The BMW Concept X5 eDrive from the Frankfurt Motor Show. An X5 with a turbocharged inline-four paired with a 75 horsepower electric motor capable of providing an electric only range of about 20 miles at up to 75 mph.
While it may just be a proof of concept at the moment, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid R Concept that was unveiled in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA is mighty impressive and puts other automakers on alert. Toyota has taken technology developed for the race track and has transferred it to a production vehicle–ignore the flashy “concepty” body work they’ve slapped on.
The Hybrid R Concept features a 300 horsepower 1.6L 4-cylinder gas engine, which by the way is impressive on its own in a car like the Yaris but add on a pair of electric motors at each rear wheel for another 120 horsepower and you’ve officially got a hot hatch. Move over Volkswagen Golf R! What sets the Yaris Hybrid R apart from other sporty hybrids is the lack of a traditional (heavy) lithium ion battery.
The new S-Class has been making waves lately with its futuristic self-driving technology, unrivaled comfort, redefining the definition of a luxurious automobile. Mercedes-Benz takes it one step forward by lopping off 2 doors, and creating this beautiful Concept S-Class Coupe, which we will see, albeit in less flashy production trim, on showroom floors next year. For now, we can feast our eyes on the concept version unveiled in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA.
Automakers have always lined up their model productions to what consumers want; they are in the money making game afterall. Increasingly this has meant SUVs and crossovers. If you recall, Porsche was in dire financial times before they launched the Cayenne. Porsche fans cried foul that their beloved automaker would ruin the brand by launching the SUV, but without the Cayenne, Porsche may not even be around today. Jaguar may be the latest automaker who will introduce a crossover into their lineup if the C-X17 Concept is any indication. The automaker unveiled the concept at this years Frankfurt Motor Show.
With a new generation of Golfs from Volkswagen, comes another new Golf R. The mk7 GTI has been hailed as the best GTI yet, and without a doubt the same can be said of the mk7 Golf R. Volkswagen officially introduced the world to the new Golf R in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA.
From a design perspective, the Golf R sits about a quarter of an inch lower than the GTI. Other changes are far less obvious. The front lower fascia has a slightly different design and a set of sideskirts that extend a bit lower. The quad tailpipes are the only clue to what is truly hiding under the hood. For this model, the Golf R will borrow a powerplant from the S3, the 296 horsepower engine that delivers 280 lb-ft of torque. This is a huge jump in power from the GTI, even if you compare it to one equipped with the performance package that adds an extra 10 horsepower.
I was expecting the Chevy to unveil the Camaro Convertible in Los Angeles at the LA Auto Show but instead they announced last month that they were going to unveil it in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA and here it is. The Camaro Convertible looks exactly as you’d expect, receiving the same design updates as the coupe that was unveiled in New York.
To refresh, the new Camaro gets a redesigned front fascia with an enlarged lower grill and a narrower top grill giving the front end a much more aggressive look to it. The vented hood completes the muscular front end. Out back a sculpted rear deck lid, horizontal taillights and a diffuser complete the new look.
North American pricing was not available but the roofless model carries a €5000 premium over the coupe in Germany.
Porsche unveiled the final production version of its new super sportscar plug-in hybrid in Frankfurt, the 918 Spyder, to news that it has lapped the famed Nurburgring with a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds, a full 14 seconds off the previous record.
The highly anticipated Porsche 918 Spyder, the first plug-in hybrid by the automaker, will be making its world debut. The 918 Spyder has made its rounds at auto shows already but this will be the final production version. A 4.6L V8 engine outputting over 600 horsepower will be paired up with a set of electric motors that produce 155 and 125 horsepower for a combined hybrid power output of over 887 horsepower! 100 km/h arrives from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds and all it’ll take is 3.0L / 100km. For short trips to the grocery store, the 918 Spyder can operate on pure electric power with a range of just over 30km.
Hybrids are the name of the game in today’s automotive world, even when we’re talking about high-end, high-performance supercars. Porsche just unveiled their plug-in hybrid super sportscar, the 918 Spyder, to news that it had smashed the nurburgring record by 14 seconds. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that whenever we heard the word “hybrid” we thought of cars like the Toyota Prius, not nurburgring laptime record holders. While the BMW i8 is not about to set any records, it does reiterate the fact that hybrids and high-performance are not mutually exclusive.
Lexus is showing off a new crossover concept dubbed the Lexus LF-NX at the Frankfurt Motor Show. While the LF-NX definitely has a concept car look to it with its radical bodywork and bulging fenders, the underlying Lexus design language is clearly there and a production version of this vehicle cannot be too far away. The LF-NX may end up being a smaller crossover based on the IS to compete with the GLK, Q3 and X1. Maybe we will learn more in Detroit in January or New York in April next year.