Although concepts are always highly anticipated at auto shows, production-ready cars also receive well-deserved attention. This year at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, we have selected 10 favorites to share with you. These are automobiles you will soon see roaming the streets. We threw in a wildcard entry as well. Let us know which is your favorite in the comments section below.
Porsche 918 Spyder
About the car: Porsche's latest hybrid supercar has been making headlines lately for good reason. It set a record-breaking lap time at the Nurburgring in Germany and wowed crowds during the official world debut at the Auto Show. A hybrid powertrain will make a combined 887hp from both gas and electric power. A naturally aspirated 4.6L mid-mounted V8 produces 608hp, while a 127hp electric motor sits at the front axle in addition to a rearward 154hp electric motor that sits between the engine and seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Don't expect it to whistle like a classic hybrid though thanks to its unique audibly aggressive exhaust system.
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Ferrari 458 Speciale
About the car: The 458 Italia is pretty darn special, but this newest offering from the prancing horse manufacturer is more "speciale" than the last. The 458 Speciale is powered by the same 4.5L V8 as the standard 458 Italia, but with a little extra juice, 34hp to be exact. This brings the total power output to 596hp - that's 132hp per liter! Price? It's a Ferrari, so don't expect anything less than expensive.
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Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse
About the car: So you wanted to buy the Gallardo Super Trofeo racecar, but had no track to drive it on, well you're now in luck! The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is the street-going version of its racecar brother. Claimed to be the most extreme road-going Gallardo ever built, it is powered by a 5.2L V10 and produces 562hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Extensive use of carbon fiber and all sorts of high speed goodies are featured helping to take it from 0-62mph in 3.4sec. Just take that in for a second.
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Bentley Continental GT V8 S
About the car: Whether you prefer your Bentley in a coupe or convertible, this new Continental GT V8 S is available in both body styles. Powered by a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 engine power output is increased by 21hp and 15 lb-ft of torque bringing the total to 521hp and 502 lb-ft. Putting that power down is a close-ratio eight-speed automatic. You might be wondering how this will effect fuel economy, it won't thanks in part to a variable displacement function allowing the V8 to run on four cylinders for cruising. The coupe can make the 0-60mph sprint in 4.3sec while the convertible does it in 4.5sec. Deliveries of these new all-wheel drive models will begin in early 2014.
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2014 BMW i8
About the car: If you're looking for a true sports car (price being no option) without the concern of mpg then this is not the one for you. But if you're interested in cutting-edge technology paired with sporty performance in a futuristic package, look no further than the 2014 BMW i8. Costing $136,625 (including destination) makes this the second most expensive BMW in the lineup behind the 2014 760Li sedan. Powered by a mid-mounted 1.5L I-3 producing 231hp via a six-speed automatic, a 131hp electric motor also powers the front wheels with a two-speed transmission. Able to travel up to 22 miles on electric power only, BMW claims this to be its most fuel-efficient model. Take into account, it still is able to make the 0-60mph sprint in under 4.5sec thanks to a lightweight design and combined output of 362hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
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2015 Audi A8
About the car: Audi has been spreading itself all over the automotive spectrum with models ranging from the awesome R8 to more affordable diesel options. And one of its most prized sedans, the A8 is getting slightly refreshed. Equipped with a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 with 429hp (nine up from the 2013 model). Torque figures have not yet been calculated. The base model's 3.0L engine will also carry over in addition to the A8 L TDI engine. But there are no plans of a hybrid-powered A8 coming to the states. The interior is filled with technological and luxury features that will have anyone nearing the end of a lease heading to the nearest Audi showroom.
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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
About the car: Usually the terms, "afforadble" and "Mercedes-Benz" aren't used in the same sentence, but now they can be. Following the CLA-Class, the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is on the less expensive end coming in around $32000-$34500 (MotorTrend est.). Coming standard is a new 2.0L turbocharged I-4 making 208hp and 258 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Initially the GLA250 will be a 4Matic (AWD) but a front-wheel drive variant will be making an appearance in a showroom near you fall 2014.
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Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom and Home of Rolls-Royce Collection Ghost
About the car: How many vehicles come standard with diamonds? Buy a Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom and you get four in the rear privacy divider's clock. While a one-off, this Rolls-Royce celebrates the first Phantom delivered to its owner from the new Goodwood plant a decade ago. More than 1000 fiber optic lights are hand-woven into the headliner, mimicking a night sky. The Home of Rolls-Royce Collection Ghost will be joining the Phantom as a limited-production model. Each features a "celebration" compass motif on the dashboard in celebration of the first 10 years at Goodwood. Each piece of wood on the dash is laser cut and assembled by hand. How's that for opulence?
2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet
About the car: Further expanding the already expansive lineup, the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet will come in slightly lighter than its predecessor (about 110 lb for the base model). This A3 will be offered in three different trim levels in Europe including Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente. Under the hood there are three available engines including: the base 1.4L 140hp turbo (mated with a six-speed manual), 180hp 1.8L TFSI available (mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch) or a 2.0L turbodiesel with an available 163hp (also with a six-speed manual). And for those looking for the most excitement there is the S3 model that will be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 with 300hp and 280 lb-ft of torque (mated with a six- speed dual-clutch). We will be lucky if we see this Audi Cabriolet make its jump to this side of the pond.
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Bugatti Veyron "Jean Bugatti" Legends Series
About the car: Here we have another limited-production and extremely exclusive tribute car. The "Jean Bugatti" special edition is the second in a six-part Legend Series - the first being the "Jean-Pierre Wimille" edition. This wildcard entry pays tribute to the founder's eldest son. Limited to only three cars produced, its looks are modeled after its historical predecessor the Type 57SC Atlantic. While the engine is still the quad-turbo 8.0L W16 that produces 1184hp, its exclusivity is something that will remain especially since this black beauty carries a price tag of $3.69 million.
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