On the 50th anniversary of its release, Fiat’s 124 Spider will be reborn for 2017 in an all-new model. Built on the chassis of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata, the revived Spider features classic body lines and a leather-clad interior. It’s rear-wheel drive & powered by a 1.4-liter, 160-horse 4 & your choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic tranny.
BMW’s 2016 M2 draws 365 horses from its TwinPower Turbo inline-six and pulled a 7:58 lap-time at the Nürburgring. That’s faster than the last generation V-8 powered M3! In addition to plenty of power, it’s loaded with M-Series features like its active rear differential, lightweight aluminum suspension, M Performance brakes, & 19-inch forged wheels.
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After several years of sameness, BMW has decided to update their outdated flagship 7 series.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.