The Frankfurt motor show begins this week, with a number of new production and concept cars already on display.
The overarching themes for the 2017 event are luxury, electric, and connected cars, with advances in self-driving technology also expected to be on display with manufacturers from Audi to Chery showing off autonomous vehicles in a number of price ranges.
Bloomberg has highlighted a number of vehicles expected to headline the event when it officially kicks off on Thursday, 14 September, including the AMG Project One, a two-seat hypercar made with Formula 1 hybrid technology.
With more than 1,000 horsepower and a top speed of more than 217 mph, Project One will compete directly with the likes of the McLaren P1, the Ferrari LaFerrari, and the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Daimler Group will also reveal a new Mercedes EQ hatchback electric concept; a Mercedes X-Class pickup; a Mercedes G-Class off-roader; and a Smart Vision EQ, along with a little-known GLC F-Cell van—many of which represent steps toward an electrified future, Bloomberg said.
BMW will offer a stable of new cars replete with style (the Concept Z4), power (the BMW M8 GTE), and progressive engineering (the Concept 8 Series and BMW i3s).
Higher up the pricing food chain, Ferrari will show its California convertible replacement, the Portofino. It has seating for four, which is remarkable considering the car will go to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed near 200 mph, Bloomberg said.
Word is that Ferrari has also tuned the Portofino to be louder than the softer California. Expect pricing on that one to hover near $200,000, Bloomberg said.
Lamborghini will bring its Aventador S to Frankfurt; while Rolls-Royce will show its new Phantom VIII, “the one with the massive cabin, inch-thick lambs wool carpeting, and bullet-proof exterior that replaces the stalwart sedan the company has produced since in some form or another since 1925”.
McLaren will bring its 720S and 570S Spider, the last of the new Sport Series line and its likely bestseller next year, while Bentley’s revamped Continental GT will also be on display.
Below are some of the most eye-catching cars already on show ahead of the official opening.
The concept reveals how the 2018 production Roadster will look and, although there are some elements that will change, approximately 80% of the car will remain the same for production models.
— AutoTrader (@AutoTraderSA) September 12, 2017
Unveiled for the first time on Tuesday, the concept presents a new body type for KIA. The extended hot hatch sports a low roof line, muscular proportions and compact footprint.
The concept features a striking ‘Sharkblade’ in the bodywork which reinforces the lack of B-pillars, while lateral strakes exaggerate the Proceed Concept’s waistline and lend an air of muscularity to the rear of the car.
— Kia Motors Global (@Kia_Motors) September 12, 2017
Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
The new I.D. CROZZ is a crossover of an SUV and a four-door coupé electric concept model.
The driving range of the SUV that outputs 225 kW (system power) and boasts a top speed of 180 km/h is up to 500 kilometres on one battery charge.
The high-performance battery can be charged to 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system.
— Volkswagen News (@vwpress_en) September 11, 2017
The crossover will focus heavily on customization and advanced driving technology, being the first Volkswagen SUV that will be available to order in two-tone paintwork
— CAR magazine (@CARmagazine) September 11, 2017
A self-driving concept vehicle that is Audi’s answer to what cars will look like in 2030.
— Auto Express (@AutoExpress) September 12, 2017
Renault Megane RS
The new Renault Mégane Renault Sport will be powered by a 1.8 litre engine producing 276bhp.
— Guido Tonelli (@GuidoTonelli) September 12, 2017
Audi R8 V10 RWS
The new Audi R8 V10 RWS is powered by a 5.2 litre FSI V10 engine producing 532hp. Only 999 will be produced, with prices starting at £110,000.
— Nysira (@Nysira) September 11, 2017
Mercedes-AMG Project ONE
The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE promises to deliver Formula 1 hybrid technology on the road.
The car produces 740kW and reaches a top speed of 350km/h, thanks to its powerful hybrid engine and development by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team.
— Peter Leung (@BaronVonClutch) September 12, 2017
Bentley Continental GT
The newcomer’s front-end styling incorporates elements seen on Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed 6 sports car concept.
Meanwhile, the rear retains the Conti’s ‘haunch’ over the wheels, but the tail-lights and hatch have a neater, more resolved look.
— CarPrices.ae (@CarPrices_AE) September 12, 2017
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring
The four-litre naturally aspirated engine taken from motorsport reaches 368 kW (500 hp; Fuel consumption combined 13.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 303 g/km) and generates a torque of 460 Nm.
In combination with optimum gear changes, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds to reach a top speed of 316 km/h.
— Fanaticar Magazin (@FanaticarMag) September 12, 2017
The premium pickup which promises to combine ‘leisure and labour’ boasts a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes, and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes.
— Stefan Eberhardt (@EberhardtStefan) September 12, 2017
Bugatti Chiron 2017
The new Bugatti has set a world record by accelerating from zero to 249 mph and back to a standstill – in just 41 seconds.
It boasts an 8 litre engine developing almost 1,500bhp – making it one of the most powerful cars ever built.
— Debabrata Sarkar (@debu_s) September 12, 2017