BMW already announced the X6 ActiveHybrid while releasing most of the specifications and has now showed it to the media and public at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The exciting news is that this is not a concept vehicle. BMW has been trying to fill a niche for a few years now and this is just another notch in that belt. This SUV fills the need of consumers who want a 5,000 pound vehicle that handles like a car, goes really fast, and doesn’t gulp gasoline. Not a whole lot has fit that criteria, but the X6 ActiveHybrid will be just the thing. This beast mates a 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 with two electric motors. These things together will net you 485 HP and 575 Lb-Ft all while achieving almost 24mpg. The battery pack will be the older, heavier nickel metal hydride battery instead of a lithium-ion battery. Some people might have a problem with how heavy the battery is, but in a 5,000 pound SUV, the extra weight of the battery pack does not really matter. With more torque than the new X6M (500 Lb-Ft), this will definitely be something of interest to keep a eye on. No pricing has been announced at this point.
The last generation VW Golf, which was previously known as a VW Rabbit, had a VR6 engine in the highest powered version, R32. The new generation of this vehicle will be called the Golf R20. This will have 270 HP pumping out to all four wheels through Volkswagen’s 4Motion all wheel drive system against the previous car’s 250 HP. The main identifying exterior feature will be the LED daytime running lights in front and the LED taillights. Sales will begin in Europe at the end of the year, so hopefully we will see the R20 this side of the Atlantic sometime in the first half of 2010.
The 2010 Audi R8 Spyder made its grand debut at the Frankfurt motor show today. The Spyder will launch next year with the same 5.2 V10 from the coupe. While chopping off the top, the designers axed the side blades. This is a unique styling element different from the coupe. The Spyder weighs 476 pounds more than the coupe due to the added stiffening needed for rigidity. The Spyder is said to go 0-60 mph in four seconds, but when it looks this good, do you really care? I know, I do too.
Lamborghini unleashed its Reventon Roadster that will be sold for over $2 million with only 20 will be made. It will use the same engine as the coupe version which has 661 HP all through Lamborghini’s e-gear gearbox. There will not be a manual version offered. I am sure if demand is there they will build more. After all, I believe Lamborghini is in business to make money. They go where the money is.
Previewed at the Geneva show and named the 200EX concept, Rolls-Royce has taken the wraps off the 2011 Ghost. The Ghost will be positioned as the entry level Rolls-Royce which, in my opinion, is not exactly entry level. While this car is smaller than the Phantom, it is still huge. It retains the suicide doors from the Phantom and is quite a stunner. The engine is nothing to sniff at either being a 6.6 litre V12 pumping out 563 HP. The fact remains, the styling is quite similar to the big brother Phantom, so if you do not like that look, you’re probably not going to be in love with the new Ghost in town.
The anticipation has been killer. From the teaser on Audi’s website, we have assumed the electric concept car would be something derived from the R8. We were right. The e-tron concept does have some different styling elements. The differences are mainly in the headlights, tail lights, and ridiculous wheels and grill. That said, the power behind it is insane with 3,319 Lb-Ft of torque (no that is not a typo) going to all four wheels through electric motors. We will see how this someday plays into production, but with a claimed 100+ miles of range, this definitely bodes well for green street credibility.
The E-Up concept is being hailed by Volkswagen as “The Beetle of the 21st Century.” VW Chairman, Martin Winterkorn, informed the world yesterday that the E-Up would launch in 2013. The E-Up will be all electric and made specifically for the city dweller. With a 0-60 time of about 11 seconds, you definitely will not be over taking an R8, but you will be able to get onto the highway to get your latte at the local Starbucks. Viewing the picture above, one can see how small the E-Up is. It is only a 3+1 seater. The passenger sits more forward than the driver so the rear passenger seat occupant has enough room. There is basically no room for anyone to sit in the seat behind the driver. A small child would be the best person for this location of the vehicle. The E-Up has an electric motor pumping out 155 Lb-Ft of instant torque. The lithium-ion battery pack only weighs 500 pounds.
This is a bitter sweet car. The car is gorgeous and another great extension to the A5/S5 line. The sad part is it will not be coming into the United States. The Sportback combines the gorgeous looks of the A5 with the functionality of 4 doors and a hatch back design. Using the same engines as the rest of the A5/S5 line up in Europe, the Sportback will be available to order in Europe this spring.
There is a lot more news flowing out of Frankfurt than I can post about, but the above are just a few interesting things coming out of the show.