When it comes to sleek and sexy cutting-edge vehicles, 2017 is sure to go down in history as a banner year. Whether you like a powerful sports car with plenty of horses under the hood, appreciate a gorgeous hybrid or are intrigued by the idea of a self-driving vehicle, this year has something for everyone:
Autobytel.com lists the BMW i8 as one of the 10 “amazing sports cars” for the year—and for good reason. The plug-in hybrid sports car is powered by both a 228-horsepower turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and a 129-horsepower electric motor. Its lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum design looks incredible, and it can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, topping out at an impressive 155 miles per hour. The BMW i8 also has terrific handling, taking corners like a pro and getting through any type of drive with ease.
Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is designed to achieve the highest safety ratings in every category. But beyond being safe, the Model 3 is a sexy-looking eco-friendly vehicle with plenty of bells and whistles. According to its maker, the electric Model 3 can go for 220 miles, and it starts at about $35,000. The smaller and simpler version of other Tesla models still has roomy seating for 5 adults, and it can quickly get you from Point A to Point B without having to stop at the gas station.
Apple Self-Driving Car
For some time, there have been hot rumors that Apple was in the process of creating an iCar—an autonomous, or self-driving, car. As Bloomberg notes, Apple has gained permission to test the self-driving car technology in California, and the first photos of the car have already started to hit the internet. The car that has been spotted driving on its own around Silicon Valley is a white Lexus RX450h SUV; the vehicle is decked out with a number of sensors, including cameras, radar and more.
While driver-less cars are currently rare due to the slow pace of the legal system, relative to our country’s technological progress, people who are interested in buying an autonomous vehicle someday may want to visit states that are pioneers in the industry. For example, Florida is a state that is busily advancing autonomous vehicle laws as quickly as possible. Should you want to head to The Sunshine State for vacation, be sure to stay up to date on the state’s current driving laws by visiting a website like Driving-Tests.org; the site features the latest info on the unique rules of the road in all 50 states and is a great resource when traveling by car.
Porsche 911 Turbo
The turbo version of the Porsche 911 takes power to a new level with a monster-sized 540-horsepower flat-6. The car, which features all-wheel drive as a standard option and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, can get you from zero to 60 miles per hour in an uber-fast 2.9 seconds. The top speed is 198 miles per hour—while you won’t reach that number driving to work and/or embarking on an epic road trip, just knowing that you can speed along that quickly is empowering. The Turbo S model is even faster getting to 60 miles per hour and has a top speed of 205, thanks to its massive 580-horsepower engine.
This is a post by Alison Stanton who has been a freelance writer for the past 18 years. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Alison thoroughly enjoys writing about a wide variety of people and topics. When she is not writing, Alison can be found hanging out with her family—which includes three wonderful rescue dogs—and sipping a caffeinated beverage from Starbucks.