Aston Martin Vantage V8 N340 Review

The Aston Martin Vantage has always been a great looking car and with the N340 certainly doesn’t disappoint with head turning looks and increased performance and power.

The N430 has been fitted with sharper suspension compared to the standard V8 as well as a little more horsepower; 430bhp to be precise.

It also comes in a broader selection of colours, including shades apeing its racing siblings, has unique dark-finished alloy wheels and lightweight buckets seats all as standard.

The N430 sits a little lower to the ground and the dark alloy wheels are a pleasing touch. The contrasting yellow nose and roof details might not be to all tastes but they are optional

Where some of its rivals might seem like obvious choices, it’s hard to knock the Aston Martin image as it mixes Britishness, Bond and motorsport to great effect.

Space and practicality

It’s clearly a sports car at heart so you’ll only be sharing the pleasure of the N430 with one other lucky person. Space for you and your passenger is reasonable but not exceptional; the roof is low and the transmission tunnel is relatively wide. However the standard carbonfibre bucket seats are very supportive.

The boot is big enough for a fun weekend away or a reasonable shopping trip – and there’s an Aston Martin umbrella in there too of course – but don’t waste your time shopping when you could be out driving it.

Behind the wheel

Some of the N430’s key rivals are significantly younger, but rather than leaving the Aston feeling dated it instead makes you realise that progress isn’t always a good thing. For starters it has a very mechanical feel; the steering is relatively heavy, the gearbox needs a firm hand and the pedal actions are all weighty. That means precision is required, making the experience all the more rewarding.

That lusty 4.7-litre V8 sings a glorious tune and although there is plenty of torque it thrives on revs, building to a crescendo as you reach the red line. The suspension is unquestionable firm, but the way it tracks the undulations of the road and is balanced through the bends makes it worthwhile. It’s a car to make you travel hundreds of miles just to try it on the right kind of road.

Value for money

At a fraction under £90,000 the N430 is far from cheap, but the standard specification is generous and you’ll want for very little indeed. Also comparable cars from Germany are more expensive right from the off, even before you delve into the realms of long option lists.

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A Ferrari for the Super Rich

If you think that Ferrari could not be more exclusive then think again because they have just launched a new car that is aimed at only the super rich.

Only 6 have been made and to get one you have to be personally invited by Ferrari. Not surprisingly Ferrari have already spoken to their chosen few and all six have been snapped up.

The super car known as the Ferrari Sergio,is a concept car was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

It was designed in collaboration with Italian firm Pininfarina, and each model is expected to sell for millions, though Ferrari would not disclose an exact price.

Ferrari, which is owned by Fiat (FIADF), has built a world-class name for itself based on its reputation for exclusivity.

It capped production at 7,000 cars per year to ensure demand consistently outstrips supply, making its cars all the more desirable.

However, after a recent management shake-up, the company said it will ramp up production by 5% this year to ensure its waiting list doesn’t get out of control.

While vehicle output may be increasing, limited production cars like the Sergio help Ferrari keep its exclusive edge.

The automaker also offers a “one-off” program where rich car collectors can buy a completely original car that they help design themselves. Each car costs millions.

It’s as far removed from mass production as you can get,” said a Ferrari spokesperson.

Ferrari has only created about a dozen of these bespoke cars since the “one-off” program launched a few years ago, but it said the program is gaining traction, which could be helping the company’s bottom line.

Ferrari reported record revenue in the first six months of this year, up nearly 15% compared to the same period in the previous year, even as it sold fewer cars. Profits for the period also rose by 10%.

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The new owners of the Sergio can expect delivery in early 2015

How a Billionaire Parks his Super Car

There are just some Super Cars that you can’t take your eyes off and this is why some of the super rich are deciding to install a glass garage in their homes where you can stare longingly at your baby from the comfort of your sofa.

In Knightsbridge a house has gone on sale for £16.5m which, alongside the swimming pool, spa, bespoke wine cellar and media room that are now a given at the top of the property market, features a glass wall in the study offering a view of the garage.

James Forbes, partner at Strutt & Parker in Knightsbridge, the estate agent selling the four-bedroom Park Lodge, says he has seen a number of properties refurbished to include high-end garages. “People who are buying these properties often like cars and want to look after those cars and keep them off the street,” he says. As a result, developers have been fitting “leather dado-rails, heating and lights to guide you in”.

Clearly the developers didn’t picture this particular garage as somewhere to store a clapped-out chest freezer and some old wellies; they were probably imagining a Bugatti Veyron or a vintage E-type. However, Forbes says they have thought of everything: “What they’ve cleverly done here, something I’ve not seen before, is make it so the glass can be opaque if you need it to be. If you’ve got your grubbly old mountain bike in there after a trip round the park you don’t have to look at it.”

If, however, your Porsche is parked in there, a flick of a switch makes it visible beneath the bookshelf.

Tracy Kellett, a buying agent for wealthy clients in London, says fancy garages “are certainly a selling point for the high-net worths … if you’ve spent millions (not uncommon) on cars, you want to be able to show them off to friends in a suitable showcase”.


She adds that she’s seen heated and white-floored garages designed for those who want to display their collection. Meanwhile, Joe Burns, of super-prime property developer Oliver Burns, says one home he developed included a glass showcase for a car, another a display for motorbikes.

Forbes says that in these prime London properties “parking doesn’t necessarily add a lot of money but it is a very desirable feature”. And, strangely, it seems that it can be more desirable the closer it is to the living room.

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Well it’s better that watching most of the rubbish on the TV these days.

5 New Supercars you must see

This month has seen the annual Paris motor show were all the major car brands showcase their latest offerings. There are many different categories to look at but here at HPI Luxury Car Hire we are only interested in the best luxury and Supercars models.

Here are 5 new ones that are getting us excited


Ferrari 458 Speciale A
Ferrari chose to premiere this new supercar in Paris. Powered by a 605hp V8, the Ferrari 485 Speciale A will be produced in a limited series of 499 units. The most powerful convertible ever produced by the Italian manufacturer, the model rockets from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds.

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Lamborghini Asterion
For its part, Lamborghini revealed the Asterion LPI 910-4 concept, a sports car with a total output of 910hp from its 5.2-liter V10 engine teamed with three electric motors. The combination enables a top speed of 320km/h and 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 3 seconds.


Maserati Alfieri
The third Italian car in this selection, the Maserati Alfieri concept is a tribute to the founder of the brand, which is celebrating its centenary in 2014. Designed as a study for a future coupe, the Alfieri is more aggressive and compact than the current GranTurismo and packs a 4.7-liter V8 engine with 460hp.


Bentley Mulsanne Speed
The latest model from the British car maker is presented as the world’s most powerful luxury car, boasting a 6.75-liter V8 with 537hp. Slated to go on sale in early 2015, the car boasts a top speed of 305km/h and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.


Mercedes-AMG GT
Presented in person by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche in Paris, the new Mercedes-AMG GT is due to go on sale in spring 2015. Under the hood, the sports car has a new 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine with 462hp, enabling 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 4 seconds and a top speed of 304km/h


All of them look fantastic and I am sure will be sold out as soon as they become available.

Why Not Hire a Maserati Ghibli For Your Next Trip

If your thinking of hiring a smart sport saloon for your next trip in the Uk or Europe have a look at the Maserati Ghibli.

Now I know the name is a little odd but we love it as the Ghibli is fast becoming one of our most popular requests especially for business trips and it is easy to see why.

Not only do you get  stylish design, comfortable interior and great performance but you can rent a Maserati Ghibli for a lot less than you would think.

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To convince you even more here is a quick of the Ghibli review done by Top Gear last year.

It’s only taken Maserati 99 years to have a crack at the intensely competitive upper medium segment. With big expansion plans – 50,000 cars per year by 2015 – the Ghibli leads the company’s valiant charge out of its cult cul-de-sac and into the mainstream.

Do many BMW, Audi, Jaguar or Mercedes owners care, or will the Ghibli have to perform some sort of Mediterranean Jedi mind trick to persuade them?

The UK gets three versions: a 3.0-litre, 272bhp V6 turbodiesel, and single and twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 cars, with 325bhp and 404bhp respectively. At £48,830, the diesel clearly fancies its chances at the business end – it’s less powerful but pricier than Audi’s brilliant biturbo V6, for example – and this VM Motori-developed unit is only going to be around as long as it takes Maserati to develop a more potent twin-turbo unit (that’ll probably rock up in 2016). Still, 443lb ft from 2000rpm is useful enough, and the combination of 50:50 weight distribution, a mechanical limited slip diff (the only car in its class to be so equipped), and a seriously good chassis add up to a package that has enough talent to justify the famous badge.

The hydraulic steering set-up is surprisingly meaty, the eight-speed paddle-shift ZF gearbox is as silkily responsive as ever, and though the ride – double wishbones at the front, multi-link rear, passively damped with the option of a ‘Skyhook’ adaptive set-up – can be fussy on broken surfaces, it’s good enough. Barely lighter than the full-size QP at 1835kg, the Ghibli uses a mix of steel and aluminium in its construction, but it feels pretty chunky most of the time, especially in diesel form, although its body control is impressive. Sixty takes just over six seconds, and Maserati claims 48mpg overall. Needless to say, if you drive it like you mean it you’ll decimate that figure.

The base petrol V6 is a sweeter car, and unsurprisingly feels more like a ‘proper’ Maserati. It’s much rev-hungrier, sounds as fruity as any Italian car ever has – the Ghibli uses sound actuators and an exhaust bypass valve for the full Pavarotti effect – and is generally more fun to be around and in. The 404bhp Ghibli S at the launch was the all-wheel drive Q4 version that won’t be coming to the UK, but proves that the chassis can handle much more power. It’s terrific fun, and will most likely be even more entertaining in rear-drive form when it lands here at the end of the year (at a rather steep £63,415).

It’s mostly lovely inside too, better and much less blingy than the Quattroporte. There’s frameless glass in the doors, handsome leather seats, and a Maserati clock in the middle of the fascia. There’s the option of a magnificent 1280w Bowers & Wilkins audio system, the sat nav is clear and easy to use, and the dual zone climate control has hurricane levels of puff. The leather and wood in the various cars I tried was all very high quality, but the touchscreen multi media system’s graphics are less convincing, and the gear-selector is absolutely hopeless to use, with no decent demarcation between P, R and D. Rear cabin space is a bit tight, too.

It boils down to one simple question: should you? In isolation, the Ghibli is convincingly seductive and perfectly credible. The diesel emits 158g/km, and sits in the 26 per cent company car tax banding, so it’s there or thereabouts if you want or need to get empirical and subjective.

But forget all that, and just imagine saying the word Maserati should someone ask what you car your picking up for your next trip. Sounds good, no?

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If you want a more indepth look at the Ghibli here is a video review



New Mercedes AMG 2016 – A First Glimpse

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is an all-new model, but comparisons between it and the outgoing SLS AMG GT will undoubtedly be made.

First impressions are that this is one good looking car and with an eight-cylinder engine that sports two turbos  it is sure to provide a fun and exciting drive.

Here is video showing the new AMG – GT doing some winter teesting

Like other recently launched AMG models, the Mercedes-AMG GT will be offered in a base and an S model. Both are powered by an all-new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that makes 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque in the base GT and 503 hp and 479 lb-ft in the GT S. This engine, which was developed specifically for the GT and is also referred to as the M178, showcases a special turbo setup dubbed “hot inside V.” Here, the two turbochargers sit within the engine’s V configuration, as opposed to the typical layout, in which the turbos are placed outside of the cylinder banks.

This setup gives the M178 its compact dimensions. Coupling that with the M178’s dry sump lubrication system allowed engineers to mount the engine low in the bay, improving the GT’s center of gravity.

Those turbos also give the M178 a fat torque curve. For starters, max torque in the GT arrives at just 1600 rpm and 1750 rpm for the GT S (peak horsepower is around 6000 rpm for both). For comparison, the M159, 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 (583 hp and 479 lb-ft) that powered the SLS AMG GT spun at 4750 and 6800 rpm to reach max torque and horsepower, respectively.

We’ve praised the M159 for its linear power delivery, and AMG is promising the same from the M178. Like the SLS, the Mercedes-AMG GT is fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in a rear transaxle setup. Mercedes says the GT’s gearbox is improved with a larger gear ratio spread and quicker shift times.

That said, the Mercedes-AMG GT is estimated to run from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with the GT S a few ticks quicker at 3.7 seconds. Top speed for the GT and GT S is 189 and 193 mph, respectively. AMG’s new sports car will be the first model to be offered with the AMG Dynamic Plus package.

This package, which is exclusive to the GT S, consists of variable engine and transmission mounts. The system essentially softens the mounts during relaxed driving and stiffens them when it comes time to tear through canyons or the track. The AMG Dynamic Plus package also includes a stiffer suspension setup, more negative camber at the front axle, and revised steering. Out back, the GT S features an electronically controlled rear-axle locking differential, while the GT is fitted with a mechanical locking diff.

Another item found exclusively on the Mercedes-AMG GT S is an AMG performance exhaust system with variable exhaust vanes. The GT S sounds relatively good based on the teaser videos Mercedes released earlier this year, though we’re eager to hear it in person to see how it compares to the SLS AMG GT’s excellent exhaust note. When it comes to stopping power, the GT is fitted with ventilated and perforated 14.2-inch discs all around, while the GT S gets upgraded with 15.4-inch discs up front. Both models can be optioned with a performance-oriented ceramic compound brake system, with 14.2-inch discs at the rear and 15.8-inchers in front. The GT features 19-inch alloy rims as standard, while the GT S gets a staggered setup with 19-inchers up front and 20-inch wheels at the rear. Lightweight forged wheels are available for both models.

Speaking of lightweight, the Mercedes-AMG GT is expected to be lighter than the SLS AMG GT thanks to its smaller dimensions and aluminum construction. (AMG will release those specs at a later date.) The automaker says 90 percent of the GT’s frame consists of aluminum, contributing to the bodyshell’s weight of just 509 pounds. Stylewise, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a refined evolution of the SLS. For starters, the long hood has carried over to the GT, but its front fascia still manages to look both menacing and more cohesive thanks to the lower air dams and headlight units (housing a standard LED system) that are sculpted around the wide grille. The switch from gullwing to standard doors provides space for a rear-quarter window and gives the GT a more elegant-looking roofline. Out back, the simple, slim taillights wrap around the large haunches and help emphasize the GT’s wide stance.


If you are excited by this amazing car you will have to wait until the spring of 2015 when the Mercedes-AMG GT S starts arriving in showrooms. The AMG GT, however, won’t arrive until the following year.

Pricing details are not available yet but if it is anything like the SLS expect a price of around the $200,000 mark.

Top Fastest Cars List for 2014

If you love your supercars as we do here at then I am sure you are often wondering what are most powerful and quickest cars allowed on the road at the moment.

So we did a little research and compiled this top fastest cars list as of 2014. All these cars are amazing machines but of course cost an absolute fortune and are extremely hard to buy even if you do have the money because so few are actually produced. This is why we believe you should save your cash and just enjoy the experience of being behind the wheel of  high performance motor by giving us a call to rent a supercar from our range cars available in destinations across Europe.

Top Fastest Cars List

1- Hennessey Venom GT: The Hennessey Venom is an American sports car manufactured by Hennessey performance engineering. It is the fastest production car on the planet with a top speed of 426 kmph and holds the Guinness world records. The Venom GT gives 0 to 60 mph in mind blowing 2.7 seconds and 0 to 180 in 13.88 seconds. It has a 7.0 litre engine generating a horsepower of 1244 to its rear wheels.

2- LaFerrari With a 6.3 Litre V12 engine motor under its hood and an electric motor attached to it, the La Ferrari is a hybrid sports car from Ferrari that is one of the fastest production cars in the world. It has a top speed of 350 km/h and does 0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds and Ferrari has claimed to complete the Fiorano Test Circuit within 1 minute and 20 seconds, which is the fastest time lap done compared to any of the street legal car Ferrari has produced. Designed by Flavio Manzoni, the car comes with a 7-speed dual clutch automated manual gearbox mated to the 789 PS engine getting a boost of 161 bhp from its electric motor.

3- McLaren P1 The Mclaren P1 is a plug-in hybrid sports car with a massive 3.8 litre twin turbo charged engine, which boasts about 727 BHP of power with an electric motor producing close to 176 BHP. The car comes with F1 inspired features like the Instant power assist system and drag reduction system, which can be operated with the Buttons on the steering wheel. The P1 goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. Where the 375 units made were sold out by November 2013 a limited edition car.

4-Porsche 918 spider

The Porsche 918 spider is a mid engine plug-in hybrid sports car that comes with a 4.6 litre V8 engine developing around 608 BHP of power on the engine and two electric motors delivering a horse power of 279 BHP coupled with a 7-speed gear box with Porsche’s own dual clutch system. This is the second plug-in hybrid car from Porsche and the company plans to make only 918 units of it. The car has a top speed of 345 Km/h and the car does 0 to 100 km/h in like 2.6 seconds. Michael Mauer designs the car and it is the successor of the Porsche Carrera GT.

5- Zento ST1: The Zento ST 1 is a high performance sports car manufactured by the Danish company Zenvo. The car comes with a 7 litre v8 engine generating power of 1,250 hp and 1430 Nm of torque.

6- SSC Ultimate Aero: The SSC Ultimate Aero is an American Mid engines sports car that was the fastest much before the Hennessey and Buggati ruled the top positions.The car has a breathtaking top speed of 257 mph and does 0 to 60 in just 2.78 seconds. The Ultimate aero comes with a SSC Designed Billet Aluminum V8 Block engine with a horsepower of 1287 bhp and body of the car is made of carbon fiber.

7- 9ff GT9-R: The German tuning company 9ff builds the car, Porsche 9ff GT9-R. The GT9-R has a 4.0 litre engine producing up to 1120 of power and has a top speed of 414 kmph. The car does 0 to 100 kmph in just 2.9 seconds and there were limited number of the GT9-R’s produced with only 20 of them having the most powerful engine.

8. Koenigsegg Agera R: The Swedish Koenigsegg Agera R has a 5.0 litre engine with a maximum power output of 1115 PS and 1000 Nm of torque. The car comes third on the list with acceleration times of 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 420 kmph. The car is a mid-engine sports car and is a rear wheel drive.

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Supercars in London 2014- Is this the most expensive car park ever?

Just last week we highlighted the supercars in london that arrive in the Summer mainly from the Middle East. Well now we know where most of these cars are living while their owners are enjoying their London holiday.

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According to the report below a lot of them are staying at the Dorchester Hotel. Just looking at the photo in this article you can see over a millions of pounds worth of supercars and that is just a small section of the cars that can be seen outside the hotel.

Check out this quick video to see just some of the supercars in london 2014

With rooms costing up to £5,300 a night, they are not the sort of hotels where you’d expect to find many Ford Fiestas in the guests’ car park.

And these images show some of the astonishing vehicles parked outside the five-star Dorchester and Wellesley hotels in Mayfair, central London.

Among the manufacturers of the impressive cars on display were Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley.

And many numberplates were foreign – with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait represented on a Lamborghini, Ferrari and Rolls Royce respectively.

The specific cars models on display included a green 217mph Lamborghini Aventador worth £295,000 and a blue 202mph Ferrari 458 worth £200,000.

Gary Tolson, sales manager at luxury car dealer Tom Hartley, based in Overseal, Derbyshire, identified all the cars pictured for MailOnline.

He said: ‘There are loads of UK supercars all over the place, but around the hotels you tend to get the rich Arabs who fly them in for holidays.

‘The market for us is always ongoing, there’s always people who want to buy luxury cars – it’s always manic for us, both buying and selling.’

The Dorchester’s most expensive room per night is the £5,315 Harlequin suite, while the top one at The Wellesley is the £895 Hyde Park View Suite.

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Beautifully modified Lamborghini Aventador

We didn’t think you could improve that much on the design of the Lamborghini Aventador, but looking at these photos we have now changed our minds!

Ever since the Lamborghini Aventador hit the road, we’ve become accustomed to seeing outrageously modified examples. The following example could take the cake as the most in-your-face we’ve seen to date. Created by Vancouver’s SR Auto Group, and featuring parts from PUR Wheels, the car is utterly insane and all the better for it.

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First off, this Lamborghini Aventador is finished in a bright shade of blue and is rolling on a set of the PUR RS09 wheels measuring 21×12.5 at all four corners. These wheels are unlike any others offered for the Aventador on the market and feature a brushed aluminium design with blue spokes and inners to match the paint job of the Italian supercar nicely.

Ferrari 250 GTO up for auction next month

If money was no object and you want to splash out on a classic luxury car, then bidding on the this Ferrari 250 GTO in August is a must!

An example of the most famous and sought-after classic cars in the world, the Ferrari 250 GTO, is being sold at auction on August 14. With the market buoyant, it might even beat last year’s record price when one was sold in the US for $52 million (£30.5 million).

The 1962 250 GTO is said to have been in one family’s care for 49 years, from 1965 until now. It is being sold at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction, which is part of the Monterey Peninsula Car Week in California from August 11-17, which includes events such as the famed Pebble Beach concours d’élégance and events at the nearby Laguna Seca racing circuit. This year, in addition to collections of mouth watering cars and displays of car culture, there are special events for owners of significant cars from Porsche and Lamborghini.

Such is the lure of the event among classic car enthusiasts and collectors that major auction houses all hold huge, high-profile sales during Car Week.

The 250 GTO was designed to race and the O of its designation stands for “omologato” or homologation special. The competition rules stipulated that 100 examples had to be built, although Ferrari somehow got away with making only 39 of them.

The Maranello Rosso Collection car, chassis number 3851 GT, was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta in sequence and was completed on September 11, 1962. It was delivered to the French racer Jo Schlesser, to be co-driven by himself and French skiing champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile road race. The pair challenged for victory and finished second overall. The car was then crashed during a race at Montlhery and was returned to Maranello for repair, before being sold to Italian gentleman driver Paolo Colombo before the 1963 racing season.