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Monday, 22 June 2015

The All New BMW 7-Series - The Savoy Of Cars!

With the new 2016 BMW 7-Series, BMW has redefined what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form.

Ground breaking technologies in the areas of lightweight design, powertrains, chassis, operating systems, intelligent connectivity and interior ambience underline its mission to bring together unbeatable driving pleasure and long distance comfort in a luxury Saloon.

Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group's new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro-active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with Adaptive mode and BMW Laserlight.

Maximising well-being in the rear of the vehicle are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function and Vitality Programme, the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, the Welcome Light Carpet, the Ambient highlight and a Smartphone holder with wireless charging station.

Standout innovations in operating system and driver assistance technology include the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW Gesture control, ensuring those nights spent playing on your Nintendo Wii didn’t go to waste, as well as Touch Command for those not wanting to flail their arms around whilst in traffic.

The new BMW Head-Up Display (HUD) which is 75% bigger than its predecessor’s HUD and features amazing new graphics. Real-time navigation and speed limit information will now be displayed on the HUD.

Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and Lane control assistant, Active side collision protection, Surround View with 3D View and the Remote Control Parking system.

The design of the new BMW 7-Series showcases the car’s character. Harmonious proportions, a strongly controlled surface design and precise lines point to the stylistic confidence, assured dynamics and exclusive elegance at work here.

The optimised balance of driving pleasure and long-distance comfort finds clear expression in the unmistakable aura of the luxury saloon, which is available in both standard and long wheelbase variants.

Characteristic features of the interior include generous levels of space, the driver-focused cockpit design, the fusion of exquisite materials and precision craftsmanship and the sophisticated functionality of the control and display elements.

The M Sport package, the design Pure Excellence package and a BMW Individual Design Composition will be available for the new BMW 7-Series from launch.

They underline the car’s dynamic ability, exclusive elegance and luxurious ambience to great effect, and satisfy the diverse expectations of customers around the world.

BMW EfficientLightweight helps to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7-Series models by up to 130 kg compared to their previous generation counterparts. At the centre of it all is the body structure with Carbon Core, which was developed for the BMW i8 and i3.

The new BMW 7-Series is the first car in its sector in which industrially manufactured CFRP combines with steel and aluminium. The intelligent body concept uses this mixed-materials approach to increase the strength and rigidity of the car while at the same time significantly reducing vehicle weight.

The new BMW 7-Series is available with an extensively updated V8 engine and 6-cylinder variants from BMW's latest generation of power units. All the engines link up as standard with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which can be specified as an option, also operates more effectively than ever.

Additionally, the new 7-Series will be launched with the choice of two engines, the 730d and the 740i.

The first 3.0L diesel engine can achieve 0-62 mph in only 5.28 seconds. While the 740i petrol engine produces 321 Bhp and beats the previous engine in acceleration by 0.3 seconds.

A plug-in Hybrid version will be available shortly after the 7-Series’ launch and will be powered by a 2.0L Turbo Charged 4 Cylinder engine via an Electric motor.

In the new BMW 7-Series the iDrive operating system's monitor comes in touch display form for the first time. This means customers will also be able to operate the system in the same way as modern electronic devices.

In addition to using the Controller to control the system in familiar style, its functions can also be selected and activated by touching the screen's surface.

Another new addition to the iDrive system's functionality is BMW gesture control, which is being introduced for the first time. Hand movements detected by a 3D sensor control infotainment functions in an extremely intuitive and user-friendly fashion.

The gestures can be used for a number of functions, including controlling the volume in audio applications and accepting or rejecting incoming phone calls. There is also the option of pairing a specific gesture with an individual choice of function.

Also joining the fray is a new smartphone holder integrated into the centre console, which allows wireless, inductive charging for mobile phones for the first time in a car.

The BMW 750Li xDrive, BMW 740Li, BMW 730Ld and BMW 730Ld xDrive models specified with the optional Executive Lounge, which redefines personal well-being in a luxury car, offer levels of comfort a class apart.

This equipment package includes Automatic Air-conditioning with 4-Zone Control, Electrically adjustable Comfort seats with Massage function in the rear and Active seat Ventilation for all seats, plus the optional Executive Lounge Seating, Executive Lounge Rear console and Rear-seat Entertainment Experience with BMW Touch Command.

The massage function now also includes the Vitality Programme, which allows rear passengers to engage in active physical exercise for recuperation purposes.

The Executive Lounge Seating option increases comfort in the rear seat behind the front passenger seat, which can slide forward by an additional 90mm and has an electrically extendable footrest integrated into its backrest.

The rear passenger can unwind into an extremely relaxing position thanks to a backrest which can recline impressively close to the horizontal position.

The Executive Lounge Rear console houses a fold-out table, additional cupholders and the Touch Command system. 

This removable 7in Tablet allows the user to control the infotainment and comfort functions available in the rear of the new BMW 7-Series and can also be used to play back external audio and video files, as a games console or to surf the internet. 

In total there are 24 features you can control with the BMW Touch Command tablet. Passengers in the back can also enjoy video streaming over the car’s Wi-Fi hot spot on two 10in screens in the headrests. You will never want to leave the car again.

The exclusive ambience inside the new BMW 7-Series is also enhanced by a precisely arranged lighting design.

The Ambient light option now includes the Welcome Light Carpet, which provides eye-catching illumination of the area around the car doors.

Another unique feature is the Ambient highlight for the long-wheelbase versions of the new BMW 7-Series, which bathes the rear compartment in an atmospheric light from light sources positioned vertically on the B-pillars.

Long-wheelbase versions of the new BMW 7-Series will also be available with the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, which is likewise one of a kind in the luxury saloon segment.

When it gets dark, the light emitted from side-mounted LED modules is directed evenly on to the glass surface, where it hits an imprinted graphic. This creates an atmospheric motif mimicking a starry sky.

Another option customers can select is the Ambient Air package, which ionises the air and generates a selection of eight aromas.

Outstanding sound quality, meanwhile, is the speciality of the likewise newly developed Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, which has been specifically tuned to the interior of the new BMW 7-Series.

The new BMW 7-Series is the world's first series-produced car that owners will be able to manoeuvre in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. 

As such, the Remote Control Parking option allows drivers to access tight parking spaces with ease. The driver initiates the car's progress forwards into or in reverse out of a space using the newly developed BMW Display Key. While the car is carrying out the semi-automated manoeuvre, the driver watches out for obstacles.

Another new feature is BMW Laserlight, taken from the BMW i8. Thanks to BMW Selective Beam, this is dazzle-free and can be specified for the new BMW 7-Series as an alternative to the standard full-LED headlights.

The laser headlights generate a particularly bright, pure white light as well as providing a high-beam range of 600 metres, double that of the LED headlights. 

Even if you are on winding roads Laserlight has can adapt, ‘Curve light’ adjusts the headlights to position in the way the road bends, improving visibility throughout.

The Steering and lane control assistant, Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, Rear collision prevention and Crossing traffic warning functions have been added to the Driving Assistant Plus system.

Meanwhile, the Traffic jam assistant - which involves semi-automated driving - can be used on any type of road and the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function now only requires drivers to press a button to incorporate speed restrictions detected by the Speed Limit Info function.

The new generation of the Surround View system now also includes a 3D View and Panorama Side View option in the Control Display.

The controls on the centre console are - like the interior trim strip - framed by fine wood or aluminium surfaces. Both the trim strips and the instrument panel's chrome surrounds which border them are made individually for each car.

The standard and optional equipment items designed to create a luxurious sense of well-being in the rear of the new BMW 7-Series are marked out by carefully selected materials and build quality defined by precision craftsmanship. 

Customers can choose from five colour variants for the standard Dakota leather upholstery, while the optional Exclusive Nappa leather is available in a selection of six colours.

Design and equipment packages available from the launch of the new BMW 7-Series underline the car's extra sportiness and luxurious comfort to particularly striking effect.

The eye-catching and exclusive appearance of the new BMW 7-Series is further enhanced by the Pure Excellence pack, which is available separately for both the exterior and the interior. The exterior appearance is lifted another notch by an additional chrome strip above the front foglights.

This feature is joined by matte black painted brake callipers and a chrome strip for the rear apron, which frames the exhaust tailpipe surrounds and connects them together.

An Alcantara headliner, door sill plates in Fine Brushed Aluminium, precise decorative stitching in the lower section of the instrument panel, and fine wood inlays for the seat belt outlet covers, armrest and roof grab handles in the rear, bring an inviting and sophisticated aura to the interior.

The M Sport pack enables customers to experience the dynamic driving properties of the new BMW 7-Series in even greater depth and also ensures these attributes enjoy clear visual expression.

This option includes an M aerodynamic pack comprising model-specific front/rear aprons and side skirts, plus 19in M Twin Spoke light-alloy wheels, matt black painted brake callipers, illuminated door sill plates bearing the M logo and accents in either light or dark chrome.

M-specific details also underline the sporting character of the new BMW 7-Series in the interior. These include the BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite and the M driver's footrest, as well as comfort seats in Dakota leather with M-specific piping, the optional Ambient light and Fineline black fine wood interior trim strips with high-gloss metal effect.

The active air flap control system, with adjustable bars in the BMW kidney grille that is being fitted for the first time, aids engine cooling in line with requirements in innovative fashion.

Whenever more cooling air is required, the additional bars automatically swing open. This combines with the flaps in the lower air intake to allow the supply of air for cooling the engine and brakes to be adjusted in a total of five stages as demands dictate.

During the warming up phase and when operating at low loads, the BMW kidney grille is closed completely to reduce air drag at the front of the vehicle.

All in all, this is a very impressive car! We can’t wait for the launch!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Top 5 Brands of Tyre Available in the UK

Globally just three tyre companies lead the market (Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone) but in the UK, two other tyre brands have managed to muscle in alongside the big boys - Pirelli and Continental. 

Of course there are plenty of other tyre brands available such as Avon Tyres but these five are the top selling brands, so let's look at the differences between them.

Michelin Tyres

We're all familiar with the now iconic Tyre Man which is the enduring symbol of Michelin tyres. The French owned company is one of the world's largest tyre makers and possibly makes some of the most expensive tyres, but are they worth the money?

Michelin tyres have an excellent reputation and perform well in both dry and wet conditions. 

The company also like to think of their tyres as being "green tyres" so they help to economise fuel and cut down on noise pollution.

Michelin have a variety of tyres to choose from ranging from Michelin Energy Saver to Michelin Pilot Sport 3. They also own BF Goodrich and economy tyres such as Kleber and Riken.

Goodyear Dunlop

Goodyear bought Dunlop Tyres to become Goodyear Dunlop. They are the most successful tyre supplier to Formula One and attribute technological advancement as the key to their success.

Goodyear tyres are widely available but are also quite expensive - you get what you pay for however. If you can't quite stretch to Goodyear tyres then they also own economy brands Fulda, Kelly and Sava.

Pirelli Tyres

Pirelli are Italian owned and are again at the top end of the price range for tyres. It specialises in run flat tyre technology for all-weather tyres and always scores good in reliability and performance. It supplies tyres for the British and World Superbike Championship.

Bridgestone Tyres

According to The Telegraph, one out of every five tyres is a Bridgestone tyre. The Japanese firm scores well for technological innovation but tyres tend to perform better in dry conditions. Bridgestone also owns Firestone tyres.

Continental Tyres

This German owned company comes fourth in the world tyre market and is famous for high quality tyres, particularly winter tyres. It's most well-known tyres are the Mud and Snow Tyre (M+S) and ContiSportContant Vmax which was the first tyre approved for speeds over 360km/h.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Brilliant Tips to Save on Your Next MOT

The best way to save on an MOT is to make sure you pass. Obviously but there are other ways to save on an MOT. These are the trade secrets that most MOT garages don't want you to know about, so make sure you keep these under your hat...

So, with the news that 1 in 5 cars fail their first MOT many drivers lose out on their MOT fee and end up having to pay for a retest, here are our top tips so that you pass first time:

Timing is Crucial

From when your car is three years old you will need an MOT test every year. If you manage to book your car in just one month before the current one runs out then the new certificate will expire a year from your current certificate's end date but book it in too early then it will end exactly a year later, losing you a month or more.

Give Your Car a Service

Most common fails are down to faulty lighting, signalling, tyres, headlight aim, etc. So it pays to check that the obvious things are working, that tyres are correctly inflated and in good condition, etc. It would really sting to have to pay for a retest because of something simple and easily fixable.

Local Council MOT Test Centres

Did you know that many local councils have MOT test centres that are open to the public? They are used to test council vehicles but by law, the centres must also be open to the public. As their mechanics have no incentive to fail in order to bill for repairs, they are more likely to offer an honest assessment of your car, or at least needing fewer repairs.

Ask Other Drivers

There are many test centres around which offer a good, honest and reliable service but finding them can be tricky. Do your research therefore and ask other drivers for their recommendations. Mention any recommendation when you take the car in as garages will be keen to offer a good service if they know they are being recommended to others.

Shop Around

Depending on the state of your car, you could save by choosing where to get the MOT test done wisely. If it's a new car which is serviced regularly then go for the cheapest option and don't be afraid to ask the test centre to match a cheaper price you've seen. If the car needs work, then a council-run test centre might fail your car on fewer points which would be cheaper to fix, negating the re-test fee you'd need to pay the centre.

6. Failed?

You can still save. Many test centres offer deals such as free retests if you get the repairs done by them or within a certain time period, so ask about any retest deals.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Mercedes A-Class: The Details

Mercedes-Benz has started completely afresh for the third generation of its compact front-wheel drive A-Class.

The latest Mercedes A-Class is based on all-new vehicle architecture and assembly techniques and introduces sportier and more dynamic design with greater emotional appeal.

It is powered by an updated family of turbo-charged direct-injection petrol and diesel engines delivering up to 211 bhp with CO2 emissions as low as 98 g/km.

The new A-Class is available with Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission (7G-Tronic), and the range also inhabits advanced safety features, with the innovative Collision Prevention Assist headlining a comprehensive list of active and passive protection features fitted as standard.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the second model in what will eventually become a family of compact front-drive cars from Mercedes-Benz, which began with the latest B-Class.

But while the B-Class is focused on family usage, providing the space of a much larger saloon within a compact-car footprint, the A-Class has a more dynamic role to play, as is evident in its dramatic styling.

At Concept Vehicle Leasing are able to offer great rates across the whole of the Mercedes range, including the Limited Stock Mercedes-Benz A180 CDi Sport 5-Door Auto.

Road Tax is included for the full term of the contract and Metallic Paint is free of charge!

The A180 comes with Mercedes Bluetooth, Air-conditioning, Speedtronic Cruise control, Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Comfort suspension, ISOFIX Child seat preparation, Daytime Running Lights, Twin Chrome exhausts and 17in alloys,

It can achieve over 74 MPG and emits just 101 g/km of CO2. The Mercedes goes from 0-62 mph in 11.6 seconds and has a top speed of 118 mph!

Contact Us Today to lease your stylish new Mercedes A180! 

Monday, 1 June 2015

How Short Term Leasing Can Keep Your Small Fleet Flexible

Any SME wants their company vehicles to have as little down-time as possible. After all, when a company car or van is off the road – whether this is down to accident, service or repair – it is losing the business money.
As a result, many UK SMEs find themselves resorting to local daily rental companies on a one-off basis which is usually not only expensive but frustrating. The reason for this is that their leasing broker simply may just not offer this service as part of their portfolio.
But it is not just daily hire that SMEs can take advantage of to make the most of their fleet; short term leasing can also be a valuable service, particularly when there are long lead times, or where there are new employees which means committing to a long term lease could be a risky business.

Business Short-Term Leasing

Concept Vehicle Leasing offer short term, flexible hire to clients looking for periods of 28 days+.
Paul Bulloch, Director of Concept Vehicle Leasing, said;
“We are delighted to be able to offer business customers a full range of flexible short term lease cars. Rates are also competitive, starting from just £249.99 + VAT per 28 days.
“Speedy delivery is available across the UK on a range of over 600 vehicles including commercials. Whether it be a small car, an executive or luxury requirement or a hybrid, we can help.”
Business Daily Rental
Paul continued;
“Our clients have access to over 500,000 vehicles from many rental locations across the country – we can also deliver the most popular cars to almost any UK location within 2 working hours; light commercials can be delivered within just 4 hours.
“We make it easy for clients to use our services – by opening one account, a daily or long term hire vehicle can be arranged quickly and easily.”

Friday, 29 May 2015

Driving Tips for the Summer

This year we're expecting a gloriously hot summer which will most certainly made up for the past few washout summers we are more used to. However as we aren't used to such hot weather for such a long spell, it can lead to difficult driving conditions. So follow these few driving tips for the summer, to ensure that you enjoy some leisurely and safe drives this summer.
Plan Your Journey

Hot weather can bring everyone out, especially at weekends when there is a sudden exodus from the cities to the coasts. If you are heading out then it's worth checking the traffic news for the route you are taking, as a few minutes of your time checking the route can save you hours stuck in a traffic jam. Make sure you have a few alternative routes in mind just in case the traffic does get bad.
Beware of Hot Weather Punctures

If your tyres are even just slightly damaged, the hot weather can exacerbate that damage, causing friction and heat which puts pressure on those weak spots. Just look around your tyres before you go out to check both the tread and the inflation levels. If you are towing anything, then it's even more crucial that you check the inflation of your tyres, allowing a little extra for the heavy load.

Overheating Dangers

During the high temperatures you should keep an eye on your car's cooling systems such as:

 - Coolant Levels

 - Cooling Fans

 - Coolant Hoses

These should be checked at regular intervals by making sure the coolant reservoir is kept topped up. Watch out for white staining or wet patches on coolant hoses and check your fan by letting the engine run for 5 to 10 minutes. The fan should then cut in to cool the car down.

Driving Whilst Tired

Hot weather can cause fatigue, so plan ahead and make time on long journeys to take a break, even swapping drivers if you can. Keep yourself hydrated and don't overdo it, a few more miles might not mean much but it can seem double that distance in hot, humid conditions.
Sun Glare

The bright sunshine can cause a problem when it's low in the sky, or reflecting off a shiny surface such as the car in front of you. You can help to prevent glare by keeping a pair of sunglasses in your glove compartment or under your sun visor. Just make sure that your sunglasses aren't so dark as to restrict your vision. 

Don't Fill Up

Filling your car up right to the brim could cause an expansion in the heat which may cause a leak, so always allow a little extra room. Less weight in the car will also save money. 
Save Fuel by Reducing Drag

Using a roof box, keeping windows closed and using the air conditioner will all help to reduce drag and save on fuel.

Happy driving this summer!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Mercedes SLK Class: The Details

Combining arresting design, superb versatility, sophisticated direct-injection petrol and diesel engine technology and advanced driver assistance systems, the sleek and athletic new Mercedes SLK, once again establishes Mercedes-Benz at the forefront of the UK's exclusive Roadster sector.

As well as the options of the innovative Airscarf neck-level heating system and Airguide Wind deflector, drivers can also specify the Panoramic Vario-roof with Magic Sky Control which, at the touch of a button, can alter the transparency of the glass roof from clear to dark. 

The new SLK is significantly more spacious, and comes equipped with an extensive array of standard convenience and infotainment features, including Automatic Dual-zone Climate control, LED Daytime Running Lights, pre-wiring for Becker Map Pilot Navigation system, a fully integrated ECO start/stop system and the Audio 20 sound system, which incorporates a 5.8in colour display, integrated six-disc MP3-compatible Cd drive, 8 speakers and Bluetooth.

The SLK is available with a wide range of optional equipment including Dynamic Handling Package, Intelligent Light System, COMAND Online system with Media Interface and Harman Kardon Logic 7 stereo.

Attention Assist, Adaptive Brake, Neck-Pro Active head restraints and Active Bonnet are all fitted as standard, backed up by six airbags and the latest generation of anti-lock braking, traction, stability

SLK drivers seeking a higher level of individuality will be pleased to hear that in addition to the standard 11 exterior colours, eight upholstery fabrics and three trim materials, there are an extensive range of designo trim and paint options available.

Taking a leaf out of the SL and E-Class Cabriolet's books, the new generation SLK is available with an upgraded version of the optional innovative Airscarf neck-level heating system.

On chilly days, this patented system functions like an invisible scarf, wrapping the driver and front passenger's head and neck area with warm air.

Fully integrated into the backrests of the front seats, it delivers warm air through outlets in the head restraints. As well as its compact size, the system also delivers warm air quickly and constantly.

The heating element in the backrest uses sophisticated PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) technology to energise ceramic particles so they heat up in seconds and then emit continuous heat.

The system protects itself against overheating by monitoring its own surface temperature and reducing the power consumption automatically when required, without affecting air temperature.

Mercedes’ Airscarf can be instantly activated at speeds of up to 75 mph. It's sophisticated control unit instantly and automatically calculates the ideal distribution of warm air depending on the vehicle speed, interior and exterior temperatures, and whether the roof is retracted or not. Above 75mph the system operates on a constant setting.

At Concept Vehicle Leasing we offer great rates across the whole Mercedes range including the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 RoadsterCDi Turbo Diesel Carbonlook Edition Tiptronic Auto with Metallic Paint included.

Road tax is included for the full term of the contract and it boasts an extensive Standard spec list including Panoramic Glass Vario-sunroof, Designo Two tone Nappa leather interior, Mercedes Bluetooth, Air-conditioning, Cruise control and Electric heated mirrors/roof.

Power steering, ABS brakes, ESP, Adaptive Brake system, Active Pedestrian Safety system, Attention Assist, Front and side airbags, Sports suspension, Mercedes Airscarf and Heated seats.

Audi 20 stereo, 6 disc Cd changer, Mp3 player, 8 Speakers, Multi function steering wheel, Designo AMG Carbon Fibre trim.

AMG Body styling, Bootlid spoiler, Wind deflectors, Auto Rain sensing wipers, Auto headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights and 18in AMG 5-Spoke alloys.

It emits just 132 g/km of CO2 and achieves over 56 miles per gallon. Accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 6.7 seconds, the SLK250 has a top speed of 151 mph.

Friday, 22 May 2015

The Cars Of Monte Carlo

This spring I was lucky enough to visit Monaco, an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its glitzy casinos, yacht-lined harbour and prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year. 

Monte Carlo, its major district, has an elegant belle epoque casino complex, ornate opera house and luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and French and Italian restaurants.

The main attraction of my visit to Monaco was the Palais Princier de Monaco which showcases Prince Rainier III's private collection of Antique cars. 

There are approximately 100 vehicles on show, categorised by class or period : Military, Horse-drawn carriages, Popular, Veteran, Vintage, Sports cars, Classic and Prestige...

The vehicles on show include De Dion Bouton 1903, Renault 12cv 4 cylinder, Torpedo 1911, Panhard Levassor 1913, Ford T 1924, Peugeot Quadrilette 1921, Lincoln 1928, Citroën Kégresse, Ford A 1930, Hispano Suiza 1928, Delage 1934, Packard 1935, Cadillac 1653, Chrysler Imperial 1956, and some of the most prestigious models from Maserati, Jaguar, Mercedes and Rolls Royce.

Home of the richest of the rich, and as can be expected the streets are littered with supercars of the past and present. 

Here is a selection of photographs I took during my short stay.

Some may recognise the Prestigious Mercedes 300SL and the BMW Isetta in the photographs below

The Lamborghini Miura (below, right) is one of my most favourite cars, 
what do you think?

The people of Monaco are big fans of Rolls Royces

What do you think of this original little Fiat 500?

I highly recommend Monte Carlo as the perfect holiday destination for Super and Classic Car spotting! Just make sure your camera is fully charged!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Maserati Ghibli: The Details

The all-new Maserati Ghibli marks a turning point in Maserati's history. Unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show and arriving just months after the new Quattroporte, the Ghibli gives Maserati two four-door saloon models for the first time in its history.

The Maserati Ghibli is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte and provides a cornerstone in Maserati's plans to build 50,000 cars a year.

Its Petrol range provides High Performance from both of the power outputs from the Twin Turbo-charged, 3.0-litre V6 Petrol engines.

The Maserati Ghibli has a more-focused, sportier feel than the larger Quattroporte and its most powerful model, the Ghibli S, has 410 bhp, goes from 0-62mph in 5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 177 mph.

The Maserati Ghibli is also the first Maserati in history to be powered by a Diesel engine, with a Turbo Diesel V6 producing all the sound, refinement and driving pleasure typical of Maserati while delivering fuel consumption over 47mpg. 

The Ghibli Diesel will also become the first Maserati with Start-Stop technology.

It shares much of its core architecture, including its crash safety, chassis, suspension, engines and LED headlight technology, with the larger Quattroporte, though it is 50kg lighter, 173mm shorter in the wheel base and 291mm shorter overall.

The Maserati Ghibli's design team was challenged to produce a saloon that emphasised its more dynamic driving characteristics through a more aggressive visual personality, yet still maintained discernible visual links with the Quattroporte.

The outline of the body reflects a coupe-like attitude for the four-door saloon, while there are strong feline hints around the Ghibli's grille and headlights. The grille takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo.

Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte with a unique dashboard design that perfectly matches its sportier and more youthful character without losing any of the luxury expected from Maserati. 

The Ghibli also delivers a sporty design combined with all the spaciousness expected in an executive saloon from Maserati.

The Maserati Ghibli, Ghibli S and Ghibli Diesel all utilise an 8-Speed Automatic transmission to deliver their performance, providing seamless comfort with fast gear shifting for hard acceleration.

The Maserati Ghibli has entered the Sports Premium market with a marked advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing, offering luxury features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, Reversing camera, Poltrona Frau leather interior and the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with most modern mobile phones.

This new generation of Maserati engines is more powerful, more exciting to drive and more eco-friendly than ever.

The Maserati Ghibli will be available with two versions of its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine.

At Concept Vehicle Leasing we have an amazing offer on the Maserati Ghibli 3.0 V6d Sat Nav Bluetooth 4Dr Auto. It can achieve over 47 miles per gallon and emits just 158 g/km of CO2. 
It has an extensive Standard spec list including Leather interior, Colour Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Air-conditioning, Dual Zone Climate control and Active Cruise control.

Electric windows/folding mirrors/twin seats, Power steering, ABS brakes, EBD, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control, Maserati Stability Programme and Sports button.

Dab Radio, Cd player, USB Connector, Multi function Steering wheel, Auto dimming rear view mirror, Radica Wood trim and Split folding rear seats.

Parking Sensors front and rear, Chrome line exterior, Chrome Twin exhausts, Rain Sensor, LED Daytime Running Lights, Auto Bi-Xenon headlights, Front fogs, 18in Alfieri alloys and Navtrak Vehicle Tracking system.

It can go from 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph!

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