Under The Hood FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW 2017
10 VEHICLES FROM FRANKFURT TO FOLLOW
Mercedes-AMG Project One
Ever since the early days of motorsport, engineers have dreamed of bringing motor racing technology to the road. Mercedes-AMG is now making this dream a reality at the very highest level. “Motorsport is not an end in itself for us. Faced with intense competition, we develop technologies from which our production vehicles also subsequently benefit.
The F1 inspired hypercar is finally set to be shown in full at the show this year. We know it gets a 1.6L turbo V6 that redlines at 11,000 rpm and the 4 electric motors that go with it give it over 1,000 horsepower and a top speed of over 217mph. Only 275 are going to be built so get your $2.54 million ready!
Ferrari has unveiled the Portofino, its new entry-level replacement for the California. The hard-top convertible is powered by a 592 hp V-8 engine that accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Its top speed is 198 mph. The Portofino gets Ferrari’s E-Diff 3 electronic rear differential to improve traction and electric power steering.
Their “entry-level” / California T replacement (hardtop convertible) uses a V8 with increased power (592HP) but the same fuel efficiency. Obtains 0 to 62 mph in 3.5s and has a top speed of 198 mph. It gets their E-Diff rear diff to improve traction, a new A/C, steering wheel and more rear legroom.
Kia Fastback Concept
Kia has revealed a stunning fastback called the Proceed concept. Set to debut next week at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, we’re sad to report the concept doesn’t preview a new model line. Rather, it signals a new body style for one of the Korean brand’s existing models, specifically the next-generation Cee’d compact car.
The 4-door fastback concept could foretell the evolution of the current 3-door pro_cee’d. Aside from its stunning shape it also features flush door handles, a hidden B-pillar, and a fender-to-fender rear light panel.
BMW Z4 Concept
BMW just teased us with a photo of the upcoming Z4 Concept. Due to be unveiled at Pebble Beach on Thursday, August 17th, the new roadster continues the tradition of BMW open-tops, but with a new fresh design. The next-gen BMW Z4 will be built on a sports car chassis co-designed by both BMW and Toyota.
First revealed at Pebble Beach last month, we expect BMW will be providing even more detail at Frankfurt. From what we can tell it this concept looks ready to drive. Also of note is that this vehicle will be sharing a chassis with upcoming Toyota Supra.
Bentley Continental GT
For the past 15 years, the Continental GT and its numerous variants have comprised the heart of Bentley’s lineup. Even though the long-serving Continental got a much-needed second generation in 2011, it was more of a refresh of the original that debuted in 2003.
Now that it’s based on a Porsche platform, the engine was moved back which enabled a lower and longer hood and joins with a lower roofline and wider body. New LCD gauge cluster, 3-slided rotating infotainment, and new trim materials.
Producing a car that’s sold in multiple countries with widely varying tastes and expectations is not an easy thing to do. Neither is producing one that’s highly customizable, with owners able to specify everything from heated seats to pink leather wrapping the air vents.
The third generation Cayenne gets a bump in power, a weight reduction, new 8-speed transmission, rear-axle steering – the list goes on. The interior sees the addition of the 12.3” touchscreen from the new Panamera along with new safety systems. For the US prices start at $66,750.
Mercedes EQ A Concept
Mercedes-Benz will be showing a number of vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one of which will be an electric vehicle representing the German automaker’s EQ sub-brand. The Concept EQ A, as it is called, has already shown up in a previous teaser from Mercedes, with lighting elements in its fascia glowing with the rest of the car obscured.
We don’t know much about this one but with the amount of EQ concepts we’ve been seeing it’s a good bet something will be joining the production line. This looks to be a small hatchback but no other details have been released.
The newest Rolls-Royce Phantom was unveiled Thursday in London, the eighth-generation of the benchmark ultra-luxury sedan and the most recent iteration since 2003. The new Phantom is the second generation developed under BMW ownership and features an aluminum spaceframe “Architecture of Luxury” that will eventually underpin future Rollers as well, including…
Jaguar -E –Pace
British automaker Jaguar Land Rover is the next company to make a pledge to electrify everything. The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors, announced Thursday it would start introducing all new cars with an electric powertrain beginning in 2020.
Hot off the factory floor and carrying a name badge straight from professional wrestling, the VW T-Roc mini-Tiguan has finally landed. We’re reporting from the car’s public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, where a sportier R-Line specification was launched to broaden the little B-SUV’s appeal.
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- Posted on September 8, 2017