With the Frankfurt Motor Show wrapping up this past weekend, we thought now would be the perfect the time to round up some of the coolest new car and concept debuts from this year’s show. From hot production models to forward-thinking concepts, Frankfurt didn’t fail to deliver in 2013. We’ve already covered some of the show’s major news in separate posts in recent days, but here are some of the other highlights from the big event.
One of the most talked-about vehicles at the show was the new Volvo Coupe Concept: a stylish machine that Volvo is likening to a next generation P1800. The lines of the car are heavily inspired by the iconic ’60s model, and Volvo is also calling the car a preview of its future design direction.
Powering the car is a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder gas motor up front, with a plug-in electric motor over the rear wheels making for a combined total of 400 horsepower. Better yet, Volvo has hinted that this car is much more production ready than you’d think.
Showing off a swooping two-door concept of their own was Mercedes with their Concept S-Class Coupé. With a combination of modern technology and classic swagger, Mercedes uses the word ‘sensual’ many times while describing the car.
Power comes from a 455 horsepower bi-turbo V8, and as you can see the car does not look far off from production spec.Long live the hot hatch
Peugeot showed off its 308 R Concept, a hot hatch based on its 308 five-door. The car gets its power from the same 270 horsepower 1.6 turbo four that’s found in the RCZ R.
As far as the body and chassis, everything except for the roof and rear gate have been replaced with carbon fiber panels. The 308 R rides on upgraded suspension with oversized brakes and large 19-inch wheels and tires.
Also in the department of hot hatches, Volkswagen chose Frankfurt to officially debut the new Golf R, which like the previous model is powered by a 2.0 TSI engine with Haldex AWD.
Power output for the new Golf R has been raised to an even 300ps, and with 0-60 times as low as 4.9 seconds Volkswagen is calling it the quickest production Golf ever.
Heating up the hot hatch wars even more, Honda was at the show to give an update on development of its latest Civic Type R. Developed with the help of Honda’s WTCC team, the new Civic Type R will be powered by a 2-liter turbocharged four cylinder making “at least” 280ps.
Honda’s goal with the new Type R is to build the fastest-ever FWD car at the Nürburging, and release is scheduled for 2015.Supercars and more
Lamborghini meanwhile took the wraps off the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, the latest in a long-line of specialized Gallardo models that the company has rolled out.
This one is based on the Gallardo Super Trofeo race car, and is powered by an identical V10 engine. It also carries over many of the race car’s aerodynamic and body parts. The result is about the closest you can get to a street-legal race car, and needless to say production of the Squadra Corse will be extremely limited.
Looking for a high performance wagon? Vauxhall showed off its new Insignia VXR SuperSport which is rightfully available in long-roof form. It’s packing 325 horsepower along with AWD.
Vauxhall is claiming a 0-60 of about six seconds and a top speed of 170mph for the SuperSport. Not bad for a family hauler.
Also coming from Vauxhall is a radical concept car called the Monza. While it takes its name from the Opel Monza of the ’70s, the styling on the concept is a preview of future design for Vauxhall and Opel.
As with most of today’s concept cars, it comes with an extremely advanced powertrain – in this case a combination of both natural gas and electric power.
Last but not least we have Ferrari, who showed off the 458 Speciale: a more focused and track-friendly example of the already fantastic 458 Italia.
Along with a lightened chassis and body, the 458 Speciale is powered by Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever, with 596 horsepower available at 9,000rpm.
Combine these machines with the ones we’ve already shared and there’s a lot for car enthusiasts to love here. Until the next show, then!