The Maybach is dead; long live the Maybach. While MB might have shut down its ultra-luxury brand in 2013, a name with that much history — the company was founded in 1909 — can't be kept down for long. It's now reappeared in the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, the new flagship Benz sedan. Powered by a 6.0L, V12 biturbo engine, it's certainly no slouch in terms of driving excitement, but as with its predecessors, it's more focused on rear-seat luxury, with an interior that's eight inches longer for increased rear leg room, two Executive Rear Seats boasting electronically adjustable calf support and a 43.5º incline angle, hand-stitched Nappa leather throughout the interior, optional seat buttons, pillows, and pillow stitching, seven unique interior packages, a standard rear seat entertainment package, and eight exclusive paint colors. Appropriately, champagne flutes come standard.
Yes, it boasts a ridiculously long name, but the Porsche Panamera Executive Exclusive Turbo S earns it. How? By appealing to executives with a longer wheelbase that increases rear passenger room, a chestnut brown leather interior with two tone dark walnut wood and deep black piano lacquer trim, and a rear seat entertainment system that boasts dual high-resolution 10.1-inch touchscreens, a built-in camera, an integrated DVD player, integrated mobile internet, and the ability to pump sound through wireless headphones or the car's high-end Burmester surround sound system. It's also exclusive, with only 100 examples being built and with the option for an exclusive two-tone black/brown paint job that's applied by hand to ensure smooth blending. Finally, it's still a Turbo S, so with 570 hp and all wheel drive, it's no slouch in the driving department, either.
FIRST SEEN IN UNCRATE MAGAZINE — Insane doesn't just describe this electric vehicle — that's the actual name of its performance mode. Tap "Insane" on the Tesla's 17-inch touchscreen, and you have access to frightening acceleration, with its dual motors silently propelling the sedan from 0-60 in a mere 3.1 seconds. For reference, that's faster than the Porsche 911 GT3, the Audi R8, and the McLaren F1. Obviously, the lack of an engine doesn't hurt its speed, and thanks to the heavy, under-floor battery pack, the all-wheel drive Tesla has an amazingly low center of gravity that makes the driving experience less like a car and more like a go kart. Besides the touchscreen, it's got an otherwise spartan interior, free of a transmission humps (since it doesn't have a transmission). The key fob, which looks like a toy Model S, lets you do things like pop the trunks or open the sunroof, just by tapping on the corresponding spot. If you hand over control, the Tesla's cameras, radars, and sonars can take over the driving, and should they ever falter, you can rest assured that it has the highest safety rating of any vehicle in America. Of course, you also get a driving range of 253 miles, which is every bit as impressive as anything else this car does.
Plenty of cars claim to combine luxury and performance. Few do it as well as the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed. In the backseat you'll find a connected oasis, with a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 60GB on-board hard drive, fold-down work tables equipped with iPads and Bluetooth keyboards, a frosted glass bottle cooler complete with bespoke crystal champagne flutes, a 2,200-Watt Naim audio system, two 8-inch entertainment screens, and Bluetooth headphones. When it's time to move behind the steering wheel, you're equally well equipped, thanks to a 6.75L twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 530 hp and lets you hit 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds on your way to a top speed of 190 mph. Perfect for the CEO who doubles a secret agent.
Saleen has a long history of taking great sports cars and making them better — so it should come as no surprise that when they got their hands on a Tesla Model S, they were able to turn it into something incredible. The Saleen Foursixteen takes what is already an impressive base, and adds on improved aerodynamics, an upgraded drivetrain and rear-end, as well as a high-performance suspension and braking package. But the refinements don't end there. Take a look inside and you'll find black perforated leather, Alcantara suede, a new center console, four full bucket seats, and beautiful detailing throughout.