For many years, the Ford F-150 is considered as the standard of what a full-sized pickup truck should be. A best-seller in most parts of the globe, it combines an intimidating presence, a car-like cockpit, and impressive hauling capabilities to turn itself into an automotive legend. However, for a majority of the past decade, the F-150 is saddled with outdated and overmatched engines. When the 12th generation Ford F-150 was released in 2009, it came with engine updates that aim to revitalize the much-revered F-150 franchise. In this review, the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss will be put into the spotlight.
While the Boss name is associated by Ford fans to the almost-race-ready variants of the equally-legendary Mustang, the Boss name used for the F-150 has nothing to do with it. Actually, the Boss is the name of the top-of-the-line 6.2 liter V8 engine installed in the F-150 and other trucks within the F-series family. This engine comes as optional equipment for all trims of the F-150, while it comes as standard equipment for the performance-oriented F-150 SVT Raptor. The 2014 Ford F-150 Boss is considered as the top-of-the-line product in terms of engine capability.
To better understand what the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss is all about, it’s crucial to take a closer look at the engine that makes it tick. As said earlier, the displacement of this V8 engine is measured at 6.2 liters. Sharing some similarities to the Modular engine, its biggest features include an overhead camshaft valve train arrangement, 2 valves and 2 spark plugs per cylinder, and dual equal variable cam timing. It has a 4.53 inch bore spacing, allowing for larger valves and bore diameters. The engine has a cast-iron cylinder block for maximum durability, and aluminum pistons and cylinder heads for weight savings. All these result to a maximum output of 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.
Just like previous iterations of the F-150, you can customize your 2014 Ford F-150 Boss according to how you want it. You can select from 4 different variants: Regular Cab, Super Cab, Super Crew, and SVT Raptor. Each of these variants boast of an abundance of space inside, meaning both driver and passenger can sit comfortably. Optional equipment include a rearview camera, an integrated trailer-brake controller, and a voice-activated navigation system.
When it comes to performance, the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss has some interesting figures. It has the most speed and hauling capacity among all F-150 variants. 0-to-100 acceleration is completed within 7 seconds. Its towing capacity is also the best among engine variants, measuring at a whopping 11300 pounds. Its fuel economy is measured at 15 miles per gallon for 2WD variants and 13 miles per gallon for 4WD variants. Impressively enough, with its 4-wheel disc brakes, this truck can stop from 100-to-0 within 130 feet.
It is said that what made the present-generation Ford F-150 relevant again is the great selection of engines. While the other engine offerings (a base V6 engine, a 5.0 liter V8, and a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6) are great in their own right, the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss, with its Boss 6.2 liter V8, surely deserves a place in your garage.
The Shelby GT500 represents the top-of-the-line Mustang, and the 2013 version is no exception to that. In fact, it can be argued that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 might not just be the most extreme Mustang ever, but it just might be the most extreme production muscle car ever built.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is the handiwork of Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT). Obviously challenged by the offerings of their counterparts such as the Camaro ZL1 and the Corvette ZR1 (both from Chevrolet) and the Dodge Viper, they sought out to create the best Mustang they can possibly create. Other than the addition of some aerodynamic parts, Cobra emblems, and racing stripes, it is easy to dismiss this car as just another Mustang. But perhaps this is how SVT exactly wants it.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is available in both coupe variants, with the coupe available with an optional glass roof. Coming as standard are race-ready Recaro front seats wrapped with leather. Heated front seats are optional, but most owners would probably prefer the Recaro. Air-conditioning, cruise control, and an eight-speaker sound system are among the creature comforts that come as standard equipment in this car.
For the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, it is the engine that undoubtedly gets the headlines. The 5.8 liter V8 engine is reinforced with forged pistons, cranks, rods, and camshafts. With increased compression ratio and a bigger Roots supercharger, maximum output is measured at 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. According to Ford, this Shelby is the most powerful American-made production car ever built. It also comes with an upgraded fuel injector, head gaskets, and exhaust valves.
A lot of the components of the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 are reinforced to handle its historically-powerful motor. The entire construction of the 6-speed transmission, from the gears to the case, is reinforced. The dual-disc clutch from ZF is made from stronger components and has increased clamping load. A one-piece carbon fiber driveshaft carries the engine’s momentum into the rear wheels very well. A 3.31 final drive gearing is made possible by the engine’s massive torque, and ultimately allows this Shelby to have a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. 15-inch disc brakes on the front and 14-inch ones on the rear provide stopping power to equal this car’s massive accelerating ability.
The performance of the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is amazing, considering that most of its mass is concentrated on the front. May it be on road or track, this car corners superbly. For those who want the total package, it is highly recommended to pick up the optional Performance Pack. It includes a set of 20-inch wheels, a Torsen limited-slip differential that helps in channeling engine power to the wheels, a more performance-oriented suspension, and adjustable dampers from Bilstein.
All in all, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is a Mustang that defies all expectations. More than just being the most powerful American production car ever, it is a complete, well-rounded supercar you can avail for less than $100,000. Only 4,000 units of these cars are made, and each is an instant classic in their own right.
The Maserati GranCabrio is the first four-seater convertible Maserati has produced since the thirties. The design of the GranCabrio is based on the GranTurismo coupe and is available with a 4.2-litre or 4.7-litre V8 engine and the option to get a conventional automatic gearbox or an automated manual one, although only a 4.7-litre automatic engine/gearbox combo is available. Buyers have a choice of standard or Sports trims as well as an MC variant that is inspired by the styling of the MC Stradale GranTurismo.
The GranCabrio is one of the longer cars on the market at 4.9m in length although it disguises its proportions with a three-layer canvas roof with a folding metal design that takes 26 seconds to close and can be operated while the car is running at speeds less than 19 mph or retracted when the car is stationary by inserting the car key into the door lock. The roof is available in a variety of color options, and there are also two design choices available for the standard 20-inch wheels.
With the extra length, the GranCabrio provides comfortable legroom for four average-sized adults although headroom may be an issue if the roof is in place. In addition, the size of the boot has also been reduced due to the inclusion of a torsion wall in order to restore some of the structural rigidity that was lost when the car design was converted from a coupe to a convertible.
The GranCabrio’s 4.7-litre V8 engine produces 433 bhp and 362 lb ft of torque, has a top speed of 285 km/hr and can accelerate from zero to 100 mph in just 5.2 seconds. A double wishbone suspension is used at the front and back of the car with anti-roll bars and steel springs as extra safety features. In addition, Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive dampers are a standard feature, which continuously adjust the valving based on readings from the body and the wheels. The main headlight unit in the front of the car uses bi-xenon bulbs as well as sidelights while a separate set of foglights lie underneath.
While the GranCabrio can deliver superior performance, it is hampered slightly by its weight as well as lack of torque when it is not at its peak. At 2500 rpm, the car produces a torque of just 3000 lb ft. However, if you choose the Sport model over the standard model, you can enjoy several improvements that help boost its performance such as thicker anti-roll bars, a new electronic damper system and a power increase of 10 hp for the 4.7 hp V8 engine. The GranCabrio’s brakes are also impressive both for their ability to decelerate (the car can stop in less than 50 m when it is running at 70 mph in both dry and wet conditions) and their resistance to fading when the car is repeatedly stopped.
All in all, while in terms of its performance the GranCabrio cannot keep up with other models such as the Mercedes SL63 SMG, it more than earns a place on the list of top ten most expensive cars to rent as a vehicle that can comfortably seat four and performs well on the road while looking great.
ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the ultimate luxury car, designed less for the performance than for craftsmanship and sheer refinement. It is a two-door coupe that can seat four adults and has a length of 220.8-inches and width of 78-inches, as well as a weight of 2670 kg, making it one of the biggest cars on the road. To keep its weight down the Phantom has an aluminum spaceframe with panels added to make it stiffer.
The Phantom’s engine is a 6.75-litre V12 that has peak power of 453 bhp and maximum torque of 531 lb ft and delivers power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As befits a car of its size, the Phantom has huge breaks of 374mm diameter at the front and 370 mm at the back.
In terms of design, little has changed since the Phantom was first released in 2008 although the Series II released in 2012 replaced the round main headlights with rectangular LEDs and changed the rear bumper while providing two new options for alloy wheels. But the high level of craftsmanship remains as the paint job still consists of five color coats, with each coat hand-sanded before the next one is applied and coach stripes applied by hand with and ox-hair and squirrel brush.
The interior of the Phantom features elegant styling and simple controls. The handcrafted interior features real leather trim plus a range of wood veneer options. The rear bench is extremely comfortable with a curved design and the dashboard has been made a little flatter while retaining the basic design. In addition, Rolls-Royce has upgraded the old communications and sat-nav systems but retained the rear-opening power doors.
But Rolls-Royce did not sacrifice performance for style as the V12 engine provides smooth handling while being able to hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and 100 mph in 14.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 155 mph, while the brakes can bring it down from 70 mph to a full stop in just 49.1 meters. But even while running full-bore, the Phantom still provides a comfortable ride with no harshness or vibration even over cratered roads. In terms of its handling, the Phantom is precisely judged and smooth as silk and maintains its composure until you’ve reached top speeds.
While this will not be much of a consideration for the target audience of the Phantom, the fuel consumption rating of the luxury vehicle is 19 mpg (one of the best in its niche) although in practical terms it will likely go up to as much as the mid-teens. And although emissions have gone down substantially from the original Phantom in 2008, it still measures some 350 g/km.
Although the Rolls-Royce Phantom is one of the priciest of the top ten most expensive cars to rent, the price tag will likely not matter to those who can afford it. While technologically it may not live up to other luxury cars in the same class such as the Aston-Martin Rapide S, the Phantom still provides a unique luxury experience with impressive performance.
FERRARI 599 GTB FIORIANO
The Ferrari 599 GTB is a two-seater supercar with a 5999cc V12 engine that can produce 612 bhp at 7600 rpm and a maximum torque of 448 lb ft at 5600 rpm. This means that the 599 GTB has a power-to-weight ratio of 362 bhp, one of the most powerful in its class, particularly given its claimed 1690 kg kerb weight. The 599 comes with a paddle-shift gearbox that uses state-of-the-art ultra-fast shifting software, enabling drivers to disengage the clutch and change to the next gear in just 100 milliseconds.
To ensure the safety and stability of the car, the 599 features magetoheological semi-active dampers, a technology that uses a magnetic field to almost instantly change the viscosity of the liquid within the damper reservoir, as well as high stability control and traction parameters. Carbon-ceramic brakes are available as an option, measuring 398mm in diameter in front and 360 mm in back. These brakes perform better than conventional brakes using cast iron since the carbon-ceramic is designed to withstand the intense heat that is produced during breaking.
The interior of the 599 is stylish while still being very functional, with a driver’s seat whose height is electrically adjustable and a steering wheel that features a starter button and magnetic damper controls conveniently located at the lower right. In addition, the dashboard is highly efficient with only an analog-style speedometer and revcounter, while all other functions are shown through an electronic display. The driver and passengers are also provided with sufficient storage space with flexible leather bins on the doors as well as a center console tray.
In terms of performance, the 599 boasts some impressive numbers, such as being able to go from zero to 100 mph in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of over 205 mph. In addition it smoothly shifts from idle to 8400 rpm without experiencing much in the way of fluctuations. An upgraded package known as the HGTE was introduced for the base car two years after launch, which was intended to improve its handling. The pack included an anti-roll bar in the rear and stiffer springs as well as reducing the car’s center of gravity by reducing its ride height. In addition, upgraded software improved accelerator response as well as well as enabling faster gearbox shifting when the car is in high-performance settings.
The 599 is also one of the most powerful series production road cars produced by Ferrari, able to produce an output greater than 100 hp for every liter of displacement without the use of artificial booster mechanisms such as turbochargers. In addition, the V12 engine is able to produce a maximum 620 PS.
While the Ferrari 599 GTB is not the most glamorous or the fastest supercar among the top ten most expensive cars to rent, it is seen as having one of the most comprehensive packages overall. It features a lighter body than other cars in its class, married to an outstanding engine and an exceptional and comfortable cabin. But despite all its outstanding features, it is still a car that you can use as your everyday vehicle.
The Lamborghini Gallardo is one of the more affordable supercars on the market, a two-door coupe with a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 552 bhp of power at 8000 rpm and has a maximum 398 lb ft of torque at 6500 rpm. In addition, its four wheel drive chassis has been upgraded from the original production model and now has bigger anti-roll bars at the front and rear, considerable changes to the rear suspension and steering design as well as upgraded dampers. The e-gear paddle shift gearbox has also seen significant improvements in its hardware and software, with smoother gear shifting in regular and sports mode while shifting is 40% faster when in Corso mode.
Helping to improve its performance is the Gallardo’s relative lightness, with a weight of just 1410 kg. Helping to reduce the car’s weight is the generous use of carbonfibre, which brought down the weight by as much as 70 kg in the Superleggera model, as well as rear windows and windscreen made of plastic. The lighter weight enables the Gallardo to go from zero to sixty in just 3.7 seconds and zero to 100 mph in 7.7 seconds, and the Superleggera can allegedly hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
But the car’s power and performance belies its comfort. The Gallardo is said to be one of the smoothest rides for a supercar when it is on a regular highway. However, even when it is on a bumpy road, the Gallardo still offers a comfortable ride that is not wobbly.
The interior and exterior design features many of the classic Lamborghini highlights, such as the steeply-raked windscreen and the low-slung driver’s seat, while offering the usual superior amenities such as a powerful aircon, an outstanding sat-nav system, a high-quality stereo and a camera that provides a rear-view image of what is behind the car, automatically appearing when you put it in reverse.
More practically, the Gallardo features lots of storage space, with numerous compartments for storing odds and ends as well as a boot bonnet that can take a fairly large duffle bag. Although you will not get the best fuel mileage with the Gallardo, you are at least getting a car that is environmentally cleaner than its predecessors, with CO2 emissions at 327 gm/km.
If you opt for the Spyder version of the Gallardo, you can enjoy driving around in a full convertible since the roof can be retracted electronically in just 20 seconds and is available in black, grey, beige or blue. To protect passengers from the wind when the roof is down, the rear windscreen remains in place to act as a shield.
The Lamborghini Gallardo makes a great addition to the top ten most expensive cars to rent list since it is not only a complete supercar package, it is also versatile enough to serve as an everyday drive for a two-person household without sacrificing the superior performance you expect from the Lamborghini brand. If you wanted to, you could actually go head to head with a Ferrari 458 Italia. In addition, it is durable enough that it will maintain its integrity over the long-term.
The Maybach 57 is a full-size rear-wheel drive sedan that is the most popular model coming from the offshoot of Mercedes-Benz. The 5.73m sedan is considered one of the most luxurious on the market, with a spacious interior that can comfortably seat up to three adults in the backseat and boasts of a powerful V18 engine. The 57 comes in a 5.5-litre regular model and a 6.0-litre S variant with differing trim levels.
In terms of performance, the 5.5-L V12 can produce 543 bhp and maximum torque of 664 lb ft, while the twin-turbo S model produces 629 bhp and torque of 738 lb ft. Despite its kerb weight of 2.7 tons, the 57 can go from zero to 62 mph in five seconds and from 50 mph to 75 mph in 3.7 seconds. While the 57 has a rated top speed of 171 mph, it likely can go to as fast as 200 mph if pushed. However, the weight of the car becomes evident when it comes to turning at high speeds as it has a tendency to wallow.
The interior of the 57 boasts a wide range of special features, including heated bucket seats that can be adjusted to recline, and are separated with a center console that has a refrigerated compartment for chilling refreshments and controls for the dual-zone climate control system and the DVD entertainment system. The entertainment system features a Bose 21-speaker audio surround-sound system with an in-dash single-CD player that is also equipped with a six-CD changer, as well as satellite radio.
The standard features of the 57 include self-leveling active suspension, nineteen-inch wheels, front-cabin sunroom and rear power sunshades, tilt-and-telescoping power steering wheel, ten-way adjustable heated power front seats and full-leather upholstery. In addition, there are also Bluetooth controls in the front and rear as well as a navigation system, a COMAND electronics interface and a rearview camera. For the S model, the available features include 20-inch higher-performance wheels, a sportier suspension system and a ride height that has been slightly lowered.
Among the options offered include active ventilated front or rear seats, electronic sliding curtains for the rear door windows, retractable rear picnic tables and a solar module that uses solar cells to power the car’s ventilation system. Safety features include side airbags to protect the front and rear passengers, stability and traction control, airlock brakes and front and rear parking sensors. In terms of its fuel efficiency, the 57 can deliver an average 12 mpg or 10 mpg in city driving conditions and 16 mpg on the highway.
While the 57 may have its drawbacks in terms of its performance, as a luxury car it more than earns its spot as one of the ten most expensive rental cars, since it is a sweet vehicle that will get you to where you’re going in great style while still providing a smooth ride that can easily absorb the occasional bump on the road. This is a car that is intended to impress, and it does that with a great amount of style.
LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO LP640
The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is an upgraded version of the Italian carmaker’s flagship Murcielago, which was introduced in 2001 and became the flagship model of its line. The LP640 is a two-door sports car with increased power output from the original model due to its increased engine size. The Murcielago’s V12 engine has been upgraded from 6.2-litres to 6.5-litres, which boosts its power to 631 bhp from the previous 580 bhp. In addition, the increased displacement of 6.5-litres now enables the LP640 to reach 640 PS at 8000 rpm. The LP460 is available as a coupe or a convertible.
To reduce its weight and increase its speed, the exterior of the LP640 is made with ultra-lightweight carbon fiber body panels, with the exception of its roof and doors which are made of steel. This enables the sports car to reach speeds of greater than 200 mph. To further improve its aerodynamics, the LP640’s side windows and rear spoiler can be changed and raised.
While a six-speed manual transmission is a standard feature, an automated-clutch, paddle-shifted automatic gearbox is offered to buyers as an option. The suspension includes an electronic adjustable damping system which raised it slightly by 45mm. Front and rear bumpers have also been added while the headlights have been flattened and widened.
Other exterior performance modifications include a revised suspension tuning and upgraded clutch to accommodate the optional e-gear six-speed transmission as well as a single outlet exhaust system which was incorporated as part of the rear diffuser. To cool the powerful V12 engine, a pair of powerful air scoops were included, which were automatically raised from the rear haunches of the car as needed. In addition, power to the engine was sent through an all-wheel-drive system. To ensure increased safety, better-performing carbon-ceramic brakes are offered as an option in lieu of the traditional brake system. Other options include a glass engine cover so you can flaunt the V12 engine and chrome paddle shifters.
The interior of the LP640 also underwent modifications, including re-molded interior seating to provide increased headroom for passengers as well as an upgraded dashboard with a new stereo system/CD player that plays audio files in various formats. There is now ample space for passengers to spread out on the seats.
The instrument panel has also been fitted with new lighting to increase the feel of a sports car. Other standard features include tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning and power-operated locks and windows. Options available for the interior include a touch-screen navigation system as well as customized accents, which include carbon fiber.
While the LP640 is no longer the state-of-the-art as far as supercars are concerned, it is still an object of desire that is good enough to earn a spot on the top ten most expensive cars to rent. From its sporty exterior to its stylish and comfortable exterior, there’s no better way to get around. And if you feel the need for speed on an empty stretch of road, the LP640 is good enough to scratch that itch.
LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO LP640 ROADSTER
This is the roadster version of the Murcielago LP640 which has appeared earlier in this list of top ten most expensive cars to rent. The main difference, of course, is that this version is designed to be ridden with no roof, allowing you to enjoy high speed driving in one of its purest forms – with the wind whipping through your hair. While the LP640 roadster does have a top that you can put on, you’ll likely only want to use it when the weather is bad, just to protect the leather-clad seats. In addition, the top is rated only for driving below 100 mph, meaning no going all out.
Once you get past this main difference, you’ll realize that you get the same great performance and stylish looks that you enjoy from the base model LP460. The 6.5-litre V12 is a powerful beast of an engine, easily going from zero to sixty in a mind-boggling 3.6 seconds and is capable of reaching a top speed of over 200 mph. In addition, the engine generates 640 bhp and torque of 468 ft lb, but maximum torque of 487 lb ft is achieved at 8000 rpm.
While the lack of a roof means the body frame has to be reinforced, it adds surprisingly little to the overall weight of the car. Reinforcement is added to the roadster’s steel-tubing frame in select areas as well as in the A-pillars and sills. But this adds only around 65 lb to the weight of the roadster, and with the powerful V12 engine, it’s virtually guaranteed you won’t feel it when you’re behind the wheel. You are virtually guaranteed a smooth drive in diverse weather and road conditions, whether it be wet highways or cobblestone streets. The LP640 roadster will navigate them all with confidence to spare while remaining easy to control.
When you open the two scissor doors and get a good look at the interior of the roadster, you’ll realize that the designers at Lamborghini put as much value in comfort and style in the cabin as they did in the engine performance. The one-piece sculpted sports seats are designed to ensure the comfort of both driver and passenger, and feature an ‘asymmetrical’ design, with the driver’s seat boasting of perforated leather while that on the passenger side remains smooth. The buyer has their choice of either four standard colors or they can specify which color they want and Lamborghini will customize it for them.
The dashboard and the center console are also done in black leather while other parts of the interior, such as the navigation and the various control switches for power windows and mirrors are wrapped in carbon fiber. Providing easy maneuvering are the pinon steering system and the power-assisted rack.
So does the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster justify its inclusion in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list? Definitely! All you have to do is take it out for a test drive and just let your inner F1 racer loose and you won’t want to let this car get away.
ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM DROPHEAD
This two-door, four-seat coupe is not really a new version of the Rolls Royce Phantom mentioned earlier in this top ten most expensive cars to rent list, but instead just based its platform on the earlier car’s design. The main difference, of course, is that the top has been removed. However, the styling of the coupe comes from the Rolls Royce concept car 100EX, which was unveiled to commemorate the venerable car maker’s 100th anniversary in 2004. This makes the Drophead Coupe its own unique car rather than just being a Phantom redux.
The Drophead Coupe features a BMW-powered 6.75-liter V12 435 bhp engine which can generate 453 hp and torque of 531 lb ft at 3,500 rpm as well as a six-speed gearbox. It can go from zero to sixty in less than six seconds, which may not seem too impressive until you consider that the Drophead weighs some 5,800 lb. However, this is a car that is not meant to be driven fast, as its top speed is electronically limited to just 145 lb. But it is clear that this is a car that is meant to be driven with reserve, as shown by the unexpected silence of the engine which does not produce the expected V12 noises. The Drophead is designed for extreme quiet and it is only at 5000 rpm that you start to hear the faintest engine noise.
The exterior of the Drophead Coupe retains the nautical theme of the EF100X with a new yacht-like tail section. It has backward-opening coach-style doors as well as a two-toned paint job that delineates the car’s bodywork at the top and bottom of the car. The convertible’s tonneau cover is made of hand-crafted nautical-grade teak wood with an interior band of hardwood for contrast. An optional teak deck is available that is inspired by vintage yacht designs and is made from 30 pieces of teak cut from the same tree to ensure uniformity of grain. The convertible roof is reportedly the largest hood in the continent and can electronically retract behind the cockpit in an estimated 25 seconds.
The interior is a thing of beauty that highlights the fact that this is a luxury car that is designed to be savored while you’re driving it on the road. The cabin is intended to evoke the traditional British gentleman’s clubroom as filtered through the sensibilities of a modern-day avant-garde artist. There are also some pleasant surprises such as hidden umbrellas in the front fenders, which you can access when you open the car doors as well as a hidden refrigerator in the trunk.
The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe earns its place in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list, it only for the fact that its price tag makes it one of the most expensive, if not the priciest, Rolls Royce models. While it will not feed your fantasies to be the next Michael Schumacher, it is a luxurious and comfortable ride that will draw admiring and envious glances as you drive down the road.
With the MP4-12C, relative newcomer McLaren makes its bid for a share of the supercar market and lands a slot in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list. Packed with proprietary McLaren technology, the 12C supercar is set to give the Ferrari 458 Italia a run for its money in terms of its mechanical layout and performance specs.
The 12C boasts of a 3.8-litre two-turbo V8 engine that produces 616 bhp with 442 lb ft of torque at 7000 rpm. The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is made by Graziano and has a paddle-shifting manual override. The proprietary suspension design has the typical coil-sprung double wishbones at the front and the back but distinguishes itself with a series of linked hydraulic dampers whose internal pressure settings can be changed to resist roll and pitch while providing three levels of ride quality based on driver preferences. While the 12C has the standard steel disk-brakes, carbon-ceramic brakes are offered as an option to provide better braking performance and increased safety.
In terms of its performance specifications, McLaren claims the 12C can go from zero to sixty in a just under three seconds and from zero to 200 km/ph in less than nine seconds. While it has a top speed of over 200 mph, it can probably go faster if you push it, and brakes from 200 km/ph to a complete stop in just five seconds. But the specially-created suspension system offers a smooth ride that readily absorbs bumps and is free from pitch and roll.
But what about the interior? The 12C has a two-seat cabin that gives the feel of a comfortable sports car. When the driver sits down, the steering wheel is in-line with him, making it easy to steer, as are the throttle and brake pedals. Other important controls are conveniently within arm’s-reach while still being unobtrusive enough that when your arms are waving around while spiritedly driving, you won’t find yourself bumping into them. In addition, the touch-screen IRIS telematics system has a unique feature – it is oriented in portrait mode to make it more intuitive to use. The Active Dynamics Panel in the center console allows you to control the powertrain and the handing, with three modes including Sport and Track as well as offering four buttons for functions such as the keyless ignition and an Active features that activates the driver’s preferred settings.
To ensure maximum visibility and the safety of the driver, particularly when driving under dim light conditions or inclement weather, the low-slung windshield cowl offers a six-degree downward view from their eye height. This means that the driver has a clear view of the front of the car. The rear three-quarter glass also offers the driver a clear rear view.
If the above review does not convince you that the McLaren 12C deserves a place among the top ten most expensive cars to rent, all you have to do is test-drive it and see how it handles. While it may not have been the envelope-pushing machine that critics and drivers expected, it is more than capable of going head-to-head with Ferrari.
FERRARI 458 ITALIA
The presence of the Ferrari 458 Italia in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list should not be surprising given that it is one of the most well-loved of the supercars. In addition, there is also the association with the classic Ferrari brand. But the Italia more than lives up to what people have come to expect from the name Ferrari, namely that it is a car that offers exceptional performance while still being one of the most stylish vehicles on the road.
The Italia is powered by a 4.5-litre V8 engine that produces 570 bhp and can go from zero to sixty in just 3.3 seconds and can pass a hundred in around seven seconds. While its rated top speed is 325 km/hr, like all supercars it can undoubtedly go faster if it is pushed. In addition it has a semi-automatic dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox that is more than capable of keeping up with the powerful engine. While you’ll undoubtedly want to see what it can do when you get to the open road, in city conditions it is versatile enough that you can drive it at sensible speeds and still enjoy superior performance.
In terms of its handling, the Italia’s suspension features the traditional double wishbone in front that Ferrari has favored as well as a rear multi-link set up that has substantially improved its cornering and longitudinal acceleration abilities. While you might feel a slight tremor when you’re driving on really rough roads, otherwise the ride never feels anything but smooth as the suspension is always comfortingly stiff. In addition, there are also standard carbon-ceramic brakes that readily brake the car from high speeds in practically no time, magnetic-fluid suspension and advanced traction and stability controls. The result is a car that readily hugs the curves when it turns and allows you to choose the amount of electronic assistance that you want.
The interior of the cabin exudes a contemporary feel while giving a strong sense that the Italia has been hand-crafted rather than being manufactured. The dashboard is extremely driver-friendly, with the controls either conveniently on the steering wheel or to the right of the driver. In addition, the dash has protruding vents that give the driver the comforting feeling that it is wrapping around him. The main drawback may be that when you are sitting in the cabin, the visibility is less than perfect since the view at three-quarter angles is a little awkward. But the carbon-fibre seats add a touch of elegance and, on the practical side, there is sufficient storage space in the front boot and behind the seats.
There is no doubt that the Ferrari 458 Italia is a favorite among the top ten most expensive cars to rent, if only because there is not a car enthusiast on the face of the planet whose pulse does not race when confronted with a Ferrari. But this supercar is not content to coast on the reputation of its brand but rather chooses to enhance it by being an outstanding car that provides awesome speed and flexibility.
A Ferrari F50 Crashes Along Manhattan Traffic
The black Ferrari F50 that is being driven by a shirtless guy in a YouTube video has now ended up in a salvage yard in Connecticut. The car’s front is totally wrecked and looks impossible to be repaired. There is not much information as to how the supercar got totaled but one thing is for sure, the supercar hit something really hard for it to be totally wrecked that way.
The driver of the Ferrari F50 during the crash is safe and uninjured. Although it is not clear who was driving the car at that time. According to reports, this particular Ferrari F50 is the last to be sold in the US which amounts to $528,000 in 2002. When you have the video of this guy and see how he drives his Ferrari, it is not unusual that it will end up this way. It only proves that money can’t buy everything and rich people don’t have it all.
A brand new Ferrari F50 is sold for $1.7 million and it is hard to believe that the wrecked black Ferrari F50 can no longer be repaired or at least resold and making a profit around that price tag. The repairs are not cheap, obviously. A new engine alone already costs a few thousand dollars. You do the math.
Reports say the said F50 just got a new 4.7L V12 after the owner blew the original. The car bid started at $103, 000. Reports also say the supercar was totaled by its insurance company. There were rumors going around the web about the real cause of the accident. Some says the driver of the car passed out and smashed the F50 into a tree after a carbon monoxide leak on the car’s cabin. Others say this is unlikely because the top of the car is open.
Rumors also say that the speed of impact is around 50mph. Others believe that a carbon monoxide leak is an unlikely cause. For some, the crash could be a result of reckless driving. Young people nowadays love to showoff and many believe that this is just one of those showoff times gone badly. Well, if the owner was able to afford such a luxury car, he can surely afford another one, can he? Albeit the fact that rich people can afford to buy a new luxury if ever they wreck what they currently have, that is not a good enough reason to be a bad driver.
Remember, although you are financially blessed compared to the majority of people, you do not privately own the road. This means there are unsuspecting people on the road that will be affected when you mess up with your driving. In case, you got into an accident and no one got hurt, you still damaged somebody else’s property when you crashed your car. If you smash your car on a road railing, it is taxpayers’ money used for building and maintaining those. Hence, you ought to show some respect and decency by trying not to crash just because you’re a show off.
Pagani Zonda F – The Million Dollar Car Crash
On January 2012, one of the 25 Pagani Zonda F units that were ever manufactured was wrecked in a gruesome car accident in Hong Kong. Reports say that the driver is driving at full speed and lost control causing the car to hit a tree before it hit a column. The car received extensive damage on its front and rear end. Albeit the extensive damage that the supercar went through, the driver of the car was left unharmed. Thanks to the highly commendable technology of Pagani Zonda F.
The carbon fiber tub of the said supercar received a lot of damage which will obviously make it an expensive repair job. The carbon-fiber body of the said supercar is seen shattered all over the street, making it a gruesome scene. That would not be a write off though. Pagani is well known for repairing cars that went through great damage. But of course, that comes with a hefty price tag.
In 2008, another Pagani Zonda F faced a terrible fate in an accident that happened in Poland. As usual, the driver was on full speed and lost control, causing the car to crash into a tree in reverse. What makes this accident really terrible is that the car’s engine was caught on fire after the car slammed on the tree. Since the engine and the outer shell of this supercar are lost in the crash, there is no assurance that it can still be repaired.
Another similar event happened in Hong Kong in December 2011 wherein a Pagani Zonda crashed on a row of parked cars because the driver tried not to crash on an out of control truck. The owner of the luxury car just came from a racing track event when the unfortunate accident happened. The repairs would be costly, of course. But as expected, the driver came out of the car with no major injuries. That’s the beauty of these luxury cars. They can be greatly damaged, but the driver has a higher percentage of surviving with minimal injuries.
Problem is, due to the outstanding build and excellent safety features of these luxury cars, the owners forget that even supercars can be damaged on a major car accident. The owners of these cars may be so overwhelmed with all the world-class features of these supercars that they feel immortal when they are driving one.
Supercar owners should always remember that smart driving is a prerequisite for every driver. Most road accidents happen because the driver is drunk or too sleepy to drive. These accidents can be prevented if only drivers are responsible enough. Luxury cars are not only a feast for the eyes but they are also terribly expensive. If you own one, it is common knowledge that you are rich enough to afford luxurious things. But that does not mean you can drive as recklessly as you want when you are on the road. You should also think of the safety of others. Besides, not all people are as rich as you are.
Rare Aston Martin One-77 Crashed In Hong Kong
The Aston Martin One-77 is among the rarest luxury cars ever built. There were only 77 of these cars to be produced, hence it name, making it very rare. Aston Martin One 77 is sold out, making it the most sought-after rare luxury car in the world. Not only is this car very luxurious, it is also one of the most expensive supercars ever invented in this word as of date.
To see a car this great, wrecked and damaged is truly heartbreaking. Not to mention the amount of money you have to send to get it fixed, if it is still repairable. A limited edition Aston Martin One-77 costs around £1.4 million but this still depends on where the buyer is located and the level of personalization that you want.
In China, they are willing to spend $7 million (47 million Yuan) just to have one of these luxury cars. That is why it is truly sad to know that an Aston Martin One-77 is wrecked because the driver hit a curb while driving at full speed. To make it even worse, the rare luxury car is believed to be brand-new. According to reports, the car was just delivered to the owner a few weeks ago before the accident transpired. It is also believed that the wrecked Aston Martin One-77 is among the lasts to be produced.
What is really great about these luxury cars is the safety of its passengers. Despite the heavy damage that the car went through on the front and on the side, the main passenger cell of the car remains intact and unharmed. This is because of the super strong carbon fiber monocoque that Aston uses in its luxury cars. This feature is unique to Aston Martin One-77, making it a real eye-candy to luxury car enthusiasts.
This supercar also boasts of its 7.0 liters V12 engine which is capable of producing 522kW/750Nm. It is really unfortunate that a supercar such as an Aston Martin One-77 ends up like this. The car accident happened in Hong Kong but the owner is said to be from Shenzhen, China.
Driving a rare supercar such as the Aston martin One-77 definitely makes you feel powerful and extremely wealthy. But that does not mean you can forget about your driving skills. Just think about the millions of dollars that you spent just to have this supercar. That is enough reason for you to drive safe and smart especially on a busy road.
The owner of the wrecked One-77 must be sobbing really hard not because of the injuries that he incurred but because his One-77 is greatly damaged. The once beautiful, elegant and luxurious supercar is now a mess. The damaged supercar will be transported back to the UK for further assessment of the damages and to see if the car is still repairable. The repair cost is expected to be near $1 million. That’s a lot of money wasted and a great car messed up due to one’s recklessness.
Ferrari F430 Crashed in One of Nicolas Cage’s Movies
A stunt driver for the movie The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage wrecked an expensive Ferrari F430 while on shoot in October 2009. The crew was filming the said movie wherein two cars are seen moving along through the NYC traffic when the driver of the Ferrari suddenly lost control due to the wet on the streets, jumped the curb and finally crashed into a Sbarro’s pizza outlet.
According to reports, the Ferrari also bumped into an electrical post which later fell into the supercar. Worst part is, the supercar also struck an unknowing pedestrian who is not part of the crew or not related to the movie being filmed. It is not clear why there is a pedestrian in the area where the film is being shot. High budgeted movies usually close the streets whenever they do a chase scene such as this. It is not known if the passenger filed a lawsuit gaits the movie production.
The victims of the unfortunate car accident (the driver and the pedestrian), were brought to the nearest Bellevue Hospital and none of them were seriously hurt. The movie production must not be happy with this accident because they have to shelve a big amount for the repair of the Sbarro’s outlet where the supercar crashed. A lot of netizens commented on this accident. Most of them are car enthusiasts.
One commenter pointed out that the stunt driver should have switched into reverse when the car slid on the wet and floored it. This kind of stunt is usually done in Tokyo drift which means it can be done, considering that the one driving the car is a stun driver. Others commented that the driver hit the gas while the supercar was swerving around the cars wherein he also lost traction. Some people say the driver did nothing wrong it’s just that he did not leave any room for error for himself. It is also dumb to let locals pass by the sidewalk while filming a chase scene.
There is a reason they close down the streets when filming scenes such as these because they want to avoid accidents like this one. People are still wondering how a local pedestrian made its way to the film site. There should have been clear signage telling pedestrian not to cross or walk because a movie is being filmed. It is also not clear to car enthusiasts how the stunt driver lost control of the supercar. Stunt drivers are trained for car stunts like this. It seems like the driving skills of the stunt driver needs some prepping up.
To be able to drive a Ferrari F430 is a dream come true to car enthusiasts. So if you are not that rich and you are given a chance to drive such a luxury car, you will make it a point to enjoy the car as much as you can without wrecking it. Well, it’s a relief to know that the Ferrari F430 is up for repairs.
McLaren F1 Most Famous Car Crash
Everybody knows Rowan Atkinson, the funny British actor who starred in Blackadder and Mr. Bean. He’s such an effective comedian, he is known worldwide.
In October 1999, Rowan Atkinson was involved in a tragic road accident. The British comedian’s McLaren smashed on the rear of a Rover Metro which was reportedly driven by a 62 year old Margaret Greenhalgh. The driver of the Rover Metro was sent to the hospital and was treated for minor whiplash injuries while the Mr. Bean actor went out of his car unhurt.
The front wing and the bonnet of the McLaren F1 owned by Atkinson were damaged due to the impact of the collision. On the other hand, the Metro’s rear sill received a dent from the accident. Mr. Atkinson is said to be driving north that day on the A6 at Forton near Lancaster, Lancanshire.
But this incident is not the last of Mr. Bean. In August 2011, Atkinson was again involved in a car accident while driving his McLaren F1. He lost control of his 240mph supercar while he was driving on a slippery section of the A605 near Peterborough. Atkinson’s supercar reportedly hit a tree and burst into flames. The McLaren F1 is one of the most expensive and rarest supercars in the world. Only 64 of these supercars were ever made. It is believed that a McLaren can cost up to £3 million.
The popular comedian escaped from the accident although he suffered from a broken shoulder. The Mclaren F1, on the other hand, suffered a different fate. It was extremely wrecked from the crash. The rear of the supercar is greatly damaged while its 6.1 liter engine was found 20 yards away from the body of the car.
This luxury car crash was most controversial due to the record-high insurance claim that Atkinson got from its insurers. His insurers shelled out a hefty £910,000 for repairs. Although Atkinson recovered quickly from the accident, his supercar has to spend more than one year in the McLaren’s Woking base while it is under repair. The damage on the said luxury car is so extensive; the cost of the repairs is extensively high. The total bill of the repair is three times higher compared to the past record holding highest insurance payout in 2010 by Aviva.
Rowan Atkinson is known as a car enthusiast aside from being an actor and comedian. The McLaren F1 is not the only luxury car that Atkinson has driven. Among his list are the Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Aston Martins and Lancias. This only proves that Mr. Atkinson has a great eye for expensive and fast supercars.
The McLaren F1 is one of the fastest cars ever made. It can travel 0-60mph in just 3.2 seconds. With this kind of speed, who would want to slow down? But of course, Atkinson would need to consider his driving skills as well. But, considering the highly commended safety features of these expensive supercars, the driver would likely enjoy its super speed before he thinks of its consequences.
More Ferrari Enzo’s Are Biting the Dust
There has been a rise in luxury car crashes these past years and among those crashes, the Ferrari Enzo seems to top the list. The Enzo Ferrari is obviously one of the most expensive and fastest supercars in the world with its selling value of $1.3million. Given its high price tag and rareness, one must think that the owners of these cars would take extra care whenever they drive. But it seems these multimillionaires do not really care if they end the life of their Enzo.
Just take for example the accident that happened in Malibu on February 2006. The Enzo was wrecked into half as a result of the car crash. According to reports, the car was running at a top speed of 199mph before the driver lost control and the car malfunctioned due to the accident. Stefan Erikssen, a former Gizmondo executive who was driving the car, suffered a bloody lip as a result of the whiplash. Upon investigation, police reported that Mr. Erikssen is intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Ferrari technicians estimated that the repairs for the Enzo would be in between $250,000 to $300,000. This accident was closely followed by the police and media due to the controversies surrounding the owner of the supercar and how the said supercar made its way to the United States.
In 2009, another beautifully crafted Enzo bid its goodbye. The driver of a 2003 yellow Ferrari Enzo lost control and crashed on one of Japan’s expressway guardrail. The front of the car is heavily damaged due to the crash which is said to be due to light Japanese rain. Rumormongers say the yellow Enzo was running at a top speed and lost control until it smashed into the guardrail. Perhaps the driver needs to understand that some skills are needed when you are driving. It is understandable to run at a high speed, considering you have an Enzo, but that also means you are smart enough to know when to slow down when you need to.
And of course, another Ferrari Enzo burst into flames in 2006 when it crashed into a tree in the resort city in Nice, France. The owner is a Russian billionaire in the name of Suleiman Kerimov. Kerimov is said to be driving his Ferrari with a woman who has been identified as Tina Kandelaki, a Russian TV host, lingerie expert and a model for a Russian equivalent of FHM. Eyewitnesses claim that the driver of the said Enzo was driving on a really high speed, which explains the damage caused to the car. Kerimov was reportedly injured and the woman beside him on the passenger seat suffered burns on her hands and thighs. In this case, it seems like a supercar and a hot woman is not a good combination after all. First off, you need to be focused when you are driving. A hot woman inside your luxury car can be a big distraction. Just imagine all the possibilities (wink, wink).
Crashed Luxury Cars – Ferrari Edition
Ferrari is a world-renowned sports car manufacturer based in Italy. Ferrari is known for its continued participation in racing, specifically Formula One. Ferrari is seen as a symbol of luxury, wealth and great speed. To own a Ferrari car is a status symbol not only of great wealth but of power as well.
It is unfortunate that some people who own a Ferrari end up wrecking their multi-million dollar car due to their own carelessness. In an unfortunate event in 2011, 14 luxury cars piled-up in Japan. This could be the most expensive car crash in history. The pile-up includes eight Ferraris, two Mercedes and a Lamborghini. The damage is estimated at £2.6 million. According to reports, one of the Ferrari drivers lost control due to the wet road.
Police investigators believe that the drivers of the luxury cars are over speeding causing one of the Ferrari drivers to lose control while it’s trying to change lanes on a wet surface. The Ferrari hit a barrier and went back sinning on the road. The other luxury cars behind tried to slam on their brakes but still collided as they tried not to smash on the first car. At least ten people were taken to the hospital but none of them were seriously hurt.
Eyewitnesses saw the luxury cars racing past each other along the Chugoku Expressway in Southern Honshu. Reports suggest that the luxury cars are running at 90mph which is way beyond the speed limit of 50mph. The Ferraris are said to have been damaged severely that they need to be scrapped.
Such accident is a pitiful way to lose a luxury car such as a Ferrari. Most owners of these sports cars forget that even though these cars are made from high quality materials which are strong and durable, they do still crash and gets damaged. This mass car wreck should serve as a lesson to luxury car owners. Even though their cars are the best among the best, it can still be damaged if you do not drive smart.
It is true that driving a high-powered car can be overwhelming, to the point that you lose control and forget about reality. That’s okay if you are not in a highway. Remember, you are not the only driver when you are on the road, so you have to consider the other cars as well.
Although, these cars are known to withstand a lot of pressure and they go through rigorous crash tests before they are brought out in the market. The series of tests that these luxury cars go through ensures that the passengers will not incur serious harm in case they go through an accident. That fact has just been proven by this accident. Even if the luxury cars were a total wreck, the drivers were not seriously injured.
In case the manufacturers of these luxury cars are able to rebuild these wrecked beauties into their former glory, the owners will surely see to it that they drive smart especially when on the highway.
Crashed Supercars – Getting Even Worse
There have been a number of supercar crashes lately and it seems to be becoming a trend. These luxury cars are built to be durable and safe alright but they can still be damaged if you crash it or slam it into a tree or something hard such as a fence or a railing.
It seems like these multimillionaires are too much into fun that they forget they also need to take some care even when they are riding an expensive and luxurious supercar. One good example is the crashed Lamborghini Gallardo in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2009. During those times, the weather in not that friendly to motorist due to storms causing wet on the roads. But, during the time the Gallardo hit an electricity box, the roads were obviously dry.
Most often than not, the driver wasn’t paying attention on the road which caused him to veer off a pavement and hit the other side of the supercar into the electric box. The smash caused a significant damage on the rear end and the back wheel. Of course, the poor Lamborghini Gallardo ended up in the workshop which means the owner will have to shelve a few thousand dollars for the repairs. This is exactly why you need to go through a series of driving tests to ensure that you are road-worthy driver.
Another case of bad driving and bad decision-making is the accident that happened in Oklahoma City involving four junior baseball players. Their coach apparently loaned them his 1995 Ferrari 348 and 1991 Ferrari Testarossa for some reason. End result – the Ferraris were wrecked by the junior high baseball players in a parking lot inside a mall.
The Ferrari 348 suffered significant damage on the front while the Testarossa’s front wheel and side door was smashed due to the Ferrari 348 crashing into it. What an unfortunate turn of events. Lesson learned; do not loan your Ferraris to high school baseball players.
In another expensive supercar crash, an athlete is involved. The striker for North London Arsenal fro Premier League, Nicklas Bendtner, smashed his $270,000 Aston Martin DBS. The luxury car came crashing through a fence before it smashed into the trees. The 21-year old footballer came out of the uninjured but the supercar suffered extensive damage. This is a clear reminder that driving is a skill that needs to be learned.
A Lamborghini Diablo faced an unfortunate fate when the driver/owner of the said supercar tried to wow the crowd with his “super stunts” but ended up losing control of the car. This unfortunate event happened during a racing event in Europe. The over confident Lamborghini driver planned to amuse the crowd by making a flamboyant exit from the starting point. The raging supercar turns into a side road and smashed into the parked truck. The accident sure put a lot of damage on the Lamborghini. The owner must have learnt his lesson. Make sure you know your driving skills and capabilities first before you try to show off.
Expensive Luxury Car Crash
It is such an awesome sight when you see a luxury car on the road with lightning speed that makes it a more breathtaking sight. But it is really a devastating scene when you see these supercars wrecked beyond recognition due to an accident that is clearly due to the driver’s stupidity.
Just take for example the accident that happened in February 2010. A Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 collided with a brand new Ferrari F430. The drivers of the said luxury cars just came from a VIP wedding reception in South Africa. It appears that the Lamborghini received great damage on its front rear on the left and on its lower body on the right. Assessing from the way the cars were damaged, it appears like they were having a race and the driver of the Lamborghini might have lost control. This caused the Lamborghini LP640 to smash on the Ferrari.
The Ferrari F430 seems to have received lesser damage compared to the Lamborghini but the damage is also extensive. Talk about a few hundred thousand dollars for repair, if ever possible. The driver of the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is said to be a former hitman who was convicted and jailed but was given political amnesty, so he is released from prison and is free to drive supercars.
These luxury cars are not extremely expensive for nothing. Although the supercars are greatly damaged, as expected the drivers are out and about without a scratch. When people around the area of accident tried to get photos of the wrecked supercars, the owners reportedly beat them up. When the police arrived, the drivers refused to provide any statement or accident report. According to reports, the drivers also ignored the beatings and took no responsibility for it.
Perhaps, the drivers of these supercars do not want anyone to take a picture of their wrecked cars because people will know how stupid and expensive their mistake was. The problem with driving a supercar is that you get too engrossed with all its latest technology and mouth-watering features that you forget it is still a car and yes, it can be damaged. Of course when you own a supercar, it is obvious that you have more than enough money to pay for your car’s damage. Moreover, you must have a really comprehensive car insurance.
This is why rich people don’t really mind if their ultra expensive luxury cars get wrecked. But that doesn’t mean you can drive recklessly. It is always nice to remember that there are also average people who own humble cars that passes on the same road that you do. They don’t have the same safety features and outstanding technology that your supercar does.
Being able to drive at a supercar at a great speed is really something special. But you might consider going to a race track for this. Remember, your supercar is built with love and extra care. It’s a shame to just get it wrecked and bite the dust due to a stupid accident.
How Billionaire Teenagers Drive Their Luxury Supercars
Supercars are not given such a name for nothing. Aside from they are super expensive and luxurious; they are also incredibly fast, highly secured and super-packed with features that are not common to ordinary cars.
Since these luxury supercars are expensive, only the rich multimillionaires are able to afford such type of cars. Only a few privileged teenagers are able to drive these supercars in such a young age. But it seems like these teenagers know this early that they have so much money, they don’t really care about their driving skills. They can pay for the wreckage anyway or buy a new supercar, whichever they desire.
Take the case of the smashed Ferrari F430 in Moscow. The supercar is said to be driven by the 19 year old sons of a top bank manager in Russia. According to reports, the two teenager millionaire heirs seem to be having some fun with their Ferrari F430 with a speed of 125mph. The boys lost control of the supercar and ended up smashing at the back of a Range Rover. The Ferrari is totally wrecked and the two teenagers needed to be cut from the car. They were sent to the hospital for full recovery.
The passengers of the Range Rover were unhurt and fortunately, no bystanders or pedestrians were hurt. It is unfortunate for the father to learn about the fate of the Ferrari but he must be happy his boys were safe. This time, the father might think of sending his teenage boys to a driving school, in case they still intend to drive yet another supercar in the future.
In a separate incident in March 2012, the son of the richest man in Brazil, Thor Batista, smashed his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren when he accidentally ran over a cyclist over Washington Luiz Highway which is just outside Rio de Janeiro. The 20-year old billionaire, the heir of the business tycoon Eike Batista, accidentally hit Wanderson Pereira, 30 years old, who happens to be riding on his bike on the day of the tragedy. The cyclist died immediately after the accident. Thor Batista on the other hand, survived the accident with just minor cuts in the chest and arm.
The Batista family reportedly paid for the funeral of the victim. It is unfortunate for these tragic accidents to happen. It is very important to stay focused when you are driving. It also does not hurt to show some courtesy and a little sensitivity on the road. Remember, you are riding a supercar and the majority of the people on the road are riding in their ordinary, humble vehicles. People understand that you feel empowered because you are riding on a rare, luxury car but that does not mean you can drive recklessly whenever you want. Sure, you may survive the accident, considering the high-end safety features of supercars. But how about the others on the road who are not as rich as you and can only afford humble cars with lesser safety features compared to yours?
Supercar Misfortunes Under the Hands of Their Unfortunate Drivers
It is always sad to see a supercar die a gruesome death. In the recent years, supercars seem to be crashed more often, if not by foolish teenagers, count on drivers who does not have the proper driving skills but totally denies it and blames it on the car.
In Spain, a Porsche Carrera GT hit the curb and got launched on the side of the road on a very peculiar manner. One side hits the ground while the other side is on top, on a sideways manner. It is not sure how the Carrera got into this position but one thing is for sure, the car must be running really fast because it is not possible to park like this in a low speed. There are only a few Carrera GTs that were built and it’s a shame to lose such a beauty this way.
Your wedding day should be one of the happiest and most memorable days in your life. But not to this British groom who crashed his rented Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 – memorable, yes but happy, not at all. David Gallucci is driving the Lamborghini that was rented for him by his fiancée on the way to the church when he suddenly lost control of the car causing it to be totaled. The damage to the car reportedly reached $260, 240. That is such a pain in the head and the wallet. Well, this groom should have learned his lesson by now. He must not drive a supercar unless he is confident that he’s driving skills are good enough to handle such. Furthermore, he should be more cautious when driving, especially when the car is just rented.
How about a Bugatti EB110 crashing in a closed road in Moscow? It appears that the driver of the Bugatti EB110 wrecked the supercar’s rear in an unfortunate accident. It is not clear how the accident happened but judging on the damage the supercar received, there is no doubt it is running at top speed. The driver must have lost control and the supercar spiraled on the street until it smashed its rear on the concrete barriers. It’s a good thing the road is closed for their event, no locals were harmed.
In New York, a dealer just made the worst decision in his life. He decided to take his customer’s Koenigsegg CCX out for a spin but for some sheer unfortunate luck, he managed to smash the borrowed car into a wall and into a parked Porsche 911. The cost of the damage is sure hefty. It seems like the dealer here is having a case of a really bad day.
This New York dealer must have learned his lesson. Do not take a friend’s supercar out for a spin if you do not have enough cash for possible damages. Also, choose a different place where you can test drive your customer’s supercar other than the New York streets. You should know better next time. Do not break what you do not own.
Supercars Burning In Flames
In the recent years, there has been an increase in flaming supercars which ignited the Supercar Flame War. In 2009, a Ferrari Enzo was burnt to crisps in Canada. The supercar appeared to be an Italian barbecue on the roadside. It’s really painful to see a Ferrari Enzo end up this way.
In another heart-breaking incident, a Romanian owner of a newly-bought Ferrari F430 learnt the lesson of crash and burn the hard way. The driver reportedly crashed his newly owned F430 which set the supercar on fire. This is definitely not a good start but on a positive note, now the driver knows that he still needs to improve his driving skills and realize that smart driving is a must especially when you are driving an expensive supercar.
And still in 2009, a $2million worth McLaren F1 burst into flames in Santa Rosa, California. The owner reportedly had it in storage for 6 months and decided to drive it out for a spin. The fire quickly consumed the carbon fiber body of the supercar and its 6.0L BMW V12; the fire actually burnt it perfectly. This rare gem is said to be valued at $2million and is insured for $3million. It’s really sad to see such a magnificent luxury car end this way.
And yet another Ferrari was burned to death. In 2009 still, A Russian owner just got his Ferrari 612 Scaglietti for 30 minutes when it suddenly burnt to flames. The owner, who was not named, claims that he was driving the said supercar for 30 minutes when he noticed that the collar of the luxury is starting to get hot which caused the brand new Italian supercar to burn completely. The said supercar was sold by the Russian owner for $850,000. Seeing a brand new Ferrari Scaglietti on this state is not only sad but more of gut wrenching.
But of course, it’s not all Ferrari. In the same year, a Lamborghini Gallardo was burnt to the ground in Sant’Agata, Athens, Greece. The yellow Gallardo is seen burning into flames on the sidewalk albeit the cause of the blaze is unknown. This is really a sad event but at least the owner knows someone out there is crying harder than he does – the owner of the burnt Ferrari Enzo, of course.
And this is not the end of it. Still on the same year, another Lamborghini Gallardo burnt to crisp, leaving only a tiny orange globule not burnt. According to reports, two men were test-driving the luxury car when they noticed a smoke coming from the engine bay which prompted them to bail. They did try to put out the fire using a hand-held extinguisher but it seems not enough so they had to call the fire fighters. Some says it’s due to insurance claims, others due to stupidity. Whatever the reasons are, one important lesson is learned here – always bring your fire extinguisher in case your supercar catches fire and think fast. It takes some brains to think clearly in these cases, of course.
World’s Fastest Car on a Fender Bender with a Delivery Truck
On a Saturday afternoon of August 2013, a fruit and vegetable delivery truck was caught on a fender bender with a white Bugatti Veyron at the Madison Avenue in New York City. It must be a very traumatic experience for the truck driver. And why is a Bugatti Veyron in the streets of Manhattan anyway?
It is not clear how these two cars got into the fender bender but what’s sure is that the repairs for the damaged Bugatti Veyron fender will cost a fortune. It is of great interest how a regular truck driver can afford to pay for a Bugatti Veyron repair. It is unfortunate that the closest encounter of the truck driver to a Bugatti Veyron is not a good experience.
The Bugatti Veyron is a French hand-made car that you don’t always see on the regular streets. There are only 500 of these supercars all over the world, which makes it rare and one of the most expensive luxury cars. The Bugatti Veyron is said to be the fastest street-legal car in the world which even makes it more special.
When you own such a wonderful and rare car, you should think a hundred times before you parade it on the streets of Manhattan. It appears that the owner/driver of the car is a big shot prince from Saudi Arabia, hence, its license plate with the “KSA” which stands for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It may be that the driver/owner of the car is not aware of the street conditions in Manhattan so he courageously took his Veyron out for a spin in New York.
You can obviously say from afar that a million dollar car is caught in an accident because the authorities are in the scene of the accident right away and a flatbed tow truck is already in place ready to load up the damaged Veyron. Not to mention the number of people who are very eager to take to take a sight of the rare luxury car. It’s not every day that you see a Veyron on the streets of New York, although this time, it’s caught in an accident, albeit minor.
One could imagine the horror that the truck driver went through during the accident. Suppose the one at fault is the owner of the Veyron, the truck driver would still be feeling anything but happy. Just the thought of wrecking a million dollar supercar is already nerve-wracking. The truck driver must also be very surprised as to what a rare luxury car such as a Veyron is doing in the busy streets of Manhattan. Now, reality sinks in and the truck driver finally realizes that he may need to pay for the damage in the Veyron which may cause around $24,000 at least. It is not a surprise if the truck driver passes out in his truck, or worse, has a heart attack.
Lesson learned: do not drive your Veyron or any other luxury car in the streets of New York if you are not ready for the consequences.
Authorities Crashing Luxury Supercars
Even authorities crash supercars. In 2009, FBI agents seized a Ferrari F50 from a drug dealer during a raid that they performed in the drug dealer’s storage warehouse. The FBI agent who drove the Ferrari lost control over the supercar, causing it to slid on the curb and smashed on a tree. As a result, the carbon-fiber body of the supercar was wrecked, totaling the rare vehicle.
The FBI agents blame the worn out tires on the F50, although there is a very big possibility that the smash is due to driver error. Of course, the FBI agents who drove the car will not admit to that and will stick to the bald tire story. Given the fact that the tires of the F50 were really bald, by the time the accident happened, the weather was fine and there were no wet on the streets. If the FBI agents have known better, they would know that little to no tread makes a tire stick more on a dry pavement.
The F50 has a sleek carbon fiber body and its production is limited. By the looks of it, the FBI agent who drove the car did around 5 to 6 figures of damage on the Ferrari F50. Question is, will the FBI be responsible for the damage?
The answer to that question seems very obvious. No. In March of 2010, the US Department of Justice denied the $750,000 request of the insurer using the argument that the wreckage took place while the Ferrari F50 was under detention by the FBI. It turns out that under Federal Law, the government is given immunity for damages to property in law enforcement custody. So this means law enforcement authorities such as the FBI can wreck your luxury supercar as long as they are on the job.
The insurer claimed the wreck Ferrari F50 and put it on auction in 2012. The bid started at $65,000. What a way to lose a great car such as a Ferrari F50.
In Italy, police officials also crashed their Lamborghini Gallardo police car. According to reports, the Lamborghini police car is on its way back to the precinct after it attended an exhibition in Cremona. The Lamborghini police car belongs to the Bologna police in Italy. Reports say a motorist cutoff the police car which caused it to plow a row of parked cars. A very unusual reason for a supercar to smash on parked cars. But just as expected, the law enforcers will not agree that it is their driving skills that are at fault. They will stick to their story until the end even if they knew they sound stupid and embarrassingly untrue.
It’s funny how authorities can get away with their violations just because they are the law enforcers. These law enforcers who were involved in supercar crashes should be give a retraining in driving lessons. They should also be instructed to focus whenever they are driving, especially when it is a rare luxury supercar. These cars are rare and not everyone is given a chance to ride one.
Classic Supercars Crashed
Classic luxury cars are very rare and utterly expensive for obvious reasons. It is very heart-wrenching to see such rare classics crashed and smashed due to one’s stupidity and lack of skill.
On February 2013, a rare and classic, original Mercedes Benz 300SL was wrecked during a test drive done by a 26 year old auto mechanic and his 19 year old apprentice. These two auto mechanics were running the classic car in Pleidelsheim, north of Stuttgart when the driver lost control and veered off the road, rolled over and damaged the classic car heavily on the front.
The owner of the said classic car remained calm when he heard the news, especially when he found out that it can be restored to its former glory. The car and the workshop are both insured and the damages that reached an estimated $830,000 were covered by the workshop’s insurance. The cause of the accident is not clear but police says the two ran the Mercedes Benz 300SL in a high speed, higher than the allowed maximum speed of 80mph.
Way back in 2003, a 1959 Ferrari 250GT was wrecked when it crashed on a wall during the Shell-Maserati Historic Challenge. It is hard to believe that owners of such beautiful classics are brave enough to gamble them on race tracks.
Among the most expensive classic luxury car damages is the 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder. In May 2008, a black California Spyder was sold at an auction for more than $10,000,000. The unlucky owner of this red classic California Spyder stored his classic supercar near the beach when a hurricane hit. There was a significant damage on the car, which means a hefty price tag on the repairs.
Just when you thought a classic car crash can no longer get more expensive, think again. The 1962-64 Ferrari 250GTO is the world’s most valuable supercar when it was sold at an auction for $28.5 million to an unnamed English buyer. What’s unfortunate is that, this classic car got smashed on its front when the owner rammed the most expensive classic car in the world into the rear of another vehicle when the traffic slowed down. The worth of this classic beauty is much more even when you combine 14 Ferrari Enzos that were involved in some sort of accidents. It is really hard to see such a grand luxury car wrecked and damaged this way.
The Englishmen seems to enjoy wrecking their classic cars. In UK, Edmund Burgess, a Bugatti enthusiast, is competing in the Prescott Speed Hill Climb when he crashed his classic 1924 Bugatti T13 as he is trying to round a corner. This classic car is valued at £250,000 and the damage to this rare beauty will be restored in about eight weeks. Burgess went out of the car unscathed. Instead of lamenting over his wrecked classic Bugatti, Burges decided to take some time to cool off in the nearest pub and took a pit or two of beer; seems to be a good way of getting your mind off of trouble for a while.
The world’s fastest production title is contested by ultra-rare cars that cost at least a million dollars each. Names such as the Gumpert Apollo and the Bugatti Veyron capture the imagination with their dynamic body shells, boatload of technologies, engines with outputs that approach or exceed a thousand horsepower, and top speeds within the much-ballyhooed 400 km/h range. A new challenger has risen to the occasion and it carries a lot of goodies of its own. The Weber F1 just might be the world’s fastest car today.
Weber Sportcars is a car company based in Switzerland. Specializing in creating extremely fast cars, their claim to fame is the creation of the Weber F1, which was then named as Faster One in 2008, a challenger for the world’s fastest car during the time. Still targeting that goal, they made updates to the F1 in the hope of upgrading its moniker into the Fastest One. All of these updates are made towards achieving the goal. However, the question is this: how close Weber Sportcars is to their goal right now?
To make the updates on the Weber F1 possible, Weber employed engineers who previously worked with Sauber and BMW for their respective Formula 1 exploits. Most of their know-how from competing in Formula 1 was integrated into this car. The design of this car may be criticized by some individuals who want their hypercars to be attractive. However, Weber Sportcars simply doesn’t care. They have a singular approach in building the Weber F1: to create the world’s fastest production at all costs.
For the 2013 model, the F1 contains updates that make it go closer to its ultimate goal. Its carbon fiber monocoque chassis weighs in at a staggering 65 kilograms. An integrated chrome molybdenum safety cell was installed in the interior for safety. To improve weight distribution, the car’s fuel load is distributed into 4 different fuel tanks located at different parts of the body. The body, refined by endless modeling and windtunnel testing, is claimed by Weber to have the best aerodynamics and downforce among all street-legal cars.
There used to be a time when a tuned V8 engine sourced from the Chevrolet Corvette powered the Weber F1. However, that engine is swapped to a 5.6 liter V10 built in-house by Weber. With the addition of direct injection and 2 turbochargers (among other updates), maximum output was increased to an astounding 1200 horsepower. Combine that with a curb weight totaling to 1250 kilograms, and the performance potential of this car becomes simply ludicrous. According to tests, the Weber is capable of going 0-to-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, 0-to-200 in 6.6 seconds, 0-to-300 in 16.2 seconds, and a top speed of over 420 km/h!
If all of these figures are indeed true, then the Weber F1 indeed has a claim to being the “Fastest One” today. Such an insane attention to detail is responsible for achieving this. And as scary as it may sound, this car just might still continue improving. Rumor has it that the F1 would receive a KERS-type hybrid powertrain in the future, with an output at the 1500 horsepower range.
The RollsRoyce Phantom Drophead Coupe II is the new super luxury car. This 21st century renaissance car sets the standard for luxury cars. The RollsRoyce Phantom Drophead Coupe II was first introduced in 2007 at the North American Int’l. Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan.
The platform used for the Phantom Drophead Coupe II is derived from the 2003 RR Phantom, and its style is based mostly from the company’s concept car 100EX. It was revealed to celebrate Rolls Royce Centennial in 2004. The RollsRoyce Phantom Drophead Coupe II is the most expensive among all Rolls Royce models to date.
This Rolls Royce luxury 4-seat convertible car features rear-ward opening coach doors with two tone color scheme that outlines the lower and upper bodywork. The production Phantom Drophead Coupe II uses stainless steel bonnet for easy maintenance. With more than 44,000 color combinations to choose from for its exterior, you will never run out of options. Rolls Royce continues to infuse quality hand-crafted materials and aluminum technology. The Drophead Coupe II continues the current theme of Rolls Royce which is the combination of the 2st century modern and techno design with the luxurious 1930s Art Deco.
The interior of the RollsRoyce Phantom Drophead Coupe II is a buffet of luxury with extensive style influences from Art Deco and minimalism. This luxury car features a yacht-inspired wood veneer which covers most of its top portion. It ends with a hand finished convertible tonneau cover with paneling made of nautical-grade teak wood that connects an interior band of contradicting hardwood and its bare stainless steel upper exterior bodywork.
For added strength and protection from its convertible body, a pop-up rollover brimmed with spring loops behind the rear seats together with quarter glass triangular A-pillars. Te hood ornament of this luxury car is retractable and you can either retract it automatically into the bonnet whenever it is locked or whenever you choose to. You can choose the option in the glove box just like with the Phantom Sedan. This luxury car is equipped with BMW’s iDrive System.
Since it production in 2007, there were already 253 Phantom Drophead Coupes that were sold globally. With its iconic Spirit of Legacy figurine, long rear overhang and pantheon grille, the presence of a Drophead Coupe II in the road is highly noticeable.
The Phantom Drophead Coupe II is not all about design. This luxury car also offers great agility and precision in motion. It is made of lightweight aluminum and is powered by a direct-injection V12 engine that is mated to a 6-speed auto gearbox. What makes this luxury car quite unique is its interior that is presented with hand-stitched leathers and very fine veneers with excellent detailing.
The RollsRoyce Phantom Drophead Coupe II highly evolved with the integration of cutting edge technology while thoughtfully improving its potential so it can adapt to the changes in our world. Effortless is the word that best describes the Drophead Coupe II experience. And as promised, this Rolls Royce car offers a smooth ride.
The demand for Japanese sports cars is extremely high nowadays. Possessing cutting-edge technology, impeccable style, and the potential to be tuned for more power, Japanese cars are a favorite for numerous sporting disciplines ranging from track meets to drifting. However, no matter how you ask, there’s no doubt that the Nissan Skyline GT-R is the definitive Japanese sports car. This article will take a quick look on the life and times of Japan’s supercar.
Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC-10 (1970-1972)
This is the GT-R that started it all. Affectionately called the “Hako-suka”, this car is available in both 2-door and 4-door variants. This car comes equipped with the S20 engine, which was essentially the same engine used in the legendary R380. Boasting a DOHC design and hemispherical combustion chambers, this engine’s maximum output is measured at 160 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque. It is the dominant force in Japanese motorsport in the early 1970s, at one time winning 50 straight Grand Prix races.
Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC-110 (1973)
This car first hit the showrooms on September 1972 as the GT-R version of the next-generation Skyline. Still equipped with the S20 engine and coming with a host of mechanical improvements, this car was expected to carry on the GT-R’s dominance in the sports car scene. However, the 1973 World Oil Crisis doomed this car in terms of sales. The GT-R was cancelled in 1973, with only 197 cars ending up being produced. Each copy is now considered as a valuable collector’s item for car enthusiasts.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 (1989-1994)
For the first time in 16 years, the GT-R badge is back on the Nissan Skyline. Not intending to waste a legendary designation, they made the R32 GT-R one of the most advanced sports cars during its day. It was equipped with the legendary RB26DETT 2.6 liter twin-turbo inline-6 engine, the ATTESA-ETS full-time 4-wheel drive system, and the Super-HICAS 4-wheel steering system. During its run, the R32 dominated both Group A and Group N competitions in Japan, and it’s also remarkably competitive in international sports car competitions, earning it the nickname “Godzilla”.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 (1995-1998)
How can you improve on an already-spectacular car? This is the dilemma of the designers of the R33 GT-R. It kept the same engine, transmission, and 4-wheel drive system from the R32. While it weighed in heavier at 3400 pounds, it came with timely updates such as stronger transmission synchros, an improved pump drive collar, and a 4-wheel independent anti-lock braking system. The result is that this car was equally dominant on both road and track.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 (1999-2002)
The R34 was shorter and lighter compared to the R33. While it still came with the same engine and 4-wheel drive system as the R32 and R33 models, its level of sophistication is so high that it was the most competitive GT-R of them all. It had better aerodynamics, a 6-speed manual transmission, and updated drivetrain settings. This car has a dominant presence in the Japan GT Championship, as well as other competitions outside Japan. When the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R stopped production in 2002, the Skyline and GT-R marques were officially separated.
The Lamborghini Miura P400S is a sensation because of its remarkable design and great specifications. By the time it was introduced in the 1960’s, it was the fastest supercar of its time with a top speed of more than 170 mph.
The Lamborghini Miura P400S shows off a rolling chassis with a mid-mounted V12 engine across the car at the back of the seats. The Miura was developed by two of Lamborghini’s greatest engineers, Gian Paola Dallara and Paolo Stanzini. The body is designed by no other than Marcello Gandini of Bertone who is very young and inexperienced at the time with the age of 22.
The Lamborghini Miura P400S is better known for its jaw-dropping design and beyond excellent performance. The Miura’s low-profile, mid-mounted V12 engine, 4-wheel disc brakes and independent front and rear suspension set the Miura apart from the other supercars at that time. Its V12 engine was merged to a five-speed manual transmission which results to a stunning top speed of more than 170 mph at a 0-60 time of only 5.8 seconds.
The Miura is known to be a type of Spanish fighting bull. The later Lamborghini supercars names are associated with bull fighting. The Lamborghini Miura P400S is easily recognized by its chrome-plated window, headlight bezels made from bare metal and its surround trim. The Miura has truly defined the modern concept of luxury supercars. It offers an undeniably sophisticated and eye-popping design, extremely fast speed and great technical innovation which make it a really expensive car that only the millionaires can afford.
Lamborghini Miura P400S is touted too be the fastest sports car of its time with a very light weight of only 290.5 lbs. That is 500 lbs lighter than its competitor, Ferrari 330GTS. The P400S replaced the previous camshaft setting of the P400 to 47-63-58-38 which means the P400S is the fastest among all the Miuras at top speed. The Lamborghini Miura P400S also features the much-coveted vented disc brakes.
Among the popular people who owned a Miura is Frank Sinatra because he finds it “oh so good-looking” and he loves to own things that are beautifully designed. Sinatra ordered an orange Miura with carpeting that is the same as his private jet.
Up to this day, car enthusiasts are still impressed with the Lamborghini Miura P400S specifications. The highly-proven power provided by its symphonic V12 engine, its fully independent suspension, its four-wheel disc brakes and its light weight makes it a supercar deserving of its name.
The Miura models were built from 1966 until 1972. During this time, the Miura is more than a match to any road production cars, putting Lamborghini on top of the class, leaving behind Maserati and Ferrari.
Over the years, the Lamborghini Miura P400S went through improvements and developments which led to more stability, better braking and faster speed. Owning a Lamborghini Miura P400S is such a dream come true for car enthusiasts. Not only is it a true head turner, it is an icon of great style, speed and technical innovation.
Lexus is not exactly known for creating sports cars. They are better known for creating luxury vehicles that wow the crowd with its elegance and class. However, starting with the supercar LF-A, Lexus is trying to redefine its image as a car brand that’s capable of stirring the emotions of enthusiasts with sporty and dynamic cars. They have made in-roads to that goal thanks to the sublime IS F, and now they are trying to carry that new image even in their hybrid cars. This is where the Lexus GS450H F Sport comes into the picture.
On the exterior, you can see immediately the new designing language of Lexus. The GS has incredibly sharp lines, especially up front. It has the look that it’s ready to pounce on unsuspecting competition. While the model refresh for the GS line does reflect aggressive lines, the F Sport takes this aggressive stance to the next level. Just take a look at its radically-designed front bumper! 19-inch F Sport wheels and more aerodynamic parts distinguish the Lexus GS450H F Sport even further from its more subdued siblings.
It is noticeable that the F Sport’s interior is sportier than its stable mates. Replacing the usual wood trim in the Lexus GS450H F Sport is an abundance of leather and metal. You can select different colors for the trim, but the red one surely brings out that sporty nature best. The sports seats on the front do well in keeping occupant securely seated, while the rear seats offer sufficient space for occupants to feel great even in the midst of a long trip. More space is now found in the trunk, thanks to stacking the batteries on the rear instead of laying them flat.
Just like most hybrid cars, it is the drivetrain that takes the headlines when it comes to the Lexus GS450H F Sport. A 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine joins forces with an electric motor to deliver much needed power. Working in tandem via an Atkinson cycle, their maximum combined output is measured at 336 horsepower. A 6-speed CVT transmission transfers all that force into the rear wheels. Thanks to this high amount of power and equally high amount of torque, the F Sport can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h within 5.9 seconds. Top speed is measured at an electronically-limited 250 km/h.
However, there is more to an F Sport car than just having a dynamic engine setup. The CVT transmission is calibrated in such a way that engine responsiveness is maximized. The Lexus GS450H F Sport also comes with an adaptive air suspension, but it also has the unique Lexus Dynamic Package, which includes rear-wheel steering, electric power steering, and a variable ratio steering rack. This is definitely the best-handling car in the GS family.
The Lexus GS450H F Sport comes with all the class and sophistication you expect from a Lexus. However, thanks to its high-performance build, this car has transformed into something more. It is a hybrid sports cruiser that’s more than happy to hang with true sports cars.
So what makes the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante stand out? The stunningly beautiful new sports car offers the open top driving experience in GT-class sports car and 100 years of Aston Martin history. Simply put, it is the most luxuriously beautiful GT-class sports car.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante designers took their inspiration from the Volante’s coupe cousin, the Vanquish. So imagine the beauty of a luxury car and the speed of a sports car.
The Volante boasts a first from Aston Martin’s 100-year history. It is the first model to have a fully carbon-fiber outer skin, the stiffest body structure ever designed by the engineering team at Gaydon, Warwickshire, England, and also the fastest retractable roof that only takes 14 seconds to fold.
Dubbed as the DB9 by its designers (DB for David Brown, former owner of Aston Martin) namely Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker, the Volante is the successor of the DB7 model. It is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine, the same AM11 that powers its cousin, the Aston Martin Vanquish. With this engine, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 4.7 seconds and can go to 295 km/h at top speed.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante‘s chassis is made of aluminum composite for maximum strength and lighter weight, a main feature of its Vertical-Horizontal (VH) architecture. This architecture provides rigidity and employs the latest in aerospace bonding technology. This rigid structure also provides the ideal foundation to mount the suspensions which in effect results to the car’s dynamic performance.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is equipped with a 1000W Bang and Olufsen BeoSound system which automatically adjusts sound intensity when the roof opens or closes. Of course if you don’t want this you can settle for the basic Dolby ProLogic sound system.
The interior can be styled in countless ways but the generic leather and walnut wood finish are the basic design. It can also come in leather with handcrafted design, the choice of which is according to the customer’s taste. The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is the ultimate convertible with a customizable design. The center stack is intuitive and user friendly with the ECU engine start button and gear selection buttons made of glass. The switch gear uses capacitive touch buttons and the first ever to use touch screen technology called haptic feedback commonly used by smart phones in a car. It also has the customary satnav and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante’s boot is 50% larger than its predecessor. The exterior skin is made mostly of aluminum. The windscreen is in full height and meets with the fabric roof for seamless transition. A few improvements with its exteriors include an enlarged recessed headlight cluster using xenon light bulbs and LED, LED rear lights with lenses and a rear spoiler with lid.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante received positive responses from most critics most of them praising the interior and exterior design. The car would rank poorly when compared to other more expensive toys such as Porsche’s 918 or MacLaren’s P1. Although it ranked poorly, most critics would still go for the Volante, by personal choice. Although critics are positive about its interior some holds the cargo space as rather small.