Sunday, August 29, 2010

Top 10 ultra-luxury cars

Rolls-Royce Phantom
"You don't just buy a Rolls-Royce: you commission it, like a fine piece of art or a super yacht." The car that redefined Rolls-Royce, the Phantom was launched in 2003. The Phantom retains the classic design that Rolls-Royce is famous for. The car has a top speed of 240 kmph powered by a 6749cc engine. The Phantom costs between Rs 3.5 crore to Rs 4.4 crore in India.

Bentley Mulsanne The Mulsanne is Bentley's new flagship model and it revives Mulsanne brand that was discontinued in 1992. Each Mulsanne takes over two months to build. The 505bhp 6750cc engine generates 1020Nm of torque. Owning a Bentley Mulsanne in India will cost you about Rs 3 crore.

Aston Martin Rapide Aston Martin is James Bond's choice. Different Aston Martin models appeared in at least nine Bond movies. The Aston Martin Rapide sport saloon was introduced in 2010. The Rapide's 6-litre engine generates 470 bhp of power. The four-seater car has a maximum speed of 296 kmph. Price Rs 2.6 crore.

Maybach Zeppelin The Maybach Zeppelin is the zenith of the ultra-luxury saloon segment. Available in two variants, 57 Zeppelin and 62 Zeppelin, only limited units of the Maybach Zeppelin will be produced. The car has a top speed of 270 kmph and a 5980cc engine. The approximate price of a Maybach Zeppelin in India is around Rs 7 crore.

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Maserati's most powerful sedan ever, the Quattroporte Sport GT S is fitted with a 4691cc engine that delivers a maximum power of 440 bhp. Maserati terms it as "a real driving machine in the guise of a luxury saloon." The car has a top speed of 285 kmph. Price about Rs 1.4 crore.

Audi R8 Designed, developed and manufactured by Audi's subsidiary quattro the R8 is Audi's top-of-the line model. The permanent four-wheel drive vehicle has a top speed of 301 kmph powered by a 4163cc engine. Price Rs 1.7 crore.

BMW M6 The BMW M6 is one of the most expensive BMWs. The M6's 4,999cc engine is capable of driving the car to a top speed of 250 kmph and 0-100 acceleration takes only 4.6 seconds. This speed machine is priced around Rs 1.3 crore.

A Grand Tourer with the heart and soul of a sports car, the Jaguar XK has a 5.0 litre V8 engine and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.6 seconds. Jaguar is now owned by India's Tata Motors. The Jaguar XK is priced around Rs 90 lakhs in India.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Since its launch in 1972, the S-Class has been the flagship model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The "S" in S-Class stands for Sonderklasse (German for special class). The S 500 L comes with a 5.5 lite V-8 engine. Price Rs 97 lakhs.

Hyundai Equus Hyundai's top-of-the-line luxury car promises Mercedes-Benz S-Class like experience at a fraction of the price. The Equus disel variant has a 3.8 litre V6 engine with 290bhp and the petrol version comes with a 4.6 litre V8 engine with 366bhp. Price Rs 25-40 lakhs (estimated).

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