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Range Rover is now on its fourth generation of luxury sports utility vehicles, and the latest version breaks new ground in SUV composition and performance in a number of ways. The new SUV is much lighter (39 percent) due to an all aluminum monocoque body structure that reduces weight by nearly 1,000 pounds. The lighter weight makes the new SUV faster off the line and much more nimble when maneuvering through urban or off-road terrain, as well as improving fuel economy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The lighter body is grafted to a new aluminum chassis that features an independent air suspension for each wheel that delivers performance without sacrificing comfort. Early reviewers say that the steering on the new SUV has a more natural, intuitive feel than earlier Range Rover models, which significantly reduces body roll when cornering at speed.
Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards was effusive in his praise of the new SUV.
He said, “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”
The new SUV features some new refinements for the cabin as well. The windshield and door windows are coated with an acoustic laminate, which, along with the new lighter chassis and body, significantly reduces wind and road noise. The brochure describes the interior as “sumptuous,” a term that may well be accurate, given the SUV’s real wood veneers, plush leather seating, enhanced legroom and a wealth of other creature comforts.
The new Range Rover is available with a supercharged V8 gasoline motor, or buyers can also choose from the TDV6 and SDV8 diesel engines. Range Rover is currently taking orders for their new SUV model and expects to begin delivering them in early 2013.
Color us intrigued! We do not yet offer any Range Rover models in our fleet of San Francisco luxury SUV rentals, but the new model has certainly earned our full attention. The improved performance and gas mileage make this a very tempting addition to the Cadillacs, Lincolns, Denalis and other luxury sports utility vehicles in our fleet. If you’re thinking about renting a Bay Area luxury SUV for an upcoming trip and want the best selection at the best rates, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 to reserve yours today!
Dartz Motorz Company, a luxury car customization company based in Latvia, recently announced the completion of their latest project: a $200,000 Ferrari coupe sheathed in a sleek leather exterior. Dartz is notoriously protective of their clients’ anonymity, but they say that they crafted this automotive oddity for a wealthy client on the French Riviera. The Ferrari F430 project took three craftsmen 16 days to complete, and while it is certainly an unusual look, we have to say that it looks very nice.
Dartz is owned by Leonard Yankelovich, who has built a very lucrative business customizing cars for owners with unusual tastes, including a gold-plated Prombons SUV for film star Sasha Baron Cohen and a $1.5 million SUV with whale skin seats.
Yankelovich was very pleased with the leather-clad Ferrari, as was the client. He said, “One of our very rich customers from the Cote d’Azur wanted a leather exterior and knew we could deliver. It took three of my staff 16 working days to apply the leather and finish. He was more than happy when he picked it up.”
Yankelovich dispelled rumors that his crew had actually used vinyl for the project. Critics said that leather would be a very impractical finish, as it would not be able to withstand the elements and quickly lose its sheen. Countering their assertions, Yankelovich maintains that his crew used real leather, but hinted that they had used “something in-between” to produce a more lasting finish. He would not reveal the price tag for the unique customization but said that the Ferrari was an example of the craftsmanship and inventiveness of the artisans on his staff.
We really enjoy reports about unique car customizations like this, as we are car lovers and have our own craftsmen who customize our limousines, party buses, luxury coaches and other luxury vehicles. While we do not currently have any Ferraris in our fleet of San Francisco luxury car rentals, we do offer several Mercedes, Lincolns, Cadillacs, luxury SUVs and much more.
If you’re looking for luxury car rentals in the Bay Area, just give us a call at 800-339-8936 for more information about the different models, rates and availability. Our rates are affordable, our customer service sets the standard in our industry and we regularly add new vehicles to our selection. Call us at NLS Limo today to see how fun and affordable our luxury car rentals truly are!