The Frankfurt Auto Show is renowned for its size and prestige, with last year’s event seeing 80 automotive brands take part and 159 world premieres made. This makes the German show the biggest on the automotive calendar, and this year is shaping up to be just as grand.
We’ve sorted through all the cars shown so far to bring you this comprehensive preview of what to expect. The action all unfolds September 15 and we’ll be present to bring you all the latest info and live photos direct from the show floor.
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo: Bugatti will have a life-size model of a supercar concept developed exclusively for the virtual world of the Gran Turismo video game series. The concept takes inspiration from the legendary Bugatti racers of the 1930s, namely the Type 57 G Tank that won overall at the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans, but at the same time it previews the marque’s new design language. Yes, it may not be destined for production but the lines of the concept likely preview Bugatti’s Veyron successor due out next year.
Teaser for Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept debuting at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo: The Bugatti won’t be the only supercar concept designed for Gran Turismo. Hyundai will have the N 2025 which the Korean brand is using to celebrate the launch of its new N performance road car division. The concept is said to highlight the N division’s perspective on future performance characteristics, with key elements being a race car design and some sustainable technology.
Teaser for Honda Project 2 & 4 concept debuting at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Honda Project 2 & 4: Honda has combined its motorcycle and automobile expertise to develop a radical concept car that’s meant to remind us of the Japanese automaker’s performance past. So what exactly is the Project 2 & 4? We can’t see much in the teaser, but we do know it will be powered by the same engine found in Honda’s RC213V MotoGP racing bikes, namely a 1.0-liter V-4 delivering over 230 horsepower.
Audi e-tron quattro concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Audi e-tron quattro: This concept previews Audi’s planned Q6 e-tron quattro electric SUV due in 2018. The vehicle is confirmed to have a driving range of approximately 310 miles, making it a genuine rival to Tesla Motors’ [NSDQ:TSLA] Model X SUV. The Audi is built around the latest MLB Evo platform and its shape was devised in order to minimize drag. It will be Audi’s second electric car, with the first being the R8 e-tron supercar.
Teaser for sporty Nissan crossover concept debuting at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Sporty Nissan Crossover: Nissan is planning to unveil a sporty crossover concept in Frankfurt. British media are calling it a preview of a sporty crossover to replace the 370Z, though it could simply turn out to be a preview of the next-generation Juke, the current version of which already fills the sporty crossover segment at Nissan. All we have at present is this sole teaser shot.
Peugeot Fractal concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Peugeot Fractal: Concept cars can run the gamut from the spectacular to the mundane. Some are spectacularly unrealistic fantasies, while others are barely-disguised production models. Peugeot's Fractal concept doesn't quite fit into either category, though. The car features a two-door body with a removable roof, and an all-electric powertrain. However, it seems even more attention was lavished on the interior where 3D-printed parts represent more than 80 percent of the trim.
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Ferrari 488 Spider
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider: Ferrari’s new 488 GTB is about to spawn a convertible in the form of the 488 Spider. The car is an update of the 458 Spider and comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 that spits out an incredible 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. It’s virtually identical to the 488 GTB coupe except for its roof, which is a retractable hardtop made from aluminum. The roof folds backwards in two overlapping sections to rest flush on the engine, and the whole process takes just 14 seconds.
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera Cabriolet
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera: It was at the Frankfurt Auto Show that we first saw the 991-series Porsche 911. At this year’s show, Porsche will roll out an updated version of its iconic sports car. The big news is the adoption of a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine in the base Carrera models. Soon, every 911 bar the track-focused GT models will be turbocharged. In addition to the new engine, there have also been some key chassis mods and new features added to the interior.
2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe: Mercedes-AMG’s new C63 Coupe based on the C-Class Coupe has finally landed, and as expected the car looks like a mini version of the stunning S63 Coupe. From its pumped fenders to its carbon fiber attachments to its burly V-8 engine, the C63 Coupe is blessed in every way a performance fan could ever desire. Of course, you won’t be able to truly appreciate the car until you drive it but the specs are tantalizing to say the least.
2016 BMW M6 GT3 race car prototype
2016 BMW M6 GT3: BMW won’t have any new performance cars on show but it will have its M6 GT3 on display. The new race car makes its debut in Frankfurt and will first see action in the 2016 motorsport season. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 fitted to the M6 road car and several other M-badged machines, with BMW confirming that the engine has only been slightly modified for its outings on the track.
2017 Audi S8 Plus
2017 Audi S8 Plus: Audi still hasn’t confirmed its new S8 Plus for sale in the United States but we sure hope it comes. Tired of seeing Mercedes-Benz have all the fun in the full-size performance sedan segment, Audi has turned up the wick on its S8 so that the car’s engine now produces a full 605 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (553 lb-ft with overboost). With its extra urge, Audi says the S8 Plus will hit 62 mph from rest in just 3.8 seconds.
2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet
2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet: Mercedes-Benz is launching its new S-Class Cabriolet in Frankfurt, and we’re glad to report that the range will include a high-performance variant developed by Mercedes-AMG. The performance variant is the S63 Cabriolet, and it matches the 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque found in the S63 Coupe, one of Motor Authority’s favorite cars.
2015 Sin R1 RS
Sin R1 RS: Bulgaria’s Sin Cars has been involved in motorsports for years. Recently, the company released a track-only model called the R1. In Frankfurt, we’ll see a new road-going version of the R1. Compared to the track car, the road car has a number of upgraded comfort and safety features. The standard powertrain is General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] 6.2-liter LS3 V-8, rated at 430 horsepower. However, those seeking more power can opt for a 530-hp 7.0-liter LS7 or even the 650-hp supercharged 6.2-liter LS9.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn
2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn: Rolls-Royce’s long-awaited Dawn convertible is coming to the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car is described by Rolls-Royce as the “sexiest” model to ever wear the Spirit of Ecstasy, and after looking at the official shots we have to agree. Though the car is essentially a convertible version of the Wraith coupe, 80 percent of its body panels are unique. Sales in the United States are confirmed to start early next year.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace
2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Jaguar is entering new ground with its first-ever SUV, the recently revealed F-Pace. The vehicle is designed to go up against premium small SUVs like Mercedes-Benz’s new GLC as well as the BMW X3. What makes the F-Pace stand out from the crowd is its aluminum-intensive construction, namely the lightweight iQ[Al] platform that features in the latest XE and XF sedan models. Combined with some pretty sophisticated chassis technology, the lightweight yet rigid construction should ensure the F-Pace handles brilliantly and like no other SUV in its segment.
2016 BMW 7-Series
2016 BMW 7-Series: We’ve already had a chance to drive BMW’s new flagship sedan, but it’s Frankfurt debut will be the first time that the public gets a chance to see it before it heads out to showrooms. This is the sixth generation of the luxury icon, and while it may look a lot like its predecessor there’s an impressive number of innovations that have taken place under the skin. In the United States, the car arrives in 740i and 750i xDrive variants and with the long-wheelbase bodystyle only. Next year, a 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup.
2017 Infiniti Q30
2017 Infiniti Q30: Infiniti is about to enter the premium compact car arena with the new Q30 hatchback. It was in Frankfurt two years ago that Infiniti first previewed the Q30 with a thinly-veiled concept version, and at this year’s show we’ll finally see the production version. The car is on track to arrive in the United States next spring, and it’s only direct rival will be the Audi A3 Sportback. Note, the Q30 isn’t the only compact Infiniti on the way. A QX30 compact crossover is also coming. We’ll see it at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet: The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is one of our favorite cars, particularly in high-performance Mercedes-AMG tune. It was one of the most interesting and attractive debuts of 2014, and now it’s been joined by a convertible variant. Mercedes hasn’t sold an S-Class convertible since the 1960s. Like its W111 and W112 series predecessors, the new S-Class Cabriolet offer unmistakable, exclusive design combined with the finest materials and state-of-the-art technology.
2017 Audi A4
2017 Audi A4: Come 2016, buyers in the market for a small sports sedan with a touch of luxury are going to be spoiled for choice. In addition to the existing Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, all impressive cars in their own right, we’ll see the arrival of an updated BMW 3-Series plus all-new contenders in the form of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jaguar XE and this redesigned A4. In the United States, the new A4 will launch with two engine choices, both of which will come exclusively with quattro all-wheel drive. Fuel economy numbers aren’t yet available, but Audi says fuel efficiency will be improved by 21 percent to go along with some extra power.
Teaser for new Borgward SUV debuting at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Borgward SUV: Many readers won’t be familiar with historic German brand Borgward, since the company originally went bankrupt back in 1961. That’s set to change, however, as the company has been revived and is planning to show its first new model in half a century in Frankfurt. The new model will be an SUV that is expected to come with a fuel-efficient powertrain as well as some pretty advanced infotainment and connectivity features. The company remains cautious and hopes to be seen as a manufacturer of “accessible” premium cars.
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2016 Opel Astra
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2016 Jaguar XJ Autobiography
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