There are a number of great cars heading to the Frankfurt motor show this year. Here’s everything (exciting) that you should be looking forward to
Fans of the Frankfurt motor show will be glad to hear that the German automotive extravaganza is almost upon us. The show officially opens its doors to the press on 15 September, with the public getting in on the 17th.
The show ranks up there as one of the biggest European offerings, sitting just behind the huge Geneva show. Although it runs only every two years, there’s a lot to look forward to. And these are just the interesting things we know about so far…
Alfa Romeo Giulia
If this were any other 5-Series rival, we probably wouldn’t be that excited. Being an Alfa always helps, but the new Giulia saloon represents a return to rear-wheel drive for the company. The promise of a 503bhp turbo V6 range-topper is also somewhat appealing.
Audi e-tron concept
It seems that Audi has a new concept car for every motor show, and Frankfurt is set to be no different this year. This year, it’s a sporty compact SUV powered by a total of three electric motors and a genuine 300-plus mile range.
Although purists might not be thrilled by the idea of a Bentley SUV, it’s something that’s been talked about for decades, and a sensible business decision. It’s been significantly re-worked since the last time we saw a concept from the company, and should be revealed in full at the show
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo
With production of the Veyron now complete, it’s time to look to Bugatti’s future. While the Vision Gran Turismo is purely an exercise in building the ultimate Bugatti racer for the virtual world, it might just give us a few clues as to the direction of the new Chiron hypercar.
Citroen Cactus M concept
This funky beach car harks back to the classic 2CV-based Mehari. Thanks to a waterproof interior and plastic panels, it’s a no-frills car that’s simply about having a bit of fun. No confirmed production as of yet though.
New Honda 2&4 Concept
Details are thin on the ground for this one, but Honda is promising something interesting, thanks to collaboration with its motorcycle manufacturing arm. We’re imagining something along the lines of an Ariel Atom crossed with a Honda Beat – powered by a Turbocharged bike engine. That could be fun.
Hyundai N Performance
Hyundai is very rarely on Classic & Performance Car’s radar, but the introduction of a new high performance division at the Frankfurt show could be about to change that. The company will be revealing a Vision Gran Turismo Car much like Bugatti’s effort, but we’ll hopefully find out about some plans for future performance models.
Jaguar will be officially pulling the covers off its new SUV, although we’ve already got a pretty good idea of how it’s going to look.
Nothing official on this one yet, but we’re expecting news on a new Lamborghini, with rumours suggesting that it might be a new hypercar to take the fight to McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche.
Another SUV? Yes, it looks like Maserati is also throwing its hat into the fiercely competitive ring. More details expected to be revealed.
Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet
The S-Class coupe is one of the most sophisticated, comfortable and capable cruisers on sale today. The introduction of a convertible counterpart will be welcomed by many, as this will no doubt take open-topped motoring to a new level of refinement. Not to mention speed, should you opt for the 577bhp AMG S version. Watch out Bentley.