30 March, 2012

Longer than Your Imagination - The Longest Car In The World!

Who doesn't like to get noticed in life? Maybe that is what motivates people to do things that are different! The manifestation of the desire drove Jay Ohrberg, from California, US to built the longest ever limousine in the entire world!

At 100-ft length, the world's longest car has also made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. 26 tires, two cabins for drivers (one each at the front and the back) and several other unique features make this limousine not only unique, but also a huge sensation.

Equipped with all possible comforts ever imagined, like a heated Jacuzzi, a swimming pool, king sized bed, a sun deck,  TV with the car's very own satellite dish, and even a helipad - make this humongously long limo, even more stylish and decadent than several of the Beverly Hills mansions or closer home, many of the Marine Drive homes!

While driving this machine on the streets is not really legal, the limo can be booked for use for movie shootings, special events, & exhibitions.

Longest Car in the world
Loooongest Limousine in the World

23 March, 2012

3 SUVs That You Can Kill For Or Maybe, Just Steal Instead!

If you love cars more than your partner, then this post is dedicated to all of you, hardcore automobile fans!

Rugged and masculine SUVs are a league apart. They are the ultimate style statement – a BOLD statement. SUVs are road beasts that offer excellent safety and driving experience. So whether you drive an Audi Q7 or a Porsche Cayenne, Sport Utility Vehicles spell machismo alright! If that’s too much for you to digest, then quit reading the post now. Because below are some of the most amazing and obscenely expensive SUVs in the world.

Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition; Price: $1.5 Million
Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition
The first ever SUV to be created in the world, the Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition is a super luxurious not only because it is bespoke, but also because it touches the pinnacle of safety with bulletproof Kevlar coating, and comfort, never seen before in SUVs. This particular SUV has gold-plated windows, tungsten exhausts, and diamonds encrusted speed gauges. But, all this doesn’t compromise its performance, as it is powered by an outrageous V8 engine that delivers 450 bhp. If you think this is going overboard, then check this out. The  Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition is known for the 3 complimentary bottles of one of the most expensive vodka brands in the world, the Russo-Baltique, which costs a staggering $1.35 million per bottle!

“Warrior One” Hummer H1; Price: $1.25 Million
“Warrior One” Hummer H1
Warrior One is, in probability, the most famous Hummer ever. It was bought and used by CNN to cover the Iraq War. After this stint, the SUV was renovated and put up for auction where it was sold for a price tag of $1.25 million! The Warrior One Hummer H1 is powered by a 6.6 L turbo Duramax LLY V8 Diesel engine, an Allison 1000 5-speed transmission, as well as a steel reinforced chassis frame and a responsive steering gear.

Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris; Price: $300,000
Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris
Dutch super-car maker, Spyker Cars has designed & developed this super luxury SUV. The Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris went on sale two years ago and is since earned the reputation of being the SUV with the highest price tag in 2009. This crossover SUV was launched at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show and is attached to a V8, 6.0 liter engine taken from the Cadillac and one that is capable of delivering 500 bhp of power. Good looking and with a unique name, the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris is, what is known as a, Super Sport Utility Vehicle (SSUV), the perfect combination of SUV appeal and super-car performance. 

SUVs are really cool to own. They are even better to drive. But, the best advantage of owning an SUV is the amazing sense of power one feels when sitting behind the wheel. If you've enjoyed reading this post, write in to me telling me about which is your favorite SUV and why! 

Until next time, Ciao! :-)

21 March, 2012

Luxury Cars That Cost More Than Your Whole Body!!

I am back! Stronger, healthier, and ready to pen down the next post! :-) In my last post I mentioned the top 4 most expensive super cars in 2012, which were also showcased at the recently concluded Geneva Auto Show.

Now, I will talk about the other 4 “hotties” that are lined up for launch around the world. Coming first up is:

Mercedes-Benz A Class 2012; Price: $40,000
Mercedes-Benz A Class 2012

I cannot, not talk about Mercedes Benz, when I mention super fast, luxury cars. This German premier car maker showcased the really good looking A Class at the Geneva Auto Show. The Merc Benz A Class is a premium segment sedan that can be customized as per your needs (mine too!). Not only does it come in two different engine configurations – 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter, but one also has the option to choose a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.  As with most Mercedes, the A Class has classy looks, chrome grills, and ability to really speed up!

Rolls Royce Phantom Series II 2012; Price: TBA
Rolls Royce Phantom Series II 2012

I am biased about RR. I don’t like them much. Many of you may swear by them, but a Rolls Royce simply leaves me cold. Call it what you want, but the RR is a fuel guzzler that has a massive carbon footprint. Anyways, my opinion aside, the new Rolls Royce Phantom Series II is a huge upgrade from the popular Rolls Royce Phantom. A freshly designed bumper, full LED headlights, V12 DI engine, an 8-speed AT, and plenty of driver-assist superlative technologies. Did I just say I don’t like the Rolls Royce Phantom Series II 2012? Maybe I’ll just have to eat my words! :-)

Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner 2013; Price: TBA
Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner 2013

Also known as the Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification model, this freshly re-packaged Bentley Mulsanne is the epitome of decadence and greed…for own one of the most exclusive cars in the world. A fine example of bespoke elegance and super-cool features like 21 inch wheels, diamond quilted, leather interior, and Flying B vents, the new Mulsanne Mulliner has a V8 6.75 liter twin turbo engine that offers a thrust of 505bhp power!! Phew! The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner is capable of achieving a max speed of 184 mph. Fitted with a technologically advanced Drive Dynamics Control system that provides flexibility to automatically adjust the suspension and steering systems, you’ll never feel challenged when driving this car. 

Bentley EXP 9F; Price: TBA
Bentley EXP 9F

The only SUV in my list of most expensive cars this year, so far, the Bentley EXP 9F is also the maiden SUV designed by Bentley Motors. Based on the famous Bentley Grand Tourer model, this SUV costs a bomb, quite literally! :-) Powered by a W12, 6.0 liter twin turbo engine to produce 600 bhp of power, the EXP 9F (is this a name in Spy language?!) has an 8-speed transmission. Very soon, this SUV will also be available with a hybrid V8 4.0 liter twin-turbo engine. Though currently at a concept stage, the Bentley SUV boasts of 23-inch alloy wheels and an all-terrain drive system. It will also have a superlative entertainment & multi-media system. I just hope the car lock can’t be jimmied with or …!

My dreams are not becoming reality anytime soon. So I am gonna sing - Dream a little dream of me :-)

19 March, 2012

Luxury Cars That Cost More Than An Arm And A Leg or Your Whole Body Combined!

The Geneva motor show just ended yesterday and the show had some awesome cars, ones to die-for! I have been away for some time, traveling to the Geneva Motor Show, in my dreams. I am firm believer that dreams do come true, especially if they are of some of the most expensive cars in the world :-)

I am actually going to list down some of my favorite and really thrilling cars seen at the Geneva Auto Show for your ‘driving’ pleasure . . . (no pun intended). Oh, and since I have stargazed of so many of them, I am splitting the post in to two. (Technorati: W7MHR6JCPVEA)

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse; Price: $2 Million
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
Synonymous with speed, the Bugatti Veyron has always been THE sports car to buy, die for! And now, the company launched, a meaner, more muscular, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse convertible, an open to sky version of its sports model. This Bugatti is a super expensive convertible, which is powered by a roaring 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W16 engine, lifted out of the Veyron Super Sport and plucked to produce an amazing 1,200 bhp and a top speed of, deep breath, 410 km/h!

Lamborghini Aventador J; Price: $2.75 Million
Lamborghini Aventador J
What does the name Lamborghini mean to you? For me it is about a really low-swung, symmetrically designed, super expensive car . . . that’s a complete waste of money!! :-)
Ok, just kidding. The Lamby is an astounding brand of superfast luxury cars. And the new Aventador J is no different from its predecessors; expect that is quickly garnering the tag of being the most expensive supercars so far and has been sold to an anonymous buyer. The Lamborghini Aventador J is fitted with 6.5 L V12 engine to produce around 700 bhp of power with a top speed of 186 mph. Two of the best features of this car (according to me) are the lack of windshield and air-conditioning.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato; Price: $516,789
Aston Martin V12 Zagato
I have to admit, I have always been fascinated by, and a little in love with, James Bond. I loved the suaveness, the panache, and just the sheer magnetism of the spy’s personality. But I also loved, envied, his cars, especially the Aston Martins. So when I saw the all new Aston Martin V12 Zagato, also one of the more costly cars so far, I was blown away by the looks and the price! The Aston Martin V12 Zagato is a great mix of good design, long lineage, and futuristic technology.  Power packed, the V12 engine coolly produces 510 bhp of power to propel the car to hit a high of 190 mph. The Zagato can achieve 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds!! That’s insane! Hand-crafted, the AM V12 Zagato is available in 4 different colors - Scintilla Silver, Alloro Green, Alba Blue, and Diavolo Red. Only 150 Zagatos are planned to be manufactured.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 2012; Price: TBA
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show witnessed the launch of the super sexy Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. And if rumors are to be believed, this Ferrari is supposed to the fastest F ever built. Taking inspiration from the Ferraris - FF, 599 GTB Fiorano & 550 Maranello, the F12 Berlinetta has a V12 engine to get a thrust of 750 bhp, a F1 dual-clutch transmission, and capability to achieve a max. speed of 211 mph! The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta uses the new carbon-ceramic brakes designed by the company. 

My mind is reeling! I am losing control! 
It’s time to pull the brake on this post. 
I think I need to go slow…all that talk of speed is making me making me feel giddy! Pant...Pant...