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The Porsche 911 Dakar

The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars. It has been evolving since it was first introduced in 1964. It is one of the most refined sports cars with a wide range of engine options. Also, you can choose either a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive option. Now, we have the Porsche 911 Dakar.

The Porsche 911 Dakar is designed for rough and tough terrain. The Dakar is here to get rid of your Cayenne and let you drive the real Porsche! I know the Cayenne is practical, has all-wheel drive and offers an off-road experience.

Now, the Porsche 911 Dakar can do the same, and you don’t need the Cayenne! The Porsche 911 Dakar is based on the Carrera S with a 50mm uplifting suspension kit with an option to lift it an additional 30mm via a four-corner lift system.

The Porsche 911 Dakar is powered by a 911 GTS engine, a 3.0-litre Biturbo six-cylinder engine with 480 PS (353 kW) and a maximum torque of 570 Nm. The Dakar can reach 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and the top speed is only limited to 240 km/h due to the all-terrain tyres. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed PDK gearbox. Rear-axle steering is also available. Dakar’s off-road top speed is limited to 170 km/h, but I am sure this speed will be enough on rough terrain. And there is a new driving mode: Rally and Off-Road.

There will only be 2500 Porsche 911 Dakars produced for £173,000. If you can afford it, go buy it!

Photos // Porsche

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Christian Louboutin 160 mm Heels are Back: Dolly Pump Alta

After a long wait, Christian Louboutin has reintroduced 160 mm platform heels. This time, the heels are thinner and pay homage to Dolly Parton, Dolly Pump Alta 160 mm.

You now have the opportunity to buy both a pair of pumps and boots with 160 mm platform heels. You don’t need to worry about a winter night without a pair of 160 mm platform boots. Both summer and winter attire is resolved for you, thanks to the timeless and elegant design of Dolly heels.

Dolly Pump Alta and Booty Alta are designed by Maison Christian Louboutin. They are only available for a limited time. Despite all the unique details of these heels, they are not that expensive! For £875, you will be getting lots of glam and elegance.

Here are the links:
Dolly Pump Alta 160 mm

Dolly Booty Alta 160 mm

Photos // Christian Louboutin, Harrods and Mytheresa

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Ford Discontinued the Fiesta

At the end of October 2022, Ford announced its decision to discontinue the Fiesta from June 2023 onward.

The Fiesta is one of the longest-standing vehicles in the industry, having been produced for 47 years. Unfortunately, the trend and addiction to driving SUVs has forced Ford to stop manufacturing the Fiesta.

This segment of Ford will be replaced by Puma’s electric version. Honestly, the Puma looks weird, and in the early 2000s, the Puma brand used to be a car based on the Ford Ka.

The original Ford Fiesta was launched in 1976, and since then more than 18 million units have been built around the world. Recently, Ford discontinued the Mondeo, Galaxy, and S-Max models. Honestly, I never liked MPVs (Galaxy and S-Max); they can be gone for good!

Anyway, I’m hoping that one day, the Fiesta will be back again. Until that time, we will miss you, Fiesta!

Images // Ford

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YSL Vibrator: The second round of what you can buy from YSL

In my previous post, I covered the £55 cotton tote bag on YSL’s website. It’s a unique piece from Yves Saint Laurent, and the perfect item to buy just before Emily in Paris season 3!

Today I found something more eccentric: a YSL vibrator necklace. It’s a wearable sex toy – if you wear this at a social event, no one will realize you’re wearing a sex toy.

The necklace sex toy is a great incognito product to hide your desire in front of people’s faces, and they won’t know anything about it.

Let’s get a bit technical: YSL didn’t manufacture the sex toy, it was made by the Crave Vesper brand. YSL branded it. For me, it’s still an incredible product. Given that YSL has sold condoms in the past, this is a great next-step product.

Here is the link:
https://www.ysl.com/en-gb/gifts/crave-vesper-vibrator-necklace-635248Y16078106.html

Photos // YSL

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What can you buy from YSL for under £100?

YSL is one of the most iconic French designers. It was founded in 1950 by Yves Saint Laurent and since that time, YSL has been an outstanding designer.

Unlike many other brands, YSL’s branding on their products is discreet which makes it a great brand for people who want to expo luxury without showing off.

Recently, I discovered a hidden part of the YSL website. This secret gem has tote bags under £100! I know this sounds crazy; you may ask, ‘how can a YSL bag be less than £100?’

It’s possible! I found one – The ‘Rive Droite’ collection on YSL’s website. It is hard to find it, but when you find it, you can have a YSL tote bag for £55!

Why do I blog about this? Because I bought it! The packaging was amazing, beyond your imagination, and the quality of the bag exceeded all my expectations.

Honestly, the YSL Rive Droite tote bag is worth the money!

Here is the link:
https://www.ysl.com/en-gb/accessories/saint-laurent-rive-droite-totebag-714143YCL369901.html

Photos // YSL and mine

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The Last Bugatti Chiron, Mistral

A few days ago, Bugatti revealed its most radical design yet – a permanent open-roof hypercar.

I know that the permanent open-top style is not new to the industry. However, it is completely new to a car that produces 1,600hp and can exceed 420 km/h! Driving faster than 400 km/h in an open-top car severely challenges the driver and passenger. I can only imagine the turbulence inside the cabin created at those speeds. I’m sure it will be safe, but I doubt it will be a pleasant experience for anyone to reach speeds of 400 km/h.

Importantly, though, no one is buying the Mistral for the speed – the lucky 99 buyers will own the final W16-powered Bugatti series. The W16 engine is not feasible anymore as a gas-only engine, and the world has changed. All brands are moving towards electric, and that’s why Bugatti is under the Rimac brand in VW Group. The Bugatti Mistral is the final addition to the W16-series, and W16 will be gone forever when the 500 Chirons sell out.

Is the Mistral worth buying? Yes, absolutely. Worth driving at 400 km/h? I’m not sure about that!

Photos // Bugatti

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VW Phaeton Second Generation Revealed (kind of)

VW recently revealed the pictures of VW Phaeton’s cancelled second generation. Sadly, the Phaeton didn’t manage to see its second generation. When Phaeton was first revealed in 2003, it shocked the industry. VW was entering into the luxury F-segment and going to compete with Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

To compete in the luxury segment, Phaeton was offering groundbreaking technologies. Phaeton was designed to be driven non-stop at 50-degree at 300 km/h, with an interior temperature of 22. This was requested by Ferdinand Piech (grandson of Ferdinand Porsche). And Phaeton achieved this request. To be an invincible vehicle, Phaeton was over-engineered with many redundancy systems. Everything had a backup system designed to survive the most challenging conditions. Another game-changer feature was the windows were coated with an anti-moisture coat. So whatever you do, inside the Phaeton, you won’t have foggy windows (Tried by Jeremy Clarkson at Top Gear).

I can’t forget the mechanical arms of the boots; they were a piece of engineering. Still, you can’t find this type of engineering in any of the cars. Phaeton was a gamer changer. Also, I can’t forget the W12 engine, not a V12, a W12! This was another game-changer in automotive engineering. Air condition would never make you sick, with the torsional rigidity of 37000 nm/degree (this is high). There were also more requests from Piech but never revealed to the public.

Sadly, Phaeton had one problem, it was a VW. And it was nearly impossible to compete with Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Maserati Quattroporte, Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ (now gone). Even the Jaguar couldn’t keep up with the competition. S-Class has always been the leader of the F-segment. VW had the money but couldn’t gain traction. Sadly, Phaeton was out of production in 2016.

Interestingly, the highest demand came from China and South Korea. Although this demand didn’t manage the keep the production alive. The Phaeton was also used for first-generation Bentley FlyingSpur and did really well.

So, what are these second-generation pictures of Phaeton? VW just wanted us to show what the second generation Phaeton could have looked like. As I am not an industrial designer, one thing I can say, the first-generation Phaeton has cleaner lines and looks better. I hope Frank Stephenson will cover the second-generation Phaeton in his future videos.

The second generation Phaeton was going to have a plug-in hybrid system, the same V6, V8, and W12 engines. Also, electrochromic side windows was on the plan. At the touch of a button, the user can switch from opaque to transparent glass.

Lastly, Phaeton was a great car. If you find a clean one with a W12 engine, go for it! If you live in China, Phaeton is kind of alive as Phideon. It is a smaller version based on a smaller platform.

Photos // VW

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The world’s most expensive car sold: Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

When you hear the sentence, ‘the world’s most expensive car’, you might be thinking about Bugatti Chiron’s special edition. They cost more than €3 million, and that’s very expensive.

However, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR broke that record: €135 million by Sotheby’s on the 19th of May, 2022! I know classic cars are always more expensive than modern cars. But €135 million was not something commonly seen! So how can a car cost this much?

There were only two Mercedes-Benz 300SLR cars ever produced. They are both owned by Mercedes-Benz (MB) AG Germany. MB was never willing to sell the 300SLRs. The uniqueness of the 300SLR is not in the design: it is in the technology.

It was one of the first direct petrol injection engine cars, developing 310 PS from an 8-cylinder 3-lt engine with a top speed of 283 kph (176 mph) and only 7.4 seconds to reach 100 kph (62 mph). I know these numbers are not so exciting for 2022, but for 1955 it was groundbreaking. Also, the 300SLR was based on space frame chassis and only weighed 1.1-tonnes! Another interesting fact: the front brakes were on axles, unlike inside the wheels on a regular car, so, they can save weight with the wheels, and the car’s centre of gravity is improved. Additionally, brakes on axles will not lock the wheel easily (ancient ABS).

So, who was driving this car?
It was Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The designer of the car. 300SLR was his company car, and he drove it every day. However, the 300SLR runs very loud and it caused Rudolf Uhlenhaut to have permanent hearing loss. It is good to note too that despite having the 300SLR as the company car, it only had 6045 km.

So, who bought the 300SLR?
Someone wealthy and well connected. I don’t think the owner of the 300SLR is a lottery winner because Mercedes-Benz didn’t wish to sell this car for decades. Simon Kidston urged the Mercedes-Benz board to sell for 18 months…it was one of the toughest sales! I have no idea on the insurance premium for this car.

What happened to the €135 million?
Mercedes-Benz donated it to a foundation.

Is this car worth the money?
Yes! It was before its time and designed with the highest levels of engineering. Their performance figures can still challenge today’s sports cars!

Photos // Mercedes-Benz

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Gucci x Adidas Umbrella, Sorry Sun Umbrella

Recently, Adidas and Gucci revealed a collection. You will find everything from high heels, to keyrings, to umbrellas – literally. This type of collaboration is expected; two brands reveal a collection together and boost their revenues. Nothing wrong with that.

However, the problem is when they sell an umbrella, it is not designed to be used in the rain. Gucci x Adidas Sun Umbrella is not intended to be used in the shower. If you try it, you will get wet for £870! I have seen many umbrellas from luxury brands, and all of them did their primary function – keeping you dry from the rain!

I understand that Gucci x Adidas wanted to introduce a product that can be used only under the sun and that’s fine on paper. However, when the product is released, the human brain’s basic function of heuristics kicks in (behavioural economics), and we recall rain and being dry. Unfortunately, this umbrella will not do this, and you will be paying a considerable price for it.

People started to mock this sun umbrella on social media, but I am sure people will buy it!

Here is the link to order it (if it is still available)
https://www.gucci.com/uk/en_gb/pr/c/adidas-x-gucci-sun-umbrella-p-701872F12ZT4770

Photo credit // Adidas

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Salon Privé Chelsea, London 2022

I have tried to attend Salon Privé for a long time, but I’ve never managed it! I always thought Salon Privé was a small car show, and that’s all. However, I was wrong.

I realized this when I attended the event at Royal Chelsea Hospital in London this year. Since I started blogging, I think this is the first car show where I didn’t ask for a press pass.

Salon Privé London has something unique to offer! It is small, but it has everything! From Prodrive’s Paris Dacar off-roader BRX Hunter to Bugatti Chirons (multiple Chirons were present). I’m not even taking into account the number of Lamborghinis that were present.

Another great part of Salon Privé was Anna-Louise Felstead (Instagram @alfelstead). She is a fantastic artist whose paintings I love. This is especially true for the ones that convey the reality of luxury cars. They are amazing!

Also, there were two helicopters at Salon Privé. I can’t ignore them in this write-up. From this year, I will be attending a future Salone Privé event, and I highly recommend it!