Why do we buy cars? Is it because we want to get from A to B? Probably. Is it because we want to travel in comfort? Also very likely. But behind these practical reasons lurks something that is even more important: the desire to make an entrance.
In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the vehicles that do just that. We’ll search high and low for the very best that the automotive world has to offer, so let’s get started.
The Ghost is an enormous four door saloon with a very powerful engine designed and built by BMW. The engine itself is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12, and it delivers an astounding 563 bhp.
Although the Ghost is a little less expensive than it’s bigger brother, the Phantom, it is still a gigantic vehicle. It measures some 5.4 meters in length, giving you all the space that you could need.
On the inside, it features all the usual luxuries we’ve come to expect from Rolls-Royce. And driving the Ghost is a smooth experience that feels sophisticated and responsive.
What’s more, for such a large car it feels nimble and agile.
The Ghost, therefore, is certainly for people who want to make an impression and travel in style at the same time. It is truly a luxury car, and fully deserving of being on this list.
Maserati Quattroporte Saloon
The Quattroporte is larger than a regular Maserati, but nothing compared to the Ghost. With that said, the car certainly has a sportier feel overall.
The Quattroporte has been around for nearly 50 years in one form or another. Thus, Maserati has some significant pedigree in the luxury large saloon market. Today the Quattroporte’s primary competitors are cars like the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes S-Class. But what is so nice about the Maserati is that it holds on to some of that Italian flair, unlike the big German cars.
What’s more, the Maserati is a car that is not only exclusive, but fun to own as well. Maserati has finally started to put some effort into making their cars as economical as the rest of the industry. The previous version of the car came with a 4.7 liter V8 engine that guzzled vast quantities of gas. The newer version comes with a more refined engine. Plus, Maserati is going to release a 3.0-liter diesel engine which will probably be the most popular.
Maserati has also made the Quattroporte more reliable. The car almost feels as if it could go toe to toe with an Audi A8 in that department.
Let’s not kid ourselves; the Maserati is visually stunning. It’s a vehicle that will turn heads, just as the GranTurismo does.
Chevy Tahoe Stretch
If you want to make an entrance, few vehicles can compare to a stretch limousine. And even fewer can compare to a limousine based on the Chevy Tahoe.
This large vehicle has a large variety of features. Unlike traditional limousines, it has a raised roof for additional comfort. And some models, like those you can hire from www.BuyLimos.co come with single window conversions. It has alloy wheels, surround sound speaker systems and holders for your champagne glasses to mention just a few luxuries.
Bentley Continental Flying Spur
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur comes in two varieties. There’s the four-door V8 version of the car, and then there is the mighty W12 version, also with four doors. It’s probably the best combination of power and luxury that you could hope for.
What’s more, the car doesn’t come cheap. At over $200,000 for the base model, this is a car that is truly exclusive.
Of course, being such an exclusive car, the Bentley is hardly frugal. In fact, the W12 does about 19mpg, which is a shockingly poor figure for a car in 2016. Then, of course, there is there is the road tax, which isn’t cheap.
But when it comes to making a big entrance, none of that matters. The car features LED headlights, improved styling, and an eight-speaker stereo. Oh, and did I forget the fact that the boot opens electronically?
Range Rover SUV
The Range Rover SUV is truly a rare breed. Here we have a British built car that in many ways is unique. Everywhere that Range Rovers go they create an impression. The sheer size and proportions of Range Rover’s vehicles scream luxury.
For one, the SUV itself is tall. Really tall. And the drivers appear elevated above the rest of the traffic on the road. They have a commanding position from which to observe the lay of the land while everybody else is down in the trenches.
This is a car that is designed to travel off-road. But thanks to some smart styling, looks just as much at home on city streets.
One of the criticisms of the previous version of the car was that the dashboard was overly cluttered. But that has all changed with the new car. The sophisticated theme of the car now extends into the interior as well.
The previous model was also very heavy. But Range Rover have worked their magic and managed to reduce the weight of the car by a whopping 420 kg. This means that the car feels more agile in the corners and uses less gas.
Perhaps the most exciting feature of Range Rovers is their customizability. To really make a grand entrance, you’ll want to go with the “Autobiography” trim. This puts the interior of your Range Rover on a par with the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
Jaguar has been associated with luxury and style since the days of the E-type. Here was a car that looked like nothing that had come before it (perhaps with the exception of the Mercedes SL500). Over the decades following the E-type, Jaguar found itself becoming less competitive in a tough global market. But in recent years, the automaker has made quite a comeback. In fact, it makes some of the best luxury cars on the market today.
The XJ is a car that has become synonymous with executive travel. The boxy looks, the aggressive features – it all says, “I’m the boss.” It is, however, slightly different from its nearest rivals. The XJ has always been a car for those people who would rather drive themselves than be driven around by a driver. As a result, Jaguar has spent a lot of time catering to this particular market. Compared to the other luxury saloons in the segment, the XJ has tighter controls and stiffer suspension. In other words, it’s a driver’s car.
The interior of the car comes in five levels of trim. Just like the Range Rover, the very top end trim is Autobiography, which delivers a truly luxurious experience.
The interior of the car is also packed with the latest in automotive technology. There are reversing cameras, parking sensors at the front and rear and an electrically adjustable sunroof. But what perhaps makes the car stand out the most and creates the biggest impact is the panoramic sunroof.
But what about under the hood? While the XJ is certainly a powerful car, it is not the most powerful car in the exclusive segment by a long shot. The most popular variety of the car, the one that comes with a 3.0-liter diesel engine, develops 296bhp. And because it’s a diesel engine, the fuel economy is a rather impressive 49.6mph.
But the performance is still a little off the mark. Even the 3.0-liter petrol version of the car struggles to keep up with some of the other cars on this list. And perhaps that’s not what you want from a car that is supposed to be all about driving.
One of the beautiful things about the S-Class is how it has always been at the forefront of automobile technology. Just have a look at what they have planned for the future at www.roadandtrack.com.
The latest S-Class from the automaker continues in the same vein. The car is, in the opinion of many, the final word in the luxury saloon market. Yes, there are other competitors, including the Ghost, the Quattroporte, the Jaguar XJ, but they all fail to match up to the Mercedes.
The S-Class comes in a variety of models. The two so-called normal versions come with engines made by Mercedes in-house. And then there are the two AMG versions of the car that come with ludicrously powerful engines and frightening price tags. The biggest engine that the car comes with is AMG’s 6.0-liter V12, which delivers over 621 bhp.
This growling engine produces incredible performance. The S65 model – the one with the V12 – can go from 0-62mph in just under 4.3 seconds. Not bad.
But not all of us are looking for blazing performance. Some of us want a car that is efficient too. Here Mercedes have worked some of their magic. The most efficient version of the car is the S500e. It’s a plug-in hybrid car that emits only 65g/km of C02. That’s a tiny amount when you consider the performance of its nearest rivals. In most countries, this means you pay lower road tax but still get excellent performance.