Peugeot Sport 308 Racing Cup
The Peugeot RCZ isn’t long for this world. Unfortunately, there’s no replacement in sight either – instead, Peugeot is focusing its attention on making cars like the 308 hatchback even faster. The 308 Racing Cup will replace the old RCZ race series, with blistered bodywork hiding a 309bhp/ton racer eligible for several race series, as well as the Cup itself.
It was only a matter of time - the entire Porsche 911 range, aside from GT3 models, will become turbocharged when the latest model goes on sale. Power upgrades are modest (365bhp for the Carrera, 414bhp for the S) but it's sure to change the way the cars drive. Will turbocharging be the downfall of the standard 911?
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Renault Alaskan concept
Renault has previewed a production pick-up that it'll be selling in Europe from 2017 with this, the Alaskan concept. With rugged looks and a skinny 1000kg kerb weight, the concept is a striking yet practical proposition. The car that's headed to Frankfurt gets the engine of the Renault Trafic van; we expect an alternative drivetrain or two to be added to the production model.
Now in its fourth generation, the Megane has followed other vehicles in the class and made a slide upmarket for the latest variant. Styling is inspired by the larger Espace and Laguna-replacing Talisman, there's a new GT range-topper - at least until a Renaultsport arrives - and the interior too is sure to be classier than the current model. We'll find out more soon.
Another car we saw ahead of Frankfurt, but one that we've grown to love even more now we've met it in the metal. We slip inside its extremely well isulated cabin on video here.
SEAT Leon Cross Sport
More power than the 290 (mentioned below) and 41mm taller, the Cross Sport concept could preview a future Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 rival. Though high-performance crossovers tend to split opinions, the Cross Sport seems to work the rugged-urban look better than most.
SEAT Leon Cupra 290
Seat already builds one of our favourite hot hatchbacks in the ballistic Leon Cupra 280, but an even hotter version has appeared at Frankfurt. A remap realises the extra 10bhp - now up to 286bhp - and a new sports exhaust enhances its aural qualities. The Sub8 Performance Pack is also still available, with larger Brembo brakes and new tyres.
Smart Fortwo Cabrio
The Fortwo has had a convertible option since 2000, and Frankfurt will see the debut of the latest model. It’s stronger and stiffer than ever, with two three-cylinder engine options, manual and dual-clutch gearboxes and useful infotainment tech. We’re eagerly waiting for the Brabus version.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
Slotting between the Golf GTI Performance Pack and the all-wheel drive Golf R, the new Clubsport is a lighter, keener and faster version of the GTI, aimed at making the GTI more adept on track. Don't expect a stripped-out Trophy-R-style product though - this is still a sensible Volkswagen at heart.