Lamborghini’s 2019 Supercar – Urus

Baroque Ground introduces the Urus, a new super car from Italian automakers Lamborghini, which combines the performance of a sports car with the sturdiness and durability of an SUV

 

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Lamborghini is serious about getting back into the SUV market, if its latest vehicle, the Urus, revealed in early December, is anything to go by. It’s the sort of sports car you can take dune driving, or show off on the road in the city. It also boasts a new engine, a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8, that will offer improved fuel economy, is lightweight and provides low-end torque – 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque to be exact –  which is the best weight-to-power ratio of any SUV currently on the market, making it the fastest SUV available. Reaching from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds, 0 to 124mph in 12.8 seconds and a top speed of 190mph, it’s certainly showing its mettle.

 

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What’s more, there is a plug-in hybrid version, as well. This iteration will only arrive in about a year, but it’s something to look forward to.

The new Urus is not only very fast; at less than $200,000, it’s not badly priced, either. And there won’t be that many Lamborghini Urus cars on the road initially. Only 1,000 units will be built at the automaker’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory in 2018, and 3,500 are expected to be built the following year and every year thereafter. That is a lot of cars for Lamborghini, which usually only manufacturers around 3,500 of all its cars in any given year.

 

The name ‘Urus’ is a breed of Italian bull, a different breed of bull from Lamborghini’s usual models. Initially revealed in 2012 at the Beijing Auto Show, the car is now ready to hit the road. If you would like to find out more about this exceptional vehicle, let Baroque Ground assist. Mail us right away, info@baroqueground.com and we will provide you with all the information you require, including how to purchase one of these Lamborghini stars come 2018.

Celebrate 2018 with the new Aston Martin Vantage

The latest Aston Martin Vantage model has just been revealed, with a bold new look. Baroque Ground takes a look

 

With a whole suite of integrated electronic systems for maximum control and driver enjoyment, the new entry level Aston Martin Vantage is something to behold. With a price tag of around $163,000, the new iteration is expected to hit the streets in spring 2018.

British luxury automakers Aston Martin have created Vantage models for more than 70 years, and they describe their latest iteration as the ultimate in both style and power. The Vantage’s boasts a new alloy 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and, for optimal center of gravity, the vehicle has been set low and as far back as possible in the chassis and features a perfect ratio of 50:50 in weight distribution.

The vehicle produces 510bhp, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, with a maximum speed of 195mph. The integrated electronic systems include dynamic stability control and dynamic torque vectoring.

A first for the Aston Martin Vantage range is the electronic rear differential that is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so that it knows the car’s behavior and can react accordingly to direct the power of the engine to the relevant wheel.

Yes, the Vantage is good looking. In typical Aston Martin Vantage style, it has a predatory stance, and new head and taillights give it unmistakable road presence. Its muscular flanks show just how agile and dynamic it is, and the overall appearance is of a car that has a strong and individual identity.

Inside the car is more spacious and has more headroom compared to previous iterations. The transmission buttons have been moved to a triangular formation and a highlight is the digital dashboard and media screens, with its 8-inch LCD screen.

Standard with the Vantage is keyless start and stop, a tire pressure monitoring system, parking distance display, park assist and front and rear parking sensors. It’s Entertainment system is controlled and viewed via the centrally mounted LCD screen and features the Aston Martin Audio System, Bluetooth audio and phone streaming. There’s also iPod, iPhone and USB playback and an integrated sat nav system.

If you’re planning on purchasing a new Aston Martin Vantage, you can order one now, but be aware - deliveries won't begin until the second quarter of 2018.

 

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Second generation all-electric roadster from Tesla

Meet the new Tesla roadster, touted to be the quickest production car in the world. Baroque Ground gives you all the details about founder Elon Musk’s latest creation

 

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Elon Musk’s second-generation all-electric Roadster is no copycat. It’s a whole new beast from the one that took the world by storm in 2008. The beautiful four-seater is, according to Musk, going to be the quickest production car ever. Competing with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari is no mean feat, but the new Tesla Roadster is ready to take them on, and if the figures being bandied about are anything to go by, this is one serious vehicle.

 

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Elon Musk’s latest creation apparently can go from 0 to 60mph in 1.9 seconds. If that is proved correct, then we’re talking about the fastest production vehicle ever made, the first of its kind to break the 2-second mark. Word has it that the Tesla Roadster Generation 2 can reach 100mph from 0 in just 4.2 seconds.

 

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At its reveal recently in LA, which came at the same time as the announcement of Tesla’s new semi-truck, Musk intimated that the speed of this new beast is “above 250mph”. That’s one fast car. He also said that the Roadster featured a 200kWh battery pack and a 620-mile range per each charge, which is more than 1,000km per charge in kilometers. Not bad at all. Musk equated that to traveling from LA to San Francisco without recharging.

 

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The exciting second-generation Roadster features three engines, one in the front and two at the back, as well as torque steering and all-wheel drive. The new super car has borrowed numerous features from other sports cars, including the McLaren P1 cockpit, headlights like the Bugatti Chiron, an exterior that resembles the Acura NSX, roof like a Targa and a rear that reminds us of an Aston Martin DB10.

 

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Musk admitted to taking on gasoline cars head-on. “Driving any other turbo-charged sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche,” he quipped.

So when will this super car go into production? Sadly, not until 2020. However, those who are impatient can reserve one right away by handing over $50,000 deposit on the vehicle, which is expected to cost in the region of $200,000 for a base model. If you’re a supreme Tesla fan, you can get one of the first 1,000 Founders Series models of the Tesla Roadster, priced at quarter of a million dollars. But you have to pay for it now.

 

If you are interested in finding out more information about the innovative new Tesla Roadster, or would like to find out about purchasing either the limited edition Founders Series or the slightly cheaper base model, let Baroque Ground assist. Mail us now, info@baroqueground.com and we will provide you with all the information you require, and assist you with a purchase.

$2.7 million German hyper car

German automaker Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur has designed hyper cars before, but this new iteration is even more impressive than their iconic Gumpert Apollo. Baroque Ground finds out more

 

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More impressive than its predecessor, the Gumpert Apollo, the brand new 2018 Apollo Intensa Emozione Hyper car is a force to be reckoned with in the automotive industry. The Apollo Intensa Emoziona, whose name means ‘Intense Emotion’ in English, features a 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine. But it’s the US$2.7 million price tag that has tongues wagging.

 

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Let’s take a look at the specs of this magnificent machine… 9,000 rpm, with peak power at 8,500 rpm, the vehicle churns out 769 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. This is quite a feat when you consider that the new Apollo Intensa Emozione weighs a mere 2,756 pounds! The reason the car is so light is that Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur used a carbon fiber chassis and body for their hyper car, which was built in Italy by Manifattura Automobil Torina. In fact, the entire chassis, including the front and rear sub frames and the monocoque, weigh just 105kg in all (that’s just over 231 pounds).

 

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In addition, Apollo decided not to go the electric route; instead, the car boasts a sequential six-speed manual gearbox that shifts fast and furiously.

All of these factors have resulted in a vehicle that can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds, with a top speed of 208 miles per hour. According to Norman Choi, Apollo’s CEO, “We felt that all the technological advancement and automation in today’s supercars took away the pure, raw emotional connection between driver and car.

 

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“We wanted to build a car that would fill that void separating car and driver. So we built the Apollo IE.”

Apparently, the manufacturers will only produce 10 bespoke examples of their Intensa Emozione. No wonder the price is so high.

 

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Range Rover’s latest is a hybrid

Jaguar Range Rover has announced its next creation – the 2019 Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Baroque Ground investigates

 

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In what will be the first of a new breed of cars, Jaguar Land Rover announced the 2018 Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid. This iteration features a 296-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-charged four cylinder gasoline engine that is paired with a 114-horsepower, 85kW electric motor, offering a total output of 398 horsepower and 474 pound-feet of torque.

 

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Land Rover estimates that the Range Rover PHEV can travel for up to 31 miles on a fully charged battery, which is extremely competitive compared to other plug-in hybrid vehicles from BMW and Volvo. Included with the vehicle is a 7kW onboard charger, although, unlike the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, this one will not have DC fast charging, making the Mitsubishi the only plug-in hybrid with that feature.

 

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Drivers have two driving modes, which gives them control over whether to use the gasoline engine or the electric motor. The vehicle features a Predictive Energy Optimization that uses GPS altitude information when the driver maps a route on the navigation system. According to Land Rover, this determines when to put the car into electric mode for greater efficiency and to conserve fuel.

 

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Of course, the vehicle is not only about saving energy. According to Land Rover, it boasts excellent off-road capabilities. There’s a Terrain Response system that is designed to take advantage of the torque available from the hybrid system. This makes the plug-in version as capable as the standard one.

Adding this PHEV variant to the Range Rover mix is just one of many new changes to the 2018 Range Rover line-up. In addition, most of the vehicles have been a little revised when it comes to styling and also boast upgraded technology features, such as seats that can be folded using a smartphone app.

 

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The 2018 Range Rovers in gasoline or diesel will be available at the end of 2017, and the PHEV models are expected to reach US dealerships by spring next year.

 

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New from Porsche – Carrera T 911

German sports car legend Porsche has just introduced the latest to its long line of 911 models, the Porsche 911 Carrera T, which comes complete with a manual gearbox. Baroque Ground finds out all about it

 

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When it comes to performance cars, a manual transmission is a wonderful thing, despite being somewhat rare in the world of super cars these days. Porsche has decided to change all that with its new Special Edition Touring 911, in an effort to protect what is becoming a rare breed. The new Porsche 911 Carrera T was inspired by the legendary 911 T manufactured in 1968. But to modernize it, Porsche even included some of the features of the new 911 GT3 Touring pack.

 

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Interestingly enough, the 911 Carrera T is the lightest 911 available in the market today. The super car is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0 flat-six, the same as the one used in the base Carrera model. It produces 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.

The most noteworthy news comes in the shape of the car’s seven-speed manual transmission. This manual-equipped version achieves 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds faster than the standard 911 Carrera. Meanwhile a PDK dual-clutch automatic is also available for an extra cost.

 

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Visually, the new Carrera T has slight differences to its counterparts. Many of its performance-enhancing features are not usually included in the 911 Carrera, but this one has them – Porsche’s aim is to provide owners with a more visceral driving experience. The new Carrera T boasts a new front lip, 20-inch Carrera S wheels that have a finish in titanium grey and side mirrors that are agate grey. On the side stripes one finds Carrera T branding and there’s a 911 Carrera T bade on the lid of the rear deck.

 

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If you are interested in ordering this exceptional new Porsche Carrera model, which is priced at around $103,000, you can do so. Deliveries internationally, including in the US, start in March 2018. There is a choice of nine exterior colors, including Black, GT Silver, Guards Red, Jet Black, Lava Orange, Metallic Carrara White, Miami Blue and Racing Yellow.

 

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New Lotus Elise Cup 260 Sports Car

To celebrate British automakers Lotus’ 70th anniversary, they have created a limited edition racing car that is said to be the most accomplished model in the brand’s history. Baroque Ground finds out all the details

 

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Only 30 Lotus Elise Cup 260 vehicles were manufactured, using a combination of some of the latest car design philosophies from some of Lotus’ high-performance models. Inspiration for these one-of-a-kind vehicles are Lotus’s Exige Cup 380 and its legendary Evora GT430, as well as the competition-only Elise Race 250 which was created exclusively for use on the track.

 

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To celebrate Lotus’ successes in motor sport, the new Elise Cup 260 Sports vehicles feature a laurel wreath decal on their left buttresses and the Union Jack is located on both the rear wing end plates. In addition, new owners of these limited edition Lotus cars will be given the option of finishing the vehicle in iconic Championship Gold to commemorate the brand’s 70th anniversary. This color is available across the whole Lotus range through the Lotus Exclusive programme, from November 2017 onwards.

The new Lotus Elise Cup 260 is not only the lightest Lotus ever built; it also includes nearly all of the lightweight Elise Cup options as standard, including sill covers, the roll hoop cover, front access panel and the engine cover, all of which are created in carbon.

 

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According to CEO of Group Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales, “Our philosophy for producing extraordinary vehicles is world famous, but the new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest car.

“It is directly developed from the Elise race cars that are competing in series around the world, giving the ultimate Elise experience on the road. More power, motorsport components and the introduction of aerodynamics unheard of in its class make driving this Elise an unrivalled experience.”

 

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The car commemorates the forthcoming 70th anniversary of when the first car was built by founder Colin Chapman in 1948. Clive Chapman, son of founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus, stated: “Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago. I am extremely proud that his legacy and achievements are being acknowledged and celebrated in this iconic version of the Elise.”

Summing up the new Lotus, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said, “With just 30 examples to be built, there’s no doubt that the Elise Cup 260 is a future classic.”

 

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Two bespoke McLaren MSO super cars – for the same customer

British carmaker McLaren has just completed two exquisite, highly customized models of its MSO super car – the MSO R Coupé and MSO R Spider – for a single customer. Baroque Ground finds out more

 

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McLaren Special Operations, which is the bespoke division of the British automaker, was commissioned by a customer to create two very customized MSO cars. The results? A stunning MSO R Coupé and MSO R Spider, both of which are the latest in a long line of specially commissioned McLaren cars that are always a complete collaboration of the owner and the car maker’s special division regarding the specifics.

 

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According to Jolyon Nash, Executive Director of Global Sales and Marketing at McLaren Automotive, “An MSO Personal Commission is the highest level of partnership between a customer and McLaren Special Operations. It is undertaken to design, develop and create unique interpretations of McLaren cars, expertly tailored to meet the exact requirements of the owner.

“The result is a McLaren personalised by MSO to become a car that is literally one of a kind – or in the case of these stunning MSO R cars, one of a matched pair.”

 

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These latest customized McLarens share the same specifications both on the outside and on the inside as well as when it comes to the mechanics. They are finished in a very understated yet attention-grabbing Liquid Silver color. The MSO R Coupé is finished with a satin finish, whilst the MSO R Spider boasts a gloss finish. Both feature a central stripe made from carbon fiber.

Both automobiles also have the same design when it comes to the twin-element rear wing and feature front dive planes to enhance the cars’ aerodynamic performance even further.

Inside, the cars are even more striking than their exteriors. Both cars have cabins with Alcantara trim material, mostly black with some striking red stitching. This is reversed on the seats – they are red with black stitching and boast a black MSO R logo embroidered on each headrest.

 

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The steering wheel is made of carbon fiber on the upper and lower parts. There are black Alcantara grips and a Delta Red stripe in the center. The switches are made in gloss black, whilst the vent mechanisms have a satin black finish, and the bezels are made from carbon fiber.

All of these personalized features are evident in the engines of both cars, which have been blueprinted. The machine heads and exhaust ports are hand-polished, which assists in giving maximum power to the M838TL twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engines.

Apparently, McLaren Special Operations is currently seeing an increasing number of customers enquiring about bespoke and one-off cars.

 

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Mercedes unveils all-electric EQ concept car

New from Mercedes-Benz and a first for the luxury automaker – the all-new, all-electric EQ concept vehicle. Baroque Ground finds out all about it

 

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If you were unable to get to the Frankfurt Motor Show, which took place from 14 to 24 September 2017, you have missed out on German automaker Mercedes-Benz’s big reveal: the brand’s first-ever all-electric EQ concept vehicle. Definitely a highlight of this important annual motoring show, the concept car has a choice of two powerful electric motors, a brand new design named ‘Sensual Purity’ and high-tech elements that include laser fiber headlights and inductive charging.

 

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The name ‘EQ’ stands for ‘Electric Intelligence’; it’s derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values of ‘Emotion and Intelligence’. The new brand covers all key aspects for electric mobility and extends beyond the vehicle itself, encompassing a comprehensive electric mobility ecosystem of products, services, technologies and innovations. The EQ Concept car is the brand’s first EQ model.

 

The dynamic EQ Concept vehicle resembles a sporty SUV coupé. It boasts two electric motors as well as permanent all-wheel drive capabilities, guaranteeing a dynamic high-level performance. According to Mercedes-Benz, the two extraordinary electric motors revealed recently in Frankfurt can reach an incredible total output of more than 200kW, which is almost twice the output of other vehicles in the same range, such as the new Nissan Leaf. This is apparently the result of scalable battery components. The new electric motors take around five seconds to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour.

 

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Gordon Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG, of which Mercedes-Benz is a part, says that these concept vehicles are a reinterpretation of the brand’s design philosophy of Sensual Purity. The result? “Progressive Luxury for our EQ brand.”

“Concept EQ is hot and cool,” he says. “Our aim was to create an avant-garde, contemporary and distinctive electro-look. At the same time, the design of the visionary show car, which has been reduced to the essentials, reveals an alluring progressivity.”

 

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The vehicle’s interior is just as exceptional as the stunning exterior. The cockpit is driver-oriented with simple, touch-based controls. The instrument panel is assymetrical with a large, floating wide-screen display. Throughout, the interior is luxurious and contemporary and extremely user-friendly. The steering wheel has touch controls and the automatic climate control and infotainment system also operate the same way.

 

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According to Daimler AG CEO and Head of Mercedes-Benz, Dr Dieter Zetsche, “By 2022 Mercedes will have launched more than 10 all-electric vehicles on the market. And the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA proves that we are serious about introducing electric mobility throughout the portfolio.”

Mercedes has stated that this new electric vehicle can manage around 249 miles on one single charge via a wallbox plug, which is a fast-charging station for the home, or via induction like wireless charging on the latest smartphones.

 

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A dream come true from Mercedes

Mercedes has just revealed the Maybach 6: a luxury convertible that is dreams are made of. Baroque Ground has all the details

 

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Revealed for the first time this month, the Mercedes Maybach 6 Cabriolet made its premiere at Monterey Car week from 15 to 20 August. Mercedes then revealed the concept vehicle at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in California this past Sunday.

 

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With its Art Deco-inspired design, the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept car is a magnificent beast. Last year at the very same Concours D’Elegance event, the automaker showcased the Mercedes Maybach 6 Coupe, a hard-top that was quite similar to its new Maybach iteration, in that it was long and powerful. But this year’s updated model is even more appealing, offering the opportunity to drive along with the top down.

The convertible Maybach is a force to be reckoned with, a vehicle that is the epitomy of luxury. Despite its length (almost 20 feet), it’s a two-seater that is almost 7 feet wide, accommodating only two people, thus upping the ante when it comes to sheer luxe. Its sleek, futuristic design is another major draw card. The convertible also boasts huge 24-inch wheels.

 

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But the biggest advantage of this brand new model is the fact that it’s an electric vehicle, with a total output of 550 kW (that’s 750 horsepower) from four electric motors – this means that the car can drive for approximately 500km on a single charge! The 737 hp allows for an acceleration of 0 to 100km per hour in less than four seconds, and the car’s top speed is limited to 250km per hour, which is approximately 155 miles per hour. A flat battery positioned under the vehicle’s floor gives it a range of 200 miles on a single charge. Mercedes says the car’s advanced fast charging system can provide up to 60 miles of range in just five minutes of charging. As the car batteries are in the floor, this provides storage space under the hood for luggage and tools.

The car’s wooden interior and crystal white leather will take your breath away. Inspired by the interior of a luxury super yacht, particularly in the rear end, it epitomizes automotive haute couture at its best. Of course, the blue exterior of the car (it’s finished with Nautical Blue Metallic paint), and its tapering tail is also very yacht-like in appearance.

 

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Drivers will enjoy sitting behind an instrument cluster that features classic round gauges with working needles. There’s a navigation system that is linked to touchscreen displays, and an intelligent concierge system uses voice commands to provide the driver with information based on location and the time of day.

Sadly, it’s still not known whether this exquisite cabriolet will make it to production, but some of its design cues might end up on future Maybach vehicles. But we’ll continue to be ever-hopeful, waiting for pricing and a release date.

 

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Mercedes Maybach is Mercedes – Benz’s ultra luxury brand, and it produces vehicles that are even more luxurious and exclusive than those Mercedes models upon which they are based.

 

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Bentley inspired by a luxury yacht

British firms Bentley and Princess Yachts have collaborated to create a bespoke Continental GT Convertible that is inspired by yacht design. Baroque Ground finds out all about it

 

It’s the interior of this exclusive Bentley convertible that takes inspiration from yacht design, thanks to yacht experts Princess Yachts. This, the ultimate edition of the Continental GT Convertible, which is only available in a limited edition of 30 cars, is in ocean hues of Glacier White and lower bright ware in Sequin Blue outside, but the clean, confident lines and materials on the interior are materials used in yachts. Called The Galene Edition by Mulliner, which is Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division, the vehicle combines the very best elements of a luxury ocean lifestyle and a plush convertible motorcar.

 

The Bentley Galene edition of the Continental GT Convertible is powered by the automaker’s refined 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that churns out 500 horsepower. It boasts the brand’s elegant four-layered retractable hood that keeps passengers in the same comfortable environment as the hardtop Continental GT coupe.

 

Its plush interior pays homage to the classic opulence, quality hand-crafted materials and exquisite details that are signatures of both Bentley vehicles and luxury super yachts. Seats are covered in Linen and Portland hides with Camel hand cross-stitching, the doors are in Linen, Portland and Brunel and the center console, dashboard and armrests are in Linen, Brunel and Camel. The steering wheel is Linen and Brunel with a Camel stripe at 12 o’ clock and the headrest boasts detailed embroidery in Camel. The car’s signature is its fascia panels in the interior that can be hand painted with a unique Jaume Vilardelli illustration of a luxury yacht located next to the Mulliner logo. The renowned Spanish illustrator’s drawing is also featured on the clock bezel.

The Galene edition has a specially bespoke material finish, called Pinstripe Walnut that creates an authentic, natural finish in the center stack and console. This is echoed in the illuminated tread plates and lines the floor of the boot.

 

This new Bentley iteration takes the relationship with luxury cars and super yachts one step further. Although not the first time that boats and cars have inspired each other, the new Galene edition is in its own class. The car has been named after the Greek goddess Galene, goddess of calm seas. Throughout the exquisite design one finds plenty of inspiration from luxury yachting, from the color of the car itself to its 21-inch Propellor alloy wheels. The result is the epitome of maritime opulence and exquisite material details.

 

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The most powerful Lotus ever

British sports car manufacturer Lotus has just unveiled its most powerful road model ever, the Lotus Evora GT430 – and there is a limited edition of just 60 of these beautiful vehicles. Baroque Ground finds out all about them

 

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First there was the Lotus Evora 400, followed by the equally successful and more powerful Evora Sport 410. And now British automaker Lotus has released their most powerful Evora ever, the limited edition Evora GT430. There are only 60 such sports cars being made, and they are touted to be the most innovative ever.

 

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Combining elegance with power as only Lotus can, the new edition Evora has been meticulously manufactured, with special hand-crafted carbon fiber components and a level of precision engineering and design that is unmatched by the company. The ‘GT’ attached to its name pays tribute to the legendary Lotus Esprit V8 GT and the Esprit GT3 that were produced to much acclaim in the 1990s.

 

This magnificent two-seater sports vehicle is powered by a new iteration of the 3.5-liter V6 supercharged and charge-cooled engine, combined with a six-speed manual gearbox and a lightweight single-mass flywheel for swifter gear changes. Tests have shown that it produces 430hp, setting the car apart from all of its competitors in the current market. It goes from 0 to 60mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, and its top speed is 190mph (that’s 305km per hour).

 

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Lotus is renowned for its lightweight engineering and this new sports vehicle is no exception, with a weight of just 1,258kg. The advanced aerodynamics used to create this extraordinary car includes exposed carbon weave sections in the body’s front and rear, generating up to 250kg of down force. In addition, there’s a carbon splitter, rear diffuser and huge rear wing, as well as air blades and louvers above the front wheels. The rear wheels have aero ducts behind them, which reduces pressure.

 

In addition, exposed-weave carbon is displayed across the body of the car, in the bumpers and the roof, rear wing and one-piece carbon tailgate. There’s more carbon inside, with lightweight carbon racing seats trimmed in red and black, and door sills as well as the instrument panel are also made using exposed carbon fiber. To make the car as luxurious as possible, the rest of the interior cabin is trimmed in the new owner’s choice of leather, Alcantara, or both.

 

According to CEO of Group Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales, the new Evora is “a landmark car for Lotus”, a legend in its own right. Only 60 vehicles will be hand-built in Norfolk, England and will be available to select markets around the world. As the Evora is already popular as a limited edition model, the new iteration is expected to be a collector’s dream.

 

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In the lap of luxury – Audi A8

New on the road is the latest in luxury driving, the brand new Audi A8, a high tech vehicle that not only offers the plushest driving experience, but can also drive itself. Baroque Ground finds out all the details

 

The brand new Audi A8 is German motoring precision at its best and most luxurious. Recently unveiled, the car offers every imaginable high-tech feature, including a magnificent infotainment system, fully active electric suspension and a mild hybrid engine. But the highlight of this brand new offering is the fact that the Audi A8 is the first production vehicle in the world with Level 3 autonomy – yes, it’s one of the most highly automated cars on the road. Due to be available for purchase in 2018, the car is also the first to include self-drive software, which means it can literally drive on its own, a giant step forward in advanced driving technology.

 

OK, so it’s not going to race along when it’s driving by itself. Apparently the new Audi A8 will drive itself at a dignified 60 km per hour. As Audi explains, this means that the A8 has an autonomous feature; it can take control of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60km per hour. To do this, the driver activates a button on the center console to enable the vehicle to take over acceleration, braking, steering and starting from a dead stop. This is achieved through a combination of LIDAR, radar, a front-facing camera and ultrasonic sensors.

 

This mode, which Audi calls the ‘traffic jam pilot’, only works on highways where there is a physical barrier between the vehicle and oncoming traffic. Using this mode is also subject to the laws of the road in a particular jurisdiction where the car is being driven.

 

This puts Audi in the lead, ahead of Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Cadillac when it comes to self-driving. However, Audi is rolling out its semi-autonomous Autopilot system very slowly. For the moment, it’s encouraging drivers to test out the Audi A8’s new self-parking feature while standing outside of the vehicle. This is do-able through a smartphone app – drivers can literally summon or park their car while watching a live display on their phone using the A8’s 360-degree camera. This self-parking feature does not use sensors, showing just how advanced Audi’s technology really is.

 

Another unique feature of the A8 is its 48-volt active, electro-mechanical suspension platform, whereby it can raise or lower each wheel separately with electric actuators depending on the driving situation. This can assist in avoiding collisions. On a lighter note, the new infotainment system features multiple touch screens and can be operated by voice control.

 

Of course, there’s more. The A8 also features all-wheel steering as well as rear seats that even offer a foot massage. This exceptional vehicle will be available in 2018, but if you would like more information on it, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueground.com, and we will provide you with all the details you require, as well as information on how to purchase this exceptional new vehicle.

The all-electric Aston Martin

Feast your eyes on your dream vehicle – the luxury all-electric Aston Martin RapidE, which was developed as a concept car in 2015 and will be available to purchase next year. Baroque Ground has all the details

 

Finally, Aston Martin has confirmed the production of its first-ever all-electric model, less than two years after unveiling it as a concept car. The all-electric Rapid E will be produced in 2019, bringing a new era to this exceptional super car brand. Initially, Aston Martin will only produce 155 electric vehicles. This is the automakers first all-electric model and is the start of the brand’s foray into producing low- and zero-emission vehicles.

 

British vehicle manufacturers Aston Martin, which has been in existence for just over a century, is one of the world’s most famousluxury sports car brands. It initially worked together with UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering on the original RapidE concept car. They will also assist the automaker with the complex task of integrating engineering in these new vehicles. The newest addition to Aston Martin’s stable will be a four-door sports vehicle that features the looks and dynamics created by the brand’s Rapide S models. The new eco cars will be powered by an all-electric powertrain that will replace the Rapide S’s six-liter V12 engine. As a result, the RapidE will offer those lucky enough to purchase one of the 155 limited edition models a unique driving experience, one never before experienced by anyone who has had the fortune to own and/or drive an Aston Martin.

 

The RapidE concept was unveiled originally in October 2015, and the brand is very proud to have reached a new milestone in its history with confirmation of production of these all-electric cars come 2019. According to President and CEO of Aston Martin, Dr Andy Palmer, “RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it.”

 

He explains how the internal combustion engine has been the core of the brand for over 100 years and believes this will continue into the future. Although radically different from its predecessors, the new RapidE will deliver a new breed of car “that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.”

 

If you are interested in finding out more about these limited edition electric vehicles, or are interested in purchasing one of the 155 being produced in 2019, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueground.com and we will assist you in every way possible.

New drop-top Spider for McLaren

British automaker McLaren launched its drop-top version of the Spider at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend. Baroque Ground has all the details

 

The new 2018 drop-top sider variant of McLaren’s entry-level 570S mid-engine supercar revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed represents the third model in the brand’s entry level Sport series collection, which already includes the 540C, 570GT and the 570S Coupe.

 

The retractable drop-top is electrically operated, with a two-part folding mechanism that is similar to the one fitted on both the McLaren 650S and the 675LT Spiders. Opening and closing takes just 15 seconds in all, and can be operated even when the vehicle is moving if the speed is only up to 25mph.

 

Of course, the new model’s jaw-dropping features don’t stop there. Other specs for this new variant include a 562hp, 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine that literally races from 0 to 60mph in 3.1 seconds. You’ve heard these numbers before; they are identical to the coupe version. But the top speeds are different. This new drop-top model has a top speed of 204mph, but this slows down to 196mph when the top is down. It features a quick-shifting 7-speed gearbox that is rear wheel driven, and is loaded with McLaren’s high-tech performance wizardry in the form of a selection of driving modes and an excellent traction management system. Both of these features are identical to those in the Coupe.

 

Like all its supercar counterparts, the new Spider features an extremely strong MonoCell II carbon fiber passenger compartment and fully adjustable suspension. According to McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, “"The McLaren 570S Spider is a convertible without compromise. Its mid-engined layout and carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis guarantee the same thrilling dynamic performance and exceptional driver involvement enjoyed in a 570S coupe, but with the added attraction of roof-down motoring."

 

All 400 launch edition models will be priced from $208,000, making them the most affordable Mclaren vehicles ever made. They are currently available for order and will be delivered to customers in August.

 

If you are interested in purchasing one of these spectacular drop-tops, or would like more information on them, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us now, info@baroqueground.com and we will assist you in any way possible.

The fastest Porsche 911 ever built

In May, German luxury automakers Porsche announced that it had produced its millionth Porsche 911. Now, Porsche has even more news… the fastest 911 Turbo ever made has been revealed this month

 

The magnificent new Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is being billed the fastest Porsche 911 ever built. Revealed this June, this special edition model is limited to just 500 units that will each sell for US $257,000.

 

The exceptional Porsche 911 is legendary for its high octane performance and the latest model from Porsche’s exclusive bespoke division offers even more power, with its 3.8-liter turbo-charged flat six engine. This is the result of a brand new power kit that can achieve an impressive 607 hp. This amazing increase in power makes the new edition Turbo S Exclusive the fastest 911 ever created, with a time of 2.8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 205 mph.

 

But the dizzy speed is just one of the notable features of this new model. It’s also stunning to look at, finished in a striking shade of Golden Yellow metallic, a color only found on the bespoke Exclusive Series of Porsche 911s. There is a range of other vibrant colors to choose from, but this color signifies the speed and tenacity of this brand new vehicle.

 

To set the vehicle even further apart from the rest it has carbon-weave strips with additional carbon fiber on the ram-air scoop. The car features 20-inch center-lock alloy wheels that have been created with an entirely new design and the vehicle comes standard with Porsche’s iconic Aerokit.

 

The interior is no less exceptional. The sports seats are adjustable in 18 different ways, and this is standard with perforated leather boasting golden stripes on the innermost layer to perfectly contrast with the exterior appearance of the metallic yellow flagship. There is also yellow stitching on the seams and yellow stripes on the Alcantara headliner to complement the overall theme.

 

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As an optional extra, the new Porsche owner can purchase an exclusive Porsche Design watch that can be customized to match the appearance of the vehicle. In addition, there’s a fitted five-piece set of luggage available as well.

 

If you would like to find out more about the limited edition 500 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueground.com, and we will find out everything you would like to know about this exceptional vehicle.

Bentley on Demand

Bentley owners never have to drive anything else again, with the British automaker’s brand new luxury concierge service, Bentley on Demand. Baroque Ground finds out more

 

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If you are one of the privileged few who own an iconic luxury Bentley, you can now drive around the world in style even when you leave your exclusive British vehicle at home. Luxury automaker Bentley has just announced a new service, Bentley on Demand, which is exclusively available to owners of a beautiful Bentley vehicle. While they are traveling they don’t need to hire a car to travel in; now they can have a specific Bentley model of their choice delivered to them wherever they travel and use this for the duration of their trip.

 

They don’t need to request the very same model they have in their garage at home either; instead, if they would like to test-drive another model, or want a different vehicle for a special occasion, they can experience what it’s like to drive another Bentley while they’re away. Not only does this enable them to avoid renting a vehicle while they’re traveling, but it is a great way for them to try out newer or different models.

 

This innovative service is accessed through the Bentley Network app, which members of this exclusive club can download from the Apple App store for iOS devices. Once they have validated their account, they can select the Bentley of their choice from an extensive fleet of luxury Bentley models, and the car will be delivered to their destination in time for them to use on arrival.

Initially this unique service will be only available in the US this summer, in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Other cities will be added to the list as the system is streamlined.

 

Let’s take a look at what vehicles are on offer. For instance, if you’re traveling on an adventure with the family, you may want to use a Bentayga SUV. If you’re interested in speed, the Mulsanne Speed could be your choice. The service is completely bespoke, and the door-to-door service ensures that Bentley owners are never without a luxury car at their disposal.

 

This is not the first time that Bentley has come up with an innovative idea for owners of its luxury cars. Six months ago, the British automaker completed a successful trial collaborating with ‘Filld’, a fuel-delivery service accessed through a mobile app that offered Bentley owners the luxury of never having to search for a fuel stop or fuel station.

 

So how does Bentley on Demand work? Once the driver has requested a vehicle for delivery, they will receive confirmation. Then, an hour before delivery of the vehicle, they will receive a reminder of the reservation. They will also be notified when the car arrives at its destination. This way, drivers are assured of a seamless delivery service. When the owner takes delivery of the vehicle, the concierge will give a demonstration of all the vehicle’s features. The same concierge will collect the vehicle on completion of the reservation.

 

If you would like to find out more about this unique service for Bentley owners, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueground.com, and we will give you all the information you require so that you can have your Bentley on Demand next time you travel.

Aston Martin DB11 takes top honors at 2017 Autocar Awards

To win top honors in the prestigious Autocar Awards, the car has to be exactly what this major award is called – a ‘game changer’. This year’s award went to Aston Martin for its DB11. Baroque Ground finds out all the details

 

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Aston Martin’s DB11, its latest addition to the British automaker’s iconic DB range of vehicles, is everything Autocar judges look for when choosing their ‘Game Changer’: it’s a car that ups the ante in its class, a vehicle that defies convention and stands out from the crowd. Interestingly enough, Aston Martin has been on a roll for the past seven years, launching a key new product every single year.

 

The latest DB iteration, the DB11, features pioneering aerodynamics and a distinctive design. It’s powered by the new 600-BHP 5.2 liter twin-turbo-charged V12 engine that was designed in-house and is being called the most powerful, efficient and dynamic DB11 ever created in Aston Martin’s history. It’s also built with a lighter, stronger and more space-efficient aluminum structure. As the first all-new car launched since the company joined forces with Daimler AG, it’s no wonder the Autocar judging panel chose this car as the winner of this prestigious award.

 

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Lauded as the first in a new generation of aluminum vehicles, a car that is more advanced than its predecessors but just as flexible and innovative, the vehicle, which was built in Aston Martin’s brand new factory in Wales, is the start of a new era in cars for Aston Martin, a real ‘game changer’ in every sense of the word.

 

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The DB11 features a bold new exterior, including a striking new grille, clamshell bonnet and innovative method of airflow through the bodywork, called Aeroblade™. Crafted from natural materials, if offers state-of-the-art infotainment technology. This magnificent new model is priced at £157,900 (approximately US $204,000).

 

If you would like to find out more about the exceptional Aston Martin DB11, or are interested in purchasing one of these award-winning vehicles, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us via email now, info@baroqueground.com and we will provide you with all the information you require, and assist you with purchasing an Aston Martin DB11.

Unique Rolls-Royce on the streets of London

When we hear the name ‘Rolls-Royce’, we immediately think of exclusivity. The British luxury automaker has taken rarity to a whole new level with its latest vehicle, the magnificent Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition. Baroque Ground has all the details

 

There is only one of these vehicles in the world. And it really is quite spectacular. It’s the Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition, which will be housed in the window of luxury auto dealership HR Owen’s flagship store in Berkley Square in London. The dealership, one of the country’s leading luxury motor dealers offering sought-after vehicles such as Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini, commissioned the vehicle to celebrate its 85th anniversary.

 

And what a choice of vehicle this is.

The magnificent Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition boasts a number of exclusive touches, including the first-ever copper dashboard on a Dawn. But that’s not all. There are also embroidered tread plates on the vehicle that read: ‘Special commission – Mayfair Edition One of One’.

 

The vehicle also features a once-off color scheme called Berwick Bronze, which adds a special sense of occasion. Copper also features on the audio speakers inside the car, as well as on the seat bullets – and did we mention that the color of the seats is pristine Arctic White?

The car, which was designed by the staff of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London is also inspired by the world of high-end horology (the study and measurement of time). It was created in the design studio at Rolls-Royce Headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex in Britain. It’s an extremely rare edition of the world-famous Rolls-Royce Dawn and epitomizes the exclusivity expected by Rolls-Royce vehicle owners.

 

Rolls-Royce has created numerous bespoke one-off vehicles around the world and this classy convertible is up there with the best. It’s being touted as ‘one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce vehicles ever made’. No price has been given for this extremely rare and exclusive Rolls-Royce, but it’s expected to be in line with the car’s exclusivity.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this exceptional vehicle, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us immediately by emailing info@baroqueground.com and we will give you all the information you require, including any details you need about purchasing this exceptional vehicle.

Mercedes S-Class 2018 makes its debut

In April, Mercedes-Benz showcased its latest iteration of its top-of-the-line S-Class, at Auto Shanghai. Baroque Ground finds out what sets this model apart from its predecessors

 

Auto Shanghai was full of stunning new car models, but one that stood out from the crowd was the 2018 model of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which offers an entire range of new, innovative technological features. Many of these features were evident when Mercedes’ E-Class debuted in 2016, but the S-Class has some new innovations all its own. These include Distronic Active Proximity Control, which, when set by the driver, uses GPS information to slow the car down for corners, circles, junctions, etc.

 

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The new S-Class boasts a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel engine, instead of the V6 in previous models. There’s also a nine-speed automatic transmission with AMG’s Speedshift technology. The diesel version is said to be the most powerful diesel Mercedes model ever built. This large, comfortable sedan is a popular choice for those who are into German precision combined with the latest technology.

 

Since the S-Class was first introduced in 2013, this luxury sedan has proved extremely popular. The 2018 model is expected to be just as sought-after, if not more so, with its new styling, revised interior, new features and driver-assist technology. An example of this is the car’s innovative driver’s wellness system, which adjusts the ambience of the car, as well as the massaging program of the seats, the interior temperature of the vehicle, plus ventilation and lighting to promote health and wellness while driving.

 

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The exterior of the new S-Class features new headlights and taillights, whilst AMG models boast a new design for the front bumper to differentiate them from both the standard and the Maybach models. Talking of Maybach – the Mercedes Maybach S-Class features a new Maybach logo for the front grille. The new S-Class also features a choice of two new 20-inch wheel types.

 

The interior is equally new and exciting and features a pair of 12.3-inch screens in the dashboard. There’s also a new three-spoke steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls. The car’s Burmester sound system has also been upgraded.

 

Another excellent feature is the enhanced camera and radar system that works together with navigation information to assist the driver in driving the car in the best way possible. This includes Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Active Speed Limit Assist. Safety features include Pre-Safe Impulse Side, which inflates the seat bolsters if imminent side impact is detected so that the driver can be moved in case of an accident.

 

Upholstery choices added to the mix include Silk Beige/Deep Sea Blue, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown and Mahogany/Silk Beige. As yet, full specs and prices for the S-Class are not available, but are expected to be communicated before the cars’ launch later this year.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the innovative 2018 Mercedes S-Class, or would like to find out about purchasing one, let Baroque Ground assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueground.com and we will assist you in every way possible.