This year's show was all about electric, and the concepts reflect it.
The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show was full of big reveals like the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes-AMG Project One. We loved the performance cars revealed at this year's show, but were equally impressed by the array of concept cars. In fact, Frankfurt 2017 will be remembered for its electric concept cars. Three out of our five favorite concept cars from the show feature some kind of electrification, which is indicative of how the industry will likely look in a few years.
The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept was one of our favorite EV concept cars at the show. This four-door Gran Coupe clearly isn't production ready, but it is meant to preview what we can expect from a new i5 model. The i5 will slot in between the odd-looking i3 hatchback and the expensive i8 sports car. BMW claims that the car will hit 60 mph in around 4 seconds and have a 373 mile range. We think that this is the i model that BMW should have revealed in the first place. A stunning four-door gran coupe seems much more appealing for BMW buyers than a FWD hatchback or an impractical mid-engined sports car.
When it comes to looking production ready, the Audi Aicon doesn't really shine. This is definitely the most avant garde looking car on the list, but has the futuristic technology to back it up. The Aicon is meant to preview the technology that Audi expects to have in its cars by 2025. This is what is known as a Level 5 Autonomous car. On the inside of the car, there is no steering wheel or pedals because the Aicon can drive itself completely. Even though we know that this car won't be ready for quite some time, we had to include it because of its impressive autonomous technology.
It isn't very often that an automaker that we've never heard of comes to a big auto show and blows us away. That is exactly whatJapanese automaker Aspark did with its new car, the Owl. It may not sound like an aggressive name for a supercar, but the Aspark Owl looks incredible in the metal. It may be just a concept, but Aspark claims that the Owl's all-electric drivetrain will allow it to hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. This would make it an ideal competitor to the Rimac Concept One. It remains to be seen whether this car will actually get built, but if any country can pull it off, it's Japan.
The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the first non-electric concept to make our top five. In fact, this concept SUV is pretty much the exact opposite of an EV. The SVX is powered by Land Rover's signature 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. This makes it the most powerful Discovery that Land Rover has ever built. This may only be a concept, but we have high hopes it will reach production soon. We love the Discovery for being a much more affordable alternative to a Range Rover, and now it may get the power to back that up. The SVX will also be an off-road beast thanks a host of body and suspension upgrades.
The final concept car on our list should no longer be a surprise to anyone. We have always known that Kia has the ability to build stunning concept cars, and that ability has now transferred over to real models like the new Stinger. The Proceed Concept was just revealed at Frankfurt, and we are desperate for Kia to build this stunning wagon. Kia calls the car an "extended hot hatch," which probably won't be enough to make Kia sell it in the US. We don't have many details about the Proceed's drivetrain, but if this had the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Stinger, it would be one badass wagon.