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Frankfurt Auto Show

Frankfurt Auto Show

Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta , the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.

Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track. It’s just too bad that this specific model will never make its way to production

So, what can we expect to see from Ferrari in the coming years?

Updated 06/17/2014: We have added about 40 new high-res images of the 458 Speciale photo gallery. Check them out and see the car in yellow. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read all about the new 458 Speciale.

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BMW ’s supercar, the M1 , was sold between 1978 to 1981 as the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. But you’d expect more from a maker like BMW, right? And with all the competition on the market, BMW had to do something about it, so they decided to put the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show into production.

There is one distinct change for the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept as it heads into production, as BMW changed its name to the i8. Along with the recently announced i3, the i8 shows the other end of the spectrum that the German automaker can reach with its hybrid drivetrains. The production i8 will, surprisingly, carry the concept’s in-line three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to drive the front wheels.

As of now, there is only one i8 model set for production, but we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be an M or M Sport model in coming years.

Updated 05/27/2014: BMW unveiled a new video in which it explains how it optimized dynamics and efficiency for the new i8. Check it out in the "Videos"
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Updated 07/03/2014: BMW announced today packages and options for the i8 hybrid supercar. Among others cool updates, BMW will offer three different worlds for the i8: Giga World priced at $2,000, Pure Impulse World priced at $10,800 and Terra World priced at $3,000.

Click past the jump to read all about the upcoming i8

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While the world was expecting to see the new-generation Gallardo, Lamborghini decided to come up with a new special edition based on the current model. Called the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, this new supercar is based on the Gallardo Super Trofeo racecar, and, according to the Italian maker, it "brings race track emotion directly to the road."

The new supercar was named after the recently founded department within Automobili Lamborghini, which manages all motorsport activities from GT3 to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championships in Europe, Asia and America.

When compared to a base Gallardo LP 560-4, the new Squadra Corse version is lighter, more powerful and delivers improved performance figures. As expected, carbon fiber played an important role in the developments of the new Gallardo supercar and many elements were taken from the race track and brought to the road.

Lambo will fully outline the new Squadra Corse at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

Updated 09/09/2013: Lamborghini unveiled the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and this was the perfect moment to also bring some new images. Check them out in the picture gallery!

Updated 09/30/2013: Lamborghini unveiled a video (above) for its new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse that features the newest Gallardo variant racetrack. I look and sounds simply amazing, so enjoy!

Updated 12/03/2013: The very first Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse has landed in the U.S. The last of the Gallardos was spotted at Cats Exotics, a premium exotic car dealer. We did check out their website to look for more details about the Squadra Corse Gallardo parked at their dealership, but this being a highly exclusive model of the Gallardo supercar we think someone must have placed an order for it through Cats Exotics, WA. You can see the two images we have of the model here and here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse.

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Over the past couple of years, Jaguar’s design overhaul has yielded some pretty impressive models and it’s worth noting that the company’s promise to reinvent itself as a sharper and edgier brand has turned into a resounding success.

With new models like the F-Type Roadster , and concepts like the C-X16 and Project 7 , the British brand has been on some kind of roll lately.

Continuing on the "C-X" nomenclature, Jag is gearing up for its latest concept offering, which will be shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. It’s been dubbed the C-X17 Concept, and it previews the company’s first-ever five-door crossover. The concept will also preview a highly-advanced modular aluminum architecture set to be put into production in 2015 with the company’s new sedan.

Updated 09/09/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images, specs and video.

Updated 11/14/13: Jaguar has just unveiled a series of new images showing the C-X17 concept’s stunning exterior in a sexy white hue. You can see the images in the gallery and after the jump.

Updated 01/16/2914: Jaguar unveiled a new version of its C-X17 sports crossover concept at the 2014 Brussels Motor Show. This time the concept features a very cool Italian Racing Red exterior paint that makes it look even cooler. Check out the new images in the picture gallery.
Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar C-X17 Concept.

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Alpina announced its first D3 program back in 2005 and the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show brings the next logical and consistent step: the new D3 Bi-Turbo. During its short history, the D3 was sold in more than 2,000 units, making it the best sold Alpina to date.

The new D3 is based on the BMW 335i sedan and station wagon, and updates the model to outstanding performance numbers. On top of the awesome performance numbers, the D3 is also rather easy on fuel, making it the perfect combination.

As with any other Alpina model, updates on the exterior and the interior are kept to a minimum, as the tuner focuses most of its job under the hood. There is a highly update engine and transmission, refined chassis, upgraded suspension and brakes, and a new, optional all-wheel-drive system.

Updated 10/11/2013: Alpina unveiled a new video (above) in which it explains the technological features behind the new D3 Biturbo. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo.

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Czech automaker Skoda Auto arrived at Frankfurt with a whole range of new models ranging from hatchbacks to sedans and even fast, sporty four-door saloons. It was time for the annual Frankfurt auto show and Skoda took this opportunity to unveil to the world a new design direction for future Skoda products. Their line-up also included brand new models that plug-in the gaps in the market. The Skoda Rapid Skoda Rapid Spaceback slots between the Fabia and the Rapid saloon. So let’s focus our attention on this new-comer and see what it has to offer.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept

Frankfurt ’s legendary auto show is winding down this week, with fewer than expected debuts and almost none of the surprise guests that many were hoping to see from Porsche , Audi, Bentley, Volvo , BMW and Ford .

There are at least a half-dozen Volkswagen Group projects that the auto world is eagerly anticipating, but it seems the continuing grey clouds in the forecast is delaying projects left and right. Not only is there not as much cash to invest in so many simultaneous projects, the market climate is all wrong to launch most of these models in the usual ’as soon as possible’ fashion.

The Lamborghini Cabrera was a no-show, as was the Bentley Falcon, Porsche Macan, Audi Q7 and many others. The new XC90 was nowhere to be found on the Volvo stand, while the promised flood of VW crossovers seems to have slowed to a drip.

Even so, there were still plenty of spotlights and smoke machines for the cars that did make their grand entrance.

The BMW i3 and i8, the Renault Initiale Paris, the Audi Nanuk and Sport Quattro , the Jaguar Crossover Concept and the S-Class Coupe all brought some serious glamor to the stage. Fiat’s 500L Living was also hiding awkwardly in the corner, while the Volvo Concept Coupe finally brings some new blood to the snooze-fest Swedish lineup.

The best and worst are all in this list, but you will have to click past the jump to see which were the heroes, and which were the zeroes.

Peugeot 308 R Concept

On the heels of making its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Peugeot’s fantastic 308 R Concept appears to be set to lose its designation as just a concept, an exciting development that could lead to a production version for the sports hatchback.

Talking to Top Gear UK, Peugeot’s managing director, Maxime Picat, laid out part of the French automaker’s production plans in the future and apparently, that includes what he described as "specific high-line versions" of its vehicle lineup.

Then Picat dropped the tidbit that should ring music to the ears of Peugeot lovers everywhere.

"There is room for a 308 R that uses the same engine as the concept car at Frankfurt."

And "boom!" goes the dynamite.

It’s still a little short of an emphatic confirmation, but it does give a lot of people clamoring for the 308 R Concept’s production future hope that such a scenario would bear fruit sooner than later.

"The potential 308 R will be developed by Peugeot Sport to use sport technologies," Picat added.

Needless to say, we, just like a whole lot of other people, are getting excited about the prospect of seeing a production model for the 308 R Concept. Here’s to hoping that Picat’s endorsement of the car is more than just lip service.

Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 308 R Concept

Source: Top Gear UK

Carlsson’s stand at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show came with some pretty sweet programs for a number of Mercedes models. The one for the 2014 Mercedes S-Class , though, stood tall among all of them.

Packed with a bevy of aesthetic, aerodynamic and performance modifications, Carlsson’s reputation as a Mercedes-tuner extraordinaire was on full display with what it did to the automaker’s resident luxury sedan. One look at the S-Class’ profile, and you can immediately tell some of the differences, including the new front bumper with larger air intakes and an "RS" front lip spoiler. The side skirts have also been revised, while a new rear valance and a new sports exhaust system make their presences felt around back, giving the S-Class a more pronounced and aggressive stance that belies its luxury character.

Moving to the interior, the usual leather and wood refinements are offered, including what we can only imagine to be pretty expensive — if not a little over the top — sheepskin floor mats. A new fridge was also added, as well as humidor, a WIFI-hotspot, a rear seat entertainment system and a REVOX sound system. With all these interior upgrades, it would be pretty cool to be a passenger in this car, yeah?

The biggest source of Carlsson’s pride, though, lies in the engine. Thanks to a comprehensive power upgrade, the S-Class’ 4.7-liter V-8 engine can now produce 610 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, a staggering improvement from the standard 456 horsepower and 517 pound-feet numbers in its standard configuration. If you have the S63 AMG, which carries 536 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in its standard format, your power bump spikes all the way up 780 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque.

Carlsson didn’t release performance figures, but we imagine the S-Class can hit 60 mph in the high-three-second range to go with a top speed of about 180 mph. For the S63 AMG, it should hit 60 in just under three seconds with a top speed just north of 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes S-Class

Volkswagen’s Amarok pick-up doesn’t get nearly the same recognition as some of the more heralded models in the VW lineup. But the German automaker wants to change that and to its credit, it’s doing something about it.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Volkswagen is bringing a special edition Amarok, called the Dark Label Edition.

The model is based on the Amarok Trendline trim and comes with plenty of aesthetic upgrades to differentiate itself from the rest of the Amarok line. Contrary to its name, the Amarok Dark Line actually comes in a variety of colors, including every paint finish available on the Trendlie trim. In addition, Volkswagen decided to add tinted rear windows, blacked-out B-pillars, smoked tailights, a silver underbody guard, and a set of 18-inch Durban-style alloy wheels. Black accents on the rollover bar, door handles, mirrors, and rear bumper conclude the exterior re-styling of the notoriously boxy Amarok.

Moving to the interior, you’ll be treated to a steady diet of expensive and high-grade modifications, highlighted by Alcantara upholstery, velour floor mats, and heated front seats. And that’s on top of the new multi-function steering wheel, a newly-installed RCD 310 radio, and a Durabed bed liner coating.

While not overly impressive in the grand scheme of things, the Amarok Dark Line Edition does succeed - somewhat, at least - in giving the Amarok a sportier look and appearance.

Sometimes, small victories like this are worth all the effort.

The Amarok Dark Label Edition is set to go on sale later this year at a price of €36,271, which is just a shade over $48,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Amarok


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