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Bugatti Veyron La Finale

This is the last Bugatti Veyron ever built

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

After 10 years of production and 450 multi-million-dollar examples, the hypercar that broke all records from top speed to price tag is bidding farewell at the Geneva Motor Show with the “La Finale”.

The farewell model, a Grand Sport Vitesse, takes its exterior design cues from the very first Veyron — chassis #01 — and the two cars were unveiled side by side at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

However, while the very first customer Veyron was finished in black and red paint, the 450th example is finished in exposed red- or black-tinted carbon fiber, a technique the marque has pioneered over the past decade.

There are two other big differences: The 450th Veyron is a convertible rather than a hard top and its engine more potent.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale interior

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has a W16 engine with around 1,200hp, which takes it from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds.

With a record top speed of 408.84 km/h for the convertible version with the top down, the model is still the world’s fastest production roadster.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

Every Bugatti that leaves the factory does so with its prospective owner’s input and La Finale is no exception.

The owner — the car has already been sold — has gone for subtlety. The only clues as to the car’s significance are a small “La Finale” badge under the right headlamp and the same legend written on the underside of the car’s airbrake spoiler.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

Bugatti is now working on a replacement model which it hopes to debut next year and which promises to carry on where the old car left off.

Rolls-Royce Serenity interior

Rolls Royce Phantom Serenity unveiled [VIDEO]

 has unveiled its latest bespoke study, Serenity, a car with the most opulent cabin of any Rolls-Royce Phantom in history.

That’s because it sees a return to the forgotten art of dressing the interior in silk, rather than in leather.

The Serenity’s cabin, from its door panels to the roof liner are dressed in hand woven, hand-dyed, hand-embroidered and hand painted silk. Each panel of the material used required 600 hours of work.

Contrasting against the oriental-inspired silk motifs is the use of rare smoked cherrywood on the dashboard, fascia and the rear seat valances, which itself is balanced by use of cross-banded bamboo.

Rolls-Royce Serenity interior

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Rolls-Royce without some marquetry, this time in a floral pattern, laser cut and hand applied into the wood.

The car also serves as an automotive history lesson. Until leather became suitably soft, refined and malleable, it was not a material permitted to grace the interior of the finest automobiles. The chauffeur sat on leather while his passengers were cocooned in the finest silk.

“Having revisited the history of the amazing interiors of the elite Rolls-Royce’s of the early 1900s, we felt inspired to share this heritage with our new customers in a very contemporary way,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The silk used was sourced from Suzhou, China, a town where the thread was hand-dyed using methods dating back centuries. It was then hand woven, embroidered and painted in the UK.

Rolls-Royce Serenity door capping detail

Two Textile Arts graduates, Cherica Haye and Michelle Lusby, were enlisted to help develop a floral motif that blended contemporary design with imperial far-eastern traditions in order to create a sense of tranquility.

Rolls-Royce Serenity

Geneva is also expected to be the venue where Rolls-Royce takes the wraps off its next production car which is expected to be a convertible version of its Wraith luxury GT coupé.

Rolls Royce announces SUV plan

Rolls-Royce to launch its first luxury SUV

Rolls Royce announces SUV plan

Rolls-Royce on Wednesday unveiled plans to launch its own sports utility vehicle, mirroring recent moves by Bentley and Jaguar.

The British brand revealed in an open letter from Rolls-Royce chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer and chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes that it was in the process of developing its first-ever 4×4 car.

“Today we confirm that we are developing an all-new Rolls-Royce with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose … A car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain,” the letter read.

The automaker added that the new model would be “a high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture”, but gave no indication of price or when production would begin.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

Is the Mercedes Pullman the pinnacle of luxury?

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first images of the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S600 limousine prior to its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

With its latest premium model, Mercedes-Benz is not only attempting to stretch one of its most valuable brands, the Pullman marque, it is also quite literally stretching the current definition of automotive luxury.

That’s because the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman measures 6.5 meters from nose to tail. For some perspective, the Rolls-Royce Phantom extended wheelbase is almost half a meter shorter.

But the car needs to be that long to ensure that two rear-seat passengers can travel in absolute luxury with more room to recline and stretch out than is typically found in a Paris or New York studio apartment.

Mercedes describes the car’s rear cabin as “a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge” and that’s not hyperbole.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman interior

The entire space is wrapped in the highest quality leather and the executive seats have integrated calfskin rests that can be raised and lowered just like the seats in an airline’s business class section.

There’s also the option of a vis-à-vis seating layout so that the car can carry four passengers, two on fold-down rear-facing seats and two in the executive reclining chairs.

As well as comfort, the car is all about privacy and seclusion. The rear windows come with blinds, and there’s a glass partition that separates the chauffeur from the rear-seat passengers. It can be raised and lowered, and, with the press of a button, turn from transparent to opaque.

Mercedes says that before personalization options, bespoke detailing or armoring, a ‘standard’ Pullman will cost roughly €500,000, making it more expensive as well as longer than a Rolls-Royce.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman rear

But the people who will be considering the Pullman as their next daily run-around don’t care about cost, but they do care about aesthetic individuality – something all Rolls-Royce cars have but that in terms of external appearance, at least, the Pullman lacks – it takes many of its visual cues from the Mercedes S-Class.

Still Mercedes must be confident that the car will be a hit, or else it wouldn’t have resurrected the Pullman marque!

Audi zeigt Laser-Scheinwerfer des neuen R8

Next Audi R8 to offer optional laser lights

Audi zeigt Laser-Scheinwerfer des neuen R8

Ahead of its official presentation of the new R8 in Geneva, the German manufacturer is touting the car’s innovative lighting solution.

The model succeeds the limited edition R8 LMX, which premiered in 2014 and was the first production vehicle with laser lighting tech.

LED headlights will be a standard feature on the new R8, and buyers will have the option of adding laser lighting modules for better range in the high-beam mode.

As the car reaches 60km/h, the laser lights are activated alongside the LED lights, boosting visibility and thus improving safety.

The technology was first seen in the racing world on the Audi R18 e-tron, which won the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The new Audi R8 will be on display to the public from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 15 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari 488 GTB revealed

Ferrari 488 GTB

 has announced its latest supercar, the Ferrari 488 GTB which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Less of a completely new model and more of an evolution, the latest mid-engined V8 supercar from Ferrari is the first to get a turbocharger.

To be precise, it’s a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 and when both turbos are scrolling up the result is 660bhp, a substantial improvement over the normally aspirated V8 that powered the 458 Italia, this car’s predecessor.

Ferrari 488GTB

But as well as more power, it’s also faster — faster than its current closest competitor, the McLaren 650S. Ferrari is claiming a 0-100kph time of just 3 seconds and a top speed of 208mph (334kph).

Thanks to a smaller cubic capacity and horsepower generated by turbos, the 488GTB is more economical than the car it will be replacing.

But emissions is the only area in which Ferrari is holding back. The 488GTB has a revised double clutch, seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox and updates to the intelligent traction control and differential system and to the stability control, meaning that drivers will be able to use more of the car’s ferocious power more of the time without leaving the track in a tight bend.

Ferrari 488 GTB interior

The exterior that wraps around all of this engineering excellence is once again designed by Pininfarina and picks up where the 458 Italia left off.

The new car retains the same proportions and stance but appears more balanced. The biggest visual differences between the old and new car are the front nose air inlets and the side venting over the rear wheel arches that improve cooling and down force — the inlets are actually integrated spoilers. Inside, the cabin has had another upgrade too.

Ferrari 488 GTB photo

Ferrari is persisting with the multifunction steering wheel which is great on the track but confusing on normal roads but the infotainment system is new as are the lever switches and even the air vents.

The car will make its official debut in Geneva in March, and expect it to be joined in the not to distant future by a convertible version.

Bentayga teaser

Bentley to launch the Bentayga, its first SUV

Like Jaguar, Bentley is taking advantage of the media attention ahead of NAIAS to announce its first ever SUV, the Bentayga.

The idea behind the new off-road vehicle, according to Bentley, is to combine luxury and performance.

Due for unveiling later this year ahead of a 2016 launch, the Bentayga will have at least 600hp under the hood, according to the manufacturer.

To build buzz around its announcement, Bentley uploaded a video in which the SUV glides with ease across the desert and climbs steep dunes.

Bentley’s announcement follows a similar one from Jaguar, who recently informed of the 2016 launch of its first crossover, the F-Pace, based on the XC-17 concept presented in Frankfurt in 2013.

These forthcoming luxury off-roaders will follow in the footsteps of the Maserati Levante and pave the way for the future Rolls-Royce SUV.

F-Pace

Jaguar announces upcoming F-PACE crossover

 has confirmed the 2016 launch its first crossover, the F-Pace, based on the XC-17 concept presented in Frankfurt in 2013.

“The Jaguar F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality,” said Jaguar design director Ian Callum in a release, adding that the new crossover will be the car maker’s version of a “family sports car.”

With room for up to 5 passengers in a luxurious interior the Jaguar F-Pace is designed to offer smooth driving in all conditions and all types of terrain.

Jaguar has not revealed when it plans to officially unveil the F-Pace, but the world premiere could take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Mercedes-Benz F 015

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept unveiled

German automaker Daimler on Monday showed its vision of the driverless car, a prototype vehicle that allows four passengers to face each other as the vehicle finds its way.

“In the future, the car brings access to the single most important luxury goods of the 21st century: private space and quality time,” said Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche, as he unveiled the self-driving Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan F 015 at a keynote at the CES in Las Vegas.

Mercedes-Benz F 015

Vehicles, he said, “will be exclusive cocoons on wheels that enable people to do exactly what they want.”

The futuristic designed car with a sweeping curved form factor still has a steering wheel, unlike the Google driverless vehicle, but the driver’s seat and front passenger seat can pivot to allow the vehicle to become a “private retreat,” according to Daimler.

“This is what we believe will be next in the terms of the car’s design, concept and communication,” Zetsche said.

Mercedes-Benz F 015 interior

The prototype was to take a driver along the Las Vegas Strip later Monday before being put on display at the huge tech show set to open Tuesday.

mercedes benz F015

The show is devoting an increasing amount of space to automotive technology, including vehicles that offer some autonomy and greater connectivity.

Rolls Royce Suhail Collection

Rolls-Royce presents the bespoke Suhail Collection

Rolls Royce Suhail Collection

 has just unveiled the Suhail Collection which is the first bespoke collection to be offered across the firm’s full range of vehicles; the Phantom, Ghost and Wraith.

Suhail is one of the brightest star constellations and is believed by many to have been a major source of inspiration for the 10th-century Arabic mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham, the first scientist to put forward the notion that light is reflected into the eyes.

His pioneering work has left a lasting impression on Western scientific thinking that persists to this day.

Rolls Royce Suhail stargazer headliner

Therefore, it should come as little surprise that celestial bodies, reflections and light are strong design and detailing themes that run throughout the bespoke collection of cars that bears its name.

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The exterior paint finish is a unique moonstone pearl color that glistens and is off-set by a hand-painted Turchese Blue coachline.

Inside, the cabin’s ash burr wood fascias feature hand-matched and hand-set Suhail star emblems and the bespoke clock in the center of the dashboard console features the Suhail Ursa Minor and Major constellations on its clockface.

Rolls Royce Suhail Bespoke Clock

Contrasting creme light and turchese leathers have been selected for the seats and perhaps the most striking interior touch is the roof liner which, on the Phantom and Wraith models, illuminates like a constellation with hundreds of star lights plus an embroidered outline of the Suhail Ursa Minor and Major constellations.

2014 was an important year for Rolls-Royce Bespoke with many Collection cars being launched including Year of the Horse, Pinnacle Travel, Waterspeed, Metropolitan and Maharajah.

Bentley Grand Convertible concept

Bentley Grand Convertible Concept: First Look

Bentley Grand Convertible concept

 has unveiled the stunning Grand Convertible concept, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“With this car we combine the opulent Mulsanne experience with the full sensory indulgence of open-air touring, continuing to unite luxury and performance in new ways,” said Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, at the car’s unveiling in Los Angeles.

“We will ensure that this car — if it reaches the roads — will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece.”

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Bentley Grand Convertible

The Grand Convertible is powered by Bentley’s formidable 530bhp 6 3/4-liter twin-turbo V8, so progress will be as rapid as it is stylish.

Although the company is keeping quiet about exact performance figures, this engine catapults the Mulsanne from 0-62mph (100kph) in a little over 5 seconds and on to a top speed of 184mph (296kph).

But if you do end up taking delivery of a Grand Convertible — ignore the false modesty, this car will be going into production — you will want to drive it slowly in order to enjoy its interior comforts for as long as possible.

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Bentley Grand Convertible wood interior

Its 4 seats are wrapped in 14 naturally tanned leather hides, hand-matched and merged together with Bentley’s trademark diamond quilting needlework, which subtly changes size as the pattern progresses through the cabin.

A sequin blue (to match the bespoke exterior paint color) cross thread acts as a subtle contrast and is also hand-stitched into the leather.

All Bentleys are a soothing sea of wood, leather and chromed brightwork but the Grand Convertible takes things up a notch with the tonneau (the panel that covers the roof when down).

Bentley Grand Convertible interior

The biggest individual piece of wood veneer ever fitted to a Bentley, the book-matched mirror-finished walnut burr piece is shaped entirely by hand.

Toyota C-HR Concept

Have car designers got the blues?

The Paris Motor Show’s wealth of new models and concepts prove that confidence is returning to the European car market. However, if the gleaming cars on show at this year’s event are a true reflection of the automotive mood, then designers still seem to be feeling blue.

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Toyota C-HR Concept

Toyota C-HR Concept

Quite literally. Take a look at pretty much any stand at this year’s event, currently dazzling the crowds at the Expo centre in Porte des Versailles in Paris and the color is everywhere.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Whether it’s the Rolls-Royce stand, Dacia’s display or any manufacturer in between, it would appear that blue is set for resurgence in 2015.

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

Even Lamborghini, a company famed for its love of bright oranges, yellows, greens and reds was a vision of restraint at this year’s show.

Its new concept, the Asterion, which will quite possibly go down as the star of this year’s show, was as impressive for its rich blue exterior finish as for its incredible hybrid engine.

Volkswagen XL Sport

Volkswagen XL Sport

Likewise, VW’s crazy Ducati-powered concept track car, the XL1 Sport and the new Audi TT Roadster all radiated a strong metallic blue hue.

The Audi TTS Roadster

The Audi TTS Roadster

A quick head count at each stand suggests at least 16 new models and concepts from the major manufacturers are sporting the color at this year’s event. And, the color of concepts at motorshows tends to become the consumer color of choice.

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Honda Civic Type R Concept

It’s why yellow became the must-have color of the 1990s, silver and metallic greys the tone of the turn of the millennium and why the last few years have been dominated by white.

The Dacia Dokker Stepway

The Dacia Dokker Stepway

And if blue is set to become the new hue of choice then it will mark a dramatic turnaround.

The 2014 Venturi America concept buggy

The 2014 Venturi America concept buggy

Data shows that when it comes to the used car market, blue cars are some of the least likely to retain their value, particularly darker midnight blues and indigos which second-hand car dealers call the ‘Blues of Doom’. The only colors that fare worse are gold, green and maroon.

The 2014 Nissan Juke

The 2014 Nissan Juke

However, stranger things have happened. Not so long ago experts were predicting that brown’s days were numbered as a car color.

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli blue

Yet in 2012 the world’s most luxurious automotive brands – Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, BMW, Maserati and even Porsche — started embracing darker, richer browns for some of their most important models.

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The Ferrari 458 Speciale A

5 must-see sports cars at the Paris Motor Show

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, these five , concepts and luxury vehicles stand out as some of the most remarkable.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

The Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Ferrari chose to premiere this new supercar in Paris. Powered by a 605hp V8, the 458 Speciale A will be produced in a limited series of 499 units.

The most powerful convertible ever produced by the Italian manufacturer, the model rockets from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds.

Lamborghini Asterion

Asterion

For its part, Lamborghini revealed the Asterion LPI 910-4 concept, a sports car with a total output of 910hp from its 5.2-liter V10 engine teamed with three electric motors. The combination enables a top speed of 320km/h and 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 3 seconds.

Maserati Alfieri

Maserati Alfieri

The Maserati Alfieri concept is a tribute to the founder of the brand, which is celebrating its centenary in 2014.

Designed as a study for a future coupe, the Alfieri is more aggressive and compact than the GranTurismo and packs a 4.7-liter V8 engine with 460hp.

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Bentley Mulsanne Speed Paris

The latest model from the British car maker is presented as the world’s most powerful luxury car, boasting a 6.75-liter V8 with 537hp.

Slated to go on sale in early 2015, the car boasts a top speed of 305km/h and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG GT

The Mercedes-AMG GT

Presented in person by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche in Paris, the new Mercedes-AMG GT is due to go on sale in spring 2015.

Under the hood, the sports car has a new 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine with 462hp, enabling 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 4 seconds and a top speed of 304km/h.

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Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider

Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider to be Limited to 458 Units?

Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider

 will produce only 458 cars in a special Spider limited edition of its 458 Speciale, according to the website 4WheelsNews.

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The first car in this ultra limited edition was reportedly presented at a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California and is expected to make its official world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider photo

The wheels and stripes of the Spider will differ from those of the usual Ferrari 458 Speciale, and the interior will have new seats and a plaque indicating the car’s number within the limited series.

Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider pic

The Spider is expected to retain the same 605hp, 4.5L V8 engine as the original 458 Speciale and so should have the same performance level, which means 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 3 seconds and a top speed of 320km/h.

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Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider side

This would make the Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider the top performing convertible in the Italian brand’s catalogue.

2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

New Rolls-Royce convertible in development

2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

British automaker  is stirring excitement in the auto community with the announcement of what seems to be a convertible slated for 2016.

In a statement issued to the press on Tuesday, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: “We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership.”

It is understood that the car is already in an advanced prototype stage, meaning that it will be ready to make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.

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Despite being one of the most exclusive and elusive brands in the industry, Rolls Royce has already sold 1,968 cars this year, up 33.4% year-on-year according to its latest accounts, which were also published Tuesday.

This growth in demand has been spurred on in no small part by the introduction of the Wraith.

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

It is a true GT tourer that’s as fast as it is comfortable and is a serious, luxurious alternative to anything with four seats that Ferrari, Aston Martin or Porsche can offer. The company has made no secret of the fact that the new car has indeed poached clients from all of those marques.

And while the company isn’t offering many clues as to what exactly the new model will offer, there is very little doubt that the new car will be a convertible version of the two-door Wraith coupé.

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti special edition

Bugatti Reveals the Veyron Ettore Special Edition

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti special edition

 is concluding its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” family of special editions with the sixth member dedicated to company founder Ettore Bugatti.

In 2013, Bugatti announced that it would create six very special editions of the already very special Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

Each would be inspired by a legendary figure within the brand’s history, each of the six vehicles in the series would be limited to just three examples and each would come with a €2.35 million price tag.

And as the Bugatti Veyron itself gets ready to say farewell, it is only right that the final special edition is dedicated to Ettore Bugatti himself, the Milanese man whose love of speed, passion for technology and obsession with performance and perfection led to the birth of the brand itself in 1909.

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti

As such, the Bugatti Legend “Ettore Bugatti” attempts to reflect the great man’s love of purity and of natural materials.

The exterior features hand-polished, clear-coated aluminum paneling and it will contrast against dark blue exposed carbon fiber.

Inside the cabin is wrapped in two tones of cordovan leather and a platinum coated dancing elephant emblem — a reference to the badge that Bugatti’s brother designed and which features on a number of early cars — takes pride of place between the driver and passenger seat.

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti interior

But as well as exquisite craftsmanship and extreme exclusivity, the car, like all Veyrons, is incredibly fast. A top speed of 409kph (254mph) and a 0-100kph time of 2.6 seconds makes it the fastest convertible in the world.

And, when it is unveiled at Pebble Beach on August 15, it will be alongside the other five Legends in the series

Bugatti Veyron Jean Pierre Wimille back

(The ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti’ family of special editions has already had 5 Grand Sport Vitesse models: Grand Sport Vitesse models: Black Bess, Rembrandt Bugatti, Jean-Pierre Wimille, Meo Constantini and Jean Bugatti).

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

Promising to combine the design and engineering prowess of both companies in a single object of desire, only 10 Bang and Olufsen Edition BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupés are set to roll off the production line.

As well as being rare, they will also be incredibly fast, thanks to a special competition package of features including a twin-turbo V8 with 575hp on tap and a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Available in two understated exterior colors, Brilliant White Metallic or Dark Graphite II Metallic, the car’s interior is also equally subtle in terms of finish.

The seats are covered in handcrafted Merino Leathers and the door panel and dashboard inserts are black piano wood.

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen

Then there’s the  sound system. It features 16 separate active loudspeakers, each dressed in a brushed black aluminum cover for a combined 1200 watts. The finishing touch is a set of matching black BeoPlay H6 high-end headphones.

The car comes with pretty much every creature comfort, including active driver aids and infotainment options that the company offers, as standard.

 hopes to start delivering the first cars this summer and warns potential customers that orders are being taken on a first come, first served basis.

Bentley Mulsanne 95 Edition thumb

Bentley celebrates 95 years with Mulsanne 95

Bentley Mulsanne 95 edition

Bentley has built a very special edition of its flagship , inspired by British history and craftsmanship to celebrate its birthday.

The Mulsanne 95 is conceived to show how ‘s British heritage and history can sit side-by-side with the most contemporary and modern global design themes and concepts of luxury.

The car will be offered in a choice of three Union Flag-referencing colors — (Britannia) Blue, (Empire) Red and (Oxford) White — each of which has been specially created for and applied to the model using the latest technologies, but then meticulously hand-finished at the company’s paint shop.

Bentley Mulsanne 95 inside

Likewise, the cabin is a demonstration of how lashings of leather and wood can sit comfortably alongside the most modern of in-car features.

Bentley searches the globe for sustainable wood that can be used for interior veneers, and for the Mulsanne 95 the wood has come from an extremely rare walnut tree, estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old. But don’t worry, it wasn’t simply hacked down, it came down during a storm in 2007.

Bentley Mulsanne 95 edition interior

Other unique touchesinclude illuminated treadplates featuring the Union Flag and ‘Ninety-five’ and 95 emblems embroidered on the seats.

The car is available to order now through Bentley showrooms in the UK. Only 15 examples will be created!

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Collection

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed

The  Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is a special bespoke series that will only ever run to 35 examples, each of which will be finished in a special ‘Maggiore Blue’.

It’s a color developed to pay homage to the Bluebird K3, Campbell’s famous Rolls-Royce powered watercraft that on September 2, 1937 hit a top speed of 129.5mph (208.41km) across Lake Maggiore on the Italian-Swiss border. The run set a new world waterspeed record.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed motor

The Maggiore Blue paint is applied in nine layers and then is sanded back by hand to ensure a perfect surface to receive the finishing lacquered coat.

But it doesn’t stop there, as the company’s master coachline painter then spends four hours adding coachlines and Bluebird motifs.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed

The Phantom Drophead usually comes with a teak decking cover that raises to receive the roof when the top is down, but this has been replaced, for the first time, by brushed steel. However, each panel of this steel is hand beaten into shape, a task that takes 70 hours, then the brushed finish is also achieved by hand, adding a further 10 hours on to the process.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed interior

Inside, the doors feature hand engraving and there is prodigious use of Abachi wood. Chosen for its special qualities — it’s cool to the touch and has a satin-like finish — it is the first time the material has ever featured in a factory-built Rolls-Royce.

There is also a hand-embroidered panel on the glovebox which lists all of the records Campbell achieved at Lake Maggiore and Coniston Water.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed glovebox

The car will be revealed in Chelsea, London in front of an exclusive audience of invited guests on May 13 and will make its first public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa D’Este classic car show in Italy on May 23.

Ferrari 458 Speciale interior

Fiat to limit Ferrari output despite huge demand

Ferrari 458 Speciale interior

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will keep a lid on production of new Ferraris over the next five years despite huge demand in emerging markets like China, Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday.

Marchionne said in Detroit that Ferrari sold 7,000 of its supercars in 2013 and expects to sell the same number in 2018.

While rising wealth in China and other emerging markets could sustain expanding  production to 10,000 units annually, Ferrari’s management have agreed not to expand production for now.

“We want to keep production capped to preserve the brands uniqueness, while continuing to search for opportunities in emerging markets but maintain exclusivity in mature ones,” said Marchionne.

At the same time, Marchionne said Ferrari will launch a new model every year, with a four-year life cycle for each new model.

It will launch special limited series targeting the wealthiest customers and broaden its “personalization” of key models to boost Ferrari’s profit margins.