Frankfurt 2015

Andy Enright

The Frankfurt Show always delivers an almost overwhelming array of new metal, but is there any attraction beyond currywurst and chips for the classic car enthusiast?

Well, it depends on your perspective. Here at Unique Cars, we embrace the old and the new and feel that you canít understand the relevance of a new car unless you know a bit about where itís come from. Thatís what made Frankfurt so interesting this year because, if nothing else, it proved that the industry is in rapid transition.

The turbocharged 488 ushers in a bold new world of forced induction for mid-engine Ferraris. No itís not the first, as many of you will remember the F40 and even the 208 GTB Turbo, but itís evidence that emissions and efficiency regulations affect everyone. Even Volkswagen.

Porsche wowed the crowds with its Mission E electric vehicle, aimed to spike the guns of Tesla.

The sleek Porsche features a pair of permanently excited synchronous motors that together develop more than 440kW and propel the allwheel- drive four-door sedan to 100km/h in under 3.5sec.

The Mission E can replenish t charge or 400km range) in only 15 minutes via an 800-volt ĎPorsche Turbo Chargingí DC system where most EVs operate at 400v and thereís also the option of cordless inductive charging.

Alfa Romeo delivered the star of the show in the shape of its beautiful and devastatingly rapid all-wheel drive Giulia QV, which uses a 375kW Ferrari-sourced 2.9-litre V6. Alfa was claiming a 7m 39s Nurburgring lap time too, but delivered no evidence to back this up. But who really cares when the car look this good?

A classic name from the past was also exhumed at Frankfurt, with the Borgward brand offering some new metal for the first time in over half a century.

The Borgward BX7 is a its batteries to 80 percent h ( 400k ) dda 2a ti ev w lo pa Bs o tiT mid-sized SUV bankrolled by Chinese company Foton.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine drives either the front wheels or all four via an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch all-wheel drive system. Itíll be built and sold in China next year before being rolled out to other developing markets including India and Brazil and later to Europe. No word yet on an Aussie appearance.