Cars Coming Soon -> Horsepower and Speed at the Frankfurt Auto Show

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Where’s the fun in a European auto show if there’s no horsepower?

While this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show (Sept. 15 – 27) will feature many new electric and hybrid cars, I’ll let blogger jgoods cover that fluff. I’m interested in the horsepower. I want to see the cars that provide cheek-flapping acceleration and have a sound that I can feel in my chest when I step on the gas and release the clutch.

These are some of the cars I’m most excited about at Frankfurt this year:

Porsche 911 GT-3 RS

Small engine displacement, huge punch! With a 3.8-liter flat six making 450 hp, this new Porsche will redline at 8,500. By the way, look at the picture, kids. That’s how you do a rear wing.

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

If I were a mobster, I would have a garage full of Aston Martins. I’d also send someone to Germany to bring home a new Rapide and its four doors, 470 horses, and 12 cylinders. Those four doors, by the way, are what Aston Martin is calling “Swan Wing” doors; they rise upward and outward as they swing open.

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini has confirmed nothing, leaving us writers and car fans wondering if the rumors are true. If so, expect a nearly $2 million, 650-hp V12 topless Lambo to grace the floors of Frankfurt next week.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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Aston Martin has swan wing doors, M-B has gull wing doors. And we love’ em. We also love zero-to-60 in 3.8 seconds, propelled by 565 ponies out of a 6.2-liter V8.

Audi R8 Spyder

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Maybe it shoulda been called the R10. The current R8 puts out 420 hp from a 4.2-liter V8. The new one is expected to pump out 525 hp from a 5.2-liter V10. There have been rumors that Audi would save the R8 Spyder and debut it after Frankfurt, but still it’s worth mentioning, because, well, because it’s awesome!

Volvo C70 convertible

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Okay, I admit we just fell a few steps down the awesome ladder from exotic supercars to yuppie runabouts, but I think the C70 is worth mentioning. While 225 hp doesn’t seem like much after reading about a Reventon, this Volvo has a more aggressive look than past Volvos. Hey, combined with practicality and safety, I like it. Don’t judge me.

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

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Yes, it looks like a Honda Crosstour, and no, that isn’t a good thing. But add a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 400 hp and a new eight-speed automatic transmission along with a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds, and suddenly looks don’t matter all that much.

The Frankfurt Auto show belongs to the Europeans. This is an event that showcases Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Lamborghini. Believe me, we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on them all!

What do you look for in an auto show like this: Green efficiency or all-out horsepower and speed?

-tgriffith

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