Top 10 Cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 [Big Picture]

The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show will play host to a wealth of new vehicles making their world and European debuts at the German automotive expo.

It’s the world’s largest auto show and that means that automakers from all around the world are bringing their best, brightest models to the floor.  In its 65th year, the show  hosts more than 1,000 exhibitors and sees 159 cars making their world premieres.

There are plenty of vehicles to look forward to, from outlandish concepts and design studies to more mainstream production-ready metal. Everything form supercars to family estates will be vying for the limelight.

If there was an overall theme to the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, it would be “green.” Nearly every car that was unveiled there featured some form of green technology; plug-in hybrids and EVs were particularly numerous.

Actually, a second theme might be “cool.” Regardless of what was under the hood, there were plenty of great cars in Frankfurt. Here are the best of them.

The Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept made its debut here at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with the help of folks at Italia styling house, Giugiaro.

The new Audi concept is a diesel powered coupe with 550PS, 1000Nm and a promised maximum speed of 189mph. It combines off-road ability with serious high-speed road and track prowess. Power comes from a 5.0-liter turbodiesel V10, which produces 544 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque, while transmission is via a seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox.

The Audi Nanuk features integral steering, which allows the rear wheels to turn independently of the front wheels, offering optimal maneuverability.

Audi brought not one, but two fantastic concept cars to Frankfurt. The unveiled Sport Quattro Concept here at the Frankfurt Motor Show, takes inspiration from the 2010 Paris Motor Show debut known simply as the Quattro Concept.

At 460cm long, the Sport Quattro is slightly shorter than an Audi A5 Coupe, but it has a longer wheelbase. It has a plug-in hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, and an electric motor.

Total system output is 700 hp and 590 lb-ft. Audi says the Sport quattro will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph, says the Digital Trends.

Another stand out car was the Jaguar CX17, which is a “design study highlighting what’s possible with the company’s new light weight aluminium architecture”.  Jaguar has long been a leader in aluminum chassis development even as it has struggled to take weight out of some of its vehicles. Thus far, Jaguar isn’t talking powertrains other than to say it will employ a new generation of gas and diesel engines.

The first of these will be a new mid-sized four-cylinder-powered sedan that will go on sale in the U.S. in 2016.

Volvo is looking for a new direction, and this rakish coupe just might show it the way. It was  was partly inspired by the P1800 coupé of the 1960s, according to Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo senior vice president of design.

He said: “It is a car designer’s duty to reflect and incorporate design signatures that are vital parts of the company’s heritage. The P1800 is an iconic Volvo, renowned for its beautiful forms and detailing.”

Under the hood is a plug-in powertrain, including a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine that is both turbocharged and supercharged, along with an electric motor. Combined, they produce 440 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

The unveiled  Ferrari 458 Speciale is described by Ferrari as being “a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.”

Power comes from a modified version of the 458’s V8, with 597bhp and 398lb ft of torque it is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever built by the company.

It has a specific output of 133bhp per litre, which Ferrari says is the highest ever achieved by a naturally-aspirated road-going engine.  With a dry weight of 1290kg, the Speciale has an official 0-62mph time of 3.0sec and a 0-124mph time of 9.1sec.

The  latest Lambo LP570-4 Squadra Corse  shares the majority of its components with the Gallardo Super Trofeo, meaning that car’s 570-horsepower V10 carries over, as does the carbon fiber rear wing and removable engine hood. Massive weight-saving methods have been employed here with the Squadra Corse, and thus, the big coupe tips the scales at just 2,954 pounds, reports the AutoBlog.

It is powered by the same 562bhp V10 as the race car. That means full power is delivered at 8000rpm via a robotised six-speed gearbox that is operated by steering wheel mounted paddles. It hits 0-62mph in 3.4sec and 0-124mph in 10.4sec. Top speed is 199mph. Braking is via a carbon ceramic system.

Infiniti has signalled its intention to compete with BMW’s 1 Series and Audi’s A3 with the unveiling of its Q30 concept. The hatchback was announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show and could become a key model as Infiniti seeks to broaden its appeal and attract younger customers.

The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was one of the most underrated cars ever. It had all of the luxuries of the flagship S-Class, but didn’t make people assume that its owner was a dictator. The interior is trimmed in calfskin and a special “black diamond” metallic material. There’s also a MoodGrid music system that automatically compiles playlists for the driver.

The BMW i8 hybrid looks like a sweet concept car, but it is confirmed to enter production as early as spring 2014. The car boasts a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

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