So, the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show has been and gone for another year. And although we couldn’t resist writing up a run down only a few days in (we’re talking about our ‘2013 Frankfurt Motor Show So Far‘ article in case you were wondering), we think it’s only proper that we take a look back now that the show is truly over and see what wowed the motoring world.
The Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 Highlights
In our opinion one of the best looking cars to come out of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is the Audi Sport Quattro Concept. Due to its minimal production run the Quattro Concept will be the most expensive car Audi sells at a whopping £125,000 a pop. For that money you get a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 690bhp plug-in hybrid (the plug in hybrid part comes thanks to the inclusion of an electric motor to help boost torque). Audi’s other stand out (for the wrong reasons in our opinion) offering was the Nanuk Concept.
BMW were pushing the hybrid synergy at Frankfurt this year. Not only did their fantastic full electric BMW i3 make an appearance but so did the BMW i8. The hybrid supercar is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol which produces 228bhp. The real magic happens when the mid-mounted lithium-ion battery kicks in to raise the overall bhp to 357. The standalone electric range of the car sits at 22 miles at a constant speed of 75mph, overall range is far greater though at 310 miles. This will all be achieved on 113mpg and with CO2 emissions of 59g/km.
Volkswagen were also riding the lightning (so to speak) of the electric vehicle buzz by revealing an electric version of their ever popular Golf and their Up! The e-Golf is Volkswagens answer to the Nissan Leaf and utilises an electric motor to produce 113bhp. This equates to a 0-62 of 10.4 seconds and a, limited, top speed of 87mph. All of this and a range of 118 miles! The e-Up! is a smaller and less powerful city car with an 80bhp electric motor. The e-Up!’s range is slightly less than the e-Golf at 93 miles and the top speed is limited to a slightly lower 84mph.
Toyota took the opportunity at Frankfurt to reveal their Yaris Hybrid-R concept car. Kitted out with the 1.6-litre GRE (Global Race Engine) from Toyota Motorsport twinned with two electric motors the car hits around 400bhp. Interestingly the electric motors drive the rear wheels whilst the engine powers the front making the Hybrid-R four wheel drive.
Smart used the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as a chance to display their new Fourjoy concept. The four-seater is an all electric beauty and is said to hint at what the 2014 Forfour is likely to look like upon its release. So what will make it into production? A removable touch screen for infotainment control, the spherical instrument cluster, the redesigned front end and the tridion safety cell will all make it to the showroom. You’ll also be glad to know that the production model will have doors…
As part of Bugatti’s run of six special edition ‘Legend’ models of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse the Jean Bugatti was revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. With the first of the six, the Jean-Pierre Wimille (which was named after one of Bugatti’s most famous drivers), having been revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, Bugatti had a big act to follow. The Jean Buggati is named after the son of the legendary motoring brands founder, Ettore Bugatti.
Not Seen The Manufacturer You Were Looking For?
Fear not, thanks to our religious coverage of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor show we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find them either in our 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show preview or our 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show So Far posts. Why not take a look either way? What was your favourite car at the show?
Written by Ryan Hill