Performance cars come in many forms these days, and the modern version is much more accessible and approachable than some of the raw and iconic machines from years gone by.
Britain is leading the way in the realm of cars that offer a combination of sublime power and supreme luxury, meaning that power need not come with compromises in terms of comfort. But, as with the best high-end suits, automotive to make these performance cars your own.
Rolls-Royce, the British manufacturer that celebrates its 110th birthday in 2016, is one of the premier exponents of this combination. The Rolls-Royce Wraith is perhaps the best example of having it all. The £235,416 coupé comes with a 6.6-litre V12 engine that takes the Wraith from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds and boasts a power output of 624bhp, making it the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made.
This power and pace is all wrapped up in a car that offers sublime levels of luxury, with the softest leathers and hand stitching sitting alongside fine woods and a high level of technological specification. One such highlight is the Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses the car’s GPS system to read the road ahead and anticipate the driver’s next move based on the car’s location and the current driving style. It then selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead. Its rear-hinged coach doors offer something genuinely different to the norm.
Rolls-Royce is not the only manufacturer that is offering access to performance without compromising luxury, with the Bentley Continental GT another option for customers that want to arrive quickly and comfortably.
The Continental GT V8 S is, like the Wraith, a four-seat coupé and its 4.0-litre 520bhp engine is just as quick, with 0-62mph coming in just 4.5 seconds and it can keep going until a top speed of 192mph.
The £149,800 Continental GT V8 S is an ultimate long-distance cruiser, and
Allows a high level of personalisation that allows you to take your pick of colours, materials and more, inside and out the car.
Both brands can be found in London in an appropriately prestigious location, with the two showrooms sitting side-by-side in Berkeley Square in Mayfair as part of the long-established H.R. Owen group. H.R. Owen has seen a high demand for this combination of power and luxury, with marketing manager Tom King saying: “Many of our clients are seeking a blend of exclusivity, luxury and comfort but don’t want to compromise on performance and speed. These cars give all the opulence anyone would wish for, with the performance of a supercar.”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London
15 Berkeley Square
London W1J 6EG
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3308 9134
Jack Barclay Bentley Sales
18 Berkeley Square
London W1J 6AE
Tel: +44 (0) 333 240 1587
Classic cars have become immensely desirable over the past five years as values for certain rarified models have rocketed, delivering healthy returns for owners.
Established more than 50 years ago, Hexagon Classics is one of London’s premier classic car dealers operating from two showrooms in the capital – boasting an impressive stocklist of ultra-exclusive period performance cars.
Just arrived at the company’s South Kensington mews location is a 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring, one of only four produced worldwide in the eye-catching combination of Olive Green paintwork with a black leather interior. With 1,580 made in total, it’s one of the rarest examples of a Porsche that many believe is the finest 911 ever made.
The subject of a recent full restoration, including a complete rebuild of its 210bhp 2.7-litre flat six-cylinder engine, the car is in concours condition.
Moving right up to the present day is Lotus’ incredible new 3-Eleven. As Lotus’ official London dealer, Hexagon is offering the new flagship supercar at South Kensington and its Finchley site in north London too.
The 3-Eleven is Lotus’ quickest series production car ever with a 450hp supercharged V6 engine and a 0-60mph time of less than three seconds. Production will be limited to 311 models and with prices starting at £82,000, it’s also the most expensive Lotus ever.
Currently undergoing a major renovation, the Finchley site will, by the end of the year, boast a restaurant with a menu from a Michelin star chef, a coffee bar and a men’s lifestyle store. Not to mention space for over 50 of the world’s finest cars.
6 Kendrick Place
London SW7 3HF
Tel: +44 (0) 207 225 3388