Lux­ury on four wheels

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When look­ing at the top end of the au­to­mo­tive mar­ket, buy­ers never have to wait too long for new mod­els nor do man­u­fac­tur­ers need to wait for bet­ter times to launch their new cre­ations. Thanks pri­mar­ily to new mar­kets, the 10 best brands in the world - con­cen­trated in Great Bri­tain, Ger­many and Italy - are all sat­is­fied with their ex­ports and face chal­lenges at the high-end of their of­fer where cars need to com­bine lux­ury and per­for­mance with­out too many com­pro­mises since the mar­ket is con­tin­u­ously rais­ing the price and per­for­mance bar. As­ton Martin, for in­stance, pro­poses the V12 Van­tage S. It’s ex­treme, as al­ways, and im­proves on all the in­cred­i­ble spec­i­fi­ca­tions of­fered by the Van­tage by, on av­er­age, over 10%. Its agility, among other things, given by 80% torque avail­able at just 1,000 revs, sets this car apart. But the car-maker has also im­proved on the Van­quish Volante, which has even greater per­for­mance, but also plenty of carbon fi­bre and sporty el­e­ments that make it the most cov­eted high-end grand tourer. The Bent­ley GT V8 S Coupé also aims high with im­proved per­for­mance thanks to in­creased horse­power, lower ride height and more di­rect steer­ing, as well as in­tel­li­gent fea­tures that en­sure fuel sav­ings by cut­ting out 4 of the 8 cylin­ders when cruis­ing. The Rolls-Royce Phan­tom Ce­les­tial is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent con­cept. This limou­sine par ex­cel­lence is 10 years old. It is cel­e­brat­ing its an­niver­sary by adding a rear roof panel that mim­ics, with 1,000 fi­bre op­tic lights, the night sky of its inau­gu­ra­tion. Ex­clu­siv­ity is a way of life for the Ger­man cars, be­gin­ning with the nat­u­ralised Bugatti, which has pre­sented a very spe­cial se­ries, the Vey­ron Vitesse Leg­end with 1,200 horse­power and a price tag of al­most

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