Many cars came out in 2016, and many will this year, in 2017 as well! Here are 5 of my personal favorites.
5. Honda NSX
After a 12 year hiatus, the Honda’s legendary supercar will be coming back! Only this time in Hybrid form… But, the addition of the electric motors means it now produces 573 bhp, compared to a measly 270 bhp in the old model. Styling…well, that depends on personal taste. Some hate it, some love it. Me personally, I think that the new NSX looks stunning in the right color and right angle. While it may be much more expensive at $156,000 even, it has Ferrari 458 matching acceleration, while being much more efficient.
4. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
The Porsche 981 Cayman/Boxster has not just got a facelift for 2017. Nearly everything has changed. It now uses a 4 Cylinder turbo, rather than the old NA 2.7 Litre Flat-six, and has an updated interior, upgraded chassis, new drivetrain, better gearboxes, and steering rack. All these changes even warranted a new chassis code. Instead of the 981, it is now the 982! While the absence of the Flat-6 means that it doesn’t sound as sexy, it does have 35 more BHP than the old model.
3. Hyundai Ioniq
If you’re a hardcore environmentalist who isn’t a multi-millionaire, you couldn’t quite afford a Tesla, and electric car conversions are time consuming and expensive. So, your only option was the dreaded Toyota Prius, which handled like a blancmange, accelerates slower than a G-WIZ, and you would be considered bottom of the totem pole by all others on the road. However, there is now an alternative. The Hyundai Ioniq! The Ioniq does not use a CVT, it uses a dual clutch gearbox, it’s somewhat agile, and the performance is adequate. It also is much better to drive, thanks to having a proper gearbox. Having the dual clutch also means there is less friction, which means it’s more efficient. It actually has better thermal efficiency than an F1 car. That’s something you can say to the guys at the pub! The Ioniq also comes in EV form.
2. Genesis EQ900
I know what you’re thinking. “A luxury car? From Korea?” The Genesis EQ900 is the successor to the obscure Hyundai Equus. However, this could be the next Lexus LS, as it, like the original LS, is liberally packed with technology, most of it standard, undercuts it’s German rivals by quite a lot, and also looks a bit like them, especially with the Audi-style front end. Whether Genesis will succeed or not, only time will tell.
1. Alfa Romeo Giulia
After reintroducing the brand to the US with the sexy, flawed, but still almost perfect 4C, it’s time to introduce a more mainstream option. The Giulia is a 4 door saloon that is not only important for Alfa, but for FCA. The Giulia’s platform will underpin many future Alfas, as well as the next generation Dodge Challenger! In looks, the Giulia beats out it’s BMW and Audi competitors. This could be the car that creates momentum for Alfa in the US!