Electric Jags and hybrid Lambos at Frankfurt show
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
The study Renault Symbioz is presented at the Renault stand of the Frankfurt International Motor Show.
The extraordinary-looking Audi concept car Urban pictured at the IAA Frankfurt Auto Show.
Visitors surround a BMW Z4 Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
A Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package is on display during a Volkswagen event at Frankfurt.