Phil Hill’s $2M 1952 Jaguar C-Type

1952 Jaguar C-TypeLet’s forget for a moment that the front-end of this luxury Jaguar looks like it has been blown up like a piece of bubble-gum and appreciate how awesome the effect is.  It is truly unfortunate that this 1952 Jaguar is not made any longer; it is so classically gorgeous and was ahead of its time.

Top Five Sumptuous Travel Tips for September

South Beach Luxury TravelAs summer draws to a close, savvy travelers know it is the perfect opportunity to squeeze in that last minute and much needed luxury getaway.  While there are nearly unlimited options worldwide to bask and spend, our top five picks for a true American escape are:

•    South Beach
•    New York
•    Chicago
•    Los Angeles
•    Las Vegas

Sleek and Stunning, the Bugatti Grand Sport Makes its Debut

Bugatti Grand Sport A topless transition from the Veyron, the new Bugatti Grand Sport will set you back a stratospheric $2 million dollars.  The design is elegant, not intimidating, and the interior engulfs driver and passenger in luxury.  The interior leather is pure of grain, originating from Alpine bovines raised at altitudes high enough to lack the insect pests that would mar their skin.  Now that is smooth.

Impressed yet?  This luxury car is capable of a cool blast-off from zero to 62 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds.  If you press the accelerator for seven seconds, you can become a blur reaching speeds of over 125 miles per hour-leaving gawkers to wonder "What is that?"  You could conceivably go 188 miles per hour, but would require a fuel stop every ten minutes.  The EPA economy numbers are not a concern to potential buyers, renters or owners of this exotic beast, but for the record they are 8-mpg city, 14-mpg highway. 

This  ridiculously racy car demands attention, and definitely gets it in spades.  This is one of the mBugatti Grand Sport luxury carost expensive, exclusive, and fastest production cars on earth.  A delicious sight and an almost devious experience to encounter, the Bugatti Grand Sport could qualify as one of the wonders of the world.  Other savvy selections and recommendations for exotic sports convertible rentals include the Aston Martin V8 Vantage rental, the Bentley GTC convertible rental, and the Ferrari F430 Spyder rental
 

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Top 5 Luxury Rental Cars South Beach Style Tips for August

Ferrari F430 convertible rentalIf you like to get out and do it up, you are most likely familiar with the competitive and constantly evolving realm of luxury rental cars.  Only the best will do when it comes to a road companion in the next luxury city you visit, and leaving an impression is a serious must.  We recommend the following to achieve adrenaline damage with the best of them:

•     Ferrari F430 convertible
•     Bentley GTC convertible
•     Mercedes S550
•    Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition
•    The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The Ferrari F430 convertible is the counterpart of the Ferrari F430 Coupe, and an extraordinary sight to see on any street.  This luxury rental car is defined by the classic Ferrari feel, with an airy and uninhibited edge.  Crisp and edgy on any street, a Ferrari F430 convertible rental is particularly appealing along A1A in South Beach, where hip clubs and luxury restaurants along the beach set the mood and tone for an upscale vacation or business destination.  The Ferrari F430 Spyder convertible highlights include a 4.3-liter V8 engine capable of bringing a satisfactory smirk to anyone when it splits zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds.  Did we mention it is the third fastest Ferrari in history? 

Protruding from the ranks of luxury, the Bentley GTC convertible rental is an incredible element of the Bentley collection.  Capable of a smooth zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, this touring convertible features a 6 liter, twin-turbo charged W12 engine and a sleek and sexy body.  The Bentley GTC convertible is dressed in all of the traditional luxury drivers expect from the brand, and the topless appeal only adds to the dramatic tones.

Another luxury rental car you do not want to miss is the Mercedes S550 rental.  This luxury ride is an intricately remodeled Mercedes equipped to dazzle onlookers and satisfy drivers with a powerful 382 horsepower V8 engine with optional 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.  This flagship luxury sedan rental is much more than aesthetics, with camera and radar-based driver assistance systems including Adaptive high beam Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.  Fully functional and gorgeous, this is a sophisticated piece of machinery and an ideal exotic car rental in South Beach.    

The American choice of luxury rental SUV has become the Cadillac Escalade.  This Cadillac Escalade rentalsupgraded and upscale version of the high-profile and polished SUV portrays the third generation of Escalade rentals in South Beach and worldwide.  This luxury SUV rental features a 6.2 liter V-8 engine and the world’s fastest reacting suspension system.   Sliding inside, the wood trimmed décor wraps lavishly around heated and cooled seating-providing utmost comfort for your crew.  Ideal for anywhere, the Cadillac Escalade rental has DVD navigation, a rearview backup camera and a Bose 5.1 surround sound system to keep your party going well into a sultry South Beach night!

Finally, when you are traveling for business and prefer a hint of pleasure, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage rental is a classic that never disappoints.  Lovingly referred to as the Baby Aston, this family jewel is among the best in South Beach luxury rental cars.  Blasting down the streets in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage rental is a guaranteed method to obtain envious stares and exhilarating thrills as you traverse the Atlantic coast.  This exotic rental car is powered by a 420 horsepower, 4.7-liter hand-built V8 engine capable of propelling it up to 180 miles per hour.  This luxury car boasts the title of the most successful Aston Martin in history, leaving no questions regarding its ability to provide a premium luxury rental car South Beach experience.  If you want to feel the burn and wrap your hands around the wheel of an exotic South Beach rental car, we got you covered.

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Six Minor Annoyances in the Aston Martin Vantage

No car is perfect, and that statement encompasses even the most luxurious of cars.  It seems more noticeable when it is an issue with a luxury car, because you expect perfection.  Take for example, the Aston Martin Vantage.  We love this luxury car, but there are inevitably some components of it that we do not love, even the best exotic cars have some flaws.  Following are a few of the quirks in the Aston Martin Vantage that could be improved:

•    Doors tend to clank
•    Door opener takes two clicks to open
•    No backup camera
•    Parking sensors sporadically do not work
•    Sound system could be improved
•    F1 transmission could shift faster

Some of the annoying things that happen with the Aston Martin Vantage are that the doors tend to clank when you close them.  While some might not be bothered by this, others will because a luxury car is about making entrances and appearances-turning heads in awe, not to see where that noise came froAston Martin Luxury Rental Carsm.

Another slight annoyance is that the door opener takes two clicks to open.  Again, this is minor, but could annoy some.  The parking sensors work sometimes, and there is no backup camera.  Backup cameras are an appreciated luxury in bigger cities such as South Beach, where parking can be a tight topic.

The Sound system could also be better.  When you are investing in or renting a luxury car in Miami, part of the experience includes an illustrious sound system to enhance your ride through South Beach. We adore our Aston Martins, and happen to think they were made for South Beach.

So while the F1 transmission could shift a little quicker, and the doors could close more discreetly, the Aston Martin Vantage is still an apex car in the world of Miami luxury cars.  We love Aston Martins, and for that reason we notice the imperfections that could be tweaked.  If you are ever in the mood for sun and surf, and the luxury of South Beach, contact Imagine Lifestyles for all you need to know in the world of luxury rental cars and plush accommodations


 

Two Aston Martins for the Price of One?

As we continue to see dynamic economical changes across the globe, Aston Martin responds with a diminutive bundle of joy-a concept mini car dubbed Cygnet.  The miniscule exotic car is in the concept stage and is based on Toyota’s iQ minicar.  The iQ is special because the three door hatchback holds the title as the smallest four-seater vehicle currently available.

Three meters long, the Cygnet has the capacity to haul up to four passengers, but they will roll in up-close and personal style. With carbon dioxide emissions around 99 grams a kilometer, this innovative and luxurious vehicle measures up to environmental standards while maintaining the classic opulence that defines Aston Martin. You can experience the exhilaration for yourself with an Aston Martin rental, South Florida is an ideal location to zip around and explore in the lap of luxury.

The iQ base model is a three-cylinder micro engine with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.  Upcoming fuel economy and emissions regulations in Europe have inspired top luxury car manufacturers to begin the process of adapting future fleets.  Creative concepting within the realm of top luxury car brands is intriguing and satisfying.

This tiny slice of luxury car is charming, and it may be offered free to Aston Martin owners, think of it as an accessory, comparable to an exclusive tender to a luxury yacht.  While the base is molded from Toyota’s iQ, the interior of the Cygnet is indulgently Aston. Baby Bond is tentatively scheduled to begin squeezing into tight parking spots near you before 2010.

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James Bond Drop-Top. Another Great Exotic Sports Car.

The Lagonda revival, One-77 supercar and V12-powered Vantage were not the only vehicles that Aston Martin debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. Last but certainly not least was the DBS Volante which is a sans top version of the legendary James Bond car. The new Volante convertible is equipped with the same 6 liter V12 engine as the standard DBS, because why mess with near-perfection?  The new Volante delivers 510 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque to its 6-speed rear-mounted gearbox, in either standard manual shift or in sequential Touchtronic.  The topless DBS version does zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 191 miles per hour. The drop top is soft to keep weight down and performance driving on par, retracting in 14 seconds at up to 30 miles per hour. Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound DBS audio system is standard and has been retuned for the Volante. The 2010 DBS Volante convertible was just launched in Miami, obviously.

Consumers now have another option when it comes to high-end, luxury British convertibles, the jaw-dropping drop top Aston Martin DBS Volante. “The DBS Volante delivers the utmost relaxed driving experience with the hood up or down. It combines engineering excellence with design perfection.” Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, said in a statement. Just because the top has been cut off deosn't mean the price has been cut down, the Volante is in the neighborhood of $300k. Happy cruising!

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Top 5 Exotic Luxury Cars to Rent

Luxury is reserved for the rich but everybody deserves to indulge once in awhile. While owning a luxury car is a universal dream, driving one doesn't have to remain fantasy.  You can rent the car of your dreams for the day and indulge. That feeling of stepping up in the world is priceless, even if only for 24 hours.

While it may seem that people own what they drive, looks can be deceiving. Down in Miami renting luxury is in and owning luxury is getting harder to do, in this economic climate.  Your average joe up to your average millionaire is renting his luxury, especially when it comes to exotic luxury cars. Whether it be for business or pleasure, renting is the way to go. Here are the top 5 most rented luxury cars.

1. Aston Martin Vantage convertible: $1,100 a day
The Aston Martin Vantage affords the most bang for the buck! The two-seater has a 4.7-liter V8 engine and tight handling. Go ahead and channel your inner James Bond.
 
2. Bentley GT-C convertible: $1,799 a day
The Bentley GT-C is not popular so much for speed as for space. The convertible seats four with a trunk big enough for golf bags or luggage. The Bentley convertible is the perfect vacation rental to make a statement with. Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are just two celebrities that drive the $200,000 Bentley.

3. Ferrari F430 Spider: $2,299
The F430 Spider has a 4.3-liter V8 engine and does zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The $220,000 Ferrari makes use of F1 paddle shift technology, changing gear takes just 150 milliseconds.

4. Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe: $3,000 a day
The Murcielago is currently Lamborghini's flagship supercar. Featuring a 6.5-liter V12 engine and the famous scissor doors. Lamborghini's most expensive coupe starts at $350,000 if you were to buy your own.

5. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe $3,999 a day
The Rolls-Royce Phantom convertible has a 6.75-liter V12 engine and rear-hinged suicide doors. The three tons of weight sits on air suspensions that can be raised up, an inch, at the touch of a button and returns to its normal ride height past about 37 mph. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead is the most sophisticated and most expensive on the road at nearly half a million dollars.  Plus, if you don't like driving then a chauffeur can be sent with the rental. Go big or go home!

Prices are very subject to change, dependent upon several factors. Many companies like Imagine Lifestyles have a huge luxury fleet. These five just happen to be highly popular rentals, that make for many repeat customers. If you are interested in renting a luxury car, contact Imagine at 305.432.3205.