The five best cars you can get next week on the 66-plate
The lead-up to a plate change is always a busy time for car dealers nationwide, as customers clamour to have the latest number on their car.
So if you're one of the many motorists looking to bag a great new car with a 66-plate this September, we've picked out a selection of the best.
A stalwart of the Mercedes-Benz range, the E-Class has received a number of updates in 2016, making it not only a more visually attractive car but a much safer one as well.
Styling updates bring it in line with the German marque's flagship S-Class saloon and its interior raises the bar by quite some margin in terms of both design and quality.
S-Class inspired styling isn't the only thing making its way into the new E-Class from Mercedes' top-of-the-line car. As always, a range of new technology features also make an appearance, some of which haven't even made their way into the S-Class yet. Mercedes' Drive Pilot and a remote parking system controlled via smartphone showcase just how much tech the E-Class has on board.
The E-Class was launched with a selection of two engines: a 2.0-litre turbodiesel in the E220d and a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel in the E350d.
A plug-in hybrid will also be offered at a later date, as will faster E43 AMG and E63 AMG versions. Prices for the new new E-Class start at £36,000.
Fiat 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider has been a long time coming now, especially when you consider the fact the Mazda MX-5 - with which it shares its underpinnings - arrived last year. The two cars share their chassis structure, rear-wheel drive transmission and suspension, however, they differ in terms of the engines on offer.
Where as the Mazda is available with either a 1.5-litre petrol or 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 129bhp and 158bhp respectively, the Fiat is powered by a solitary 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol that produces 138bhp.
The 124 Spider is offered in a selection of three different trim levels: Classica, Lusso and the top-of-the-line Lusso Plus.
Prices for the entry level Classica model begin at £19,545, making it slightly more than £1,000 more expensive than the MX-5. However, the Fiat is angling the 124 as a slightly more premium offering than its Mazda stablemate.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
The C-Class Coupe is, arguably, the trendier version of its four-doored sibling. To aid this process, Mercedes borrowed styling cues from its S-Class Coupe - effectively making the C-Class Coupe a smaller, more manageable version of the larger car.
The interior boasts the same level of quality familiar to all Mercedes models these days, and combines both functionality and a gorgeous design. Under the bonnet, there is a selection of one petrol and two diesel engines (excluding the larger, and more powerful engines offered on the C43 and C63 AMG models).
The four-cylinder petrol produces either 239bhp or 181bhp - depending on whether you buy the C300 Coupe or C200 Coupe - and achieves respective economy figures of 44.8mpg and 53.3mpg.
The diesels in the C220d and C250d models offer improved fuel efficiency, returning 68.9mph and 67.3mpg respectively. That said, the diesel engines have been known to be a dash unrefined, which might tarnish the car's premium image a tad.
Porsche 718 Cayman
The most important change on the new 718 Cayman is arguably Porsche's decision to do away with the old flat-six engine, and replace it with a turbocharged four-cylinder unit.
While the new powerplant may not sound as good as the one it replaces, the performance figures more than speak for themselves. In Cayman S guise with the optional PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono package, the car can sprint from 0 - 62mph in 4.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 177mph.
Downsizing the Cayman's engine also means fuel economy and emissions have improved. The standard car emits 158 grams of C02 per kilometre, and has a claimed fuel consumption figure of 40.9mpg on the combined cycle.
Style-wise, Porsche have tweaked the Cayman to look even more aggressive than before. It appears wider, lower and more filled-out than its predecessor, and thanks to its new engine, it goes better too. The interior feels every bit as sporty as a Porsche should as well.
Rolls Royce Dawn
The Dawn is the new soft-top from Rolls-Royce, and sits alongside the Wraith in the British car maker's line-up.
Although the Dawn is based on the Wraith, 90 percent of the body work is new - with Rolls claiming that the car is the most rigid-bodied four-seat convertible currently on the market.
A 6.6-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 powers the Dawn and is capable of wafting the convertible from 0-62 in 4.9 seconds, thanks to its 563bhp and 575lb-ft of torque.
With its incredibly luxurious interior, you will be catapulted along the road in absolute comfort. As you would expect from a car like the Rolls-Royce Dawn, it will cost you an arm and a leg to get your hands on one.
Retail prices start at £264,000 but as there are limitless customisation possibilities, the true cost of purchasing a new Dawn will likely be considerably higher.
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