After the dust settles in the recent 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is but expected to come up with a list of the baddest, meanest and most powerful cars that graced the event. This time, we are tackling the cream of the crop of this year’s concept cars.
Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept
A combined mid-engine sports car and off-road vehicle, the Nanuk Quattro Concept from Audi invokes a styling inspired by an R8 and an off-roader. Powered by a 5.0L, turbocharged diesel V10 engine, the Nanuk Quattro is rated at 544bhp and 737lb-ft of torque. It can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, and can achieve a top speed of 189mph.
Audi Sport Quattro Concept
On the other hand, the Sport Quattro Concept is somehow a reincarnation of the original Sport Quattro that Audi launched in 1983 and made the carmaker one of the more recognized brands in the performance cars industry. This time, however, the new Sport Quattro packs a plugin hybrid powertrain paired with a 4.0L, twin turbocharged V8 and an electric motor. It is rated at 700bhp and 590lb-ft of torque. It can do 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 190mph.
The BMW i8, which was originally shown as a concept vehicle in 2011, is a plugin hybrid sports car that is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged engine paired with an electric motor. The setup altogether makes 362bhp and 236lb-ft of torque, which in practical use can do 0 to 60mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. Widely anticipated by car enthusiasts in this year’s show, the i8 will start selling next year for at least $135,000.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
Similar to the 360 Challenge Stradale and 4309 Scuderia, the Ferrari 458 Speciale brings to the table, amongst other things, performance. It is powered by a 4.5L V8 engine that can produce 597bhp and 398lb-ft of torque. Just how powerful this car is? Well, according to Ferrari, the Speciale is simply the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 street-legal car they’ve ever built, capable of sprinting from 0 to 60mph in 3 seconds.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche showcased its final production version 918 Spyder, which is a plugin hybrid supercar. Similar to the BMW i8, the 918 Spyder has been previewed and teased multipole times, thus building much anticipation about seeing the final product.
The 918 is powered by a race-inspired 4.6-liter V8 and two electric motors, with the total system output rated at 887bhp and 590 lb-ft. All those power enables the 918 will do 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, but it can also cruise for 18 miles, at speeds of up to 93 mph, on electricity alone, something rival hybrids LaFerrari and McLaren P1 can’t do.
Volvo Coupe Concept
Lastly, the Volvo Coupe Concept, based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture or SPA, is powered by a plugin powertrain, a 2.0L gasoline engine that is both turbocharged and supercharged, and an electric motor. The configuration all-in-all produces 440bhp and 400lb-ft of torque.
Even we don’t see American cars to rally that quite on this event, Germans know what Ford means to them.
This post is sponsored by Ford.