Our Top 5 Cars for 2017
As car enthusiasts, we were spoiled for choice in 2016. Stunning supercars and prestige cars like the McLaren 570GT, Honda NSX and Bentley Bentayga were in high demand… and for good reason! 2017 promises to be just as exciting – read on to see the five cars we’re most excited about this year.
Currently titled ‘P14,’ the successor to the 650S is expected to debut at the Geneva motor show on March 7, at which point we’ll find out whether the car will outpace the 675LT. Much has been made of the car’s styling – albeit based on some unofficial footage and photos taken ‘in the wild’ – as some McLaren design motifs remain, despite a markedly new look.
McLaren hasn’t released much information to date, although it states the carbon fibre ‘Monocage II’ (pictured above) will enable the car to achieve a lightest dry weight of 1283kg (some 18kg lighter than the 650S). Fans of the marque will be keen to see the cabin design in March, as the firm promises “it will be a supercar without the traditional supercar compromises.”
It’s been more than 20 years since the last Alpine rolled off the line but exciting things have been brewing at the company’s Dieppe HQ. After a few false starts, including a scuppering of revival plans due to the 2008 financial crisis, Alpine finally re-emerged in February 2016 with the Vision.
The 4 cylinder turbocharged engine will propel the Vision from 0-62 in less than 4.5 seconds, just 0.1 seconds slower than the Porsche Cayman GT4. Visually, the concepts revealed so far show Alpine is aiming for a smooth, unfussy aesthetic (along with some gorgeous round headlights – a nod to the classic Berlinette). Equally, the look and quality of the interior could appeal nicely to those who are less impressed with that of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Although all of the 1,955 numbered Première Editions have been reserved, prospective customers are able to lay down deposits for the ‘regular’ version, priced between €55-60k (roughly £48-52k at the time of writing).
Mercedes-AMG ‘Project One’
AMG is marking its 50th birthday in style this year, with the reveal of its first hypercar – codenamed Project One – in September. The F1 inspired car promises four wheel drive, a hybrid powertrain with a 1.6L V6 engine, and an output of 1,000bhp. Whether the car will compete with the Hypercar Holy Trinity of the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 remains to be seen, but Mercedes-AMG has stated that its goal is to make it the first street legal car with an F1 engine.
Mercedes-AMG has yet to reveal a price, but it’s expected to be around £1.5 million. Production will be limited to 300 units, all of which are likely to be sold by the time the car is introduced to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Audi R8 Spyder
With a starting price of £131k –around £9k more than the Coupé – the R8 Spyder is contending for the Porsche 911 Turbo’s crown as king of the cabrios. Powered by a 5.2 litre V10, the Spyder will tear from 0-62 in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 197mph.
Owners of the R8 Coupé are well aware of the glorious noise produced by the naturally aspirated V10, and we’d wager that it sounds even more breath-taking with the roof down.
At the time of writing, deliveries of the convertible R8 have just started, so expect to see these roaring up the King’s Road the very moment the British weather offers a glimpse of sunshine.
The second generation Ford GT set tongues wagging when it was revealed in 2015, so it’s no surprise that the reserve list was quickly filled. Although lacking the V8 of the previous GT, the 3.5 litre Ecoboost V6 promises to produce 600+ hp and initial test drives have left motoring writers waxing lyrical.
Ford are producing 250 GTs per year for the next four years – and with just 10 of the 2017/18 run making their way to the UK, they’ll be a rare sight indeed. Pricing estimates have ranged between £300-380k.
Best of the Rest
With so many new cars to choose from, narrowing our selection to five was quite a challenge. Here are some of the ‘best of the rest’ – cars that are sure to pique the interest of passionate petrolheads:
- TVR: The rebirth of the British marque with a Cosworth-powered car, developed in collaboration with Gordon Murray.
- Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Alfa enters the busy luxury SUV market, aiming to keep pace with Jaguar, Porsche and BMW.
- Toyota FT-1: Although a 2017 release seems optimistic to say the least, whether or not we see this concept car come to life, it’s an exciting prospect for Supra fans.
- Range Rover Sport Coupé: The £60k 4x4 promises a sporty rival to the BMW X6.