Published on 15 Sep 2013 by Dan Read
This year’s 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show is all about concept cars. So far visitors to the event have been able to get up close to concept vehicles like the Audi Nanuk Quattro, Mercedes S-Class Coupe, Citroen Hybrid Air, Kia Niro, Infiniti Q30 and Jaguar C-X17, but none are as eye catching as the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept.
This concept is an important vehicle for the British sports car maker because it shows the firm’s future design direction and also harks back Aston’s glorious past. It uses Aston’s VH platform, which underpins all current Astons except the Toyota IQ based Cygnet and the limited edition One-77, and it’s design has been inspired by the DBR1 which Aston campaign in sports car racing between 1956 and 1959.
Power for the concept comes from a 6.0 litre V-12 that helps the CC100 reach 62mph in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 180mph. This concept has been designed to mark the firm’s centenary, but Aston aren’t using the Frankfurt show to highlight any of their limited run Centenary Edition cars, instead they’re using the event to showcase two models that will hit Aston dealerships in the next few weeks: the Vanquish Volante and the V12 Vantage S. At the Frankfurt event Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin CEO, said that “The Vanquish Volante is automotive art and exhilarating GT luxury combined, while the V12 Vantage S shows the sporting heart of the brand beats more powerfully than ever.”
The 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show finishes on 22nd September so we’ll bring you more news from the event over the coming week.