The Ghost will provide a regal motoring experience
Luxury cars are all over India but they have a much higher price than if you wanted to purchase the same vehicle in a different country.
This is due to the fact that most of them are brought in through the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route.
CBU refers to several imported cars and bikes which are directly bought in ready shape for sale. The whole car has to be booked and an order has to be placed for a customer to buy it.
As a result, they are taxed more than their original cost. However, those who have deep enough pockets will splash out.
In terms of prices, they vary so the cost of the vehicles is usually an estimate.
Many of the vehicles which fall under the CBU category are high-end, luxury cars.
While supercars such as Ferrari and Lamborghini are common, many of India’s wealthy opt for luxury sedans and SUVs.
One of the most popular car manufacturers in India is Rolls-Royce, with different models making their way into India.
Here are seven expensive luxury cars to buy in the country.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is seen as the entry point within the British car manufacturer and is the cheapest but there is no expense paid in terms of luxury.
In India, the Ghost is sold in two versions, short-wheelbase (SWB) and extended-wheelbase (EWB).
The lavish motor offers a spacious interior and immense ride quality as well as numerous extras to create a bespoke car for every customer.
In 2014, the Ghost received an update that saw minor changes such as small design changes and LED headlights.
While it is a luxury vehicle, it is no slouch when it comes to performance. It is powered by a 6.6-litre V12 which produces nearly 570BHP.
The Ghost will provide a regal motoring experience but it comes at a price that only India’s rich and famous can afford.
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class S680
Following the launch of the S-Class in 2021, Mercedes-Benz has now introduced the luxurious Maybach.
Based on the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class, the Maybach is extended by a further 180mm, with the extra length being used to maximise interior space.
The Maybach comes with exclusive trimmings and paint jobs.
It also has rear seats that come with built-in ventilation and massage functions, as well as a 1,750-watt sound system.
The Maybach is ideal for Mercedes lovers that want that extra touch of class.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is the British company’s take on a sporty coupé which can be seen by the design of its body.
The dynamic vehicle is also only available in a two-door format. While it is sportier than other Rolls-Royce models, the level of refinement remains the same.
It features an elegant interior which will make driving all the more enjoyable.
It is considered to be a luxury grand tourer but it is also a high-performance car that will appeal to car enthusiasts in India.
The Wraith is powered by a 6.6-litre V12 which produces 623BHP.
Although it seems like it would make the car seem noisy, it is said to be one of the quietest models under the Rolls-Royce brand.
British carmaker Bentley is responsible for creating the Mulsanne which is their flagship luxury model.
Even though it is a lavish sedan, it is one of the fastest in the world as it is powered by a 6.8-litre V8 that produces 505BHP and a colossal 1,020 Nm of torque.
Despite measuring 5.8 metres long and weighing 2.7 tonnes, the Mulsanne goes from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Like other luxury sedans, the Mulsanne is available in either SWB or EWB depending on what customers prefer.
The EWB variant is the most expensive production car Bentley have ever made.
No matter what option Indian buyers choose, they will be travelling in style.
The Cullinan is Rolls-Royce’s most innovative luxury car as it is their first SUV. Since its release, it holds the title of the most expensive SUV in the world.
In India, it has an extremely high price due to it being a CBU but it offers a lot in terms of bespoke accessories.
All sorts of unique additions will make the Cullinan one of a kind for the customer but they must be prepared to fork out even more money for that to become possible.
The vehicle is the first four-wheel-drive from Rolls-Royce and various off-road modes ensure that the driver and passengers travel in comfort.
The Cullinan is powered by a 6.75-litre V12 that produces 563BHP and has 850 Nm of torque.
It is a sophisticated SUV for those who want to travel everywhere in style.
BMW 745Le xDrive
The BMW 745Le xDrive is a pricey luxury car to buy in India but it is an environmentally-friendly option as it is a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
BMW’s 7-Series are a common sight in India, having been around for more than six years.
This version combines a 3.0-litre, 286BHP turbocharged straight-six petrol engine with a 113BHP electric motor that draws power from a 10.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.
In terms of visuals, the BMW has a new front bumper while the new grille is 40% larger. There are thinner rear lights that are joined together with an LED strip.
The standard kit list includes adaptive LED headlights, soft-close doors, 360-degree parking cameras, wireless phone charging, and a Harman/Kardon sound system.
It is a popular luxury car choice for Indians but this version is more environmentally friendly.
The Phantom has always been Rolls-Royce’s flagship model and as it is renowned for its luxury, it is no surprise that is the most expensive car to buy in India.
Like other luxury sedans, the Phantom comes in SWB and EWB.
The Phantom is known for its sophisticated interiors and the eighth generation is no different. It now has LED projector headlights as well as a larger grille.
As with other models, owners can customise their car to their own taste by choosing from a plethora of accessories.
It may be powered by a 6.75-litre V12 engine but Rolls-Royce claims it is one of the quietest cars in the world.
India is filled with lavish cars, containing various features that showcase luxury.
However, due to them being imported through the CBU route, they are much more expensive than their original price.
Nevertheless, the rich and famous will try to get their hands on them which is why they are often spotted on the roads.