The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, or IAA Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung in German, is near, very near as the organizers are in high gear to finish all the preparations for 11 September when one of the most important autoshow in the world will open its gates.
Inautonews will be reporting live from Frankfurt, so check out our website to get all the news from the event. Until them these are the most important vehicles we’re waiting to see in Frankfurt.
Even if the car looks like a concept, the Germans have confirmed – it will hit the market as early as 2014. It will get a rear-mounted 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine capable of 231hp – connected to a six-speed auto transmission. In addition there will be a 131-hp front electric unit. Together, these 2 power units will accelerate the i8 to 100km in about 4.5 seconds. [more about the i8]
Audi Quattro concept
Audi has already unveiled some official sketches showing the upcoming concept. Most probably it will be based on a shortened version of the RS5’s platform, but we expect something more interesting when it comes to the engine – more probably Audi will install a 4.0 liter V8 engine delivering about 485kW to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the familiar quattro all-wheel-drive system.That’s all we have for the moment.
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and S500 Plug-In Hybrid
Already reveled last month, the S63 AMG will make its global debut during the motorshow. It weighs 100kg less compared to the old model, but comes with 900Nm of torque with 585PS from its 5.5-litre turbocharged V8.
That engine will catapult the new 2,070kg S3 AMG to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and will keep going until 155mph when the electronic speed limiter will interact. More, the new S-Class will scan the road ahead for lumps and bumps and will adjusting the suspension to give you the smoothest ride possible. The S63 AMG is priced from 149,880 euros to 152,617 euros. [complete details here]
Yes – this will replace the current Gallardo. Even this was not officially confirmed, there are a lot of media reports out there talking about the new Cabrera – so we really expect this one at Frankfurt. Power will likely continue to come from a 5.2-liter V-10 engine, with as many as 600 horsepower expected, and as always – it will be all-wheel-drive.
Despite the extra herbs and spices, the new engine will meet Euro 6 emission standards. Also, expect this one to be offered with a six-speed manual transmission alongside a seven-speed dual-clutch paddle shifting auto. [spyimages]
This is BMW’s first city car, is the first car to be launched as part of BMW’s new “i” sub-brand, and yes – it’s electric. Powering the i3 is an electric motor that develops 170hp and 250Nm of torque, so considering its dimensions – this is fast. 0 to 100 km/h takes just 7.2 seconds whilst top speed has been rated at 150km/h. According to the automaker the i3 will have a travel range of 130-160km.
The carbon fiber used throughout the i3 makes extensive use of recycled material, which accounts for 25 percent of the interior.
[view complete details here]
Range Rover Hybrid
Two year after the British automaker unveiled the Range_E concept in Geneva, Land Rover confirmed that will bring a hybrid Range Rover and Range Rover Sport; and yes – it will be a diesel hybrid. It will use a 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a ZF eight-speed transmission with an integrated electric motor.
All the batteries will be located within the vehicle floor, so don’t expect the interior to be affected.
The Q30 concept will preview the first premium compact hatch from the Infiniti and will be taking on the likes of the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. The Q30 will also be the first model that Sebastian Vettel, three-time Formula One world champion and Infiniti’s new director of performance, will have influenced from the start.
Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen explained: “This concept is a prelude to the expansion of our range, as part of our global growth strategy. Its distinctive style is intended to appeal to modern, young-minded premium customer.”
This is big – this will showcase General Motors’ styling language in Europe.
“The Monza concept is our vision of Opel’s future in pure form,” Opel CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann said.
At this moment there aren’t any details about an actual production version based on this concept which would bring back to life important Opel nameplates such as the Calibra or Monza.
Toyota’s Hybrid-R concept
Supra was a great car, we all know that. And this may be Toyota’s next generation Supra. The Hybrid-R will boast a motor with no less than 400 hp, based on the same technology used in the Toyota TS030, which competed in the latest Le Mans 24 Hours race.
It even has a dual-mode ECU mapping, similar to that used on Yamaha motorcycles (with which Toyota has a long-standing technology tie-up) to make it relatively drivable on the street and a fire-breathing monster on the track.
Porsche 918 Spyder
This has been in cards for some time now and a production ready version will be presented at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013. The production model is set to grow by approximately 150mm in length and 10mm in width, while weight will increase around 190kg to about 1675kg.
Expect this 875bhp monster to have a better economy than a Toyota Auris hybrid.
– one more: The new Audi A8 and S8 will make official debut in Frankfurt.
Inautonews is gonna be there – expect more than 10,000 images from the event.