Show sees ideas for greener power
AMONG the new cars on show at the Frankfurt Show was BMW’s new M5 sports saloon with a new, highrevving V8 engine equipped with M TwinPower turbo technology giving 552bhp and 501lb ft torque, delivered through a seven-speed double-clutch Drivelogic transmission to the rear wheels.
Speed data is awaited but fuel consumption is reduced by 30 per cent, to nudge 29mpg. Or, there is a new 520d with 181bhp rated at 62mpg and 119g/km CO2. The marque also showed its second generation 1-series hatchback – still the only rear-wheel-drive model in its class and now offering “noovertaking” advice.
In Frankfurt Honda was showing its latest Insight hybrid five-door, which now has 96g/km CO2 for zero tax and London congestion charge. There is clearer rear vision and updates on comfort and stability.
Audi was also showing its 4-litre twin-turbo V8 models, which have replaced the unblown 5.2 litre V10 – now seen as thirsty. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are improved by up to a quarter. The V8 can shut down four cylinders on a lighter throttle. In the S6, S6 Avant and S7 Sportback it delivers 414bhp and 405 lb ft, and in the S8 flagship 513bhp and 479lb ft.
Bentley, Audi’s cousin in the VW Group, showed its Continental GTC convertible. Key details see a 60 per cent rear torque bias to reduce understeer and power now at 567bhp and 516 lb ft.
Nissan’s luxury Infiniti brand premiered the M35h, aka the world’s fastest accelerating petrol/electric car, reaching 62mph in 5.5 seconds.
The 359bhp power unit is rated at 162g/km CO2.
OUT AND ABOUT: The Berghaus version of VW’s California camper, complete with side-mounted awning, costs £47,995 and just 80 are available.