With BMW’s Z Coupe breathing fire right behind, Porsche is out to maintain its position as king of the mid-priced roadster segment. And that’s where the new Boxster S comes in. Weighing in at 2867
2000 Porsche Boxster
pounds, it will feature a 3.2-liter, 259-horsepower in-line six that can hit 60 in 5.9 seconds and top out at 161 mph. A new six-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment. A Tiptronic automatic is optional.
1999 Renault Avantime
TAKING THE SCENIC ROUTE. Renault’s restyled Scenic is a microminivan that’s likely to help cement the French automaker’s reputation for running one of Europe’s best styling studios. And the all-new Avantime won’t hurt, either. Introduced as a concept car in Geneva last spring, Avantime makes its production debut in Frankfurt. This Grand Touring Coupe shares the same platform as the more practical but only slightly less ostentatious Espace minivan.
MUSCLING IN. Mercedes-Ben
1999 Mercedes ML55
z recently announced that it has decided to take over AMG GmbH, a process that will see it owning 51 percent of the Affalterbach firm on Jan. 1, 1999. And based on this spy photo, it's clear that AMG has already worked its magic on the M-Class, creating this AMG ML55 prototype, which is powered by the 354-bhp V-8 of the E55 sedan. The emphasis on performance, as well as luxury, can be seen throughout the company. Witness the automaker’s new top-line model, the S600 sedan. Equipped with a 6.0-liter V-12, it’s due for introduction in Europe followed shortly after by a stateside debut.
1999 Mercedes S600