#2: Bugatti Chiron Concept
Another car with an expected release date sometime in 2017, the Bugatti Chiron is the much-anticipated successor to the iconic Bugatti Veyron, which currently holds pretty much every speed and performance record around. Details on the Chiron are somewhat vague, since Bugatti wants to keep the project under wraps as much as possible – presumably to blow our minds when the car is finally released.
We do know some things about the Chiron, though, and what we know is already pretty mind-blowing. Early details place the car’s top speed somewhere around 288 miles per hour, which would make it by far the fastest production car ever, eclipsing the current record held by the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport by a whopping 30 miles per hour. The Chiron is expected to feature an 8-liter W-16 engine with direct injection, increased boost pressure, and at least two electrically powered turbochargers.
Other features are likely to include a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, with four-wheel drive and added torque vectoring. The Veyron’s 1200 horsepower will be greatly surpassed, with a predicted output of 1500 horsepower on the Chiron, and torque will increase to an incredible 1106 lb-ft at the car’s peak.
With details like that, any car enthusiast should be waiting with baited breath for 2017, when the Chiron will likely be released for the (very, very rich) public to drive.
#1: The AeroMobil Flying Car
What else would be number one? Is there anything in the future of cars that could be more exciting than a car that can fly? We daresay not, and the AeroMobil Flying Car is something that is going to happen. Not if, but when, is the only question remaining. And Slovakian company AeroMobil projects that their first flying cars will be available in 2017, although that timeframe remains somewhat tentative.
What we know for sure is that the technology is already in place, and flying car prototypes are already being tested, and they have already been successfully taking glorious flight. AeroMobil has been developing this technology since 1989, and the stage is finally set for the flying car to make its debut in reality – not movies, books, or other works of fiction.
Early details regarding the AeroMobil Flying Car are quite impressive as well. In flying mode, the AeroMobil Flying Car can reach speeds of 124 miles per hour, and can travel 430 miles on a full tank of gas. Of course, the car would also be able to drive on normal, earthly roadways as well.
To call the AeroMobil Flying Car a game changer would be to greatly understate how massive the release of a flying car would be for the future of transportation in general. This plane-car hybrid is still a few years away, but when it becomes a commercially-available reality, the automotive world of the future will never be the same.