THE NEW CARS
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: Chevy gave us our first look at the revised Camaro at the 2013 New York Auto Show but the car’s convertible cousin is making its debut in the German financial hub. The changes to the 2014 Camaro range are mostly cosmetic, although Chevy’s MyLink interface with a seven-inch touch-screen display has been added in addition to a head-up display system. One new model, though only available as a coupe, is the Z/28. This is a hardcore track special equipped with a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, and it will be the most expensive model in the Camaro lineup.
2015 Audi A8 and S8
: Audi will be showing facelifted versions of its A8 and S8 full-size sedans in Frankfurt. Being a mid-cycle update, the changes to the cars are minimal though there are some new tech features and tweaks to the styling. The highlight is the new headlights with Matrix LED technology and sequential turn signals, though it’s not clear yet if these features will be offered in the U.S. due to regulations.
2014 Nissan Rogue
: We’ll get our first look at the redesigned Rogue in Frankfurt, although at the German show the car will be badged an X-Trail, which is its name in overseas markets. The new Rogue will be the first of many vehicles to be spawned from a flexible platform known as Common Modular Family (CMF), developed by engineers from both Nissan and its alliance partner Renault. So far, the only CMF-based model confirmed for the U.S. is this new Rogue.
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
: The 2015 Golf range, the seventh generation of the German hatch, is yet to reach these shores but at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show we’ll see the high-performance Golf R variant launched. This model will eventually reach the U.S., bringing with it a 296-horsepower turbo four, Haldex all-wheel-drive system and the choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmissions. Key visual features include a sporty body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, quad-exhaust tips and R badging. Inside, owners will find Alcantara trim, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Recaro bucket seats.
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
: Mercedes-Benz officially has a compact crossover in the hopper; it's bound for Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere, and it's called the GLA-Class. It shares a platform with other Mercedes compacts, like the CLA-Class already on sale on these shores. So far only one powertrain option has been announced: a 2.0-liter turbo four making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It will be joined eventually by a high-performance AMG variant still in the works.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
: Don’t find the Ferrari 458 Italia quite fast enough? Don’t sweat it because Ferrari feels your pain. The automaker is hoping to quench your thirst for performance with a new hardcore 458 variant, the Speciale. Its engine is the familiar 4.5-liter V-8 found in the 458 Italia but output has been raised to 597 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. That equates to roughly 133 horsepower per liter and means the 458 Speciale’s engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 ever launched in a Ferrari road car.
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