Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine

Luxury on four wheels


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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