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The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

Aston Marin ZagatoWhen Aston Martin, Britain’s 10th coolest brand, partners with Italy’s wildest body design house, Zagato, everyone knows that something pretty spectacular is about to appear. This isn’t the first time that they have worked together; the two legends of automobile manufacturing have been collaborating on the production of special edition cars since 1960. The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato is their fifth love child and it has stopped the world in its tracks; you really do have to turn your head for this dream machine. That’s the good news, now the bad; it’s a limited edition sports car and they only made 99 cars, all of which are sold.

The concept car was first launched at the appropriately glamorous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este. At its heart, the AM Zagato is a 6.0-litre Vanquish V12 while the body exterior is a collaboration between Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman and Zagato’s very own Andrea Zagato; you might say that it was imagined in Milan and built in Gaydon. This village in Warwickshire also happens to be the home of the British Motor Museum as well as Aston Martin’s coach works that combine cutting-edge technology with the hand-crafted finesse that is associated with Aston Martin the world over.

Although the Aston Martin Zagato was initially launched as a concept car, the clamour for the car to go into production was so overwhelming that Aston Martin gave into the demands of excited buyers and announced it would build just 99 cars, which, as we pointed out above, are already sold. The price tag of £500,000/600,000€ is pretty steep by even supercar standards, and Aston Martin alongside Zagato must be feeling rather cheerful about the profit made on the sale of so few cars.

The AM Zagato’s body is shaped from carbon fibre, and to preserve the model’s sleek and sinuous lines, they have used large, one-piece panels to minimise ‘split lines’. It’s the automobile equivalent of eliminating VPL; that’s Visible Panty Lines, chaps. And speaking of rear ends, the Zagato features afterburner-style tail lights linked by a fine sliver of a retractable rear spoiler that makes this model distinctly different to the original Aston Martin Vanquish. Add to this a Zagato trademark – the double-bubble roof that sits atop a visor-like wraparound windscreen and you have a car that oozes both style and class.Naturally, it’s no carthorse on the road either. The V12 engine has been tuned to produce 600bhp that will take you from 0-60mph/96kmh in 3.5 seconds. Inside, it’s a cocoon of luxury leather and advanced technology: sit in this and you’ll feel as if you’ve slipped into the perfect fit of glove.

Who knows, one day we may be able to offer you an AM Zagato, but right now at Titanium Luxury Hire we can offer you a range of Aston Martin experiences: we have a Vantage, a Vanquish, a DB9 and a DB9 Volante. These models all embody the elegance and engineering we have all come to associate with the Aston Martin marquee, and with the help of Titanium Luxury Hire you can enjoy that Aston Martin feeling whenever you want.

The BMW Vision 100

bmw-vision-next-100The BMW Supercar of 2116

A vision of the future has just filled the screen courtesy of one of our favourite auto magazines Road and Track – it’s a supercar of the future. To celebrate its centenary, BMW has created a model of what its design team thinks a supercar sports saloon (a sports sedan for American readers) will look like in 2116. Goodness knows how the engineers and creative team could think 100 years ahead from now, but they have, so what will the supercar of the next century look like and what will be the outstanding features that separate it from the supercars of 2016, including its own BMW i8, which is already a popular model in Titanium’s inventory.

The BMW Vision Next 100

BMW has actually called its prototype “Vision Next 100,” which is not terribly imaginative, but at least you know what to expect. If some of the Titanium team had been allowed to name it, at least one of us would have been scouring lists of mythical gods from every culture, or the lesser known constellations of the night sky, for a name that summed up what this incredible machine offers.

First of all, it’s ‘self-driving’ which is hardly unexpected since the driverless car is already making some ripples in the auto press and I think we can expect that ‘self-driving’ will advance quite some way in the next 100 years. This BMW can also be driver-controlled. You just have to put it into ‘Boost’ mode and you’ll receive holographic information to assist the driver. If you’re good at video games, you’ll enjoy following the projected driving line (it’s more Gran Turismo than Grand Theft Auto!) and discovering that obstacles in your way may appear monetarily translucent so that you can see past them. Plus, there are rows of tiles that change colour to alert you to a multiplicity of driving situations that require driver attention.

bmw-vision-next-munich-alemania_5944030And the best bit is, when you come across a situation you don’t want to handle, all you have to do is change the car from “Boost’ to ‘Ease’ mode and it takes over responsibility for handling the traffic. Sounds perfect for traffic jams! It also sounds like the driving equivalent of having a butler! When the car is in charge, the steering wheel folds away, the seats self-adjust and a windshield –sized infotainment system appears. Perfect for catching up on the latest news, or whatever infotainment will be like in 2116, which is something to consider.

In terms of its looks, it is clearly the love child of the BMW i8 with its gullwing doors and as the experts at R&T suggest, they’ve made aspects of the i8 transition nicely from a coupe to a saloon. One feature that is quite extraordinary is the stretching fenders that cover the wheel. These not only look like they came out of a sci-fi movie, they will reduce the car’s drag coefficient to 0.18. And that’s very low. As to what it runs on, BMW hasn’t decided that yet. I guess we’ll have to wait awhile to find out. Well, you may not be able to hire this car just yet but we have a stunning selection of prestige supercars for you to hire – please have a browse and let you imagination run wild.Titanium Luxury Hire allows you to simply enjoy all the fun and thrills of driving a prestige vehicle without any of the hassles. Plus, we’ll deliver the car to you at your home, your office, conference venue, airport or hotel in any of our extensive list of locations. All you have to do is Contact Us and tell us when and where you’d like one of our luxury hire cars.

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