The Tesla Model S was already a great vehicle, so there was little reason to give it a full overhaul. That said, the 2017 Tesla Model S does offer several notable improvements over prior models. Most obvious is the switch from the more traditional front end to one seemingly borrowed from the Model X, with no grille and a sliver of black in the center. Also on board is the Bioweapon Defense Mode HEPA air filtration system from the X, full LED adaptive headlights, updated seats, an upgraded charger, and two new wood decor options. And unlike most refreshes, the new models are available starting today.
The Model S and Model X are amazing vehicles. They're also aspirational rides for a lot of us. The Tesla Model 3 is the electric car for everybody. Starting at a highly reasonable price, it still offers 215 miles of range from its battery, seating for five adults, autopilot features, and the safest cabin in its class. It's plenty quick, too, moving from 0-60 mph in under six seconds — because as founder Elon Musk says, "we don't make slow cars." Available for reserve now, with deliveries starting in late 2017.
It's not the flagship — that title is reserved for the S-Class — but traditionally Mercedes' E-Class has served as a testbed for innovation, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is no exception. The sportier, coupe-inspired body houses a turbocharged four-cylinder producing 241 hp, linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It's the only car in its class to offer an air suspension that adjusts automatically to increase comfort, improve fuel economy, and control handling, it has a number of semi-autonomous features that include speed and steering controls, and the Pre-Safe Sound that activates a protective reflex in your inner ear to warn of an impending collision comes standard. The interior features a massive 12.3-inch navigation display, touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, LED lighting capable of displaying 64 different colors, luxuries like heated door armrests and center console, and an available Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system with 23 speakers for concert hall-like audio.
Packed with tech and powered by an all-new engine, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ doesn't need a goofy Matthew McConaughey ad to grab your attention. The engine is a Lincoln-exclusive 3.0L twin-turbo V6 that's paired with an all-wheel-drive system to deliver 400hp to the road, and for the more eco-conscious, there's also a 2.0L, 245hp FWD hybrid option. As for the technology, it includes luxuries like a Revel audio system with doors specially designed for optimal speaker placement, an Active Noise Control system to keep the cabin quiet, adaptive LED headlamps, three driving modes, a feature that keeps the car stopped even when you take your foot off the brake, making in-town driving more enjoyable, and a fully retractable panoramic glass top offering the largest open-air roof of any sedan.
Destined to sit atop Caddy's stable of sedans, the Cadillac CT6 fills a years-empty hole in the lineup — and does so in impressive fashion. It's built atop an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture called Fusion Frame, and powered by an available 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 putting out 400 horsepower. Inside the muscular body, you'll find a cavalcade of technology, including a 10.2-inch touchscreen with touchpad and Cue technology, optional Bose Panaray sound system, an available night vision system, a rear camera mirror with HD video, individual climate control and extended seats with 5 massage settings , and, finally, a hand stitched, cut, and sewn interior adorned with custom stained exotic wood species, paired with both custom woven carbon fiber elements and Galvano chrome accents.
The styling of a sedan. The capability of a crossover. That's exactly what you'll find in the Volvo S60 Cross Country. Sharing a variety of features with its V60 wagon sibling, this off-road ready four-door boasts a ride height that's over two inches higher than the standard model, a true all-wheel-drive system, your choice of 18" or 19" wheels that blend all-terrain utility with on-road comfort and handling, and a T5 gasoline engine pumping out 250 horsepower. Oh, and it's also a Volvo, so you can expect tank-like protection in the event of an accident.
It's not just a powerful car. It's not just the most powerful Cadillac. It's the most powerful product in the company's 112-year history. In case you're not getting it, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is a screamer, delivering 640 hp from a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine. The powerplant is paired with a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, improved structural stiffness, forged aluminum wheels wrapped in specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, a carbon fiber hood for reduced weight, Brembo brakes, and advanced technology like a front curb-view camera, parking assist, and blind spot alerts. The result is a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, a top speed of 200 mph, and a huge grin on your face when you get behind the wheel.
The Maybach is dead; long live the Maybach. While MB might have shut down its ultra-luxury brand in 2013, a name with that much history — the company was founded in 1909 — can't be kept down for long. It's now reappeared in the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, the new flagship Benz sedan. Powered by a 6.0L, V12 biturbo engine, it's certainly no slouch in terms of driving excitement, but as with its predecessors, it's more focused on rear-seat luxury, with an interior that's eight inches longer for increased rear leg room, two Executive Rear Seats boasting electronically adjustable calf support and a 43.5º incline angle, hand-stitched Nappa leather throughout the interior, optional seat buttons, pillows, and pillow stitching, seven unique interior packages, a standard rear seat entertainment package, and eight exclusive paint colors. Appropriately, champagne flutes come standard.
Yes, it boasts a ridiculously long name, but the Porsche Panamera Executive Exclusive Turbo S earns it. How? By appealing to executives with a longer wheelbase that increases rear passenger room, a chestnut brown leather interior with two tone dark walnut wood and deep black piano lacquer trim, and a rear seat entertainment system that boasts dual high-resolution 10.1-inch touchscreens, a built-in camera, an integrated DVD player, integrated mobile internet, and the ability to pump sound through wireless headphones or the car's high-end Burmester surround sound system. It's also exclusive, with only 100 examples being built and with the option for an exclusive two-tone black/brown paint job that's applied by hand to ensure smooth blending. Finally, it's still a Turbo S, so with 570 hp and all wheel drive, it's no slouch in the driving department, either.
FIRST SEEN IN UNCRATE MAGAZINE — Insane doesn't just describe this electric vehicle — that's the actual name of its performance mode. Tap "Insane" on the Tesla's 17-inch touchscreen, and you have access to frightening acceleration, with its dual motors silently propelling the sedan from 0-60 in a mere 3.1 seconds. For reference, that's faster than the Porsche 911 GT3, the Audi R8, and the McLaren F1. Obviously, the lack of an engine doesn't hurt its speed, and thanks to the heavy, under-floor battery pack, the all-wheel drive Tesla has an amazingly low center of gravity that makes the driving experience less like a car and more like a go kart. Besides the touchscreen, it's got an otherwise spartan interior, free of a transmission humps (since it doesn't have a transmission). The key fob, which looks like a toy Model S, lets you do things like pop the trunks or open the sunroof, just by tapping on the corresponding spot. If you hand over control, the Tesla's cameras, radars, and sonars can take over the driving, and should they ever falter, you can rest assured that it has the highest safety rating of any vehicle in America. Of course, you also get a driving range of 253 miles, which is every bit as impressive as anything else this car does.
Plenty of cars claim to combine luxury and performance. Few do it as well as the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed. In the backseat you'll find a connected oasis, with a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 60GB on-board hard drive, fold-down work tables equipped with iPads and Bluetooth keyboards, a frosted glass bottle cooler complete with bespoke crystal champagne flutes, a 2,200-Watt Naim audio system, two 8-inch entertainment screens, and Bluetooth headphones. When it's time to move behind the steering wheel, you're equally well equipped, thanks to a 6.75L twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 530 hp and lets you hit 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds on your way to a top speed of 190 mph. Perfect for the CEO who doubles a secret agent.
Saleen has a long history of taking great sports cars and making them better — so it should come as no surprise that when they got their hands on a Tesla Model S, they were able to turn it into something incredible. The Saleen Foursixteen takes what is already an impressive base, and adds on improved aerodynamics, an upgraded drivetrain and rear-end, as well as a high-performance suspension and braking package. But the refinements don't end there. Take a look inside and you'll find black perforated leather, Alcantara suede, a new center console, four full bucket seats, and beautiful detailing throughout.
When you think of a sedan, the first image that comes to mind is typically a tame four-door you'd see in the parking lot at the local grocery — not a mean muscle car capable of tearing up streets and race courses. But if you expect anything less than the latter from the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, you'd be sorely mistaken. Outfitted with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 capable of 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, this monster will pull zero to 100, and then stop again, all in under 13 seconds. That'd make for a pretty quick trip to pick up toilet paper and milk.
Let's see: you want the utility of a four-door, but you want the sleek styling of a hatchback. The 2015 Audi A7 Sportback can give you both. This "five-door coupe" has been completely refreshed, with your choice of five engines — two gas, three diesel, ranging in power from 218 to 330hp — wheels ranging from 17 to 21 inches, available MMI touch infotainment system with optional built-in LTE-powered Wi-Fi, an optional Bang & Olufsen sounds system, Matrix LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, a night vision assistant, and a pre-sense safety system. Plus, you know, the aluminum and high-tech steel body doesn't look to shabby, either.
Thirty years of producing the same car is quite the milestone — and while it's gone through many changes, the heart and soul of the M5, as a powerful business-class sedan, has remained pretty much intact. In recognition of this anniversary, BMW have announced a limited edition run of the BMW 30 Jahre M5. Based on the current model, this one boasts some significant performance enhancements including a bump up to 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful M5 ever made. Limited to just 300 units, this M5 will be available to reserve starting at the end of May.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the standard Audi RS7, what with its five doors, low-slung body, and quattro all-wheel drive. But if you're looking for something above and beyond the standard model, the Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition should be just what you're looking for. It's powered by the same twin-turbo, 4.0L TFSI V8, producing 560 hp and a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds, but adds Audi's Dynamic Ride Control suspension, a sport exhaust, 21-inch wheels, a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and engine cover, and new interior options like honeycomb-stitched leather sport seats, red seatbelts and contrast stitching, and more carbon fiber inlays.
Whether you've been receiving death threats or are simply rich and paranoid, the Audi A8 L Security is the vehicle for you. Arriving directly from the factory with a host of security features built-in, this rolling passenger tank boasts class VR 7 ballistic protection and explosion resistance, making it impervious to both "NATO sub-caliber ammunition" and military hand grenades. It also features an armor-plated communication box in the trunk, as well as optional emergency exit, fire extinguisher, and fresh-air systems. Of course, it's still an Audi, and as such is loaded with luxurious interior appointments, one of two powerful engines, and full-time quattro all-wheel-drive — which can come in quite handy when fleeing a steady stream of assassin's bullets.
For the guys out there who can't decide between absolute luxury and serious horsepower, the fine folks at Rolls-Royce have dropped a more-powerful engine into the Ghost, calling it the Ghost V-Specification ($450,000). Sporting a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine, this four-door sports 593 horsepower, up from 563 in the previous model, giving it enough power and acceleration to put a smile on your chauffeur's face. It also sports 21-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a beautifully-appointed interior, a custom dashboard clock, and more. Additionally, this highly-limited edition Ghost is now available in a white, grey, or three shades of black, with both a standard and extended wheelbase variant.
If you're in the market for a beautiful, luxury four-door, you're in luck — the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Edition ($TBA), while billed as a limited edition concept, is really a preview for the future of this Italian carmaker. Its elegant appearance is the result of a partnership with Italian luxury menswear house Ermenegildo Zegna, most apparent in the well-appointed interior (finished out in leather and textiles from Zegna). Outside it features a gorgeous paint job, primed in flat black, and finished in platinum with aluminum flecks. Details on the engine likely won't be announced until its debut in Frankfurt next week.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic ($TBA) seems to have improved on nearly every aspect of its predecessor — weight, power, handling, and aesthetics. For starters, it's 220 pounds lighter, thanks in part to aluminum construction and alloy wheels. The massive twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V8 produces significantly more horsepower at 577, and torque at 590 lb-ft, through a seven-speed automatic transmission, helping propel it from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds. Adaptive suspension and ceramic brakes give the all-wheel-drive system all the help it needs to corner and stop, while more angular side panels and a larger grill set it apart visually from last year's model.
America's answer to the previously-dominant German carmakers, the 2014 Cadillac CTS ($45,000-$72,000) simultaneously boasts beauty and braun. The third-generation mid-sized sedan brings the brand's flagship model up to speed with its German competition — with aggressive front styling, a trio of engine options — a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for 272 hp, a 3.6-liter V6 cranking out 321 hp, or an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that blasts out 420 hp — and either a six- or new eight-speed automatic transmission. Other highlights include a body that's longer, shorter, and lighter, Caddy's Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping system — the first time it's popped up on a non V version — available all-wheel drive, front-wheel Brembo brakes in the vSport, the CUE infotainment system (which utilizes Bose Active Noise Cancellation to monitor powertrain noise and sends out opposing non-audible frequencies to counteract these sounds), and an interior that's among the best GM has ever produced. Available early 2014.
In a push to sell more vehicles than it can by simply offering sports cars and the high-end Quattroporte sedan, the 2014 Maserati Ghibli ($TBA) aims to eat up some market share by going after the 5 Series BMW and E-Class Mercedes. Not a lot is currently known about this stylish four-door, other than it will be sportier than its larger sibling, will come with either a gas or diesel 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and either rear-wheel or the company's new Q4 all-wheel drive.
Some Bentleys are meant for driving, and some are well suited to serving as small limousines. The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur ($TBA) lies somewhere inbetween. Based on the Continental GT, the Flying Spur offers driver-focused features like a twin-turbocharged 6.0L W12 engine pumping out 616hp, a ZF eight-speed transimssion, a rear-biased all-wheel drive system, a computer-controlled air suspension, a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph. For those who choose to let someone else take the wheel, rear seat occupants are treated to niceties like electrically-operated rear side blinds, a bottle cooler, an available 1,100 Watt Naim audio system, a touch screen remote for controlling climate and entertainment options, heated seats, an optional built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, dual 10" screens, each with its own multimedia player, USB charging ports, and wireless headphones.
It does look quite a bit like any other C-class Benz — but a closer look at the hood should tell you that you're not dealing with any run-of-the-mill C250. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 ($TBA) is even more powerful than the standard C63, milking 507 hp from the naturally-aspirated, 6.3L V8. All that power is good for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Other features include that heat-expelling hood, taken from the Coupe Black Series, as well as light-alloy forged wheels, a sports stripe above the rocker panels, and exclusive interior and exterior liveries.
The Rapide was already one of the fastest four-doors around, but if the standard model didn't quite do it for you under the hood, meet the Aston Martin Rapide S ($TBA). Still powered by a 6.0L V12 engine, the S offers 550 hp — 80 more than the prior version — and boasts a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. The car also sits 19 mm lower than before, and thanks to a new Adaptive Damping System, can ensure you've got the right suspension setup for the a typical drive, a sporty drive, or the track. Thankfully, however, the sleek body has barely been touched, with a larger single grille and tweaked decklid rounding out the changes.
Is it a coupe? A sedan? A sportback? We're not really sure, because Audi uses at least two of the three to describe the 2014 Audi RS 7 ($TBA). This new sporty model features five doors, a low-slung body, quattro all-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels, and a suitably elegant interior. The real star, though, is the 4.0 TFSI engine cranking out 560hp, a number that — when combined with the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission — enables a 0-62 time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of nearly 190 mph, all while offering an average fuel economy of 24 mpg.
Who said you had to give up speed to gain interior space? Available in both sedan and wagon models, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic ($TBA) has everything it needs to keep up with the fastest of sports cars. Powered by a 5.5-liter AMG V8 Biturbo, it boasts 550 hp — 577 on the S-Model — and an AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission to hurtle it from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Permanent all-wheel-drive ensures that power gets to the pavement, and, of course, it's still an E-class, with all the interior refinement you'd expect. Arriving this summer.
Enticed by the XKR-S, but decide that the coupe was just a little too impractical? Say hello to the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S ($99,000). The fastest, most powerful sedan Jaguar has ever produced, the XFR-S is powered by the same 5.0L supercharged V8 as its two-doored stablemate, giving it 550hp and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Despite the speed, it still manages to eek out 23 mpg highway, and also features a ZF eight-speed transmission, wide 20-inch Varuna forged alloy wheels, and plenty of carbon fiber components to help reduce weight and lift. Limited to just 100 units in the U.S., it'll go on sale next summer.
When it comes to car shopping, bells and whistles sometimes drive the decision, but choosing your ultimate vehicle should come down to finding an exhilarating driving experience. The all-new Cadillac ATS offers an advanced engine lineup that's impressive for a luxury sedan and that makes driving, well, fun. Car buyers get to choose from three engines depending on their driving style and power preference: a powerful 2.0L turbo that delivers an impressive 272 HP, an award-winning 3.6L V6 engine that boasts 321 HP, or a 2.5L engine that offers an EPA-estimated 22 city/32 highway MPG. No matter which engine you choose, you can expect jaw-dropping driving dynamics that extend beyond exceptional acceleration and handling. Responsive technology like the available Adaptive Forward Lighting system that swivels the HID headlamps to illuminate your path as you turn, help the all-new Cadillac ATS bring a holistic approach to the highway — equal parts response and responsibility.
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