Top 20 Luxury Car Brands – Alphabetical List
#1 Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo is a luxury Italian car manufacturer that is part of the Fiat Group. Alfa Romeo has developed an exclusive DNA System that allows users to select “dynamic”, “natural” and “all-weather” driving modes that act on the engine, brakes, steering, gearbox, suspension and accelerator in sync to adapt to the desired driving conditions. The Alfa Romeo 4C weighs under 2,000 pounds and yet can travel 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds with its 4 cylinder turbocharged engine.
#2 Aston Martin
Aston Martin is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars that was founded in 1913. They are a favorite of British Formula One drivers. It would be easy for a Formula One driver to appreciate the V12 Vantage S. With its 565 bhp V12 engine, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S can accelerate 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 200 mph. The all new carbon ceramic brakes, three-stage adaptive damping and delayed anti-lock braking technology all help keep the driver in control of the V12 power.
Audi is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes automobiles and is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen group. The Audi R8 has been featured in movie roles and television commercials including Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey Jr. The 2015 Audi R8 V10 uses a 525 hp engine to produce an admirable 0-60 mph time of only 3.8 seconds. The light weight aluminum frame, aluminum double wishbone front and rear suspension and Audi Quattro all-wheel drive keep the driver in control, even at its top speed of 196 mph.
#4 Bentley Motors
Bentley Motors Limited is based in England, and engineers, manufactures and distributes luxury automobiles and automobile parts worldwide. They have been owned by Volkswagen since 1998. The Bentley is no longer a car known just for its stately appearance and luxurious interior. The 2014 Continental V8 GT has a 4.0 liter twin turbo engine that produces 500 hp and comes with cylinder deactivation technology that allows it to achieve outstanding fuel economy of 26.1 miles per gallon.
BMW is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916 and headquartered in Munich. The limited production BMW Alpina B7 has Xenon Adaptive headlights and Auto Start-Stop Engine technology to go along with a 540 hp engine that propels the car to a top speed of 194 mph. The aggressive 21 inch aluminum wheels, 20-way power multi-contour seats and hand-stitched LAVALINA leather steering wheel are sure to help smooth any rough ride.
Bugatti is a former French high-performance car manufacturer that is currently owned by Volkswagen. Their cars are known for their design beauty as well as their high performance in races. The Bugatti Veyron is one example of combining both speed and beauty. The car’s 16 cylinder 1001 hp engine can take the car up to a top speed above 253 mph, making it the fastest production car of all times. The car can go from 0-62 mph in a scintillating 2.5 seconds and even more astounding is the 2.3 seconds it takes to come back to a complete stop. Less than 5 seconds total!
Cadillac is a division of General Motors and markets luxury vehicles around the world, however, their primary markets are the United States, Canada and China. Cadillac has truly evolved with its production of the CTS-V Coupe. The ride is still pure Cadillac with the Nurburgring-Tuned chassis that features Magnetic Ride Control with the ability to read the road up to 1,000 times per second and Recaro Performance Seats that smooth the ride. The performance comes from a 556 hp supercharged V8 that powers the car, while Brembo high performance brakes can bring it to a quick stop.
Ferrari is a luxury sports car manufacturer based in Italy. They are known for their participation in Formula One racing. The Ferrari 458 Italia is a perfect example of the passion for racing that is evident in all Ferraris. A 4.5 liter V8 engine can produce 562 hp and propel the car from 0-62 mph in a mere 3.3 seconds, while the ceramic brakes require only 90 feet of stopping distance to bring the car back to a complete stop. When it was introduced, the 458 Italia held the record for the highest output of horsepower per liter ever from a naturally-aspired piston gas engine in a production road car.
Jaguar is a British multinational car manufacturer located in England. They have manufactured cars for the British Prime Minister and the British royal family. The Jaguar XJR is a great example of Jaguar’s blend of performance and luxury. A 5.0 liter 550 hp engine can take the car from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds while inside the cabin passengers can enjoy 4-zone automatic climate control, an 825 watt Meridian sound system with 20 speakers, and heated and cooled front seats with18/18-way power adjustment.
Koenigsegg is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, also known as hyper-cars. The Agera S is an example of Koenigsegg’s “Spirit of Performance” that is bred from their passion fort racing. It has an incredible 1,030 hp 5-liter Bi-turbo V8 engine that gets it up to 62 mph in only 2.9 seconds. It can reach 124 mph in only 7.9 seconds and then come to a complete stop 4.9 seconds later (0-124-0 mph in 12.8 seconds). The car also has a detachable hard top for going topless and 4.24 cubic feet of trunk space for some functionality.
Lamborghini is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars owned by the Volkswagen group. They are known for their signature door design and their limited production performance vehicles. In 2011, the 831 Lamborghini employees only produced 1,711 vehicles. The V12 Aventador LP 700-4 is a great example of Lamborghini’s commitment to performance. It can accelerate from 0-62 mph in only 2.9 seconds and go on to reach a top speed of 217 mph. The 700 HP engine in the Aventador is the strongest ever built by Lamborghini.
#12 Land Rover
Land Rover is a brand of the British car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, that specializes in high-end four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Range Rover is an example of a luxury vehicle by Land Rover that can cross all types of terrain. The Range Rover is equipped with a Terrain Response system that optimizes driveability and traction by adapting the responses from the engine, gearbox, center differential and chassis to meet the demands of any terrain and maintain a comfortable ride. A 1,700 watt Meridian sound system accompanies superb noise reduction in the cabin to top its list of many features.
Lexus is the luxury car division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. The company produces everything from hybrid automobiles to luxury SUVs and has been a Japanese leader in producing sports sedans that compete with Europe’s best. The Lexux LS Hybrid has 438 combined horsepower, can accelerate 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and has the distinction of being the world’s first luxury V8 All-wheel drive hybrid. Lexus also has a reputation for its distinctive interiors and leads Japanese automakers in this regard.
Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars, famous for its Elise, Exige and Evora sports cars and for the highly successful Team Lotus in Formula 1. The Exige is a prime example of what Lotus engineering is all about. Efficient and fast, the Exige has a 345 hp engine that can go 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and still achieve a combined city and highway fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon. The two-seater has Billstein high performance shocks and Eibach coaxial springs for a superb ride, terrific handling and precise control of all the power.
Maserati is an Italian luxury car manufacturer that was founded in 1914. They are currently part of a sports car group that includes Alfa Romeo. The Maserati Granturismo Sport is one of their stately cars that uses a 4.7 liter engine to produce 454 hp and go 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The refined elegance of the Maserati and the performance of its early roadsters has allowed the brand to prosper for the last 100 years.
McLaren Automotive produces luxurious high performance sports cars based on Formula 1 technology. It is headquartered in Surrey, England and was founded in 1989. The racy McLaren 650S Coupe produces 641 hp and can travel 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 207 mph, all while looking the part of a high performance racecar. The 3.8 liter twin-turbo engine can even achieve fuel efficiency of 24.2 miles per gallon. The carbon ceramic brakes give the car a stopping distance of 100 feet at 62 mph, maintaining a level of safety at high speeds.
Mercedes-Benz is a German car manufacturer whose brand is used for luxury cars, buses, coaches and trucks. Mercedes-Benz is all about craftsmanship and the SLS AMG GT Coupe has plenty of that. With an engine that is handcrafted and signed by a master technician and a spaceframe that takes 30 hours to craft by hand, the SLS AMG GT is truly an art form. The 6.3 liter V8 engine can produce 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque while traveling 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, making it one of the most powerful V8s without a turbo.
Porsche is a German luxury brand and high-end automobile manufacturer. They were founded in 1931 and are headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. For many years now the name Porsche has been synonymous with legendary sports cars in the US and abroad. The iconic Porsche 911 has been providing thrilling driving experiences for many years. The current 911 Turbo S is the “benchmark” for the Porsche brand, with its 197 mph top speed and 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds. The design has changed, but the size and Porsche look are remarkably the same.
Rolls-Royce is a luxury British car manufacturer. They are known for their town-style cars and were founded in the late 19th century and are now owned by BMW. The Rolls-Royce has always been known for its sophisticated appearance and luxurious interior, but recent models are emphasizing performance as well. The Ghost Series II Extended Wheelbase model has 17 cm of extra legroom along with all the usual anointments of Rolls-Royce luxury. To make sure it can really move, it is powered by a 563 hp V12 engine that takes it from 0-60 mph in a respectable 4.9 seconds.
Tesla Motors Inc. is an American company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. The Tesla Model X is a revolutionary all-electric SUV that uses two independent motors to give it all-wheel drive. The two engines allow it to be propelled from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds, which is exhilarating for an SUV. It also has 3rd row seating, a low center of gravity for handling that is more like a car and very cool “Falcon Wing” lift up doors to complement its outstanding performance.