Category Archives: Cool Car Features

Are you fixated on all things luxury auto? Here you can find cool car features as they emerge onto the scene, one breathtaking or head-shaking item at a time! When something interesting, shocking, expensive or otherwise is invented, we are the first to bring it to our friends and fans. Whether it is a new spin on a navigation system, an amphibious Lamborghini or another technology breakthrough from BMW, you can scan it all here at Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rental’s luxury blog!

Floating Ferrari Takes on Venice

What better way to navigate and experience the winding and whimsical waterways of Venice than in a…Ferrari? While it may not offer any real Prancing Horsepower or ever nail the 0-60 mile-per-hour marker in 3.5 seconds, this wooden floating Ferrari has raced its way across global headlines! Where this floating Ferrari is headed, pavement is not required! This Ferrari F50 inspired watercraft joins a fleet of other exotic car molded boats in Venice.  This fascinating Ferrari watercraft was created by an Italian artist out of a single block of pinewood. The artist, Livio De Marchi, diligently whittled away at the … Continue reading

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Tech Flash: Google’s Self-Driving Car is Fully Functional

It has been in the news and on the roads for a time now, but the word is out that Google’s Self-Driving car is now fully functional. What that means is that the autonomous ride is now completely prepared to begin tentative road testing in final form. Behold: The completely functional Google autonomous vehicle prototype. It is a bit like a cute little futuristic cartoon car.  To make the situation more clear, Google stated: “We’ve been working on different prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical car parts like steering and braking, as … Continue reading

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Secret Range Rover Velar Has Been Hidden Since the 1970s

There is a secret Range Rover out there that has been closely guarded since the 1970s. The Range Rover Velar has been found out, however, and is actually for sale!  What exactly is this model and why has it been kept a secret for decades? The Range Rover Velar at a glance: The Velar is a prototype of the first Range Rover. It is a pre-production development model of the first ever one, which launched in 1970. Only about 30 of these units exist, and this is one of them. It will hit the auction block in February. It will … Continue reading

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Mazda MX-5 Cup Series Communicates Goals at SEMA 2014

The Mazda MX-5 Cup Series car showed off its stuff at the annual SEMA gathering in Las Vegas this year. Is this mini-wonder gearing up toward success in the racing arena? When it comes to the Miata…or…the MX-5…t is either adored or scorned. Luckily, looks do not matter much in racing, so most will have to agree that if it is simplified with lightness, it stands a chance. The Mazda MX-5 Cup Series is geared toward uniformity in racing. The MX-5 Cup Series will emerge in 2016 and the front-runner is to be the 4th generation MX-5 car. Some compare … Continue reading

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The Ariel Atom 3S Is Even More Performance Driven

The Ariel Atom 3S is a lightweight track toy capable of hitting the 0-60 mile per hour marker in less than 3 seconds. I say track toy only because the Ariel Atom is not a street legal ride. It is a bit bare bones at just 1,350 lbs stark naked, and certainly a much more economic solution than some exotic sports cars. Ariel produces the Atom for European customers. It can be purchased Stateside through special distributors who have been given permissions to build the cars. Right now TMI AutoTech Inc. has the exclusive rights to build and sell the … Continue reading

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Aston Martin Safety Features Losing Traction With Buyers

There are a plethora of advanced automotive safety features available in Aston Martin luxury cars and others, but they seem to be losing traction with buyers. It is not that buyers do not appreciate the safety perks–they simply want the ability to turn them off and gain total control at times. In efforts to ensure customer satisfaction, Aston Martin is working to make sure buyers can easily switch off certain features like electronic stability control. While additional safety features are in the funnel, they will have the option to be shut off as desired. Jeffrey Scott, head of Aston Martin … Continue reading

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Rumors of a New Mazda RX7 Sports Car Have Rotary Hearts Racing

When it comes to creating a rotary engine, no one does it better than Mazda. In fact, precious few have attempted it at all. The rotary fans that do exist are die hard and typically able to rebuild their own and rattle off every modification they have ever completed with great passion. Now rotary fans are looking forward to the next generation of the Mazda RX7–which could be here in production form by 2017.  There are two Mazda RX7 cars and a modified Subaru WRX in my garage. I can attest that they are fabulously addictive cars to drive. These … Continue reading

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Color Changing Materials for Cars? Welcome to the Future

One of the most difficult decisions when buying a new vehicle is selecting the right color for the interior. Sometimes there are so many options it can make one’s head spin, but Johnson Controls is working on making it spin from pure excitement with a potential method to make color changing materials a reality. (Cue the Jetson’s cartoon music). Will the cars of the future be chameleon-like? The capacity to change the interior and possibly exterior color of one’s automobile is being tested. Note that is looking far into the future and likely won’t become commonplace in this life. Unless … Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo Returns to North America Starting at $55k!

North American fans of the luxurious Alfa Romeo badge may begin to jump up and down all around you…do not be alarmed. After a long hiatus, the Alfa Romeo brand will now be available stateside with a shockingly lowered starting price of around $55k. That makes the brand attainable both geographically and economically for an entirely new market. The starting price of the next-gen, the Alfa Romeo 4C,  is the truly surprising aspect of this news. For less than a new Audi, one can own an Alfa Romeo. This will all be made possible through a new network of dealerships … Continue reading

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Remember the Stormtrooper Gemballa Ferrari?

This Enzo Ferrari generated an online sensation back in 2009 because of its rather uncanny resemblance to a stormtrooper. Inspired by a jet fighter, this stormtrooper Gemballa Ferrari became one of the most memorable of the 400 Enzo Ferrari cars on earth. Meet stormtrooper Enzo, a flighty fellow. There are only 400 Enzo Ferraris in existence, and this may be the coolest.  The Gemballa Enzo Ferrari Stormtrooper at a glance: This trooper is packing a tuned 6.0-liter V12 unleashing 700 Prancing Horses. That is the same as the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. The aerodynamics were clearly tweaked to increase performance with … Continue reading

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