Owning a car is every person’s dream and to own an exclusive, expensive car is but anyone’s dream. But the price that these beauties come at is certainly more than most pockets can afford.
India is a country of anomalies and incongruities. Being featured as a developing country, yet showcased as the country with a promise and could be one of the superpowers of tomorrow, we are everywhere and feature in contrasting listings. The disposable income of individuals in the country is growing day by day. The HNIs are on the rise and the rich are able to afford just about anything. The rich have steadily rising disposable incomes and this is a minefield of opportunity for automobile manufacturers to showcase and launch high-end, luxury cars that would attract the affluent. Automakers are optimistic and have strong belief systems that all these cars would retail well even if the vehicles are pricey, as it definitely is something to be seen driving around in a latest, ritzy vehicle.
While manufacturers like Tata Motors who manufactured India’s cheapest car the Nano which is priced at approximately INR 1-2 lakhs, have captured the market, at its other end, the Tata Group owned, Jaguar-Land Rover also makes luxury vehicles anywhere from INR 30 lakhs up to 2 crores and above. So what do we say here, the same automaker, showcasing a wide-ranging set of vehicles that starts at base and moves to the cream of the crop? It’s definitely food for thought of how automakers are striving to appeal to all segments equally, individually and intentionally.
So, for those who have a strong inclination to own only luxury vehicles, and are seeking to invest their money in some brand-new, elite, exclusive, swanky set of wheels, then they get the attention they deserve as also the price tag it comes with is matchless. The attention grabbing factor comes from its looks, luxury, price tag, class and most definitely the brand name and value.
The luxury car segment is India is growing rapidly – especially the super-luxurious segment wherein a car costs more than INR 50 lakhs. Automobile manufacturers are keenly watching this segment and launching vehicles accordingly, catering to exquisite tastes and requests.
Let’s look at the most expensive cars retailed in India apart from the Jaguars, BMWs, and Audis:
At present, the world’s fastest car, the Bugatti Veyron tops the chart of being India’s most expensive vehicle. It is priced at a whopping Rs. 38 crores. After placing an order, the car takes over 6 months to be delivered depending of course, on individual tastes and customizations.It is known for its beauteous looks, efficiency, a high-performing sports car and it has a cabin that is saloon-like. Specifically designed tyres are an added feature which provides stability and agility to this sports car.
The car is equipped with an 8.7 litre engine which produces 987bhp power @ 6000rpm and the torque generated in 1250Nm @ 2200-5500rpm. The car goes to 100kmph in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 407kmph. The mileage though is poor, just 3.3kmpl in the city and on the highways it is 5.3kmpl which is but expected.Though outrageously expensive and impractical, this Bugatti Veyron is a pure automotive indulgence and a technological wonder and also the world’s fastest car. This model is currently discontinued and its successor will be announced and introduced sometime in 2016.
Aston Martin One 77
In India, everyone relates to Aston Martin because it’s a James Bond car – or at least that’s how it’s popularly known as. The British carmaker, Aston Martin, built a two-door Coupe and planned for this vehicle to be the ultimate one. With a hefty price tag of INR 20 crores and above, this limited edition vehicle saw production of only 77 numbers world over. In short, there are only 77 known vehicles in this series and one or more of those proud owners are from India. According to Aston Martin, this car is an automotive work of art. One of the best cars Aston Martin has ever built, that it is termed as an obsessive compulsive engineering combined with style and finished to the exact requirement of the buyer.
This jaw dropping vehicle, this magnificent car is a sheer automotive expression of design, engineering, and craftsmanship. The limited number will not only make it one of a kind, eye turning and also leaves its owners elated. Its engine offers a beast of a performance and not everyone could have afforded it.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach S600 Guard
With the launch of the Maybach S600 Guard, by Mercedes-Benz, it also became one of the most expensive cars retailed in India. The speciality of the car is that it is made with the best armouring material – VR10 protection. It is made only for Statesmen and Heads of the Country in its literal sense as it can withstand bullets, explosions, bullets and even heavy firing. The wheels are also specially designed with a self-healing fuel tank which when hit, can hold out from catching fire. The R&D team claim that this is the safest place to be when on wheels. Built with such protection, VVIP’s are cocooned safely within this impenetrable body. This car is designed to be discreet. From the outside, it looks like a regular S-Class series and if only you can detect, can you notice the difference. It has a longer profile, character lines, new alloys and the Maybach badge.
The car comes with a 6.0L twin turbo V12 engine which produces 523bhp power and 830Nm of torque. The speed of the vehicle is 0-100kmph in 7.9 seconds. Despite these safety features, this is also a luxury car and is priced at approximately INR 10.5 crores. It is the most expensive cars in the portfolio of Mercedes-Benz India.
Rolls Royce Phantom
The moment the word luxury car, is mentioned, Rolls Royce immediately springs into mind. This company has been the epitome of luxury and the poster boy for auto enthusiasts’ from around the world. And it is no different in India too. Luxury comes at a price and this; the Phantom Series II speaks for itself. One of the oldest luxury sedans back in the day, the Rolls Royce now has competition but nonetheless, it is priced at a hefty INR 8.2 crores approximately and it takes 4-6 months to acquire after placing an order, and even longer if customizations are many.
Powered by a 6.7L V2 petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 453bhp @ 5350rpm with a maximum torque of 720Nm @3500rpm, this luxurious vehicle is no less than a sports car. The Rolls Royce Phantom set a benchmark for luxury vehicles, but with the release of the Phantom Series II, Rolls Royce has surpassed its own capabilities. This new vehicle will blow you away with improved fuel efficiency, extra gears, tweaked suspension; sportier feel etc. has made this vehicle the ultimate car to own.
Bentley Mulsanne, is a new super luxury car launched by the well-known British automobile company, Bentley Muslanne. It has comfort, style, design and a dynamic ride. All these factors add to the luxury of the vehicle. The ever-growing company has sought to expand to developing countries like India and confidently retail their expensive vehicle portfolio here. This car has a 6.8 litre engine and produces 505bhp power. The Muslanne is the ultimate combination of tradition and technology and is priced at approximately INR 7.5 crores.
India as a country is definitely a mixed bag. We have a couple world’s richest featured on the Forbes list and also we feature in places where we need to pay attention to our growth and development. Lavish lifestyles, prized possessions, mansions, private jets and yachts are just the icing for the super rich in India. An age-old never dying fascination of most Indian billionaires is their fascination for luxury wheels. And with such immense scope and possibilities, luxury automakers are queuing up their beauties to be retailed in India. With a verdant market and with choosy clients’ automobile companies are lining up their big fish in the Indian auto market. And not to miss, it said that this is only the beginning, the whales are coming soon!
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