Frankfurt 2013 recap: All-New BMW i8 and the rest of the best

With all the reveals at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show over, The Driving Life takes a look at the models that were our definite favorites.

BMW i8
Arguably the best showing from Frankfurt was the BMW i8, which the German automaker is hoping will “revolutionize its vehicle class.” And from the looks of it, it probably will. BMW says it will be the first sports car with the same fuel consumption and emissions as a compact car. Like all if the BMW i models, the i8 will also be a plug-in hybrid, but the first of its kind with “sports car” performance. The video featured above show get you excited.

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Audi Sport Quattro concept
Audi’s concept is a flash forward to a throwback vehicle, the 1980 Ur-Quattro and its closely related Sport Quattro short-wheelbase rally special. The most impressive aspect of this plug-in hybrid isn’t that it’s powered by a 700-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, nor its 3.7-second 0-62 mph acceleration. It’s the estimate fuel economy, approximately 94 miles per gallon.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale
Yes, clearly the new Ferrari 458 Speciale is very beautiful. It’s a Ferrari; what did you expect? It’s also set to be the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 engine that Ferrari has ever put into a vehicle. The engine is expected to propel the 458 Speciale to a 0-62 mph time of three seconds flat.

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Infiniti Q30 concept
Infiniti’s latest crossover concept follows the new design philosophy of the Japanese luxury automaker. It definitely looks like it can hit the showroom tomorrow and not seem out of place against the other models. The production version of the Q30 is expected to compete with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA
Mercedes-Benz’s mini SUV shares design DNA with the latest CLA sedan, on the inside and outside. In fact, the four-cylinder engine in the European production model is is directly lifted off the CLA sedan, along with the automatic start/stop technology. Mercedes-Benz says that the GLA’s standard features will include attention assist, collision control, mbrace2 connectivity apart from diatonic plus cruise control, power lift age, panoramic sunroof and lane keep assistance. Additionally, the German automaker claims that it will accelerate 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.