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Exciting rides for 2017

For any gear head, every new car launch or a model upgrade is a much awaited event. It can be likened to a blind date: you will never know what to expect.   You have so many expectations for the night prior to the rollout or romantic interlude. 

The same basically holds true for every new car that comes around the block. In the next coming months, some of the concept cars may  make it here or not depending on the automotive manufacturer, the supply and the market demand for these four-wheeled wonders. 

Some  gear heads with deep pockets will have one or all of of these in their garages. For us ordinary mortals  enslaved to work from 9am to 5pm, these rolling artworks of carbon fiber and aluminum are just a pipe dream  or a poster  on the  bedroom walls. 

Toyota Land Cruiser

After making waves at this year’s SEMA show, Toyota diehards are knocking on the doors of TRD to ask if a limited production run of this beast is in the works. 

This TRD built Land Cruiser is a sports car killer
What made this SUV just a little different was that it  churned out  over 2000 hp, with a top speed of 220 mph. Toyota claims it is the world’s fastest SUV. That prodigious amount of power comes from a 5.7 liter V8 with two massive Garrett turbochargers. That power is transmitted through an ATI transmission.The frame as well as all systems for cooling, braking, and just about everything else were modified to make best use of this additional power.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car 

With a redeveloped drive train, Porsche fans will see the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup compete on the world’s race tracks in 2017. The engine of the world’s most-produced GT racing car now houses a 4-liter, six-cylinder flat engine for even more drive. Thanks to thoroughbred motorsport technology, the compact engine with direct fuel injection delivers peak performance of 485 hp

Porsche’s clean and green hybrid race car
Porsche has created 3031 911 GT3 Cup cars since production began in 1998, a significant number for such a specialized piece of machinery. The GT3 Cup is in fact the most produced GT racing car in the world. Like the 911 itself, Porsche has been in the somewhat enviable position of constantly refining the same basic and very successful design concept, and making the seemingly impossible possible.

The 2017 GT3 Cup continues that process of evolution. In the engine, a new more rigid crankshaft is fitted. Also new are a valve drive with rigidly mounted rocker arms with a central oil feed, and an integrated oil centrifuge for improved oil defoaming. Body changes include a new front apron and rear end with increased downforce.

La Ferrari Hypercar

As if the La Ferrari was not exciting enough, Maranello  has announced the limited production run of a convertible version of the LaFerrari. This new limited edition special series aimed at clients and collectors that refuse to compromise on the joy of drop-top driving even when at the wheel of a supercar.

Ferrari will offer a limited run of this open top La Ferrari
The new limited edition special series will be available with a carbon-fibre hard top and a soft top. It has the same running gear and performance figures as the original LaFerrari, sporting a 800 cv V12 ICE (with a specific power output of 128 cv/l) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor (163 cv), unleashing 963 cv in total. Significant and extensive modifications have been made to the chassis with the aim of retaining the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupé version. The car’s aerodynamics have also been further honed to guarantee the same drag coefficient even without the roof.

Beetle Dune edition

Loyalists of the iconic  Beetle will be hard pressed to not have this  remake in their collection. Inspired by the Dune Buggies of the original Beetle back in the 1960s and 1970s, this Beetle Dune edition features increased ground clearance of 10 mm and a track that is wider by 7 mm in the front and 6 mm in the rear. It also features 18” alloy wheels, black wheel arch & sill extensions, an additional air intake beneath the hood, and new bumpers with front and rear diffusers. There is also a new rear spoiler to compliment the overall buggy look. 

Volkswagen pays tribute to the past with this Dune edition
The  Beetle Dune comes equipped with five Euro 6 engine options: three petrol engines (TSI) and two diesels (TDI), all turbocharged four-cylinder direct injection units. All models feature a Stop/Start system and regenerative braking as well as a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The TSI engines produce 77 kW/105 PS, 110 kW/150 PS and 162 kW/220 PS, while the TDI engines produce 81 kW/110 PS and 110 kW/150 PS. With the exception of the 110 PS TDI engine, they can all be combined with an automatic six- or seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG).

Both the coupe and convertible are pictured in the new color Sandstorm Yellow Metallic, and the coupe can be ordered with a black painted roof or a dark tinted sliding glass sunroof.

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Topics: Exciting rides for 2017 , Toyota Land Cruiser , Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car , La Ferrari Hypercar , Volkswagen Beetle Dune edition

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