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The 65th Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) has been one of the biggest and most important shows yet. Manufacturers and tuners from all over the world travel to Germany with their latest and greatest new designs to show off their progress or what they’ll have to offer for the year to come. With so many cars and SUV’s at the show, it would take hours for us to list them all in a creditable order, and so all of us here at duPont REGISTRY made a list of the All-Stars and took a vote on who could claim a spot in the top ten. Read on to see what automobiles made our list and click the links to learn more.

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1.    Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder, finally declared ready for production, is already well known worldwide. The supercar has been highly anticipated over the last year and finally made its official appearance with a powerful delivery. With the release of the production version of the 918, Porsche also revealed information about their world record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, making the Porsche 918 Spyder the highlight of the show and first on our Frankfurt All-Stars list.

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2.    BMW i8

The BMW i8 is another well anticipated car; with press release after release and photo leak after photo leak, we are excited to finally see the model that will hit the showroom floor. Though more down-to-earth than most the photos we’ve seen, it still holds the same futuristic look. One of the biggest changes is the new and adored black color scheme. The plug-in hybrid is certainly miraculous on a level of its own, with architecture that intrigues us with irresistible sport, innovation and a peak at the future for BMW.

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3.    Audi nanuk quattro concept

The Audi nanuk quattro concept was shown for the first time at the IAA as a bit of a surprise to the public. The supercar has been designed by a team of engineers from Italdesign Giugiaro backed by Audi, and was built to cover both on and off-road terrain. The all-terrain supercar has been engineered with Audi’s next-gen quattro and air suspension systems. With a twin-turbocharged V10 supplying high power at low revs, we are incredibly sad to see that it’s currently only a concept.

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4.    Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Les Legends “Jean Bugatti”

The next generation of Bugatti is a renewal of its predecessor and a celebration of a man, Gianoberto Maria Carlo (Jean) Bugatti. Jean Bugatti took the throne of the company at just age 27 and revolutionized the company with a redesigned engine, changing the company forever during his short reign. The Les Legends Jean Bugatti, built from the Veyron Vitesse and merged with the dynamic classic styling of the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC, brings new life to the old and takes the Veyron to a whole new level of quality and performance luxury.

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5.    Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom

Rolls-Royce has always been one to hold to tradition, but they’ve now taken tradition to a whole new level. Paying the closest of attention to every detail, every stitch and every intriguing possibility to recreate a night the company holds dear from aluminum and steel: the night that the first Phantom, and first model created from the combination of Rolls-Royce and BMW, left the manufacturing plant. Beyond the high performance and night-shade paint speckled with glass, you find an interior full of minutiae details so precise that the thousands of “stars” hand-stitched into the headliner were verified by the South Downs Planetarium as the exact constellation from that very night.

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6.    Ferrari 458 Speciale

Increased power and decreased weight: a recipe for absurd excitement while behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The successor of the F430 is made better by upping the power from 562 hp to 596 while upgrading everything we thought was already perfected. But, Ferrari has decided to give us but a glimpse of the new supercar, pulling the drapes off the final version at the IAA show and giving us only a peak at its performance with a video teaser.

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7.    BRABUS B63S 6×6 700

When a tuning company like BRABUS sinks their fangs into an SUV like the Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6, the outcome is an outrageous creation of on and off-road performance. The B63S has a built up 5.5-Liter Biturbo V8 that produces up to 544 hp and sprints from 0-62 mph in just 7.4 seconds. These numbers may not seem too incredible when compared to the other exotics on this list, but think of the weight being hauled by a six-wheeled truck. BRABUS didn’t stop with just increased performance, they also granted us an immaculate interior. The cabin is comprised of red and black Alcantara, stainless steel scuff plates and many more custom touches to bring Mercedes quality to their own level.

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8.    Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé Concept

On Sept. 8, Mercedes-Benz released a teaser video for the S-Class Coupé concept that we’ve waited for since 1998 when the coupé was replaced with the CL-Class. Then, only days later at the IAA, we had the honor of seeing the real thing, and we were more than satisfied. The car features an aggressive design and an interior that bellows innovation. It may not make it to production, but we’re sure glad they gave us this opportunity to see an idea of what they have in the workings and a small glimpse of what the future Mercedes-Benz Coupés have in store for consumers.

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9.    Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition

The Quattroporte has made headlines consistently this year for being a favorite of luxury automobiles in both the United States and China. As a result, Maserati has teamed up with Ermenegildo Zegna to create a concept that gives the Quattroporte an exquisite new trim that takes the look and value of the luxury performance sedan to a whole new level. Beyond just the improved interior, the concept also has a “special effect” paint job to really turn heads and differentiate the concept from any other Quattroporte when the supercar is admired from a distance.

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10.   Lexus LF-NX Concept

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Lexus LF-NX concept, an ‘L’ designed SUV that prepares our hearts for what could be a whole new step for Lexus. With the introduction of this innovative new concept, Lexus shows us two things: a look at the future of Lexus SUV architecture, and a sneak peak at what could be an all new performance ‘L’ lineup for the Japanese company. The LF-NX has not only an innovative, vicious design, but it has an interior that goes beyond anything we’ve ever seen before. We can only imagine what else may come with the ‘L’ but one thing is for certain: we’ll have a close eye on Lexus. With a treat like this, they easily made the list.

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