The Flying Spur is gorgeous and all, but the Mulsanne is the 4-door from Bentley is considered the flagship 4-door from Bentley. This week, the luxury automaker rolls out their most recent iteration in the 2015 Bentley Muslanne Speed.
The brand’s flagship sedan is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine pumping out 530 horsepower along with a ground rumbling 811 lb-ft of torque through an 8-speed automatic transmission. This setup helps the massive vehicle sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, with the ability to hit a top speed of 190 mph. Bentley has really focused on efficiency with this power plant, enacting a cylinder deactivation system that will transition the 8-cylinder down to 4 cylinders during cruising speeds. The exterior has been finished off with a dark tint to help it turn some heads in traffic, and opening up the doors reveals an interior decked out in beautiful quilted leather, plenty of high-tech gadgetry, and a 2,200 watt Naim audio system.
The guys at Starwood Motors have put their panache to great use again with another Jeep conversion, this time transforming a 2014 Wrangler into a fearsome machine that appears ready to strike fear into the hearts of men.
The Nighthawk instantly turns heads with its matte magnesium metallic paint job, 22″ American Force Burnout wheels, and LED lights. Once inside, the menacing outer shell gives way to a soothing interior, with supple cocoa Bugatti leather seats. The Nighthawk also has the guts to back up its looks, with a 3.6 liter V6 engine with a Ripp supercharger attached to it. A Terra Flex brake kit, AEV heat reduction hood, FabTech long arm lift kit, and BDS steering stabilizer are among the upgrades that has the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Nighthawk going for a very cool $122,888. [Purchase]
If you have spare $1 million in your bank and you’re ready to spend them to ultimate luxury bicycle, this 24k gold bike might be what you have been craving. The House of Solid Gold worked closely with Dan Bull, modern pioneer of fat bikes and founder of Iditabike, to create this bespoke bicycle. The Beverly Hills Edition is as lavish as it gets on a pushbike, coating every part in pure 24k gold. It took over 750 hours to complete the whole process, and only 13 bikes will be crafted for keen buyers. Apart from the shiny gold parts, this bike is adorned by THSG emblem featuring 600 black diamonds and 500 golden sapphires, totaling 6.0 carats for the black diamond and 4.5 carats in gold sapphires. To finish off, brown alligator material was selected to wrap the saddle, and chocolate brown stingray material wrapping the water bottle. Lastly, majority of proceeds from the sale of this bike will be donated to global non-profit organization, The Way to Happiness.
“Sensual clarity” is the phrase being used by Mercedes-Benz to describe their Concept S-Class Coupé. Launched at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the design takes modern luxury to a new level with sweet curves and a flowing profile. I’m no expert on cars, but I do know what I like in terms of looks and functionality. Having owned a Mercedes in the past, I don’t doubt that this is a smooth driving machine, but when it comes to form, sometimes I’m on the fence. However, with the Concept S-Class Coupé, I’d have no qualms about getting behind the wheel.
“Design needs the sublime! Because design is the best brand ambassador. At the centre of our work is sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury, because this is precisely what gets to the heart of our brand philosophy – the bipolarity of intelligence and emotion,” explains Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG.
Nissan BladeGlider, debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show, is both the future direction of Nissan electric vehicles and an exploratory prototype of the Nissan ZEOD RC from the world’s leading EV manufacturer. The project, led by Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan, has developed a deltoid-shape vehicle with a narrow front track that challenges the orthodoxy that has dominated the roads since the earliest days of the internal combustion engine. BladeGlider has its conceptual roots in the soaring, silent, panoramic freedom of a glider and the triangular shape of a high performance “swept wing” aircraft, looking to achieve low drag while generating road-hugging downforce.BladeGlider shares sustainable engineering values with both Nissan LEAF and the Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which will run at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race. With its narrow, 1.0-meter lightweight front track and wide, stable rear track, BladeGlider’s front wheels reduce drag and enhance maneuverability for high G cornering power, assisted by a 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio.
Aerodynamic downforce is created by the highly rigid yet lightweight carbon-fiber underbody, hence the lack of drag-inducing wings. When BladeGlider matures into a production car, it could be Nissan’s first use of in-wheel motors. The in-wheel motors provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management, while also contributing to freedom of upper body design and space-efficient packaging.
To power the electric motors, BladeGlider employs Nissan’s innovative lithium-ion battery technology, with the modules mounted low and toward the rear to enhance stability and handling. It’s tightly streamlined body comprises a tough and structurally-optimized chassis wrapped in ultra-lightweight, yet strong and stiff, carbon fiber reinforced plastic finished in a pearlescent white color that evokes the pristine freedom of a glider.
“The goal was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics.” – Francois Bancon, Nissan Division GM of Product Strategy and Product Planning
Many BMW fans will likely be horrified by the custumised ‘paint job’ that this Z4 has endured. But a rare few may actually love it. At the very least it’s difficult not to appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this dragon auto-job. But effort is no guarantee of achievement, and its questionable whether anyone would genuinely be seen in this vehicle. Or whether it could still get anywhere near the Z4’s usual top speed of 156mph.Sprayed a gaudy gold, the BMW Z4 has then painstakingly been adorned with the limbs of a dragon, including legs and feet with golden claws, wings on the scissor doors, a tail that sashays behind it and a bonnet that is covered in scales. Each and every scale is made from the bone of China’s indigenous mountain yak, and is designed with a dragon-inspired pattern.
What’s red and is faster than an Enzo? Exactly, a LaFerrari 2014.
It has been shown recently on the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This will be Ferrari’s new flagship model from the “special series” like the Enzo, GTO, F50 and F40.
Flavio Manzoni has led the design team for LaFerrari to develop the styling and the dynamics of this amazing car.
LaFerrari has a hybrid system that features a 6.3-liter V-12 engine together with two electric motors, these are known as HY-KERS, the system delivers 950 horsepower and more than 660 pound-feet of torque.