Frankfurt Motor Show: our favourites
Top Gear's resident experts with our picks from Germany
Posted: 13 Sep 2013
Vijay Pattni, Associate Editor, TopGear.com
Brabus G63S-700 (above)
Yes, I adore the BMW i8, think the Porsche 918 Spyder is a breathtaking piece of engineering, am sweaty-palmed in anticipation of the Honda NSX and get heart palpitations when I look at the Ferrari 458 Speciale. But, the Brabus is such a shameless, extravagant and over-endowed motor that I am genuinely in awe of the thing. It's a massive middle-fingered salute to the decency of motoring, and I want one. What that says about me is a matter for my psychiatrist.
Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse
Yes, it's another racing-derived Lamborghini Gallardo. Yes, it's getting on a bit in terms of age. Yes, it's replacement is right around the corner and will be equally bombastic. I still don't care. It's a 570bhp supercar with a Lamborghini badge. It'll still melt your face and give your neighbours something to smile about.
Bit of a curve ball on this one. Not many people know about Infiniti, and this is the car the company hopes will change all of that - though not too many. Infiniti still wants to remain exclusive, and I kind of admire that. It'll sit on the Mercedes A-Class platform, triple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has been involved in developing the chassis from the project's inception, it'll be Made In Britain, and über-cool designer Alfonso Albaisa has cooked up something funky and different from the staid Germans. One to watch.