DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIMOUSINES

In the world of cars, limousines stand out for their unique size and style. Limousines are exotic vehicles that are mostly used for luxurious wedding transport, airport service, etc.

Limousines come with a wide range of amenities such as TVs, DVDs, full bars, sunroofs, karaoke machines, Jacuzzi, depending on the size and the make. Limousines ooze comfort and exquisite class with models ranging from hummer limos to Mercedes, then to more expensive car brands such as Bentley, Cadillac, and Rolls-Royce. Limousines are always appealing to the eyes and make heads turn as they move around town. All limousines are designed like conventional cars but they are lengthier, spacious and have extra amenities that improve their functions, unlike regular cars.

Limousines can be broadly categorized into regular and stretched limousines. The differences are outlined below.

REGULAR LIMOUSINES – Regular limos are suitable for short trips and are perfect for business trips, airport runs, and a few special events. Riding this kind of limo to a business meeting leaves a lasting impression and greatly influence people’s perception of you. A regular limo can accommodate about 2-3 people

STRETCHED LIMOUSINES – Stretched limos, on the other hand, are perfect for special occasions as they are more grandiose for those kinds of occasions. A stretched limo can perfectly accommodate up to 10 people. They are mostly used for weddings, club entrances, prom attendance, concerts and other such wonderful events.

While any type of limo will fit into either of these categories described above, this article will further describe different types of limousines and their specific features.

  1. Hummer limousines – this massive car can accommodate up to 20 people. Most hummer limousines are perfect for outings where you want your presence felt. They come with multiple TV screens in different compartments, video game slots, a small bar and sometimes a mini casino.
  2. Sedan limousines – Sedan limousines will fall on the lowest rung of the ladder if limousines were arranged in order of features and cost. They are cheap and perfect for business trips. They are smaller and can only accommodate a maximum of four people.
  3. SUV limousines – perfect for family vacations or road trips as they mostly come with complete family entertainment packages such as TV sets, spacious seating, bars etc. All these combined makes the travel experience comfortable.
  4. Limo or party buses – this is a good stretch limo that is perfect for hosting parties on the road. That kind of parties where you enjoy the drinks alongside the thrill of a moving vehicle. They are usually fully furnished with restrooms, disco floors, drinking zones, poles, smoke machines, karaoke equipment, etc. Limo buses can accommodate up to 30 people at once and is perfect for birthday parties and other sorts of celebrations.
  5. Lincoln limousine – This limo works perfectly for all business trips, weddings, fun outings, etc and perfect in all situations without denying the passengers style, comfort and luxury every time.

As different car brands continue to mix out their limousine designs, thus it might affect limousine hire Melbourne. One thing they all ensure is strict compliance with the comfort, style, elegance, and class that comes with limousine cars.

Riding a limousine for any occasion is always an amazing experience.

Driving Down Memory Lane with the Iconic Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang needs no introduction in the automotive sector, as it is one of the most successful vehicles from Ford, since their Model A. Ford’s First Generation ‘Pony car’ was based on their Second Generation Falcon platform and was launched back in 1964 (although their VIN number stated 1965). This was five months before Ford’s 1965 spec vehicles were about to enter production. Hence, many still refer to this vehicle as the Mustang 1964.5.

Brief Lesson in the Mustang’s History:

Ford’s Mustang created a whole new class of vehicles in America that sported a long nose, short rear deck, with large hoods. It spawned rivals such as Chevrolet’s Camaro, First Generation Dodge Challenger, AMC Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda and Pontiac’s Firebird. Ford Mustang also deserves credit for inspiring vehicles such as the Ford Capri and Toyota Celica. The Mustang was officially unveiled for public viewing at the New York World Fair, on April 17, 1964, although production had commenced on March 9th, the same year.

The Mustang has evolved over time, although not all variants are as successful as Ford might have hoped. We have made a list of the Top 10 most popular and successful Mustangs of all time. Do fill in with your valuable inputs, if you recognize our shortcomings.

  • Mk.1 (1965) – This was the actual Holy Grail of Mustangs, as without it, we would never have had the First Generation. It is unique, powerful and cheap, a true bred American muscle. They however, are not as cheap as they used to be.
  • Boss 302 (2012) – Fast forward to modern years and the Boss 302 is definitely what every Mustang enthusiast would love to own. Apart from a powerful engine, which every Mustang had, Ford induced a feeling on precision and refinement in this vehicle. The level of balance and precision on this vehicle actually contradicts early ‘Stangs’.
  • Shelby GT350 (1965) – Caroll Shelby started tinkering with every new Mustang that rolled off the line and the GT350 is no exception. Magical things have been done together by Ford and Shelby over time and this vehicle is proof of their iconic partnership.
  • SVT Cobra (2003) – Even though this vehicle may not look like a conventional Mustang it is every bit a raw power that characterized the ‘Stang’. Smooth, suave and aerodynamic, this vehicle was not just capable of beating any vehicle on a drag strip, but was also capable of winning on the track, thanks to its lowered suspension.[
  • Boss 429 (1970) – What do you get when you combine a Mustang, race suspensions and a race prepped V8 power house? A Boss 429 of course! This vehicle broke all previous records of performance, setup by production vehicles in class. The 70s sure were the glory days!
  • Boss 302 (1970) – Muscle cars were America’s calling by the 70s and Ford had to defend its market shares from stiff competition. This is when some genius thought about the Boss and thank God he did! This vehicle went on to beat the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 at SCCA Trans Am Series.
  • Parnelli Jones / Saleen Edition – Not only is this an avid performer, it is a great handler too! Laden with custom touches to distinguish it from other creations, this vehicle had a special feel to it, from right across the parking lot!
  • Shelby GT350 (2011) – Despite the GT500’s additional features, the iconic Mustang GT350 still holds its own, when it comes o heritage. Shelby wanted to redefine this vehicle once again and they did precisely so, with the 2011 model. Displacing 624 BHP, this vehicle was refinement at its best.
  • Fox (1987) – This variant is known as the Fox, as it is based on Ford’s Fox platform. This vehicle was cheap and had every potential that a muscle car needed. You will love everything about this car, including the ‘5.0’ badges on both sides.

  • SVT Cobra (1993) – The best part about this car was that it was not an after-market tuned vehicle. It was factory tuned for maximum performance gains. Ford’s engineering prowess was showcased on his vehicle and if it hadn’t been for this car, we would have missed out on various high performance vehicles, including the F-150 Raptor SVT and 2003 SVT Cobra.

These vehicles – all variants of the original vision, known as a Mustang – are adjudged the best in range, according to us. You are quite welcome to make a few suggestions if you like!

BMWs New 2 Series Coupe

The performance auto segment has seen some tough rival action for quite a while now, with the likes of Audi, BMW M Series and Mercedes Benz AMG are the primary players in class. Each of the big three however, is known to specialize in different areas of car-making, although they do have products that match each other in the range.

2014 BMW M 235i:

BMW has two pretty interesting vehicles up for launch this year, namely the 2014 BMW M 235i and 2015 BMW M2. Talking about the M 235i first, this vehicle is just as confident and poised round a race track, as it is on road, although there are situations when this vehicle actually topples Mercedes Benz’s CLA45 AMG in its own game.

Transmission:

BMW is offering five and six speed manual / automated transmission on the M 235i and this outclasses the CLA45 AMG in more ways than one. A dual clutch transmission system has its advantages over a single clutch layout in terms of refinement and responsiveness. BMW has used their ZF transmission in this machine and that has clearly made a difference.

Interior:

Its interior is quite refined, apart from a whistling noise on the freeway, caused due to wind speeds. This could get irritating at times. The front seats provide sufficient support, even during spirited driving, while the race prepped steering column provides responsive and precise handling around tight corners.

Performance:

Stability during high speeds is not surprising, since this vehicle is based on a shorter wheelbase, with greater and more poised body balance. However, you cannot compare this vehicle to BMW’s outgoing 135i, as the M 235i is heavier by 200 pounds, which brings forth a subtle change in handling.

Engine:

Powered by an inline six cylinder 3.0 liter turbo charged engine, displacing 320 BHP along with 330 ft lb of torque, BMW has re-tuned this engine for greater fuel efficiency and power. Manual transmission variants are not necessarily more powerful than their automated variants, but displace power in a better manner, which in turn lends a smoother feel in general.

Pricing:

A mechanical slip ring differential is also being provided for additional precision and drivers, who take part in sport activities frequently, can choose to get them fitted from a dealership. Priced at AU$ 79,990 for the base variant, BMW plans on hitting the Australian market hard!

2015 BMW M2 Coupe:

BMW has also promised enthusiasts a more powerful version of their 2 Series Coupe. This vehicle succeeds their 1-Series M Coupe, although BMW plans on giving it more time than its predecessor that was rushed. Hence, we can expect a brushed up package deal, consisting of every luxury and performance package that can be thought of currently.

Exterior:

Exterior differences heavily distinguish the M2 Coupe from the M135i and some of these changes include large air intakes, unique front end treatment, wider rear fender, wider track, quadruple exhausts and a rear spoiler with wings. These surely bring a buffed up image of a vehicle up front, distinguishing the 2015 BMW M2 from all current generation models.

Drive Train:

These modifications are expected on all future generation BMW M Series Coupes as well, although we do not have any information on a new project for this moment. BMW is set to hit all the right buttons with their rear wheel drive coupe with manual transmission. Going by the popularity of their 1-Series Coupe, the M2 Series should fare better, considering a turbo charged power house underneath its bonnet.

Platform:

There are no major changes to be made on the M2’s platform, as it is based on the current generation rear wheel drive platform, which is also used underneath the outgoing 1 Series and current 3 Series vehicles. Technically, all wheel drive is possible on this platform and we could be witnessing such a change when BMW finally lunches this vehicle next year.

Engine:

The 2015 BMW M2 is expected to be powered by a straight six cylindered 3.0 liter twin turbo charged petrol engine, based on their current N54 design. However, performance upgrades are, most likely, as this is vehicle features the M badge. A more powerful variant of its straight six cylinder twin turbo charged N55 engine is also possible, although this is currently rumored.

Performance:

Total power displacement nearing 360 BHP is expected to be available on this engine layout, which will quite easily rival Mercedes Benz’s CLA45 AMG and A45 AMG. However, whichever engine BMW goes ahead with, it will be mated to either a seven speed automated transmission / a six speed manual. Top speed should be close to the 155 MPH mark, while acceleration from 0 – 60 MPH should be possible well within 4.5 seconds.

Competitors in Class:

Pricing is yet to be announced, even though we are expecting base prices similar to the Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG, Audi RS and Volkswagen’s Golf R. Despite BMW launching their 2 Series early this year, they have special plans for the M2, which will be offered during early 2015.

2014 Ferrari FF

The 2014 Ferrari FF brings back memories of the Shooting Brake, a design nearly forgotten. The most interesting feature about this vehicle, however, is the way in which power is displaced. Ferrari has designed the FF on a four wheel drive platform, after a long time. Ferrari had experimented with a four wheel drive train back in 1987, with their 408 integral concept. However, their FF is the first vehicle that makes it into production after a long time.

Brief Description:

Unlike regular all wheel drive vehicles, the Ferrari FF does not have a center differential. This makes it an effective rear wheel drive based vehicle too, as power dissipation can be controlled. A seven speed automated transmission system mated to its engine, provides maximum backup, while gear ratios are sufficiently spaced, which in turn allows maximum reliability and stability at high speeds.

Understanding the Mechanics behind the Vehicle:

The dual clutch mechanism on the FF is of utmost importance, as they work simultaneously to provide maximum traction, engine control and torque vectoring, which in turn enhances handling. The slipping clutches on this vehicle do not overheat, as power is delivered to its front axle for a short time span only. This is a tight and light weight system, even though Ferrari claims it adds a hefty 45 kg to their final vehicle.

Engine Specifications and Performance:

Steering wheel corruption has been reduced, while precision driving is what defines this Shooting Brake. Under the hood lies a 6.3 liter V12 engine displacing 651 BHP, which helps the 2014 Ferrari FF accelerate from 0 – 60 MPH within 3.7 seconds, while reaching top speeds around 208 MPH. Experts have highly praised this vehicle after taking it for a spin on the track and we expect superior levels of handling and overall performance from this vehicle.

Suspension upgrades along with advanced magneto rheological damper settings make driving worthwhile. Additional traction and road grip is present while speeding and in corners, while braking potential has also improved by a considerable margin. It is unfair to compare this vehicle with other legends from Ferrari such as their 599 GTB or the Enzo, especially since all these vehicles are in their respective market segments.

Weight Distribution and Handling:

Despite weight differences between the FF and 599 GTB in favor of the GTB, superior power to weight ratio reduces their lap times. Nimble handling is the FF’s forte, while power displacement levels are elegantly poised. Peak torque is available once you cross the 1750 RPM mark, post which, the FF becomes totally tractable. While cornering at high speeds, the rear section of the FF tends to lift off, although in medium pace, the vehicle tends to hit over-steer.

This is the exact time when front wheel drive intervenes and you get a mixed feeling of being pulled and pushed, all at once. This 651 BHP displacing vehicle is surprisingly quite easy to handle and maintain on roads. We tested the 2014 Ferrari FF briefly under winter conditions, using winter tires and this vehicle felt stable under most conditions. Hence, if you plan on taking your FF to a snowy destination, feel free to go right ahead!

Places Needing Improvement:

Steering control ratio of this vehicle is surprisingly smooth and placid, along with a well balanced weight distribution and chassis adjustment, which makes this vehicle feel lightweight and flexible at all times. There are however a few negative sides to the FF that needs to be addressed. Its smooth transmission system feels hesitant at low speeds. Driving under heavy traffic can be painful at times. Constantly shifting between first and second gears can be quite painful, while engine displacement is twitchy at times.

Pricing and Summary:

Priced at AU$ 625,000, this vehicle is value for money, even though minor upgrades should work perfectly. Contradicting popular beliefs, the FF is not quite firm or reactive, while people looking for cruising may like something softer for long journeys. The most interesting part about Ferrari’s FF at this moment is that, it has no potent rival in class.

Despite Mercedes Benz offering a host of Shooting Brake options, none of them actually seem to fit the bill. The closest competitor of sorts is Bentley’s Continental GT, although in reality, they are as different as chalk and cheese. Hence, Ferrari manages to hold its own, in class.