As 2016 comes to a rather slow paced end thanks to the excess of the festive period, I thought to myself “what is the best car I’ve driven this year”. To there has to be more than one answer, given that I have managed to wangle myself seat time in virtually every type of car you can think of in the last twelve months.
The rules that I have just made up whilst writing this are simple, no more than one car can be chosen per car-maker, car type or format is not considered in any way of form. My rules as it’s my list and the fact that I have a list of 40+ cars to be whittled down.
Moving swiftly onto the first choice on the list:
Jaguar F-Type R AWD
A simple one this, the Jaguar F-Type R AWD is a drive that will stay with me for years to come. The stunning looks combined with that immense burbling and crackling soundtrack, the fact that the F-Type R is one of the most engaging cars to drive and has lost nothing with the upgrade to all-wheel drive.
The F-Type is the most striking looking car I’ve driven in 2016 and thankfully the looks match the performance, the new AWD system allows you to deploy all 543bhp in maximum attack mode while enjoying one of the greatest soundtracks to ever grace the tiny island of Great Britain.
Now for the German entry, this one was a close call. The M4 Competition Pack was a close runner against the baby M car. However, in the end, the staggeringly good M2 won out due to its sheer brilliance and the fact that it offers a pure and simple driving experience.
The M2 can be bought as it stands with a proper manual gearbox for around £44k, this is without a doubt a performance bargain. Everything about the M2 shouts its M Car credentials, from the excellent manual gearbox to the near as perfect handling balance. The M2 is not just the best M cars I have ever driven; it is one of the best cars I have ever driven; end of.
Ford Focus RS
Now I approached the Focus RS with an expectation of greatness. I knew it was going to be good, I mean it had to be. Even with this expectation I was still left astonished by exactly how good the RS is.
Nothing I have driven in 2016 has left me quite as astonished as the RS did, the way it corners at mind-bending speeds while the amazing trickery of the all-wheel drive system from Ford’s boffins makes me look at vastly better driver than I actually am.
The fact that those same engineers chose to leave in the RS’s exhaust bangs and cracks which provide a great accompanying soundtrack to go along with all that pace and power. The world expected a great car in the form of the RS and Ford did not let us down here. Not just a great RS but a car destined to go down in history as one of the great driver’s cars.