Missed the Frankfurt Motor Show? Fear not because here at D’Marge we love cars. And we don’t sleep. That’s good news because now you get to catchup with what Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, BMW, Brabus, Tesla, Honda and Hyundai (yes, we went there) have been up to under the bright lights of Germany.
#1 Ferrari 488 Spider
Drop the roof, keep the speed. That’s the motto behind Ferrari’s latest prancing horse at the Frankfurt Motor Show which has taken the recently launched 488 GTB and given it the wind-in-the-hair treatment. Performance remains the same with a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 pumping out 661hp.The only difference you’ll get is a roof which can close in 14 seconds and gorgeously sculpted nacelles behind the driver and passenger.
#2 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder
You didn’t seriously think you could bring a horse to a party without a bull, right? Lamborghini have given their baby Aventador a freshen up by chopping off the roof much like their arch-nemesis above. Again, the car remains unchanged mechanically with a 5.2-litre V10 pumping out 602 horsepower into a seven speed dual clutch gearbox which drives all four wheels. It does however lose to Ferrari with a slower retracting roof – 17 seconds is the best the bull can manage.
#3 Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo Concept
You don’t hear this badge being thrown around the Frankfurt Motor Show highlight reels often but this is different. This is special. Gran Turismo’s Vision GT campaign which asks car makers to design a car which reflects their future have gone door-knocking on the Koreans. And the Koreans have answered with this wild Le Mans looking race car. A specs list is non-existent as these are static cocneptions but Hyundai did reveal that the N 2025 “highlights sustainable technology” inferring towards a hybrid drivetrain. We hope Bugatti were paying attention.
#4 BMW M6 GT3
Another race car to get its debut at the famed Frankfurt Motor Show is the GT3 class racer from BMW. You can actually buy one too given you’ve got £264,000 laying around and balls of steel. What you get as part of the package is an FIA approved safety cell and carbon fibre crash structures in the front and back. Doesn’t look too different to your standard M6 you say? You’d be half correct. The GT3 retains the 4.4-litre M TwinPower turbo version of the V8 founded in the M5 and M6 that has been tweaked for more power and fed through a six-speed sequential box. That means very quick shifting for a capped power figure of 577hp. Oh, and it’s lost 625kg of weight from the road car.
#5 Brabus Tesla Model S
Give a mad scientist an insane car and this is what you get. But before you ask, no Brabus couldn’t squeeze any more power out of the already super fast Tesla Model S. Instead they gave it a cosmetic upgrade in the form of new 21-inch wheels, front carbon lip and air inlets and a very cool interior with blue accents. Turn that frown upside down. It’ll still outrun half the cars out there in its segment.
#6 Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept
Joining the electric car game alongside Porsche is the famed four rings. Unlike Porsche though, Audi’s unveiling is slightly more practical; a sports SUV which is planned for production in 2018. The car packs three electric motors with one up front and two in the rear to dish up an output of 429hp or 496hp with boost. That’s 800Nm of torque incase you were wondering. It’s no Tesla yet, but give it time.
#7 Brabus Mercedes G500 4×4
Brabus again? With the company tuning the big off-roader to push out 493hp and 710Nm, the beastly 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 cannot be denied. It’s not just power games though. In true Brabus form, the interior and exterior get an extensive workout with quilted leather, lots of black with red accents and unprecedented levels of luxury to match.
#8 Honda Project 2&4
Honda are really trying to revamp their sportscar image but with the NSX still on the way and the S660 barely being able to be called a sportscar, the Japanese maker needed something warm over the cold at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Enter the Project 2 & 4, a collaboration between Honda’s racing pedigree in both two and four wheel segments. The kart-like vehicle is powered by a 1.0-litre V4 Honda engine developed for MotoGP duties. This means lots of noise and lots of revs to develop 212hp in a car that weighs around 400kg for blistering performance. Make this dream happen, Honda.