Top 10 production cars from the Frankfurt Motor Show
Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, or as it's better known, the Frankfurt Motor Show, is one of the biggest and best motor shows in the world. It's run on a two-year rotation with the Paris Motor Show, and every year it comes around it wows us with countless design studies, concept cars, and one-off prototypes.
But as amazing as these cars are to look at and talk about, they very rarely make it to production – or if they do, they've been chopped and changed so much that they're almost unrecognisable.
That's why we've rounded up our top 10 favourite cars from the Frankfurt Motor Show that you could actually go out and buy. See the full list below.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
We kick off with a bit of a cheat. While you could technically buy the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the as-yet-unrevealed pricetag will likely be in the millions. It's also going to be limited to only 275 examples.
The lucky buyers will be treated to an engine lifted straight from Mercedes' Formula One cars. A tiny 1.6-litre V6 sits in a plug-in hybrid powertrain, providing racing-car pace. It's wrapped up in a boldly styled supercar body bound to turn heads.
Suzuki Swift Sport
The previous two Swift Sports have been baby hot hatchbacks that punch way above their weight. The latest model, launched at Frankfurt, looks likely to be much the same.
It will be powered by a zippy 1.4-litre turbocharged engine producing just 138bhp – but as the car weighs only 980kg, performance will be sprightly to say the least. It will also be somewhat of a bargain, with prices starting around £16,000.
Audi RS4 Avant
For buyers who want pace and space, Audi's line of RS estate cars has long been a safe bet. The latest in the line is the new RS4 Avant, and it looks set to be just as crazy as its predecessors.
While the old car's V8 engine has made way for a turbocharged V6, it makes up for it by producing an insane 444bhp. That's put to the road through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent quattro all-wheel-drive. It should be one of the best 'bahnstormers around.
Renault Megane RS
Renault knows a thing or two about making a hot hatchback, as evidenced by the latest Megane RS. The car produces 276bhp from its turbocharged 1.8-litre engine, and packs technology never before seen in the hot hatchback segment, like four-wheel steering.
Add in typically garish Renaultsport styling and we expect the latest Megane RS will be every bit as great as its predecessors.
It's not just the super-pricey cars that catch our eye on the Frankfurt show floor. The Dacia Duster is one of the UK's cheapest new cars, but that hasn't stopped it from gaining a comprehensive update for 2018.
While the engine lineup remains the same, the exterior styling and interior quality have both taken a quantum leap forward. The bargain of the century? Watch this space...
Hyundai i30 N
Hyundai's first hot hatchback looks set to be better than anyone could have expected. With subtly beefed-up bodywork, it looks the business, and its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine comprehensively beats the Volkswagen Golf GTI on power.
Best of all, being a Hyundai, it's likely to undercut its main rivals on price, too. We look forward to trying it out.
Alpina D5 S
'The world's fastest diesel production car' isn't necessarily an accolade many manufacturers want to chase nowadays, where diesel is fast becoming an enemy. But that hasn't stopped revered BMW tuner Alpina from doing so, and its B5 S now holds that dubious title.
A power output of 322bhp doesn't sound like much, but it's backed up by 700Nm of torque, giving the B5 S a 0-60mph sprint time of around 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 170mph.
Bentley Continental GT
The biggest and baddest British bruiser just got a total overhaul, and the latest Bentley Continental GT looks to be a much sleeker proposition than its predecessor. Fitted at launch with a W12 engine making in excess of 600bhp, it will be as fast as ever, but significantly reduced weight should improve handling.
On the inside, the Continental is as bespoke as they come. The ultimate grand tourer? It could well be...
An 'entry-level' Ferrari might seem a bit of an oxymoron, but it's that spot that the Portofino will occupy when it goes on sale. Pitched as a boulevard cruiser rather than an out-and-out supercar, it's a gorgeous hard-top convertible fitted with Ferrari's 600bhp, twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
The Lamborghini Aventador S is already a totally crazy car, but lopping the roof off turns that up to 'totally insane'. The £250,000 supercar packs a 6.5-litre V12 engine, and will go from 0-60mph in less than three seconds, before heading on to a top speed of 217mph.
The new car features active suspension, four-wheel steering and a new 'EGO' driving mode, but more importantly, it features totally outlandish Lamborghini styling. We love it.