Elec­tric Jags and hy­brid Lam­bos at Frank­furt show

Irish Examiner - - Motoring -

The Frank­furt Mo­tor Show gives car­mark­ers the op­por­tu­nity to show the heights and depths of their in­ge­nu­ity. Rel­a­tively speak­ing, of course.

An “en­try-level” €200,000 su­per­car, a €2.5m Formula One-in­spired Merc, a hy­brid Lam­borgh­ini — you get the pic­ture.

This week, Jaguar showed off an all-elec­tric E-Type meant to show how the au­tomaker is mov­ing to­ward elec­tric to­tal­ity within its ranks. And while BMW said there is “no dra­matic drop” in the pop­u­lar­ity of diesel tech­nol­ogy in its cars, it si­mul­ta­ne­ously un­veiled its big­gest SUV ever and gave the tiny i3 elec­tric car a makeover to boost its sex ap­peal.

Call it schiz­o­phrenic, but there was plenty to see — in­clud­ing a bevy of elec­tric con­cepts. Here’s a glimpse of just some of what we can look for­ward to.

Fer­rari’s Portofino, which re­places the Cal­i­for­nia T, has a hard­top au­to­matic con­vert­ible roof and seat­ing for four, which is re­mark­able con­sid­er­ing the car will go to 100kph in 3.5 sec­onds. Top speed is near 320kph. De­liv­er­ies start in sum­mer 2018.

Mercedes AMG Pro­ject One hy­per­car. The 1.6-litre V6 hy­brid petrol en­gine comes di­rectly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One rac­ing car — what Lewis Hamilton is us­ing to lead the 2017 F1 cham­pi­onship — and fea­tures di­rect in­jec­tion and elec­tri­cally as­sisted sin­gle tur­bocharg­ing. Horse­power tops 1,000 with speeds sur­pass­ing 350kph.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG Pro­ject One will com­pete di­rectly with the likes of the McLaren P1, the Fer­rari LaFer­rari, and the As­ton Martin Valkyrie. Pro­duc­tion starts at the end of 2019. Mercedes will make 275 of them.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Ex­clu­sive Se­ries has a new Aerokit, new rear fas­cia, black calipers, new ex­haust, and Porsche Ex­clu­sive Man­u­fak­tur fender plates. It also comes with an ex­clu­sive Golden Yel­low Metal­lic paint job that matches its black wheels and in­te­rior ac­cents. With a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six en­gine, it gets 607hp (up from 580 in the lesser Turbo S), with a peak torque out­put of 553 pound-feet. Zero-to-100kph sprint is 2.8 sec­onds, with a top speed of 330kph.

Re­nault un­veiled its Symbioz con­cept car. In­ter­net­con­nected, au­ton­o­mous, and elec­tric, the Symbioz is meant to in­te­grate it­self (get it?) into the driver’s home when not in use, func­tion­ing as an ad­di­tional room to the house when not be­ing driven.

Ac­cord­ing to Re­nault, it can go 500km, with 661 brake horse­power and 487 lb-ft of torque and can hit 100kph in fewer than six sec­onds. The 72-kilo­watt-hour bat­tery will charge to 80% in 20 min­utes.

Audi’s Elaine elec­tric con­cept is be­ing her­alded as an ‘SUV Coupe’, mean­ing stan­dard all-wheel drive, 420hp, and a 100km/h sprint time of 4.5 sec­onds. The au­ton­o­mous auto will be able to park it­self and will of­fer au­to­matic lane-chang­ing and pi­loted driv­ing speeds on mo­tor­ways.

The 95kWh bat­tery will get the car to 500km per charge. Audi says it will bring a ver­sion of the Elaine to mar­ket by 2019 as a 2020 model.

The Lam­borgh­ini Aven­ta­dor S Road­ster has a V12 en­gine and re­mov­able, hard­top roof pan­els. It can go 0100kph in three sec­onds and has a top speed of 350km/h. It has the same 740hp out­put as the Aven­ta­dor S Coupe, with doors that flip up as you open them. It will go on sale next year for around €460,000.

From a hy­brid Lam­borgh­ini to a BMW SUV, there was plenty to see, in­clud­ing a host of elec­tric con­cepts, at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show, writes Han­nah El­liot

Pic­ture: Arne Ded­ert/dpa/AP

The study Re­nault Symbioz is pre­sented at the Re­nault stand of the Frank­furt In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

Pic­ture: Thorsten Wag­ner/Getty

The ex­tra­or­di­nary-look­ing Audi con­cept car Ur­ban pic­tured at the IAA Frank­furt Auto Show.

Pic­ture: Martin Meissner/AP

Vis­i­tors sur­round a BMW Z4 Con­cept at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show.

Pic­ture: Martin Meissner/AP

A Porsche 911 GT3 with Tour­ing Pack­age is on dis­play dur­ing a Volk­swa­gen event at Frank­furt.

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