Luxury cars are not just all for show, they play a key part in predicting which technology will feature on your family hatchback in 10 years time. Players like the Mercedes S-Class have introduced double glazed windows, noise-cancelling tech, autonomous driving systems and remote parking among others into standard everyday cars. But which models are best? We've rounded up our 5 favourites here...
The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is regarded as the costliest car in the world. Coming from Rolls-Royce Coachbuild, it was inspired by everything nautical. It includes Caleidolegno veneer on its “Aft Deck,” wrap-around windscreen and so many other nautical touches. In the rear is an area that opens up to reveal a hosting suite that includes everything you need for an al fresco dining experience. Rolls-Royce Coachbuild also included two BOVET 1822 reversible timepieces that can be used as dashboard clocks.
The Pagani Zonda is, by itself, a car we know to be epic and historic in the world of supercars. Its completely distinct look, formidable Mercedes-Benz 7.3 liter V-12, and outstanding performance have made it a classic and a legend. That makes a car like the HP Barchetta the perfect way to do it justice. As if the Zonda wasn’t eye-catching enough, the HP Barchetta features rear wheels that are partially covered by a carbon fiber panel, and a roofless (and almost windshield-less) body design, hence the Barchetta name, making it truly deserving of the title of being one of the most expensive cars in the world of all time.
The Sweptail’s defining feature and namesake is the tapered rear end, appropriately evoking a yacht and the sense of pure pleasure and luxury that only a Rolls Royce can offer. With a glass roof that extends from front to back, and wood and leather decorating nearly every interior surface, the Sweptail is just like a yacht, but maybe even better, hence it is priced like one.
This breathtaking exclusive one-off Bugatti was inspired by the legendary Type 57 Atlantic of Bugatti’s earlier history. Bugatti sought to recreate the sophistication and mysticism of the Atlantic, but most importantly, the legend of the perfect car. With features that echo the Atlantic of old like six tailpipes and a dorsal seam across the middle, La Voiture Noire is unique to its core
The Lamborghini packed full of incredible innovation and stirring design is surely worth all the hype, and all the money, not least because it was a clear symbol to the world that Lamborghini had entered a new era. Squeezing 740 brake horsepower out of the Aventador’s V12 was the first part of the equation, with an entirely new, but still very Lamborghini body design that was optimized for cooling and aerodynamics to follow. The Veneno was and is one of Lamborghini’s greatest icons.