Luxury and performance – it’s those two things that most of us look for in a car, and we will pay as much as we can to get them. Of course, for most of us, it’s a choice of one of the two. Or, getting the best of each for the money – which tends to be ‘not that much’.
But what if money was no object? If you could buy any car that defines both luxury and performance, which would you pick? Here are our top five – feel free to argue with us when you have had a look.
Bugatti gets on our list for one reason, and one reason only: the Bugatti Veyron. It’s a beast of a car that can hit 268 mph while offering enough luxury on the inside to barely even notice. Now, that is a hell of a speed. The only people who would get close are either professional racers, lunatics, or people with something to hide from the traffic cops.
Bentley is well known for their luxurious cars. And, let’s face it when you think of driving a Bentley, ‘taking it easy’ is never far from your mind – it’s the ultimate Sunday car. But, these days, Bentley have more going on underneath the bonnet than you might think. Take a look at the EXP 10 Speed 6, which came out earlier this year. They are far from sedate; it has to be said. And, if you manage to stay dignified while getting from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, then you are a calmer person than most of us.
Mercedes are classy vehicles – and they are fast, too. But, the German company wasn’t happy enough, so, they bought a small but skilled mechanic workshop called AMG. Since then, they have used this outlet to sell the best performing and most luxurious cars they make. If you get an AMG Mercedes, you know exactly what you are getting. Style, elegance, and brute strength and performance. Not a bad combination – if you have the money.
If you are looking for speed, performance, beauty and elegance, then look no further than the McLaren F1. It is the car of many person’s dreams, but so few people will ever have the pleasure of owning one. Unless, of course, they are prepared to pay seven – and maybe eight – figure sums for it. It was the fastest car in the world for many, many years, and only recently lost out to the Bugatti we mentioned above. But, what’s the difference between a comfortable 240mph and 268 mph anyway?
The Bond connection is the obvious one to make with Aston Martin, of course. But they are so much more than that. Take the Aston Martin one-77 as an example. It can get up to 220 mph without breaking sweat, and in terms of comfort, it’s about as good as you can get. But, you will be lucky to get your hands on one. Not just for the fact they are expensive, but also because there were only 77 ever made.