Automobile - - Design -

TO HEAR SOME TELL IT, we’ll soon re­flect on the past sev­eral years and the near fu­ture as the fi­nal hal­cyon days of ma­chines made to be driven. The feed­back we re­ceive from you, our read­ers and fel­low gear­heads, along with a grow­ing main­stream global nar­ra­tive, il­lus­trates an in­creas­ingly pes­simistic view of au­to­mo­tive in­evitabil­ity: a world dom­i­nated by ur­ban trans­porta­tion pods, ride-shar­ing pro­grams, and of course the dark­est cloud loom­ing above the en­thu­si­ast com­mu­nity—soul­less au­ton­o­mous cars that might drive us to our des­ti­na­tions per­fectly well but with nary a hint of the pas­sion that binds mil­lions of like-minded mem­bers of the car com­mu­nity to­gether. Opin­ions, even well-ed­u­cated ones, are all over the map when it comes to pre­dict­ing the ar­rival of this Or­wellian ex­is­tence, but thank­fully there are still far more than a hand­ful of new and fu­ture cars to put your mind at ease.

This year we be­gin with seven hyper per­form­ers be­cause, well, #NOBORINGCARS. From there we in­tro­duce you to and up­date you on what we be­lieve are the most in­ter­est­ing and sig­nif­i­cant ve­hi­cles on the near hori­zon.

The best news of all: Driv­ers will need to keep their eyes on the road and their hands and feet on the con­trols of each and ev­ery one of them.

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