Now that the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show has concluded (to press, public days are just starting) and we’ve seen all there is to see, let’s take a look back some of the best cars from the memorable event.
BMW definitely had a day in Frankfurt, showing off several exciting cars, some new debuts and even a new concept car for the future. But BMW wasn’t the only brand there to show off some new and exciting cars. Audi had a pretty big day as well, with two huge debuts and a new concept car. Mercedes-AMG showed off its new hypercar and even Porsche jumped into the mix. It was quite the day for German automakers. So which of these cars were our favorites?
BMW i Vision Dynamics
Say what you want about its styling or its timing but it was good to see BMW finally show of an actual four-door electric sedan, even if it was just a concept. Sure, the i Vision Dynamics isn’t the prettiest of concept cars BMW has made in awhile (that title goes to the Z4 Concept). However, it’s a very important car for the brand and it shows off where BMW’s i Division is headed. Also, it shows the, despite some of the weird concept quirks, BMW’s i Division design language works well on a sedan.
Audi R8 V10 RWS
You may dislike Audi, being BMW’s crosstown Bavarian rival, but the folks in Ingolstadt just dropped a doozy in Frankfurt. This is the first ever rear-wheel drive car from Audi Sport and it’s going to be one of the most exciting cars on the planet when it hits European streets. It’s essentially an Audi R8 V10 (not the Plus variant), minus its front driveshaft, axles and differentials. So it’s completely, one hundred rear-wheel drive. That means very big smokey burnouts, beautiful powerslides and even sweeter handling. Imagine, a mid-engine, V10-powered, rear-wheel drive supercar? It’s like the old days.
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Pack
If I were betting one what would be the best driving car in the world in the coming year or two, I’d put all my money on this car. The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package could very well be the best car on the market, thanks all to Porsche listening to its customers and fans. Essentially, it’s a 911 GT3, which is already an epic sports car for the ages, but without the giant wing, with active aero in its place, and a manual gearbox as its only option. But it still gets the glorious 4.0 liter naturally-aspirated flat six engine, 500 hp and the GT3’s brilliant suspension and steering. It’s basically a 911R without the impossible rarity. Also, it looks ace.
Audi RS4 Avant
Audi had a fantastic showing in Frankfurt, with two really exciting sports car debuts, neither of which were electric, autonomous or aimed toward the future. The Audi RS4 Avant is very much a car for right now and is one that many enthusiasts should be excited about. It a packs a 450 hp twin-turbo V6, Quattro all-wheel drive and a wagon body style. So it’s the perfect car for people with families but also want to go very, very fast. Want to take on M3s and C63s on the Nurburgring? It can do it. Need to shuttle the kids to school? It can do that too. Taking the family up to the Alps to do a bit of skiing? It loves it. How can you not get excited about a car like that?
Honda Urban EV Concept
This is probably the electric car I’m most excited about for the future, all because it looks like it has a sense of humor. Every electric or autonomous car seems so serious and aimed toward saving the world. This little Honda seems like it wants to play fetch. It’s hilarious and I kind of want one. Plus, Honda is aiming to make it look and feel like the original Honda Civic, which was an excellent little car.
These are some of our favorites among the Frankfurt Motor Show. Let us know what yours are.