Until self-driving cars put an end to the many joys of driving, automakers are offering avid motorists a plethora of performance-driven models with remarkable technology for 2018 and beyond. Engines that generate 500, 600 and even nearly 800 horsepower power the latest sports cars, while some of the more racy sport utility vehicles can hit 60 mph in 4 seconds defying carpooling. Sophisticated new chassis control systems allow drivers to adjust the ride and handling of a vehicle, from aggressive to relaxed, in a snap. And the range of safety and convenience features offered also breaks new ground.
Here’s a look at some of the hottest premium cars and crossover SUVs that will debut for 2018 that will guarantee you both bragging rights and top-notch parking spots in the months to come.
SPORTS AND EXOTIC CARS
Muscle and beauty
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R
Mercedes’ dynamically designed sports car gets a performance infusion with a new premium version of the AMG GT R coupe that makes more use of lightweight construction and comes with aerodynamic exterior upgrades, as well as a 577 twin cylinder. hand made ch. turbocharged V8 engine under its long hood. Essentially a legal racing car, the GT R can hit 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and hit a criminal speed of 198 mph.
Vital Specifications: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 577 hp; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Price: $ 157,000.
Ahead of the curves
AUDI TT RS
Audi presents the fastest production version to date of its curvy TT sports coupe for 2018. A supercharged five-cylinder engine propels the top TT to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds, while a traction system Rear-facing integral and magnetic suspension help it manage curves with a well-balanced dropout. Inside, the driver is in control with Audi’s innovative Virtual Cockpit, a configurable large-screen electronic instrument cluster.
Vital Specifications: 2.5-liter, 400-hp five-cylinder turbocharged engine; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Price: $ 64,900.
Bull in power
PERFORMING LAMBORGHINI HURACAN
Because too much is never enough, the new Performante enhances the already astonishing capabilities of the Lamborghini Huracán with a recalibrated V10 engine that puts 640 horsepower on the pavement. Built with heavy use of aluminum and carbon fiber to keep its curb weight to a minimum, the Angular All-Wheel Drive Huracán Performante can hit 60 mph in just under three seconds. A new “Ala” active aerodynamics system adjusts the air valves in the front and rear spoilers to increase downforce when cornering or simply increase the car’s top speed.
Vital Specifications: V10 engine of 5.2 liters and 640 hp; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Price: $ 274,390.
SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
ALFA ROMEO STELVIO
Named after Italy’s highest cobbled mountain pass, Adventurer Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s first crossover SUV. Bigger and more spacious, but otherwise resembling a close family to the sports sedan Giulia on which it is based, the Stelvio is motivated by the choice of a lively 280bhp turbo-four engine or a twin-turbo. pazzo (crazy) based on Ferrari. V6 in the top-of-the-range Quadrifoglio model.
Vital Specifications: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 hp or 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 505 hp; eight-speed automatic transmission.
Price: $ 41,995.
The chic performer
RANGE ROVER VELAR
Bigger than its automotive cousin, the evocative Evoque, the new five-passenger Velar is just as stylish. It offers a choice of three available engines: a vigorous four-cylinder and a downright aggressive V6, as well as a fuel-efficient turbodiesel. All-wheel drive is standard and can be enhanced with a range of available traction enhancement technologies. Proving the Velar isn’t just about its beauty, it can tow up to 5,500 pounds with the V6 and makes it easy to hitch a trailer via Advanced Tow Assist controlled by a rotary dial.
Vital Specifications: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 247 hp, 3.0-liter V6 engine with 380 hp or 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 180 hp; eight-speed automatic transmission. Price: $ 49,900.
The cool cat
Jaguar adds a smaller, but no less lively, alternative to the F-Pace SUV for 2018: the curvy and compact E-Pace. A choice of four-cylinder turbo engines generate 246 and 296 hp respectively, with all-wheel drive as standard; the latter can be fitted with Jaguar’s Active Driveline technology, which can send 100% of the torque from the rear axle to either wheel for faster handling. Options include an Adaptive Dynamics active suspension system and Configurable Dynamics system, which allow the operator to choose more passive or assertive operation.
Vital Specifications: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 246 hp or 296 hp; nine-speed automatic transmission. Price: $ 38,600.
TESLA MODEL 3
The smaller, cheaper alternative to the all-electric Tesla Model S arrives for 2018 and promises 220-310 miles of range on one charge, depending on the battery. It has a clean interior for five passengers with a large tablet-like screen up front and offers Tesla’s autopilot system, with semi-autonomous driving capabilities. A twin-engine, all-wheel-drive version is expected later in 2018. But unless you already have a bond, you’ll have to wait 12-18 months for delivery.
Vital Specifications: Electric motor, single speed transmission, 220 miles per charge. Price: $ 35,000.
Raise the flagship
A redesigned version of Lexus’ large LS sedan is longer, lower, wider, lighter and now designed for a more engaging driving experience. A twin-turbo V6 produces 415 horsepower similar to that of a V8, with a powerful 442 pound-feet of torque. A sleeker F-Sport version and a hybrid version with an electrified V6 powertrain are also part of the range. A new, intuitive pedestrian detection system can apply the brakes and steer automatically to avoid a person in its path.
Vital Specifications: 415 hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine; ten-speed automatic transmission. Price: $ 78,000 (estimated).
A welcome wagon
PORSCHE PANAMERA SPORT TURISMO
In what would once have been considered heresy, Porsche presents a new station wagon version – making it a “shooting brake”, in European automotive parlance – of the Panamera for 2018. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the Panamera Sport Turismo offers a choice of four powertrains, including a plug-in gasoline / electric hybrid with a combined output of 462 hp. Oh, and there’s a generous 45.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded flat.
Vital Specifications: 330 hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, 440 hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, 2.9-liter 462 hp twin-turbo hybrid V6 or 4.0-liter 550 hp twin-turbo V8 ; eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Price: $ 96,200.
FOCUS ON OPEN SPACES
For 2018, BMW vehicles are integrating the Parkmobile app, which helps drivers reserve and pay for parking in 250 cities across the United States and Canada. The service can locate on-street and off-street parking, and reserve space at airports and events. Users are given a range of choices based on GPS coordinates and can both preselect parking times and extend sessions remotely via the ParkNow smartphone app.
FERRARI AT 70
Legendary sports car maker Ferrari is celebrating its anniversary with a pair of rolling works of art: the Portofino and the 812 Superfast.
The founder and namesake of the company, Enzo Ferrari, started his automotive career in 1929 as a sponsor for amateur racing car drivers and within a decade he led the racing department of Alfa Romeo. In 1939, Ferrari set out to produce its first racing car, the Tipo 815, and built the first road car to bear the Prancing Horse logo in 1947, the V12-powered 125 S. Today, Ferrari remains one of the most famous names in Formula One and is launching two new models for its 70th anniversary.
Named after a fishing village on the Italian Riviera, the picturesque Portofino replaces the California in the Ferrari lineup for 2018. Featuring a retractable hardtop for all-season fun, the curvy Portofino begins to around $ 225,000 and packs a 592 hp turbocharged V8 engine that allows a jump to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Not fast enough for you? At around $ 335,000, the low-slung Ferrari 812 Superfast Coupe lives up to its shameless moniker with a rowdy 789-horsepower V12 that can go 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds to get the adrenaline pumping. And that’s without turbo or supercharging.
Cadillac brings semi-autonomous driving to the CT6 sedan for 2018 with its new Super Cruise system. It allows hands and feet free driving on well-marked multi-lane highways by incorporating automatic lane centering and automatic braking / acceleration functions with advanced mapping digitized by LiDAR. But there’s no sleep behind the wheel: the system keeps an electrical eye on the driver to make sure they’re watching the road if the need arises to take over, emitting a series of audible warnings and visuals if necessary.