This year was great for CarPower360 team and this is why we decided to deliver a top 5 with our reviews.
Number 5 – 2016 Subaru BRZ
The mostly unchanged for 2016, Subaru BRZ is Subaru’s version of the Toyota/Subaru collaborative. It’s a rear-drive coupe that is low on price and horsepower. With last year’s sales down, Subaru made some interior changes and lowered the price letting the BRZ’s fun factor speak for itself.
Its 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-four makes 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and only 151 lb.-ft. of torque between 6,400 and 6,600 rpm. This may not seem like much, but in a car that doesn’t weigh very much, it provides some excellent power and handling. Without the low end sluggishness of most cars in this segment, the 2016 Subaru BRZ takes off fairly well from a stop.
Read the complete review with the 2016 Subaru BRZ.
Number 4 – 2013 Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster
The Mercedes-Benz SL is a great roadster. Even though the car isn’t as popular as the Mazda Miata MX-5, the German model is able to catch the eyes.
The 2013 Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster shows that the perfect option of luxury and performance can co-exist in a vehicle. The new SL-550 roadster is the ultimate case in point of how just the right amount of power mixed with the technology that Mercedes is so famous for, can be the perfect blend of automotive genius.
The new SL-550 has a 4.6 liter V8 bi-turbo which churns out 429 horsepower and 516 lb-ft torque. All this power is mated to a 7-speed automatic. The transmission of course comes with a manual shifting mode for when you’re feeling a bit like Michael Schumacher and want to utilize those ponies under the hood.
Read the complete review with the 2013 Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster.
Number 3 – 2013 WRX STI Subaru Impreza
For all the rally fans out there, this is the 2013 WRX STI Subaru Impreza. I’m going to start this review by focusing on the looks. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and the same applies to cars. The 2013 WRX STI certainly looks like a sports car. But it’s not the best looking one around. It doesn’t have a fancy interior and in all honesty, the materials used are a bit low grade. What this Impreza lacks in fanciness it more than makes up for in performance though. And let’s face it, when you’re at a stop sign, performance is what it’s all about.
Read the complete review with the 2013 WRX STI Subaru Impreza.
Number 2 – 2015 BMW M3
The 2015 BMW M3 is a beast. When our test vehicle arrived shimmering in Austin Yellow Metallic paint and aggressive looking stance, we knew this 2015 BMW M3 meant business. It had the manual transmission and the all new twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine which produces 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque at an early 1,850 rpm. A very different motor than what the BMW faithful are used to but when pushed past 5,000 rpm and closer to its rev limit of 7,600, we believe this new BMW M3 is sure to put a smile on any driver’s face.
Read the complete review with the 2015 BMW M3.
Number 1 – 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium
This is our number 1. The Nissan GT-R is great car with supercar performances and a super price.
The Nissan GT-R Premium boasts a 545-horsepower, 3.8 liter, 24-valve twin turbo V6 engine. While the engine doesn’t exactly purr like a kitten, the car offers a nice combination of neck-jerking acceleration and smooth responsiveness. A dual-clutch paddle shift six-speed transmission and independent rear-transaxle all-wheel-drive are also standard.
Read the complete review with the 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium.