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Luxury, Top-Class Cars Feature Difference

May 22, 2008
We need to clearly know what we mean by this class of vehicles. Luxury, top-class cars are considered styled, luxurious automobiles aimed at the comfort and satisfaction of its owner or driver, dispensing with passenger space, cargo capacity and other practical concerns for the achievement of style.

The luxury, top-class cars are very costly and their price range is above Rs 20 lakhs. Hence, these cars are affordable and are chosen by high income group.

Luxury, top-class cars have the capacity to carry a maximum of 6 passengers. The companies such as- BMW, Daimler Chrysler, Porsche, Rolls Royce manufacture these cars and companies such as -Aston Martin and General Motors are still planning to dish out their models in the market under this segment.

A car may be classified as a luxury automobile even if it is not a luxury, top class car. Performance alterations of common, production cars, such as luxury compacts, luxury, top class sedans, muscle cars, hot hatches and other cars similar to these generally are not luxury, top class cars, still share characteristics owned by luxury, top class cars.

Sometimes, performance cars of all compositions are classified as luxury, top class cars, or, often, as performance cars.

A luxury, top class car does not need a big, powerful engine, even though a lot of them do have them. Some traditional cars of this category do not possess powerful engines, but were popular for excellent handling because of their light weight, a well-engineered, balanced chassis, and modern suspension. On complex and compressed roads, automobiles like them achieve more efficiency than a heavier, more powerful luxury car with less flexibility.

As a result of North American safety regulations, a lot of luxury, top class cars are not in the market for sale or use in the United States and Canada. In the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle Eastern market (e.g. UAE), an adjustable attitude towards small-volume specialist manufacturers has helped companies to flourish.

The drive train and engine layout decide the handling features of an automobile, and is the core to the design of a luxury, top class car.

It is common for luxury, top class cars of any generation to have the following features: the front-engine, rear-wheel drive train layout (FR layout). This configuration has lasted the test of time longer in such cars compared to mainstream automobiles.

For achieving of better handling and weight distribution, other formats have been developed. The RMR layout is a common feature seen only in luxury, top class cars - the motor is centre-mounted in the chassis (nearer to and behind the driver), and supports only the rear wheels. High-performance cars of this type and supercar manufacturers always show a liking to this layout.

A lot of modern cars, specifically grand tourers, also employ a FMR layout, with the motor placed between the front axle and the firewall.

Only a few manufacturers still employ the rear-engine and rear-wheel drive layout (RR layout). The motor has well spread out weight across the wheels, and this delivers exceptional traction, but is not advisable, as the engine's weight is not between the two axles, the vehicle is badly balanced. Thus, many early vehicles handled errantly.

However with the continuous modifications to the design, added with the engineering developments and support of electronic driving i.e. computerized traction-stability control, the manufacturers have been able to fight against inherent weaknesses in the design. Luxury, top class cars continue to be an irresistible attraction for car fanatics all over the world.
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