Top five coolest cars of the Frankfurt motor show
The cameras have stopped flashing, the Dictaphones have been turned off and the media scrum surrounding the Frankfurt motor show has subsided, with the throng now giving way to the vast hordes of the general public, itching to get a glimpse of the new cars on display.
Since Monday we have been reporting from the year's biggest automotive event, bringing you the inside line on a number of exciting new products. Now, with the rush of the press days over, it's time to reflect on the best cars the show had to offer.
Here are our top five coolest cars from the Frankfurt motor show, with video coverage from a selection of the world's automotive media.
Audi Concept cars
Audi chose Frankfurt to unveil a brace of new sports car concepts: the Sport Quattro and Nanuk. As you can read from our exclusive, the hybrid Quattro is edging ever closer to production. Sadly, there is currently no word on whether the diesel powered Nanuk will see the light of day, with Audi merely displaying it as a showcase of its future design direction.
One of the most anticipated cars of the show, the C-X17 SUV breaks new ground for the British marque. Not wanting to step on the toes of sister company Land Rover, Jaguar has stated that a production version would be heavily biased towards on-road sportiness. If it has even a modicum of the handling magic of the brand's other products, we can't wait to drive it.
The i8 is now a familiar sight, with the concept version doing the rounds seemingly forever. Frankfurt marked the first unveiling of the full production version and it certainly didn't disappoint. The see-through doors have been replaced by conventional items, and the interior uses more than a small amount of familiar BMW switchgear, but the car retains its petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, which provides supercar performance with supermini frugality.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
As sure as night follows day, the launch of a mid-engined Ferrari supercar is eventually followed by a hardcore, track-biased special edition. The 458 Speciale trades some of the aching good looks of the Italia, but counters with massively increased downforce and uprated power from its screaming V8 engine.
Being on home turf, Mercedes took the Frankfurt motor show very seriously, with an entire hall dedicated to its products. On display were the current crop of four-cylinder AMG cars, a surprisingly capable self driving S-Class limousine and the drop-dead gorgeous S-Class Coupe, which is due to replace the CL in the higher echelons of the marque's line-up.
More from the Frankfurt motor show:
Infiniti to launch performance car range
Jaguar: Our SUV needs to thrill
Range Rover Evoque's new nine-speed gearbox