The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show has just concluded, and we thought we’d list out some of the best cars from this year’s show. From hot hatchbacks to fast estates and luxury coupes to race cars, here are some of the cars that caught our attention at IAA 2017.
Audi RS4 Avant
If you wanted a big, fast Audi estate, the only option you had these days was the Audi RS6. Now though, Audi has brought back the RS4 Avant. While it may not have the brawny 4.2-liter V8 engine as its predecessor, it is still quite punchy. The 2.9-liter V6 petrol is turbocharged and produces 444 hp and over 600 Nm of torque. That’s 169 Nm more than the old V8. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox which can be operated via paddles behind the steering wheel.
The new RS4 Avant will do 0-100 km/h in 4.1 sec and has a top speed of 250 km/hr. With the optional RS dynamic package, customers can get their car’s top speed raised to a 280 km/hr. It sits 7mm lower to the ground compared to the standard A4 Avant and features sports suspension with adaptive dampers and carbon ceramic brakes. While all this may sound sporty, the RS4 Avant is still a practical estate car with a large boot.
Audi R8 RWS
Audi unveiled the new rear-wheel-drive version of the R8 supercar at Frankfurt. It is called the Audi R8 RWS (rear-wheel standard drive ) and will be a limited edition model of which just 999 examples will be built. It will be offered in coupe and Spyder versions.
The R8 RWS uses the same 5.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V10 engine as the Quattro version. The unit produces 532 hp and 540 Nm of torque. That said, it weighs 50 kg less than the V10 Quattro, which means it will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 sec. That’s 0.2 sec quicker than the all-wheel-drive version. Top speed remains unchanged at 320 km/h.
BMW revealed the 6th generation M5 at the Frankfurt motor show. The new model is based on the latest G30 5 Series which is evident from its styling. But, BMW has made quite a few changes under the skin. The biggest change, however, is that the new M5 now has xDrive all-wheel-drive system which can send 100% of the torque to the rear wheels if required.
The engine is a revised 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 592 hp and 750 Nm of torque. While the all-wheel-drive system has added weight, the new M5 makes up for it with sheer horsepower. 0-100 km/h takes 3.4 sec while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h although this can be raised to 306 km/h by opting for the Driver’s Package.
BMW M8 GTE
BMW has already revealed the Concept 8 Series and a high-performance M8 version could be on the horizon as well. The BMW M8 GTE previews the hottest of the 8 Series’. It is an endurance race car that replaces the M6 GT3 and will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2018 as part of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The M8 GTE will also race in the American IMSA series.
The M8 GTE is powered by a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine paired with a 6-speed sequential gearbox to comply with racing regulations. Strip out the extreme aero, and you will mainly be looking at the upcoming M8 road car.
Bentley Continental GT
Bentley’s most popular model – the Continental GT is now in its third generation. The new model was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show. It is based on Porsche’s MSB platform, and its design is inspired by the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept.
The new Continental GT is powered by a familiar 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine, however, this time, it has been reworked. It now produces 626 hp and 900 Nm of peak torque and is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive luxury grand tourer will hit 100 km/h in 3.7 sec and will do 333 km/h despite the fact that it weighs 2,250 kg.
A new entry-level model is replacing the Ferrari California. It’s called the Portofino, and it comes with revised styling, a folding hard-top and a re-tuned turbo-V8 engine. The car is claimed to be lighter, and the chassis is stiffer than its predecessor.
The Ferrari Portofino uses a 3.5-liter, turbocharged V8 engine which delivers 592 hp which is 40 hp more than the outgoing model and 760 Nm of peak torque. This so-called entry-level Ferrari will do 0-100 km/h in 3.5 sec and reach a top speed of 320 km/h.
Hyundai i30 N
Hyundai revealed the i30N hot hatchback which is set to rival the likes of the Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. It is Hyundai’s first product under the N performance brand.
The Hyundai i30N uses a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which delivers 247 hp and 353 Nm of torque. It will do 0-100 km/h in 6.4 sec. Hyundai will sell you an optional performance pack which raises to output to 271 hp. In this tune, the i30N clocks 6.1 sec to 100 km/h. Even in base trim, the i30N is quicker than its rivals. The sporty hatchback comes with an electronic limited slip differential, a rev-matching system which blips the throttle automatically during downshifts and launch control.
Land Rover Discovery SVX
The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most capable off-roaders out there. Now, Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) have created an even more rugged and extreme version. It is called the Discovery SVX which will enter production in 2018.
The Discovery SVX gets a reworked air-suspension with longer travel, locking differentials and Terrain Response 2. The brawny SUV rides on 20-inch wheels shod with knobbly all-terrain Goodyear Wrangler tires. Under the hood lies a 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 engine that puts out 518 hp and 625 Nm of torque and is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
Lamborghini launched the roadster version of the Aventador S at the Frankfurt motor show. It is mechanically identical to the coupe and sports a 6.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V12 engine that produces 730 hp and 690 Nm of torque. While it is slightly slower to 100 km/h compared the hardtop, but when your car does 0-100 km/h in 3 sec, it’s not exactly a slouch either. It will do 350 km/h at full chat.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
One of the most anticipated cars of this year’s Frankfurt motor show was Mercedes’ new hypercar. The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the brand’s new halo car built to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary.
It features a similar powertrain as Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car. That’s right – It has a 1.6-liter, turbocharged V6 assisted by four electric motors. The mid-mounted engine revs to 11,000 rpm while the electric motors spin at 50,000 rpm and the combination are likely to deliver more than 1000 hp. Mercedes hasn’t released performance details but needless to say, it is going to be pretty quick.
Mercedes-AMG will be building a limited number of these with each costing around $2.5 million. Lewis Hamilton is rumoured to get the first Project One when deliveries commence in 2019.
Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept
The Mini John Cooper Works GP concept will likely spawn a high-performance hatchback. The production version might arrive in 2019.
The concept car features carbon bodywork and various aerodynamic appendages that give it a striking look. One of the key design details on the concept car is the tail lights which feature LEDs in the shape of the Union Jack. Inside, the JCW GP concept gets a roll-cage, bucket seats and gearshift paddles behind the steering wheel. Mini hasn’t disclosed any details about the powertrain of this vehicle though.
So, these were our best picks from this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Which one of these do you plan to have in your garage shortly?