As we progress in the 21st century, the realm of technology is also evolving at such a rapid pace that it might be near the proverbial speed of light. Whether be it computers, robotics, medicine or any other field, humanity is able to reach new heights in leaps and bounds. In the category of automobiles, technology has played an even more significant role as the modern day customers vie for the hottest, fastest and the most luxurious wheels in existence. Meeting this demand is no trouble for some of the most established luxury car brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, BMW, Bentley, Aston Martin etc. However, there are also present a breed auto enthusiasts to whom conventional luxury does not appeal much and they are always on the lookout for unique, out of the box vehicle designs that would sizzle their imaginations.
This is where auto tuning and customization comes into effect. The process of creating something entirely unique and refreshing from a stock car isn’t easy and nor is it everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a lot of creativity, a wild imagination and the confidence that the new creation will carry everything that people expect of it. Nowadays, automotive customization is an everyday business as more and more companies as well as individuals are coming out with some of the most thrilling, stunning and downright gorgeous renditions of vehicles that in their native form, you wouldn’t give a second glance to.
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Hence, in the spirit of auto customization, here at Elite Choice, we are proud to present ‘The Ten Best Customized & Concept Luxury Cars To Pleasure Your Senses’.
1. 2012 Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster
Availability: Not Announced
Brabus, a name globally renowned for its elegant and stunning tuning programs in regards to Mercedes Benz luxury cars, has now come with the all new sensational 2012 Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster. Germany based Brabus has been at the forefront of custom tuning of luxury sedan, sports cars as well as super cars and with the new SLK Roadster, the firm has produced a vehicle that not is appealing to the senses but also carries quite a punch under the hood. Brabus started off by giving the SLK Roadster a more aggressive persona with the implementation of several aerodynamic components such as front bumper with spoiler lips, side sills, a rear diffuser and a boot lid spoiler. Under the hood, the firm has achieved some commendable achievement by employing Brabus ECO PowerXtra CGI that greatly enhances the vehicle’s original 4 cylinder direct-injection engine. With the new modifications the SLK Roadster has now been given ten additional horsepower raising the value to 240hp that enables this marvelous custom vehicle to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.2 seconds, while attaining a top speed of an impressive 248km/h (154mph). In the interior of the car, Brabus has made use of high-gloss polished stainless-steel that adorn the car’s scuff plates and the custom SLK Roadster also comes with aluminum foot pedals and shifter, along with BRABUS logo.
2. 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Availability: Q3 2011
One of the foremost names in the luxury sedan market in the U.S, Chrysler besides its gorgeous vehicles is also well known for the company’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division that has now come out with the stunning 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. Unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, the 300 SRT8 features a 6.4-liter 392 HEMI V8 engine producing an impressive 465hp and with these new engine the vehicle has been given a jump of 40 horsepower. This remarkable vehicle can is claimed to achieve a top speed of 175 mph (281 km/h), while making a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) run in just over 4 seconds. The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is derived directly from the original 2012 Chrysler 300, yet the SRT team has made significant changes to the chassis to ensure enhanced handling. One of the astounding addition to the 300 SRT8 is the introduction of a state of the art Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) system that automatically controls the suspension settings based on a variety of factors including speed, steering angle, throttle etc. Also, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 comes with two driving modes ‘Auto’ and ‘Sport’, which the drivers can choose to activate as per their liking. On the outside the 300 SRT8 is a treat to see with its seven-spoke 20-inch forged alloy wheels, front grille, side sills, boot lid spoiler etc. and on the interiors, the SRT team has given this magnificent vehicle a generous leather treatment, carbon fiber trim pieces, sport seats, as well as a flat-bottom steering wheel.
3. 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
Availability: September 2011
Price: $44,000 (Base Model)
From the house of Chrysler and its state of the art Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division comes yet another marvelous souped up vehicle in the form of the all-new 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. Keeping up to its reputation of being one of the most cherished muscle cars, the SRT team has made significant improvements to the car’s engine and performance figures. The Challenger SRT8 392 is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivering up to 470 hp and the vehicle also comes with a five-speed automatic transmission (optional), where in the drivers can choose from four different performance settings, namely, ‘Drive’, ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Manual’. With the auto transmission installed, the SRT 392 can reach a maximum speed of 175 mph and can achieve 0-60mph in just over 4 seconds. On the outside, the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 carries honorary ‘392 Hemi’ badges and the vehicle will be available in a variety of colors including Bright Silver, Bright White, Header Orange, Pitch Black etc. Chrysler has given the Challenger SRT8 392 some over the top tech upgrades that include a 900-watt, 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, along with Uconnect Media Center radio series that provide the occupants with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. Furthermore, the consumers will even have access to Garmin Navigation guidance and mapping or premium GPS Navigation with SIRIUS Traffic.
4. 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150
One of the biggest names in the U.S auto industry, Ford Motors first collaborated with the legendary motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson in the year 1999 and since then this highly creative partnership has produced some ten gorgeous F-150 pickup truck models. Now, this one of a kind partnership has led to the introduction of the all-new 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 that has been incorporated with noticeable design tweaks and feature upgrades. The most striking element of the new F-150 is the glistening 22 inch machined-aluminum wheels and the pickup comes with a marvelous White Platinum Tri-Coat or Tuxedo Black paint work that has been inspired from the iconic Harley Davidson bikes that have been complemented by the use of body side graphics resembling snakeskin. The extremely elegant 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine that provides the truck with 411hp, along with an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. The interior of the F-150 portrays a delicate yet well refined balance of elegance and technology. Ford has given this pick up brushed aluminum trim scuff plates that also feature snakeskin texture, along with luxurious snakeskin leather-trimmed seats. Coming to technology, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 is packed with a 4.2 inch LCD screen that provides the drivers with information such as fuel economy, towing performance etc. However, the cream of the tech extravaganza is a voice activated navigation system that allows the drivers to verbally enter the desired destination. Among other features, the F-150 also comes with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Climate Control.
5. 2011 Royale SUV-30 Mobile Office
Price: On Request
Customized on the base model of Lincoln Navigator-L, the all-new 2011 Royale SUV-30 Mobile Office is the ultimate in luxury road travel for executives. Designed and developed to provide the passengers with an extremely comfortable ride, the Mobile Office offers a range of accessories and features that will keep a professional connected to office and let him complete his work while he is on the move. Powered by a 5.4L V8 gas engine, the remarkable SUV-30 Mobile Office offers seating capacity for up to six people and features luxurious leather rear seating along with two rear cabin side consoles. This luxurious limousine features a refrigerated cooler, glass holder and a privacy divider. As far as the electronics are concerned, the SUV-30 Mobile Office has been given a 32 Inch LCD Retractable TV, Internet, a mobile hotspot along with two 110V power points as well two more points of 12V each. Furthermore, the Mobile Office features CD/DVD player with AM/FM radio and iPod Connect Stereo. The passengers will experience a rather soothing journey with the rear air conditioning and heating, as well as Champagne and Rocks glasses.
6. 2011 BMW i8 Concept
Price: Not Available
In the quest of producing high performance hybrid vehicles that can do their part in the conservation of the environment without compromising performance figures, German auto behemoth, BMW, has now come out with the all new BMW i8 Concept. This incredible new hybrid electric vehicle has been designed to take advantage of both conventional gasoline engine as well as electric power. The BMW i8 Concept is the company’s second offering in its ‘i Series’ and has been derived from a comprehensive research from BMW titled, 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics and the company is targeting 2013 as the timeline to launch a production model of the concept vehicle. The i8 Concept features an electric drive system that is mounted on the front axle that can be operated in conjunction or separately from the car’s 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine that provides 220 hp. The gasoline engine is used to drive the vehicle’s rear wheels via dual clutch transmission. The electric drivetrain on the other hand operates the front wheels with a two speed transmission. When both these system are run parallel to each other the i8 Concept is able to produce an astounding 348hp, reaching a top speed of 250km/h (155mph) and achieving an acceleration of 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The electric motor of the i8 Concept is powered by a lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 1 ½ hours and provides an impressive range of 20 miles.
7. 2012 Ford Blue Angels Mustang GT
Availability: Auction Based
Price: $400,000 (Auctioned)
Ford Motors, besides being world renowned for its gorgeous and high performance vehicles is also known to carry quite an open heart when it comes to charity and community wellness. The designers and engineers at Ford have now come with a stunning new variant of the 2012 Ford Mustang GT in the form of the all-new 2012 Ford Blue Angels Mustang GT that has been created to honor the world’s foremost aerobatics team, the U.S Navy Blue Angels. This unique vehicle was recently auctioned off at the Gathering of Eagles during the 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, an event organized by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). This organization is known to be the world’s biggest aviation establishment that is committed to provide essential aviation skills to the youth and most of it is given free of cost. The 2012 Ford Mustang GT Blue Angels Edition is powered by a Ford Racing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine giving an output of an awesome 624 hp. The exterior of the vehicle is heavily inspired from Blue Angels and their signature aircraft, the F-18 Hornet. The rear of Mustang GT has been given a custom rear spoiler with vertical tailfins and the words “Blue Angels” can be seen on the sides of this magnificent car. The paint job on the Mustang GT Blue Angels Edition has been done by Creations n’ Chrome, providing a unique chrome blue paint.
8. 2011 Singer Porsche 911:
Availability: On Order
Price: $190,000 (Base Model)
Singer Vehicle Design (SVD), a name that is associated with the extremely professional customization of some of the most respected and revered high performance sports cars in the world has now applied its unique skill set to bring the all-new 2011 Singer Porsche 911. These gorgeous new customized 911s are given significant changes to their exteriors, interiors as well as under the hood packages. The 2011 Singer Porsche 911 is powered by a 3.82-liter flat six engine that provides an output of an impressive 360hp, while another variant of the engine produced 425hp. The engine itself has been taken from the Porsche 993 series cars. The engine in the revamped Porsche 911 is bulletproof and is complemented by a six-speed G50 transaxle, which is said to be indestructible. The 2011 Singer Porsche 911 can reach a top speed of 170 mph, while achieving an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The exterior of the 2011 Singer Porsche 911 is made from carbon fiber, while to add beauty to glory, Singer has also incorporated HID headlamp arrangements, front lip spoiler as well as a rear spoiler which is speed sensitive. The instrument panel of the new Porsche 911 is left untouched thus giving it a classic feel, while Singer has added air conditioning system, Garmin Navigation system, along with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.
9. 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup:
Availability: September 2011
As the world hold its breath anxiously awaiting the introduction of the highly anticipated 2012 Porsche 911, the German automobile behemoth, Porsche, has now given a glimpse of what power in the 21st century would entail, with the launch of the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. This marvelous race car has been designed and developed especially for endurance races and hence features a state of the art 100-liter FT3 safety fuel tank located in the hood on the car. The 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup has been largely derived from the legendary Porsche 911 GT3 RS and is powered by a 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated flat six engine providing an astounding 450 hp. Furthermore, as this specific model is built for the race tracks the GT3 Cup comes with a race exhaust system, a 100-liter FIA-certified fuel cell along with high performance Michelin race tires. Also, to control the vehicle at such breakneck speeds, Porsche incorporated Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system, as well as a six-switch steering wheel system for a more hassle free driving experience. The 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is scheduled to make an appearance throughout the racing seasons of the year 2012 and 2013.
10. Porsche 929 Concept:
Availability: Concept Form
In a world where streets are at a choking point with billions of vehicles vying for a space on the concrete, there is always room for innovation and a farfetched vision that can drive us in the right direction to tackle this concern. Now, Julliana Cho, a U.K based designer has come out with a rather unusual yet a highly creative solution in the form of the all new Porsche 929 Concept. This remarkable concept vehicle has been designed to stay in the path of Porsche’s design legacy while maximizing the car sharing principal. The Porsche 929 Concept is an electric powered vehicle and this gorgeous yet futuristic car has been envisioned as membership accessed vehicle. As per the vision of Ms. Cho, the 929 Concept will be an integral part of the Porsche Car Sharing Club. The members of this club will receive their separate keys and once activated will have to get online to provide their details. During this personal profile step, the members will be able to specify their preferences in regards to wheel design, exterior paint and other options available. A fleet of Porsche 929 Concept cars will be allocated to a central rotating car dock that while serving as a parking space will also be able to charge the vehicles and release them to the members, as and when required.
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