The BMW 3 Series has long been the benchmark for the midsize luxury sedan market. Combining the best of German luxurious sports driving into one package, this has long been the sedan to beat. Although others are doing well, bringing some stiff competition, the 3 Series sees a few updates, especially to the top-end six-cylinder engine, that keep this Driving Machine out front.
British luxury treehouse builder Blue Forest, the same firm responsible for the Quiet Treehouse and Eco-PERCH, recently unveiled its plan to construct a low-impact vacation home development in the UK. Dubbed Nesting, the project features bird nest-shaped treehouses that include energy-efficient lighting, heating, and insulation.
Lincoln has been through some tough times in recent years, but this year's Detroit Auto Show provided some strong evidence to suggest Ford's luxury arm is well and truly alive. The new Continental takes a unique path by ignoring Nurburgring lap times and pulling out of the technology arms race kickstarted by Mercedes and BMW. Instead, Lincoln has presented the quintessential modern American luxury car.
Zaha Hadid Architects is due to begin work on its first project in South America with a luxury residential high-rise on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Casa Atlântica's design is defined by its spine-shaped facade and it comprises a total of 12 floors.
Initial details and renders recently emerged concerning Renzo Piano's North Beach, Miami condominium, Eighty Seven Park. Due for completion in 2018, the residential high-rise will comprise 70 luxury apartments, with the cheapest reportedly commanding a minimum of US$2 million.
The Cayman Islands is not short of luxury resorts – and it's about to get another. Covering 16 acres, the US$250 million St James Point mixed-use resort will incorporate lush grounds and a 1,000-ft private beach while, according to the designers, remaining sensitive to the existing tropical environment.
This is how it's supposed to work: You pen a note to Santa outlining how wonderfully well behaved you've been throughout the year and put forward a wishlist of all the goodies you deserve in recognition of your exemplary performance. The elves then set to work with their hammers and saws and carbon fiber fabrication techniques to produce your heart's desire before Santa loads it up and drops it down your chimney with no regard for physics or reindeer haulage limitations. Ok, it's not going to pan out that way, but that doesn't stop us from setting aside the crushing reality of socks and scented soap for a moment and dreaming a little dream. Here's our annual list of the top 10 things you CAN'T have for Christmas.
Mercedes-AMG has unveiled a new flagship S-Class. The S 65 Cabriolet is a soft-top sibling of the S65 AMG Coupe. With it, the carmaker is seeking to create something that provides both high-performance excitement and comfortable, roof-down joie de vivre.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the interior design of its upcoming E-Class. The spacious and technologically innovative layout boasts 23 speakers, two 12.3-in screens merged into an ultra-wide display, touch control buttons that respond to finger swipes and customizable LED lighting.
Earlier this year, Delaware-based high-end headphone maker Hifiman launched a new flagship planar magnetic open back headphone to much audiophile and pundit applause, with the nanometer-thick diaphragm and non-symmetrical planar driver design offering critic-silencing clarity and sonic detail. They were big. They were beautiful. And, at US$3,000, they were eye-wateringly expensive. Hifiman's president and founder Dr. Fang Bian says that he wanted to offer a model with similar features and performance, but one that was more portable and didn't need a large expensive amp to run it. This has been realized in the new Edition X.