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Top 12 cars that re­main eter­nal favourites

India Today - - CONTENTS - By MERAJ SHAH

It’s im­pos­si­ble to overdo lux­ury, say the French. That cer­tainly ap­pears to be true of the lux­ury au­to­mo­bile; while en­dur­ing mark­ers of class like crafts­man­ship, rar­ity, qual­ity of ma­te­ri­als and size con­tinue to hold sway, tech­nol­ogy has ac­quired a pri­mary stake in the au­to­mo­tive lux­ury sweep­stakes. Then there’s the pre­mium this dig­i­tal age places on the in­tan­gi­ble lux­u­ries of iso­la­tion and pri­vacy from a con­stantly con­nected world. In that cru­cible, min­i­mal­ism has gained ground; os­ten­ta­tious­ness has be­come passé. Here’s our short­list of twelve deluxe car­riages that ex­em­plify the evo­lu­tion of the plush mo­tor­car in the 21st cen­tury.

Rolls Royce Phan­tom

If per­sonal space is the yard­stick, then the Phan­tom, all 5.8 me­tres of it, is this cen­tury’s ul­ti­mate lux­ury on wheels. Truly one for those who love their ride. `4.8-8.8 crore (ex-show­room, Delhi)

Mercedes May­bach

This 18-foot leviathan, a deluxe ver­sion of the Mercedes S600, is the crowning glory, lit­er­ally, of all the cars ever to sport the three-pointed-star. `2.6 crore (ex-show­room, Pune)

Bent­ley Mul­sanne

The flag­ship Mul­sanne is mostly hand-built. Bent­ley goes to in­cred­i­ble lengths to source the best ma­te­ri­als for the Mul­sanne and the re­sults are fan­tas­tic. `5.56 crore (ex-show­room, Delhi)

Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron

Su­perla­tive. That, in one word is the Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron for you. Son of Vey­ron, the Ch­i­ron is ex­pected to break land-speed records while wrap­ping oc­cu­pants in the most ex­trav­a­gant cabin ever. `17.5 crore (not in­clu­sive of du­ties)

Fer­rari GTC4Lusso

Fer­rari has never made a lux­ury SUV, but the GTC4Lusso is as far as it will go to pan­der to lux­ury and road com­fort. One for the short­list.

Lexus LS 600H

The LS 600H es­chews ag­gres­sive­ness for el­e­gance. Its great­est virtue is not the tech­nol­ogy it comes loaded with, but rather how dis­creet that tech is. `80 lakh (not in­clu­sive of du­ties)

Maserati GranTurismo

If it is form you want, then this is the pret­ti­est lux­ury sedan of the 21st cen­tury with ticks for per­for­mance, lux­ury, and drop-dead good looks. `1.8 crore (ex-show­room, Delhi)

Bu­fori Geneva

The only Asian, and limited-pro­duc­tion car in this line-up, the Geneva is an anachro­nism in an age of man­u­fac­tured lux­ury. Painstak­ingly put to­gether over 9,000 man hours.

`2.25 crore (not in­clu­sive of du­ties)

As­ton Martin Rapide S

It has four doors and takes four sec­onds to hit a 100 kph. 12 cylin­ders fire un­der the hood, and 12 speak­ers liven up the cabin. The Rapide S is a dream. `3.29 crore (ex-show­room, Mum­bai)

Audi RS7 Per­for­mance

No car ex­em­pli­fies Audi’s dual-com­mit­ment to per­for­mance and lux­ury as well as the RS7 Per­for­mance. A must on ev­ery col­lec­tor’s list. `1.6 crore (ex-show­room, Delhi)

BMW 7-Se­ries

The 7-Se­ries is the de­fin­i­tive lux­ury sa­loon. This iconic Ger­man car is a fix­ture on all lux­ury-car lists. `1.26 crore on­ward (ex-show­room, Delhi)

Range Rover SVAu­to­bi­og­ra­phy

With a near Bent­ley-level aes­thetic, ev­ery con­ceiv­able au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy you can think of, and wood ve­neers, this SUV is the ul­ti­mate per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of au­to­mo­tive class. `4 crore

WOW FAC­TOR The Rolls Royce Phan­ton Seren­ity (left); The Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron (bot­tom left)

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