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..:: My 2001 UK Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica

NOTE: This page is SSSOOOOoooo... out of date! Had the car just over a year now, and it looks quite different to the pictures on this page.. Also had a few changes under the skin! Soon I'll report on what all has been done to the car.. Not much left to do now.. It's been one hell of a project at a fraction of the cost it would normally be if I had a garage do all the work! Stay tuned! For a sneek peak check out the Lochindorb gallery! (actually event that's more or less out of date now too.. Someone please give me a kick up the ar*e!)

       

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UK Spec Standard 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX Finished in Red Mica 40,000 miles!

Sourced from Sunnyhill Motors in Turrif, Nov 2006.

Black privacy glass fitted which looks sweet against the Red Mica body! Really can't miss it when you see it on the road!

No plans for any modifications at the moment but I'm sure it wont be too long.... :o)
(23/03/07) Nope hasn't taken long at all.. Few cosmetic tweaks here and there since I bought the car, Mud flaps, front grills, fog lamp covers, grill inserts and some vinyl graphics. But the proper modding has started. Front & Rear aluminium top strut braces fitted wont have much affect at the moment unless used in conjunction with other suspension upgrades..

Soon to have the prodrive 3rd decat pipe fitted along with a Prodrive WRSport backbox (ooh burble) can't wait!

Other semi-planned mods are to the suspension. A set of Prodrive/Eibach springs would be nice, stiffer drop links, possibly new Anti-Roll bars. After that getting the suspension geometry reconfigured is a must. May got for the rally Group N settings as opposed to Prodrive configurations which tends to give uneven tyre wear. Only other change would be ECUTek remap for the ECU once the decat and backbox are fitted which would hopefully give bhp a kick up to around 265bhp from 215bhp, and a drop in 0-60 from 5.9sec to 4.8sec (as if it isn't fast enough). The possibilities for modifying truly are endless with these cars. But my pockets aren't that deep *sigh*

21/04/07
Finally got the 3rd cat delete pipe installed today thanks to Wallace Performance in aberdeen for removing the origonal cat pipe which was held in place by very dodgy workmanship!

 

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Top 10 best used 'Q cars' - top 100 used cars 2017
BMW M5 E28

Anonymous looks make this M5 the perfect ?sleeper?
If you prefer to blend understated class with rapid pace, you need a Q car. We drive our favourites and recommend nine alternatives

If you have a few followers on social media, you can be sure that any picture you post of any interesting car will earn some kind of reaction from at least a few people. Then, just occasionally, you get an avalanche. 

My most recent was when I posted a picture of this 1987 BMW M5 parked in a field on a wet day. It may look like just another three-box saloon, but there is so much love for it that even I, an E28 fan since day one, was surprised by the response. 

To me, and I guess, to them, its visual ordinariness lies at the heart of its appeal. Actually, Ian Sutton?s superb car seen here (number 185 of 187 right-hand-drive cars built) is in the minority of first-generation M5s having the M-Technic bodykit from the far less powerful M535i. Without it, you?d need to be spotting alloy wheels, badges, a slightly deeper front spoiler and body-coloured wing mirrors to tell the difference. 

But different it was. Priced north of £30,000 at launch, it cost more than half as much again as the more sporty-looking M535i, but what? you were buying was not so much a souped-up 5 Series, but an ultra-low- volume, highly specialised four-door supercar built not on the line with all the other 5 Series variants,?but by hand by BMW Motorsport. 

Most obviously, it had the twin cam, 24-valve 3.5-litre engine first used in the M1, albeit with different pistons, rods and management. Today, 282bhp might not seem like much, but when this car came out, it was more than you?d find under the engine cover of the Ferrari 328 GTB. 

But there was far more to the original M5 than that: it had a close-ratio Getrag gearbox and bespoke suspension geometry, shock absorbers, rollbars and spring rates. There were bigger brakes, those beautiful 16in wheels (for the UK market) and chunkier tyres, too. 

Inside, it was even harder to tell the difference: there?s an M-Technic wheel, an M-badge where the fuel economy gauge should be in the? rev counter and more on the?heavily bolstered sports seats.?Look really closely and you?ll?notice the speedometer reads up?to 170mph instead of the usual 160mph, but it lacks even the red needles or oil temperature gauge ?of its contemporary, the E30 M3.? At the time, the M5 seemed pretty understated, but in today?s world where a car?s kudos in the sports?car market appears defined by the amount of aerodynamic addenda it wears, it seems very nearly invisible. 

You sit high in the M5 and notice first how narrow it is, then how phenomenally airy it feels and, lastly, how easy it is to see out of.? The body?s squared off sides make? it exceptionally easy to negotiate down lanes, increasing both its point-to-point speed and your confidence and enjoyment of the car. The engine is pure automotive aristocracy. Its voice is clean, sharp, rich and smooth, pregnant with promise yet quiet enough not to intrude. Most E28 M5s have done big mileages, because their first owners gleefully used them as all-purpose daily drivers, dispatching everything this side of an uncommonly powerful Ferrari with barely a puff of smoke from its twin central tailpipes. The gearshift is quite slow but very precise and the ratios are beautifully chosen; sufficiently closely stacked to make the most of the engine?s limited torque, but long enough in fifth so as not to get breathless. 

The car?s dimensions make it ?very easy to drive fast, while the power makes it a very quick one,?not just by the standards of 30 years ago, but also those of today. A large executive saloon it may have been in its day, but it?s lighter than a brand new Volkswagen Golf R and only a fraction less powerful. And once its engine gets above 4200rpm, it simply sings around to its 7000rpm redline. You could have more fun in this boxy old saloon just travelling in a straight line than most modern sporting cars down your favourite country road. 

It handles far better than you?d expect, too. The E28 5 Series was quite loose at the rear, especially in the wet, but for all BMW added to the M5 in terms of extra power, it added more in terms of chassis stability. Those suspension modifications allied to a standard limited-slip differential means that while the M5 still rides softly compared with modern cars, it has no shortage of composure. Its steering has perfect gearing, impressive accuracy and feel of a kind that you just don?t find in this kind of car anymore. I wasn?t about to wrench it loose through a quick corner on a wet road in front of its owner, but I drove it as fast as it felt it wanted to be driven and loved how naturally it f lowed from mild understeer to gorgeous neutrality as I applied power from the apex. 

Really, though, I just loved being in it. Being old enough (just) to?be testing these cars when they were new, I?d been worried about reacquainting myself: 30 years is a long time and not only is the M5 indescribably different to its modern descendants, but I am not the same person I was three decades ago. 

And yet, like all the best friendships, we just picked up where we?d left off. Within seconds of getting inside of the M5 I was remembering things about this car I?d not thought of for a generation ? the little check panel in the roof and the way you have to nudge the brake pedal to make its warning light go out; the charmingly complicated electric seat switches, the bristles either side of the handbrake lever and the way the seat and pedals?are directly aligned, but with the steering wheel bizarrely displaced towards the centre of the car. 

I don?t think any car has done understated power better than the E28 M5, which is why of all Q-cars, it is my favourite. Many cars have real charm, but very few also have such natural, unassuming class. 

See BMW M5 E28 for sale on Pistonheads

Nine more Q-Cutters:

Lancia Thema 8.32 

Built 1987-1992 Price range £10,000-£250,000 We?d pay What you can One we found Sadly none are currently for sale in the UK 

See Lancia Thema for sale on Pistonheads

A front-wheel-drive family car based on the Fiat Croma, made immortal by its 3.0-litre Ferrari V8. It goes hard, sounds amazing and handles terribly.

Volvo 850R Estate 

Built 1996-1997 Price range £3000- £6000 We?d pay £5000 One we found A 1996 850R, fully loaded, black estate, described as ?excellent original condition? for £4750. 

See Volvo 850R Estate for sale on Pistonheads

A 250bhp Volvo estate might not seem that amazing today, but 20 years ago the concept was earth- shattering. And the 850R sounds even better than it looks. 

Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 

Built 1975-1981 Price range £18,000- £70,000 We?d pay £40,000 One we found 1979 6.9, only 60,000 miles from new, left-hand drive, optional velour interior. Yours for £40,000. 

See Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 for sale on Pistonheads

The 450SEL 6.9 is almost indistinguishable from the regular W116 S-Class that most people bought, but it has an engine?(a 262bhp V8) twice the size.?It?s a tidal wave on wheels. 

Volkswagen Passat W8 

Built 2001-2004 Price range £2750-£8000 We?d pay £5000 One we found 2002 W8 Estate, 122,000 miles from new, genuine UK car, fully loaded for £4500. 

See Volkswagen Passat W8 for sale on Pistonheads

Volkswagen should have realised that putting a 4.0-litre eight-cylinder motor in a Passat would be a hard sell. The car bombed in the sales charts, but not before a great Q-car was created.

Rover 75 V8 

Built 2003-2005 Price range £5000- £15,000 We?d pay £8500 One we found 2004 MG ZT 260 saloon, 49,000 miles. It?s the MG version because Rovers are incredibly rare, but the powertrain is the same: £8995. 

See Rover 75 V8 for sale on Pistonheads

We all fondly remember the lunatic MG ZT 260, with its 4.6-litre Mustang V8, but who recalls that, briefly, there was a Rover version as well? With anonymous looks and 256bhp, it could be the ultimate stealth weapon. 

Jaguar XJR 

Built 2003-2007 Price range £10,000 -£25,000 We?d pay £13,000 One we found A 2006 XJR in ebony black with 67k miles. Full service history, Alpine speaker upgrade: £12,450. 

See Jaguar XJR for sale on Pistonheads

Looks middle-aged but has 400bhp V8 under the bonnet. Also, this was the first Jaguar with an aluminium monocoque so it?s not only very light and therefore fast, it?s resistant to rot too. 

Mercedes-Benz 500E 

Built 1991-1994 Price range £10,000- £30,000 We?d pay £15,000 One we found 1993 500E, 170,000 miles. Big mileage but not a problem if properly maintained: £14,950. 

See Mercedes 500E for sale on Pistonheads

A 5.0-litre V8-engined, mid-sized Mercedes engineered and built?by Porsche. Superb to drive and brilliantly easy to live with, if it came with right-hand drive it could have been an even bigger hit here in the UK. 

Jaguar Mk2 3.8 

Built 1959-1967 Price range £13,000- £70,000 We?d pay £35,000 One we found 1966 3.8, manual with overdrive, mileage not stated. Restored in 2008, interior refurbished in 2011: £35,995. 

See Jaguar Mk2 for sale on Pistonheads 

Most Jaguars of this era had gutless 2.4-litre straight-six motors. The 3.8-litre, however, was good for 125mph, which in an affordable 1950s saloon was simply unprecedented.

Volkswagen Golf R 

Built 2014-present Price range £17,000-£36,650 We?d pay £20,000 One we found 2014 Golf R 5dr, manual gearbox, dark blue, 25,000 miles. Full Volkswagen service history from new. For sale at £20,995. 

See Volkswagen Golf R for sale on Pistonheads 

So inconspicuous that, debadged, it could be taken for a normal GTI, but the 300bhp under the bonnet combined with four-wheel drive tells a rather different story. 

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Top 10 best used front-wheel-drive cars - top 100 used cars 2017
Best used FWD cars

Normally aspirated 1.8 makes 187bhp and revs to 8700rpm
We take a look at the best used front-driven cars you can get

When BMW was in charge of Rover, there was a big sign at the end of the Rover 75 production line that read: ?You are building the best front-wheel-drive car in the world.? 

It was the type of backhanded compliment that meant ?we still make the best rear-wheel-drive cars in the world? but it was, at least, kinda true, if you wanted a complete all-round car. 

But when I?m talking about the best front-wheel-drive cars, I?m not looking for the best junior Bentley: I?m talking about the best front-drive driver?s car of all time. This, here,?is the definitive list of those. Well, almost. There are one or two models that (a) I haven?t driven or (b) have been nabbed by my colleagues. But it?s as close as you?ll see, regardless of whether they?re any good or not? as used cars: consider this a celebration of all things great, rather than a conventional used buyer?s guide. 

That said, the used market is quite savvy and the classic car market savvier still. It rewards not necessarily the reliable, practical cars but, in terms of value and esteem, what the market reflects now is whether these cars were any good in period. 

The Honda Integra Type R is, without question, my shout for the best front-drive car of all time. I think it?s better than a Peugeot 205 GTi, better than a Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, better than the latest, greatest, 300bhp hot hatchbacks. Better than, actually, 90% of rear-drive cars. 

It?s a thing of such perfection and of modest output, and of such purity, that I doubt we?ll see its like again. A bold thing to say? Perhaps. I wouldn?t say a Bugatti Chiron will never be outdone for pace. I wouldn?t say nobody will build a car lighter and purer than a Caterham 7

But when it comes to cars like this, the world has moved on to such an extent that nobody will make a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre car with only 187bhp that weighs just 1140kg and has a manual gearbox and a mechanical limited- slip differential. Those in charge of product at car companies wouldn?t be able to leave it at that. They wouldn?t be able to offer such little power, they wouldn?t resist torque vectoring by braking, they?d have to fit electric, not hydraulic, power steering, they wouldn?t be able to leave it unturbocharged and they wouldn?t be able to resist active rear steer or adaptive dampers or bigger wheels and tyres than 195/55 R15s. If you sold this car today, nobody would buy it. 

I say that with some conviction because not that many people bought one at the time. Which is why a good one now costs as much as £13,000. 

According to the man from Honda, who sourced this car, there are two types of Integra Type R. There are the really, really good ones, which are massively expensive; and there are the shonky old cheap ones. This one is the rarest of all, then, being somewhere between those two poles. It has been modestly revived, on a bit of a budget, but well enough to retain the vast majority of what made it so special in the first place.

Classic cars have a problem being all they were when they were new because, as time goes on, bodies become a little less rigid, suspension components develop some slack?and, unless you maintain absolute tightness in all bushes and so on, and fresh dampers, there comes a point where older cars start to feel similar; in that they all feel a bit baggy, a bit loose around the edges. 

With not many more than 50,000 miles on it, though, this one is still tight. Ideally, an Integra should be on Bridgestone Potenza tyres, but this one has had less grippy tyres fitted because Honda doesn?t want to put too much load into the suspension and wear it out more quickly. Think of it as putting those covers on the edge of the sofa, which protect sofa arms you?ll never actually see. 

So this could feel like a car that?s on its way out of its perfect state. But it isn?t. It?s still an Integra that feels every inch like the best front-driver in the world. It?s utterly magic. 

When it was new, I tested one on B-roads in the south-east, so that?s where I go. And it takes fewer than three tight corners for it to remind me of what it has to give: nice willingness to turn, and one of the best power- assisted steering systems to grace a front-wheel-drive car. Perhaps this one feels a bit more nose-centric and less adjustable than I remember ? although I am trying to recall testing a car I last drove a decade ago?but it is still very agile by today?s standards. 

Then, of course, there?s the engine, which back then was pretty much the highlight of any Type R. It revs?to 8700rpm ? strongly, still, today ? with a notable kick above 5000rpm. There?s very little flywheel inertia, the five-speed ?box remains as snicky as it always was, and because the ratios are so close (overall gearing is low), you barely need to prod the throttle on heel-and-toe downshifts to get the revs to match the next gear. It feels like a real precision instrument. 

Only a few minutes at the wheel is enough to see why values of Integras are on the rise ? although not enough to understand why so criminally few were bought new ? and conclude that the best thing you can do is buy the best you can and try to keep the chassis on top form. The last thing an Integra will lose, I suspect, is that VTEC engine?s phenomenal kick, but wonderful though that is, it?s the steering and the handling that outclass it. Here?s a car that isn?t just the best front-driver in the world: it?s one of the greatest driver?s cars of all time. Which wheels are powered is almost incidental. 

Honda Integra Type R (DC2) 

Built 1997 (UK cars), 1995-2001 (imports) Price range £5000- £13,000 We?d pay £10,000? One we found Official UK cars are hard to find, so here?s the best of the Japanese imports, at £12,990.

See Honda Integra Type R for sale on Pistonheads.

The other front runners:

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S 

Built 2016-2017 Price range £33,000-£46,000 We?d pay £35,000 One we found Ignoring the overpriced unregistered cars, our eye was caught by one with only 500 miles on the clock and priced at £39,995

 See Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S for sale on Pistonheads.

Volkswagen?s hottest, sparsest modern Golf has a roll cage and no rear seats. Designed to set a Nu?rburgring lap time but equally happy on a British B-road. 

Ford Focus RS500 

Built 2010 Price range £35,000- £50,000 We?d pay £40,000 One we found There are usually only one or two on sale in the UK at a time because only 100 landed here, but worth seeking out. Around the same price they sold at new.

See Ford Focus RS500 for sale on Pistonheads.

Last hurrah for the Mk2 Focus RS had 345bhp, rather than 300bhp, from?its five-cylinder engine. Front tyre wear is an issue but it?s a terrifically adjustable, entertaining car. 

Mini Cooper 

Built 1996-2001 (plus from 1961 on) Price range £5000-£25,000 We?d pay £8000 One we found Just under £10,000 gets you into a 76,000-miler, but condition of bodywork counts for so much more than miles.

See Mini Cooper for sale on Pistonheads.

The original way to go incredibly fast with a front-drive chassis, Mini Coopers are astoundingly adjustable and steer brilliantly. Few cars have such agility. 

Renault Me?gane Trophy R 

Built 2014-2016 Price range £25,000-£30,000 We?d pay £28,000 One we found The only one we spotted in the UK makes it the one to have. At £28k, it still feels an incredibly special car.

See Renault Mégane Trophy R for sale on Pistonheads.

Just 30 Trophy R Me?ganes made their way to the UK officially as the most heroic of the outgoing hot Me?ganes. Brilliant handling. See also the Me?gane R26.R. 

Peugeot 306 Rallye 

Built 1996-2002 Price range £1000- £4000 We?d pay £3500 One we found These cars are both rare and bargains. Tatty ones can be had from £1000 and £4000 buys you the best. We liked a tidy 100k-miler priced at £2900.

See Peugeot 306 Rallye for sale on Pistonheads.

Arguably the best hot hatch of the 1990s, the 306 GTi-6 arrived in 1996 (p66). The UK-only lighter, keener Rallye model (1999) was better still, mind. 

Ford Racing Puma 

Built 1999-2000 Price range £10,000-£20,000 We?d pay £15,000 One we found This is another of those cars that?s massively rare but worth seeking out. £14,000 gets you a well-cared-for 61k-mile car.

See Ford Racing Puma for sale on Pistonheads.

Probably the second-best front- wheel-drive car I?ve driven. Fewer than 500 were made after they struggled to find homes. Daft, really, because they?re sensational. 

Renault Clio 172 Cup 

Built 2002 Price range £2500- £5000 We?d pay £3000 One we found Under £4000 for 40k miles. It?s hard to find unmolested ones, but this one has had only two owners, too.

See Renault Clio 172 Cup for sale on Pistonheads.

This car was raw when launched in 2002. It had no ABS, the glass was thinner than usual, soundproofing was removed and the suspension was lowered. At just 1020kg, it was an utter hoot. Still is, if in good nick. 

Mini Cooper S Works GP 

Built 2006 Price range £12,500- £20,000 We?d pay £16,000 One we found There are a few around but how about an apparently well-looked-after, privately owned 38k-miler at £17,000?

See Mini Cooper S Works GP for sale on Pistonheads.

The ?Mini GP? was a run-out special. Only 8bhp was added to the engine but 50kg came out in total, including 15kg from the rear suspension and 8kg from the wheels, which made it thrilling to drive, even at £22,000. 

Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 

Built 1984-1992 Price range £4000- £40,000 We?d pay £8000 One we found A three-owner, 56,000-mile car said to have been recommissioned after 20 years in storage: £9500.

See Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 for sale on Pistonheads.

It?s frequently regarded as the best front-driver, but the Honda Integra Type R has more going for it, as far as we?re concerned. And prices for good 205s have gone bonkers. One just sold at auction for £38,000. 

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Gallery: best of the Quail motorsport event

This sublime coachbuilt model is called 'Shangri La' and uses a Ramjet engine
Enthusiasts from around the world reside in Monterey this weekend to see the best the car world has to offer. First up: the Quail

Monterey car week is well and truly underway - and it brings together car connoisseurs and enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate all things motoring.

The so-called ?Quail, a Motorsports Gathering? occurs at The Quail golf club in California and features a host of old and new cars. Many individual owners compete in the concours while manufacturers use the event as an opportunity to show off their cars to the wealthy.

This year, Jaguar brought its XE SV Project 8, Infiniti showed its Prototype 9 while BMW displayed its 8 Series concept to name a few.

To get a ticket means entering a heavily over-subscribed lottery. If you are lucky enough to win, then you?ll pay $600 for the privilege. 

So, yes, it is exclusive but it?s also a dreamy world of perfect motors, from yesteryear to tomorrow.

We?ve picked some of our favourite vehicles so you can get a glimpse of what was on show. Click on the picture gallery above to see more. 

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Infiniti reveals heritage-inspired Prototype 9

Infiniti Prototype 9 concept revealed as race-inspired retro concept
Infiniti Prototype 9 concept Pebble Beach Infiniti looks to create its own heritage with retro concept using an electric motor and traditional construction techniques

Infiniti has revealed its retro-style concept race car, named Prototype 9, at the Quail, which is part of the same Monterey car week as the Pebble Beach Concours d?Elégance.

Despite the car?s Morgan-esque exterior, it?s powered by an electric motor, which gives a 0-62mph time of 5.5sec and a top speed of 105mph. The company?s signature sculpted grille is nodded to on the front of the car.

It bears a similar 148bhp, 236lb ft electric powertrain to the second-generation Nissan Leaf, which is due to be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show. At 4330mm long and 1820mm wide, it?s 90mm shorter than Infiniti's Q30 hatchback but 15mm wider. The low-slung, race-inspired car stands at 910mm high and is dwarfed by the Q30?s 1495mm height, mostly due to its lack of a roof. 

The 890kg single-seater features retro construction techniques, such as a steel ladder chassis and handmade steel body panels. It?s leaf-sprung and without power steering.

The time disconnect between the 1940s-inspired Prototype 9 and Infiniti?s relatively recent launch in 1989 has been pegged as further inspiration behind the concept; Infiniti can trace its history to Prince Motor Company, which Infiniti claims was the first Japanese premium car maker. The Prince R380 will also make its debut at Pebble Beach.

Even the concept?s name is a nod to Infiniti?s current model line-up; 9, pronounced ?kyoo? in Japanese, is a reference to the brand?s Q-based nomenclature.

Beginning life as a design sketch, the car imagines what an Infiniti grand prix racer would have looked like and mimics the growing barn-find culture in the classic car industry today.

Infiniti boss Roland Krueger said: ?What started as an after-hours idea grew into a fully fledged prototype; our designers and engineers were excited by the notion of creating a past vision; a nod to our origins.?

?They volunteered their own time; more and more staff became involved. Our teams have proven skills in manufacturing, engineering, design and advanced powertrains, yet they wanted to bring their own traditional craftsmanship to the project.?

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Electric Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept car revealed
Electric powered Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet revealed Dramatic new luxury convertible points to the design direction of future Mercedes-Maybach models

Mercedes has revealed its new art deco-inspired Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

A drop-top version of the electric Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupé concept, it's the latest step in Mercedes-Benz?s efforts to further resurrect the image and standing of its Maybach luxury sub-brand following strong sales of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class in key global markets over the past 12 months.

Taking the stretched lines and intricate detailing of the original 6, which was revealed at last year?s Pebble Beach, the 6 Cabriolet has a retractable roof and a plush new two-seat interior, creating a blueprint for a production model to take on the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

This isn't the first convertible Mercedes-Maybach, though; at last year?s Los Angeles motor show, the brand unveiled the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Cabriolet, of which just 300 examples are to be produced. 

At 5700mm in length, 2100mm in width and 1340mm in height, the 6 Cabriolet is a considerable 671mm longer, 201mm wider but 71mm lower than the S-Class Cabriolet.

Distinguished by its bold grille, long sweeping bonnet, extreme rearward seating position, towering 24in wheels, extended boat tail-style rear end and two-tone design scheme, the 6 Cabriolet resurrects both the stretched proportions and aesthetic principles common of luxury cars throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

These traditional cues are combined with a number of contemporary touches, including slim LED headlights and full-width OLED tail-lights.

Inside, the 6 Cabriolet has a luxurious interior lined with quilted white Nappa leather, a flowing, full-width dashboard featuring the latest in touch-sensitive controls and digital displays featuring traditional analogue needles. The custom-made retractable fabric roof incorporates interwoven threads of gold.

The dramatic styling and elaborate details are claimed to provide hints to how Maybach versions of Mercedes models will look in future years in order to give them with a more individual and distinctive appearance.

?The 6 Cabriolet is the embodiment of our design strategy,? said Mercedes' chief design officer, Gorden Wagener. ?Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious haute couture interior help to create the ultimate experience.?

The 6 Cabriolet is has a pure electric powertrain delivering a sturdy 750bhp via four compact electric motors ? a layout similar to that used by the short-lived Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive supercar.

The motors act independently on each wheel, making the 6 Cabriolet four-wheel-drive. Computer simulations point to a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0sec, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

Electricity is stored in a lithium ion battery mounted within the floorplan. Mercedes claims a range of more than 311 miles on the European test cycle. A quick charge function, running at up to 350kW, is said to provide an additional range of up to 62 miles from just five minutes of charging.

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