The most exciting supercars of tomorrow will make their UK debut in front of thousands of petrolheads at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 23rd to 26th).
Staged every June on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, the historic event is the automotive equivalent of Glastonbury and has become the place to see the most electrifying new cars first-hand on British soil.
Punters can get up-close and personal with static stand models or watch them try to set a new record time up the famous 1.16-mile hillclimb. For the record, it’s doubtful anyone will better the 41.6 seconds set by Nick Heidfeld’s McLaren MP4/13 F1 car in 1999.
So which cars can visitors to ‘the largest motoring garden party in the world’ expect to see in 2016?
McLaren’s 570S Sprint – a track-only version of its 570S baby supercar – will get a global unveiling at Goodwood.
Built around a carbon fibre chassis, it uses the familiar mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, linked to a seven-speed SSG transmission. No performance figures yet, but expect it to hit 62mph in around three seconds. You can have one for a cheeky £148,000 from early 2017.
When Jaguar let its Special Vehicle Operations performance division have its wicked way with the F-Type, we don’t think anyone was surprised that what emerged was the lightest, fastest and most powerful variant yet: the SVR.
With a 3.5 second 0-62mph sprint and 200mph top speed, the only thing holding you back is its £110k price tag.
US-based electric car maker Tesla will be showcasing its Model X seven-seater SUV, along with its falcon wing doors (think Dr Brown’s DeLorean from Back To The Future). That’ll be fun when parked in narrow supermarker parking bays.
Away from its potentially destructive lift-up doors, the electric SUV can get up to 60mph in just 3.2 seconds when switched to the aptly-named ‘ludicrous mode’.
Britons buy more Ford Fiestas than any other car and the ST200 version builds on the performance credentials of the standard ST, upping power by 17bhp to 197bhp.
That’s enough shove to get it to 62mph in just 6.7 seconds; a fifth of a second quicker than the regular ST. It’s due on sale here this summer from £22,745, but for an extra £599, the Mountune upgrade adds another 15bhp to unlock a 6.4 second sprint.
Under usual circumstances, the mention of Renault’s Twingo city car may do little to quicken the pulse, but Renaultsport has tried to turn it into something of a pocket-rocket, tuning its 90bhp 898cc petrol engine to eke out an extra 20bhp.
Also on show at Goodwood will be the Elemental’s 500bhp Rp1 road legal track car, Lexus LC, and Mini Seven, which pays homage to the Austin Seven from 1959.
At the more subtle end of the spectrum, Audi’s Nissan Juke-sized Q2 also makes its UK debut at Goodwood. The compact SUV is expected to set Audi sales alight and the SQ2 performance variant has already been spied testing on the Nürburgring.
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