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20 Iconic Frankfurt Motor Show Premieres In 70 Years

20 Iconic Frankfurt Motor Show Premieres In 70 Years
20 Iconic Frankfurt Motor Show Premieres In 70 Years
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The Frankfurt Motor Show has officially ceased to exist: from 2021, the exhibition will change not only the format, but also the location, and move either to Berlin or Munich. However, it was Frankfurt that became the site of the premiere of many cars, which then earned the status of cult. We recall the 20 most striking of them that have influenced the industry.

1961 - BMW Neue Klasse

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

If the quirky Isett allowed BMW to survive, then the Neue Klasse laid the foundations for the company's “genetic code”. It was after the "New Class" that all Bavarian cars acquired a touch of sportiness. The compact model was in demand not only among burghers, but also among racers. Moreover, the history of the Alpina company began with the modifications of the Neue Klasse! Finally, the 1961 novelty is the common ancestor of BMWs of the third and fifth series - the two most important models of the brand in modern history.

1979 - Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W126)

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Like its legendary ancestor, the W100, the W126 Sheikhovoi made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new S-Class became the most progressive car of its time: anti-lock braking system, airbags, electrically adjustable seats with memory - these benefits began to penetrate the masses only after the appearance of the Mercedes-Benz flagship. The model was a phenomenal success: 818,036 copies will be produced in 12 years! And this record has not been broken so far. For comparison: the circulation of the S-class in the back of the W221 did not reach half a million units.

1979 - LanciDelta

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Visitors to the 1979 Frankfurt Motor Show could hardly have imagined that Giorgetto Giugiaro's humble LanciDelta hatchback would soon become a legend. And the quiet whirlpool turned out to be with devils … At first, the car won the title of the best European car in 1980, and what happened next - every motorsport fan knows. DeltS4 became the most progressive and fastest car in Group B, successfully using both turbocharging and compressor on the same engine. And after the closure of Group B, DeltIntegrale consolidated the achievements of S4, becoming the winner of the WRC in the manufacturers' standings six times in a row.

1983 Porsche Group B Prototyp (959)

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

The Porsche 959, along with the Ferrari F40, became one of the brightest supercars of the 1980s. And by far the most technologically advanced: the 959 had a complex all-wheel drive system, a hydropneumatic suspension with adjustable ground clearance, sequential boost … And he began his path to icon status in 1983, when the Gruppe B prototype debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. the same Frankfurt Motor Show, a pre-production version of the 959 was presented.

1995 - Lotus Elise

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

In those years, British cars tried to debut on their home soil, but not the first generation Lotus Elise. The car, which began the modern history of the Lotus company, was first shown in Frankfurt. And who knows - maybe this was the reason for her success? The Elise model is being produced to this day without significant changes, and the demand for it remains consistently high (by the standards of Lotus, of course).

1997 - Land Rover Freelander

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Before Freelander, all Land Rover SUVs were frame-mounted, with large motors and complex all-wheel drive systems: with locks, a lowering row, and so on. LR Freelander opened an English brand for young people, which had never even looked towards Land Rovers before. It is interesting that this model might not have been born, if in the mid-90s … the Germans had not come to the aid of the British. And it's not about the organizers of the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show, but about BMW: the company acquired Land Rover and invested in the renovation of the Solihull plant. And the improved Freelander of the first generation was also shown for the first time in Frankfurt, but already in 2003.

1999 - Peugeot 607

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

The 607 may not have been Peugeot's most striking car, but it was the last true flagship of the company. Now it, together with the more compact Peugeot 407, has been replaced by one model - the 508.However, the new liftback, for all its sportiness and futurism, does not pull the role of the coolest model of the brand. But the 607 also had a sports version, but only a conceptual one - the 607 Pescarolo sedan, prepared by the motorsport team of the same name, developed 400 horsepower and could accelerate to 290 kilometers per hour. The first hundred obeyed him in just 5 seconds: this 607 was faster than the then BMW M5, and faster than …

1999 - BMW M3 (E46)

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Petrolheads and BMW fans to this day consider the M3 in the back of the E46 to be one of the best creations of M GmbH. Coupes and convertibles were equipped with a magnificent in-line atmospheric "six" S54, which developed 343 horsepower and spun up to 7900 rpm! The BMW M3 E46 remains a popular choice for those looking to build a car for track days or drift championships to this day. Two years later, at the same Frankfurt Motor Show, the M3 CSL concept debuted, which was a harbinger of one of the most revered and respected emoks.

2001 Bugatti Veyron Concept

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

2001 in Frankfurt was generally prolific for big premieres. For example, Bugatti has unveiled its final vision of its future hypercar, the Veyron. The car received the most streamlined design and an 8-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers. Prior to this concept, it was assumed that the hypercar will have an 18-cylinder engine, and it will be called … Chiron. The first running prototype of the Veyron was also shown for the first time in Frankfurt after just two years.

2001 - Lamborghini Murcielago

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

The Italians from Lamborghini also found something to show in 2001 - the new flagship supercar Murcielago, which, unlike the Diablo, was equipped exclusively with an all-wheel drive transmission. The Murcielago was the last Lamborghini with a V12 to be ordered with a manual transmission. It is for this reason that many still admire him. And that's not counting the stunning design that is impressive even in 2020.

2003 - Audi Le Mans Quattro

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

The Le Mans concept car was the first hint that Audi has decided to enter the big league of supercar manufacturers. Visitors to the Frankfurt exhibition in 2003 walked around, looked, wondered, but did not take the car seriously. A mid-engined Audi for public roads? With a biturbo V10? It sounded too good to be true. However, Le Mans went into production after just three years, at the same time being renamed the Audi R8. And although the V10 with double supercharging on the serial R8 never appeared (because prototypes with such an engine burned like candles), the road supercar still reached 600 horsepower, as in the concept. And without any pressurization.

2003 - Aston Martin DB9

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

The appearance of the DB9 model can be called to some extent an accident. At that time, Aston Martin had a relatively fresh Gran Turismo in the face of Vanquish, but the move from Newport Pagnell to Haydon was supposed to be a new chapter in Aston Martin's history, and the company wanted to write with a new car. And it was right - the DB9 was so successful and so charming that it lasted on the assembly line right up to 2016. And they were the first to appreciate it, guess who? That's right, visitors to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

2009 - Ferrari 458 Italia

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Although the 458 Itali did not become a new milestone in the history of Ferrari, like the F40, for example, the audacious Italian won over not only with a radical design, which was very different from the F430 and 360 Modena, but also with advanced technologies: an electronic limited slip differential, advanced traction control, the latest motor with direct injection (which spun up to 9000 rpm) and a robotic gearbox with two clutches. The car turned out to be extremely successful and, if you do not go into details, it is still being produced, albeit thoroughly modified, and under the new name F8 Tributo.

2009 - Saab 9-5

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

For some, Frankfurt opened new pages of history, and for others it became the finale of a colorful novel. It was in Germany 11 years ago that Saab's last new car made its debut, the 9-5, which unfortunately arrived too late to change anything.Once upon a time, Saab made turbocharging mainstream and proved that interesting cars don't have to be rear-wheel drive. And this is just a small fraction of the reasons why her legacy will remain immortal. But fate, in the form of the owners of the brand from General Motors, decreed otherwise, and the company was closed and partially sold to the Chinese. And if you miss Saab as much as we do, be sure to watch our video of the latest Saab test.

2011 - Volkswagen up!

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Volkswagen's marketers claim the ID.3 electric hatchback is the third iconic car in the company's history, after the Beetle and Golf. Hence, in fact, the number in the title. However, for some reason another “people's car” falls out of the historical focus, which has been wildly popular in Western Europe since 2011. We are about a subcompact hatchback up! (as well as his brothers - SkodCitigo and Seat Mii), who proved that small and simple cars are still needed for those who hate crossovers. In production form, this car was first shown in 2011, and in the form of a concept car in 2007. Both premieres took place in Frankfurt.

2013 - Porsche 918 Spyder

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Two supercars from the so-called "holy trinity" were presented to the public at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show - we are talking about the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. But Porsche showed its brainchild later: in the fall of 2013, on home soil. The protracted wait was worth it: the all-wheel drive hybrid 918 Spyder was not only cheaper than supercars McLaren and Ferrari, but faster than them on most of the world's racetracks. And what does its naturally aspirated V8 sound like, which can be revved up to 8700 rpm … song!

2013 - BMW i8

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

BMW has long been reproached for the fact that the company, with its vast motorsport experience, hesitates to make a supercar. The Bavarians got out of the situation elegantly: instead of giving the world an heir to the M1, they rolled out a very sporty hybrid, which is almost impossible not to fall in love with. Alas, the high price and not particularly outstanding characteristics for a sports car have led to the fact that the demand for the i8 has not become high, so the model will be discontinued this year. And she will not receive a direct heir.

The first concept car, which became the prototype of the i8, was also shown for the first time in Frankfurt. This is the 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics prototype.

2017 - Mercedes-AMG Project One

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

But Mercedes-Benz does not skimp on supercars. And for formula motors too. That is why Project One was born, which in the serial form will be called simply One. The newest Mercedes-Benz supercar will be the first car in the world to receive a hybrid powertrain from a real Formula 1 car - a step that neither Ferrari, Renault nor Honda have ventured into yet. Deliveries of One to customers should start early next year, although the dates have been postponed more than once. And all because the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6, producing 760 horsepower at 11,000 rpm, was capricious in the tests and did not live up to the previously announced 50,000 kilometers. According to the latest news, the Germans managed to overcome all the problems, so there will be no more "breakfasts".

2019 - Porsche Taycan

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Whether the debut of the Taycan was really an important event - we'll see in a few years, but for the Porsche brand this is a very serious step. Which seems to have been done in the right direction. According to early reviews, the Taycan is exactly what the first electric Porsche was supposed to be. Unlike TeslModel S, it can churn out crazy acceleration dynamics over and over again - in fact, like any other car bearing the name of the legendary designer. So, Elon Musk and company, you still have something to work on. By the way, the Taycan grew out of the Mission E concept, which was also presented in Frankfurt in 2015.

2019 - Honde

20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years
20 iconic Frankfurt Motor Show premieres in 70 years

Five screens on the front panel (and one more in the rearview mirror). Rear drive. Crazy front wheel inversion that provides a smaller turning radius than Smart cars. And also - an appearance that will melt the heart of even the most callous auto-hater.Potentially, the Honde is a car that can significantly increase the population of electric cars on the planet, but whether this is so - we have yet to figure out. And explore which models will fight the Honda. The only pity is that they won't be shown to us in Frankfurt.

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