5/4/2016 | 3 MINUTE READ

Extreme Interiors

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Let’s face it. There are some cars that most of us are likely never to get in. As in not even being able to sit in them. So what’s it like inside cars that are out of our financial range? What technology and materials are to be found in there? Here’s a look at some of these products.

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PORSCHE 911 R

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You might think that the “R” in the designation for the 911 R stands for racing. After all, it has a rear-mounted 500-hp, 338 lb-ft Boxer six-cylinder engine from the 911 GT3 RS. But according to the wizards of Stuttgart, the 911 R’s primary purpose is “road use,” not the track. Which means that the interior is less spartan than the sort of stripped-down environment you’ll find in a road-racing vehicle.

The 911 R has full bucket seats with carbon fiber backrests and seat centers. The upholstery has a houndstooth design. That’s a hat tip to the original 911 of the 1960s. The steering wheel, which measures 14.1 inches in diameter, is specific to the vehicle. There is a shortened, R-specific gearshift lever.
Carbon fiber interior trim strips are deployed. Door handles give way to GT-style door opening loops. On the driver’s side there is an aluminum badge indicating the specific build number of the vehicle.
Starting price: $184,900.


BUGATTI CHIRON

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“Bugatti has tested the limits of physics. There is no area where we have not achieved significant improvements,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., when the Bugatti Chiron was introduced. Presumably, that had more than a little reference to the consequence of having an 8.0-liter, W16 engine with four turbochargers that’s capable of producing 1,500 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque contained in a carbon fiber monocoque. The vehicle can go from 0 to 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, less than the amount of time it takes to read this sentence.

Given the speed that the car is capable of, it is no exaggeration to refer to the driver as the “pilot.” So there is great emphasis on permitting the driver to locate any important information on the instrumentation that is centered on an analog speedometer (which counts up to 500 km/h, or 310 mph) and two supplemental digital displays. The specially designed steering wheel features two multifunction buttons on the left and right sides of the inner rim; these permit control of the navigation, telephone, audio and other systems. (While on the subject of systems, it is interesting to note that the HVAC system and the infotainment system are separated on the IP in order to allow a slim center console.)

There is also a rotary switch on the left side of the steering wheel for selecting driving modes and a starter button on the right. At the bottom of the wheel—and the wheel, incidentally, is either full leather or a leather-carbon fiber combo—there is a launch control function button.

The aluminum elements inside are aluminum, with parts being milled from solid. According to Bugatti, it is the only automaker that uses anodized aluminum for its controls.

In terms of the leather materials, there are 31 standard colors and eight for Alcantara. (Given that there are going to be just 500 Chirons produced, chances are people aren’t going to be seeing their color choices in other people’s cars too often.)

There are three types of seats available: standard, sport and comfort.

There are two ignition keys, both made of aluminum: the main key, which allows the driver to go up to 236 mph, and the Bugatti Speed Key, which allows speeds up to 261 mph.
Price: €2.4 million. Even with a strong U.S. dollar you’re talking about ~$2.5-million.


ASTON MARTIN DB11

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What would James Bond drive?

That question isn’t entirely fanciful because the Aston Martin DB11 is a vehicle that was proceeded by the DB10, a concept vehicle that the company literally created for the James Bond film Spectre; 10 of them were produced.

But the DB11 is a car for those who aren’t necessarily on Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

As Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, puts it, “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world. DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout.”

Like the instrument cluster that’s centered on a full-color, 12-inch TFT LCD display for vehicle information that is supplemented by the eight-inch TFT screen for infotainment. For the seating, Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation are on offer. Optional leathers available are Caithness or Balmoral. And as regards the interior trim, selections include Light Ash Open Pore, Satin Tan Lace Wood, Dark Ash Open Pore, Satin Cuprum Carbon Fibre and High Gloss Chopped Carbon.

Here’s something that James Bond—as we know him—would not avail himself of in the DB11: there are fully integrated ISOFIX mounting points in the back to secure child seats in place. 
Price: $211,995. 

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