Tomorrow, I'll be delivering the results of the unofficial DriveTribe Car of the Year I published last Monday, so be sure to stick around to see what wins in each category. Now however, I thought I'd give a quick rundown of some of my personal highlights from the past 12 months.
It has been a brilliant year for motoring, so much so that it would be more than possible to assemble a rather fantastic 10 car – or even a 3 car – perfect garage just from cars unveiled in 2017. But right now, I bring to you – in no particular order – my favourite cars from the past year. Enjoy!
Mercedes AMG Project-One:
Credit - Mercedes
This one's a given really. For this year, Mercedes unveiled their fabled Project-One hypercar that brings a mildly watered-down F1 V6 and hybrid technology to the road. Expect this – and its main rival, the Aston Martin Valkyrie unveiled last year – to move the performance goalposts quite a long way out of sight.
Credit - McLaren
The McLaren 720S offers hypercar levels of performance in supercar clothing. It isn't so much a successor to the 650S as a subject for analysis where finding the source of any compromise is akin to finding Lord Lucan. It, and every one of its 710 British brake-horsepowers, is a thing of considerable and perpetual wonderment.
Porsche 991 GT2 RS:
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The GT2 RS name has finally graced the 991 generation 911 – and in spectacular fashion. With 691bhp from a 3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6, the GT2 RS is capable in the right hands of lapping the Nurburgring in just 6:47.3 - faster than any production car has ever gone before. In GT2 RS spec, the 911 intrudes into the top end of the supercar spectrum with astounding aplomb.
Porsche 991.2 GT3:
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If the GT2 RS overloads the senses a little, then the second generation 991 GT3 should stimulate them to an unmatchable climax. With 500 horsepower from a 4L normally aspirated Flat-6, and the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox, the GT3 sings one of the most astonishing mechanical anthems on its journey to its 9,000rpm redline. Add in tactility to appease every molecule of your car loving gene, and the GT3 is easily one of the year's main highlights.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage AMR:
Credit - Aston Martin
I know, I'm a sucker for an Aston Martin – and the V12 Vantage AMR might be one of the best cars they've ever produced. With a 6L normally aspirated V12, and 595bhp sent shooting to the rear wheels through a manual gearbox, this is an Aston for the drivers as much as it is for those who wish to drool copiously over its divine proportions.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante:
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Lamborghini finally mastered the Huracan recipe with the Performante, putting that orgasmic V10 to suitably good use. With 631bhp, and a soundtrack to make a person shake with excitement from the inside out, this is a Lamborghini that will imbue you to keep driving it forever.
Pagani Huayra Roadster:
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If the Performante makes you shake upon hearing it, the Pagani makes you shake upon looking at it. Sprinkled with drool-worthy details, there isn't a single piece of the Roadster that doesn't put you back in touch with the sort of exaggerated aesthetic petulance that should resonate throughout the entire hypercar realm. If however you were to exercise even a fraction of the potential of the 754bhp, 6L Twin-Turbo V12, you'd be moving at a sufficient pace to deny everyone the pleasure of seeing this car.
Singer 911 Williams:
Credit - Singer
Finally, I can't run through a list of 2017 highlights without giving a special mention to the mesmerisingly beautiful Singer 911 Williams. A Resto-Modded 911, stuffed with a 4L normally aspirated air-cooled Flat-6 developing 500 horsepower, and accoutered with enough luscious details to inspire your knees to buckle under the weight of your palpitating heart. It is, quite simply, an automotive masterpiece.
So that's my favourite cars from the year. And tomorrow, I'll be unveiling the winners of each category of Car of the Year, as decided by YOU! If you haven't voted yet, head on over to the link below to have your say.
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Written by: Angelo Uccello
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