Aston Martin Rapide S: every trip in it is a red-carpet event!

Words: H.Soukar, Photos: N.Sawsou, T.Soukar

My dad, who’s a veteran auto expert, made a statement a while ago, through which he said: “When the Brits fashion sports cars they really mean it.” And if I am honest, I didn’t buy it at the time. But when I had my first date with Miss Aston Martin Rapide S, I found out that this four-door, British car is every inch a sports car.

 

It seems that Miss Rapide’s goal was to get out of the friend zone with me and hook the cars lover’s interest—I was totally seduced by her at the very first sight.

Since it was the very first date, we had to get to know each other better. As such, we made our mind to pick out some tough roads of different nature, so as to cut the Rapide S some slack.

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Dubai embraces the first multipurpose showroom concept

Nostalgia Classic Cars has launched its first- showroom in the UAE which is set to be a playground for collectors and enthusiasts alike, and includes a restoration and maintenance department for classic cars in addition to serving as an exclusive event venue for major brands.

Located at the Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, Dubai, Nostalgia Classic Cars sells famous models of timeless classic cars for the most discerning collector, and a reasonably priced selection for entry-level hobbyists. The company has a collection of more than 100 classic cars ranging from $50,000 – $100,000.

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Two Gold Infused Phantoms Join Rolls-Royce Collection ‎Destined For the 13 Hotel, Macau‎

Two exceptional motor cars will join the collection at the most anticipated hotel, The 13. Reserved for the hotel’s most important guests, the two highly bespoke gold infused creations will become the flagships of the 30 strong collections of Rolls-Royce Phantoms, commissioned by luxury entrepreneur Stephen Hung, Joint Chairman of The 13 HOLDINGS LIMITED, to reflect his bold vision, as expressed in the design scheme of his refined and remarkable hotel.


Select guests will be conveyed in sumptuous style – ensconced in the world of Rolls-Royce and surrounded by bespoke enhancements commissioned by Mr. Hung – designed to make the experience as effortless and luxurious as possible. Identified by the inclusion of 24 carat gold on both the exterior and interior, the two distinctive motor cars will be heralded as the finest in the fleet and at the time of commissioning, the most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built.

Luxury visionaries, like Mr. Hung, come to Rolls-Royce in the knowledge that the marquee’s craftspeople accept no compromise. Characteristic care and attention has therefore been applied to the creation of one of the car’s defining features, an exterior finish enhanced with the finest particles of 23.75 carat gold, a weight chosen for even disbursement, achieving a perfectly executed finish. The result is the most expensive and meticulously engineered paint the marquee has ever produced – a challenge welcomed emphatically by the experts at the Home of Rolls-Royce.

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BMW at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas

BMW is shaping the future of mobility and the way we experience it through ongoing development projects and technically revolutionary innovations in automated driving, intelligent connectivity and interior design. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, taking place in Las Vegas on 5 – 8 January 2017, the German premium car maker will present a wide range of new products and services which are set to headline this radical change in the very near future.

It will also be revealing a vision of an interior whose architecture and user interface are extensively adapted for fully automated driving on board a vehicle that is seamlessly integrated into the driver’s digital life. The innovations BMW is presenting at the CES show in design, technology and functionality emphasize the company’s leading role over many years – through its ConnectedDrive program  – in the field of connected driving.

BMW’s pioneering advances in the areas of automated driving, intelligent connectivity and control and display systems are closely interconnected. The company offers highly innovative systems and technologies in all these areas. Examples include the driver assistance systems available for the brand’s current model range, the BMW Connected digital mobility companion and intuitive and flexible control and display systems such as the Head-Up Display, BMW iDrive, voice control and BMW gesture control. Such technologies provide an ideal platform for innovations aimed at delivering a futuristic mobility experience defined by hallmark BMW characteristics.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Love at the very first sight?

Since its foundation Alfa Romeo has created models capable of changing the way we drive and love cars: unique masterpieces of design and engineering that continue to be admired and imitated. Today the Brand set a new milestone, after nearly 106 years of history. Stelvio is here to meet the highest expectations of every enthusiast driver.

New standards

Stelvio’s high yet sporty driving position is an exclusive premiere. The feelings you get at the wheel of Stelvio are an absolute breakthrough in the world of SUVs. So, let’s get on top of it.

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The Lamborghini Aventador S: Elevating the benchmark for super sports cars

The new Lamborghini Aventador S is characterized by new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension, increased power and new driving dynamics. The ‘S’ is the suffix of previous enhanced Lamborghini models and defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini.

 

“This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.”

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Shaping the future

The new Volvo Concept Coupe merges contemporary Swedish lifestyle and design with iconic elements from Volvo’s 1960s era. It reveals how Volvo could shape its cars from now on.

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Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 300: A legend reborn

 
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Over the past few months, I had the feeling that Infiniti has designed some hot wheels under the Q category, so I got very excited when I was asked to test-drive the 2017 Q50 Red Sport 300. At first glance, it seems nothing much has changed from 2016. But on the contrary, the vehicle comes equipped with a host of new technological aids as well as a level of drive mode customization that is unequaled in the market.

 

The 2017 Q50 Red Sport 300 is equipped with a one-of-a-kind electric-assist power steering system, analogous to the one used in most cars today. It’s pretty difficult, however, to sample all the driver’s assists for a first review, as many depend on responding to the unforeseeable behavior of other drivers – something I thankfully did not encounter.

The forward collision warning, for instance, sets an alert once it detects cars in front of you suddenly slowing down. Equally, if the system spots a pedestrian or other forward impediment, it will apply the brakes immediately to help you evade an accident.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500: A place of refuge for visionaries

 
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Do you know, guys, that there’s  an S in GLS? It represents the comfort of an S-Class. But there’s a G there, too – and I can guess this stands above all for: larger, tougher version of Mercedes-Benz‘s oft-lauded flagship sedan.

As a car enthusiast, I can see an array of abundant options that allow any Merc lover to personalize the new GLS further. From small details that just add a certain something, through to deluxe and comfortable appointments. Also, that face-lift, grafting a far more up to date facade across the SUV’s bluff frontage, is the most obvious bit.

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The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman PDK Automatic breaks away from standards

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As many of you may know the Boxster and Cayman have recently received completely retuned chassis, upgraded brakes, and even a newly shared numerical designation—718—to help clarify that they’re simply two variants of the same model. But the most consequential changes by far were the replacement of the sonorous, naturally aspirated 2.7- and 3.4-liter flat-six engines with turbocharged 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter flat-fours in the standard and S models.

If you’re like us, you worried about how Porsche would maintain these cars’ ebullient characters, so much of which resided in those legendary, mid-mounted flat-sixes, with their peaky but delightfully linear power (above roughly 3700 rpm) and richly mechanized thrum emanating from just behind one’s ears.

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