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Ferrari Portofino

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Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space complete with two rear seats suitable for short trips.

The new car, which takes its name, Portofino, from one of the most charming villages on the Italian Riviera, an eponym for stylish elegance, is the most versatile model in the range. A Ferrari designed to be driven every day that also effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a drop-top capable of delivering a unique Ferrari soundtrack and superb driving pleasure even in day-to-day situations.

The retractable hard top (RHT) has been completely redesigned and can now be opened or closed in just 14 seconds on the move at lower speeds, making the car even more practical. Careful modelling of the RHT housing now allows the luggage compartment to hold two cabin trolleys with the roof down and three with the roof up. Ideal for any occasion, the Ferrari Portofino represents the perfect combination of design, performance and technology.

The Ferrari Portofino delivers a significant weight saving with the adoption of new components using innovative designs made possible by the use of cutting-edge production techniques. This, combined with a 40 cv higher power output than the California T, has resulted in a significant hike in performance and a corresponding drop in emissions. Vehicle dynamics benefit from the introduction, for the first time on this model, of electric power steering, the 3rd generation electronic differential (E-Diff3) and the latest evolution of the electronic suspension control system (SCM-E) integrated with Premium 9.1 ESP.

The Ferrari Design Centre-penned Portofino is an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top - that adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, lending it a sportier character without impinging on its elegance and dynamism.

While the Portofino’s exterior exudes a stylish compactness and instantly marks out its GT vocation, its cabin too has also been carefully designed and developed. The Ferrari Design team pinpointed certain specific essential requirements, the foremost of these being formal and functional coherency between the car’s exterior and its interior, weight reduction and creating more space for occupants.

In line with long-standing Ferrari tradition, every single Prancing Horse engine has its own particular soundtrack that makes it unique. This is also true of the Ferrari Portofino. Aside from a new exhaust line, electronically-controlled by-pass valves have been adopted in a first for Ferrari, delivering improvements in actuation speed and precision.

The Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance and versatility, in addition to a level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort unparalleled on the market.

Genesis G70

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Engineered as a dynamic car with strong appeal to younger customers and more enthusiastic drivers, the G70 joins the flagship G90 large sedan and mid-sized G80 and G80 Sport, once again demonstrating the commitment to excellence and authenticity that underpins the world’s newest luxury auto brand.

The Genesis G70 is the latest representation of the brand’s rapidly evolving DNA, with its graceful and dynamic exterior styling, elegant and intuitively designed interior, and choice of two different powertrains: turbocharged 3.3-liter petrol V6 and 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol I4.

The arrival of the Genesis G70 in showrooms follows a previous display presentation at the Dubai International Motor Show in November 2017, where Genesis fielded a large number of enquiries about the car. With larger G80 and G90 models already growing a strong base of loyal customers, it is expected the compact model will add significantly to the brand’s appeal in the competitive Middle East luxury car market.

The all-new G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s ‘Athletic Elegance’ design identity. This visual philosophy is represented in the exterior styling, capturing the essence of the Genesis DNA to bring to reality a superbly crafted sports sedan. The long hood and short front overhang, elegant roofline and assertive multi-spoke alloy wheels combine to form a sleek, dynamic profile, subtly highlighted by chrome aero trim, hockey stick daylight opening and parabolic sidelines. From the front and side, the prominent crest-type grille, character lines extending from the hood emblem, and pronounced air intakes, communicate muscular performance.

Two distinctive linear LED DRLs on each side of the large crest grille foreshadow the future Genesis signature quad lamps. In the rear, the LED rear combination lamps continue the quad lamp theme, while the raised trunk lid and compact bumper designs give the G70 a poised character. The rear lamps, evolved from the G80, have been stretched to convey a dynamic stance.

The G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects simplicity, with an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability, with intuitively laid out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel.

The G70 offers two powertrains in the Middle East region – a 3.3-liter V6 petrol turbo and 2.0-liter I4 petrol turbo. The Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine is the heart of the enthusiast- focused G70 Sport, with 370 ps and maximum torque of 52.0 kg.m (510 N.m) 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 270 km/h. The G70 2.0 turbo petrol model is equipped with the Theta-II 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine, with 252 ps and maximum torque of 36.0 kg.m (353 N.m).

Following the lead of the G90 and G80, the G70 offers the most comprehensive levels of safety in its class. Overall body stiffness and rigidity have been dramatically strengthened, while passengers are protected by seven airbags. An unparalleled suite of advanced driver assist systems is integrated into the ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ package to offer the highest level of safety and convenience in its class. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Driver Awareness Warning (DAW). The FCA system also automatically activates emergency braking through integrated radar-camera sensors.

Bugatti Chiron

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The Chiron is the latest generation of the ultimate super sports car and is a completely new development. The sports car manufacturer from Molsheim, with its long tradition, has taken the unique features of a modern Bugatti to a new level and developed a high-performance machine that has become significantly better in every respect.

Bugatti had left the dimensions which define the operations of all market players and had established new paradigms that had previously not existed. With the Chiron, Bugatti has tested the limits of physics. The Bugatti Chiron is the world’s first super sports car to bring 1,500 HP onto the road with a torque of 1.600 Nm at 2,000 to 6,000 rpm with tremendous effectiveness, extremely high safety levels and unprecedented comfort.

This is the result of the legendary and unique eight-litre W16 engine that has been newly developed by Bugatti. In combination with the our new, larger turbochargers that are controlled by the Bugatti two-stage turbocharging, an innovation that Bugatti is introducing, and a large number of other technical refinements and innovations, maximum performance is available constantly and can be easily controlled at all speeds. In its Top Speed mode, the car reaches the maximum speed of 420 km/h, limited for road use – however, this is by no means the end of the road for the Bugatti Chiron. With the new carbon fibre monocoque, a newly designed adaptive chassis, tyres developed especially for Bugatti and other innovative technologies, the Chiron is not only a champion in terms of maximum acceleration but is, for the first time, also an agile, modern Bugatti with handling that ensures maximum driving pleasure. The design of the Chiron combines significantly more “beast” with a very high level of “beauty”. The design language introduced by Bugatti with the Chiron has a significantly more aggressive tone and does justice to the character of the new super sports car. The designers have succeeded in reinterpreting Bugatti’s DNA with its distinctive features in a modern manifestation at the same time as adding new features resulting from the technical demands of even higher performance. The Chiron remains unmistakably a Bugatti.

The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate and most complete super sports car: incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort.

The Chiron is built at the company’s headquarters in Molsheim. Only 500 of these exceptional cars are to be produced. Just recently the brand celebrated the production and delivery of the 100th customer car. It went to a customer in this region.

Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranSport ‘Nerissimo’ Special Edition

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The Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranSport ‘Nerissimo’ Special Edition car is available at official importer-dealer Euro Motors showroom in Bahrain. Only 50 of the Limited Edition vehicles are being made specifically for the Middle East region and Japan. One of the cars is currently on display at the Euro Motors showroom in Sitra.

Black is synonymous with elegance, but also with extreme sportiness, so it perfectly captures the dual personality inherent in the Maserati DNA. From this concept, ‘Nerissimo’ was born - a special edition of Maserati cars that emphasises their assertive sporting prowess and high-performance capabilities.

The Maserati Quattroporte GranSport GTS ‘Nerissimo’ Special Edition embodies the excitement of urban night and enhances the aesthetic sportiness of the Quattroporte. Luxuriant Nero Ribelle paint combines with Black Piano finishing on the front grille, inserts on bumpers and rear extractor to create a truly unique statement.

Also getting clothed in black are the window surrounds, exhaust pipes and vertical grille bars. The vehicle also features front and rear sport bumpers, body-colour side skirts, 21” glossy Black Titano wheels, anodised Red painted brake callipers and exterior Carbon package.

The interior of the car features 12-way power sport seats, full premium Black leather upholstery with Red stitching as well as Red embroidered Trident on the headrests, Carbon trim, gearshift paddles and door sills, Sport Carbon steering wheel, a dedicated interior badge ‘Nerissimo Edition One of 50’ and Alcantara headliner.

Also available through the Euro Motors showroom is the restyled 2018 Quattroporte, which retains its top status in the high-end sedan segment with power upgraded V6 versions and a new Electric Power Steering that enables the new active Advanced Driving Assistance Systems.

The MY18 Quattroporte features significant upgrades and new hi-tech content designed to carry on its remarkable success story such as 430 hp for Quattroporte S and S Q4, Increased performance for Quattroporte S and S Q4, GranLusso trim and GranSport trim, Adaptive full LED headlights, Integrated Vehicle Control, Electric Power Steering , Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Front seat ventilation, Four-zone air conditioning, Bowers & Wilkins sound system, Soft close doors, and Extended keyless entry.

The Quattroporte now also features Adaptive full LED headlights with glare free high-beam, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting on L-shape technology. The car can also be fitted with power-upgraded 3.0L V6 424hp engine as well, with the new, performance- enhancing Integrated Vehicle Control system (IVC), developed by Bosch in collaboration with Maserati.

The introduction of Electric Power Steering (EPS) by Maserati, enabling new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) with active functions. EPS has replaced hydraulic power steering on the Quattroporte, the Ghibli, as well as on the Levante, providing better handling and comfort, while retaining the razor-sharp steering feel that is typical to every Maserati.

Audi A8

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The Audi A8 is the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for conditionally automated driving. Audi will gradually be taking piloted driving functions such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production for the Middle East market once the legislation has been validated.

Sporty elegance, sophistication and progressive status – the exterior design of the Audi A8 marks the start of a new era for the entire brand. The front with its broad, upright Singleframe grille, the flowing and muscular body design and the rear with its full- length light strip radiate a powerful presence – in the 5.17 meter long normal version as well as in the A8 L with its 13 centimeter longer wheelbase. The new A8 is 1.95 meters wide and 1.47 meters tall (1.49 meters in the case of the A8 L).

The interior of the A8 resembles a lavish, spacious lounge. Compared to the predecessor model, it has grown in length by 32 millimeters in both body versions. The interior has been deliberately reduced in form, and its architecture oriented strictly horizontally.

Audi conveys its claim to high quality to the digital age with a revolutionary operating concept. The A8 dispenses with the rotary/push-button control and touchpad of its predecessor – MMI touch becomes MMI touch response. At the center of the instrument panel is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which, when off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround thanks to its black-panel look. When the system is started, the user interface appears which features new, concise graphics. The menu structure is intuitive and flat, as with a modern smartphone. The user can freely arrange the icons according to their importance.

The new A8 is the world’s first production automobile to have been developed for conditional automation at level 3. On highways and multi-lane motorways with a physical barrier separating the two directions of traffic, the Audi AI traffic jam pilot handles driving in slow-moving traffic up to 60 km/h. The system handles starting from a stop, accelerating, steering and braking in its lane. If the driver has activated the traffic jam pilot at the AI button on the center console, they can take their foot off the accelerator and release the steering wheel.

With its stylistically defining design, top- rate suspension solutions, touchscreen operating concept and the electrification of all drive systems, the luxury sedan demonstrates “Vorsprung durch Technik” right across the board.

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