2016 review: Close but no cigar

Here are some ‘almost-but-not-quite-there’ moments that didn’t pan out as expected
By Dejan Jovanovic, Features Writer
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December 31, 2016
Koenigsegg’s ’Ring record crash
Koenigsegg’s ’Ring record crash(1/4)
Toyota lose Le Mans on last lap…
Toyota lose Le Mans on last lap…(2/4)
Cadillac CT6
Cadillac CT6(3/4)
No NSX in the UAE
No NSX in the UAE(4/4)

Koenigsegg’s ’Ring record crash

Christian von Koenigsegg is a man of his word — in the Nineties he decided to build his own hypercar; today his namesake company produces one of the fastest vehicles on earth. So when he said he was going for the production-car Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record with his 1,341bhp One:1 he wasn’t kidding, except a hot-lap crash when the driver lost control in the fearsomely fast Fuchsröhre section put an end to that.

Toyota lose Le Mans on last lap…

This year racing fans witnessed one of the most heartbreaking moments in this cruel sport when the leading No. 5 Toyota driven by Kazuki Nakajima stopped on the start straight with a lap to go, giving the No. 2 Porsche car the win in the dying moments of a 24-hour Le Mans epic. In the end Nakajima pushed his stricken car over the line.

Cadillac CT6

It’s a seriously tough ask, going after the new BMW 7 Series and S-Class, two monolithic leaders in the executive luxury car segment, laden with tech that drives itself and parks itself. The all-new CT6 starts well off underpinned by Cadillac’s new Omega platform and styling borrowed from spectacular Elmiraj and Ciel concept cars, but it lacks in the dynamics department and offers little interior room, not to mention prestige. So close.

No NSX in the UAE

So they say the new NSX is rather good. With a V6 and three electric motors and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and Honda’s (sorry, Acura’s… It’s developed and made in the US) Super Handling-All Wheel Drive, it is rated as one of the best new supercars of 2016 — not that we in the UAE would know. The all-new NSX has just been launched in the Middle East, or rather, Kuwait, by local dealer Al Mulla Auto, priced from $241,000 or Dh885,000, with apparently no plans for a UAE launch.