Frankfurt motor show 2013 preview
The 65th Frankfurt motor show will open its doors to the public between September 10 and September 22, 2013, and there are a lot of car manufacturer’s lining up to show off their vehicles.autos Updated: Aug 22, 2013 16:25 IST
BMW will unveil the production version of the new i8 electric roadster, Audi will showcase the reborn Quattro supercar concept and Toyota’s been plugging away at a new hybrid concept that uses the same hybrid race tech as in the manufacturer’s FIA World Endurance Championship car. And there’s so much more. We’ve highlighted our pick of the lot from the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.Audi A8 facelift
Audi’s A8 saloon is due for a facelift and will be launched at the Frankfurt motor show. There will be styling changes in the form of a new grille, revised front light graphics, minor tweaks to the bumper and changes to the rear lights. Also in the offing will be revisions to its engine line-up, which will include the latest twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine from the A6, and the most recent version of the 4.2-litre V8 turbo-diesel found in the Porsche Cayenne.
Audi Quattro concept
While Audi has only released sketches of it so far, the Quattro supercar concept is set for a proper unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show. The car has been conceived as a limited-production model that is set to be priced well above that of any existing Audi, and will be assembled in Germany. The car is likely to be based on a modified version of the MLB platform that underpins the A5. The new Audi Quattro looks set to be powered by a heavily tuned version of its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that’ll put out more than 600bhp. Sources suggest a 0-100kph time of less than 4.0sec and a top speed of around 300kph.
Luxury carmaker Audi is reportedly planning its first MPV based on the A3 saloon, and is possibly lining it up for a Frankfurt motor show reveal. It could come with five- and seven-seat options and could be badged the V4. Audi has long struggled with the MPV format, with company sources stating that a traditional MPV was “a boring concept”, but that an Audi with “six or seven seats” was a possibility.BMW 4-series coupe
The BMW 4-series coupe is all set to get its debut at the show. Powering the car will be three turbo-charged engine options with three more forced-induction units to follow in a move aimed at providing the 4-series with a broader appeal than its predecessor. There will also be a choice of either a rear or four-wheel drive in selected models.
Honda’s new Civic Tourer was developed in Europe specifically for the EU market and has retuned chassis settings and the usual option of automatic adaptive dampers on the rear axle. The highlight is Honda’s claim that the Tourer has the best seats-up luggage capacity in its class: 624-litres with the tonneau cover in place.
Not to be confused with the upcoming Grand i10 for India, Hyundai will debut the second-generation i10 at the show. Designed and engineered in Europe and built at the manufacturer’s factory in Turkey, the new Hyundai i10 is expected to come with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine option and a four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol, and will be longer, wider and lower than the current i10.
Infiniti’s new Q30 concept is the first model that reigning F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, the company’s director of performance, has influenced from the beginning of its design. It is expected to take the form of a compact premium crossover in international markets that will target both small SUVs and upmarket hatchbacks. Brand boss Andy Palmer considers the Q30 concept a prelude to the product, which occupies a niche between the Audi A3 and Q3 and underpins its "aggressive global growth expansion strategy".
Mercedes’s new S63 AMG will get the usual assortment of AMG styling tweaks but, as usual, the changes under the hood will be the most exciting aspect. Power will come from a reworked version of AMG’s twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine that will be offered in a single state of tune. It develops 577bhp, which is 14bhp more than the old S63 AMG, providing the car with a power-to-weight ratio of 289bhp per tonne mated to AMG’s seven-speed MCT (multi-clutch transmission). 0-100kph, as result, comes in at 4.4sec.
Mercedes-Benz GLA compact luxury SUV
Mercedes’s new GLA compact SUV will be the fourth member of its new small compact family based on the front/all-wheel drive MFA platform, joining the A-, B- and CLA-class. And while the looks of the concept GLA have been toned down for the production car, it still looks like one of the sportiest and most dynamic-looking cars in the class. Internationally, the GLA will be offered with a range of transverse four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines equipped with either front or four-wheel drive.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, Porsche will unveil the fastest, most powerful and most technically sophisticated version of the 991 series yet. The sixth-gen 911 Turbo will be offered with the choice of two power outputs as Turbo and Turbo S models. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine produces 20bhp more than its direct predecessor, at 513bhp. In Turbo S guise, the 911 produces 30bhp over the previous version at 552bhp.This will give it a 0-100kph time of 3.1 seconds.
Lamborghini is set to unveil a supercar concept that will preview the Gallardo replacement. The new car is expected to incorporate styling and tech elements from the Sesto Elemento and Egoista concepts. Codenamed the LP724, the concept car was initially supposed to be based on a carbonfibre monocoque similar to that of the Aventador, however, it was forced to follow a more conservative route dictated by parent company Audi and its second-gen R8 supercar, both conceived around a modular spaceframe. Power will be from an updated version of the Gallardo’s naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine tuned to deliver close to 600bhp and 59.2kgm of torque in standard setup.
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The first official pictures of the updated Skoda Yeti are already out, and the carmaker will give the car an official unveiling at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show. It features revised front and rear styling and minor interior updates, while the facelifted Yeti is expected to continue with the same engine line-up as the current car’s. Skoda will also sell the Yeti in two variants, namely the Yeti City and Yeti Outdoor. The former focusses on giving the SUV a softer and more upmarket look, while the Yeti Outdoor has a more rugged look courtesy black plastic bits on the exterior.
Toyota revealed that it would showcase a new hybrid concept at the Frankfurt motor show, but a Toyota spokesperson quashed rumours that said it might be a hybrid version of the GT86 sports car. What the carmaker did reveal was that the concept would use the same hybrid race tech as in the manufacturer’s FIA World Endurance Championship car, which finished in second place at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race.
First Published: Aug 20, 2013 20:11 IST