Big, expensive and incredibly comfortable, luxury cars are getting faster and more complicated. Modern luxury cars are equipped with safety features and advanced technologies designed to make the driving experience as convenient as possible while providing the best performance. Features like adaptive steering and adaptive shift transmissions exist to get the most out of the car.
While some enthusiasts may argue that the luxury features of these cars take something away from the driving experience, luxury cars have always been about making the destination as safe, comfortable and fast as possible.
BMW M760i XDrive
Starting at $ 172,000, the M760i is one of the more expensive cars in the BMW lineup. It uses a 600-horsepower twin-turbo V12, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes with active suspension, cornering brake control and active four-wheel steering.
It also comes with something BMW calls Driving Dynamics Control with Adaptive Mode, where the car will activate a chassis control feature that chooses the driving mode based on the current scenario. There is also an aerodynamic package, which includes an active grille.
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
At around $ 20,000 more, the Mercedes-AMG S63 coupe lacks two additional doors and two additional cylinders, but produces roughly the same horsepower as the BMW. It uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, all-wheel drive and 9-speed multi-clutch transmission.
Wrapped in magnesium, this transmission allows for quick upshifts and downshifts to match the revs. All state-of-the-art driver aids come in a package that costs an additional $ 2,250, which includes active steering assist, active brake assist, route-based speed adaptation and several additional aids. .
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
Technically a grand tourer, the name Jaguar is synonymous with sporty luxury so it still counts. The FR-type coupe screams like a sports car from the outside, but its leather-laden interior calmly suggests pure ergonomic luxury. It doesn’t behave like a 911 or pamper like a Rolls, but the Jaguar does its best to strike a happy medium.
The R Coupe is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 575 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic. It’s very fast, hitting 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and while the Jag hasn’t really improved over the previous year, it hasn’t gotten worse either, which still makes it a solid choice for a luxury sports car.
Call it an old man’s car, but that doesn’t stop the Phantom from being one of the coolest cars ever made. It’s surely big, horribly expensive, and needs its own garage, but its smooth ride makes passengers feel like they’re cruising at 30,000 feet. Not only does it have self-leveling suspension to the four corners of the car, a 6.8-liter V12 with 563 horsepower and umbrellas hidden in the doors, it also has assisted shifting. satellite and night vision.
The price, however, is staggering for anyone with a day job at around $ 455,000. It even wipes out the Mercedes about three times.
Mercedes’ G Wagon has now earned its place as a sleek and expensive luxury SUV, and its 2021 model continues that streak with unwavering ability. It would excel at off-road driving, with all-wheel drive on the G550 and locking differentials, as well as low-range gears.
It has all the usual luxury refinements, including heated leather seats that can massage with ventilation, and 54 unique interior upholstery in total to choose from. Owners can get the 416-horsepower twin-turbo V8, or they can go for the AMG-tuned G63, with 577 horsepower for $ 25,000 more.
The Lexus is categorized strictly as a luxury car, but its exterior alone is packed with sports car features, including aerodynamic contours and the fact that it has two doors. The Lexus RC-F is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 developing 472 horsepower to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Although it’s slightly slower than its rivals, hitting 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, the RC-F offers a comfortable ride and plush interior materials. Forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control are both standard, as are a plethora of other comforts.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale costs more than the Rolls, with an MSRP starting at $ 500,000. It is a hybrid luxury supercar equipped with a V8, with almost 1000 combined horsepower, with the help of three electric motors.
While there aren’t many driver assistance features, the car makes up for it with a comfortable leather interior and blazing speed. For the driver who wants luxury comfort, but no computer gets in the way of driving the car, the SF90 might be the right choice.
Aston Martin DBS
DBS underwent a styling change in 2018 and it continued this year. It’s much more aggressive, with more ventilation above the front wheel arches and wheel spokes that spread out like lightning. The grille is taller and the hood has contours that narrow the headlights from mad-eyed wonder to intense glare.
Fortunately, its bite matches its bark. It uses a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged 715-horsepower V12, cranking the car to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reaching a staggering 211 mph.
Sweden has imposed themselves on this list in the form of their S90. Its exterior is reminiscent of old Volvos with its flat grille, but has a modern and elegant rear end. It uses a turbocharged and supercharged inline-four that produces 316 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
There’s also a hybrid option that can go 490 miles with an all-wheel-drive tank. All of this costs a measly $ 52,600 while still being one of the safest and underrated cars on the market.
Before it catches a lot of criticism, yes, the Corvette is considered a luxury sports car. In fact, according to US News, it’s the # 1 luxury sports car. Its performance is noticed, with its new “revolutionary” mid-engined placement and its 6.2-liter V8 sending 500 horsepower to the rear wheels. A warning with the
the new Corvette is its strict ban on manual transmissions, but the 8-speed gear changes are quick and smooth.
Chevrolet has clearly taken a lot of design lineups from pretty much every other exotic car maker, but it comes across as a wild animal ready to devour even some of the best luxury cars well outside its price range.
The size and age of these low-cost luxury cars can be fooled a lot, but beneath all the opulence they are true performance machines.
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