Great cars for 2014

20:32, Dec 08 2013

Here's our five cars to watch out for next year.

They're all great drives, and one of them at least is affordable.

ALFA ROMEO 4C


This mid-engined beauty already has Kiwi drivers drooling. It's as quick as a Porsche, despite a wee 1.7-litre turbo engine thanks to its 177kW and a weight of less than a tonne, all due to a carbon-fibre4 tub, and aluminum substructures.

MASERATI GHIBLI/QUATTROPORTE

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These two sedans will give Maserati a much wider spread of models from next year, with the slightly smaller Ghibli slotting into five-series BMW pricing. Optional AWD, twin-turbo V6 engines and a new ZF eight-speed auto complete the picture.

MAZDA3

The Mazda3 transforms the driving experience among Japanese C-segment cars. Upmarket intentions are evidenced by classy interiors loads of equipment and high refinement levels. Just petrol for us, diesels and hybrids elsewhere.

PORSCHE 918


The 918 Spyder is a million-dollar hybrid, which can go about 29 kilometres on a charge before switching over to petrol. It then gets up to 335kmh, thanks to a combined 653kW, which also makes it good for zero to 100kmh in 2.8 seconds. Cripes!

FORD MUSTANG


The eagerly-awaited new Mustang will at last be available with RHD and IRS and will have an entry-point 2.3-litre 16-valve turbo EcoBoost four as well as blown V6 and V8 engines. First revealed last week, it arrives on its 50th birthday next year.

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