Cars we're looking forward to in 2017

The Detroit Auto Show is the automobile industry's first attempt to convince petrol heads that the year ahead will be an exciting one. And judging by the number of new motors – from sports cars to electric SUVs – 2017 is going to be a sensational year for car-lovers
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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Coupé\n\nIn celebration of AMG's 50th anniversary, the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz pulled the covers off a fixed-roof version of the GT C. It uses a 4-litre engine that produces 550-horsepower and 503lbs of torque. That rockets the car from zero to 100kph in just 3.6 seconds. The GT C will come in a unique 'Edition 50 trim' including 'Graphite Gray Magno' paint, black chrome exterior trim, and a black and silver colour scheme in the cabin.
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Audi Q8\n\nAudi has been paying attention to what BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been doing with the SUV segments. The Q8 looks like a smaller Q7, with sharper sloping roofline and aggressive front grille (it's ore coupe-meets-SUV and proper all-terrain vehicle). The flat headlamps use digital Matrix laser lights – which illuminate the road better than LED lights. Inside, there is seating for four and Audi's 'virtual cockpit' technology, including a heads-up display and multiple touchscreens. The Q8 is powered by Audi's currently plug-in hybrid engine, which matches a 134-horsepwer electric motor with a 333-horsepwoer V-6 combustion engine.
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Lexus LS 500\n\nThe fifth-generation LS has been fully redesigned, getting a new look, new engine and new safety features. It's now longer and narrower and sports an all-new mesh-covered spindle grille. For the first time, the LS ditches its naturally aspirated engine for a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V-6 (wich comes from parent company Toyota's F1 division). It produces 415-horsepower and comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Available in both rear-wheel drive or all-wheel configurations, the new LS is almost 100 kilogrammes lighter than the previous generation.
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BMW M550i xDrive\n\nBMW announced a redesigned five series in Detroit – and it comes with two new varients. The high-performance M550i xDrive is currently sat at the top of the line. It's powered by a specially-tuned 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine that produces 456-horsepwower. That takes this sedan from zero to a hundred in just 3.9 seconds. It was announced alongside the 530e iPerformance, a plug-in hybrid model that pairs an electric motor with BMW's 2-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder combustion engine (with a total output of 248 horsepower).
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Porsche 911 GTS\n\nWhile Porsche didn't reveal any new cars in Detroit per se, it did announce the latest version of the GTS 911 would come in Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa body styles. All the GTS models will produce 450 horsepower (over 30 horsepower more than the similarly-specced Carrera S) thanks to bigger turbochargers on the 3-litre engine. All come with a manual transmission or Porsche's PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Most variants are all-wheel drive and come with Porsche's adaptive sports suspension.
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Bentley Continental Supersports\n\nThis is Bentley's fastest-ever production four-seater. With 709-horsepower under the hood – thanks to a redeveloped W-12 engine – the new Supersports can go from zero to a hundred in just 3.4 seconds. Its top speed is almost 340kph. A soft-top convertible model is a tad slower (0-100 in 3.7 seconds, top speed of 330kph). Those speeds become all the more impressive when you realise both cars weigh almost 2.5-tonnes. Both models also feature carbon ceramic brakes and can be fitted with a titanium exhaust.
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Tue 17 Jan 2017 02:53 PM GST