Taking place the night before the first press day at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, the Volkswagen Group Night saw the debuts and unveiling of many new cars from within the Volkswagen Group.
First up was Bentley with the introduction of the highly anticipated Bentley Bentayga. It is the world’s fastest and most expensive production SUV and is powered by the Volkswagen Group’s brand new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine delivering 600 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. This makes for a sprint to 96 km/h in just 4 seconds with a top speed of 301 km/h.
Meanwhile, Audi introduced the e-tron Quattro Concept. Designed to preview the Tesla Model X rivaling Audi Q6, the concept is underpinned by the marque’s latest longitudinal modular platform. It features a large lithium-ion battery pack located in between the axles. It has been mounted low down in the car to ensure the lowest possible centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution. Also found on the concept are three electric motors, two of which drive the rear axle while one drives the front.
Other cars unveiled by Audi during the IAA 2015 include the SQ5 TDI Plus and the Audi S8 Plus. The first of the trio uses a 340 hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. Meanwhile, the S8 Plus is driven by a 605 hp strong 4.0-litre TFSI V8 and the SQ7 utilises a 4.0-litre TDI V8 with electric turbos making for a total of 428 hp.
Elsewhere within Volkswagen is Bugatti and it released its insane Vision Gran Turismo last night. It has been created for Gran Turismo 6 and built as a one-off for IAA 2015. It previews some of the design touches of the Bugatti Veyron’s successor, the Chiron, due for a release next year.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder has also been unveiled. It features the same 5.2-litre V10 engine as the coupe delivering an equal 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Unlike its competitors, the Ferrari 488 Spider and McLaren 650S Spider, the Huracan Spyder features a folding soft top. The two cars displayed, one with the roof open, the other with the roof closed, looked great in their bright colours. With the roof down, Lamborghini chief Stephan Winklemann assured us that the driving experience is taken to an all new level.
A surprise offering at the Volkswagen Group Night was the Porsche Mission-E Concept. Following the success of the Porsche 918 Spyder and Porsche’s Le Mans racing program, Porsche engineers worked on their first all-electric drivetrain. With over 600 hp (440 kW) and a 500 km driving range, the system is definitely Porsche material. The Porsche Mission E accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds, partly due to its all-wheel-drive system. Porsche also showed its facelifted 2016 Porsche 911 model.
At the end of the show all cars of the Volkswagen Group Night preview came out and the crowds were invited to take a closer look. Make sure to check back tomorrow for live coverage of the IAA 2015 all day here on GTspirit.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for behind the scenes updates and the latest photos and videos.