Some of the most impressive highlights of the Frankfurt motor show hailed from the UK.
Concepts and production cars alike wowed the crowds, and not just expensive exotica either – the ‘baby’ three-cylinder Caterham Seven could just prove to be a great driver’s car.
Here are our top five British stars of the Frankfurt show
The forthcoming entry-level Caterham Seven 160 was shown in public for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show. The 160 will be powered by a Suzuki-built 660cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 80bhp and 79lb ft of torque. Caterham Cars CEO Graham Macdonald said: “It is not engine size that matters; it is the grin factor that is our barometer, and we believe we have got the formula for our new entry-level vehicle just right.” The 160 will be priced at under £17,000. Production will begin in January 2014 and sales will commence next spring.
The new hybrid version of the Range Rover was revealed with claims of spectacular economy gains, “staggering” performance and uncompromised comfort. The hybrid system combines the Range Rover’s familiar TDV6 diesel and a 35kW electric motor integrated with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox to create a powertrain with peak power of 335bhp and 516lb ft of torque. The hybrid returns 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 169g/km of CO2. Land Rover dealers will start taking orders from 10 September and the first cars are scheduled to go to their owners early next year.
Aston Martin launched its “Q by Aston Martin” personalisation saying it offers “almost endless opportunity” for customisation. To showcase the service, Aston Martin showed a Vanquish Volante with some of the services offered. It is finished in unique Red Ember paint with bronze metallic leather and Gulf orange front and rear splitters. Aston Martin’s director of design Marek Reichman said: “The beauty of Q by Aston Martin is the service’s near-infinite flexibility”.