The 2016 BMW M4 GTS is a street-legal racecar. With 493 horsepower and extensive carbon fiber in the chassis & body, BMW is proudly calling it the “most agile, radical, & powerful M4 ever.” Used for the first time in a production road car, this M4 features a water-injection system that cools the intake, helping the turbochargers to crank even harder. Only 300 of these track-tuned cars will be imported to the U.S.
The long awaited, anxiously anticipated Tesla Model X has finally been unveiled. It’s a futuristic SUV with seating for 7 & falcon wing doors. Numbers: It does 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Range on a full charge: 250-miles. Tow capacity: 5000 lbs. Starting price for the base model 90D: $132K.
For 2017, the Porsche 911 Carrera will for the first time, feature a turbocharged engine. The new 3-liter flat-six delivers 370 horses— 20 more than the 2015 model. This new motor also uses 12% less fuel.
Mercedes hasn’t made a big-body convertible since 1971 but that all changes with the forthcoming 2017 S-Class Cabriolet, a full-size luxury drop top that harkens back to Mercedes’ classic convertibles of the 60s. This new S-class will be unveiled Sept 15th at the Frankfurt Auto Show where full details & features will be rolled out.
Longer & wider than previous models with an aesthetic nod to the S-Class Coupe, the popular C-Class Coupe got a solid re-vamp for 2017. New sport suspension, keyless ignition, a panoramic sunroof, collision prevention assist technology, LED lighting and more.
After several years of sameness, BMW has decided to update their outdated flagship 7 series. Starting with a new structural design called Carbon Core comprised of a blend of steel & carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, they’ve shaved 200 pounds off this luxury barge. Available in the States with either a turbo 6 or a 2-liter hybrid powerplant, the series also features an assortment of fresh technologies like the new iDrive touchscreen with gesture-controls and a crazy, touchscreen key.
Porsche’s topless Boxster Spyder is back in an updated & upgraded package for 2016. Its manual-only 3-liter flat-six produces 375 horsepower & rips 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. GT-inspired style & performance features abound, with a front-end pulled from a GT4 & GTS-based suspension featuring PASM.
This is the first-ever CT6 sedan. Cadillac’s forthcoming flagship features an available 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo engine, lightweight vehicle architecture, and loads of integrated technology, like a 10-inch LCD touchscreen with handwriting recognition, a night vision system, & a rear-view camera that streams HD video through the rear-view mirror.
Mercedes made some solid updates their best-selling ML SUV – and they gave it a new name. More efficient motor options for one: they’re offering new diesel models and a plug-in hybrid that delivers 436 horsepower as well as significantly lower fuel consumption & CO2 emissions. Design updates to the front clip, headlights, grill & rear-end give new GLE class a fresh look, too.
Cadillac’s 2016 ATS-V is packed with a 455 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 445 pound-feet of torque. It sprints to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 185 mph. It will be offered as both a coupe and sedan with 2 optional sport styling packages: the Carbon Fiber pack & the Track pack.