Over a total of eight driving sessions — from Oct. 28 through Nov. 9 — the most exclusive, sophisticated and technologically advanced luxury vehicles were pitted against each other, battling it out in hopes of being named "Car of the Year." The competition is designed to evaluate the automotive industry and determine who is the best of the best.
The Robb Report 2017 Car of the Year
Published since 1976, the Robb Report has become a significant authority on luxury goods and services. From boats to automobiles, the publication is considered to be an authority on the most exclusive products. The 2017 Car of the Year title is researched, investigated and tested by experienced automotive specialists. After a multi-day driving test, these judges rank the vehicles and declare both a winner and runner ups.
Meet the Competition
There are 13 contenders for the title of 2017 Car of the Year. Of these, the major contenders appear to be the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe, the Bentley Bentayga, and the McLaren 570GT. Here's the full list:
Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe. The Audi R8 has been reported on positively by the Robb Report since its initial development in 2006. The new Audi R8 features an incredibly powerful V10 engine and a top speed of 205, making it the most technically accomplished Audi in history. If an all-around vehicle with speed in mind is going to win, it's likely going to be the Audi R8 V10 Coupe.
Aston Martin DB11. There are few cars as classic as the Aston Martin. The DB11 comes with a powerful twin-turbocharged V12 engine and a top speed of 200 MPH, in addition to an elegant design based on the DB9, a prior Robb Report Car of the Year Winner.
Bentley Bentayga. Unique among luxury cars, the Bentley Bentayga is a fully-featured fully-loaded $229,000 SUV. But far from a normal SUV, this extraordinary vehicle is designed with off-road capabilities, a twin turbo-charged W-12 engine and a top speed of 187 MPH.
BMW Alpina B7. The Alpina is a BMW class of its own, created in a specialized factory that develops only the best and most exclusive of BMW's vehicles. For the B7, the Alpina factory has married its specialized look and unique colors alongside advanced suspension and steering technology. The B7 includes luxury features such as Lavalina leather as well as advanced performance. It can go from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds with twin-turbocharged V8s.
Cadillac CT6 Platinum. Though far less expensive than many of the other vehicles on this list, the CTS Platinum isn't lacking when it comes to features. The interior of the CTS Platinum includes everything expected from the Cadillac brand: surround sound, touch screen technology and advanced safety features. But it's the exterior of this vehicle that is so exciting as it features a new and softer redesign.
Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe. This small, elegant vehicle achieves zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 200 MPH, making it one of the fastest cars on this list. Built primarily for performance, the luxury car has been under development for two years and has been designed to be both lightweight and agile.
Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder. Like many Lamborghinis, the Spyder is unmistakable for anything else. With a low-slung futuristic design, the Spyder is incredibly aerodynamic and expressive. With a top speed of 201 mph and the fact that it can reach 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, the Spyder this one of the highest performing vehicles on the list.
Lincoln Continental Black Label. The Black Label is a modestly priced all-around luxury vehicle, designed for comfort and performance. The Continental's design recalls prior years and the interior is decked out with lots of comfort features. Though it may not be the most technically impressive, its advantage lies in how pleasant it is to drive.
McLaren 570GT. The McClaren 570GT wins style points with its futuristic look and upraised doors, but it's not just about form — it's also about function. The 570GT can get almost as fast as the Audi at 104 MPH.
Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet. An absolute classic, the Cabriolet has comfort features including premium Nappa leather, polished wood and silver trim. Though limited in terms of performance, it's designed as an everyday driver.
Nissan GT-R. An excellent mix of technology, luxury and performance, the Nissan GT-R has everything from a top speed of 195 MPH to an advanced touch screen control panel. The 2017 model is very similar to prior years but adds an additional 20 HP.
Porsche 911 Turbo S. It's difficult to go wrong with a Porsche. The 911 Turbo S ties for the fastest vehicle on this list with a top speed of 205 MPH, but at $188,100 it has the sticker price to match. Visually, the Porsche hasn't changed much, and really it hasn't had to.
Rolls-Royce Dawn. The Rolls-Royce Dawn ranks in as one of the most expensive vehicles on this list at $339,850. As a luxury rather than performance vehicle, it focuses on premium leather, interior wood veneers and a comfortable ride.
The 2016 Car of the Year winner was the Ferrari 48 -- and the runner-up the McLaren 650S Spider. But it's difficult to say which of the above contenders will take the title in 2017 as many of them are highly specialized and equally well-designed. The judges — who include Robb Report readers, editors, and members — judged the cars this fall, and the results are set to be published in the April 2017 edition of the Robb Report.
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