Frankfurt Motor Show: our favourites
Top Gear's resident experts with our picks from Germany
Posted: 13 Sep 2013
Paul Horrell, Consultant Editor, Top Gear magazine
BMW i8 (above)
I'd have this in a heartbeat over a 911. True, it'll probably not turn out to be quite such a great drive in extremis, but it'll be more than OK. And I'm just so attracted to the design, the imagination of it, and the way it gets so much from such a small - but not uncharismatic - engine.
Classy simplicity is hard to achieve in design, but I reckon this gets very close. It's also a welcome rejection of over-complicated interiors. It's congenial and non-aggressive: what a real Citroen should be. Production version ahoy.
Volvo Coupe Concept
Again a vision of classy non-macho minimalism, albeit with much more of a luxury vibe than the Cactus. It's not retro, but the P1800's memory is sensitively handled. More important, it shows Volvo as a whole is in good fettle. The proportions bode well for the upcoming engineering architecture, and the surfaces and detail highlight the talents of the design team.