The original Panamera broke new ground for Porsche. Needless to say, they've learned a thing or two in the past seven years. The 2017 Porsche Panamera represents the second generation of Stuttgart's full-size sedan, boasting more power, greater efficiency, and far more muscular looks. The top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo is powered by a biturbo V8 delivering 550 hp, while the 4S and 4S diesel models have a 440hp biturbo V6 and 422hp biturbo V8, respectively. This, combined with available features like full-time all-wheel drive, rear wheel steering, an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the Sport Chrono Package gives the Turbo the ability to move from 0-62 in 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph. The design is finished off with LED lighting, twin tailpipes, and an extendible rear spoiler that splits as it extends, giving it just a hint of Transformers-like tech.
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.