2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Highlights

The Frankfurt Motor Show kicked off on Monday and with it the future of production automobiles. Frankfurt is the calendar highlight for exciting new car launches and this year the world’s biggest motor show certainly followed suit hosting a number of excellent releases across a range of brands. Here are our favourites.

Peugeot 308 R Concept:

Rumor has it the 308 R will feature the same tweaked 1.6-litre THP mill as the RCZ R, good for 199kW and a sprint of 0-100 in under 6 seconds putting it in almost the same league as Volkswagen’s just-announced 221kW Golf R – the difference being every legend in Sydney will have the overpriced Golf R and it doesn’t look as good as the 308 R.


Subaru WRX Concept:

It’s been a tough few years for the WRX, partially due to the fact that Subaru over designed it and ended up producing an uninspiring hatch. This year Subaru have returned to the glorious four door sedan and it looks great. The new WRX will sport all-wheel drive and a turbocharged boxer engine, likely to develop around 335bhp and will enter the range as the flagship model sitting above the BRZ.


Jaguar C-X17:

Finally Jaguar have launched the concept for their first crossover SUV.  At this time their is no confirmation whether the car will be produced – Jaguar are calling it a ‘design study’. The big news with C-X17 is that the technology used for this crossover’s lightweight aluminum body will form the basis for a whole new line of Jaguar cars. The first of these will be a new mid-sized four-cylinder-powered sedan that will go on sale in the U.S. in 2016.

Jaguar C-X17 Crossover

BMW i8:

The i8 has been confirmed to enter production this year! When this car got revealed as a concept a few years ago people were losing their minds about how futuristic the design was – seeing this on the road next year will be mind boggling. The i8 combines the dynamic capabilities of a super car with fuel consumption and emissions you would normally expect from a small city car. It features a turbocharged 1.5 litre turbo hybrid engine developing 231bhp and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometres and a top speed of 120 km/h. It fully recharges in 1.5 hours from a 220-volt level 2 charger, and boasts up to 94 mpg in combined fuel efficiency. A real sign of things to come in the automotive industry!


Volvo Coupe Concept:

Hold up Volvo, what have we got here! I’ve been pretty impressed with the cars Volvo have been producing in the last 3 or so years and this concept is a thing of beauty. This is what the Frankfurt Motor Show is all about, getting blown away by the unexpected. This fine-looking sports coupe could be the best looking car from the show, featuring a powerful hybrid drivetrain along with a new infotainment interface. It’s the first of three new concept cars Volvo are producing which surely hints to the fact we’re going to see a new Volvo sports car in the not so distant future.


Mercedes-Benz S Class Coupe:

The CL Coupe is to be superseded by a new 2 door S Class. The new coupe will enter as the company’s new flagship model and will provide the very best in automotive luxury including a perfumed cabin! The S Class concept features the rear end of the SLS Gullwing and the nose of the CLA and Benz’s well-liked 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 generating 449 horsepower.


Audi Sport Quattro Concept:

Ok so we’re not to crash hot on the design of this but the Quattro is back! Once the flagship model, this monster features a 691bhp twin-turbo V8 based on the RS7 coupe mated to a hefty hybrid power train making it weigh roughly the same as a Bugatti Veyron which is quite unbelievable! To see it built would see it sit above the R8 in terms of price and performance.


Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse:

The last hurrah for the fantastic decade old Gallardo model. The Squadra Corse is essentially a Superleggera with a bit more carbon fibre and a legitimate racing engine. It weighs the same as the Superleggera and the 5.2-litre V10 develops the same 562bp – so why buy this model? Because it’s awesome obviously.


Ferrari 458 Speciale:

There’s one thing Ferrari does well (there’s clearly a lot more than one), their race editions. Ever since the 360 Challenge, Ferrari have produced raw racing versions of their mid engined super cars that have been even more engaging than their already excellent foundation models. For the 458 Speciale they’ve dropped the weight 90kg and extracted another 35bhp out of the 4.5 litre engine propelling the car to 100 in 3 seconds flat just quicker than the McLaren 12C. No doubt it will hold its value likes it’s predecessors and will be a rarity on the roads of Sydney.


Porsche 918 Spyder:

The successor to the Carrera GT, the 918 Spyder is a 875bhp hybrid rocket that looks like a Victoria’s Secret model, as it should for a million dollars. There’s not too much to say aside from the fact that it will obviously be breathtaking (because of the shock you’ll get if you ever see one). *Just set the new Nurburgring lap record. Mental.



James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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