Every mid-September, Frankfurt hosts the greatest automotive show on the planet. Forget SEMA, because if you want to see the latest car manufacturers have to offer, this is it.
The 2017 edition officially started a day ago, but with eleven days still to go, you can expect a lot more action. From modern performance and super cars, to the most innovative electric cars and anything in between.
If you want to visit a car show but are limited to just one per year, I highly suggest you make the Frankfurt Motor Show a priority.
Because i can’t list all of the cars on display in one single article, I’m going to feature some of my favorites, as well as what you can expect in the upcoming days.
I’m opening the list with Mercedes, and the definite star of the show so far. The AMG Project One is Mercedes’ take on the entire hybrid hyper car matter, and what a curious entry it is.
Rather that sticking with the traditional ‘electric engine aids big V8/V12’ formula, they’ve decided to one up Porsche, Ferrari and Mclaren, and do something even more insane.
Though not completely identical, the Project One’s running gear has been essentially lifted from Mercedes’ F1 car. There’s a 1.6-liter V6 in the middle, an electric turbocharger capable of 100,000 revs, and a 11,000 rpm limit. You can check out more of the Project One here.
In addition, Mercedes has also unveiled the EQA electric concept, which should be good for 250 miles on a single charge. The redesigned S-Class Coupe also made an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW went for the ‘more is better’ philosophy, and unveiled six different models: the new M5, the 6-Series GT, the 8-Series Coupe, the Z4 Roadster and the i5 Sedan. I really want to say that the M5 is my favorite, but the Z4 Roadster looks absolutely stunning. I just hope they keep the same design for the production car.
I don’t care much for Audi’s redesigned A8, but i really fancy the rear-wheel drive R8. I’ve been saying we need an RWD R8 ever since the car came out, and we finally got one. Audi also rolled out two new electric concepts (AICON and ELAINE), but i much prefer the new twin-turbo V6 RS4 with 442 lb-ft of torque.
In Porsche land, things are spicing up. The Touring Trim for the GT3 makes the 911 R seem a bit obsolete, but that’s not the big news. Most of the hype is surrounding the third-gen Cayenne and its 550-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The fact that it can hit 62 mph in under 4 seconds is frankly astonishing. The white paint job looks incredible with the white Frankfurt Motor Show floor too.
Elsewhere VW, Land Rover and Honda all showed off new models, but i was most impressed with the Kia Proceed Wagon Concept. It may sound weird, but if Kia actually puts that thing into production, Jaguar and Mercedes better watch out. The shooting-brake wagon concept is something i did not expect from Kia, but it’s definitely a welcomed surprise.