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Porsche Honors 718 with New Boxster and Cayman

The turbocharged engine trend makes its presence felt in these upcoming models from Porsche. A new generation of Porsche Boxster and Cayman models will greet the public in 2016, with a change of name to the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. This new range pays homage to the Porsche 718, an iconic racing car from the end of 1950s.

Both of these sports cars will have a turbocharged four-cylinder flat engine, replacing the naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine. Their global launch is expected in 2016, with no more precise details given at the moment. And if you’re wondering what they’ll look like, Porsche has released sketches of their silhouette.

This new 718 range comes in the wake of the highly respected 718 sports car, which was equipped with a version of the four-cylinder flat engine at that time. Between 1958 and 1962, this racing car was successful in prestigious races such as the Targa Florio in Italy and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the US. It also finished first in its class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Porsche 718 even gave rise to a single-seat F1 car.

First production Bentley Bentayga Debuts

Not since Porsche redefined the SUV with the Cayenne for the luxury market has another marquee gained quite as much attention as the Bentley Bentayga. Now it finally gets real, with the first Bentayga rolling off the production line in Crewe, England. After four years of conceptualizing, design and development the first real-world example of the world’s most powerful and most luxurious SUV is now a reality.

The occasion was marked with a special event at Bentley’s plant in Crewe, last week attended by the UK Prime Minister.

“Bentley Bentayga will be the benchmark against which all other SUVs are measured, defining a new segment — the luxury SUV,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors. “This is an important moment in our history, where we reflect and celebrate, but also look ahead to delivering this extraordinary car to our customers.”

If nothing else, this tells the world what Bentley thinks of other luxury SUVs – not much. Interestingly, reports indicate that the Bentayga, like the Cayenne, is built on the

The Bentayga is a bold step for a company more closely associated with luxury GT cars and limousines, but demand for performance, exclusivity and supreme luxury at the highest end of the SUV market has never been greater. Hence the new car boasts a twin-turbo W12 engine capable of delivering 600hp and a 0-100km/h time of 4 seconds as well as a cabin awash with the finest wood and leather.

“I am delighted that the first Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the production line in Crewe. It marks the culmination of a period of exceptional hard work by Bentley and its dedicated workforce as they brought this remarkable new vehicle to market,” UK Prime Minister David Cameron, said.

Unfortunately, the first completed model is not heading to a client, it will be going straight to the Bentley Heritage centre for preservation.

New Dawn for Rolls-Royce in America

One of the lots at the upcoming (January 2016) Naples Winter Wine Festival charity auction will be the chance to own the very first North American example of Rolls-Royce’s new luxury convertible. You can find more information on it here.

Revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the Rolls-Royce Dawn is one of the most remarkable and certainly the most stunning car to roll out of the Goodwood, England facility since BMW became the brand’s custodian in 2003.

In the words of company CEO Torsten Mueller-Ӧtvӧs: “It promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring.”

And of course, being a Rolls-Royce, the lot in question promises to feature a host of bespoke elements, commissioned specifically for the event. These include an Arctic White exterior finish (as seen above) paired with a red fabric roof with similar contrasting colors used to dress the vehicle’s leather interior. It will also boast full Santos Palisander Chanadel Panelling created from hand-cutting, hand-matching and hand-finishing open pore Indian Redwood. It will adorn the dashboard fascia, door panels and deck lid.

The finishing touch will be unique tread plates that state it is the first car delivered to the continent and details of the winning bid itself.

“I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the first new Rolls-Royce Dawn for North America than through this auction,” said Müller-Ӧtvӧs. “The NWWF epitomizes the social life of our owners. We are proud to make the introduction at this event and help benefit children in need.”

Even with a base price of US$335,000, the new car is expected to be one of the most successful models in the company’s history. What makes it so special is that despite its proportions — it is roughly the same size as a BMW 7-Series yet has a much longer hood and requires space between the truck and the seats for stowing its fabric roof — it is a true four-seat convertible.

“The idea of creating a car like Dawn that can be used in comfort by only two adults on a day to day basis is anathema,” said Giles Taylor, the company’s Director of Design. “In creating Dawn we have accepted no compromise to the comfort and luxury of four adults who want to travel together in the pinnacle of style.”

The auction will be held on January 29-31, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida with proceeds benefiting the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

Bentley to recall 27,640 cars

German auto heavyweight Volkswagen’s woes continue, this time on the luxury front. Bentley, the luxury marquee fully owned by the Volkswagen Group, has recalled 27,640 cars worldwide because of potentially faulty battery cable connections, a Bentley spokesman said on Tuesday. While this is virtually nothing compared with the 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide affected by the emissions scandal, it will still be a PR nightmare for the Group as a whole, and Bentley in particular of course. The Bentley models affected were all Continental GT/GTC/Flying Spur and new Flying Spur cars built between February 2011 and June 2014, the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

“On a limited number of cars, a bolted connection for a battery cable joint could be loose,” the statement said. “To address this, we will replace the components with a new connection system for all vehicles, which will take approximately two hours per car.”

All Bentleys built outside of these dates, and all Mulsanne models, are unaffected. The number of recalled vehicles included 5,906 cars in China, the brand’s second-biggest market after the Americas, Bentley said.

“This is a voluntary recall and is in no way connected to any other recalls from other automotive manufacturers,” it added. For some context, Bentley manufactures less than 10,000 vehicles a year (2012 stats list the annual production at 9,107).

Origami Lexus IS car

Lexus unveils amazing full-size origami car

Origami Lexus IS car

 has produced a cardboard version of its IS sports sedan.

It’s almost entirely manufactured out of cardboard — powering it, for instance, is an electric motor, while the chassis is aluminum and steel.

Nevertheless, 1700 cardboard sheets were precision cut on the way to constructing the pulp-produce vehicle.

Scales and Models together with LaserCut Works worked with Lexus on the conceptual project.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Rugby world cup

Rolls-Royce unveils Rugby-themed bespoke model

Rolls-Royce Wraith Rugby world cup

Rolls-Royce has launched the Wraith – History of Rugby to coincide with the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

The car’s exterior finish is the same hue of white worn by the English Rugby Union team but the color is as old as the game itself: its first players, at the Rugby School back in 1823, always wore white.

This completely neutral color also serves to highlight the complexity and intricacy of the car’s coachline.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Rugby interior

As with all Rolls-Royce cars, it is hand-painted but for this particular model it incorporates a red English Rose motif that sits above the car’s shoulder line before the front door. The finishing external touch is a set of 21-inch double-spoke alloy wheels to suggest muscularity.

Inside the rose motif continues. The headrests each feature an embroidered red rose as do the doorsill plates.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Rugby

The seats and door panels are finished in a combination of seashell and Navy Blue leather while the car’s dashboard is awash with piano black veneer. The infotainment screen cover also features a rose motif, this time in contrasting, polished silver veneer to stand out against the black.

The finishing touch is an accessory: a specially made rugby ball, courtesy of Gilbert — the world’s oldest and foremost rugby ball manufacturer.

Wraith Rugby

The company has produced a “very limited” number of balls using the same leather that adorns the car’s interior as well as the English Rose and Rolls-Royce motifs. Like the car, each ball was embroidered by the craftspeople at Rolls-Royce to ensure a perfect match.

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga is the World’s Fastest SUV

Bentley Bentayga

 has revealed the production version of what it is calls “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive SUV in the world.”

Bentley Bentayga 2016

The Bentayga boasts 600 horsepower, eight speeds and automatic transmission. It can get up to 60 miles per hour in four seconds. With a top speed of 301 km/h (187 mph), it is officially the world’s fastest SUV, narrowly beating out the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by around 10 mph.

Bentley Bentayga interior

The Bentayga remains a luxury vehicle in traditional Bentley style: each car will be handmade in Crewe, England, with seats made out of hides from bulls bred in the Alps. The clock on the dash will come in either a pearl or black ebony with eight diamonds on the interior.

Bentley Bentayga Picnic

Add-ons include a small refrigerator, wooden cabinet, bullet-proofing and cigar humidors.

2016 Bentley Bentayga

Dawn teaser image

Rolls-Royce celebrates a new Dawn

In its first ever live-streamed launch event, Rolls-Royce has officially unveiled its new four-seat drophead, The Rolls-Royce Dawn.

According to the company, the car represents the pinnacle of exclusive open-air motoring and is a car hand-built from the ground up to satisfy the automotive desires of a younger, more affluent client base.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Like the Wraith coupé, the Dawn is aimed at a new generation of buyer who values discreet performance as highly as bespoke craftsmanship but also wants to be able to raise the roof, weather permitting.

And, while it might be based on the Wraith coupé, Rolls-Royce’s most overtly performance-focused car in a half century, the new drophead, only shares 20% of its hardtop counterpart’s components.

However, don’t be mistaken: the Dawn is 100% Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce Dawn interior

As such it is the quietest convertible in the world. Roof up, the in-cabin noise levels are the same as those inside the Wraith. Yet as well as being near-silent, it boasts rapid performance.

Rolls-Royce Dawn orange

The chassis is claimed to be the most rigid ever found in a four-seat convertible, and to ensure that the car handles as well as wafts along like a magic carpet, its wider rear suspension set-up ensures that none of the 563bhp produced by its 6.6-liter V12 turbocharged engine is wasted.

Rolls-Royce Dawn roof

As for performance figures, the car’s top speed is limited to 155mph but despite its mass — the car tips the scales at 2560kg — it can go effortlessly from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Rolls-Royce Dawn back

However, no one who takes delivery of the new car — which will go on sale in early 2016 — will want to drive it quickly. This is a car for being seen in and is set to be one of the most exclusive droptops on the road.

Dawn teaser image

Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

Aston Martin launching limited DB9 GT Bond Edition

Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

 has is celebrating the release of Spectre movie with the launch of the limited DB9 GT Bond Edition, limited to 150 examples.

Using the 6.0-liter, V12-engined grand tourer — the most powerful DB9 to date — as its starting point, the special edition adds Spectre Silver paint, sterling silver Aston Martin badges on the front and rear, and “007 Bond Edition” exterior badging.

Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition back

Inside, it features numbered sill plaques with the 007 logo, gun barrel embroidery and a Bond Edition start-up screen on the infotainment system.

A suite of Bond-themed accessories complete the package, including an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m James Bond Limited Edition watch with a unique Aston Martin strap.

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

The new DB9 GT Bond Edition is now available to order around the world priced at £165,000 (€223,872).

Rolls-Royce Inspired By Music

Rolls-Royce Unveils Wraith “Inspired by Music”

Rolls-Royce Inspired By Music

Rolls-Royce has released a musically inspired version of the Wraith coupe appropriately known as the Rolls-Royce Wraith ‘Inspired by Music‘.

The one-off model, based on its GT coupé, was developed to celebrate the marque’s continued role in the mythology of Rock n’ Roll.

DON’T MISS: ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH ‘INSPIRED BY FASHION’

For so many aspiring and established musicians, the Rolls-Royce is the vehicular symbol of having made it, and over the past 50 years everyone from John Lennon and Elvis Presley to Noel Gallagher and Kanye West has rolled with a Rolls.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Music

To highlight this relationship and in a nod to the finest internal components in a sound system, the company has created a “Lyrical Copper” exterior finish for the car which catches and bends the light differently at different angles thanks to a combination of brushed and polished textures.

The copper theme continues inside with similarly colored door panel inserts and even book-matched copper tone veneers. Interior surfaces have also been treated so that they have a tactile, vinyl record-like feel

However the most impressive element of this car is not what can be seen, rather it’s what can be heard.

Rolls-Royce Wraith rear passenger space

The Wraith ‘Inspired By Music’ boasts a truly bespoke audio system that took 2 years to develop and which was built from scratch by some of the world’s leading audio engineers working alongside Rolls-Royce craftsmen.

It has 1300W of power and an 18-channel audio system and uses two large bass speakers, seven tweeters and seven mid-range speakers.

Wraith Inspired By Music

The sound they generate together is then complemented by two further ‘exciter’ speakers mounted in the car’s headlining closer to ear-level.

The finished aural effect is meant to be as close to experiencing music in a live venue as possible. The company has also employed active noise-canceling technology via microphones that register external sounds and automatically adjust the music to compensate.

Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari teases new 488 Spider supercar

Ferrari 488 Spider

The 488 Spider is the most powerful, technically advanced and aerodynamic V8 drop top in Ferrari’s history.

When Ferrari unveiled the 488GTB coupé in February, only one thing could have made it look more impressive — turning it into a convertible.

Six months later, at the height of the European summer, the Italian supercar builder has kindly obliged and the Ferrari 488 Spider is a reality.

Rather than fabric, Ferrari has gone for a retractable hard top for this particular model, which the company claims is actually lighter than a material cover. This hard top — which can go up or down in just 14 seconds and is therefore the slowest thing about this car — also means that the cabin will be quieter when the roof’s up, letting in less wind roar.

Ferrari has added a glass air-deflecting window behind the seats which can be raised or lowered. Even when the roof’s in place, this rear window can be dropped for ventilation and to hear that twin-turbo 660bhp V8 mid-mounted engine even more.

Ferrari 488 Spider interior

But Ferrari hasn’t simply cut the roof off the existing coupe version; the car has had to be significantly redesigned to be able to still deliver the same sorts of performance, thrills and spills as its solid-top brother.

The aerodynamics of a convertible are different, and the company has pulled out all of the technological stops to ensure the Spider offers the same responsiveness, agility and road-holding while dialing up the drama thanks to its drop top.

Ferrari claims that this is the most aerodynamically efficient Spider in its long and distinguished history and, as a result, it posts the same 0-100km/h time — 3 seconds — as the 488 GTB and a top speed of 203mph (326 km/h), yet, because it is a convertible, Ferrari has made the ride slightly softer, believing, quite rightly, that this is a car that will be spending more time on boulevards and autobahns than on closed circuits.

Ferrari 488 Spider side

However, it doesn’t mean that the car can’t perform when the time comes. With a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds, there is virtually no turbo lag and, thanks to its set-up, the car is, in Ferrari’s words, “remarkably easy to drive on the limit,” even in more challenging conditions.

The Ferrari 488 Spider will be making its real-world debut at the Frankfurt motor show and the car is expected to go on sale in early 2016.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series

British luxury carmaker Bentley is building a very special edition of its Continental GT Speed inspired by the daredevil Breitling Jet Team.

Supported by the Swiss watch company of the same name, the Breitling Jet Team is the world’s largest pro civilian preforming jet team. Its seven pilots fly seven L-39 C Albatros jets at events around the world wowing crowds with high-speed (up to 565mph/909kph) close formation aerobatics.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet photo

Taking each of these jets as inspiration, Bentley is building seven individually numbered cars under the banner of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series and has recruited Mulliner, its special bespoke customization, money-no-object division to create something that is truly special and truly reflects the characteristics of the L-39 C Albatros jet.

The exterior of each car will be finished in a two-tone paint treatment — Hallmark and Onyx — with a heavily contrasting yellow highlight. This Pantone-matched Breitling Yellow is the same that adorns the planes.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet

This same yellow makes its way into the cabin as the contrast stitching on the custom-designed seats and for use in special embroidered logos and graphics that highlight the vehicle’s relationship with one of the jets. The dashboard, which is finished with carbon fiber panels rather than the more traditional wood veneers for which Bentley is famous, also features an image of the Breitling Jet Team flying in formation and that same yellow tone is used to highlight which of the seven planes the car corresponds to.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet side

The doorsill tread plates are also individual, each one denoting the car’s number within the seven-example run.

Each of the seven specially built Bentley Continental GTs will be presented in formation on July 31 at the Boeing Seafair Airshow in Seattle, where the Breitling Jet Team will also be performing.

Breitling Jet Team

As a final touch, each owner will be presented with his or her keys by the pilot of the corresponding plane and will be offered the chance to take a flight in an L-39 C Albatros jet.

Ferrari California T Tailor Made

A one-of-a-kind Ferrari California T at Goodwood

Ferrari California T Tailor Made

Ferrari has unveiled its special ‘Tailor Made’ California T it will bring to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This highly-personalized right-hand drive Ferrari California T sports a Bianco Italia three-layer exterior paint job with a double-asymmetric stripe in Blu Hellen, along with 20-inch forged wheels painted in Blu Hellen and Argento Nurburgring, all inspired “by the passion and colors of polo and horse racing,” in tribute to Ferrari’s famous prancing horse.

The Ferrari California T Tailor Made will be on display alongside a comprehensive display of Tailor Made materials, inside Ferrari’s VIP hospitality enclosure reserved exclusively for their clients in order to highlight the brand’s customization prowess and ability to cater to its clientele’s every demand.

Presented in Geneva in 2014, the California T is Ferrari’s return to forced induction, its first turbocharged supercar since the F40.

Powered by a 552-hp, 3.9-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, the California T can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from standstill in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 196mph (316 km/h).

This Ferrari also possesses the latest traction control system to come out of its F1 program, which gives the car optimal acceleration coming out of corners. Its carbon-ceramic brakes, coupled with ABS and ESP technology guarantee quick braking, and its retractable roof takes just 14 seconds to turn this well-insulated hardtop coupe into a convertible.

Ferrari has created an online configurator for its new California T that allows prospective buyers to customize their car down to the last detail.

The Festival of Speed is taking place place in Goodwood, England, June 25-28. For more information, go to goodwood.co.uk.

Jaguar XJ Autobiography

Jaguar details refreshed flagship XJ for 2016

Jaguar XJ Autobiography

British luxury and sportscar marque Jaguar has announced new exterior and interior touches for its biggest executive sedan plus, for the first time, an ultra exclusive Autobiography long wheel base model.

As well as more legroom, the new XJ will offer owners individual reclining, quilted-leather rear seats and equally individual infotainment systems.

Other interior features will include dashboard and door inlays finished in oak veneer while outside the car will sit on special 20-inch alloy wheels and boast a chrome air intake integrated into the front bumper.

Prices for the Autobiography are expected to start at €140,000 when the new XJ range become available to order from October 2015.

1973 Ferrari Dino 246Gts

Ferrari Dino to return?

1973 Ferrari Dino 246Gts

The iconic Dino series from  is set to make a comeback, according to the automaker’s recently appointed chairman.

The original Dino 206 GT and its successors, the 246 GT coupe and GTS targa are among the most cherished and collectible of Ferrari classics.

The original Dino debuted in 1968 and was a revolutionary Ferrari in a number of ways. Firstly, it was ‘affordable’ in supercar terms at least. It was mid-engine and as a result its handling surgical, and that engine was a 2-liter V6, not a V12. It was the first Ferrari built for the road, not the track, looked beautiful thanks to Pininfarina’s flowing curves. And lastly, it was called ‘Dino’ in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.

Ferrari Dino

There is not a single ‘Ferrari’ badge or reference anywhere on the car. The name ‘Dino’ was chosen because during his short life, (Dino died, aged 24 in 1956 form muscular dystrophy) he had pestered his father about developing a V6.

Ferrari’s new chairman, Sergio Marchionne, has stressed that the new Dino isn’t simply a stroll down an automotive memory line, nor is it a cynical attempt to increase sales volumes without diluting the core Ferrari brand.

The car will have a mid-mounted V6, like the original, however it will get two turbochargers and be capable of outputting more than 500bhp.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion shooting

Rolls-Royce introduces ‘Wraith – Inspired by Fashion’

Wraith Inspired by Fashion shooting

Following the Wraith Inspired by Film, Rolls-Royce is showing another take in its “inspiration” series: the Wraith Inspired by Fashion.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion pic

Created to pay homage to the world of Haute Couture, the coupe features a two-tone exterior paint scheme combining Andalucian White with Arctic White, alongside accents in Jasmine, Tailored Purple and Mugello Red.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion

Inside, the interior comes in an Arctic White and black color scheme, and features fine silk, leather and wood finishings, as well as a bespoke clock.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion photo

The Rolls-Royce Wraith “Inspired by Fashion” is being unveiled at New York’s PRATT Institute, as part of the PRATT Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style.

Wraith Inspired by Fashion doorWraith Inspired by Fashion interiorWraith Inspired by Fashion wheelWraith Inspired by Fashion clockRolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Fashion

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight Collection

Rolls-Royce shows Phantom ‘Limelight Collection’

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight Collection

The British luxury car maker has shared details on the Phantom Limelight Collection, the latest line of bespoke models out of its workshops in Goodwood, England. The new limited edition will consist of just 25 cars.

Designed exclusively for prestigious clients with high expectations, the new luxury sedan is defined by its lavish cabin, which is decked out in an artful combination of refined wood, leather and embroidery.

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight interior

Among the key features is the Phantom Suite, a system of exclusive and customizable storage compartments built into the rear doors, allowing chauffeured passengers to keep their personal effects close by at all times.

The standard configuration comes in two versions: one tailored to women with a makeup case and a dedicated perfume holder (up to three flacons) and one for men with a hidden compartment for stowing multiple watches.

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight door

Refinery and relaxation

To maximize comfort, Rolls-Royce’s engineers consulted health professionals to develop an entirely new rear passenger seat designed to maximize relaxation. The Phantom Limelight will be the first model to feature the new seat, which reclines at an angle of precisely 27 degrees and includes a cushioned headrest, a leg rest angled at 68 degrees and a foot rest at 30 degrees. As if all of this wasn’t relaxing enough, the cabin also has a calming ambiance lighting system with two settings.

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight perfume holder

The 25 models in the Phantom Limelight Collection will be made to order, and Rolls-Royce is now accepting orders.

Naturally, the price of this bespoke sedan is not disclosed, but buyers can expect to pay upwards of £600,000 (around $900,000).

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight side

The launch of the new model follows the presentation in Geneva last March of the Phantom Serenity, a one-off model with a hand-decorated interior geared towards calm and relaxation.

Abu Dhabi Police Rolls Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom joins Abu Dhabi police fleet

Abu Dhabi Police Rolls Royce Phantom

Sporting the colours of Abu Dhabi Police, the Rolls Royce Phantom has just debuted as the latest addition to the fleet of UAE police supercars.

The car debuted at Yas Mall on Sunday and marked the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council Traffic Week in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Police Rolls Royce

The out-sized acquisition continues the tradition begun by Dubai Police, whose fleet of police cars includes a Lamborghini Aventador, an Aston Martin One-77, a Mercedes SLS, a Bentley Continental GT Speed, a Ferrari FF, a Bugatti Veyron and a McLaren MP4-12C.

Ferrari FF joins Lamborghini on Dubai Police

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.