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15 Oct 2015

This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show has just ended and there were some seriously big new cars revealed, some that we’ve been waiting years for. Sure, we saw the facelifted 911, 488 Spider and C63 Coupe, but they had already been reported beforehand. We’re going to take a look at the four biggest reveals from the IAA, starting with the first of three British stars:

Bentley Bentayga

Yes, it has a silly name. But the new Bentayga is a seriously significant car, the first super-luxury SUV (actually there was the Range Rover SVAutobiography before this, but that’s really just a more luxurious version of an existing model). The looks will divide opinion, but from most angles it’s a pretty good looking SUV, mixing known Bentley styling cues with the high riding bodywork of an SUV. The Bentayga is massive and very heavy, but it doesn’t want for performance, not with a twin turbo 6.0 litre W12 engine producing 600bhp and 663lb/ft of torque. 0-62mph takes just 4.0 seconds and it has a top speed of 187mph, incredible stats for a 2.5 tonne vehicle. The Bentayga starts at £160,000 and is available to order now, though the whole allocation for 2016 is already sold out.

Jaguar F-Pace

Another British off-roader, another silly name. Okay, the F-Pace is technically an SUV not an off-roader (so as to not step of Land Rover’s toes we’re guessing) but this is certainly one of the most significant cars in the marque’s history. With the XE they are expecting sales to go through the roof and that can only be a good thing. Especially as the F-Pace looks absolutely fantastic – designed Ian Callum wanted to design an SUV that looked like a Jaguar, not a Jaguar stretched to look like an SUV and he definitely succeeded, with the typical Jag grille and lights sitting on the front of a seriously good looking vehicle. Still sporting and athletic, but with a big, practical body. With 2.0 litre diesel engines it can be very economical, but we’d have either the 3.0 litre 296bhp diesel or the 375bhp 3.0 litre supercharged V6 (from the F-Type V6S). Expect a fire-breathing V8 powered R version next year too. The F-Pace is available to order now and is priced from £36,600 to £51,450.

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

We drove the Huracan recently and fell in love with it. We can only imagine that having no roof, with nothing between your ears and that incredible exhaust sound may very well be one of the best driving experiences there is. Visually it takes the same route as the old Gallardo Spyder by looking as good with the roof up and down – and that roof is a talking point. Lamborghini have decided to go with a fabric roof again instead of the folding hard tops offered by Ferrari and McLaren. We don’t’ really mind, it looks fantastic either way! The new Huracan Spyder keeps the same 602bhp 5.2 litre V10 engine, powering all four wheels via the dual clutch gearbox, but weighs in at around 100kg more than the coupe so performance is (very) slightly down. 0-62mph comes up in 3.4 seconds (0.2sec slower) and the top speed is 202mph. The Huracan Spyder goes on sale next spring and will cost £205,000.

Rolls Royce Dawn

Up last we have the second convertible and the third Brit from our lineup, but what a way to combines the two. The Rolls Royce Wraith divided opinion with its sloping rear bodywork, so most were eager to see what they would go when a convertible version – the Dawn – was announced. What we didn’t expect was that 80% of the bodywork is new, with much softer lines throughout and a more rounded look to the rear. There is of course a large fabric roof (Rolls doesn’t do folding hard tops, they’re not becoming of a high end automobile) which stows away to reveal a teak rear deck just like that on the Phantom Drophead. The suicide doors remain and the engine is the same unit seen in the Ghost – a twin turbo 6.6 litre V12 producing 563bhp and 575lb/ft of torque to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Performance is very sprightly for a 2.5 tonne car, taking just 4.9 seconds to get to 62mph. The Dawn goes on sale early next year and starts at around £250,000.

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