As the replacement for the Gallardo, Lamborghini’s all-time best-selling model, the Huracán LP 610-4 had to be good. It is better than good: It is excellent, featuring advanced design, extraordinary performance, exquisite build quality, and good manners.The Gallardo’s great shortcoming was a 6-speed automated-manual transmission that, thanks to the clunking brutality of its shifting, made the car seem like a piece of mechanized armor. The Huracán’s new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox eliminates all that commotion, executing gear changes quickly and smoothly. And the all-wheel-drive system puts power down with electronically regulated, electrohydraulically controlled authority. [Read More]
It's the ultimate billionaire toy: A 377-foot yacht with a swimming pool that doubles as a submarine.The six-deck yacht-submarine hybrid, named Migaloo after an albino humpback whale, has not actually been built. The contraption was created to satisfy the demand of adventurous billionaires who want a truly unique boat, according to Austrian industrial design studio motion code: blue,With a 26-foot pool, cinema room, helipad, library, gym, laundry room, and private lounges, Migaloo would be perfectly equipped for the discerning billionaire. Plans call for it to be constructed with special pressure-proof glass and underwater lights to offer spectacular views when the submarine dives. No word on the cost yet, but given that this will be highly customizable, expect it to be in the multi-million dollar range.
It’s been a while since Cadillac last had a big coupe in its range, but now the automaker has decided to show us what such a car would look like if it were to be built. Called the Elmiraj Concept ($TBA), the big coupe showcases “a new vision for luxury driving and the top of the brand’s expanding range,” according to Cadillac. What this means is even if the Elmiraj doesn't end up being built, the design and ideas seen on this study will find their way on the brand’s upcoming S-Class-rivaling flagship sedan. Measuring 5,207mm (205in) in length, the Elmiraj is a four-seat coupe seen as a successor to the 2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept in terms of design, luxury and performance. [See & Read More]
Saturday, 21 September 2013 16:15 Written by Alan Caruso
Soneva Fushi’s ultimate villa The Jungle Reserve ($40,000 per month), occupying prime position on the sunrise side of the island. This magnificent escape, built from bamboo and other sustainable woods under a traditional thatched roof, has been revitalized to improve upon its already legendary reputation. Guests enjoy dramatic indoor living areas linked by tropical open living spaces, romantic terraces, scenic decks and idyllic walkways surrounding by a huge private seaside swimming pool. Facilities are exceptional. There are three additional and spacious bedrooms for family or friends, a kitchen with wine cellar, a personal gym and a dedicated spa pavilion with sauna and steam bath below a private massage suite. When you’ve finished sunbathing, spa treatments and dining, retreat to your single level master villa with indoor and outdoor bathrooms surrounded by tropical gardens. We’ll leave you to discover our all time favorite rain shower, hidden in the jungle. Enjoy. (www.soneva.com, +66 (0) 2631-9698)
German sports car manufacturer Porsche displays its new 4-door Panamera in a new video highlighting the exterior alterations. A brand not known for drastic changes in styling but more for the “evolution” of its designs, Porsche refines the luxury wagon with subtle changes in the aerodynamics of the car such as a new rear fender, window forms, front facade and roof line. Unchanged is the sporty nature of the vehicle, with aggressive attributes like the wide wheels, flared arches and red Brembo brakes still present. The above video places multiple models cruising across the San Francisco Bay Bridge, thus enticing the viewer to research further into the newest model of the luxury lifestyle vehicle via Porsche’s dedicated Panamera microsite. Enjoy.
In anticipation of the upcoming Vossen Precision Series release of wheels, Vossen has released a teaser featuring the Ferrari 458 Italia. The 30 second clip highlights it’s custom features, such as its lightweight aluminum body (T6061 blocks of aluminium, which are standard for airplanes), carbon fiber steering, and carbon fiber race seat interior. A full photo and video set to be released July 4th. Enjoy.
Last time, Mercedes-Benz was kind enough to invite us along for a spin in its newly introduced 2014 CLA. This time we are back for another video featuring Benz‘s 2014 range of E-Class models. Taking place in Hamburg, Germany we were given a rundown on different variants of the E-Class, from the E200 to the E500, however, our test vehicle of choice was the E400 Cabriolet — the successor of the E350. Fitted with a 3-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine that is capable of an acceleration of 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, the E400 boasts 333hp and 354 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 RPM. Mercedes have also made additional changes to the interior and exterior, adding refined touches like an analog clock, redesigned surfaces with premium leathers, and a truly aggressive front that contains multi-lighting under one housing and a single bar grille, reminiscent of the SLS. Enjoy.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith, the first incarnation of which was initially produced in 1938, is set to make a return to the roads after more than 70 years on hiatus. As the vehicle is completely outfitted with luxurious new features, the product manager Phillip Harnett takes viewers on a tantalizing trip down the sweeping roads of London’s outer country from behind the wheel of the Wraith. Here we find the 625hp car executed with road-curve foresight, as informed by its acute GPS navigation; able to maintain its poise in the harshest conditions – thanks to testing in Sweden and Death Valley; and fitted with seamless automatic gear shifting for urban driving. In combination with a handcrafted leather, chrome, and wooden interior, the impressive Rolls-Royce Wraith is certainly its own spectacle. Enjoy.
BMW’s first-ever collaboration with renowned Italian design house Pininfarina resulted in the Gran Lusso Coupe, a luxury grand tourer that was displayed at this year’s Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. s we find out from Pininfarina’s design director Fabio Filippini, the concept’s styling was entirely the Italians' job, with the Bavarian carmaker only checking from time to time that the project would fit its design DNA. Hear Fabio Filippini and BMW’s design boss Karim Habib talk about the genesis of the Gran Lusso Coupe in the video that follows.
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur was always hampered by one thing – no, I'm not talking about VW Phaeton’s platform, because that was excellent and gave the driver huge confidence. The thing that hampered the car was the fact it was called Continental, meaning it shared a lot in common with its (cheaper) two-door sibling the Continental GT – it was a version of that model with two extra doors. Now, though, the new model has gained a more distinct body and a new name - the Flying Spur full stop. MotorTrend magazine flew all the way to China to find out what the new Flying Spur is all about. Enjoy.