars that roll out the assembly line in Crewe, it is every inch a Bentley, especially so with its all-new Bentley W12 petrol engine with Variable Displacement which is the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder in the world that enables you a standing start to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h 4.1 seconds), with an overwhelming top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).

The Stop-Start technology, first time introduced for a Bentley, rests the Bentayga engine when it is stationary, as well as at near-stop speeds. This greatly contributes to reduce emissions and enhance performance of the big brute as it merrily growl forward, towing up to 3,500kg with remarkable ease, meeting all kinds of off-road challenges.

The Drive Dynamics Mode offers you four presets – Comfort, Sport, Custom and Bentley – using an intuitive rotary control. Bentayga features a first 48V electronic Active Roll Control which greatly minimizes body roll and improves chassis response.


2016 Ferrari 488GTB

Nouvelle freeari 488 GTB-mylankavehicle

Sleek, sensual, sexy yet super charged with exceptional twin-scroll turbochargers supplied by IHI and two air-to-air intercoolers, the compressor wheels are made of low-density TiAl alloy used in jet engines to reduce inertia and resist high temperatures within the turbocharger. The technology facilitates 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 8.3 seconds, covering a quarter of a mile in 10.45 seconds and continuing to a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph).

The 488 transmission is automatic dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox manufactured for Ferrari by GETRAG, based on the gearbox used in the 458. Its body has been designed to increase down force by 50% over the 458A with new front double splitter which increases radiator cooling.

No arguments for this one. Successor to Ferrari 458 is built for speed.


2017 Mercedes Benz C- Class Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Looking for the most romantic and exhilarating drive you can have other than a convertible? C-Class is your ultimate choice. The Panorama roof made of heat-rejecting tinted glass opens the enchanting heavens to its all four passengers. During fierce weather, your ride would be nothing but cozy warmth and tranquility, while the sticky fingers of rain noiselessly brush over the glassy dome.

The Coup comes equipped with 201-hp 1.8L turbo-4 in the C250 and the 302-hp 3.5L V-6 in the C350 which responds ferociously with rapid-multi spark ignition and high-pressure Direct Injection enhanced by millisecond speed and microscopic precision.

Its innovative AGILITY CONTROL recalibrates the sporty suspensions according to the road surface, absorbing the tiniest negative change on it and its radar based DISTRONIC PLUS works magic during rush hour, notifying you subtle variances in traffic ahead. Optional Blind Spot Assist is an additional blessing in this regard.


2017 Honda Ridge-line

2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL.

This is good news for Sri Lankan buyers. They always weigh heavily on the second hand car market and also seriously consider the availability of spare parts. That said, this one would be the favorite among them in this list.

The Ridgeline is the first tentative step into the North American pickup truck market by Honda. The mid-size sport utility truck (SUT) is famous for its unibody construction, dual-action tailgate, and the industry’s first In-Bed Trunk.

A new line of engines (possibly with a hybrid variant) are expected to armor this monster that would include a 3.5 LITER “Earth Dreams” direct injected V6 cylinder unit that is coupled alongside a standard 6 speed or an optional 9 speed auto gear box module.

The release date will be revealed during Detroit Auto Show in 2016.


2016 Ford Focus RS


Hatchback lovers, wakeup! Here is what you have been waiting for; Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Lane Keeping System to deliver you the most painstakingly fine tuned navigations system available inside a hatchback.

The turbocharged EcoBoost is the first-ever three-cylinder engine from Ford and facilitates 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions with 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets and red brake calipers majestically matches its tough snarl.

Further, the unique Sync 3 infotainment system would make your drive a memorable one indeed.

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