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New Models revealed by Rolls-Royce and Bentley

The 2015 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show has seen some truly spectacular models by leading brands. Leaders in the automobile industry have taken the scene by storm with the revelation of two new models that are epitome of contemporary luxury, power and technological advancements – the much-anticipated Bentayga sport utility vehicle (SUV) presented by Bentley and the Dawn convertible by Rolls-Royce.

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The powerful and exclusive cars will undoubtedly broaden the interest in both luxury brands as they are already generating some serious social buzz. At a price of £160,000 this is the first 4×4 for luxury car-maker Bentley and a bold move into unchartered territories – one which the company expects to generate 3,000 registrations per annum globally at peak. Marketed as ‘the most powerful, luxurious, and exclusive sports utility vehicle in the world’, the new Bentayga is a turning point for the company and capitalizes on the equivalent of two Range Rovers.

2016-Bentley-Bentayga-1042-876x535The car is powered by a vast 6-litre 600 bhp twin-turbo-charged W12 TSI engine, allowing it to accelerate from rest to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 187mph. The latest in engineering technology allows for different modes – on or off-road terrains and there is an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive.

rolls royce dawnThe visually-stunning £250,000 Dawn convertible, on the other hand, is part of the Ghost/Wraith family of vehicles. Nearly 80% of the exterior body panels of the Dawn are “newly designed” to accommodate the changes in shape and the evolution of design. The sleek four-seat luxury car is powered by the automaker’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V-12 engine. Some of the more spectacular features include an eight-speed satellite-aided automatic transmission, adaptive headlights with glare-free technology and adaptive cruise control.

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Both models are fitted with the latest high-tech, luxury ‘must haves’ and the companies are already accepting bookings for the start of the manufacturing process next year.

 

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Aston Martin unveils James Bond’s new car

The DB10 was debuted by Aston Martin as the new car built exclusively for the upcoming Spectre film of the James on franchise. This marks the continuation of a 50-yearlong partnership that has seen the famous luxurious automobile brand produce some of its most emblematic vehicles.
Production will be strictly limited to 10 cars and all will be constructed at the Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters. Specifications of the vehicle are kept secret, but the design builds on top of previous Aston Martin models and exhibits the same sleek curves and minimalism of architecture and engineering.
It is yet to be revealed what gadgets the luxurious ride will possess, but given that it will be none other than James Bond’s car, it will surely have to live up to the reputation of the fierce, elegant and dashing assassin.
Marek Reichman – Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer – will closely cooperate with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to ensure the car is every bit the ideal statement vehicle for Britain’s most famous spy. Bond’s use of the brand began with the movie Goldfinger and has, since then, flourished into a decade-long creative partnership with the DB10 being the ultimate proof.

aston martin james bondSharp, faster and more aggressive – the design of the DB10 is in unison with the brand’s continuous innovation and development of its visionary models. Sophisticated and confident, it incorporates some of Aston Martin’s most bespoke characteristics, such as top performance, driving experience and unprecedented ferocity.

Due for release in the upcoming November, the introduction of the DB10 is one of the most anticipated events of 2015, and expected to generate a lot of buzz in the coming months. Its sublime, sinister aesthetic complements the darker undertone of the last few movies of the Bond franchise and is expected to enhance the premise of the new movie.

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Tesla Model X

The new Model X was announced by Tesla and is expected to launch at the end of the year. Combining the ample space and diverse functionality of a sports utility vehicle and the unparalleled performance of a Tesla, the new car is breaking frontiers and setting new standards in the world of luxurious automobiles.
State-of-the-art technology and engineering will be integrated in the new Model X, allowing for increased control and a wheel-drive standard. The vehicle will be powered by two separate, digitally-controlled electric motors and is expected to boast other impressive electronic features that will “blow people away” as CEO Elon Musk says himself.

tesla model xThe California, Fremont plant of the brand will be the site of construction for both the Model X and the Model S. Although deliveries were originally scheduled for 2014, Tesla had to postpone production dates as they enable the new manufacturing equipment and finalize agreements with suppliers.
Designed on the basis of its predecessor –the Model X will expand on its capabilities and versatile features for an improved driving experience. Lots of new gadgets will contribute to the futuristic feel of the vehicle. Its sleek design is optimized for enhancement aerodynamics and one of the more interesting features are the Falcon Wing rear doors that fold up and out of the way, which permits for parking in narrow spaces..tesla model xAt the time the company is withholding more details on the specifics of the performance and other metrics of the Model X, but the asking price is expected to be in region of the Model S of about $79,000. Reservations for the new automobile have been accepted since February 2012 and buyers, who are eager to own the new Tesla, are required to put down a $5,000 deposit.

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Vintage BMW 501 V8 Limousine

BMW has long been the epitome of genuine driving pleasure and it is a concept well noted in their earlier classic models like the 501 V8. The vintage limousine, exquisitely restored to the minutest detail, conveys a message of elegance and quality, pertaining to a different era.
The brand’s first postwar automobile, produced from 1952 boasts conservative design and surmising luxury that makes it relevant even today. Nicknamed the “Baroque Angel” – the six-seater sedan is a dynamic car with rich heritage and fascinating charm. Visionary for its time, it benefits from a six-cylinder engine of the pre-war type 326 that BMW further enhanced and developed. The solid frame and sleek design come together to form a powerful and reliable machine that is spacious and versatile.

Vintage BMW 501 V8 Limousine It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this is the car that positioned BMW as a leader amongst the brands whose names are synonymous for luxury and high quality on the road. With ample dimensions and a total weight of 1285kg – the 501 V8 is sturdy, yet easy to navigate. The enhanced engine model makes for considerably improved driving performance.

Vintage BMW 501 V8 Limousine
The model’s strength lies in its simplicity and clean design. It is simply equipped and apart from the exterior design and luxurious interior – it doesn’t boast any other considerable features. However, with a car of this calibre, this works well as it doesn’t distract from its obvious qualities and signature elements.
With its interior beautifully and carefully restored, the car features all its original welding points of the body parts and is in excellent condition. Vintage BMW 501 V8 LimousineThe exact price is available on request, although similar models sell in the region of £20,000. Due to aging, the original paint layer has been refreshed as has the leather interior, resulting in an impeccable version of the original 501 V8 in all its glory.

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Lamborghini HURACÁN LP 610-4

The Huracán is the worthy successor of the Gallardo, classes above its predecessor in terms of impression and intent. Although there aren’t any obvious differences in design, the subtle details attract attention with precision of execution and harmony – the Y-shaped LED daytime lamps and the side glass that tucks into the body are some of the more beautiful features. The sharp, aerodynamic lines are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional as they fend the air and improve performance.

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The interior is comfortable and luxurious with a state-of-the-art 12.3-inch digital instrument panel with three full-screen modes for easy navigation, shifting at the limit or testing the terminal velocity. An astounding feature is the engine shut-off at spotlights for a ten-percent increase in fuel economy. With a maximum speed of 325km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 in just 3.2 seconds the Huracán can be defined by a single expression: “control over power”.

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The $428,500 vehicle stands out with simplicity and beautiful symmetry, where engineering expertise and functional design meet to create a car of unprecedented prestige and Italian craftsmanship.

Lamborghini Huracán Lamborgini have stuck to the V10 engine, with 5.2-litre capacity that was used in the Gallardo model, although the Huracán boasts 449kW of power (or 610 horsepower) and 560Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission distributes power to all four wheels and there are three separate driving modes to choose from via the steering wheel-mounted ANIMA ((Adaptive Network Intelligent Management).

Lamborghini HuracánThese modes are Strada (street), Sport and Corsa (track) and bring a whole new level of superb driving experience.

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The cockpit-style ambiance of the interior is unusual at first, albeit surprisingly comfortable. Some core elements, such as the font on the buttons, are shared with Auidi. The leather-lined wheel and seating bares the mark of the highest level of Italian craftsmanship, built around the driver for a unique experience and uncompromising quality.

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BMW unveils new 7 series

The flagship 7 series luxury limousine by BMW has been unveiled as the brand’s most lightweight, high-tech model of 2015. The new car may be facing serious competition on the shrinking market, but its cutting-edge technology and spectacular design are helping it gain momentum ahead of the Mercedes S class, Audi A8, Porsche Panamera and the Tesla Model S.

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With a fully-autonomous automatic parking as well as gesture-recognition for volume control and navigation direction – the new 7 series sets new standards in engineering and technology. Its intelligent connectivity coupled with a dynamic driving experience and unmatched comfort opens new horizons in its class.

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The model possesses the classic attributes of high-end sedans like status, luxury and comfort, but it boasts added value with more interior ambiance and innovative functionality. With carbon fibre being the preferred material, it has significantly reduced the vehicle’s weight. The body structure is based on the BMW i electric models – this has optimized strength and rigidity as well as significantly lower fuel consumption and emissions.bmw 7 series It is highly attractively styled with an impressive and strong presence and generous proportions – a clear indication of the direction BMW is heading to. Another impressive feature is the laser headlights that emit a high beam that reaches 600 meters (almost 2,000 feet). The model comes in two versions – a rear-wheel-drive 740i with a V-6 engine, and an all-wheel-drive 750i xDrive powered with a V-8.

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The car can go from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds thanks to the impressive 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Although pricing remains to be set, it is expected that the 740i will start at $82,250 and the 750i – at $98,350.

Being the first ever automobile to use gesture controls and an autonomous parking feature, the BMW 7 series is already generating  a lot of buzz with the first cars expected to reach dealershiips in the beginning of 2016.

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Buick Avenir Concept

The new Buick Avenir Concept presented at the Detroit Motor Show is expected to redefine the future of luxury vehicles. Dubbed ‘the most beautiful Buick so far’ it is a true testament to the perfect blend of design, luxury and engineering. Its sophisticated and sleek exterior adds to a superb automotive experience, building on the brand’s 112-year heritage. The re-invented model will, without a doubt, be the car that brings the design into the future, building on top of Buick’s signature luxury and technological advancement.

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The Avenir stands out with its luxurious interior, elegant design and forward technology. The core elements of the interior are comfort, connectivity and moderation with the space utilized in a way that enhances the driving experience and gives a sense of freedom. Some of the innovative features are the driver-recognition options that automatically sync infotainment preferences, mobile device wireless charging and the ionic cabin air filtration.

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Steel, glass and leather are the materials used to bring this forward concept to life and push the boundaries of technological and aesthetic perfection. The sculpted design features full LED exterior lighting, a new grille design and striking proportions with an imposing presence.

The next-generation V-6 engine has an active fuel management and stop/start technology. On the technological front it’s hard to miss the Buick IntelliLink infotainment with large, 12-inch-diagonal color touch screen. The entire design of the car is a modern interpretation of the landmark 1954 Wildcat II concept. Its proportions are 204.5 inches in length and 76.0 inches in diameter.

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The wireless phone charging and a 4G OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot in the cabin are a conveniesbnt feature that adds to the comfort of the passengers. The four-place interior features individual bucket seats bisected by a full-length center console.

With the actual release date is unknown it is expected to come on the market by the end of 2018 with a retail price of $60,000.

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Alfa 4C Spider

The open-top alternative to the coupe was introduced at the Detroit Motor Show. The exquisite aesthetics of the 4C coupe have not been compromised and the transition to the Spider has produced a car that is even more spectacular and modern. The new model is a seamless blend of a single sculpted hoop in aluminium and carbon fibre, and a sleek curved body

Alfa 4C Spider

Transforming coupes into convertibles is an ambitious move, but in this case it totally pays off. A new range of alloy wheels, measuring 17in in diameter up front and 18in at the rear, unique single-lens headlights and a carbon fibre complete the exquisitely- designed open-topped Spider. The soft folding roof features an optional carbon fibre hardtop.

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There aren’t significant changes in the interior with the exception of the improved Alpine system with Bluetooth streaming. There are also more grim options and a wider choice of colours. Other subtle changes include a new center-mount exhaust system with dual carbon-titanium pipes and covered headlamps, which are a nifty design element.

Alfa 4C Spider

The same turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque powers the Spider. A decided advantage is the fact that the 4C’s weight gain has no impact on the car’s performance with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph pinning 4.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 155 mph. Braking, lateral acceleration, and weight distribution remain unaffected.

Alfa 4C Spider

The new 4C Spider is a beautiful and compact sports car – in the spirit of Italian craftsmanship. The weight gain has been kept to a minimum and glass for both the windscreen and side windows is 10 per cent thinner than on its predecessor.
The design preview is still at the conceptual stage and is expected to hit stores later in 2015 with price announced at $55,195.

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Ford unveils all-new GT supercar

Ford unveiled an all-new GT supercar at the Detroit show that sets new standards of innovation, engineering and performance. The sleek model is set to become Ferrari’s most serious competitor for peak performance.

The car is designed by Scot Moray Callum, younger brother of Jaguar design director Ian, and features upwardly swinging scissor doors, 20’ alloy wheels and raised twin exhausts. It also boasts the most powerful EcoBoost production engine yet, which is a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 with more than 600 horsepower.

Ford GT supercar

The all-new GT is an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for performance through EcoBoost®, advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and an ultra-efficient design. Ford will begin production of the model next year with the car hitting stores in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ford GT supercar

With innovation being at the core of the company, the new GT is the ultimate execution of elite engineering and unmatched performance. Making extensive use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre aend aluminium – the model boasts improved acceleration and handling with higher efficiency. In fact – the use of the lighter materials – has significantly improved all of the vehicle’s capabilities – from acceleration and handling to braking and safety all the while dramatically reducing weight.

Ford GT supercar

Its form is just as impressive with the tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and curved windshield – designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce. In addition all surfaces on the GT are functionally crafted to manage airflow and include fully active aerodynamic components to improve stability, handling and breaking. The F1-style wheel features all necessary driver controls, allowing for uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls.

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A configurable digital display provides a wealth of driver-focuseddata. Base price for the model is announced at $400,000!

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Limited edition Maserati by Ermenegildo Zegna

This year’s Geneva Motor Show saw the introduction of another iconic model that was the result of the cooperation between Italian luxury fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati. The new limited edition Maserati Quattroporte will be produced in just 100 examples, and will be priced at £170,000 and available starting June.

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The 530-horsepower, 185mph gentleman’s express bares the mark of Maserati’s detail to performance and Zegna’s unmistakable craftsmanship to provide the ultimate driving experience. Each vehicle is coated with a special Platinum Silk paint with aluminium pigments that give it a satin-like appearance and texture similar to Zegna cloth. This finish is also applied to the unique 20in wheels. An Ermenegildo Zegna plate is located on the side of the car and acts as a subtle statement of stature and elegance.

The interior is just as spectacular with the upholstery combining special chevron-weave Zegna silk with premium-grade leathers. The Maserati Quttroporte reaches a new level of on-road luxury with impeccable execution and attention to detail – roof lining, sun shades and door panels are all covered in grey jersey silk.

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Based on the existing Gran Turismo MC Stradale chassis, the model sports the easily recognisable oval grille, imposing bonnet, and captivating modern design. Carbon-fibre body tub, electro-actuated gearbox and a technologically-advanced interior shape the Quattroporte as the luxurious ride that it claims to be. The driver’s experience is enhanced by the TFT (thin film transistor) liquid-crystal instrument display and a range-topping 15-speaker, 1,280-watt audio system designed by Bowers & Wilkins.

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All buyers of the spectacular ride receive an owner’s collection kit that includes 19 “refined articles”, a 3.5m length of Zegna silk, leather items and a variety of personal accessories. These products have been designed in keeping with the Maserati’s innate elegance and reflect the Quattroporte signature style with its aesthetic touches that make it unique.

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