Top 11 Cars Worth Waiting Until 2017 To Get Your Hands On
Mid-engine Corvette, new Ford GT, Bugatti Chiron – 2017 will be a great year for cars. Some will be ’17 models, others ’18 but all will be here next year.
Production plans changes, particularly with smaller volume cars, so these dates may shift a bit, but based on the information that we have today, all 10 of these cars will be available to the public sometime during the 2017 calendar year. We can’t wait.
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11. VW Beetle Dune
You could argue that there are better choices than the Volkswagen Dune for out Top 10 list, like the Mercedes C-class Coupe, but that would be missing the significance of the Dune. Sure it’s really just body cladding and bigger tires and has no more off-road capabilities than a standard VW Beetle, but it’s fun. And coming from a company where things have not been much fun (nor will it be much fun for some time), that makes it significant.
10. Lincoln Continental
Where Cadillac has a razor-focus on its market (not to say it hasn’t launched a few turkeys), Lincoln has been lost for a decade of more. Some years ago they announced a positioning of “American Luxury” and compared themselves to Ralph Lauren, which many thought was effective. I asked a Ford insider why it was dropped and his response was simply “new management.” I don’t know if the management behind bringing back the Lincoln Continental is new or old, but its been a hit since the prototype was shown in NY this past Spring. JFK owned a 1960 Continental before he was elected President, and I’d like to think the 2017 would have been the type of Lincoln he’d drive.
9. Tesla Model 3
Tesla has had some pretty easy sailing up until now. With the Model S they pretty much had the luxury EV sedan market to themselves, and they wowed the public with the Model X, though how many are actually being produced and sold is a little hazy. With the Model 3, Tesla goes head-to-head with seasoned competitors with more dealers and with more resources. The $35,000 all-electric sedan sedan will face competition not just from other EVs but from perhaps more practical plug-in hybrids as well.
8. Alfa Romeo Giulia Sedan
The success of this 3-series sized new-from-the-ground-up sedan may well determine whether Alfa Romeo remains in the US market for long (or perhaps anywhere but Italy). Alfa is entering dangerous waters full of stylish, well-engineered (but expensive) German competitors and reliable, but less stylish Japanese brands. However to survive, the company needs to succeed in this segment in order to forma basis for further product expansion.
7. Jaguar F-Pace
Yes, Jaguar dealers are already collecting deposits on the F-Pace, but it remains (on paper at least) a 2017 model. Despite the fact that the F-Pace is a product of Jaguar Land Rover (JLA) it couldn’t be further from a Land Rover in styling, interior appointments, and on-road performance. If the quality is there, the F-Pace could take a big chunk out of Porsche sizable (and profitable) CrossOver business.
6. Audi Q5
Audi is preparing to bring us a new Q5 at not a moment too soon. The last all-new version was launched by in 2008 with a face-lift in 2012 is well-behind its competition in a number of key areas. Expect construction of high-strength steel and aluminum that will make the structure both stiffer and several hundred pounds lighter. Expect styling to look much like a shrunken Q7. Audi has big expectations for this model as it’s building a plant in Mexico just to handle US production.
5. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Is the simplest of explanations, the Trackhawk is the Hell Cat of Jeeps. In fact, there will be the option of ordering yours with the 6.2 L 707 hp Hellcat engine. But the base motor, the 475 hp 6.2 L V8 still produces more power than almost any muscle car from the ’60s. One note: we hear that the Grand Cherokee drivetrain is not yet been made completely Hellcat-proof and for perhaps the first year or so the Hellcat engine may be available only in rear-wheel drive configuration. Let’s hope they get it sorted by then.
4. Maserati Alfieri
The upcoming Maserati Alfieri is stunning a 2+2 grand tourer, first shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It is named after Alfieri Maserati, one of the five Maserati Brothers, and marked the 100 year anniversary of the car maker, which was established 1914. There will be a range of engine choices: three V6 engines (producing 410 hp, 450 hp, and 520 hp, respectively) with a 560 hp V8 available in 2018. The 450-horsepower and 520-horsepower versions will only be available with an all-wheel drive system. Expect a convertible version of the Alfieri within a year or two of the launch.
3. Bugatti Chiron
Louis Chiron (SHEAR-on) started racing in 1923 with great success, invited to drive for Bugatti from 1926-32. In that period he was one of the most successful drivers, winning several major events including the Monaco GP, making Chiron the most famous Bugatti driver of the era. But I doubt Louis could imagine a sports car like the Veyron, or the car that Bugatti has replaced it with, named after the driver. Powered by a 8.0 L W-18 engine producing 1500 hp and driving the upcoming Bugatti Chiron to 60 in 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 290 mph.
2. Ford GT
We mean no disrespect to the Ford GT, ranking it second. It was a bit of a coin toss between the GT and the Zora, but as the GT is basically the third edition of the car, so the lead spot went to the all-new Zora. But the GT is nothing to sneeze at: 600+ hp out of a 3.5 L twin-turbo DOHC V6 engine, and enormous aerodynamic advances over the 2005 – 2007 version. One of the most exciting activities around the launch is the return of the Ford GT to the Le Mans 24 Hours on the 50th anniversary of Ford’s win there. While the new GT will running for class honors and overall victory, it will be exciting none the less.
1. Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1
We’ve been teased by Chevrolet since the 1960s that we’d soon be able to purchase a mid-engine Corvette. Now finally it appears that the C8 Corvette will in fact be of a mid-engine configuration. Why change now? Chevy has reached the limits (of adhesion) of what can be accomplished with a front engine RWD platform. Also, to grow its sales, Corvette needs to take on mid-engine cars from Europe, not just in the US, but in the EU and China as well. No word yet on engine (OHV small block? DOHC? Supercharged?) or drivetrain (perhaps no manual), but the mid engine layout allows for AWD, particularly of the Hybrid type.
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