Finally, we can finish our IAA 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show coverage with a post sharing our personal highlights of the German event. Below you will find a top five of the best possible luxury and/or sports cars, and concepts we saw at the event. Of course, there is a big change we did not manage to include your personal highlight. So if you feel we left one special model out of our top five, tell us in the comment box below or vote in our poll.
Number 5: The most powerful luxury sedan in the world
Starting with number 5 in our list of highlights, we find the Brabus Rocket 800, the most powerful luxury sedan in the world. The tuner from Bottrop, Germany has installed a V12 into the current Mercedes-Benz CLS model. The engine provides as the name suggests a whopping 800 horsepower and 1,420Nm of torque, which has been limited to ‘only’ 1,100Nm. An acceleration from zero to 100km/h is done in 3.7 seconds, 23.8 seconds to 300km/h and a top speed of 370km/h. Read more here!
Number 4: The lightest of them all
Another Lamborghini Gallardo with a big name, this time it is the Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale. Hopefully the final edition before we will see the new model and successor to the Gallardo being released. Aluminium and carbon fiber form the basis for the extremely lightweight Super Trofeo Stradale. It has a maximum dry weight of 1,340kg, shaving an extra 70kg from the LP 560-4. The power-to-weight ratio of 2.35 kilograms per hp allows the car to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and 200km/h just 10.4 seconds later. Top speed is 320km/h. Read more here!
Number 3: The most powerful TechArt ever
German tuner TechArt kept their name high at the 2011 IAA car show. They introduced the most powerful car which has ever left the workshop in Leonberg near Stuttgart, an eye-caatching 720hp-strong TechArt GTStreet RS Based on Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The already powerful and exclusive Porsche 911 GT2 RS received a makeover consisting out of a performance package, new wheels, interior upgrades and a body kit. This body kit is designed to create more downforce and enhance the airflow. Read more here!
Number 2: A prancing horse without a roof
At the 2011 IAA, the Italians at Ferrari pulled the cover of their latest creation, the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider. The mid-rear engined V8 roadster is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out. The 458 Spider is powered by the same naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 liter V8 as the coupe. The power is transferred to the road by a dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and ABS. Read more here!
Number 1: British car history, to be named Jaguar XE
British car maker Jaguar has shown us all the most beautiful concept created over the past ten years. This is their new C-X16 concept, revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The two-seater concept marks a new future for Jaguar with respect to technique and design and show a model positioned under the XK-lineup and is rumoured to be the new Jaguar XE. We told Jaguar, just produce it and we will get one. What a beauty! End of story. Read more here!
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