Friday, September 18, 2009

And Frankfurt was bursting at the seams with awesome new supercars that mean several firms will be praying the recession really is over. The new models were planned up to five years ago when manufacturers, like all of us, thought the good times would never end, so they had no chance but to go ahead with the cars. It means a heavyweight battle for customers as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Audi battle it out with new models.

The list will eventually include the new Mc Laren that wasn't at the show plus established models from Porsche and Maserati. ablished models from Porsche and Maserati.

But whatever the opposition, the Ferrari Italia is the car to beat because it is the best-looking Ferrari for years and will go like a rocket thanks to a 5.4litre V8 engine and 562bhp. That means 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and in excess of 200mph, which should guarantee a queue of customers when it goes on sale in the UK next year for £155,000. Aston Martin open the doors to new supercar customers with their first four-door model, the Rapide. Unlike its bulky rival the Porsche Panamera, the Aston manages to make four doors look sexy and elegant, even if the rear space is tight for adults.

It will go on sale early next year for around £150,000 and Aston believe they could sell 2,000 a year. Sadly, it won't be built in the UK but under contract in Austria.Audi have become serious players in the supercar world with the instant success of the R8 and Frankfurt saw the debut of the stunning convertible Spyder version that will hit the UK next year with a price tag of £111,955.
Mercedes join the supercar scrap with their exotic SLS. It comes with dramatic gullwing doors inspired by the legendary 300SL Gullwing. The SLS is a replacement for the SLR McLaren. Its £155,000 price is a bargain in comparison, especially with 0-62 in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 195mph. Mercedes are working on bringing out an electric version within the next few years. If you like your supercars raw and wild, try the Lamborghini Reventon Roadster, which looks as if it will suck in and spit out the opposition.