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Gentlemen Drive No. 30

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An exclusive approach to fashion, art, design, engineering and lifestyle. The latest Gran Turismos, the coolest Concept Cars and the timeless Classical Icons. Ladies & Gentlemen, get on board and start your engines!! Discover the art of driving. Bilingual: English & Spanish

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2 min.
editorial - gentlemendrive 30

It’s always interesting to bump into old friends after some time, particularly when you both have lots of stories to tell. I met Etienne some 12 or 13 years ago when we worked together at the Hyundai and Kia European design studio in Frankfurt. We even travelled to South Korea together on some project. His sketching style was unique; fresh and original, it was a marked contrast to the hyper-realistic style becoming popular with most young designers, relying heavily on Tablets and Photoshop. I was also a rapid-stroke, intuitive designer, although at the time my focus was more on starting my own business than on designing the next Korean top seller. Shortly afterwards Etienne left for Bugatti, where he settled in very well and resumed his career as an artist.…

3 min.

FERRARI 488 PISTA The vitaminized version of the 488 is called Pista and has the most powerful V8 engine in the history of Ferrari; 720 HP, maximum torque of 770 Nm. Amazing features that catapult you from 0-100 km / h in 2.85 s. La versión vitaminada del 488 se llama Pista y monta motor V8 más potente de la historia de Ferrari; 720 CV de potencia y un par máximo de 770 Nm. Unas prestaciones asombrosas que lo catapultan de 0-100 km/h en 2,85 s. ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE One of the sensations of the Geneva Motor Show was to see the Aston Martin Valkyrie live. The hyper-sport developed between the English brand and the Red Bull Racing F1 team makes its main rivals obsolete. Una de las sensaciones del Salón de Ginebra fue la…

1 min.
mb a class hakkinen/coulthard

In 1998 Mercedes-Benz celebrated winning the Formula One World Championship, and the A-Class celebrated with them. At the 1998 Essen Motor Show in November, the Stuttgart-based company presented a special A-Class with two variants: the Hakkinen Edition and the Coulthard Edition. In honor of Formula One drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, 125 units of each edition were built. The special models were identified by the respective Formula One start numbers: the A-Class Hakkinen Edition sported a red-orange 8, the Coulthard Edition hit the road with the number 7 and number 10 in 1999. In painstaking manual work, lavish paintwork was applied to the cars using airbrush technology. Fascinating color patterns were thus produced from the base color brilliant silver to shades of black and red-orange accents. With this special model,…

6 min.
bmw m760li v12

Some cars are just superlative. Not many, but they do exist. And the BMW M760Li is definitely one of them, combining the best of the 7 Series with the best of the BMW M range. As if that weren’t enough, with that rarest of BMW engines: the 6-litre V12. The soundtrack is angelic and it performs like a beast. Contrast and exaggeration. Exuberance and irrationality. A car that deserves all the best adjectives you can come up with. A car that gets noticed and gets a reaction. So… what is this monster from Munich really like? We were lucky to have a loan of mostly likely the only one registered in Spain for a few days. When we came face-to-face, we met a gargantuan colossus, clad in intriguing deep bronze matte accented with…

4 min.
mercedes benz s63 amg

Some time ago we ran a comparison between the S63 AMG and the 1976 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9, to see how the same concepts fared in two different eras, when manufacturing techniques, technology and even mentalities were so different. Nowadays, as the big internal combustion engine is falling out of politically-correct favour, some brands are continuing to produce the traditional concept of big car, at the same time researching and developing hybrid and electronic technology. Mercedes and BMW are not going to give up on a segment that has earned them their bulletproof premium brand image. While the Munich brand chose a V12 for its M760Li (see feature), the Stuttgart firm chose to swap its V8 for a more compact, more optimised 4-litre, improving on its predecessor in both power and…

3 min.
drive watches

Parmigiani Bugatti T390 Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390 Inspired by the fluid curves of the Bugatti Chiron, the case is created from gold, (white gold or rose gold, depending on the version). It was created by Les Artisans Boîtiers – one of the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture’s divisions; it stands out thanks to its ability to pivot 12° around its drive shaft to ensure it sits ergonomically on any wrist. The remarkable technical sophistication of the timepiece can be admired via the large openings topped with concave sapphire crystals, immersing the viewer in the heart of this complex creation. www.parmigiani.com Price: tba Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati Gran Sport Since 2012, the two Italian brands Bulgari and Maserati have sealed a partnership for the creation of dedicated watches, inspired by the world of luxury and…