Frankfurt’s Finest: Our 5 Favorite Rides From The Frankfurt Motor Show

Wed, Sep 20, 2017 | Posted by:

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The Frankfurt Motor Show is where automakers from around the world roll out their biggest and best pre-production prototypes and future-looking concept cars. We found ourselves in the internet rabbit hole (during our lunch break of course) and thought it would be fun to give you a taste and send you down the hole as well.

Here are five of our favorite cars from the 67th Frankfurt Motor Show. They are a combination of production-bound vehicles and futuristic concepts.

Honda Urban EV Concept

We love the nostalgic vibe of this car that harkens back to the original Civics of the early ’70s. Dimensionally, the car checks in four inches shorter that the current model Honda Fit. The Urban EV seats four via a pair of bench seats and we love the use of suicide doors. The dash features a wrap-around display screen and Honda says passengers will be able to post messages on the car’s front grille. An electric car, the concept uses Honda’s Power Manager Concept power system that features advanced energy storage. The concept is not as “pie in the sky” as one would expect from first blush. “This is not some vision of the distant future,” said Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo in his vehicle presentation, “a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019.”

John Cooper Works GP Concept

This stunning prototype sets the John Cooper Works Mini Cooper’s phasers to kill and comes out firing. Super aggressive everywhere you look, we love its laid down headlight treatment, muscular body work, and the evil that lurks under the hood. A tribute to Mini’s considerable racing legacy, the GP Concept sports a fully raced-out interior with roll bar and harness system and a boosted up version of the JCW 2.0-liter turbo four that generates 228 horsepower. The Frankfurt show was the car’s first-ever public appearance and Mini should consider a big splash made.

Volocopter

This is more pie in the sky but as we understand it a prototype (perhaps this one) has taken to the air. The crazy looking 18-rotor tail-less “multicopter” made its manned maiden voyage in April. Since then Daimler has come onboard with a big investment and things are looking to really take off. The craft you see here is known as the 2X, a pre-production example that will begin a testing regime with the ultimate goal of becoming a flying taxi to the rich and richer in Dubai. How do you hail a cab when it’s cruising at 2,000 feet? … an airborne Uber?

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The drooling is over… or has it just started? The forlorn infatuation with what’s being called the most powerful street-legal 911 ever is over. The 911 GT2 RS debuted at the 2017 Goodwood Festival Of Speed but is getting its close-up on the Porsche turnstile in Frankfurt. It delivers all you’d expect and more as its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six dishes out 690 horsepower. The Porsche is a rear driver reportedly capable of a 2.7-second 0-60 and a terminal velocity of 211 mph. The car checks all the exotic material boxes… aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber, titanium, and ceramics in the brake rotors.

Mercedes-Maybach G650

The saliva glands continued pumping at redline when we came upon this Mercedes Benz, AMG, Maybach monster. An off-shoot of the apocalypse-ready G63 AMG 6×6, the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is a rarity as only 99 will roll off the assembly line. Those lucky enough to get one will have a 630-horsepower, twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V12 under their right foot and a whopping 17.7 inches of ground clearance.

 



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