The Rolls-Royce Wraith, the first incarnation of which was initially produced in 1938, is set to make a return to the roads after more than 70 years on hiatus. As the vehicle is completely outfitted with luxurious new features, the product manager Phillip Harnett takes viewers on a tantalizing trip down the sweeping roads of London’s outer country from behind the wheel of the Wraith. Here we find the 625hp car executed with road-curve foresight, as informed by its acute GPS navigation; able to maintain its poise in the harshest conditions – thanks to testing in Sweden and Death Valley; and fitted with seamless automatic gear shifting for urban driving. In combination with a handcrafted leather, chrome, and wooden interior, the impressive Rolls-Royce Wraith is certainly its own spectacle. Enjoy.
BMW’s first-ever collaboration with renowned Italian design house Pininfarina resulted in the Gran Lusso Coupe, a luxury grand tourer that was displayed at this year’s Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. s we find out from Pininfarina’s design director Fabio Filippini, the concept’s styling was entirely the Italians' job, with the Bavarian carmaker only checking from time to time that the project would fit its design DNA. Hear Fabio Filippini and BMW’s design boss Karim Habib talk about the genesis of the Gran Lusso Coupe in the video that follows.
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur was always hampered by one thing – no, I'm not talking about VW Phaeton’s platform, because that was excellent and gave the driver huge confidence. The thing that hampered the car was the fact it was called Continental, meaning it shared a lot in common with its (cheaper) two-door sibling the Continental GT – it was a version of that model with two extra doors. Now, though, the new model has gained a more distinct body and a new name - the Flying Spur full stop. MotorTrend magazine flew all the way to China to find out what the new Flying Spur is all about. Enjoy.
Welcome to the Style Clinic. We're grateful for the sartorial queries you have sent to Mr. Porter thus far - please keep them coming. Alternately, you can send a letter to the address here. Our enquiry this week is from African pharmaceutical executive Mr Willem D van Niekerk, who wants to stay cool in the heat while still looking the business. Click on the video above to see how we advise him. Enjoy.
Over 400 guests -including Zhang Zi Yi, Choi Si Won, Sandra Ng, Zhang Zi Lin, international model He Sui and socialite Pansy Ho - attended the cocktail party to celebrate the opening of the new Giorgio Armani store in Hong Kong on Canton Road. Guests were entertained by a VIP dinner at SKY100 Hong Kong Observation Deck and were given a private viewing of the Eccentrico exhibition, a showcase of 51 dresses and accessories from the Giorgio Armani and Giorgio Armani Privé Collections, dating from 1985 to the latest season, for the first time also including a unique selection of cosmetics and fragrances. A selection of hand drawn sketches from the Eccentrico Exhibition were revealed for the occasion.
It isn’t too often that we see a luxury automaker produce accessories to further accentuate the exteriors of their instantly recognizable and already well-admired cars. Naturally, when Mercedes-Benz chose to produce such an accessory for their cars, they wanted to refrain from adding something that could be seen as garish and keep it decidedly simple. The Illuminated Star is none other than just that, a simple LED-infused Mercedes-Benz logo that illuminates the radiator grille of the vehicle. The star can currently be outfitted on the GL-Class MY13+, M-Class MY12+, E-Class MY14+ or CLS MY06+ models, but the carmaker hopes to extend availability to other models in the near future.
Mayra Tinajero is a model from San Diego. You may remember her as a Maxim Hometown Hotties contestant in 2011, where she finished in the Top 10. Mayra does promotional, catalog and print modeling and has worked for Falken Tire Corp, Skullcandy, Brammo Motorcycles, Jose Cuervo and many other brands. When she’s not modeling, Mayra works as a sales professional. Her current ambition is to enter the world of action sports media as an action sports journalist. Follow her on Twitter and let us know what you think of the video in the comment section. Enjoy.
Dissatisfied with the V8 Vantage, or its bigger brother with the V12 engine? Then meet Aston Martin‘s newest monster – the V12 Vantage S. While the name to most would normally denote fancier interior trim and a lightened body, the British masterpiece manufacturer have disregarded rival companies’ traditions and decked out this new release with a revised 6.0-liter V12 engine now outputting 565 horsepower, a new seven-speed “hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission” with race-spec software, and enhanced three-stage adaptive damping in its suspension. More noteworthy however is the improved top speed that now pushes this sports coupé past the 200mph milestone, a feat accomplished by only one other car in the Aston Martin family – the seven-figured special edition super car One-77. With a projected price tag of around $200,000 USD and a release in early 2014, this once touted “Baby Aston” seems to have grown up into a bona fide brute.
Since its inception in 1963, the engineers at Porsche have spent nearly every moment overcoming a design flaw that makes the 911 unique; a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car is inherently unstable. In spite of this obstacle, the car stands as an example of what a sports car should be, and the 911 50th Anniversary Edition ($125,000 USD) continues that heritage. With a 430 hp flat six that reaches speeds of 186 mph and does zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds, it's equally at home on the road or the track. Porsche Active Suspension Management, a sport exhaust system, and 20-inch wheels recall its 50-year history of performance. With only 1,963 models going into production, you'd better reserve yours now.
Beyoncé breaks out her bikini and shows off her summer bod in the brand new commercial for H&M's summer collection, dubbed Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the pop star poses on the beach in Nassau, Bahamas, sporting various swimwear options, from two pieces, to shrongs, to two piece bikinis. The 90-second spot also features the debut of her Sia-penned song, Standing on the Sun. The H&M 2013 Summer collection is slated to drop at the beginning of May at H&M stores worldwide and online. Enjoy.