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What could be more fun than watching two of the worlds greatest supercars duke it out in a head to head all out race? The only thing that I can think of would be if the win was major upset. Last week we pitted the Lamborghini Huracan spyder against the BMW i8 hybrid in a drag race, and the photo finish showed a shocking result.
The BMW i8 Hybrid is a phenomenal vehicle. Few vehicles on the road today can compete with its exotic design, and even less can boast the same amount of comfort for their driver and passengers. While the BMW i8 is a leader in many of these regards, it is not without a few quirks. One quirk in particular is frustrating to both vehicle owners and renters alike is the sticky fuel door that will leave you stranded at the pump.
In an attempt to produce “The Ultimate Driving Machine” BMW has pressurized the entire fuel system of the i8 hybrid. When you push the fuel door release button on the drivers door, a message will appear on the dashboard stating “Preparing To Refuel”. On rare occasion this message will stay on the dash, and the door will not open. If this ever happens to you, follow these simple steps to quickly open the fuel door.
Press the fuel door open button on the drivers side door
View the message “Preparing To Refuel” on the dashboard. This message will likely be accompanied by a percentage
Wait 30 seconds to see if this process will complete on its own
Open the trunk of the vehicle. Trunk release is also located on drivers side door
Remove access panel on passengers side of the vehicle
Pull the green release tab
Press the fuel tank door to pop open
Watch our video tutorial for opening a stuck fuel door on the BMW i8 Hybrid
Have we just discovered a new car cleaning life hack?
Here at Imagine Lifestyles we are always looking for innovative ways to take care of our fleet. One of the most delicate parts of our operation is cleaning our luxury and exotic cars. It recently occurred to us that the leaf blower is a great way to get a touch-free dry finish. We manage to safely get a showroom look as quickly as a drive through car wash – and have a little fun too!
Not a week goes by that I am not asked the question, “do you guys offer delivery?” The answer is an enthusiastic YES! Imagine Lifestyles maintains a fleet of trucks and trailers that are ready at a moments notice to deliver you the luxury or exotic car that is just right for your weekend getaway, or your month long stay.
Some of the common questions asked about this service include whether or not we can operate at the airports. The answer to this is also YES! Our team of professionally trained drivers can meet you right at the terminal, enabling you to hop right off your flight and into your car. No more wandering through massive terminals, or waiting for shuttle buses to take you to a dingy rental car kiosk where you have to wait in line. Simply walk up to your vehicle, allow us to assist you with your bags, and be on your way. We’ll even have the AC set so the car is nice and comfortable from the moment you open the door.
More options for our Imagine Lifestyles professional delivery service include:
Airport Delivery & Pick up
Hotel Delivery & Pick up
Home Delivery & Pick up
Office Delivery & Pick up
Imagine Lifestyles will deliver and pick up our luxury and exotic rental vehicles at any location you request
Meet the BMW i8 Hybrid, among the most pristine and exotic cars available on the luxury car rental market today! The BMW i8 has heads turning all over the East coast with its insane exotic styling, and unique hybrid performance. This BMW i8 rental rental is available from Imagine Lifestyles in New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.
The BMW i8 exotic rental vehicle is the ultimate way to feel for yourself the overall power strategically crafted for this model. The increased performance tweaks ensure extremely perfect handling and incredible acceleration. The interior of the i8 is sleek and exotic. This haute luxury car rental provides utmost comfort for cruising the streets.
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There is good news for the next calendar year: The next-gen Lamborghini Huracan will offer that RWD experience. A departure from the first Huracan, which offered AWD, the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 will mark a return to the rear. Why does it matter? As with any new model, even the most pragmatic of test cycles cannot predict everything and every machine can be improved. The clip above is the official introduction of the Lamborghini Huracan.
The Lamborghini Huracan 610-4 stepped in to fill the rather large shoes of the outgoing Gallardo—the social and non-threatening offering. That is not to say that the Gallardo is not a beast, it simply means it lies somewhere beneath the more extreme brand offerings. The Huracan was developed to serve in that capacity, beneath the more aggressive and powerful Lamborghini Aventador and Veneno machines. Let us take a look at how the next-gen Huracan will measure up:
The 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 at a glance:
While the AWD LP 610 car is certainly nothing worthy of a scoff, some drivers found it irritating on the track. The return to a RWD corrects the issues of using an AWD on the track, giving more of the decision-making power back to the driver and away from the computer. Track braking was also a problem area.
The RWD LP 580-2 delivers the solution to these woes via the capacity to nail the proper performance figures in admirable times while providing that distinctive and historic Lamborghini driving experience.
She hits the 0-60 mile per hour jump a shaving slower than her predecessor, and packs the same healthy 5.2-liter V10 tweaked to grip the back.
Further adaptations include the ever-so-slight grill changes. She is also 73 pounds lighter on her wheels thanks to the reduction in equipment feeding the front.
The first-gen Lamborghini Huracan in her regular attire.
The first-gen Lamborghini Huracan dressed for success.
Overall, not only is the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 a return to RWD, she is around $30k less than the AWD, making it a win-win.
Mahindra brand of India has been busy creating concepts for their own burgeoning market, including the KUV100 SUV, their entry into the hatchback crossover arena. The company has been slinging images of the newbie around Mumbai and intends to take on competitors like the Ford Figo, Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Suzuki WagonR.
The Mahindra KUV100 SUV will be offered in both diesel and standard petrol, with no mention of an electric or hybrid offering just yet. The brand launched the TUV300 earlier in the year, which looks very much like an Indian version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Because the swanky new KUV100 is still a concept, it simply looks cooler than its predecessor, but it may appear quite similar in production form—a perhaps smaller version of it. That said, it is important for potential buyers to be realistic about what a concept vehicle is actually going to look like when it hits the market. Automakers spend countless hours and dollars drumming up love for their new offerings– but by the time the actual product emerges, too many hands have had their way and it is often a disappointment in comparison to its promise.
The Mahindra KUV100 is pronounced “One double Oh” and will be rolling out over the next few months as the major auto shows begin to occur. The SUV concept was developed in the company’s own facility in Chennai adhering to global standards and regulations, including those pesky emissions. According to director Pawan Goenka of Mahindra (which is actually named Mahindra & Mahindra, like an egotistical law firm): “We are all set to create a new segment with the launch of the KUV100 which also marks our foray into ground up petrol engines. An ambitious project from the very start, the KUV100, is all set to carve its niche amongst first time car buyers with its unique propositions.”
So…is this what American automakers will be driving while they are living in India making the most of the economic auto boom?
You could take the train to Times Square and spend the holiday smashed and uncomfortable among a massive crowd of strangers in the freezing cold—or you could rent a Ferrari for New Year’s Eve and usher in an unforgettable start that pulls out all the stops! Hey, you can always just watch the ball drop from the ipad screen while parked high on a hilltop overlooking the glittering city. If you consider it, most will watch the ball drop via their smartphone screens while taking boring photos anyhow! Sharing photos of a Ferrari will never be lame.
Ferrari F430 from Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals
Now that you have the right idea, let me explain how easy it is to make this dream a reality:
Give Imagine Lifestyles a call at 866-436-3514 and discover how affordable it is to spend the day with a Ferrari. You will be pleasantly surprised.
This number allows 24/7 access to rental information. So when you awaken at 2 am still thinking about this article, you can call. You know you want to.
Still not convinced? Stop by our New Jersey headquarters and lay eyes on our gorgeous inventory. Take a few selfies with the cars, grab a t-shirt and get further acquitted with our friendly staff while you get more details on renting a Ferrari or similar exotic car for the holiday.
Which Ferrari rentals are available? We are glad you asked! We keep the latest 3 models in stock for clients: The Ferrari 430 coupe and convertible, the Ferrari California T and the newer Ferrari 458 Italia coupe and convertible. The cars are offered in a variety of colors, if the classic Ferrari red isn’t your thing. The color will take the backseat to that Prancing Horsepower, in the end.
Ferrari California T rental
Now that you have traction started for a different style of New Year’s celebration, you will need to devise a plan to share your amazing experience via social media. Imagine the videos, photos and fun you can share with your friends and followers to kick off 2016 behind the wheel of a supercar!
A 2015 Lamborghini Aventador roadster was stolen in New York City, and the reward has since skyrocketed to a healthy $100,000. The white Aventador is valued at $795,000 and was last seen on October 28th cruising the streets of Flushing, Queens. Was it begging to be stolen? Some may ask that very question, but it was a very unique car. Authorities feel the vehicle is likely in a shipping container or already gone because it would certainly stand out even in the stolen parts market.
A white Lamborghini Aventador
What went down to lead to the Lamborghini theft is a mystery that the snoops at NYC private detective agency Pinkerton intends to solve with the higher than usual bribe money. It would seem that they really want this case closed before the holidays to offer such incentive, or perhaps the owner is a pal of theirs. Either way, with the Lamborghini Aventador model still a head-turner and relatively new, it would be too hot for the underground rings and as the authorities feel, is likely already packaged up and en route overseas where it won’t stick out like a sore thumb.
For the adventurous bounty hunters, the only other info on the car as that it was parked near the Al Oerter Recreation Complex in Queens. Reports indicate that a luxury car theft ring has been busy in New York and New Jersey lately, and arrests are beginning to be made in connection. The total number of arrests so far exceeds 20 but it is not clear if that ring has anything to do with this missing Aventador. A safe bet is that a buyer was prearranged and that the thieves simply filled the order, Fast and Furious style!
Tis the season once again, and with it comes the annual analysis of the most expensive holiday gifts available! With much-loved publications like Harper’s Bazaar and the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book to thumb/click through, there is no shortage of staggering price tags and baubles to check out this year. Let’s take a look at some of the expensive fare we have seen thus far:
A $3.2 million smackaroo couture dog collar by Amour Amour tipping the scale at a whopping 52 carats and laden with 1,600 individual sparklers.
A pair of $230,000 solid gold ladies high heels, for the well-heeled types. Created by Christopher Michael Shellis, this pair features 2,200 diamonds but costs less than the dog collar.
The $345,000 robot servant will be more adept to your adult needs but will cost far more than the child’s play versions. The minds at Hammacher Schlemmer claim the robot is controlled via a wireless remote while the operator enjoys the stationary life. Sadly, this is true.
Experiences seem to be the popular route for the Neiman Marcus book this year, with some of the following offerings standing out: A $90,000 ride into the atmosphere in a pressurized space balloon from World Views, a $150,000 tour of Florence and Venice with Italian jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno (for 4 guests over 7 days), and an $80,000 lunch and personal styling with legend Iris Apfel of the fashion industry (this one comes with a trunk brimming with accessories).
The disappointment this year was the car selection for the Neiman Marcus book…a special-edition 50th anniversary Mustang convertible for $95,000. Yawn.
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
If the price tags for these holiday gift ideas seem a touch decadent, you can always opt for a $300-$500 card from the Gilded Age instead…no, that is not a gift card—it is just a greeting card with some gold and bling that the recipient cannot even wear. Share your favorite extreme gift item for this year!
Bottom line: A LaFerrari would have suited just fine, Santa.