Top 12 cars that remain eternal favourites
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)