At every auto show, a certain number of impossibly exotic vehicles are introduced. The brands that manufacture these pieces of the unattainable don’t usually make a point of discussing how only ultra-high-net-worth individuals can afford their creations, and nobody seems particularly surprised or perturbed if these playthings of the very rich wind up in the garages of oil barons, drug lords, Far Eastern nouveau capitalists or various Third World despots.
The 2011 Frankfurt auto show is no exception. In fact, it may be an extreme example of how popular and profitable these vehicles remain, even in austere economic times. More than a dozen such toys were among the crop of new models introduced here.