Here are the sporty models that made our list.
Geneva 2016 was a great place for sports cars. Lots of automakers wowed us, making it tough to pick a favorite. So, we chickened out and decided to pick five of our favorite sports cars instead. We start the list off with the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Giulia is low on this list because it a sedan and not a pure sports car. But even the standard Giulia will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 276 horsepower. With rear-wheel drive and an optional manual, this thing is no boring sedan.
Next up on our list is the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet. The new C-Class is a very stylish sedan, and we were a bit surprised that a convertible version wasn't released sooner. The new C-Class Cabriolet will compete with the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series convertibles. Mercedes used to sell the E-Class as a convertible, but that car didn't directly compete with anything from Audi or BMW. The C-Class Cabriolet will be available as a C300 with a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Those seeking a bit more thrill can opt for the C43 with a bi-turbo 3.0-liter V6 good for 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. The C43 can get to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.
The third car on this list is the new Aston Martin DB11. Most of Aston's models have looked the same and had the same V12 engine for the last two decades. The DB11 has an all new 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 with 600 hp. This engine will get the DB11 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. We are excited for the new DB11 because it will probably be the first Aston Martin that doesn't have lackluster technology. (Astons have always looked a lot better than they worked.) The cars were always quick, but sluggish transmissions didn't make the most of the available power. Also, the interior has always looked great, but low-tech infotainment centers has always made the cars feel a little half-assed. The new DB11 will hopefully fix these issues.
Coming in second place is the Fiat 124 Abarth. We knew that an Abarth version of the 124 was on its way, and now we finally get to see it in the metal. This little Italian roadster features a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor with a 170 horsepower. This is only 10 more than the standard 124, but the Abarth also gets firmer suspension and a standard limited-slip differential. This lightweight roadster may be the best affordable sports car since the Honda S2000 went out of production. The 124 Abarth narrowly missed our number one slot, but pricing has yet to be announced, and the standard car still isn't in dealerships yet! We can't wait to have a go in this thing, but until we get to drive it, it will stay at number two.
Try and act surprised with our number one sports car from Geneva 2016. With the 911 R, Porsche hit a home run. It has a 500-hp 4.0-liter flat-six engine that screams all the way up to an 8,800 rpm redline. The 911 R is basically a GT3RS without the aero and the PDK transmission. Porsche gave the 911 R only one transmission choice, and all-new six-speed manual. Only 991 examples will be sold starting at a hefty $185,950 base price. If all of these cars haven't sold out already, rest assured that they will soon. If you want one get your checkbook out now because these things are bound to see an insane markup when/if they are put up for resale.