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The Most Thrilling Cars From the Frankfurt Motor Show, in Pictures

The Frankfurt International Motor Show exhibits the latest must-have vehicles and motoring technology from over 1,000 exhibitors in a space equivalent to 33 soccer fields. Convertibles and sport utility vehicles compete for attention in the ultra-luxury market. The year’s two most-hyped SUV introductions, Bentley’s Bentayga and the Jaguar F-Pace, are presented alongside three convertibles: the Rolls-Royce Dawn, Ferrari 488 Spider, and Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder.

  1. Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

    Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

    The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept (featured in the video game Gran Turismo) shows the direction Bugatti plans to pursue in its design aesthetic over the next few years. 

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  2. Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

    Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

    On a simulated Le Mans track, the VGT can reach 250 miles per hour four times each lap, thanks largely to its W16 engine. 

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  3. Porsche 911 Carrera

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    Porsche unveils the 2017 911 Carrera. For the first time ever, the car adds rear-axle steering as an option for the Carrera S, significantly enhancing its agility and speed. It will also have new headlamps, 20 additional horsepower, and improved efficiency over its predecessor. Porsche says it will launch in March.

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  4. Bentley Bentayga

    Bentley Bentayga

    The long-awaited Bentley Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious sport utility vehicle in the world.

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  5. Bentley Bentayga

    Bentley Bentayga

    The Bentayga will hit 600 hp and 663 foot-pounds of torque over its four-wheel-drive, 8-speed automatic transmission. It’ll go to 60 mph in 4 seconds and hit a top speed of 187 mph.

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  6. Bentley Bentayga

    Bentley Bentayga

    Champagne chills in the Bentayga's built-in fridge.

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  7. Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder

    Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder

    Lamborghini will offer a Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder, successor to the successful Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder. It’ll have a 610-hp V10 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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  8. Porsche Mission E

    Porsche Mission E

    Volkswagen’s Porsche Mission E, pictured, and Audi E-tron Quattro electric-powered prototypes have a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles).

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  9. Porsche Mission E

    Porsche Mission E

    The Mission E concept reaches 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, beating the 4.2 seconds for the new generation of the 911. The 600-hp car has a range of more than 500 kilometers and can recharge the battery to 80 percent capacity in about 15 minutes.

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  10. Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA

    Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA

    The dashboard sits illuminated inside the Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA" car during the vehicle's world premiere.

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  11. Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA

    Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA

    At the touch of a button, or automatically on reaching 80 kph, the Concept IAA changes shape, increasing its length by up to 390 millimeters to improve the aerodynamics.

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  12. VW Tiguan SUV

    VW Tiguan SUV

    To spur demand in China, Volkswagen is presenting updated versions of the VW Tiguan SUV, Audi A4 sedan, and Porsche 911 sports car at the Frankfurt show.

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  13. Rolls-Royce Dawn

    Rolls-Royce Dawn

    Onlookers admire the Rolls-Royce Dawn, Rolls's latest new model, complete with yacht-level wood trim and a massive rear deck. It is named after the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn from decades past. 

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  14. Rolls-Royce Dawn

    Rolls-Royce Dawn

    Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said the market for four-seat convertibles such as the Dawn is extremely promising. 

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  15.  BMW X1 xDrive25i

    BMW X1 xDrive25i

    A new BMW X1 xDrive25i sits on display at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

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  16. Audi AG A4 T Quattro

    Audi AG A4 T Quattro

    An Audi AG A4 T Quattro automobile, produced by Volkswagen AG, sits on display during a VW event. 

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  17. Audi AG A4 T Quattro

    Audi AG A4 T Quattro

    A pair of Audi A4 T Quattro automobiles represent the European version of Audi's best-selling model, set to go on sale first. 

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  18.  Mercedes-Benz S 500 E

    Mercedes-Benz S 500 E

    The Mercedes-Benz S 500 E plug-in hybrid demonstrates the future of what it means to be connected to an electrical charging point.

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  19.  Mercedes-Benz Maybach

    Mercedes-Benz Maybach

    Mercedes-Benz has revived its hallowed Maybach name with this luxury Maybach sedan at the Mercedes-Benz exhibition stand.

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  20. Jaguar F-Pace

    Jaguar F-Pace

    The sure-to-be popular Jaguar F-Pace automobile is the first-ever SUV from the old British brand.

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  21. Smart ForTwo

    Smart ForTwo

    The new Smart ForTwo has large stereo speakers in the trunk.

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  22. Ferrari 488 Spider

    Ferrari 488 Spider

    The new Ferrari 488 Spider is the drop-top sister to Ferrari's turbocharged 488 GTB coupe. 

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  23. Renault Sport RS 01

    Renault Sport RS 01

    The Renault Sport RS 01 was built exclusively for Renault's own racing series, the Renault Sport Trophy.

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  24. BMW 750Li xDrive

    BMW 750Li xDrive

    The new BMW 750Li xDrive automobile is the latest in BMW's line of grand sedans. 

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  25. Citroen Cactus M

    Citroen Cactus M

    The Citroen Cactus M automobile is topless and has an inflatable roof that also doubles as a tent. 

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  26. Hyundai N 50 Gran Turismo

    Hyundai N 50 Gran Turismo

    The Hyundai N 50 Gran Turismo concept automobile was created in celebration of Hyundai's 50th anniversary.

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  27. Light Installation

    Light Installation

    Visitors sit inside a light installation in the shape of a car on the Opel OnStar display on the company's stand during previews to the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

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  28. Mercedes-Benz AG F015

    Mercedes-Benz AG F015

    The Mercedes-Benz AG F015 concept is a four-seat self-driving car that morphs its body shape at high speeds. 

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  29. Mercedes-Benz AG F015

    Mercedes-Benz AG F015

    Inside the Mercedes-Benz AG F015 concept car. The electric hybrid system has a total range of 1,100 kilometres, including around 200 kilometres of battery-powered driving and around 900 kilometres on the electricity from the fuel cell. This enables the F015 to cover distances similar to those of a diesel-engined car but purely on electric power—with zero emissions.


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  30. Porsche AG 918 Spyder e-Hybrid

    Porsche AG 918 Spyder e-Hybrid

    Visitors look at a Porsche AG 918 Spyder e-hybrid automobile, which Porsche executives have said may be used to help challenge Tesla for electric luxury-car primacy. 

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  31. Sin R1

    Sin R1

    The Sin R1 luxury sports automobile is produced by Sin Cars. It features a 6.2-litre V8 engine producing 444bhp and can reach 62mph in 3.5 seconds.

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  32. Thunder Power

    Thunder Power

    The Thunder Power electric sedan is built by a Taiwan-based power-tool maker established in 1987, which recently changed its focus to electric vehicles. Its first entries are a 4-door sedan, the Thunder Power Sedan, and a sports car, the Thunder Power Race.

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