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Bentley Continental GT Convertible Inspired by a Princess Yacht

Bentley is a brand iconic on its own, but when it decides to combine its design talent and state-of-the-art expertise in automobile making with another signature company – the result is a limited-edition convertible with a luxurious, nautical feel.

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The new Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition is scheduled to make its public debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The limited-edition Galene is after the Greek Goddess of calm seas, owns its sleek design by Mulliner and Princess Yachts. The elegant white Bentley is a testament to the successful collaboration of two pinnacle brands share collective design talents.

Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division, worked with Princess Design Studio to create Galene. The convertible was inspired by Princess Yachts’ M-Series superyachts. The white exterior boasts a sequin-blue stripe on its brightwork to mimic a Princess hull’s glistening water line. The darkened front and rear lights resemble the tinted windows on its superyachts and the dark-blue hood completes its sporty, oceangoing look.

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The nautical design cues can also be seen throughout Galene’s interior. Mulliner went with an entirely new material finish, a pinstriped walnut veneer, to give the sense of being surrounded by teak decks. The carmaker has worked with famous artist Jaume Vilardell to illustrate the interior fascia panels with a bespoke drawing of a Princess yacht, along with the coordinates of its shipyard in Plymouth. There are hand-stitched seats and door panels, reaching the same quality found on the Princess M series to provide an elegant finish to the exterior.

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The collaboration between these two iconic British brands is quite fitting as both are interested in exploring new possibilities in their target segments. Princess and Bentley Motorsport announced a three-year sponsorship deal that brings the worlds of yachting and motor racing together at racing events where Bentley’s Continental GT3 will be competing.

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Italdesign’s $1.7 Million ZeroUno Supercar

Italdesign has kept its purpose-driven passion as well as increased the intensity. Acclaimed for the automotive artistry it has produced, the Torino-based team has finally stepped in the spotlight and revealed its own masterwork—the ZeroUno supercar.

Using the form-follows-function approach has ensured that the new ZeroUno is just as spectacular as the cars the brand has designed for other auto giants like the iconic Lamborghini Aventador. Now, its signature four-wheel-drive coupe is as compelling as its performance. It is built from a chassis constructed of carbon fiber and aluminum, and covered in a completely carbon-fiber body. The car carries a 610 hp, 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine (with 413 ft lbs of torque) that is mated with a paddle-shift-activated dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.

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The ZeroUno’s polygonal-shaped nose is accentuated by the car’s aggressive aerodynamic accents at the back. It is capable of going from stationary to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and zoom up to 205 mph. The car’s efficiency in motion is partly dictated by its air-slicing aesthetic. The design is a mix of soft, clean surfaces for the main body and extremely functional aerodynamic elements.

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These elements include the car’s six-sided polygonal-shaped nose, two side air intakes, a dual-winged rear spoiler, and a state-of-the-art air-flow construct called Y-Duct. The latter helps funnel air into the front of the vehicle and divert it out of two sculpted openings in the hood for increased downforce. In turn, speed is arrested by carbon-ceramic brakes (with 8 pistons in front and 6 at the back) that bring the custom Pirelli P Zero tires (fitted on 20-inch aluminum rims from Oz) to a full stop in short order.

Only five examples of this automobile will be produced, making it an even bigger status symbol than Bugatti. The ZeroUno rolls with a starting price of $1.7 million.

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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet

Friday saw the unveiling of the Vision 6 Cabriolet concept at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in Monterey, California by Mercedes-Maybach.

The stunning cabriolet is the ultimate embodiment of the Mercedes’ Sensual Purity design philosophy. Its execution brings together classic automotive design element with a sleek futuristic aesthetic.

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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury to a whole new level and is the perfect embodiment of the brand’s design strategy.  Its luxurious “haute couture” interior complements the stunning proportions to create the ultimate experience.

The all-electric drop top continues Mercedes’ move towards alternative propulsion. The Maybach was introduced shortly after the company’s AMG division unveiled the new hypercar’s 1,000 horsepower Formula One-derived hybrid drivetrain.

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Hand-finished to perfection, the Vision 6 Cabriolet is likened to a boat on wheels with its nearly six metres in length, generous proportions reminiscent of classic Art Deco design, and long bonnet and plenty of puristic, flowing lines.

The rear is especially eye-catching with its shape in the vein of a boat tail of a luxury yacht. Dark blue exterior called Nautical Blue Metallic furthers the allure and newly-designed 24-inch light-alloy wheels feature a centre lock finished in rose gold – this is a shade found on all electric vehicle studies from the automaker.

The interior has been conceptualised to merge with the exterior. There is a 360° open-air luxury lounge experience being offered. The cabin is dressed with lavish, quilted crystal white nappa leather for ultimate comfort.

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Open-pore wood flooring, complete with inlaid aluminium, is reminiscent of yachting again, and rose gold makes its way on to trim elements. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet’s comes with custom-made fabric top adorned with rose gold, in the interwoven tread stitch on the unit.

A shallow underfloor battery gives the car a range of over 500 km, and there’s a quick-charge function for the car – with a charging capacity of up to 350 kW with DC charging based on the CCS standard. Enough power can be charged in just five minutes to achieve an additional range of around 100 km.

Price is yet to be announced.

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The $2.5 million Pagani Huayra

The modern fleet of supercars has grown with one more worthy model, courtesy of Pagani. The gorgeous Huayra BC is dedicated to the late Benny Caiola, the car-loving developer who was Pagani’s first customer (the “BC” stands for his initials). The exotic Italian company has gone to great lengths to make this dedication known, even featuring a personal note from the brand’s founder on their website.

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This is a car inspired by one man that will appeal to many. With its many performance-boosting tweaks typically done to a track-only editions and a street legal status, it is considerably more savage than the standard Huayra. The more muscular 789-hp Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter V-12 engine gives the new Huayra new levels of performance.

This is the world’s lightest $2.5 million supercar, which is also fast, fun and comfortable. A drop from 2,976 lbs to 2,680 lbs. makes the Pagani Huayra light and maneuverable. Its innovative 7-speed automated manual transmission is 40% lighter than a typical dual-clutch transmission. The custom transmission is designed by race supplier Xtrac, and uses carbon fiber synchronizers to save weight.

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An additional electro-hydraulic clutch system provides light clutch pedal pressure despite the need for the clutch to transmit the engine’s considerable power.

Low-drag racing-style tripod axle joints are installed in place of the conventional constant velocity joints normally used. The car’s suspension components are forged aluminum, making the Brembo carbon ceramic matrix brakes lighter than cast iron stoppers.

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A Bosch electronic stability control system gives drivers a choice of three modes; comfort, sport and track, which permit ever-increasing levels of freedom to apply the Mercedes-AMG engine’s power to the road without restraint.

The car won’t debut until next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Despite its hefty $2.5 million price tag all 20 examples of the Huayra BC are already sold out.

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Rolls-Royce’s £350,000 new Phantom

Rolls-Royce has revealed its most technically advanced Phantom ever. The flagship model, which costs £350,000, boasts a state-of-the-art design to whisk the world’s wealthiest around in near silence and luxury.

The Phantom flagship limousine was launched at a VIP party in London. It is the eighth in a bespoke line stretching back 92 years. The brand markets the new Phantom as ‘the most silent motor car in the world’ and the quietest Rolls-Royce ever made. It has a powerful 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 engine, but top speed is electronically restricted to 155mph. Thanks to its sports car acceleration, getting from 0-62mph can be achieved in just 5.3 seconds.

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This spectacular piece of automotive art paves the way for a future all-electric Rolls-Royce as the brand prepares for Government moves to ban the sale of new ‘conventional’ petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040.

Connoisseurs and collectors of fine art will be pleased to know there is plenty of space inside the limousine to display some of their own specially commissioned artworks, set behind a long stretch of protective glass on the dashboard. This essentially doubles the luxury limousine as an art gallery on wheels.

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Another feature worth mentioning is the largest Starlight ‘headliner’ ever seen in a Rolls-Royce, comprising pinpricks of light in the roof. They are surrounded by high gloss and exquisitely tactile’ wood panelling in the door interiors, centre consoles, dashboard and picnic tables. The armrests draw inspiration from the classic J-Class yacht.

A sweep of wood panelling can be found across the back of the front seats and is influenced by the famous Eames Lounge Chair of 1956 which is part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent display.

Phantom customers have a choice of seats: including the more intimate lounge seat, individual seats with an occasional armrest, or fixed centre console, plus the newly introduced ‘sleeping seat’.

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Flying Car 4.0 from AeroMobil Revealed

Flying cars have long been the stuff of sci fi movies and wild dreams, but for wealthy buyers – they will soon be a fascinating reality. AeroMobil, based in Central Europe, has a team of 40 engineers and designers from eight countries who have made real strides in the sector. The team recently presented their version 4.0 of its vehicle at the International Paris Air Show, at Le Bourget Airport.

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The AeroMobil concept is designed to work in today’s infrastructure and present drivers slash pilots with an alternative to avoid congestions and heavy ground traffic.  On the road, the vehicle can travel up to 100 mph for more than 400 miles. In the air, it can fly nonstop for almost 500 miles and cruising at speeds up to 160 mph. The vehicle can comfortably seat two passengers, and can transform from drive mode into flight mode in less than three minutes, according to a spokesman for the company. One minor inconvenience is that the AeroMobil needs a runway to take off and land, and operators will have to be certified pilots to operate it.

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The exterior is made from carbon composites, to increase strength and minimize weight. When airborne, the vehicle is designed to be stable and easy to manoeuvre, the company says. The cockpit is fashioned from a high-strength monocoque structure for safety, and in an emergency, the pilot can deploy a ballistic parachute. This is done to ensure the entire vehicle can be brought safely to the ground.

The ground-breaking vehicles are scheduled for delivery by 2020, with the company taking pre-orders now. Estimated cost for the cutting-edge model is about $1.4 million to $1.8 million.

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This 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 becomes the most expensive British car to be auctioned

Described as ‘the most important Aston Martin ever produced’, the 1956 DBR1 is likely to become the most expensive British car ever when it goes under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale. The auction is scheduled for August 18 and 19 during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week in the US.

The 1956 racer, which is chassis number one of just five made, is said to attract bids of over £15 million ($20 million) from wealthy connoisseurs. This is closer to the £17 million ($21.7 million) mark of the previously sold 1955 Jaguar D-Type that sold at the same auction last year and currently holds the record for the priciest motor sale at an auction in Britain.

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The car is described as Aston’s ‘equivalent to the Ferrari 250 GTO and the similarities between the two are undeniable. Both vehicles are built to dominate on the track with the DBR1 making its debut at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1956.

Preserved in pristine condition, the svelte frame of the legendary model hides a 3.0-litre straight-six engine packing around 250bhp. In 1959, that was enough to shame all the competition at the Nurburgring 1,000 KM race.

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This is the first time a DBR1 has ever been made available to the public, so there is already a long line of potential buyers who are eager to own this historical piece. The fact it is chassis number 1 makes this model the most enticing for fans of classic British cars.

RM Sotheby’s describes it as being “immaculately presented down to every last detail, and the most correct of all five examples built, making it the most significant group of Astons to ever come to auction.”

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The legendary model was retired after the Nürburgring victory in 1959 and has since been in the ownership of the Honourable John Dawnay, future Viscount Downe and Aston Martin Owner’s Club president as well as been part of a number of major collections.

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The EarthRoamer – The World’s Most Expensive off-road campervan

The super wealthy can travel in style and comfort with this luxurious camper, which costs more than a house. The extravagant EarthRoamer XV-LTS can be purchases for $438,000 USD (£337,000) and can be customized with a whole array of spectacular features.

Able to fit up to four people, the interior of the EarthRoamer can be fully personalized. Buyers can choose to fit it with additional perks apart from the 40-inch TV, Bose surround sound system and a heated bathroom. The extendable outdoor kitchen is perfect for a summer getaway.

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Interested buyers will need to put their names down on a list and wait a year before they can get their hands on the EarthRoamer XV-LTS. The vehicle provides a comfortable ride on all terrains thanks to its chassis based on the Ford-F550 pick-up. It is modelled to be a completely self-sufficient motor home. It uses 1,200 watts of power stored in its batteries.

A great deal of planning and craftsmanship goes into the making of the EarthRoamer. Each individual vehicle is hand-built, custom to order, and designed from the ground up. The design team strive for it to be capable, comfortable and reliable in any weather or terrain.

The EarthRoamer excels off road, is self-sufficient off grid, and provides a luxury experience not found in any other vehicle in the industry. Owners include well-known stars like John Meyer and a number of private millionaires, who are interested to get off the beaten path in a vehicle they can trust.

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Called ‘The Ultimate Adventure Camper’ – the EarthRomaer XV-LTS comes with its own solar panels and water tanks for a self-sustainable trip outside civilization. They are hand-built from the ground up with custom wiring and interior fittings to ensure they meet the specifications of each individual client.

The 6.7-liter diesel, 4×4 vehicle averages about 10 miles per gallon, and once parked the EarthRoamer is a model of efficiency. Everything is designed to make the most of every bit of engine and solar power from the roof-mounted solar panels.

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World’s most expensive car – Rolls Royce Sweptail

Rolls-Royce has just unveiled the most expensive car ever built – a one-off custom creation called the Sweptail. At a reported price of nearly $13 million, it far surpasses the previous leader in the category – the $3 million Bugatti Chiron.

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Still, Rolld-Royce’s newest addition will not be as expensive as the costliest $38 million Ferrari 250 GTO, but it will retail in the price range of brand-new Chirons. The Sweptail represents a return to prominence for the brand’s time-honored coach-building business. Described as the automotive equivalent of haute couture, Sweptail was designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.

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The concept for the Sweptail came to life thanks to an anonymous client, who approached the brand with a unique request in 2013. The wealthy connoisseur of super-yachts and aircrafts requested a unique car inspired by luxury yachts of the 1920s and ’30s. The result is a vehicle that erases the difference between driving and sailing as it brings them together in one smooth experience.

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It is the result of four years of meticulous work and uncompromising craftsmanship. The Sweptail’s signature feature is the single-piece glass roof, which tapers into the car’s fastback rear end. This bold design feature dominates the car’s silhouette. Technical specs of the car have not yet been released, but it’s believed to be based on the current-generation Phantom platform. If this is true, this means some version of the company’s 6.75-liter V-12 is most likely to be found under its long bonnet.

Reported price for the new model will start at £10 million – roughly $12.83 million – although this is yet to be confirmed.

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The Sebring Edition Shelby Cobra

Designed to kill and be disarmingly fast, the Sebring Edition Shelby Cobras, from Superformance and Shelby American, are exquisite clones of Carroll Shelby’s classic racers that competed at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1963. This extremely limited collection replicates the original vehicles’ design and engineering. All were initially customized for that specific endurance contest and the famous drivers behind the wheel.

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Any wealthy race car aficionado will be thrilled with the replicas. The level of precision and detailing is outstanding with the green-glowing tachometer to the cutback door on the driver’s side to the dashboard switches from a B25 bomber.

The cars will be offered in four distinct liveries, two of which made their debut at the Sebring start. The originals were piloted by the legendary Dan Gurney. At the same time, Ken Miles was making a run for victory lane in chassis No. CSX2002 (badged with No.16). The two other versions available are variations to CSX2128. The car featured a facade of yellow with black stripes and black with yellow stripes again respectively.

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Of the 15 cars – two will feature aluminum bodies while the remainder will be fashioned in fiberglass. All will be built above a steel tube frame chassis. Some of the notable Sebring specifics are a third hood latch, an FIA-style fuel filler cap, race-correct badging, a hood scoop with rivets, an aluminum radiator, and an interior roll bar.

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The 15 examples will come with starting price that ranges from $160,000 to $195,000. Each car will be commissioned together with a Baume & Mercier Shelby Sebring watch that is numbered to match the corresponding chassis.