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Jaw dropper: Mercedes-AMG has revealed the Project One hypercar, which borrows a number of technologies from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One racecar.

2017 IAA Frankfurt an opportunity to show the best Europe has to offer

15 Sep 2017


And with that, the Frankfurt motor show has drawn to a close for another year. There were more reveals than you could poke a stick at, so we'll highlight a few below.

BMW Group grabbed its fair share of headlines, with public showings of the production M5, X3 and i3s, as well as the i Vision Dynamics, X7 iPerformance, Z4, John Coopers Works GP and Mini Electric concepts. The 441kW/750Nm M5 super-sedan may steal all the attention, but the third-generation X3 will be the volume-seller.

Rival Mercedes-Benz rolled out the aforementioned Project One hypercar, as well as GLC F-Cell, S-Class Coupe/Cabriolet and Smart Vision EQ ForTwo. Check out some of the Project One's details below, they are hard to comprehend.

Audi was also busy with its RS4 Avant, R8 RWS, Aicon and Elaine show cars breaking cover. Plenty of motoring enthusiasts were stoked to see the return of the RS4 Avant, a model that really put Audi Sport on the map. Cheers to its fourth generation.

However, the everyday hero would have been elated by the reveal of the Renault Megane RS, which proves there can never be too many hot hatch choices. Even better, a hotter Trophy variant was confirmed for production, with 224kW of power hopefully enough to overtake the Honda Civic Type R's front-wheel-drive record Nurburgring lap time.

Porsche wheeled out a softer-looking GT3, dubbed Touring Package, which promises similar performance without the street-race wing spoiler. Additionally, the stonking third-gen Cayenne Turbo was revealed with a 404kW twin-turbo V8.

Public debuts for the Toyota LandCruiser Prado, Maserati Quattroporte, Suzuki Swift Sport, Volkswagen T-Roc and Ferrari Portofino also took place, as well as showings for concepts like the Volkswagen Crozz II, Toyota C-HR Hy-Power, Borgward Isabella, Volkswagen Amarok Aventure Exclusive and Kia Proceed.


The 2017 Frankfurt motor show is now underway, with new model and show car reveals dominating the field of play.

An early highlight has come from Mercedes-AMG and its Project One hypercar, which brings Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road. Its 1.6-litre turbo-petrol V6 is paired with four electric motors for a total system output of more than 740kW, while the dash from standstill to 200km/h takes less than six seconds.

Honda has also warmed hearts with its Urban EV concept, which packs battery technology that will appear in a full-electric production vehicle due in 2019. The show car's retro looks hark back to previous-generation Civics, creating a sense of nostaglia despite having its tyres firmly planted in the future.

Keep an eye on GoAuto.com.au as we bring you the latest coverage from abroad, with a full wrap to come later in the week.


One of the biggest events on the international show calendar, the biennial Frankfurt motor show is the go-to event for many European manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest wares.

The 66th iteration of IAA Frankfurt in 2015 showed off a number of exciting concepts and models, including the wild Mercedes-Benz IAA concept, the Bentley Bentayga, the Jaguar F-Pace, and the future flagship of the Porsche brand, the all-electric 440kW Mission E concept.

Keep an eye on GoAuto.com.au for all the latest news leading up to the Frankfurt show.

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