C-class: The old coupe carries on for one more year before being updated to the new chassis for 2017. The sedan, introduced last year, sees three new variants in 2016: a plug-in hybrid for ZEV states based on a turbocharged 2.0-liter four augmented with an 80-hp electric motor and a 6.2-kWh battery; a four-cylinder diesel C300d; and a C450 AMG that replaces the C400. This last one is the first in the new AMG ’tween range, which sits below “full” AMG cars but above regular Mercs. With standard four-wheel drive and a 362-hp, tw [...]
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport reached a Guinness World Records-certified top speed of 431 km/h or 268 mph. However, as Guinness notes, the cars shipped to customers are restricted to 258 mph — to protect the tires, which don’t hold up well at the higher speeds. The Veyron Super Sport has four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers; the 16-cylinder engine has a total of 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque. It is the fastest road car in production. The SSC Ultimate Aero held the previous Guinness record of 255.83 mph. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, depending on production details and foreign-exchange rates, will cost between $2.4 to $2.6 million.
Over the past 60 years Chevrolet has built more than 1.3 million Corvettes across six generations. Most of them have been good cars. A few of them have been lousy cars. And at least 10 Corvettes have been truly great.
Great as in a car that in the middle of the day while at work, you just think about driving it. Great as in a car that resets the standard for awesomeness among teenagers for decades. Great as in a car that is the subject of outlandish posters, intricate scale models and carefully crafted scotch decanters.
But for sanity’s sake this list is restricted to regular production Corvettes. So great Corvettes like the John Greenwood road racers from the early 1970s or the C5Rs and C6Rs that have taken multiple wins at Le Mans aren’t on the list. And movie cars like the right-hand-drive custom machine featured in Corvette Summer aren’t here either. Surely they’ll