Luxe on wheels: Haute rides to look out for in 2016
From the luxuriously comfortable to the spine-tinglingly out-of-this-world, these must-have motors are the epitome of travel today. Buro 24/7 Middle East lists the best luxury cars that will hit the streets come 2016 and trust us when we say, they're worth every bit of their flashy form.
Porsche 718 Bosxter and Cayman
The popular Porsche Boxster and Cayman are getting makeovers! From under the hood to even a new name, these rides are racing into the new year. After their mid-life update, the cars will be known as the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. The new name is an homage to the legendary 718 from the '50s but keeping with the modern times though, the new 718 model range will build on the heritage with new a flat-four turbo engine.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The world's first luxury compact SUV convertible is proving to be a new offering that is truly a vehicle for all seasons. The sophisticated fabric roof enhances the appeal and the desirability of the fifth member of the Range Rover family. Not to mention the fully-automated roof stows in 18 seconds and can be raised in 21 seconds. With the Evoque Convertible, Range Rover is pioneering an all-new SUV sector.
Launching in March, the Maserati Levante will be based on '100 per cent Maserati parts' and compete against the Porsche Cayenne head-on. "It is a sports SUV with an emphasis on the sport, but with credible off-road capability and the unique Maserati qualities around style and sophistication," said Giulio Pastore, Maserati's European General Manager. "We will also always be more exclusive than our rivals — the Levante is something truly special."
At Dhs690,000, the McLaren 540C is set to be the most attainable car in the British brand's line-up. But don't be fooled, it's still a mighty beast that can produce 533 horsepower and 540Nm of torque. With fine performance and a very enticing price sticker, the McLaren 540C might tempt customers away from its direct rivals like the Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GT and Porsche 911 Turbo.
The most powerful SUV will go on sale early 2016 but with the performance comes extreme luxury as well as carpet-trim hide and handcrafted veneer options. But this is only the start as the car is set to come in a variety of formats, from a seven-seater option to more efficient hybrid and diesel versions, and even a higher performance super model.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
The new Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder is the open top version of its coupe brother. So on top of all that performance, you also get the added experience of open-air driving. Expected to overtake the Gallardo Spyder as the best-selling open top model in the brand's history, the new Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 324 km/h.
Aston Martin DB11
It all begins with a name and Aston Martin's forthcoming car will be called the DB11. Apart from the nameplate reveal, pretty much everything else has been kept well under wraps. Nevertheless, the DB badge is the brand's bloodline and if past editions are any indication, the new DB11 will be an icon in its own right. "The coming years will see Aston Martin transform not only its entire range of models but also its scale and global presence, and the new DB11 will be central to that success," said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer.