Su­per and hyper cars are be­com­ing more eco­log­i­cal and high-tech

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - CARS -

One of the main goals of the su­per-lux­ury ve­hi­cle sec­tor is with­out doubt to limit as far as pos­si­ble its eco­log­i­cal foot­print, in or­der to com­ply with leg­is­la­tion and public opin­ion, but with­out sac­ri­fic­ing performance. But what makes a flag­ship prod­uct or su­per sportscar so spe­cial and a plea­sure to drive is also the over­all on­board ex­pe­ri­ence, where noth­ing is sac­ri­ficed any­more. An ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of this is the lat­est Audi “A8“: as soon as you climb on­board, you im­me­di­ately no­tice the vir­tual cock­pit with high-defini­tion screen, which looks like some­thing out of a fu­tur­is­tic film. What stands out though is the Traf­fic Jam Pi­lot, the world's first sys­tem that en­ables SAE level 3 con­di­tional au­to­ma­tion. No less im­pres­sive is the BMW “Con­cept 8 Series“, a car that cel­e­brates the grand re­turn of the large-sized lux­ury coupé. The name re­calls the great su­per­car man­u­fac­tured in the early nineties, then equipped with a pow­er­ful V12 and dis­tin­guished by one of the lat­est de­sign fea­tures of the era - pop-up head­lights. The pro­to­type shown to the world at the Con­corso d'Ele­ganza at Villa d'Este demon­strates the best that could be imag­ined from the Bavar­ian car maker, be­gin­ning with a new shape and sculpted vol­umes that are pleas­ing to the eye and a wizard in the wind. It's a won­der both out­side and in, where it shows metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to even the small­est de­tail, such as the iDrive Stile, raf­fi­natezza e lin­ear­ità per la 911 Turbo S Ex­clu­sive Series di Porsche. In­no­vazione es­clu­siva, look spet­ta­co­lare e migliore di­nam­ica di guida. Style, fi­nesse and lin­ear­ity for the 911 Turbo S Ex­clu­sive Series by Porsche. Ex­clu­sive innovation, spec­tac­u­lar look and en­hanced driv­ing dy­nam­ics.

Con­troller and facetted gearshift lever made for the first time in Swarovski glass. This sump­tu­ous lux­ury is fur­ther en­hanced with in­serts in merino leather - the most ex­clu­sive op­tion for the BMW M series or “In­di­vid­ual” col­lec­tion. On a sim­i­lar wave­length is Bent­ley with the new “Con­ti­nen­tal GT“, pro­tag­o­nist at Frank­furt, where it un­leashed the third-gen­er­a­tion model, which now has in­creased to 635 hp, with a sprint time of 3.7 sec­onds from 0 to 100, but above all fea­tures en­hanced tech­nol­ogy, with in­no­va­tive cen­tre con­sole with three­sided dis­play that ro­tates through ei­ther a 12.3-inch screen, ex­clu­sive wooden panel - match­ing the lines of the dash­board - or ana­logue di­als. The best of the year from Porsche is the eter­nal “911 Turbo S“Ex­clu­sive Series, which is lim­ited to 500 ex­am­ples. It has in­creased power, now at 607 hp, thanks to which it achieves 0-100 in just 2.9 sec­onds. This true gem is dis­tinc­tive in its yel­low metal­lic fin­ish with car­bon de­tails. Not far off is the “Portofino“, a Fer­rari that takes the place of the “Cal­i­for­nia“and has de­cided to bor­row the name of the glam­orous town to im­press an even wider tar­get. With around 600 hp and in­cred­i­ble performance, the “Portofino“is pop­u­lar, how­ever, for its abil­ity to of­fer both rigid re­tractable roof and su­pe­rior com­fort, and also pro­vides two rear seats that can be used for short trips. Within the realm of ‘pos­si­ble' but highly so­phis­ti­cated su­per sportscars is an ex­am­ple of pure innovation bor­rowed from the track, the McLaren “720S“, the nat­u­ral re­place­ment of the “650S“, which in­tro­duces the con­cept of a twin-turbo V8 en­gine. It in­cludes many other so­lu­tions bor­rowed from For­mula 1 and 41% of the en­gine's com­po­nents are new, giv­ing this Bri­tish sportscar the power and ma­tu­rity to hold its head up high among the Ital­ian com­pe­ti­tion: noth­ing is left to chance and it man­ages to outdo

A sin­is­tra. La Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, una due posti su­per­sportiva, porta su strada la tec­nolo­gia ib­rida di For­mula 1. In questa pag­ina. La 720S di McLaren con la maestosa aper­tura delle porte, una delle carat­ter­is­tiche più sug­ges­tive del suo de­sign, per en­trare e us­cire dall'auto senza sforzo ed ele­ganza. Left. The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, a two-seater su­per­sports show car, brings For­mula 1 hy­brid tech­nol­ogy to the road. On this page. The 720S by McLaren with its ma­jes­tic open­ing of the doors, one of the most al­lur­ing de­sign fea­tures, to make en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing ef­fort­less and el­e­gant. the com­pe­ti­tion in more ways than one. Wor­thy of ap­plause is the driver dis­play that folds away when in ‘track' mode, by ro­tat­ing 90 de­grees and leav­ing just a row of LEDs, like a race car. With just twenty horse power more, the Lam­borgh­ini “Aven­ta­dor S Road­ster” is an ex­tra­or­di­nary and very ‘ag­gres­sive' Ital­ian car that made its de­but at Geneva with a coupé ver­sion with 40 hp ex­tra, new EGO driv­ing mode, TFT dig­i­tal dash­board, and a teleme­try sys­tem which uses an of­fi­cial Track & Play app for rac­ing on the track against your ‘ghost' and analysing the driv­ing data at the end of ev­ery ses­sion, much in the same way as a pro­fes­sional driv­ing course. Way ahead of th­ese gems, how­ever, is the Mercedes “AMG Project One“, an ex­clu­sive hy­per­car avail­able only to a se­lect few, in­spired by For­mula 1, with over 1,000 hp. The 1.6 litre en­gine is com­bined with MGU-H and MGU-K units.

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