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2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe – Convertible

The ultimate blend of precision performance, ingenious design and innovative engineering becomes a reality in the 2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible. Its aggressive exterior and optimized driving experience make it a worth runner-up for the title ‘best sports car of 2015’. Available in both coupé and convertible – it is the fastest, most refined standard Corvette has ever made.

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The coupé is light, low and lean thanks to the use of the lightweight carbon-nano-fiber components. State-of-the-art ventilation systems help air flow from front to back, cooling critical elements of the powertrain. Both the convertible and the coupé have the same level of optimal performance.

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Every millimetre of the model is executed with beauty and proportion – from the frosted high-intensity headlamps to the new digital features and driver controls in the cockpit. In terms of design– the Stingray is defined by a sharper, more sinister shape that blends seamlessly sharp edges and soft curves.

Two 8-inch screens are complemented by a colour Head-Up Display. Throughout the interior only the highest quality materials are used – carbon fibre, aluminium, and grade A leather. The steering wheel is wrapped in natural leather or sueded microfiber for a better grip and enhanced driving experience. The instrumental panel is a true state-of-the-art innovation with critical data projected into the driver’s line of sight on the windshield via a Head-Up Display. The driver’s seat is built with maximum comfort in mind and provides optimal support.

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The Stingray has another impressive feature – the world’s fastest-acting suspension patented Magnetic Ride Control system adjusts to the road every 15 milliseconds, providing unmatched security and comfort in all weather conditions. The 6.2V LT1 V8 engine boasts the staggering 460 horsepower, achieving a 0-60 time in 3.8 seconds. Its distinctive rear transaxle layout provides optimal weight balance.

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As evidenced by the high level of precision and engineering that has gone into the Stingray – it is a car made to serve the driver. Lighter materials and innovative technology create a machine that is perfectly in sync with the road and every human input. Prices for both models start at around $60,000.

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Jaguar XF 2015 revealed

The new Jaguar XF is what sheer driving pleasure is all about. Innovative design and refined engineering deliver unmatched performance and uncompromising comfort. It is not too often that a car of such calibre is able to deliver such innovation without compromising fuel efficiency, but the model succeeds admirably.

The new executive saloon is bigger, lighter, more robust and more technologically advanced than the seven-year-old model it replaces. Expected to reach showrooms at the tail end of this year it was unveiled at the New York Motor Show and quickly drew praise from all sides. Some of its impressive features are the trademark InControl Touch Pro multimedia system, which boasts a quad-core processor and “ultra-fast” ethernet network. There is also a Meridian sound system upgrade and a responsive 10.2-inch touchscreen.

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The XF’s aluminium-intensive architecture makes it 190kg lighter than its predecessor. The model is also 7mm shorter, but features a wheelbase is 51mm longer, leaving more headroom. Jaguar’s ‘Reva hoop’ design creates simple, yet elegant comfort and driving dynamics.

One of the more impressive features of the new model is the advanced aerodynamics with its straight lines and sharp edges that create a strong balance with efficiency. The car’s exterior is assertive and aggressive, bearing Jaguar’s easily recognizable form.

Engine and driving dynamics have also been improved thanks to a structure that is 28 per cent stiffer and 11 per cent lighter. Jaguar’s signature Configurable Dynamics provides the option to option to tweak the dampers, steering and eight-speed auto box. Electric power-steering is also available. Engine choices include the new Ingenium model that debuts in the XE, with 161bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesels. Another choice is the revised version of the 296bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbodiesel with a whopping 700Nm of torque, and the 375bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol from the F-Type.

Estimated starting price for the Jaguar XF starts around $50,000.jaguar

 

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Bentley unveils new EXP 10 Speed 6 Prototype

Unveiled at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, the new EXP 10 Speed 6, gently dubbed the new ‘Bentley baby’ is a spectacular two-seater that is posed to redefine the market for luxurious vehicles when it becomes available in three years time.

The new model is expected to be powered by a specially-tweaked 500 brake-horse-power 4.0 litre twin-turbo engine – only recently introduced into other Bentley models. This will allow the EXP to match the top speed of 200mph of other cars in the Bentley range.

bentleyIn terms of design it is a considerably smaller car with only two seats and two doors, but the change in size does not come at the expense of comfort. The smaller sporty car offers a sublime blend of “modern automotive design, highly skilled handcrafting, the finest materials and advanced performance technology” as eloquently described by a Bentley spokesman. It is a model packed with potential as it offers thrilling, driver-oriented performance with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness.

bentleyThe coupé is believed to be the start of a radical new family of five distinct models. With a price tag of £120,000 the high performance two-seater sports car will be the epitome of pinnacle luxury. From the striking copper elements on both exterior and interior features to the innovative technology and excellent craftsmanship – this model is an embodiment of Bentley’s design ambition.
Futuristic technology in the face of two-metal 3D texturing and a deftly intuitive 12” touchscreen facilitates the driving experience. The quilted sports seats are aesthetically-pleasing and covered in high-quality leather.
The new EXP 10 Speed 6 concept captures Bentley’s signature style brilliantly with its design reinterpreting the classic Continental GT styling cues like the four-round headlamps and matrix grille. A beautiful and subtle change are the stretched-oval taillamps over top dual exhaust tips of the same shape.

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The new i8 hybrid by BMW

Dubbed ‘the most progressive car ever’ the new BMW i8 hybrid is a true work of mechanical art. The modern combination of a powerful sports and emission values of a compact car is something worth exploring. The i8 model observes perfect synchronization of the internal combustion engine with the electric motor.

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Offering progressive driving pleasure, the vehicle boasts impressive LifeDrive architecture and is built with ground-breaking materials. The layering design is a technical innovation worth mentioning as it perfectly builds on top of the well-known BMW design.
The plug-in hybrid marks the height of a development process that began in 2008 with the result being a fantastic vehicle that’s elegant in appearance, but with the functionality of a hybrid. Efficiency and dynamics blend to form this beast on wheels that is a worthy heir of the BMW name. The car is equipped with the brand’s signature EfficientDynamics standard that guarantees reduction of emissions and fuel consumption with a simultaneous increase in performance – something they’ve been employing in all of their models for years. The intelligent energy management and efficiency are increased by the new ActiveHybrid engine and the BMW eDrive concept.

BMW i8 hybridThe sporty driving experience completes the image of the urban, modern and sustainable hybrid car. The model’s striking aesthetics pursue functionality as well with more aerodynamics being included for maximum efficiency. The core of its sleek design is the powerful mixture of sustainability and efficiency with aesthetics and dynamics. Its design follows the classic BMW philosophy with the signature black design element running from the front, over the roof, and to the rear.
The BMW i8 is retailing for £99,895 with one of its more striking features being the signature Louis Vuitton luggage set that’s been exclusively designed for the BMW i8 series. Produced entirely by carbon fibres- it matches the passenger compartment for a unique driving experience of unmatched luxury and comfort. See more luxurious cars hereBMW i8 hybrid

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Audi R8 V10 Spyder

The convertible version of Audi ‘s 10-cylinder R8 supercar known as the R8 V10 Spyder, is an excellent example of a seamless transition to a more docile automobile with extreme performance capabilities. With coupé and drop-top versions of the model buyers can enjoy one of the most appealing supercars that have hit the market in recent years. A powerful mix of driving dynamics, astounding functionality and remarkable design are the core elements of the new Audi.

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Powered by a 5.2-liter engine, this allows for a 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Maximum performance times are achieved with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with the car hitting 60 mph from in 3.6 seconds. The quattro four-wheel drive system distributes output evenly to the front and rear axles. This boots acceleration as well as increases the stability of the car.

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The sleek design of the exterior is only outmatched by the luxurious materials used throughout the interior for the creation of the ultimate driving experience. Buyers can choose from additional perks, such asNappa leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim and alcantara headliner. One of the more remarkable elements of the model is the infotainment system with navigation and entertainment features merged into one accessible MMI output. A a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, seven-speaker, 12 speaker, and 465-watt Bang & Olufsen AM/FM/CD stereo system are amongst the other additions that the model boasts.

The Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package is standard for the model and provides unrivalled driving comfort and elegance. The new ceramic brakes provide a unique blend of strength, lightness and increased resistance. All-LED headlights with exceptional brightness and clarity, and an adaptive suspension with selectable modes contribute to the superior performance and awe-inspiring power.

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The base price for the R8 V10 Spyder is $129,400 without taxes with a long list of optional extras to choose from.

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Porsche 911 Turbo S GB Edition

The ultimate limited-edition anniversary model has been released by Porsche 40 years after the iconic 911 Turbo hit the market. Apart from turning into the standard against all sports cars are measured against, Porsche has another decided advantage – the sleek design of its coupés and unmatched luxury of the interior.

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This new edition features a patriotic Union Flag design on the storage box in addition to black leather seats, and Guards Red stitching. As part of the £150,237 purchase price every buyer receives a personalized cover and a unique photo book detailing the creation process of the car. Technically – Porsche have decided to stick with the original 3.8-litre, flat-six turbocharged engine that is infamous for its blistering acceleration and “turbo lag”. The 560 horsepower are distributed to all four wheels thanks to Porsche’s seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission.

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The Turbo S GB Edition sports impressive safety features such as rear-wheel steering and active aerodynamics that make it more stable and manageable on the road.

On the design front it’s nice to see the brand has retained its classic sleek shape with gloss-black wheels, rear spoilers, mirrors and door handles in a classic 70’s style. Special carbon sill guards and a carbon interior trim package contribute to the classic appeal of the model. Available only to UK buyers only 40 cars will be manufactured in a selected choice of colours – GT Silver, white or Guards Red.

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While the form, the lines and the conceptual design bare the true 911 identity, the new Turbo S GB Edition boasts unique proportions that place it in a league of its own. The wings have been redesigned to be higher than the lid and the interior has been modelled with close consideration of the driver’s comfort. The powerful 3.8 litre engine allows for a 0 to 100 acceleration for the impressive 3.1 seconds.

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Britain’s first supercar – The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Hitting the streets in 1977, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a classic that has recently re-captured the attention of collectors. Immortalised by the Bond movie Goldfinger, the £500,000 old-school Aston is the epitome of power, high performance and style. The hand built V8 set new standards in terms of exclusivity and driving experience.

Built out of the standard AMV8, it replaced theDB6 in 1967, receiving a 5.3-litre, eight-cylinder engine that gives it extra power. This allows for a potential top speed of 170mph and a hefty boost to a 380 horsepower. This defines the car’s aggressive personality and superior performance. Its luxurious appearance is enhanced by an exquisite wooden dashboard, integrated tea-tray spoiler and smoother bonnet bulge.

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage boasts beautiful details, such as a blanked bonnet vent and a separate rear spoiler. The interior is decorated to a superb finish with fine black leather. Other additions that help the model stand out from the rest of the edition are the bigger carburetors and Nimrod racing-type heads that enhance the performance.

The model is exceptional not only for its collector’s value and performance features, but also because of its value as the first enhanced convertible released commercially. Aston’s high-performance drophead coupé boasts camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves, bigger carburettors mounted on new manifolds for increased output and luxurious interior.

The performance is pretty impressive with 0 to 60mph acceleration for 5.3 seconds. The model is a five-speed manual, although customizations allow for an automatic shift change. This is a car of truly iconic status –one that marked the beginning of years of engineering advancement and exceptional design for Aston Martin, and a one-in-a-million chance to own a little bit of history.

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Putting a price on classic beauty

Ultramodern automobiles may be desirable due to their functionality, performance and staggering technology, but there is something their older counterparts possess that tips the scale in the favour of the latter, and that is timeless class. It’s difficult to put a price on something that was the epitome of elegance and style on the road a century ago, but the following models come pretty close to it1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua.

Only real connoisseurs will fully comprehend the value of this vintage gem. Only four of the kind were built, making it a real prized collector’s item. For a price of £920,000 you get a bulletproof inline-6 engine, aluminium body, Perspex windows and a beige leather interior.

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB 

With an estimated value of £310,000 – £460,000, this is a fine luxury automobile from an era long gone. It’s renowned as one of the most powerful racing cars of its time and with only a handful being made. Amongst some of of Talbot-Lago’s hallmarks are the long crankshaft and the aluminium engine.

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1960 Facel Vega Excellence

The model is open and airy in design, swift and luxurious. Valued at £46,000 – £61,300 this model actually introduced pillarless suicide doors, beating the Lincoln Continental by 5 years. Only seven cars were built with the originally intended Chrysler’s 392ci Hemi V8 – it is extremely rare to come across one of these.

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1936 Panhard et Levassor Dynamic X76 Coupé Junior

Designed by Louis Bionier the car has a unique baroque appearance in combination with surprisingly modern engineering. It has a 2.5-litre six-cylinder Knight sleeve valve engine, monocoque body, torsion bar suspension and hydraulic brakes. Less than 25 cars of the model were made during 1936 and 1937 with the coach borrowing some of the stylistic features of the Panoramique. Currently priced at £19,000 – £27,000

1936 Panhard et Levassor Dynamic X76 Coupé Junior

1963 Porsche 356C

One of the most iconic speedsters, the vintage Porsche boasts racing-style bucket seats, removable side curtains instead of roll-up windows and a low windshield. The series were built with a variety of pushrod four-cylinder engines, disc brakes and the most powerful pushrod engine for the time. Expensive to restore due to being built before Porsche started to rust-proof cars, the model is valued at £15,400 – £23,000.

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Bentley’s need for Mulsanne Speed

A new offer from Bentley sees the brand reinvent itself in a truly memorable way – one that combines appearance with substance of style. You would be pressed to encounter an automobile that’s more powerful, dynamic and provides a more eloquent expression of class and luxury than the new Mulsanne Speed.

The model boasts staggering features, such as the revised 6.75 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which boosts acceleration, power and torque. This results in a top speed of 190mph and a 0 to 60mph acceleration of 4.8 seconds. It handles well on the road thanks to its impressive weight of 2,685kg.

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When it comes to design – the Mulsanne Speed lives up to expectations with its striking new detail work that accentuates the classic beauty of the brand. Among the subtle changes to the model are: the darker tint of the trademark matrix grille, lower bumper apertures, headlamps, rear lights and wing vents. The new unique 21’’ wheel design completes the timeless look.

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The Mulsanne benefits from 13% efficiency improvements that provide 50 miles (80km) more range from the same sized engine and fuel tank, which is truly impressive. The car is as efficient as it is awe-inspiring and it offers superb control and driving experience thanks to improved Sport settings for the throttle, suspension and steering.

The cabin is equipped with a 14-speaker audio system with Digital Signal Processing that consists of 20 custom-made speakers, the world’s most powerful production amplifier and eight DSP modes. The sporting edge throughout the interior and exterior is achieved through the skilful use of handcrafted details.

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With a base price of £252,000 the model can be fitted with the state-of-the-art Sub-Zero ICBB142S/S/TH fridge for an extra £13,650. Overall, the new Mulsanne Speed combines the best not of two, but of three worlds – the speed of a Porsche, the comfort of the Jaguar and the fine-handling of a Ferrari.

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Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

The member of the Ghost family is the essence of Rolls-Royce in its simplest, purest form – it’s basically class incarnate. Dramatic and graceful, the unique blend of cutting-edge technology and luxurious design creates the ultimate dynamic drive. In the true style of the brand the extension of their Ghost series is a powerful, yet subtle automobile that retains the BMW-derived, 563bhp, 12-cylinder, 6.6-litre engine of its predecessor. The main changes are on the aesthetic front and barely visible, although the extra 17 cm of legroom is definitely worth noting.

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In terms of technology – the Rolls Royce Ghost II adopts the “satellite-aided transmission” used in the two-door Wraith model for better, smoother navigation. The new slick “infotainment” set-up is controlled by a console-mounted knob with a touchscreen top and is nothing short of impressive. In addition to the on-board wifi and aircraft-style head-up display projected onto the windscreen there is voice-command system to complete the luxurious experience.

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The brand has retained the signature, instantly-recognisable shape of the LED headlights, but has accentuated the powerful look of the car with a subtle sculpting of the bumper. In combination with the chrome finishes on the lower grille, the Ghost II boasts a contemporary feel in addition to uncompromising proportion and elegance. A pleasant surprise is the fact that it hasn’t lost speed at the expense of its truck-like 2.6 tonnes and is able to remain unfeasibly fast.

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The exquisitely-finished black veneer, seashell leather and lambswool floor mats create an interior that is difficult to be outmatched in luxury and comfort. Every single detail – the folding picnic tables, massage seats, panoramic sunroof and 18-speaker sound system have been tailored specifically to the Ghost’s interior for a superb feel and look.

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All in all – it delivers in terms of performance, appearance and driving experience. The retail price hasn’t been announced yet, although the previous model is available for the base price of $250,000, so it’s safe to presume the sequel will put it in the stratosphere of the automotive market.