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Frankfurt Motor Show: Elegant luxury meets stunning speed

The ongoing IAA Frankfurt Motor Show is seeing the world’s luxury automotive leaders roll out their latest dazzling and elegant motorcars and supercars.

From the pinnacle of luxury to stunning, futuristic cars, to sportier models, here are some of the top jaw-droppers unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show this year.

Bentley Bentayga

After months of speculation, spy shots and footage, the British luxury carmaker unveiled its first SUV – billed as the world’s fastest.

According to the brand, the Middle East region is already hyped up about the new car, given the high demand for SUVs the region.

“We’ve had a lot of interest so far from prospects across the region… The first cars for customers will start to arrive in the early part of next year, by March or April,” Stephen Reynolds, the regional director for Bentley in the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia Pacific, told Aficionado during a pre-unveiling event held in Dubai last week.

Aficionado also learned that an order for six Bentaygas was made from the Middle East. Bentley executives did not provide more information about whether the orders were made by forthcoming clients or by the brand, in order for the SUVs to be displayed at Bentley showrooms.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Rolls-Royce unveiled the 2016 Dawn convertible through a single, global launch, streamed online to select invite-only guests, ahead of Frankfurt.

Embracing the virtual sphere for such a major announcement was a first for the brand and was seen as a way of reaching out to a younger, less classic, customer base.

The manufacturer prides itself in resolving a historic flaw with convertible cars with the Dawn, which – unlike other convertibles – boasts spacious back seats where adults can sit comfortably.

“The idea of creating a car like Dawn that can be used in comfort by only two adults on a day-to-day basis is anathema. In creating Dawn, we have accepted no compromise to the comfort and luxury of four adults who want to travel together in the pinnacle of style,” Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said at the time of the launch.

Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder

The Huracán Spyder is regarded as the successor of the Gallardo and a different version of the Huracán Coupé, introduced last year.

Filippo Perini, head of design at Lamborghini, stated that both the Huracán Spyder and Huracán Coupé have been built side by side. This could be the reason why several observers have stated that the new Huracán Spyder shares numerous similarities with the Huracán Coupé, but exclusively has the soft-top roof.

It takes 17 seconds for the Spyder’s soft-top roof to expand and fold while the car is moving at a maximum speed of 50kmph. This beats the Rolls Royce Dawn, another star convertible at Frankfurt, whose soft-top roof takes 22 seconds to fold and expand while in motion at the same speed.

Ferrari 488 Spider

A close competitor to the Lamborghini is another Italian supercar-maker, Ferrari. The brand introduced its new 488 Spider model during the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The 488 Spider also shares similar design elements as the coupé model, Ferrri 488 GTB, with the main difference being the hardtop hood, which retracts and expands in only 14 seconds.

The source of power is similar to that of the GTB model: a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 with 661 horsepower.