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The 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show is finally upon us and the Motor Authority crew has all the latest direct from the show floor.
With introductions of the Aston Martin Rapide, Ferrari 458 Italia, BMW 5-Series GT and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, this year's Frankfurt event is breaking through the auto-industry gloom, if just for a day or two.
Motor Authority is on hand to cover the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show live, along with the rest of the High Gear Media team. Tune in here for the next couple of days as we add more debuts to the Frankfurt roster--and be sure to switch over to TheCarConnection and GreenCarReports every so often for their take on the new vehicles headed to the U.S. in the coming months.
What are luxury and performance-car fans waiting patiently on from Frankfurt? We're betting it's these new vehicles fresh from Frankfurt Messe:
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Ferrari 458 Italia: It's the new Ferrari supercar, and befitting the new 458 is a 4.5-liter V-8 that puts out 570 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Ferrari couples the engine to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and promises it will shuttle the 458 Italia to 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds. Top speed should reach 202 mph.
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2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: The GT3 RS gets a bored-out 3.8-liter flat six making 450 horsepower. The redline's soared to 8500 rpm, and the more powerful engine's paired with a six-speed manual shifter with shorter ratios than those in the GT3. It sacrifices a little top-end performance for quicker track responses, Porsche says.
The 2009 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster at the 2009 Frankfurt show: fashion show included gratis.Enlarge Photo
Lamborghini Reventon Roadster: Lamborghini has unveiled the Reventon Roadster just ahead of the Frankfurt Auto Show this week. Fewer than 20 of the supercars will be built, each featuring a 650 horsepower V-12 and a price tag of $1.6 million.
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: It's a new gullwing: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a successor to the current Benz SLR roadster and former coupe. The SLS AMG cruises along with power coming from a 6.2-liter V-8, which is expected to produce about 565 horsepower in U.S. specification, along with 479 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive will deliver that power to the autobahn rather rapidly: the SLS AMG is predicted to hit 60 mph from a standstill in about 3.8 seconds.
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Audi R8 Spyder: The convertible version of Audi's sportscar shows up with 5.2-liter V-10 power.
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Superlight Mazda MX-5 Miata: A race-minded version of the "Miata" (get over it) shows up in Frankfurt.
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Maserati GranCabrio: Destined to be one of the star attractions at this year’s Frankfurt show, the all-new 2011 Maserati GranCabrio sails in with a thumping 434 horsepower V-8 and looks only a supermodel can match.
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Aston Martin Rapide: The Aston Martin Rapide is finally ready for the world. Frankfurt crowds may get stuck on its stunning shape; we're keen to hear more about its 470-hp V-12 engine and those "swan-wing" doors Aston's been promising. The child-sized rear seats? Not quite so much.
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BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo: The BMW 5-Series GT has yet to see its first civilians and it's already a controversial topic. The rounded roofline grants the first of the new-generation 5-Series cars with lots of room and a flexible rear seating area. It arrives in America later this year with BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, 400 horsepower and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW promises 0-60 mph times of 5.4 seconds and a limited top speed of 130 mph, with a 150-mph top end on vehicles outfitted with a Sport package. There's Active Steering, Dynamic Damping Control, adaptive roll control and Driving Dynamics Control, to tailor the driving experience for different tastes. In back, the seats are raised, and move fore and aft on a track up to 4 inches, as passenger and cargo needs change. The tailgate opens as a conventional trunklid or as a large hatch, making cargo loading easier.