Posted by Justin on 09 23rd, 2011
That’s right folks, reading this post is gonna save you some big buck as according to my rough calculation, $3500 is how much you might spend to attend the 2011 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. This includes airfare, hotel, tickets to the show itself, and of course beer, lots of fine German beer.
The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show opened its doors for public on September 15, but journalists were able to have the first taste of the world’s largest motor show of the year starting Sept 13, so fresh photo reports from the show are already available on the Web. I checked out all the premiers set to be made at the 2011 IAA and picked the most interesting ones for you to see. So, below are the most noteworthy concepts and releases of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and of course, photos of the beautiful ladies that are hosting the show.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
At the press event in Frankfurt the Italian “exoticar” maker announced that the stunning Sesto Elemento concept would enter a limited production. Hooray! Why am I so happy yous ask? Well, I still can not afford it, but at least I’m looking forward to seeing this piece of beauty on our roads.
2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster
It’s been good to find out that the Roadster version of the SLS AMG features the trunk area roughly the same to that of the SLS AMG Coupe, which stands at 6.1 cubic feet with the roof either open or closed. Offered in three colors, black, beige and a classic red, the fully automatic top opens and closes in eleven seconds, operating on the move at speeds up to 31 mph. Starting this fall, the model is on sale with naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine delivering 563 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque.
Brand-new CX-5 compact crossover is actually aimed to beat Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. According to Mazda, it is the first of a new generation of models to adopt the new KODO design philosophy and the full suite of its SKYACTIV technologies. The engineers in their turn have paid special attention to aerodynamics and weight in order to reduce fuel consumption. With sales starting in Europe early next year, the model will probably debut in North America later this year and reach the dealerships in the beginning of 2012.
Volkswagen Polo R WRC
The Polo-based rally car carries a 1.6-liter turbocharged TSI engine with maximum output of about 300 hp and 258.1 lb-ft of torque. The power is transmitted to all four wheels via a racing sequential gearbox. The Polo R WRC also gets a modified body as well as wide wheel arches and aero bits.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale
No replacement for Lamborghini’s entry model this year. Another limited edition model instead. It seems this year the Italian automaker has put major investments in branding, rather than in actual model upgrades. But who cares after all? Lambo is hot as always.
Isn’t it awesome that there are dedicated fans with a lot of money who are eager to resurrect one of the most famous cars of all time? It’s Michael Stoschek, a German businessman, we are talking about. The new Stratos was based on the chassis of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, featuring a shortened wheelbase. The power comes from a 4.3-liter V8 engine, which delivers 540 hp and over 369 lb-ft of peak torque.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
The fastest and the most powerful vehicle Jeep has ever produced made its debut at 2011 IAA. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 is equipped with the Chrysler Group’s new 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that makes 465 hp. The model accelerates from standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and comes up to a top speed of 159 mph. The model features a lowered suspension with active damping, a blind-spot monitoring system, a satellite navigation system, steering-wheel mounted paddles, adaptive cruise control, and a 825-Watt Harman Kardon audio system.
2012 Ford Focus ST
The 2011 IAA became a podium for the quite hot-looking Ford Focus ST. Besides the sporty hatch, which will be Ford’s global model, the automaker unveiled a station wagon version of the Focus ST, which will be offered exclusively in Europe. Both models are equipped with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine making 250-horsepower and a peak torque of 265.5 lb-ft, matched to a 6-speed manual transmission that delivers power to the front wheels only. In addition to that, the hot hatch has already got a racing sibling – the Focus ST-R.
Ferrari 458 Spider
I guess I won’t write about the specs and looks of the new Ferrari 458 Spider, as it’s hard to imagine a non beautiful Ferrari. However, if you are in that market, you will be interested to know Ferrari also launched a new “Tailor-Made” customization program at the IAA. This enables you to choose, in cooperation with your own Personal Designer, from an extensive range of trim, colors, finishes and materials inspired by classic models and racing.
2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder
This offering from Audi is the 560-hp Audi R8 GT Spyder. Power comes from an updated version of the standard car’s 5.2-liter V10 engine mated to an R-tronic sequential manual transmission and Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. Visual mods include titanium grey trim elements, a front splitter with a dual lip, flics at the sides of the front bumper, red GT badges, round exhaust tailpipes, and dark LED tail lights in a clear-glass design.
The new Ford Evos’s design will definitely replace the Kinetic DNA and its styling elements will be applied to Blue Oval vehicles including the next generation of the Focus. The model is motivated by a lithium-ion plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain including a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine.
BMW i8 Sports Concept
This futuristic-looking BMW i8 will enter production in 2013. It comprises a front-mounted electric motor and a rear-mounted 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit. The maximum output of two drive systems is 349 hp and 405.6 lb-ft of torque. It’s def more powerful than the previous-generation M3.
Maserati Kubang SUV
Based on the same platform as the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but Ferrari-powered, the Kubang still keeps Maserati essence and all major system components, meaning style, handling, performance, brakes, engine, and suspensions.
Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept
This ruggedly cool-looking concept truck is a two-door model with an extended cab and all-wheel drive. Rolling on 20-inch wheels, it features 2.8-liter turbodiesel under the hood. I should mention this concept truck has been presented all over the world, but not in North America. Unfortunately.
Photos via Carscoop
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