Top 10: Most extravagant luxury car features
Last updated: 30/01/2019
A superyacht allows you to traverse the seas with the highest levels of style and sophistication; its mere presence in the water acting as a floating trophy for its owner, with enough amenities on board to become a permanent home, if you so wished.
That said, life at sea – regardless of the levels of luxury available – does have its limitations and restrictions when it comes to living day-to-day life. As such, most yacht owners tend to prefer spending periodic, quality time with their vessel as part of a slightly more grounded land-based lifestyle. But how does one maintain the luxurious lifestyle of travelling on a superyacht, whilst on the road? By choosing a luxury vehicle with a plethora of luxurious amenities!
We offer some additional inspiration for shoreside travel with our top-ten list of the most extravagant features of luxury and high-end motor vehicles today.
10. Bentley's infotainment pack
What’s the least economically beneficial way to purchase two iPads (or Android tablets, depending on what version you choose), two in-headset displays, and a drop down 12” screen? We don’t know the actual answer, but we’d be willing to bet money on it being the purchase of Bentley’s infotainment pack.
Of course, money is no object for those who opt to take Bentley’s $32,000 add-on package, that also includes 15GB of space for your personal collection of music; which makes the cost all that more easy to swallow.
9. Mercedes' silver-plated champagne flutes
The S600 from Mercedes has two options for its rear seats: your traditional bench-type three rear seats (in Mercedes’ luxurious fashion, of course), or you can replace that with two individual seats split by a console that hides two fold-out tables, a fridge, and two silver-plated champagne flutes that even have their own holders to grip the bases and prevent spillage.
8. Aston Martin Transponder Watch
Soon, even fairly ordinary cars will communicate via smartwatches that could replace today’s key fobs; Aston Martin got out ahead of that curve by itself a few years back.
It began offering the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 Transponder watch in 2006. Recently updated to AMVOX3 spec and offered as a $29,500 add-on when you buy the car, it’s a high-end luxury watch with an electronic transponder in it that can lock and unlock the doors of a DB9 or Rapide.
Well, if one happens to be in the market for a new $30,000 watch and a new $200,000 car, this offers some level of convenience.
7. Mercedes Maybach's granite trim
The interior of a vehicle can make or break its luxury look and feel. Those worried that a more regularly used luxury material option won’t cut it, can have their Maybach’s trimmings made from granite – like some kind of fancy bathroom countertop.
Outfitting your Maybach with the ‘Basic package’ granite trimmings will set you back a light $60,000. There’s also a ‘Luxury package’ of which the price is not publicly disclosed.
6. Bang & Olufsen pop-up tweeters
As far as upgrades on this list go, in-car sound systems are the one area where even ordinary people are willing to spend a bit extra. Cars – and the amount of time we spend in them by ourselves commuting, or on long journeys – make for excellent places to listen to music without distraction.
That said, most of us won’t go quite as far as to include Bang & Olufsen pop-up tweeters in the dash of our new Aston Martin for an additional $7,000. Clearly targeted at the serious audiophile with wads of cash, these directional tweeters offer a ‘world-class’ musical experience, and they retreat into the dashboard when not in use – for some reason.
5. Mercedes S550 scent system
When you have a larger-than-average budget, clip-on vent air fresheners just simply won't do. Mercedes’ S-series of vehicles feature its new fragrance system, featuring proprietary glass vials of scent that can be electronically controlled to ‘re-fragrance’ your vehicle to a set schedule and strength.
They create four scents that have been developed to specifically suit the automobile space. Each ‘pot’ of scent runs about £50 and lasts about a year. Alternatively, fill an empty one with your favourite aftershave.
4. Porsche's leather air vents
Want to ensure that the cool or warm air being blown towards you doesn’t reach you before passing over premium leather? Porsche has got you covered. This £800 add-on not only ensures you never have to experience the eye-sore of plastic vents, but it can also join other optional leather trimmings: such as that of the seat belt buckles, belt outlets, steering wheel surround and sun visors.
3. BMW's 'Gentleman Function'
Much to our chagrin, the ‘Gentleman Function’ found on certain BMW 7-Series models does not summon a tuxedo-clad butler who greets you ‘good morrow’ and pours you a single malt whisky. Instead, it merely allows the driver – the gentleman – to electronically adjust the passenger seat prior to his companion’s arrival.
And they say chivalry is dead.
2. Bentley’s bespoke mechanical clock
What good is a Bentley Bentayga without a price-matching Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling mechanical clock on the dash?
Available in solid white or rose gold with a high-precision winding mechanism, this £150,000 extra is likely to be one of the most expensive in-car add ons you’ll come across. In fact, it’s only £10,000 cheaper than the car itself.
You’re doubling the cost of this car by adding a clock. That, my friends, is what you call luxury.
1: Rolls Royce’s starlight roof
Fancy a romantic evening looking up at the stars with your one and only? Unable to travel anywhere without blanket cloud cover? Thinking of designing a car with an inner roof liner able to be customised with fibre optic lights to recreate a night sky and get around this issue? No?
Well, Rolls Royce has done it anyway, and you can even pay extra for them to lay out the ‘stars’ on your roof to replicate what the night sky looked like on a particular date, so you never have to bear a chauffeur-driven car journey without a reminder of your special evening again. Phew!
Mohamed Zouikri, manager of Ruby Services has 20 years's experience working in the luxury car-hire industry and has a deep understanding of the evolution of luxury features in limousines and high-end cars. He said, "As well as luxury, sometimes luxury cars need to provide security. We have a client who, when he comes to Cannes, requires an armoured car. Fortunately I am qualified to drive a security vehicle and have had experience with high security convoys, so we provided him with the Mercedes S600 Guard, which I brought down from Paris.
"Driving it is a completely different experience as it's so heavy and the handling feels unusual, but it provides him with complete peace of mind. So, another happy client! I was, however a little taken aback when another of our clients asked me to find a pink Rolls Royce for an evening in Monaco. A Rolls Royce we can of course provide, but pink? At short notice that can prove very difficult!
"We're used to providing branding on some of our vehicles for events or advertising purposes, and these days the technology for car wrapping has advanced greatly. I asked our car-wrap providers to prepare plain pink for the Rolls and voila! The client was delighted."
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