Yesterday saw the covers come off one of the most anticipated cars of the year: the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R. It’s the hardcore, track-focused version of AMG’s sexy sports car, and it comes with a supercar rivaling 577 horsepower on tap. We’ve even heard the car is faster around a track than the more powerful SLS AMG Black Series.
2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo leaked – Image via Motor1
Another car we saw yesterday was the 2017 Porsche Panamera. It was revealed a little early thanks to the leak and the photos show the car is one shapely sedan. We also got a peek inside where traditional Porsche cues are blended with high-tech elements. The full reveal comes next week.
Production-spec Ford GT at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] quietly rolled out the production version of its new GT supercar during last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It took part in a procession that included the original trio of GT40s that made the historic one-two-three finish at the French race 50 years ago.
Bentley’s Mulsanne might not be as well-regarded as its rival over at Rolls-Royce, but if you’re one to actually enjoy driving then the Bentley is the way to go, especially now that there’s a sportier Speed model. Just look how beautiful it is in the European countryside.
McLaren this week unveiled a new road car that’s really the spiritual successor of one of the most sought-after cars of all time, the legendary F1 LM. The new model is the P1 LM, and it’s a lighter, more extreme version of the P1 GTR. In other words, it’s not to be messed with.
Another hypercar making headlines this week was Bugatti’s upcoming Chiron. The CEO of the French marque took the 1,480-horsepower car for a spin at Le Mans and actually reached speeds significantly higher than the top-end race cars competing during the 24-hour race. Incredible.
It was a hard week for car fans. After witnessing Toyota’s devastating loss in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we learned that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] will cull the Viper after the 2017 model year. While no reason was given for the Viper’s demise, it’s likely due to a combination of low sales and stricter emissions regulations. Before it disappears for good, we’ll be treated with a few special editions.
We also learned that Saab as an automotive brand is officially dead. National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which bought the remains of Saab after the Swedish automaker went bankrupt in 2011, won’t revive the Saab brand but will instead use the new name NEVS. Pictured here is the very first Saab car built, the 1946 Ursaab prototype that spawned the original Saab 92 three years later.