The Best New Cars Of 2016 Are Going On A Weight-Loss Plan

Shedding pounds for speed and efficiency
2016 McLaren 570S Coupe at the New York International Auto Show

With all the technology and performance crammed into this “budget” McLaren, it’s hard to see how the British company shaved roughly $100,000 off the price of its big sister, the McLaren 650S ($267,900 MSRP). The 570S--the first model in its new, more affordable Sports Series--has a mid-engine, rear-drive configuration, and a twin-turbo V8. The result: A powertrain that’s good for 562 hp, a 0-to-60mph time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mph. No, this doesn’t sound like a budget supercar, and it will cost an estimated $180,000. But the 570S is a hair heavier (by 2,875 lbs) and a whisker slower than the more powerful (by 100 hp) and similarly styled 650s. It’s meant to go up against the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Audi R8, and on fuel economy alone it can: The 570S gets an estimated 25 mpg, which exempts this 200mph machine from the U.S. "gas-guzzler" tax. Eric Adams/Popular Science

Every major car show chases some kind of theme. A few years ago, all that manufacturers could talk about was LED headlights. Then it was hybrid technology. Then accident avoidance. At the Detroit Auto Show this year, we found twin-turbo V6’s in everything from pickup trucks to supercars. Now, at the New York International Auto Show, the emergent attribute is lightness–as in, the judicious use of aluminum and other lightweight materials in vehicle construction to boost fuel efficiency and performance. Sluggish luxury sedans are ancient history. Welcome to the era of light-heavyweight automobiles.

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