So, which interpretation of luxury resonates with you?
Bugatti Chiron – Hyper Extravagance
The Bugatti Chiron has an 8.0-litre 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine that produces a whopping 1103kW and 1600Nm.
Not only is it flamboyant from the outside, crafted with expensive materials including carbon-fibre and titanium; inside it’s lavish and ornate with lashings of leather and each of the four tweeters has a one-carat diamond membrane to help improve the clarity of high-frequency sound.
Available in left-hand-drive only, we won’t see any on the road here in Australia. But that doesn’t mean one couldn’t own a Chiron and garage it at their European manor, and simply jump on a private jet to head overseas and drive it. This hypercar is outlandishly luxurious and perfect for the hyper-extravagant buyer who wants to be seen and heard.
Mercedes-Maybach S600 – Authoritative Affluence
With a 6.0-litre Biturbo V12 engine producing 390kW and 830Nm, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a mobile office fit for a blue chip CEO. As well as having the trimmings and technology suitable for an office space, the super soft, oversized seats recline and can massage you to sleep.
There’s a fridge as well as heated and cooled cup holders and you can communicate with your driver via a built in microphone and speaker system that allows conversations to be had in whispers rather than yelling over the seats. Boorish, proletarian behaviour is not welcome here, thank you very much.
Space, luxury, work, sleep and all-encompassing quietness – what more could you possibly need or want?
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II – Old-School Opulence
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II is quiet, plush and crafted with beautiful materials and acute attention to detail.
Building one takes more than 450 hours with around 60 people working on each example. It takes 18 days to finish just the woodwork in a standard car, that doesn’t include bespoke craftsmanship. There is approximately 40 square metres of hide in each car, or the equivalent of more than 15 cows.
The options and materials are only limited by your imagination. Wine cooler under the seat? Custom coloured leather? Wood sourced from a specific tree? No problems. Buyers can even watch the painstaking process from start to finish. It’s custom comfort and old-school grandeur at it’s finest.
Range Rover Autobiography LWB – High Class High Rider
The high seating position and high-class cabin put the Range Rover Autobiography LWB in a class of its own. While some on this list are made for being chauffeured around, this is a plush and luxurious car that also fits the brief for a family hauler.
The interior is beautifully appointed and there’s something about the SUV seating position that enhances the luxury feel. Large armchair seats, leather galore, comfort and convenience; this is for those who enjoy the feeling of riding high and owning the road.
Hyundai Genesis – Indulgence on a Budget
The Hyundai Genesis Ultimate looks and feels more expensive than it actually is. The fit and finish is impressive, the materials sumptuous, the finishes elegant and it’s incredibly comfortable.
The Genesis is just a fraction of the cost of a more ‘traditional’ luxury car, proving you don’t need to shell out big bucks to own a well-appointed vehicle that will make you feel special.