Top 10 Luxury Cars
There is no doubt on the fact that whenever a Rolls Royce, a Bentley or an Aston Martin rolls in the street, all the heads turn and everybody is left breathless and dazed. No one can help staring at the car and wishing for one. This is what a luxury car does to a person; it draws and then captivates his undying attention and love. The luxury car instills a feeling so wonderful that it, quite literally, moves the soul. Although coming with big price tags, the exclusive feeling associated with the ownership of a luxury car is special indeed.
An amalgam of perfection and breathtaking design, the minds behind these cars commit themselves to make these cars a worthwhile experience. With elegance embedded in every curve and feature of the car, engineers and designers both work together and make these cars a compound of excellence and passion and add to its distinctiveness.
With a number of companies rolling out luxury cars in the preceding year, it was difficult to narrow down the search to a few cars. However here are the top 10 most unique and stylish luxury cars.
1. Aston Martin DB9:
A car that has made one of the most surprising and greatest comebacks in the history of automobiles, the Aston Martin DB9 is a drool-inducing sight. Ever since its introduction in 2004, the DB9 remains one of the most desirable cars.
When it comes to comfort, it seems as if the car has space for pilots in the front. And even though this seemingly spacious front has been made possible at the expense of space at the back, the car compensates with comfortable interior.
The DB9 boasts off a 5.9L V12 engine which generates 470 bhp. The engine is inspired from the V12 Vanquish, DB9’s sister car. The car has been made for fast-track and smooth cruising. The 470 bhp engine gives 0-62 mph in just 4.8 seconds. DB9 also comes with a six-speed, paddle override ZF auto and makes the shifts work for you.
The DB9 has been conceived as a GT, and you would do well to remember that. the handling is a bit stiff; the V12 engine hanging in the front is no child’s play and the car has a tendency to under steer.
Sit back, crank u the stereo and relax. If you are out to show off, there is no better car to do it with. It is difficult to look uncool in this car. However, with not-so-very-good fuel efficiency, be ready to stop for refueling forever. But here is the thing, why buy a luxury car if you cannot pay the big bucks?? The DB9 comes with a price tag between $180,070 and $193,570.
2. Aston Martin DBS:
Imagine the following scenario; You are sitting in your car and the roar coming from it’s V12 is like a beautiful orchestra. You accelerate the car to 7000 rpm and the car growls and the sound makes you smile excessively and you feel goose bumps. Such is the feeling that you get when you are driving an Aston Martin DBS.
The car comes with a monster under its hood; a V12 510 bhp 6L engine. This is a mighty unit; relaxed when you go easy on the accelerator and blood curling when you push on with your foot. The engine can go 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Fast, eh?
Apart from this, a comfortable interior and sound system makes driving the DBS a blissful experience. The DBS is a blend of carbon fiber, alcantara leather, stainless steel and smooth aluminum surfaces. The push start button is made of clear crystal which looks very classy.
With fuel efficiency like that The DBS also comes with a huge price tag; it will cost you $266,000 to $279,500.
Aston Martin’s four door saloons have met with the same success as their GTs. Their latest product, the Rapide has been a huge success and has fulfilled all expectations and has maintained the same standard that we have come to expect of Aston Martins.
Inspired by Aston Martin Lagonda, Rapide comes with a 6.0L V12 470 bhp engine. The V12 for a sports saloon is quite unique and one has to agree that Aston Martin has pulled the combination off. The engine delivers a 62 mph in 5.1 seconds. The six-speed Touchtronic transmission system is a delight to use in a V12 four door saloon.
To give a feeling of luxury and style, the car comes with a tilt-telescoping steering wheel bi-xenon headlamps and LED taillamps. Rapide also comes with Blutooth, satellite connectivity, USB and iPod connectivity. Leather and walnut trims are also a standard.
The car will cost you 197,850, and believe me, the saloon is worth each and every cent.
4. Bentley Arnage:
The Bentley Arnage is the last vehicle of a fading breed of cars that has an irresistible charm associated with it. It is the true gentlemen’s car, with a capital ‘G’. A traditional car with a comfort level at the highest, Bentley Arnage is one luxurious ride. Sit back, relax and smoke a cigar; this is the concept behind a Bentley.
The Arnage has a 6.75L V8 engine in the front that generates almost 500 metric horsepower and 1000 newton meters.
20 inch unique alloy rims, a retractable “Flying B” mascot, body colored head lamp bezels, dark tint matrix lower and upper grilles, lower front wing vents are some of the features that this Bentley comes, on the outside, with. The car’s interior has been designed by Mulliner and features special plates, drilled alloy pedals, unique chrome trim, a rear cocktail cabinet and a couple of picnic tables. The car also comes with a 1000 watt audio system be Naim Audio.
The car also comes with a price tag, and a big one at that! depending on the customization, this luxury car costs between $224,990 and $267,990.
5. Bentley Azure:
If you want to cruise in summer in a luxury car with the top off, then the Bentley Azure is the car for you. With acres of space in the front for four people, the Azure rolls with hypnotic style.
The Azure has one beast of an engine; a six and three quarters bi-turbo machine is fitted under the hood. The engine supplies 450 bhp and gives a 0 to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds. The interior is classy; all of it is handmade fittings. The car features two piece alloy rims with Pirelli P zero tires, Le Mans lower front wing air vents, ‘jewel’ fuel filler cap and door mirror mountings finished in body color. Seems like a true luxury to me.
The Azure, like all luxuries, also is very expensive. It costs $334,990 and you also have to be oil-rich to afford on.
This car is a new line of Bentley vehicles; a range of cars that have bigger engines and sound systems. Even though the cars still look like the decent looking older Bentleys, they are not so under the hood and the overall shape has been revolutionized.
First introduced in2005 as a four door saloon, the new Speed edition has a big and powerful engine. It is a W12 (shaped like a W) 610 metric horsepower at 6000 rpm and 750 newton meters at 1700 to 5600 rpm and a top speed of 200 mph. Thus, the Flying Spur Speed is the world’s fastest four door saloon. It does 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.
The ‘Speed’version of the car is 10mm lower and comes with 20 inch alloy rims and a monstrous 1100 watt Naim Audio system. Also, the car features a dynamic ESP system with which the car can stop dead from 62 mph in 33 meters.
The car costs $177,600 to $202,500.
If you want to know which Bentley is the winner of the 2010 TG Award for GT of the year, that would be the Bentley GT. Released on the 1st of August in 2007, the two door coupe comes with a big, killer engine. It is a 592 bhp 600 metric horsepower engine that delivers a top speed of 201.9 mph and has all the luxurious feel of older Bentleys, although the sit-back-and-smoke-cigar concept has been replaced with a sit-back-enjoy-a-fast-ride concept.
The handling is a bit difficult but once you start driving this car, it is hard to push down the brake pedal and you would want to explore whole continents with this Grant Tourer.
The car costs about $182800 to $207700.
In order to bank on the GTs success, Bentley introduced the convertible version of the GT; Bentley Continental GTC. For all the convertible lovers, this is the car to own.
The Bentley GTC comes with the same engine as that of a GT; a W12 592 bhp 600 metric horsepower engine that gives slightly lesser top speed of 195.1 mph and with the roof down it gives 189.5 mph.
The car cost between $201,500 and $231,400.
The Bentley Continental Supersports is the ultimate man-in-shed car. When the Bentley engineers had some spare time, they would tweak with the Conti GT Speeds carious aspects and then after some time, released a meaner version of it; the Bentley Continental Supersports.
The weight of the car has been reduced by 110 kg and the power of the engine has been from 592 to 621 bhp. The engine is the same W12 6L one but with the increased power, the car becomes a new force to be reckoned with. The gear system has been altered in such a way that the rear wheels get more torque.
Even though the weight has been reduced, it still has the luxuriousness that one associates with Bentleys and the performance of the luxury car is as good as it gets. The car has a price of about $267,000.
10. Maybach 57:
When Rolls-Royce/Bentley marquee was offered for sale, DaimlerChrysler AG tried to buy it but was outbid. In 2002, the Maybach was introduced to directly challenge Rolls Royce and Bentleys luxury cars. The Maybach 57 and 62 are two variants of the same car.
The Maybach 57 comes with a powerful Twin Turbo V12 5.5L engine capable of supplying 543.1 bhp. It also features 19 inch 7 spoke wheels. In addition to this the car has 4-zone air conditioning, navigation system with voice recognition, remote engine start, powered sunroof, heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats along with a number of other features that make this car a true luxury.
The car also comes with a price tag that has ‘Luxury’ written all over it; a price between $366,000 and $405,500.