We take a look at the key cars appearing at this year’s FOS.
The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed returns to Goodwood House this summer from 24 to 26 June.
This year’s theme is ‘the endless pursuit of power’ to celebrate humanity’s obsession with speed and will include some of the fastest racing cars and bikes in history. BMW is the featured brand for 2016, so it will doubtless be displaying a large selection of its models both past and present.
The festival will also play host to a small number of world and national debuts for cars from major global manufacturers; Mercedes, Honda and Mazda are set to reveal something to the British public for the first time. To help you get ahead, we run through some of the key new cars to expect below.
Ferrari California T HS
The more focused Ferrari California T has already impressed road testers with its sharper handling and more entertaining exhaust note, but the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the first time the British public will get to meet the new model in the metal. The HS uses the same turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 as the regular California T, adding a bespoke chassis setup, exhaust and standard carbon ceramic brakes to make it a louder and harsher riding sports car, but one that’s far more satisfying to drive on the limit.
Renault Twingo GT
The hottest version of Renaults rear-wheel drive, rear-engined city car gets 108bhp from an uprated version of the Twingo’s 898cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine. A revised air intake and new engine mapping has boosted power by 19bhp, and raised torque by 25lb ft to a total of 125lb ft. A price over the range-topping Dynamic S TCe’s £13,445 is expected.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
A harder, more powerful version of Mercedes’ GT sports car will make its world debut at Goodwood. Called the GT R, it’s expected to produce as much as 570bhp from its uprated twin-turbocharged V8 engine and will rival the 911 GT3 RS when it goes on sale – most likely sometime later this year.
Mazda MX-5 RF
The MX-5 RF will make its European debut at Goodwood. The 2016 model features a retractable hard top to create a coupé roofline and better insulation. Despite all that extra metal, the RF only adds 40kg to the regular MX-5’s kerb weight, and given the practical benefits, it’s expected to be the strongest seller of the current MX-5 line-up in Britain.
Honda is expected to run a production ready version of its NSX at Goodwood this year, marking the first opportunity for the British public to see and hear a version of the hybrid sports car they can actually buy. The 2016 NSX uses a twin-turbo V6 engine and electric motor to produce 573bhp, and has been described by some as an affordable version of hybrid hypercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Ford Fiesta ST200
Ford’s hottest production Fiesta made its world debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, but Goodwood will be the first chance for the British public to lay their eyes on it. The new ST200 builds on the performance of the regular ST to produce up to 212bhp and uses revised chassis settings to offer sharper performance.
BMW M4 GTS
BMW’s most aggressive M4 earnt itself a top reviews earlier this year confirming the M4 GTS’s status as a genuine rival to the 911 GT3. The stripped-out coupé uses an uprated version of the M4’s twin-turbocharged straight-six engine to produce 493bhp, a significant 68bhp up on the regular M4. It’ll make its UK debut at Goodwood later this month.
Lexus LC 500
Lexus’s new performance flagship will be driven up the famous Goodwood hill by a trio of star racing drivers, Mike Conway, Scott Pruett and ex-F1 driver Alex Wurz, representing the first time the hot coupé will have been seen in action in Britain. The 2+2 LC 500 uses a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 that produces 467bhp, making this a serious rival for the BMW M4.
We hope you have all managed to get tickets for this year’s FOS and enjoy looking at everything the show has to offer. If there are any cars of interest from the show please call our sales team for a quote.