Motoring: Dream cars

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Belgium boasts a fleet of more than 7 million cars, 5.5 million of which are privately owned. So it’s safe to say that the overwhelming majority of Belgians own a car. They have become an inseparable aspect of our daily lives –this four-wheeled friend performs a multitude of unexpected tasks every day. In addition to these SUVs, Crossovers, sedans, coupes, Cabriolets, vans and trucks, there is a much smaller number of ‘motors’ that make us dream. Marginal in their configuration as in the selling price, they are the ‘Dream Cars’.

At the recent FEBIAC Salon at Heysel, fifty super luxury cars gathered under one roof, including Alpina, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Ferrari, Imperia, Infiniti, Jaguar, KTM, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Noble, Porsche, Rolls -Royce, Tesla. Not to mention the recent Belgian E-Car. Very enticing!

It is true that if you can shell out between €150,000 and €800,000 for this type of vehicle, you won’t be scared off by options at €10,320 (the cost of navigation on the R8 Spyder, and also the retail price of a Citroen C1 5-door).

Aficionados of curves and gleaming fuselages, addicts of supercharged horsepower – look no further! Dreaming can chase away the cobwebs, and we can always imagine. Below is part one of our luxury car series.

CARS Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage S RoadsterAston Martin
Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage S Roadster boasts a 6–litre/573 horsepower engine, going from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Unless you prefer the 470 hp of the DB-9 or DB 9 Volante?

Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar
Echoing its sisters XF and XJ vehicles, the Jaguar F-Type inherits four-wheel drive. It has a retractable hood, cold air intake, 550hp and 300 km/h (where allowed). Beautifully crafted, straight from the text book.

X-BOW GT
X-BOW GT

X-BOW GT
A roadster for fans of the concept, the X-BOW GT has got itself a windshield! Weighing less than 850kg, it has a 4-cylinder turbo rear position 285hp engine. And with 0 to100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, pleasure is clearly the order of the day.

Audi Sportback
Audi Sportback

Audi
In Munich, the high-end is the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. In Stuttgart, think in terms of the CLS AMG. In Ingolstadt, they are proud of the RS7. Audi Sportback is tailored like a coupe, with a twin-turbo V8 engine with 560hp fishing up to 700 Nm between 1750 and 5500 rounds. Crème de la crème: at a constant speed, 4 of the 8 cylinders can take a nap.

For lovers of unfiltered sensations, there is also the R8 at 430hp, 525hp and 549hp.

Bentley Flying Spur
Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley
With a 12-cylinder/625hp engine, the Flying Spur Bentley also offers a V8 turbo from 507hp, needing only 5.2 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h and reached 245 km/h at the cutting edge.

The Mulsanne at 512hp and 537hp and the Continental GT 507-624hp complete the offer.