With the Los Angeles Auto Show well underway (it runs through to November 30), there are tons of luxury cars flooding the news, but only a few have really stood out to us. While there have been many great ones, the below six models are the few we would like to have in our garage the most. Once we have these, maybe we'll branch out and grab some more.
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With a seriously lavish interior, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is definitely an auto for the affluent—it also happens to be one of the priciest at the show with an estimated starting price of $250,000. Set to hit the U.S. market in April 2015, the S600 has a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that gives off 523hp, 612 lb-ft of torque, and launches the auto from 0-60 in five seconds to a top speed of 155mph. "Our exceptionally successful new S-Class already defines the pinnacle of automotive engineering in a host of technical disciplines such as safety, efficiency, climate control and noise characteristics. The Mercedes-Maybach now sets the benchmark in the luxury segment even higher," says Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
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Audi Prologue Concept
Audi debuted their new Prologue coupé concept car, announcing that the design marks a new stylistic direction for the brand. The Prologue has a 605hp engine (with 553.2 lb-ft of torque) that launches the design to 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. "Audi stands for sportiness, lightweight design and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In the Audi prologue, we are expressing this know-how in a new form – we have put the sportiest car in the luxury segment on wheels. Our team took new approaches in both exterior and interior design," says Marc Lichte, the new Head of Design for Audi. The brand hasn't announced production information, but the Prologue marks changes (like its shorter and wider grill, and wing-like nose fins) for all future line-ups from the luxury marquee—especially since the brand has announced that new designs for the A8, A7, and A6 will be featuring Prologue's stylish markers.
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This golden dream car from Lexus is definitely on our wish list. The LF-C2's Grand Touring concept has a 2+2 roadster configuration and promises great things for the future of Lexus. With its open-air, roofless design, the auto's sweeping lines are able to move from one end to the other without interruption. Made to showcase light and movement, the front façade feature's the brand's spindle-shaped grill with braided mesh and angular headlamps.
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Audi A7 Sportbacvk H-Tron Quattro
The second Audi on our list, the A7 Sportbacvk H-Tron Quattro can go 310.7 miles on one tank of fuel and has an exhaust that apparently emits "nothing more than a few drops of water." The plug-in hybrid uses a fuel cell as its source of energy, with a back-up electric motor in the rear, and has 170 kilowatts of power to be used up. Able to go from 0-62.1 in 7.9 seconds, the auto has a top speed of 111.8mph and 398.3 lb‑ft of torque. “The A7 Sportback h‑tron quattro is a genuine Audi—at once sporty and efficient. Conceived as an e‑quattro, its two electric motors drive all four wheels. The h‑tron concept car shows that we have mastered fuel cell technology. We are in a position to launch the production process as soon as the market and infrastructure are ready," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi.
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Bentley Grand Convertible Concept
A droptop version of their Melsanne flagship, Bentley's open-air Grand Convertible Concept has a 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that gives 530hp and 811 lb-ft of torque. Though the top speed hasn't been revealed yet, the Mulsanne Speed has a 180mph top speed so you can expect the Sequin Blue Grand Convertible to be similar. "The elegant interior has supremely luxurious seating, featuring new ‘lofted’ diamond quilting stitched by hand and the convertible’s signature feature, shaped by the dynamic flow of yacht design, is the largest book-matched veneer tonneau cover ever crafted," says the company.
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Porsche Panamera Exclusive
Though Porsche has debuted three models at the LA Auto Show, their Panamera Exclusive is our favorite—and the rarest. With a V-8, the auto boasts 570hp, 533 lb-ft of torque, a top speed of 192mph, and can get 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. With only 100 models made, the uber special Panamera Exclusive also comes with its own five-piece luggage set.