Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 Preview
Get a heads-up on all the cars worth seeing at #GoodwoodFOS
For four days, Goodwood House opens its grounds and its driveway to the Festival of Speed, arguably one of the biggest motoring events on the calendar. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people attend and every year, hundreds of exceptional cars make their way up the famous Hillclimb. Aside from all the supercars and motorsport celebrities, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is actually the ideal time to get up-close to all the latest cars.
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If you’ve never been, the scale of #GoodwoodFOS is vast with manufacturers building giant structures to show off all their latest offerings. Look past the free goodie bags and the free bars and you’ll find all the latest cars, all unlocked and available for you to have a really good uninterrupted look. The Festival of Speed is also a great time to get a peek at some of the latest cars arriving in the next year or so.
We’ll be at the Moving Motor Show, the preview event on the Thursday, bringing you all the latest cars from each brand, so naturally we have put together a list of must-see cars. Take a look at our list below to get a preview of what we’ll be tweeting about, as well as what’s worth a look yourself.
Top cars worth looking for at Goodwood FOS:
- Audi Q2
The new Q2 is Audi’s smallest crossover and it already looks like a winner. All the tech of the larger Audi cars crammed into a small and sporty looking crossover body was always going to be a successful combination. It’s a smart alternative to the MINI Countryman, while still offering similar levels of customisation. If you can’t find it, it’ will be the car on the Audi stand with the largest crowd. We’ll covered everything you need to know about it, so read all about the new Audi Q2.
- Audi TT RS
We’ve also covered the new Audi TT RS, the new TT range-topper and one of the only cars available with a five-cylinder engine. A big win for the TT RS is its value for money; it offers power and a top speed not far off an R8, yet costs around half as much. A technological, albeit interesting, alternative to a Porsche Cayman or Boxster.
Only unveiled early in June, the new S5 Coupé will be making its first official debut at the Festival of Speed. The new S5 Coupé is the sportier version of Audi’s new A5 Coupé with evolutionary styling, the latest Audi gadgets and more efficient engines. Get your first close-up look in person on the Audi stand.
- BMW M2
One of the best value cars around? For £40,000, the M2 Coupé offers incredible levels of performance with an easy-to-handle chassis. It’s received a raft of five-star reviews and it’s easy to see why. We’ll be getting a thorough look at it during the course of the Moving Motor Show.
- BMW M4 GTS
They’re all sold out, but this £120,000 M4 will no doubt be getting all the attention. Based on the already fantastic M4 Coupé, the GTS loses a lot of weight for greater agility and gains power, thanks to a special water-injection system that lowers the temperature of the air entering the engine. Only 700 have been made worldwide, so this may be your only chance to get a glimpse of it.
- BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition
One of the most important cars of the last few years, the BMW i8 shows us that hybrids can be fast and fun. This ‘Protonic Red’ edition is the first i8 special edition and it focuses on style more than anything else. If there is just one car you need to sit in during the Festival of Speed, this is it.
Not necessarily the cars, but the stand itself. It will be the one that has been built to look like a toy car garage, following on from their stand last year that was built to look like toy car boxes. A great concept and no doubt one of the most interesting stands of the show.
- Maserati Levante
We think the Levante is the best luxury Italian car you can buy, take a look and let us know what you think. It will be having a go up the Hillclimb too, so it will be interesting to see how Maserati’s first SUV does. If you need a rest after all the walking around, take a seat inside the Levante.
- McLaren 675LT Spider
The 675LT is possibly McLaren’s biggest achievement, bar the original F1 and the P1. It offers incredible pace with incredible looks, way above the already sublime 650S and now there’s a Spider version. It will be making an appearance on the McLaren stand along with some motorsport heroes, a special 570S track-special and not one, but two P1 GTRs.
- Renault Twingo GT
The regular Twingo is well priced and has a cheeky personality that buyers love, but it’s always lacked a sportier version that a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive car needs. Renault will be showing off the new Twingo GT at the Festival of Speed with its 110hp and sportier styling.
- Renault Clio RS 16 Concept
A concept car worth taking seriously, the RS 16 is a Renaultsport Clio with a Renaultsport Mégane engine producing 275hp. It’s not planned to go into production, but it shows that it is possible.
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