2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – day2 – Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder: is this what the R8 should have been all along? We think not. The coupe’s distinctive midship styling panel ( side blades ) set it apart, and losing in it in the convertible dilutes the model and image. It’s softer, more rounded, less controversial and consequently more ordinary. But we’ll let it […]

Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder: is this what the R8 should have been all along? We think not. The coupe’s distinctive midship styling panel ( side blades ) set it apart, and losing in it in the convertible dilutes the model and image. It’s softer, more rounded, less controversial and consequently more ordinary. But we’ll let it off, as it’s mostly spectacular, and undoubtedly will be the hot ride in “New Porsche Beach ” ( nickname for super-wealthy LA suburb )

Additionally, we think that with all the progress made in automotive engineering recently, manufacturers should have been able to come up with a lightweight retractable hardtop that doesn’t spoil the lines or consume all the boot space. The R8 Spyder looks elegant with canvas top raised, but the security and longevity of a solid roof is invaluable. Audi is not alone; we can aim this critisism at most supercar manufacturers. Thinking of parking your pride and joy on dodgy territory ? The solidity of your roof will hugely influence your decision on which toy you’ll pluck out of the garage.
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2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – day2 – Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

Day 2 at Frankfurt: We’ve covered a lot of ground, it’s a vast show, and tackled Hall 3 where VW, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi have taken over the entire floorspace, and much above it. The smallest stand, but most exciting one is Lamborghini’s, where their Reventon Roadster is wowing the media. Braving the […]

Day 2 at Frankfurt: We’ve covered a lot of ground, it’s a vast show, and tackled Hall 3 where VW, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi have taken over the entire floorspace, and much above it. The smallest stand, but most exciting one is Lamborghini’s, where their Reventon Roadster is wowing the media. Braving the scrum for a clean view, we’ve brought you these images for your delectation.

Lamborghini Reventon Spider

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

Before you get too excited though we should tell you this is the most expensive Lambo ever to come out of Sant’Agata Bolognese at 1.1 million Euros + taxes, and there will only be 20 ever made. Not much chance of spotting one ’round the Dog & Duck then…

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Paintwork is a matt grey called Reventon Grey. Hmm, original ? Mind you, it would look spectacular in just about any colour. More facts and figures on next page.

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Yellowwheels – Live at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show B

the Show’s kicked off we’re at the BMW stand where the Vision Concept stars as glitzy intro to BMW’s hybrid platform. It’s impressive enough as a static display, but wait, all the cars except the Vision are moving off and doing a full lap of Hall 11! It’s slightly reminicent of FIAT’s factory roof test […]

the Show’s kicked off we’re at the BMW stand where the Vision Concept stars as glitzy intro to BMW’s hybrid platform. It’s impressive enough as a static display, but wait, all the cars except the Vision are moving off and doing a full lap of Hall 11! It’s slightly reminicent of FIAT’s factory roof test track.

Mini have the Roadster version of the Coupe Concept on their stand. Looks a strong contender for production.

Across the Hall from Mini, Rolls Royce revealed their new Ghost. It left us a bit cold in muted sober colours, and then walking between Halls, we spotted a white one. In daylight it suddenly had greater presence. We couldn’t help noticing Rowan Atkinson asking Rolls top brass a ton of questions: I wonder what colour Mr Bean would order?

Gorgeous Merc SLS gullwing packing 6.3 litre….

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