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Celebrity designer Bijan’s yellow Bugatti Veyron

Iranian designer Bijan is one of the most famous designers in the United States, his Beverly Hills boutique often being considered “the most expensive store in the world”. He is also known for his passion for yellow cars, among the cars that got the “Bijan yellow” treatment being two Bentley Azures, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Ferrari 430 and a Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe. And now, the most recent car that was spotted outside the designer’s boutique is this yellow Bugatti Veyron with a large airbrushed figure on the engine hood.

Bijan’s fashion business brings in around $4 billion in revenues annually, the main products being perfumes and men’s clothes. He is also famous for making exclusive clothes, throughout his career, for some of the best known men in the world, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair, Paul Allen, Jay Leno, Usher and Ronald Reagan.

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Premium Nissan GT-R to get ‘Egoist’ name


Nissan definitely wants to stand out from the rest of the pack when it comes to its flagship GT-R performance model. We’ve already seen leaked details about the upcoming 2012 Nissan GT-R, and now new info on the premium version of the Japanese car has been uncovered.

According to Autocar, the more upmarket Nissan GT-R will get the ‘Egoist‘ name, instead of the rumored Spec M.

“Yes, there’s a bit of tongue in cheek in the name, and yes, the word does mean self-conceited, but we just wanted to have some fun with the name,” said a spokesman.

The Nissan GT-R Egoist will boast a revised front fascia, with a new front intake duct and larger air vents to provide cooling for the transmission and exhaust. The brakes have been enlarged, while the 10-spoke wheels are now even lighter. LED technology will be used on both the front and the rear of the sports car.

Expect an array of high end options to be available for the Egoist, as well as the changes that were already rumored for the 2012 Nissan GT-R.

Overall, it seems Nissan really wants to market the GT-R to other types of customers, not just performance enthusiasts.

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Citroen DS4 crossover officially revealed

Citroen DS4 crossover officially revealed

Even if it was leaked a few hours ago, the 2011 Citroen DS4 has now been officially revealed by the French company, ahead of its debut later this year at the Paris Motor Show.

As we revealed earlier today, the DS4 is a five-door crossover, but with a coupe design, as the rear door handles are hidden in the C pillar. It borrows styling cues from the new 2011 Citroen C4, but also the first iteration in the new DS line, the DS3 compact hatchback.

The exterior boasts the impressive design highlighted above, as well as new technologies like LED daytime running lights. Wheels of up to 19 inches in size can be fitted, while chrome touches are present on the outside of the car.

As you might have figured out by now, the DS4 will battle it out with other premium crossovers, and offer a variety of luxury options. These include various leather choices, a panoramic roof, as well as chrome inserts. The crossover is a 2+2, so just four people can sit inside.

Thee petrol and two diesel engines will be made available. The gasoline ones will consist of a 120 HP 1.6-liter VTi, a 155 HP 1.6 THP and a 200 HP 1.6 THP. Two diesels will also be available, with e-HDi technology, capable of 110 and 160 HP, respectively.

Check out the new Citroen DS4 in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Citroen DS4

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New Volkswagen Phaeton might make it to US shores

New Volkswagen Phaeton might make it to US shores

Volkswagen is getting ready to launch the 2011 Phaeton luxury limousine in Europe and China, but that doesn’t mean the German company will neglect other markets.

Even though the first generation model hasn’t reached decent sales in the USA, reports say that the new generation Volkswagen Phaeton might still make it to US shores in the near future.

According to the rumors, if the ‘people’s limousine’ will arrive in America, it will be thoroughly reworked to comply with the expectations of US customers. This means new engines, a new interior and other such changes.

For it’s part, VW has revealed that it is currently busy with the launch of the 2011 Phaeton in specific markets, but will be examining the launch of the limousine in other territories soon enough.

What say you? Should the new Phaeton be allowed on US shores? Would you buy it? Share your thoughts below.

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Design Q’s Q-VR Range Rover takes luxury to a new level


The Range Rover luxury SUV definitely has a lot of high end features and options, more than suitable of satisfying people with deep pockets.

But what if the British model isn’t enough and your wallet craves something even more fancy? Well, Design Q has got you covered, thanks to the Q-VR customization project for the Range Rover.


As you can see above, the new model sits on a lengthened platform and boasts vertical-hinged doors, something along the lines of gullwings. Inside, the Q-VR takes luxury to a new level by adding features more fitting of a private jet than a plane. You’ve got fully-reclining seats, a mini-spa, a drink chiller as well as a cigar humidor.

No pricing details were revealed, but you can clearly guess that not a lot of people will afford to take their Range Rover to Design Q for this customization project.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG officially revealed


Hot off the heels of the leaked photos and details, Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the two performance versions of the new 2011 CL Class.

The 2011 CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG both feature a more aggressive take on the new CL design, adding a new body kit, as well as the trademark AMG wheels. While the exterior is much more sports-oriented, the interior of the powerful CL models is pure luxury, boasting an impressive two-tone finish.

Most importantly with these new models are the changes made to the engines. As we suspected, the CL63 AMG swaps out its old naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 with a brand new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8. The decrease in displacement is more than made up for by the increase in power, with the new unit developing 536 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque in standard form, and 563 HP and 664 lb-ft, when equipped with the AMG Performance Package. This means a 0 to 62 time of 4.4 seconds (4.3 when upgraded).


The CL65 AMG keeps the massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, but also features an upgraded output of 621 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 in achieved in an even faster 4.2 seconds.

As with the regular 2011 CL Class, Mercedes-Benz has equipped the new performance models with every high tech safety feature it currently develops, in order to make sure that the driver is always protected and informed about his powerful coupe.

Expect both the 2011 CL63 and CL65 AMG models to be made available later this year.

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Lamborghini planning new SUV and entry-level V8 supercar, scraps sedan plans


The rumor mill has started spinning once more, this time powered by Car and Driver which says that Lamborghini is planning two new models that will take it into new directions, even though they have some predecessors.

According to the magazine, Lamborghini is planning a new luxury super-SUV. Lambo fans are sure to remember the company’s eccentric LM002 SUV, which was something like a cross between a Hummer and a regular Lamborghini supercar, being off-road ready and powered by a V12 engine.

According to the report, the new Lamborghini SUV might use the platform of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. It will definitely use a bigger engine though, in order to produce adequate performance for regular Lambo fans.

Secondly, C/D says that an entry-level Lamborghini supercar, powered by a smaller V8 engine, as opposed to the V10 Gallardo or the V12 Murcielago, might also appear. This would also act as a spiritual successor to older Lambo models like the Urraco or Jalpa.

Last but not least, the super sedan plans of Lamborghini are reportedly scrapped, as the Estoque concept we saw some time ago hasn’t really generated the desired response. As such, Lamborghini will continue with the coupe body style.

Frankly, we’re a bit overwhelmed by these rumors, but seeing as how Volkswagen wants to further develop Lamborghini, an SUV and a smaller supercar are a possibility. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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Porsche still planning luxury crossover to slot under the Cayenne

Porsche still planning luxury crossover to slot under the Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne (pictured above) is one of the best selling models in the whole range of the German performance automaker. That’s why a lot of voices have been claiming, for quite some time now, that a smaller SUV, a crossover called the Roxster, will appear.

Those rumors were almost always denied by Porsche, which revealed that it would just sabotage the sales of the Cayenne.

A new report has just appeared though, stating that even though the move might not make financial sense, a Porsche luxury crossover will appear. Why? Because Ferdinand Piech is pushing the project through. In case you don’t remember, the man is also responsible for models like the Bugatti Veyron or Volkswagen Phaeton, which, even though didn’t make the best business case, are still present on the market.

Besides Piech’s involvement, the rumors are still the same. The so-called Roxster will use the Audi Q5 platform, and target that same niche, with rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLK or BMW X3. Not a lot of other things are known, so we’ll just have to wait and see if it will become a reality.

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Lotus teases ‘dawn of a new era’, might switch from sporty to luxury


Lotus surprised a lot of people a few days ago when it sent out the picture above with the Stonehenge monument and said that we are at the ‘dawn of a new era’.

We didn’t really think much of it, as it was just a tease, but according to a new report coming from Lotus’ Malaysian owner, Proton, the British sportscar manufacturer is in for a massive change.

It seems that Lotus will be switching its age old tradition of manufacturing small, lightweight, blazing fast sportscar to something a bit more upmarket, with high end features and luxury options.

Proton has recently hired a lot of former employees of Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin, so there might be something to this rumor. Also, it seems that the smaller Toyota engines which power pocket rockets like the Elise might soon see bigger versions, like the IS F’s V8 or, by a pretty long shot, the Lexus LFA’s V10.

We’re pretty fond of Lotus’ current lightweight image, but sales figures haven’t been very encouraging. According to the report, Lotus, in the ten years under Proton ownership, has never been profitable. Perhaps this paradigm shift might make things better for the two companies.

What’s certain is that the new plan will be announced at the Paris Motor Show, this September.

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2011 Range Rover revealed in Europe, video included

2011 Range Rover revealed in Europe, video included

Seeing as how the luxury SUV market is becoming increasingly populated with the likes of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne, Land Rover isn’t sitting idly, and has just revealed the 2011 Range Rover refresh.

While the exterior changes aren’t that noticeable, there is one major upgrade included in this mid-cycle facelift: a new 4.4-liter LT-TDV8 diesel engine.

The new diesel unit is now capable of 306 HP and a massive 516 lb-ft of torque, and will replace the older 3.6-liter diesel engine. It will be coupled to a ZF eight-speed gearbox, complete with paddle shift technology. This allows the new diesel Range Rover to achieve a 30 mpg (EU combined cycle) fuel average, as well as meet Euro 5 emissions standard.

The 2011 Range Rover Supercharged model is practically the same, but it is lending its Brembo braking system to the more powerful diesel, this time around.

A special 40th anniversary Autobiography Black edition will be available based on the 2011 model year. Expect the new Range to be hitting dealerships across Europe this September. Sadly, JLR didn’t reveal any info about when the refreshed luxury SUV will be coming State-side.

In order to ease the waiting period, check out the photo gallery below and then hit the jump to see a video of the new Range Rover.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Range Rover

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Ford officially axes Mercury brand to focus on Lincoln


Another car brand goes the way of the dodo, following companies like Saturn, Pontiac or Hummer.

This time, it seems the rumors were true, as Ford has officially announced that it will be shutting down its Mercury brand, in order to focus on the upmarket Lincoln.

While the news shocked some people, many car fans were expecting it, seeing as how Mercury was left to die with few new models, and all of them being rebadged Ford ones. Existing warranties and repairs will be upheld by Ford representatives. Current Lincoln Mercury dealerships will be helped to transition into selling the single remaining brand.

According to the Blue Oval, the production of existing Mercury models, like the Milan, Mountaineer, Grand Marquis or the Mariner will end in the last quarter of 2010.

The company will now focus on building its Lincoln range, in order to really go against luxury brands like Cadillac or Lexus in the US market. In doing so, it will release seven all-new or refreshed models in the next four years, including the first C segment vehicle (probably based on the 2012 Ford Focus).

The popular EcoBoost lineup of turbocharged engines will also be offered across the Lincoln range, in order to highlight its greener credentials, as opposed to its rivals.

Overall, this is a sad time for the remaining Mercury fans, but we’re pretty sure not a lot of tears will be shed over the demise of the brand. Do you think the company still had a shot or did Ford do the right thing? Share your thoughts below.

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Video: 2011 Audi A8L W12 limousine shows off its luxury features


Audi really upped the luxury feature ante when it revealed the 2011 A8 flagship limousine. In Beijing though, it blew the ante sky high with the reveal of the A8L W12 long wheelbase version.

We were told it included features from the Bang & Olufsen sound system to the massive LCD displays or even the folding ottoman-style seat. Now, the Ingolstadt company released the first promotional video for the 2011 A8L version, and we have to say luxury never looked better.

Hit the jump to enjoy the video that makes almost all of us a bit poor in comparison.
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Maybach 57S gets the coupe treatment from Xenatech


Have you ever fantasized about getting a Maybach 57S luxury limousine but didn’t really fancy the four doors it had?

Well luckily for you and unfortunately for your wallet, tuning company Xenatech has just revealed a new customization program for the 57S which turns it into a coupe model. Besides chopping off two doors, the engineers have also widened the track of the car and lowered the roof line.


The new luxury coupe retains the same power ratings, according to Xenatech, meaning the 612 HP 6.0-liter V12 engine will propel the limousine sans two doors from 0 to 62 mph in 5 seconds. The bespoke model will sport the same facelift implemented across the Maybach range in Beijing and supposedly even has the blessing of Daimler.

Only sketches were released, but in case you’re already interested, the starting price for this modified Maybach 57S starts from €650,000 (around $800,000). Only 100 models will be made, so if you want to enjoy all that luxury but without a couple of doors, you might want to hurry up.

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1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic auctioned off for a record $30+ million


Evey car owner usually believes his ride is the most expensive one on Earth, given the emotional connection, but it seems no car will be able to contend with this 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic model, which has just been auctioned off for an undisclosed amount, ranging from $30 to $40 million.

Why the extremely steep price? Well, only four such models were made, and just two are known to exist today. This specific Bugatti 57SC belonged to the late Dr. Peter Williamson. After his death, California auction house Gooding & Company, together with his estate, decided to sell his vast Bugatti collection.

The 57SC Atlantic was the crown jewel of the bunch, and, as you can see, confirmed its status, fetching over $30 million in the auction and becoming the most expensive car on the road today. While no official details are known, rumors peg that the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, acquired the iconic Bugatti, so we might get to see it on exhibit in the future.

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Mercedes-Benz opens Style department, reveals R Class helicopter


Luxury carmakers are attempting to branch out more and more, seeing as how there’s more money to be made, not only through cars but through other accessories or vehicles.

Joining Porsche, which has its successful ‘Design’ department, Mercedes-Benz has just announced that inauguration of its Style subsidiary. The new group within the MB family will create unique lines of accessories and will also customize various other industrial design projects.

Curious to see what the new Mercedes-Benz Style group can do? Look no further than the company’s first collaboration, with Eurocopter. The result of this partnership is the Eurocopter EC145 chopper concept, which is being showcased this week at the 2010 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.


The luxury helicopter boasts eight seats, all of which have been inspired from the R Class people carrier. The lighting arrangements in the luxury chopper are also adapted from the E and S Class limousines. The seats can be decked out in any material the customer wants, as well as the hardwood floor, which can be selected from an array of options. A 15-inch flatscreen monitor rounds off the interior package, while an improved storage space can hold anything, from golf clubs to a chest filled with gold.

In case you’re wondering, you should get your check books ready around the end of 2011, when the Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter rolls off the assembly line.

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