Four wheels in grand style

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - ENGINES -

Even 2013, gen­er­at­ing ex­cite­ment and stun­ning the world au­to­mo­tive scene, par­tic­u­larly in the high-end seg­ment. Pre­sen­ta­tion of high class ve­hi­cles open new chap­ters in the his­tory of the au­to­mo­bile, and this year is no ex­cep­tion. We be­gin with LaFer­rari, a twoseater from Maranello with the ar­ti­cle in­ten­tion­ally at­tached to its name. This con­tro­ver­sial name has been much dis­cussed, but it was cre­ated to un­der­line the pres­tige of this ve­hi­cle, which rep­re­sents some­thing truly sym­bolic - even more so than the Enzo did eleven years ago. This record-break­ing Fer­rari in terms of price and per­for­mance is also ex­clu­sive (you’ll need five Fer­raris in your garage to be in­vited to pur­chase one and over one mil­lion eu­ros), and uses the Hy-Kers sys­tem taken from For­mula 1 for the first time on the road. It achieves a top speed of al­most 400 kph thanks to truly ex­ag­ger­ated power of 963 hp, which it how­ever clev­erly com­pen­sates for by hav­ing rel­a­tively low emis­sions for a ve­hi­cle of 12 cylin­ders. Well aware of this new de­vel­op­ment, Lam­borgh­ini has not how­ever been caught un­pre­pared and, pre­sented the Ve­neno, of which only four ex­am­ples have been made, three for wealthy cus­tomers able to spend over three mil­lion eu­ros. Showy with in­no­va­tive aero­dy­nam­ics, es­pe­cially in the large rear wing pro­files and tail fin wor­thy of the best com­pe­ti­tion cars, it is how­ever “only” an evo­lu­tion of the Aven­ta­dor and there­fore will not ex­ceed 750 hp. We close our su­per­car re­view with the Bu­gatti Vey­ron and its Grand Sport Venet Edi­tion, de­signed by the well-known French artist who painted the body and rims with a unique de­sign in or­ange and brown. A step down on the lad­der, the spe­cial edi­tions of the cen­te­nary As­ton Martin, in­clud­ing the Van­quish and Rapide S, which are dis­tin­guished by the logo spe­cially made in sil­ver 925, new leather up­hol­stery and small im­por­tant de­tails such as new glass keys on key hold­ers that match the colour of the leather. Porsche, in­stead, is cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the 911 in grand style, with a new gen­er­a­tion 911 GT3, a race-ready GT3 Cup and a Cay­man S, that pro­duces in­creas­ingly less pol­lu­tion. There are spe­cial se­ries also from Mercedes which, with Amg, pre­sented the SLS Coupé Black Se­ries, while the range re­pro­posed the re­cent restyling of the E Class in both cabri­o­let and coupé ver­sions. We can­not close our re­view of the best ve­hi­cles with­out in­clud­ing BMW, which un­veiled the M6 Grand Coupé. This top ver­sion of a V8 saloon has 4.4 litre bi-turbo engine of 560 hp. It is able to com­pete with more tra­di­tional and fa­mous flag­ship cars and is used as a safety car in the Moto GP 2013. We end with the i8 Con­cept Spy­der, con­firm­ing that BMW is a car­maker that still be­lieves elec­tric cars have a role to play at the high­est lev­els.

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