Here at Astro Performance Warehouse we love this time of year. Sure it’s the holiday season and we can all dream about the top rated performance cars we’d live to see parked in the garage or driveway with a big bow attached. But even more than that, we love seeing all the top car lists for the coming year.
As your domestic drive-train specialists providing the best overdrive transmission solutions and parts for our customers, we at Astro Performance Warehouse have come up with a list of our own. Here are five of the top rated 2016 performance cars. Check out this list and see if you agree.
Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
This one is being called the most track-ready Mustang ever built, which means it’s perfect for you, right? This one is sure to make its namesake – automotive designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby – very proud. This latest Mustang has electric power steering, an independent rear suspension, a really stiff and stout body and a 526 horsepower, 5.3 liter V8 engine. In naming it the 2016 Performance Car of the Year, Road & Track editors said, “Not only does the car have soul and harness so much firepower with such ease, but the real achievement here is that it's so approachable. It's a car you can't help but love.” The Shelby Mustang also made Car and Driver’s 10 best cars list and Motor Authority’s list of Best Cars to Buy in 2016.
The Lamborghini Aventador SV
Touted as one of the most extreme cars on the planet, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 570-4 SuperVeloce, or SV for short, certainly lives up to its name. To make this supercar even more super, it was made lighter and even more powerful. Sounds nice, right? Can you picture yourself in this? “Its crushing grip on the ground can pulverize rubber into a cloud of dust,” says Motor Authority. “It sounds like a nest of the most unwelcoming, super-sized hornets stirred into attack mode. And that's at idle.”
The Chevy Camaro SS
Motor Trend named the Chevy Camaro its top car of 2016! And it’s not hard to see why. Competition was stiff as it was up against 26 other vehicles – including the Mustang mentioned above – but the Camaro crossed the finish line first. What pushed it to the front of the pack? This speedy SS model cranks out 455 horsepower thanks to its super 6.2 liter, V-8 engine and its new eight-speed automatic transmission. It also made Car and Driver’s top list.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
The folks at AutoGuide named the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata one of its car of the year nominees. “This fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is all sorts of good with a stylish new look, a slick manual shifter, and, of course, a beautiful and balanced chassis that hits all the right notes.” The Mazda has a 155 horse power, 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine so it’s not the biggest or the loudest. But some may argue that it certainly offers a fun ride. The Maxda MX-5 was also included in Car and Driver’s top list and it was named Japan’s Car of the Year.
The Porsche Boxster/Cayman
The Porsche Boxster and Cayman are everything you’d expect in a sports car. The Cayman comes in a base 275 horsepower, 2.7-liter engine; a 325-horse power, 3.4 liter in the S model; and a 340 horse power, 3.4 liter for the GTS. Car and Driver calls it one of the most satisfying driver’s cars out there in adding it to its top list. The convertible Boxster also comes in three engine choices, ranging from 265 horse power to a 330 horse power for the GTS. This is likely the ride you’ve been dreaming about. “Few cars have steering this alive, brakes this stout, or damping this nuanced,” says Car and Driver about the Boxster and Cayman.
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