While my previous post focused on the highlights of the Frankfurt Motor Show, This post is dedicated to the interesting cars that will hit showrooms within the coming months.
Porsche has finally taken wraps of its latest incarnation of an icon, the 911. Whilst there are no drastic alterations to the design, there are many subtle differences to the exterior to differentiate the previous model to the new model, including new front lights and rear lights, a redesigned front grille, and subtle changes to the overall profile of the car to make it that bit more aerodynamic. There are also new LEDs, inspired by the 918 Concept car. At the back there is a new rear wing that rises at 75mph.
The chassis is made almost entirely made of aluminium, resulting in a 45kg weight loss. The S model features a 3.8l flat six engine producing 400bhp. The entry level on the 911 makes use of a 3.4l engine instead of a 3.6l, producing 350bhp. Another new feature is the introduction of a new seven speed manual gearbox. This car shall be available towards the end of this year.
VW revealed its latest city car, the Up!, to replace the rather dull Fox. The Up! iss powered by a 1.0l three cylinder engine. VW also revealed a variety of alternative versions of the Up!, including a 4×4 version, an electric version and an eco version.
The Renault Twingo was also on show at the Frankfurt Motor Show.Click here to read about the new Renault Twingo.
Mini revealed its latest Coupe to rival the Audi TT and Peugeot RCZ.Read about the Mini Coupe.
Peugeot’s stand showed off its latest flagship, the Peugeot 508 RXH.
Mercedes showed off its latest B-Class, a car to rival the Europe’s best MPVs. This new car should be available in mid 2012, boasting 666 litres of boot space and a larger cabin than the previous generation B-Class. The car will be available with 1.6l petrol engines and 1.8l diesel engines.
Mercedes also revealed its SLS Roadster, a soft top version of the SLS supercar. This car is 40kg heavier than its hard top sibling, a figure achieved due to its aluminium construction.The powerplant remains unchanged from the hard top. That means a 6.2l V8 engine producing 563bhp, propelling the car to 62mph in 3.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of just over 200mph. The soft top, while not being as quick as the engine, is fully retracted in just 11 seconds.
Subaru revealed its new XV crossover, a car based on the on the XV concept which was shown to us at the Shanghai Motor Show a few months ago. Not much is known about what engines will be available on this car. However what we do know is that the XV is based on the same platform as the Impreza. Expect more information on this car within the coming months.
Ford has taken wraps off its new Focus ST. The new ST is also available in estate form, a first for Ford.This new ST is powered by a 2.0l four cylinder producing 247bhp.This new ST version will be available next year.
Besides the Focus ST, Ford has also revealed the Fiesta ST, a car to take on the Polo GTi. The Fiesta features a 1.6l four cylinder engine producing 187bhp, and sprints to 62mph in just under seven seconds. This car should be available at about the same time as the Focus ST.
Stay tuned to read more about these cars!