Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ultra-Luxury Cars

The "super luxury" segment (cars costing more than $100,000) is one of only two to show market growth over the last five years.

Bentley Flying Spur has 550-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive.

"The popularity of super luxury sedans among affluent American consumers has opened the door for automakers to roll out a whole new generation of innovative, amenity-laden models," said Eric Papacek, analytic consultant for Polk. "New models and concepts recently announced by Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Cadillac are clear signs that the uber car has returned to the American auto scene."
The Ghost. Rolls-Royce has set the standard by which all other luxury carmakers are judged. Its vehicles are opulent and pricey, which makes them the ideal ride of the rich and famous. A Phantom starts around $ 330,000.
Mercedes-Benz brought back the Maybach name and put it on a set of ultra-luxury sedans. Named the 57 and 62 (based on vehicle length: 5.7 meters and 6.2 meters, respectively), the Maybach is quite different from the Rolls. The 57 is considered a driver's car, while the 62 would likely be chauffeur-driven, referred to by the automaker as a "business jet on wheels." Featuring power-closing rear doors, a 600-watt audio system and reclining rear seats with power footrests, the Maybach 62 goes for around $375,000.
Aston Martin DB9. The two-plus-two sports car is offered in both Coupe and Volante (convertible)The hand-built DB9's 450-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. $ 260,000
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, CL-Class coupe and SL-Class roadsters all sport supercharged V8 engines producing an impressive 493 horsepower. $ 200,000
BMW recently joined this elite group with its 760 luxury sedan. The top-end of the 7-series lineup offers an expansive rear seating area, impressive handling and excellent performance from its 438-horsepower V12 engine. $ 140,000