According to Forbes, more than 60 new, redesigned or refreshed vehicles are ready to roll this year.
At the high end of the market, Aston-Martin debuts its new DB11, the latest in a line of decidedly British supercars that includes the famed DB5 Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger, though the production version didn’t include its machine guns, smoke screens, rocket launchers, oil slicks, tire shredders, and iconic ejection seat.
Likely quicker and far more affordable than the $200,000-plus DB11 is the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1; it borrows the indefatigable 640-horsepower supercharged V8 from the Corvette Z06 and will be offered in both track-ready coupe and convertible versions.
Other new sporty cars coming for 2017 include the molto bella Fiat 124 Spider, the sleekly upscaleLexus LC, and the low-slung and affordable Toyota 86.
Updates elsewhere in the realm of go-fast cars include the revised Porsche 718 Boxster (now named after the brand’s famed 718 Spyder from the 1950’s and ‘60’s), a new Porsche 911 Turbo, a freshened and enlivened Nissan GT-R, added power for the BMW 2 Series, and a unique Targa-like retractable-roof version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Among sedans, Alfa-Romeo continues its rebirth in the U.S. with the new midsize Giulia that features a blazing 505-hp bi-turbo V6 engine in its high-performance “Quadrifoglio” version. Jaguar re-enters the small sedan market to duke it out with the BMW 3 Series in the form of the sporty XE. And for the “bigger is better” crowd, Lincoln brings back the Continental nameplate for its new top sedan, while Volvo replaces its S80 with a more-luxurious S90 and – rare in the U.S. – a station wagon version called the V90. Meanwhile, the former Hyundai Equus is redesigned and renamed the G90 and will exist as the flagship of the automaker’s new upscale Genesis brand.
Among the new or improved alt-fuel models for 2017, Chevrolet leads the way with its new Bolt full-electric car, which promises a 200-mile range on a charge. For its part, Hyundai offers the new Ioniq, which covers all the bases with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV variations.
And then there’s the new full-electric Tesla Model 3 sedan, which will be smaller than the current Model S. It’s expected to arrive sometime before the end of 2017 – and that’s assuming no production delays that have plagued past Teslas – so we’ll plan ahead and consider it a 2018 model for an in-depth look at a later date.