The 2017 season of new car models gives auto enthusiasts a lot to look forward to. From reimaginings of old favorites to never-before-seen vehicles, you can expect innovation and streamlined design in everything from supercars to electric crossovers. Read on for a few of the new cars we’re most excited to see in action.
With a teardrop shape designed for maximum aerodynamics and 600+ hp, this sports car is a powerhouse in the truest sense of the word. And Ford isn’t doing anything halfway: built with an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber frame, they’re going for best power-to-weight ratio in the world. Want to get a taste of this bad boy? Get in line, as Ford is only releasing 500 of the model to the general public.
Hearkening back to the original Fiat 124 Spider, the Italian automaker’s all-time bestseller in America, the new Spider recalls the classic Italian design with a totally updated engine. Fiat partnered with Miata to create an eye-catching exterior that houses the Mazda MX-5 Miata engine, which is customized for the Spider to boast a 1.4-liter turbo four making 160 hp and 184 lb-ft.
A crossover with an estimated 200+ mile range, the new Bolt is all-electric and eminently practical at a starting price point of roughly $30,000. As batteries don’t require air for combustion, the underbody is flat and enclosed, enabling optimal airflow, while the use of lightweight aluminum further contributes to the streamlined performance.
“Made with love” would be an accurate description of the new NSX: not only is the vehicle fully made in-house, but each engine is hand-assembled in a six hour procedure. The design process was similarly painstaking: after a hiatus of over 10 years, the gestation of this second generation supercar was anything but smooth. Every shape adjustment required changes throughout the car to correctly direct the airflow, in addition to changing the engine configuration midway through the design. Luckily, the finished product delivers on all levels, including 75-degree DOHC V-6, twin-turbo charging, three motors, and nine-speed DCT.
The new 718 model encompasses the Boxster and Cayman in a rebranding nod at Porsche’s heritage. Through the 50s and 60s, the 718 of yore was cleaning up at prestigious races across the country, and the new Boxster and Cayman have the same four-cylinder flat engine, updated with modern direct fuel injection and turbo charging.
The new MX-5 carries on the model’s stellar history with some added bonuses, including a new power-folding targa top, creating a streamlined rooftop that retracts smoothly without detracting from the car’s weight balance or interior space. The coupe maintains the features that have made the car such a success in previous years, including a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV four-cylinder as standard and 155 hp.
The first SUV from acclaimed roadster- and sport sedan-maker Jaguar, the F-PACE drives just as one would hope. There’s no lag from a standstill, and you can go zero-to-60 in just over five seconds with the supercharged V-6. A sleek design and roomy interior complete a nearly ideal luxury SUV, making it safe to say that Jaguar will see success right out of the gate with their foray into SUV territory.