Frankfurt Auto Show
is now vorbei
, so for our latest This Week’s Top Photos
post we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights from this year’s show. It should come as little surprise that it was the German automakers out in force, but there were a few surprises from outside the country as well.
First up is the mid-engine nanuk quattro concept, a high-riding Audi R8 that’s got a pug-like face that’s both ugly and beautiful at the same time. It shares a likeness with Giugiaro’s Parcour concept, which was based on the R8’s Lamborghini Gallardo sibling, and may end up in production alongside the next-generation R8.
Jaguar’s C-X17 concept
turned out to be one of the stars of Frankfurt. It had a dual purpose; one was to gauge interest in a potential Jaguar-badged crossover and the other was to introduce a lightweight modular platform that will debut in a small Jaguar sedan in 2015
. A Jaguar crossover is yet to be formally announced, though test mules for just such a vehicle have already been spotted in the U.K.
Opel’s Monza concept
doesn’t preview any one model but in fact showcases the design and styling we can expect on a whole new generation of Opels. And since the Opel and Buick brands will be more closely linked going forward
, some the Monza’s elements are likely to appear on future Buicks as well.
Ferrari’s latest supercar, the 458 Speciale
, made its debut in Frankfurt this week. The car is a hardcore version of the already extreme 458 Italia and is the third fastest car ever launched by Ferrari, being outmatched by only the V-12-powered F12 Berlinetta and LaFerrari. You’ll find out everything you ever wanted to know about the car at this link
This week the Porsche 918 Spyder
finally made its world debut, although barely disguised versions of the car have been spotted testing all over the globe for the past couple of years. Porsche used the car’s first auto show appearance to also confirm that it is now the new king of the ‘Ring, having lapped the full Nürburgring-Nordschleife
in just 6:57! That’s right folks, the bar has been set very high for all other contenders.
The 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car
may not have the sex appeal of some of the previous performance machines, but we’re sure it will still have its own legion of fans. Why? Because it features carbon fiber construction, a mid-engine layout and a sophisticated through-the-road all-wheel-drive system. Oh, and photos simply don’t do it justice. The car appears much sleeker and sexier in person.
Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
In Frankfurt this week, we finally received confirmation that the replacement for the CL-Class will be called an S-Class Coupe. The upcoming car, already spotted in prototype form
and due on the market late next year, was previewed by this stunning concept version
, whose styling suggests much sportier positioning for Mercedes’ largest coupe.
Infiniti gave us our first look at its new Q30 compact car with a concept version of the same name
. Underpinning the vehicle is the existing MFA platform developed by Mercedes-Benz for its own compact cars, though we won’t see the Q30 in showrooms for at least another two years.
2013 Brabus B63S based on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
This brute is the 2013 Brabus B63S
, based on Mercedes-Benz’s G63 AMG 6x6
. It packs 690 horsepower, a six-wheel-drive configuration and a pricetag in the neighborhood of $400,000 to $500,000. Sign us up!
Volvo’s Concept Coupe
was one of the more elegant designs at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show, which bodes well for the automaker’s future lineup whose styling will be influenced by the clean lines of this show car. The Concept Coupe's design was inspired by Volvo’s classic P1800 but its technology is thoroughly modern
That’s just a fraction of what was on show in Frankfurt this week. For the rest of our coverage, head over to our dedicated show hub.
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