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  While some limousines are owned by wealthy individuals, many are owned by governments to transport senior politicians, by large companies to transport executives, or by broadcasters to transport guests. Most limousines, however, operate as livery vehicles, providing upmarket competition to taxicabs. The word limousine is derived from the name of the French region Limousin, where the inhabitants wore a hood perceived to be similar to the profile of the car.

BMW’s long list of special edition, market-exclusive vehicles just got a little longer with the release of the uber-exclusive BMW 7-Series Individual Pure Black.

Limited to only 50 units, the 7-Series Individual Pure Black will only be sold in Russia and is based on the 750Li xDrive limo that carries a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 407 horsepower under its hood.

More than just the powertrain, the 7-Sieres Individual Pure Black Exclusive differentiates itself with a Black Sapphire paint finish, bi-xenon headlights, a new set of 19" alloy wheels, and BMW’s ’Black Chrome’ exterior package for the grille, door surrounds, door handles, mirror casings, and exhaust pipes. Befitting the stature of the car and the prospective clients it will have, BMW dressed up the limo with piano black trim elements and an Alcantara roof lining.

They also put in electrically-adjusted seats with memory and massage function for the driver, four-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, HiFi Professional System, and Internet access via the BMW ConnectedDrive system.

Obviously, the car has been luxed up to a great degree. And as such, don’t expect a paltry price tag for the vehicle because one unit costs €123,301, which is around $162,000 based on current exchange rates.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and in the case of one enterprising dealer from Southern California, that imitation involves commissioning Rolls-Royce to build themselves a limited number of Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB Year of the Dragon Edition models.

In late 2011, Rolls-Royce celebrated the Year of the Dragon by releasing a limited edition Phantom exclusive to China that promptly sold out in a little less than two months. With the demand for the car stretching internationally, Rusnak Rolls-Royce has taken the ingenious step of commissioning the special edition Ghost Year of the Dragon, complete with all the custom embroidery work and gold-painted dragons found on the limited edition Phantom.

The luxury limo will also be powered by a 6.6 liter twin turbocharged V12 engine that delivers a total of 563 horsepower and 575 lbs/ft of torque with a 0-60 mph time of just five seconds, despite carrying the extra dimensions.

Rusnak Rolls-Royce will be the only dealership in the world selling the Ghost EWB Year of the Dragon, which pretty much puts these guys in some rarified territory of having to deal with all the customer demand for the limited run British luxury car.

Here’s to hoping that they’ve got the personnel to handle all the incoming calls.

Anytime a tuning company decides to mess with a car’s overall dimensions, there’s bound to be a lot of split reaction on what the finished product is going to look like. German tuner, RUF , is treading that water with the new Porsche Panamera RXL.

The car, which is currently being showcased at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is, by all effects, a longer version of the standard Panamera . Obviously, the whole point was to turn the German saloon into a limousine, but as far as we’re concerned, some cars are just not meant to be, shall we say, "elongated."

Not only did RUF do that, but they did it very generously. Overall, the Panamera is longer by 400mm - 250mm on the B-pillar and 150mm at the back - which is pretty ridiculous on its own. If there was ever any saving grace for the Panamera RXL, it’s that RUF was kind enough to provide a modified front bumper that puts a more aggressive profile on the Panamera while also fitting in some nice 22" RUF five-spoke alloy wheels.

As far as performance enhancements are concerned, the Panamera RXL’s 4.8-liter V8 engine gets a bump in output to 420 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 383 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

All that said, RUF has already put a price tag on the Panamera RXL. If you’re interested in a Panamera limousine, you’re going to have to shell out €200,000, which is around $262,000 based on current exchange rates.

Bentley is making its way over to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show packing a highly distinctive and sporting interpretation of their luxurious Mulsanne model. The Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification Edition receives many new features, as well as debuting two new options for the full range of Mulsannes.

The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification will be distinguished by a pair of sweeping wing vents made from cast, polished stainless steel, a black matrix grille, a new set of unique 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying ‘B’ wing vents, and Diamond Quilted leather trimmed cabin with driver-selectable, sports-tuned suspension and steering. Powering this luxurious model will be the usual 6.75 liter V8 engine delivering 505 HP, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The combination will allow the Mulsanne to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, on its way up to a top speed of 184 mph - impressive numbers for a luxury limousine.

The Mulliner Driving Specification is set to be revealed next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

UPDATE 03/07/2012: We have added a series of new, live images from the Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner’s official debut in Geneva. Check them out in the picture gallery!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification.

Rolls Royce announced its bespoke personalization program at the beginning of 2010 and by August 2011, the company had to expand their operations to meet growing demand. Out of all the Ghost models sold in 2011, 56% were bespoke models, so Rolls Royce doubled the number of bespoke experts working at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood.

As if they needed the extra push to market the bespoke program, Rolls Royce has released two customized Ghost models to illustrate what the program can do with their unique paint colors, coach lines, and tread plates. The customized Ghost models come in Rose Quartz with a Gunmetal metallic hood and Matte Black. Both of them are combined with unique features on the interior, like full natural leather, black carbon fiber veneers, a cupholder lid, and steering wheel spokes.

"It is always our goal to exceed our clients’ highest expectations and fulfill their innermost desires," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO. "With highly bespoke Phantom and Ghost models, we are able to achieve this. The passion with which our bespoke craftspeople create these beautiful cars is reflected in some truly outstanding examples delivered across the globe last year."

Generally, sports cars and limousines don’t ever fall into the same category because, well, they are completely different from one another. Of course, there’s always some guy who thinks that mixing oil and water is going to get him a different result. One example of this is the Ferrari limousine that popped up around Christmas time and the second is this elongated version of the exquisite Audi R8 .

This Audi R8 stretch limo was designed by Limo Broker UK and has been described as the perfect car "for your birthday bash, wedding, hen or stag party." It is based on the 528 HP Audi R8 V10 model, making it just about the fastest Audi R8 limo in the world. And while the standard R8 can only accommodate two passengers, this limo has been modified to carry eight passengers.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your opinion, this is just a concept, but the company hopes to produce one of these babies in the future. We’d rather have the real thing, even if only two of us can fit in it.

Hit the jump for a video of the Audi R8 limo.

Source: Limobroker

By now all of the kiddos have ripped through all of the Christmas wrapping to unveil the toys that Saint Nick was kind enough to swing by in the middle of the night to all of the good boys and girls. And now we can see what may have been the vehicle used to lug around all of those presents in a speedy fashions.

This Ferrari 360 Modena limousine is just about the craziest and best limo we’ve ever seen. It was spotted a few days before Christmas by shoppers in upmarket Knightsbridge, London where it took up two parking spaces. It was created by cutting a regular 360 Modena in half and adding seats in the middle to provide interior room for eight people, or a bunch of presents.

Estimated at £250,000 ($390,000 at the current exchange rates), this is the fastest limousine in the world - it can hit a top speed of 166 mph. Of course, there’s only one in existence and we’re guessing the big jolly guy has dibs.

"’Every boy wants to get into a Ferrari, this was a way for people to be able to do that with seven mates. It’s the biggest and craziest vehicle you can get. We made it because we wanted to create the ultimate Ferrari experience," said Dan Cawley - the designer of the limo.

Hit the jump for a short video of the limousine.

Source: Daily Mail

The Mercedes E-Class L certainly doesn’t lack in luxury. But when you look at it, you have to admit that it still needs a little sprucing up to really deliver home the point that it’s a luxury limousine that shouldn’t be messed with.

The boys at Prior Design pretty much think the same way, so they did something that we couldn’t do from the comforts of our couch: they actually developed an aerodynamic kit to give the E-Class L a little more attitude.

Among the modifications Prior Design gave to the E-Class L include a new front bumper, a pair of new side skirts, a new rear bumper, a new set of 20" alloy wheels, and a new suspension set-up that improves the luxury saloon’s handling and characteristics.

Meanwhile, performance numbers were left untouched, which is a little disappointing. Then again, the E-Class L still has a plethora of power train options you can choose from, highlighted by a 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces just a shade under 400 horsepower.

With a price tag of more than $340K, the Maybach 57 is definitely a car that will only be driven by some of the richest people in the world. Then again, sometimes some of the richest people in the world shouldn’t be allowed to drive it.

In their latest video, "Otis," rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West have done the unthinkable and destroyed a perfectly good Maybach limousine. No, it wasn’t an accident; these guys did it on purpose. Why? Apparently, they wanted to customize the Maybach for their video. Next time, they should take Otis Redding’s word to heart and Try a Little Tenderness.

Nevertheless, this car is actually getting auctioned off to benefit the East African Drought Disaster, so we hope there are people out there that actually like what these guys have done.

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Aspiring presidential candidates are already busy gearing up for the 2012 elections with hopes of becoming the most powerful man in the U.S. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, and luckily they have a presidential limo that can withstand the job.

At first glance, the Cadillac One just looks like a modified Cadillac DTS , but General Motors did not actually assign the presidential state car a specific model name. This may be due to the fact that it carries many different components from many different GM models, including Cadillac Escalade headlights, side mirrors, and door handles; Cadillac STS sedan taillights and back up lights; and what looks to be the GMC Topkick commercial truck’s chassis and driveline. GM went through a lot of trouble building the perfect presidential vehicle, but what happens to the car after the base build is what makes it capable of keeping our president utterly and unbelievably safe.

For starters, the car’s chassis has a 5" reinforced steel plate that runs underneath the car in case a bomb finds its way there. Then the entire bodywork is a combination of dual hardness steel, aluminum, titanium, and ceramic which breaks up projectiles upon impact. The doors and gas tank are armour plated, but the gas tank also receives a specially designed foam that prevents it from exploding. The tires are Kevlar reinforced and are shred and puncture resistant. If anyone successfully tears them apart, the steel rims underneath the tires will allow them to get the Cadillac One to safety.

The Cadillac One also has a number of accessories that enable it to solve problems quicker than they come around, including night vision cameras, pump action shotguns, tear gas cannons, and blood. Yes, that’s right. The Cadillac One is equipped with bottles of the president’s blood just in case he gets hurt and needs a blood transfusion. Take that, suckers!

Check back with us soon to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.


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