P orsche is consistently working on the 911 series. The all-wheel drive versions have just been presented, when the upcoming Targa variant - again with the real Targa bracket - and the upcoming GT3 slide into the field of vision of our Erlkönigjäger. Both should enrich the 911 line-up from 2013.
The parent company in Wolfsburg is also dynamic. The Golf GTI is a study in Paris and will go on sale at the beginning of 2013. Its two-liter TFSI has an output of 200 hp, with a power pack even 230 hp. The VW Golf R should bring around 300 hp, as already demonstrated by the Audi S3, when it rolls out at the end of 2013.
And the Italian group of Lamborghini can also play in the novelty concert. In Sant'Agata Bolognese they are busy working on the Aventador roadster, which should also be ready for series production in 2013.
Maserati wants the Ghibli Wind make
Italy again, but this time the finger points to Maserati. The Fiat subsidiary wants to grow and needs a growth model for this. It should be judged by the Ghibli, which will attack the M5, the E-Class AMG and the Audi S6 in the upper middle class from 2013.
Our Erlkönigjäger combines M and BMW to form the BMW X5 M. This is only coming 2014, but then with more than the current 555 hp and significantly less weight. Also from the white and blue stable, the 3 Series GT pushed onto the market in 2013. A higher seating position and more cargo space than the sedan should make the GT attractive to new customer groups. This is also expected to be achieved by the all-electric i3, which will also go into series production in 2013. Cadillac also relies on electricity, with the ELR, the third derivative of the Chevrolet Volt /Opel Ampera platform. As you can see, it remains exciting.
A little further north-west of BMW, competitor Mercedes went on a test drive in August. The star testers had the new generation of the C-Class with them at the Nürburgring, tested the AMG version of the new S-Class with 5.5-liter V8 and 558 hp and also tested the CLA in AMG trim as the CLA 45 with 320 PS power through its paces.
Opel Astra Cabrio without Astra
Another German manufacturer is Opel at the start. After the Adam and the Mocha, it's time to facelift existing models. The Insignia is getting a facelift, in which the OPC edition should not be missing. Furthermore, the Rüsselsheimer have thatnew Astra-based convertible in the making. The model, which will not officially bear the name Astra and is positioned above the compact class, has a folding roof and will be launched in 2013.
And what else was in the Erlkönig quiver in August? Peugeot 208 GTI for example, or the new Bentley Flying Spur, or the Jaguar XFR-S or the Hyundai i10 or, or or ....