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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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?