Since CarEnvy.ca hasn’t finalized its 2009 Cars of the Year, the second best publication around, Top Gear Magazine, will have to do for now. Their criteria are a little different than ours, and so are their categories, but we still value their opinion. Why? Because we have a subscription and the 1.5 centimetre thick, $13 magazines are worth it every penny, believe it or not. Also, unlike our awards, car companies actually care if they win the TG honours. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a CarEnvy award plastered on an advertisement. TG award? Definitely.
The Frankfurt Motor Show 2009 is taking place as we speak. Unfortunately, our German correspondent isn’t feeling well so she couldn’t make it herself. As such, we’ve compiled a list of the most important reveals from Day 1 in her absence. Frankfurt is the first major show of the Fall season and manufacturers like Audi, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Maserati, VW, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, BMW, and Mercedes have pulled out all the stops. So you’d better follow the jump because there are no less than 17 very interesting reveals.
Just in case you missed this on every other car blog in the world, here are the images you’ve been waiting for of the Mercedes SLS AMG, as leaked by CarPoint. It’s a vehicle we’ve covered before here at the Nurburgring, here on the cover of some German magazine, of the interior here, and donning camo here. So the details shouldn’t be a surprise, but the look of the front end sure is.
I’ve seen some lackadaisical drives to the grocery store, but at the ‘Ring?!? The SLS seems unbelievably composed, even more so than the “soulless” GT-R. Mercedes and AMG must be trying to raise the bar in the easy-to-drive-fast-on-a-track stakes. I just hope that it doesn’t leave the SLS Germanically-cold. Oh wait.
We saw the spyshots in February and we revealed the interior in April, and now, we’ve got a supposed glimpse at the real deal. Although the gullwing doors are certainly there, as we’d all expected, I don’t think that anyone expected a snout quite like that.
The rear seems inoffensive enough, if not slightly reminiscent of the 2010 Z4, but that’s no crime. I guess I’m just going to hold my breath in the hopes that these images are nothing but hacked-together photoshops.