If you were one of the many enthusiasts who drooled over the outgoing SLS AMG supercar, then sulked after eyeballing its stratospheric, $200,000-plus price tag, then 2016 is your lucky year, plebe. That’s because Mercedes-Benz—the humorless, anal grandparent of the motoring world, has once again let its testosterone-fueled AMG stepchild off the leash, and the result is the powerful 2016 AMG GT and GT S sports cars.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the staple of the automotive community, the roadster that redefined all roadsters for the modern era. Since it bowed in 1989, automakers have been trying to capitalize on the niche market Mazda had carved out for itself, though many, like the BMW Z3 and Z4 and Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky have failed.
Jaguar used to be a British automaker that built thrilling, perfectly styled sports cars and sedans for thrilled, imperfectly smiled Brits. Then Ford bought Jaguar and promptly pimped it to pump out forgettable X-Types. The “poor man’s Jag” was a numb, unreliable mess, and it left Jaguar lovers wondering how far the storied marque could fall. But then something amazing happened.
Rumor has it—try to get that song out of your head now—that a new Mazdaspeed 3 will be bowing soon to satisfy our automotive loins. When the Mazdaspeed 3 disappeared into the night without even a goodbye kiss, many were worried if we would see it again. Now, rumors are swirling that the new Mazda 3 is already receiving a refresh in 2016, and a Mazdaspeed version will drop for the 2017 model year.
The Japanese WRX takes the American-standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and ups the power to 269 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, up from 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. In the S4, power is sent through Subaru’s Sport Lineartronic continuously variable transmission to all four wheels.