Every April 1st we are all faced with weeding out the real news from the jokes. This is even worse when the press day at the New York International Auto show occurs on April Fools'. Sometimes I have truly wanted to believe these April Fools' jokes, no matter how ridiculous. My personal favourite April Fools' joke was the BMW M3 Ute, which BMW actually built for the joke. Unfortunately, it was never put into production. My dreams of power-sliding handymen everywhere were crushed. On this day, I'm not here to trick you, but to fill you with automotive bliss. Two beautiful, soon-to-be production cars and one concept that I truly hope is built should do the trick.
First up is the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Truly a piece of art, this car is built for the joy of driving. It is essentially a stripped down Boxster with less weight and comfort, but a whole lot more performance and looks. The Boxster Spyder is lowered 20mm from the standard Boxster with more aggressive bodywork, a manually-operated cloth roof and humps behind the headrests à la 718 Spyder. Most importantly, it is powered by a 375hp version of Porsche's 3.8L flat six through a manual transmission. With its newfound motivation, the Boxster Spyder manages to hit 100km/h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 290km/h. It's starting to sound like a slightly cheaper, slower, but topless Cayman GT4. I think this is a great thing, and with some countries having 2 year waiting lists for the GT4, maybe you could pick one of these up instead. I know I'm daydreaming of mountain passes and sunglass burns with the sound of the flat six begging me to unleash its full 375hp wrath.
Next up is the McLaren 570S which is kicking off McLaren's new "Sports Series". Apparently 562hp and a top speed of 328km/h don't make a super car anymore. Anyway, this sports car is sure to impress with a dry weight just shy of 2900lbs. This allows the mid-engined rocket to reach 100km/h in 3.2 seconds. The 570S employs McLaren's 3.8L twin-turbo V8 and styling cues from it's bigger brothers, the 650S and P1. The headlights resemble those of the 650S and the rear end gives nod to the P1. Though it may be the youngest sibling, it is actually about 2cm longer and 19cm wider than the 650S. McLaren also claim the steering ratio is quicker than the 650S, providing an aggressive and direct steering feel. Being the first of the "Sports Series" models with more promised, I am curious to see how McLaren further redefines "Sports".
Finally, a car Subaru claims will NOT be produced. I really hope they change their mind because the Subaru BRZ STI is magnificent. The BRZ is a car that I believe has been begging to be turbocharged and this one-off concept delivers. With a 2.0L boxer turbo-four, the BRZ STI produces an officially quoted 345hp and 332lb/ft of torque, though Subaru has said the car actually produces closer to 450hp. On top of power, it dons an appropriately massive rear wing and more aggressive bodywork all round. Carbon-fiber and red STI bits complete the package. Though my soon to be extinct Mitsubishi Evolution may be crying in the driveway as I type this, the BRZ STI is proof that Subaru is committed to performance and its racing heritage.