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Auto News: Fiat 124 Spider, Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Hypercar

Auto News: Fiat 124 Spider, Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Hypercar

The return of the Fiat 124 Spider, the new 2017 Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin’s new supercar with Red Bull Racing in this week’s Auto News in :60.

2017 FIAT 124 SPIDER RETURNS TO AMERICA

The Fiat 124 Spider is officially back in America.

The roadster officially returned to the U.S. this month after a 30-year hiatus. The first batch of 2017 models recently arrived at ports in San Diego and Baltimore. They’re arriving now at dealers.

The roadster’s return to the U.S. is a big deal because the two-seater hasn’t been sold in the U.S. since 1985.  It shares a rear-wheel platform with the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The base Fiat 124 Spider starts at $24,995. The 2016 Mazda Miata sport starts at $24,915.


PORSCHE UNVEILS 2017 PANAMERA

Porsche it taking the wraps off the 2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and Turbo models. The new Panamera, long overdue for an update, takes more styling cues from the 911. It comes with a thermal imaging camera and also has a new V6 and V8 engines that pump up the powertrain.

It has improved handling, too, thanks to Porsche’s new three-chamber suspension system (which comes standard on the Turbo), 4D Chassis Control, and similar rear-axle steering found on the 911 Turbo and 918 Spyder.

The 2017 Panamera will be available early next year at a starting price of $99,900 and $146,900 for the 4S and Turbo, respectively.

ASTON MARTIN TEAMS UP WITH RED BULL FORMULA ONE RACING

Aston Martin’s new V12 hypercar is nothing short of a sight to behold.

The street-legal hypercar is dubbed the AM-RB 001.  The lightweight carbon fibre sports car was a joint project developed by Aston Martin and the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team.

Its heart is a new, mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine that achieves a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Aston Martin says its aerodynamics will deliver “unprecedented levels of downforce” along with “boundary pushing performance”.

Aston Martin will build up to 150 street-legal versions plus several dozen track-oriented models. The first deliveries being in 2018.

Photo Credit: Aston Martin