Not many drivers realise just how much work goes into the production of a new vehicle. Some of the cars that are being released in 2018 have cost billions to develop, and they are packed with new safety features, amazing fuel economy, advanced infotainment software, and world-class horsepower. Over 60 new and redesigned vehicles are scheduled to be released and here is a look at 10 that have car enthusiasts excited about.
1. Ford GT
This car was originally designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and it was only produced for two years before being discontinued. Ford enthusiasts will be glad to hear that the newest model is about to be released in 2017 with some astounding specs and features. Ford claims that the base model will have 700 horsepower, variable shock dampening, 50 vehicle sensors, and 28 microprocessors.
2. BMW 5-Series/M5
BMW is known for producing exciting four-door sedans, but many feel as if they have strayed from that business model in recent years. With the BMW M5, however, it looks as if they will be returning to their tried-and-true formula. This car is keeping the current 4.4-liter V-8, but the total weight has been reduced substantially by using a cutting-edge alloy that combines steel, carbon fiber, and aluminum. With an engine that can easily produce 600 horsepower at the wheels, the newest M5 will be much more nimble than its predecessors.
3. Alfa Romeo Giulia
It has now been a decade since this company’s CEO promised to produce an Alfa, but now the wait is finally over. Instead of simply rebranding Fiat bodies for a limited release supercar, the Giulia is shaping up to be a flagship vehicle for this manufacturer. The Alfa Romeo Giulia was redesigned from the ground up with a new chassis, body, engine, and interior. A special edition Giulia will have upwards of 500 horsepower, but the base model has a peppy 276 horsepower engine that the company claims will reach 191 mph.
4. Jaguar F-Pace
The F-Pace will be the first Jaguar crossover ever produced, and many claim it will be the company’s best-selling vehicle for the year. It contains a supercharged V6 engine with over 350 horsepower on the crankshaft. Jaguar also offers a diesel F-Pace with four-wheel drive For drivers who want a luxury crossover, the F-Pace has an array of upgrades and driving aids including the patented Jaguar InControl® system. This unique system keeps owners in contact with their vehicle at all times through their smartphone or tablet.
5. Volvo S90/V90
Volvo’s S90 and V90 are scheduled to replace the S80 and V80 with a variety of new features and upgrades that drivers have been asking for. Both the sedan and wagon models come standard with turbocharged 250 horsepower four-cylinder engines. They can also be upgraded to a supercharged 316 horsepower engine that almost puts them into the same class as sports vehicles. The biggest change in the 2017 model is the Pilot Assist upgrade. This technology has the capability to steer the vehicle all the way up through 80 mph.
6. Acura NSX
This concept vehicle was first introduced in 2012, and it has undergone years of arduous research and testing. Under the vehicle’s default settings, the turbocharged V-6 powers the two rear wheels. When the pedal hits the floor, however, the two front wheels are powered by their own electric engines. The sheer power of this vehicle has made the NSX one of the most anticipated supercars of 2017. This hybrid AWD technology is unlike anything else in the world, and many have claimed that it will be seen on countless models in the future.
7. Tesla Model 3
One of the biggest complaints of Tesla is the fact that the company has not produced a vehicle for the average driver. While their older cars are sleek and powerful, they have quite a few glaring drawbacks including their driving range. The Model 3 has rectified almost all of these issues with a range of 215 miles and an extremely affordable sticker price. As charging stations are built throughout the country and battery technology improves, Tesla is sure to continue attracting swarms of drivers who are looking to make the switch from gas to electric.
Lincoln is hoping to turn their dropping sales numbers around with the eye-catching 2017 Continental. This luxury sedan has a much more aggressive look than its predecessors, and the 2.7-liter engine is surprisingly responsive for a daily driver. Even more impressive than its appearance is the adaptive cruise control technology that comes standard on every vehicle. While the Continental does not completely drive itself, it can accelerate and decelerate according to the speed limit and the movement of nearby cars.
9. Chevrolet Bolt
Much like Tesla’s Model 3, the Chevrolet Bolt has been designed to make electric vehicles practical for the average driver. The Bolt currently has a range of around 240 miles on a single charge, and it is an excellent option for commuters who are hoping to keep their monthly expenses under control. The floating dash has a 10-inch color touchscreen display that is integrated into almost every aspect of the vehicle including the engine, brakes, guidance system, sound system, and safety features.
10. Lexus LC
For many car enthusiasts, it is difficult to choose a label for the Lexus LC 500. The streamlined body and 467 horsepower engine seem to make it a sports vehicle, but the world-class interior resembles that of a luxury coupe. While many other manufacturers add the sound system as an afterthought, Lexus has made it a priority in the LC 500. A team of engineers at Pioneer customised the entire sound system for the size and shape of this specific model, and the results are amazing.
No matter what features you are looking for in your next car or truck, you might want to hold off on buying a new vehicle until 2017. These world-class machines are packed with upgrades that have never been seen before, and one of these options might be just what you need to reignite your love of driving.
The Carousel would like to thank David Moss for this article.
About David Moss
David has been obsessed with cars since he was little. When he realized he could combine his love of writing with his passion for cars, his fate was sealed. David spends his free time hiking or watching just about anything that will make him laugh. You can follow him via Twitter @davidcmoss