With IAA 2009 only a day away, we’ve decided to bring together a post about what we expect to be there. As with Geneva we’ll have a team on the ground bringing you live updates as and when the press conferences and releases happen. To find all our info on IAA all you have to do is click this link which can be found on our frontpage under the categories tab.
As you can see we’ve already loaded the link with pre-releases of expected cars. One of the most anticipated of these is the new Ferrari 458 Italia built as the replacement to the ageing F430. It won’t be the first time that the car has been officially unveiled, however it will be the first time that the public have had an opportunity to see the car close-up.
The 458 Italia will also recieve an official unveil at the companies Galleria Ferrari museum at the same time so if your not able to make it down to Frankfurt to see it, then you can go see it in Italy!
Also from Italy, we expect to see the Lamborghini Reventón Roadster, a car that has been rumored ever since the original hard-top Reventón was revealed. Once more, pictures of this car have been unveiled before the event but as far as we’re aware, nobody has seen the real thing. For us this is a real highlight of IAA.
From the Mercedes stand you may already have heard that the SLS AMG is to be unveiled for the first time. We’ve watched the car through it’s production stages but this will be the first time we see it in it’s final form. As well as this we’re expecting to see the 2009 (minor) facelifted C-Class and a few hybrid concept’s, one of which is to be based on the Mercedes S-Class.
BMW will also have a focus on hybrids. We’ll see an X6 and 7 Series ActiveHybrid as well as their 3 series, 5 series and 6 series facelifts. The X1 will make it’s debut as well as the M6 Competition Competition Limited Edition that we told you about last week. The exciting Vision EfficiencyDynamics Concept will also feature on their stand.
Keeping up with the theme, Audi will also play with electric power and release a concept known only to be called the E-Tron. The rumours suggest that the E-Tron will be an all-electric version of the R8. We’ll keep you posted on that one!
Over at the Porsche stand we expect to see the refreshed 997 911 range. This will include the GT3RS we’ve shown you already, the refreshed 997 Turbo and the retro Sport Classic. Alongside should be the Panamera.
Bugatti have been rumored to put in a strong display at IAA. We’re not expecting to see another special edition Veyron, instead we want to see the rumored three Bugatti concepts make it to the show. That’s another one we’ll have to keep you posted on!
Elsewhere there’s the possibility of seeing the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita and the production ready Aston Martin Rapide. First time public showings for the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Mulsanne and the Maserati GranCabrio will also feature.
On the tuning side of things we’re excited about seeing what Mansory have to offer us. The carbon fibre work on the Chopster looked superb as does the Mansory Vitesse Rosé. There’s also the Lorinser Mercedes GLK that we showed you just yesterday!
Hamann’s stands are likely to include some interesting project such as the Tycoon Evo we showed you a couple of weeks ago. We’re also looking forward to seeing the (quite frankly insane) Brabus E V12 ‘Black Baron’ in the flesh.
There’s so much going on that we’re sure we’ve missed a load. Is there anything that you’re looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments box below and we’ll get our team onto it ASAP!