Officially known as the Internationale Automobil-Austellung but commonly referred to as the Frankfurt Motor show, this automobile show is one of the biggest if not the biggest auto show in Europe. This year’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show commenced on September 14th and will go on until September 24th. Some of the biggest car brands in the world never miss this show as they get an opportunity to showcase their latest models or unveil their future concepts. Automakers take to the show to entice the European market. In such shows, the most extremely designed supercars and concept of the future often take center- stage; although this is true for this show, I must say that electric EVs have stolen the show this time round. Every automaker by now knows that the future of the automobile industry lies in electrification of the drivetrains; now automakers are trying to outdo each other by showcasing their mastery of this technology. Following are some of the best attractions at the show:
2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Highlights
Before you start wondering what car this is, DEVC stands for Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging. This is a new charging technology developed by Qualcomm. Unlike the current Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC), pads are used to wirelessly recharge electric cars on the move. These pads are mounted below the road surfaces. They are energized by roadside power stations enabling users to charge their EVs as they drive along the road.
Bentley is displaying its new, third-gen Continental GT. The automaker did not reveal prices for the model but in terms of power, the GT spits 634 hp; with this power, it needs only 3.6 seconds to hit 60mph. It has a maximum speed of 207 mph.
Audi R8 V10 RWS & Audi Aicon Concept
Audi is showcasing its new version of the R8 sports car. As the name hints, it is powered by a V10 mill and is fitted with a rear-wheel drive system. You can have it for £110,000 but to get one you need to rush and make your order now as only 999 units will be made. The Audi Aicon, on the other hand, is Audi’s vision of the future. The concept which the automaker says is fully autonomous has no steering wheel or pedals.
BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept
As if to rival the Audi Aicon Concept, BMW too is showcasing its all-electric EV that is expected to slot between the i3 and the i8. BMW claims the concept has a range of 373 miles, a top speed of 120 mph as well as a 0-60mph rating of 4.0 seconds. The automaker is yet to confirm when the model will hit production that is if it will in the first place.
As I said earlier, EVs have dominated this show; Jaguar too is here showcasing its new all-electric race car dubbed the eTrophy. The automaker also announced plans for a dedicated jaguar EV racer (Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy ) based on both the eTrophy and the I-Pace as the current eTrophy is meant for the FIA Formula E racing. The first of the eTrophy models will debut next year.
The Land Rover Discovery SVX
Jaguar’s brother, the Land Rover is also at the Frankfurt auto show flaunting the new Land Rover Discovery SVX dubbed the most extreme Land Rover ever. Developed by the automaker’s Special Vehicle Operations division that crafted the Jaguar F-Type SVR as well as the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy I mentioned above. The SUV is equipped with a supercharged 5.0 L, V-8 mill good for 525 horsepower. The model has a humongous ground clearance meaning it will traverse the roughest terrains with ease.
Bugatti is also around displaying the Chiron; this is the car that holds the production car record for the fastest acceleration and braking. The supercar accelerates from 0-249 mph and then comes to a complete halt in only 42 seconds.
Porsche Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive
Porsche is also here showing the world its advanced electricity engineering in form of the new Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive whose electric motors churn out 680hp. The model manages 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can attain a maximum speed of 192 mph despite its huge, long body.
Renault Megane RS & Renault Symbioz concept
Hot hatches are irresistible in Europe and Renault took advantage of this show to unleash a more powerful Megane RS. The model’s engine produces 290 hp as well as 288 lb-ft of torque. The Symbioz concept, on the other hand, is the company’s vision of how cars in 2030 will look like. The concept is a fully-electric EV with full autonomous capabilities.
Skoda Vision E concept
After showcasing it in Shanghai, Skoda has brought its all-electric concept to Europe. The model looks slightly different from the one displayed in Shanghai.
The Italian car maker decided to replace the California T drop-top with a new model whose name is derived from a sea-side city that is the epitome of beauty. The Portofino, Ferrari’s new cheapest car is a great improvement of the California T.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
The Project One is Mercedes first true supercar. The model which is powered by a hybrid drive-train that churns out a cool 1,000 hp brings Formula 1’s hybrid engineering technology to a street-legal model. Only 275 models will be produced. The supercar is priced at $2.7 million.
Suzuki Swift Sport
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a car built with young buyers in mind; the small car bundles together a host of technologies that young guys can’t do without and is affordably priced.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado
It is hard to miss a Toyota stand in any international auto show; here in Frankfurt, the Japanese automaker is showcasing an upgraded LandCruiser Prado which was subject of a chain of photo leaks earlier this year.
Kia Proceed Concept
Kia is also in the house showcasing its stylish shooting brake-like concept that previews the Kia cee’d hatchback. Although the production model will not be as dramatic, the concept shows that Kia has a creative design team at its disposal.