Straight-lining dirt roads at 170 mph, fishtailing into mountain switchbacks, then rolling up to dinner in the sportiest, sexiest car in the lot – that's the type of Saturday afternoon that will be possible if the new Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept ever hits production. Then on Sunday you can blow away your buddies at the race track. The second example in a rising trend, the Nanuk is an off-road-ready supercar.
Toyota has revealed the full powertrain details of the Yaris Hybrid-R concept that it teased a few weeks ago
. The intriguing concept uses a 420-hp 4WD driveline that's derived from racing. In an interesting twist, Toyota uses a combination of super capacitor and motor-generator, in place of the battery pack that typically powers the motors in contemporary hybrids.
We're beginning to wonder if there will be any new gasoline cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show, because hybrids are really dominating the pre-show sneak peeks. BMW is the latest to join the likes of Mercedes
and Land Rover
. It explores what happens when you add a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the X5 crossover.
Mercedes-Benz's range-topping S-Class now has a "3 liters per 100 km" car. Hot on the heels of the all-electric SLS AMG supercar
, the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid packs an electric motor powered by an externally charged lithium-ion battery. The plug-in combines up to 19 miles (30 km) of emissions-free commuting with the acceleration and performance expected of an S-Class.
Ferrari has prepared an upgraded version of the venerable 458 Italia
for debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Prancing Horse has covered the 458 in improvements, from enhanced aerodynamics to increased power. This special variant promises to add an extra dose of excitement to a sports car already considered one of the best of the best by many a driver and publication.