As 2017 draws to a close, Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi Motors – recognized as the world’s best Bespoke dealership for the past nine years – has revealed the top Bespoke models commissioned this year.
At the requests of customers, as well as designed by the experienced in-house team for the local market, 99% of cars ordered in 2017 were entirely Bespoke, with the content per model costing an additional USD 25,000 on average.
At this year’s BBC TopGear Magazine Awards, the Bugatti Chiron1 was presented with the accolade of “Hypercar of the Year”. The jury gave the following reason for its decision: “The thrust from rest to 100 mph (161 km/h) is insane but the way it bulldozes its way through the next 100 mph is spooky, and it just keeps going.”
The Chiron is designed not only for maximum speed but also to meet the highest possible demands in terms of luxury, comfort, everyday drivability and durability. It combines the best in all these areas and embodies a harmonious concept that makes it a unique super sports car. And the Chiron is also a success story. One and a half years after its world debut at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show, more than 300 vehicles have already been sold. Only 500 of these exceptional cars are to be made.
With track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements, the Cadillac V-Series of vehicles are dual purpose luxury performers, ideal for Middle East customers, with true track capability straight from the factory, blended with sophisticated and refined features. Represented by the 2018 ATS-V and CTS-V models at the Dubai International Motor Show 2017 (14-18 November), the Cadillac V-Series is inspired by top-of-the-line, race-ready vehicles, tailor-made to bring stunning performance to everyday driving.
Over ten years since the first-generation V-series was produced, the 2018 ATS-V and CTS-V models incorporate unique performance elements with components from top automotive suppliers, and segment-leading company-exclusive technology.
The smallest and lightest V-Series car with technology enhancements, the Cadillac ATS-V, available in both sedan and coupe, delivers remarkable power and performance. Powered by the Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6, the ATS-V boasts an impressive 464 horsepower (346 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (601 Nm), enabling 0-100 km/h performance in 3.8 seconds and a segment-best top speed of 304 km/h.
The Desert Fox Middle East Concept Truck that was unveiled at the show was created exclusively for the Middle East region where GMC’s trucks are respected for their ability to work hard, and desired for the premium quality they deliver. Based on the 2018 Sierra 1500, this Concept Truck echoes the look and feel of the original, while bringing it up to date.
Combining the purposeful exterior styling of the 2018 Sierra 1500, with its large front grill and headlamps that feature GMC’s signature LED lighting, with a similar desert color and motif application to that of the original model, the Desert Fox Concept Truck simply demands attention. It is designed with a range of features, courtesy of GM-certified accessories such as a sports bar, performance exhaust system and LED roof lights, complemented with exclusively developed prototype parts, including off-road front and rear bumpers, Baja style fenders, desert terrain tires, beadlock wheels, front recovery winch and Desert Fox theme stripes.
The all new CX-5 which refines every aspect of Mazda’s design and technology will be debuting in the Middle East at the Dubai International Motor Show on November 14, 2017.
The slogan for the development of the all new CX-5 was “an SUV all customers will enjoy” – born of a desire to provide every driver and their passengers with driving pleasure and a deeper relationship with the car.
While the origins of the automotive industry are rooted in the development of the internal combustion engine in the 1860s and ‘70s, principally in France and Germany, the USA had joined in earnest by the early 1900s. Since Cadillac’s beginnings in 1902, the brand has forged a solid reputation for achieving automotive engineering firsts.
Establishing the spirit of innovation and daring that has sustained Cadillac for over a century, Model A, which was introduced during the 1903 New York Automobile show, had an overhead valve engine, rack and pinion steering and split-core fasteners which didn’t require lock washers.
The brand’s early years focused on the pursuit of refinement to enhance its leadership status. Cadillac’s tradition of industry firsts began in 1912 and the following highlights demonstrate that this was only the very start of over a century of bold design and ingenious technology.
In 1912, Cadillac’s award-winning, sophisticated Delco electrical system integrates self-starting, ignition and lighting functions for the first time.
When visitors to the Dubai International Motor Show head to the Jaguar Land Rover stand, they will find an astonishing experience. Not only they will have the opportunity to try the cutting-edge automotive technology deployed on current Jaguar Land Rover products in the premium carmaker’s Innovation Lab, but they will also get a taste of an electrifying adrenaline rush endured by the modern racing driver.
The latest developments in the realms of vehicle head lights, cabin air quality and petrol engine technology will be showcased at the Innovation Lab while separately, motorsports enthusiasts will have a chance to enjoy the sensation of piloting a Formula E single seater racing car as part of a VR experience, highlighting Jaguar’s position as the first premium manufacturer to enter Formula E in 2016.
The two experiences will unfold in custom built settings which isolate the user from the general background noise and activity at the show, while the latest VR technology will transport them seemingly into another dimension. The net result is the kind of sensory experience which really is the next best thing to being there, particularly in the Formula E racing car, where show-goers will not only feel the whole-body vibrations and steering wheel feedback typical of the real experience, but they’ll have the impression of the airflow rushing past them thanks to built-in wind fans which create that effect.
The most elegant of convertible Aston Martins begins a new chapter with the introduction of the eagerly-awaited DB11 Volante. Joining the DB11 Coupe, which was launched to wide acclaim last year, the new DB11 Volante sets new standards of performance, innovation, engineering and style to create the definitive open-top Sports GT.
Powered by a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo 510PS V8 engine, the DB11 Volante is built around the all-new bonded aluminium structure first seen in the DB11 Coupe. Lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces, the DB11 Volante has been engineered to deliver a much broader envelope of abilities. Greater levels of performance and handling accentuate the more sporting side of its character, while increased refinement, comfort and interior space ensure it remains a consummate grand tourer.
This depth and breadth of ability is made possible by the Volante’s 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes. Working in perfect harmony with the 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring, the driver is able to configure the car’s responses and tailor its behavior in a way that best suits the road, weather conditions or their mood. Creature comforts such as a heated steering wheel encourage all-season open-air motoring, and rear seat ISOFIX attachment points – a first for a Volante model – bring added versatility.
Rolls-Royce will celebrate the 2017 Goodwood Revival this weekend with a significant presence at the legendary motor circuit. The centerpiece will be the March Motor Works, this year renamed ‘Gordon Galleries’, echoing the shopping arcades of 1950’s central London.
The Galleries include a period Rolls-Royce showroom, recapturing the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the marque’s glamorous premises in London’s West End during the same period.
Within the showroom, a stunning 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Extended Wheelbase will be displayed, with a body by Freestone & Webb. Finished in black over red, the car was first presented at the 1956 British International Motor Show at Earl’s Court, London.