It’s all about excess and opulence
They’re not called high-end luxury cars for nothing. They take opulence a step further with all kinds of outrageous options that would have most people scratching their heads. But hey, it’s all about what you want, right? You have to have that one veneer, that intricate clock, and that special exterior color that doubles the manufacturing time of your Bentley or Rolls-Royce. Here are nine crazy features on high-end luxury cars that you can find today.
Most people who buy vehicles like the Bentley Bentayga or Rolls-Royce Cullinan have incomes that put them firmly in the one percent category. They also like the finer things in life, so why not add a crazy expensive timepiece in the vehicle that they ride in? When the Bentley Bentayga first went on sale, one option stood out because of its $160,000 USD price tag: a mechanical Breitling clock adorning the dash called the Mulliner Tourbillon. It even winds itself and has a motor that can rotate the clock to keep it running.
As expected, celebrities are connoisseurs of expensive high-end vehicles to flaunt their status wherever they go. So it’s no surprise that it’s possible to get curtains on vehicles like a Rolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne. They’re also power operated, so all you need to do to get away from the flashing lights or pull the partition between you and the driver is push a button. Bentley charges $15,969 USD to outfit your Mulsanne with curtains in the rear seats.
For those who like to indulge in fancy chilled drinks on the road, there are many high-end luxury cars now that give you the option to add a refrigerator in between the rear seats. Everything from a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and Volvo XC90 Excellence to a Rolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne now offers an available refrigerator for you to store your favorite drinks. In a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you can get yourself a nice little refrigerator for $1,100 USD. However, in a Volvo XC90, that feature is only available on the Excellence model, which costs $106,545 USD. In a Bentley Bentayga, you have to go to the brand’s Mulliner arm to get a custom refrigerator that costs $10,000 USD.
…with matching expensive glassware
Riding in luxury means you should also drink in style in the rear seats. Some automakers including Bentley and Volvo add expensive crystal flutes or wine glasses. In the case of Volvo, its six-figure XC90 Excellence comes with Orrefors glasses for your enjoyment on the road. We suspect that part of the refrigerator’s cost is reflected by the inclusion of fancy champagne flutes and glasses, which we found could cost anywhere from $250 USD to upwards of $500 USD for a set of two.
Picnic tables? Yes, picnic tables—and a full picnic set!
In case you want to take in the fresh air, some high-end luxury cars are offered with folding picnic tables for you to put your drinks and favorite snacks. Want a full setup? Vehicles including the Bentley Bentayga even offer a full-fledged picnic set complete with utensils, glassware, and a slide-out bench to tailgate out of. The price tag? An eye-watering $27,500 USD.
Special interior trim
To make their cars unique, high-end automakers such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, and Porsche will let you commission a vehicle to your exact specifications. That includes interior trim such as real metal and wood. If that’s too common for you, Bentley will even embed stone veneers into your car, and other automakers will let you bring your own wood to put into your car complete with unique patterns and designs. Automakers typically don’t advertise the cost of these services. If you need to know the damage it’ll do to your bank account, you can’t afford it.
Standard leather is for peons, and in order to add an extra layer of opulence and excess, high-end automakers put in real hides that artisans sew in by hand. If special seats aren’t enough for you, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and other brands in the ultra-luxury space will let you opt for lambswool rugs so you can rub your feet in them and indulge in all of that softness. The damage for the soft feeling under your feet? Between $974 USD to $2,944 USD, depending on the color and model of vehicle you have. Brands like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and BMW all have commission programs that let you choose exclusive interior upholstery that can cost anywhere from $2,000 USD to well over $5,000 USD.
Soft-close doors/power doors
Too lazy to close your own door shut? Nearly every manufacturer that offers a high-end luxury car gives you the option to add doors with some form of power closing mechanism. Whether it’s the soft-close variety or one that lets you open or close with the push of a button, there’s no longer much effort involved in door operation. Most full-size luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class now come standard with soft-close doors even in their most basic iterations.
Stars…in the headliner
If you thought multi-colored interior ambient lighting was cool, wait until you see the available starlight headliner in a new Rolls-Royce Phantom. Available through Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke program, the starlight headliner embeds fiber optic strands at different angles into perforated leather so that light can shine through multiple areas in different levels of brightness to make it look like you’re gazing up at the stars. The price tag? A cool $12,000 USD.