Stars of the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show

Tue 06 Oct

As far as auto shows are concerned, it doesn't get any bigger than the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

For two weeks each year, carmakers from all over the globe converge on Frankfurt, Germany, to showcase the latest and greatest in automotive technology and design.

Now in its 66th year, the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) did not disappoint with a stunning display of supercars, electric vehicles and concept cars.

From breathtaking beauties to futuristic fantasy, here were the three cars from the 2015 Frankfurt IAA that caught our eye.

Porsche Mission E

Without a doubt, Porsche's Mission E concept car was the most talked about reveal at this year's Frankfurt IAA. After all, it's only fitting that the finest in German engineering take centre stage at Germany's most prestigious motoring event.

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The Mission E marks Porsche's first foray into all-electric sports cars and there's no hiding the fact it has Telsa firmly in its sights.

Porsche claims a potential driving range of 500 kilometres which is 74 kilometres more than Tesla's range-topping Model S 85kWh performance model.

Recharging takes little longer than it takes to recharge your own batteries with a cup of coffee—80% of its battery can be recharged within 15 minutes courtesy of a newly developed 800-volt battery system.

Great. Does it perform? Hold on to your hats! The Mission E goes 0-100 km/h in a blistering 3.5 seconds.

We tend to see a lot of concept cars show off avant-garde designs, that are toned-down for mass-production. As one of the standout stories of the show, we hope Porsche stay true to this stunning original design.

The Porsche Mission E sports 21-inch carbon wheels in the front and 22-inch wheels to the rear.. Can't see this image Open in a new window

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Rolls-Royce turned heads at the Frankfurt IAA with their new ultra-luxurious drop-top, the Dawn.

It is being touted as the automaker's "sexiest" car to date, and for good reason. It doesn't take long to realise this car is breathtaking both inside and out with Rolls-Royce's famed attention to detail.

The car's name heralds back to their 1950s Silver Dawn convertible and is effectively a drop-top version of their world-class coupe, the Wraith.

This is living: The 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn is all class.. Can't see this image Open in a new window

Despite being based on its coupe brother, the Wraith, Dawn is no mere spin-off. Rolls-Royce has claimed the Dawn's bodywork is 80% new allowing it to stand in its own right in the Rolls-Royce family lineup.

Not even rain could spoil this drive; its got an electric roof that closes in near-silence in just 21 seconds when travelling at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Clever use of space means the Dawn can comfortably fit four passengers and those in the back seats needn't worry about feeling cramped—a common problem that plagues many rival 2+2 models.

Under the hood is a twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 producing 420kW/780Nm. It uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and will reach 100km/h from a standing start in 4.6 seconds.

How much does such luxury cost? $650,000 should cover it.

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn Interior.. Can't see this image Open in a new window

Citroën Cactus M

It just wouldn't be a motor show without a concept car that dares to be different, and this year, Citroën takes home the trophy for "most out there".

Meet the Cactus M concept car that set up camp at the Frankfurt IAA. Literally.

The Citroën Cactus M concept includes an inflatable roof and tent attachment.. Can't see this image Open in a new window

The rough and tumble Cactus M is an expansion to Citroën's polarising C4 Cactus hatchback which went on sale last year. The twist? They've cut the roof off, added an optional inflatable roof (yes, inflatable) which can also be extended out to create a tent—perfect for a long day out at the beach.

But like all beachgoers know, cleaning sand from the car at the end of the day—no matter how hard you try—is near impossible. To get around this, Citroën has included drainage outlets in the foot wells allowing for the interior to be hosed down. Seats are made from wetsuit material and can withstand water too. Genius.

Whether or not this one makes it to production remains to be seen but let's hope so. It's so crazy, it might just work!

Surf's up! Citroën's beach-going concept car, the Cactus M.. Can't see this image Open in a new window

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