The fast, exotic sports cars and forward-looking concept cars really steal the limelight at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but there is plenty on offer for truck and utility vehicle lovers as well. After walking through each individual hall, we've compiled a robust photo gallery of all-new pickup trucks, ultra-rugged 4x4s, Dakar vehicles and premiere SUVs. Here are the best trucks and SUVs of Frankfurt 2017.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Porsche revealed the third-generation Cayenne a couple weeks before its Frankfurt world debut, but it saved the best version for the show itself: the Cayenne Turbo and its 550-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The new US$125,650 range-topper is quicker than the outgoing Turbo S, boasting a 177-mph (285-km/h) top speed and a 3.7-second 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) when outfitted with the optional Sport Chrono package. It also has (19 Nm) 14 lb-ft more torque for a total of 769 Nm (567 lb-ft) and more stopping power courtesy of the standard tungsten-carbide-coated high-performance brakes and the active roof spoiler. The three-chamber air suspension with active suspension management provides precisely tuned cushioning, whatever's on the path ahead.
The new Turbo distinguishes itself from its meeker Cayenne siblings with a double-row front lighting signature, model-exclusive 21-in wheels and Turbo-specific twin tailpipes. Porsche has also given it a robust standard equipment package with inclusions like a 710-watt Bose sound system, 18-way sport seats, integrated headrests, and heating on all outboard seats and the steering wheel. The model will follow the standard Cayenne and Cayenne S models to the US market in fall 2018.
Brabus 900 "One of Ten"
Not to be confused with the new Rocket 900 Cabrio, the equally impressive Brabus 900 One of Ten puts the same 888-hp (900-PS) 6.3-liter biturbo V12 engine under the hood of the G-Class. That engine, which fires out up to 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque, is a Brabus-tweaked version of the 621-hp 6.0-liter unit in the AMG G65. Brabus calls its latest creation the world's most powerful 12-cylinder off-roader but is careful to say that it's the fastest V12 off-roader, with a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h), so as not to step on the toes of the W12-engined Bentley Bentayga and its higher 187-mph (301-km/h) top speed. The One of Ten is faster to 62 mph (100 km/h), though, doing the deed in 3.9 seconds.
Beyond the powertrain upgrade, the One of Ten includes a wide body kit, electronically adjustable Brabus Dynamic Ride Control suspension, high-performance brakes, 23-in forged wheels and leather interior.
Speaking of G-Class tunes, this 730-hp G-Class Cabriolet from IMSA is a Frankfurt head turner, too.
VW Amarok Aventura Exclusive
Volkswagen, too, is using Frankfurt to play with more power in a staple off-roader, debuting the Amarok Aventura Exclusive. Billed as a concept, the Turmeric Yellow Metallic double-cab previews the future range-topping 255-hp 3.0-liter TDI engine. It includes permanent all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. In addition to its glossy mustard paint, the Aventura is distinguished by its 19-in high-gloss "Milford" wheels and chrome highlights all around. It also includes a roll-top bed cover.
Inside, the Aventura Exclusive features yellow-stitched black leather, 14-way-adjustable ergoComfort seats, a leather steering wheel with shift paddles, a black roof liner, chrome accents and a Discover Media navigation system.
The rough and tumble fun doesn't stop there. The vast Frankfurt show has many more trucks and utility vehicles in and around its halls, including the all-new Mercedes X-Class, Dacia Duster and Land Rover Discovery SVX. Have a look at those and more in our photo gallery.
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