Our Favourite Cars As We Look Ahead to 2016

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What are you planning for 2016? Perhaps you are planning to travel to visit your friend at the other end of the country, hold a flashy corporate event for your business, or even – wow – get married! The broad range of cars that we offer, and the similarly broad range of services through which we offer them, can help to meet many of your luxury transport needs in 2016.

Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

For many of us, getting behind the wheel of a luxurious super car can simply be out of our financial reach. However, hiring such a car can be a completely different story! If there’s a friend or member of your extended family who you want to travel a lengthy distance to visit in 2016, there are numerous advantages of hiring an Aston Martin DB9 Coupe in preparation.

One is that travelling through the beautiful British countryside in this similarly beautiful vehicle, often dubbed one of the best V12 engine Aston Martin motors ever produced, can be an experience like no other. Another reason is that you can make a big, positive impression on your friend or family member when you turn up in this gorgeous car! You could then even then take them for a ride in it…

Rolls Royce Ghost

Maybe you run a thriving business and have decided to throw something of a party to thank your employees for all of their hard work. You could especially amaze your workers by appearing at the event in the Rolls Royce Ghost, one of the numerous executive motors you can hire from Prestige Keys. This particular vehicle is well-suited to corporate events; it has the trademark glamourous look of a Rolls Royce, but its small and compact size in comparison to the rest of that brand’s range also gives it a subdued and authoritative air that commands respect.

Mercedes E Class Convertible

So, your significant other has proposed – or received a proposal from you – and there’s been a “yes”. Among the various factors you’ve got to think over about your wedding in 2016 are: what car should you use to get to the wedding venue or whisk off on the honeymoon? We personally recommend the Mercedes E Class Convertible, which looks distinctively classy but understated. It’s available as part of our wedding car hire services, and strikes just the right visual balance for drawing attention, but for the right reasons. Throw the bouquet!

Thinking About a Christmas Wedding? Why Not Hire a Car?

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Christmas always seems such a magical time, when everyone is smiling and having fun amid presents to unwrap, turkey to tuck into and snow to play in. It’s no wonder that so many couples choose this time to get hitched – but the usual preparations for a wedding often need to be even more meticulous when the big day will be during the festive season. Thankfully, simply booking a car can help you and your future spouse to overcome a multitude of obstacles to making the day genuinely special.

 

A special time, a special wedding… a special car

We doubt that we really need to remind you of how hectic the coming Christmas period is likely to be for you. You’ll have to figure out who you should buy presents for, choose and buy presents, decide who you will be visiting either side of Christmas Day, decide on a suitable Christmas tree… we could go on and on. Preparing for a wedding amidst all of this can put an even bigger strain on your timetable. So, where exactly can you trim precious minutes to get absolutely everything done?

The good news is that you can save a lot more than just minutes when you turn to Prestige Keys. We offer a broad range of new super cars to choose from – and travelling through town with your lover in one of these beauties can certainly turn even the heads of those people hurriedly trying to finish their Christmas shopping! Super car hire from Prestige Keys enables spouses-to-be to more easily grab attention whatever the time of day; however, during Christmas, the tougher competition for attention can make journeying to the wedding venue in a sparkling super car even more useful.

There’s plenty of time to save with Prestige Keys

We can imagine you currently thinking that it all seems so exciting, but also stopping to wonder whether all of this excitement could come at hefty cost in terms of time and money. Thankfully, your mind should be at rest once you have checked out the choice of wedding car hire packages we offer.

You should also be reassured to know that you can – but don’t have to! – arrange for a chauffeur to drive the car to the venue, and also leave us to, with our décor experts, decorate the car on the basis of the theme colours and styles you give us beforehand.

Which supercar makes the best sound?

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The question “Which supercar makes the best sound?” is undoubtedly tricky to answer, for a wide range of reasons. Hence, we can’t give you a single straight answer here; still, we can suggest good examples of nice-sounding supercars and provide advice for helping you to reach your own conclusion.

How would you like your supercar to sound?

Here is perhaps the single biggest reason why objectively judging a supercar’s sound is difficult: it’s really only practical to reach a subjective judgement. Different people tend to be attracted to different sounds; some of us like a car that makes a big entrance, so to speak, with an almighty roar, while others prefer a sleeker and quieter sound for more unassuming journeys.

The specific purpose for which you want a supercar will have its own influence. We at Prestige Keys offer super car hire for a wide range of uses – including executive chauffeured travel and corporate events, for which a quieter car could come across as more professional, and parties and proms, where a louder car could deliver a much appreciated “wow” factor.

Don’t be afraid to ask for other people’s opinions

There are other ways in which you could judge which supercar sounds nicest for you. You could, for example, ask friends for their opinions or, if they lack the sufficient experience of supercars, ask some people on relevant Internet forums. You could even find the video sharing site YouTube to prove a fantastic source of videos showing how various prestige cars sound; in fact, the car website GTspirit has recently brought together a variety of such videos so you don’t have to.

Let’s consider some expert opinion…

Of course, GTspirit has its own views of which supercars sound especially good, having written a lengthy article on the subject to accompany those YouTube videos. And what they have to say is especially good news if you have been considering getting your hands on a supercar from our car hire company of Prestige Keys…

The prestige vehicles that the site strongly praises for aural performance include the Lamborghini Gallardo, which it calls “one of the finest sounding Lamborghinis ever produced”. It adds that the car “produces a completely distinct roar which is recognisable from a mile away”. You can hire the Lamborghini Gallardo from Prestige Keys! We also offer the Porsche Carrera 4S Convertible; GTspirit praises another version of this car for its “howl”.

Top 5 wedding super cars

There’s no doubting that, on your big day, the bride or groom can make a big impression, on not only the wedding guests but also many residents of the town or city where the wedding will take place, by arriving at the venue in a gorgeous luxury super car.

It’s difficult to narrow down the best wedding super cars to just the top five, but we have had a good go – and all of the cars we mention below can be rented surprisingly cost-effectively from Prestige Keys.

Ferrari 458 Italia

The groom can turn a lot of heads for the right reasons with this highly modern vehicle. It’s super-stylish, as smooth as butter, and seriously powerful thanks to its beefy horsepower and three exhausts. Its interior design impresses, too, and was influenced by Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher. It was also highly rated in a review on Top Gear.

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Rolls Royce Phantom

Any modern Rolls Royce can easily wow in the approach to a wedding; it is basically to cars what the iPhone is to smartphones. However, the Rolls Royce Phantom can wow even further, being the most luxurious and comfortable executive vehicle ever manufactured. It’s the very stereotype of a chauffeur-driven car, making it a straightforward choice for your wedding.

Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

Aren’t you a sexy little thing? This grand tourer, the successor to the DB7, has a beautiful seamless shape, which can obviously wow onlookers – car critics have long highly applauded its design both inside and out. It was even considered “too cool” for Top Gear’s famous Cool Wall! The DB9 has also been put to sports car racing, adding even further glamour to the car’s image.

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Bentley Flying Spur

For a more unique super car hire, try the Bentley Flying Spur. Though this is the most well known Bentley executive vehicle, its production only began in 2013, meaning that it is both pleasingly modern and likely to somewhat defy expectations of many people waiting for your wedding. This 4-door saloon is also a visually exciting mix of sharp and curvaceous.

Porsche Cayenne S

Well, how could we fail to mention a Porsche here? It’s one of the car brands that are most commonly associated with prestige, and this particular model’s compact build can impress in a more subtle manner than the usual sports super car. And there’s so much more that our car hire company can offer…

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Car review Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

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Since appearing at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2003, the grand tourer the Aston Martin DB9 coupe has had plenty of admirers. The car was given something of a revamp in 2012, resulting in appreciable enhancements to its design and engine. However, overlooking the changes of three years ago, the DB9 coupe is now more than a decade old – so, does it still cut the mustard all these years later?
The beauty that you would expect from an Aston Martin
It’s hardly surprising to learn that one of this car’s predecessors, the Aston Martin DB5, appeared in a Bond film; the DB9 boasts the typical striking design that you would expect in an Aston Martin car, especially in the DB line. In fact, some long-standing Aston Martin fans could find this car’s appearance too predictable, though the leather trim and gorgeous wood panelling are hard not to love.
A pleasing combination of speedy and comfortable
Actually driving a DB9 can be wonderfully comfortable even at high speeds. Whether it’s a motorway or an awkward twisty road, you can handle it relatively painlessly with the DB9. The 20-inch wheels and tyres are also very grippy without hindering your fun. You could find the Aston Martin’s flagship Vanquish better for both responsiveness and composure, but the DB9 holds its own acceptably.
Don’t expect the unreliability of the DB7…
Numerous problems that affected the engine and gearbox of the DB7 have been banished in the DB9. It certainly has the feeling of a vehicle that has been thoroughly tested to rectify unpleasant quirks, while safety equipment includes electronic stability control, airbags, and protection against side impacts.
Sorry, kids – there’s just not enough room for you here
This definitely isn’t a car intended for the family. Though it is a two-plus-two vehicle, the DB9 is capable of providing comfort – and we emphasise the word comfort – for just two people. The back seats are frankly cramped, even for children – you’re better off using that seating to keep extra luggage.
That petrol might not get you as far as you think…
The DB9 is certainly, on the whole, an appealing super car to get behind the wheel of – especially through the super car hire service of Prestige Keys. However, be warned that the DB9’s 510bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine is responsible for a very poor fuel economy figure of 19.5mpg, with CO2 at 333g per km.

 

The Best Motor Shows Across the UK

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The United Kingdom boasts some of the most famous motor shows in the world, as well as some of the most innovative. Here’s our quick list of the country’s unmissable motoring events.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed

Taking place over three days in either late June or early July, it’s now celebrating its 22nd anniversary (watch out, Silverstone) and welcomes well over 100,000 visitors each year. The most famous attraction is the hill climb, a 1.16 mile course tackled by anything from exclusive upcoming models to stunning vintage vehicles. There’s also the Sunday Times Supercar Run. Road-going supercars pit themselves against the clock in an event where speciality manufacturers now frequently showcase their latest sports models.

The Silverstone Classic

The Silverstone Classic takes place over a long weekend each July and draws hundreds of thousands each year. Held at Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, it’s the place to go for historic models – many of which will race the iconic F1 track. 2015 marked the event’s 25th anniversary, a milestone celebrated by a procession of all-silver vehicles around the track. Is it too late to find an all-silver car hire company?

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Motorexpo

Motorexpo is free to visit and held right in the centre of the Canary Wharf estate in London. More than 250 vehicles are showcased by the world’s leading manufacturers, with past names including Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. If you’re already tempted, the news that all vehicles are unlocked should give you a final nudge. With the unique driveme scheme, various models are even available for a test drive. It’s super car hire without the cost.

Carfest

Carfest was the inspired brainchild of one of the United Kingdom’s most well-known motoring fanatics – Chris Evans. As well as an extensive selection of cars and a number of unique track events, visitors enjoy a 3-day music festival. You can camp over to enjoy the whole weekend, and it’s split into two events to ensure that everyone can get in on the fun. Carfest North is held at Ulton Park Circuit in Cheshire, between Birmingham and Liverpool, while the Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire is home to Carfest South. All money raised is donated to Children in Need – £1.5 million in 2015 alone.

Whether you’re a dedicated petrol-head or just in need of a fun day out, there are plenty of motor shows across the UK to provide entertainment.

Prestige Keys offer you the best wedding cars for hire in London, Birmingham and Manchester

Here at Prestige Keys we’d like to think your wedding transport will prove to be safer and more reliable than the transport used in the above video. Yes, we all know that arriving by pony and trap is the ultimate in romance, but when you have next to no control over the horsepower in question, you have to wonder at the wisdom of the idea. Here at Prestige Keys we like to leave nothing to chance and we ensure that all our wedding cars are regularly checked and serviced to make sure you arrive safely, and on time, for your big day.

For our wedding car hire service in London Birmingham and Manchester we can offer you traditional white marques including Rolls-Royce and Bentley, but not everyone wants to go down the totally traditional route, or some brides just feel a Rolls-Royce is just a little too opulent for them. Instead we have some more ‘understated’ yet also extremely popular wedding cars for hire which include a full range of Mercedes Benz cars, BMWs and Range Rovers if those seem more appropriate for the whole occasion.
In addition, we also like to point out that wedding cars aren’t just for the bride and her father to arrive at the church in. Don’t forget there is the bride’s mother and the groom’s parents too. So while you are looking after the bride, why not ensure other principal guests arrive in style too. Then there is only one other thing to consider, and that is the car you intend to drive off on honeymoon in. Fancy a nice Lamborghini or Porsche? Well why not contact us at any of our offices, let us know what you have got planned for the big day, and then come and have a closer look at the exceptional quality and luxury all our wedding cars provide. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy discovering the difference between the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur

For prestige car hire and luxury car hire, here at Prestige Keys we like to think we have all bases covered, as the Americans would say, which is quite useful as we have a video of the American TV series, Head 2 Head. And why are we showing you this video? Because it is a direct comparison between the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur, both ultimate statements in luxury and at the top end of our prestige and luxury car range that we offer here at Prestige Keys. We can’t say we think any of the American shows match up to the UK’s Top Gear, but at least they have a full set of presenters at the moment! We enjoyed this one a little more than some as you get a sense of the performance capabilities for both of these cars, which we feel is important.

The choice of hiring a Bentley or Rolls-Royce from Prestige Keys is an interesting one as both these cars are suitable for just about every occasion imaginable, from weddings to a weekend away, corporate events to celebrations and anniversaries. These two cars are the pride of our luxury car hire fleet both here in London and also in Birmingham, and the pleasure we know they have given to our clients makes what we do here at Prestige Keys so worthwhile. However if you want to go for something a little more understated, though that is no easy task with any of our prestige and luxury cars, we also have an exceptional range of Mercedes Benz models, Range Rovers, BMWs and Audis. So, as you can tell, we have quite a mixture of quality luxury and prestige cars here at Prestige keys, so why not give us a call and let us know what you are planning, then we can advise on which of our cars might be most suitable for what you have planned.

The Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spyder – both available at Prestige Keys

For those of you who are as interested in how a car works as how it drives, we have found a great video for you that covers both the Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spyder that we have available for hire here at Prestige Keys. We are immensely proud of the selection of supercars we have available, both here in London and also in Birmingham. However despite looking for a video of the quality to match these two fine cars, we could only find one that will be unlikely to see the presenter offered the current vacancy at the BBC recently created by the departure of Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear. However if you struggle with the commentary, we suggest you turn the volume down, put on some music, and just take note of what you could be doing when you decide to hire one of these luxury supercars. Clearly the Italia version is more popular in the winter, while the Spyder comes into its own in the summer, and is great for a weekend treat away in the countryside where the roads aren’t quite as busy.

Whether it is supercar hire in London or supercar hire in Birmingham that brought you to our website, we’d like you to know that on top of Ferraris we also have Lamborghinis, the Audi R8 V10 Spyder and of course, no supercar hire business would be worth it salt if it didn’t have a Bugatti Veyron available for hire as well. So if you didn’t fall asleep watching the video, please give us a call at Prestige Keys so we can run you through what is available and invite you down to have a closer inspection of any of the models we have available for hire. Oh, just in case you are worried, our cars are left hand drive as well as very fast!

Prestige Keys – Not just for prestige car hire Birmingham

Though based out of London, Prestige Keys’ business has expanded its reach and now offers its full services in Birmingham. This covers their four main categories which is prestige car hire, supercar hire, luxury car hire and wedding car hire. The choice ultimately falls on the occasion in question, so let’s start with a few cars to get your blood pumping through your body a little faster. For supercar hire, Birmingham has the full range that we offer in London, so perhaps you could be tempted with the glorious Ferrari 458 which is available in both hardtop and the long awaited convertible option.  Maybe Lamborghinis are more your thing – for Lambos we have five different supercars of that marque available for you to choose from. However if this is your first time experiencing supercar hire, Birmingham has shown us that the Audi V8 R10 is a great choice. There again, if you are thinking more of a smart car that is not too over the top, luxury car hire is another great option in Birmingham. Here you can look at more ‘sedate’ models such as the BMW M3 or Porsche Cayenne.

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For wedding car hire – Birmingham’s Prestige Keys branch has every base covered

This is probably about the only part of a wedding day that the bride will ever consider entrusting to the groom. As a consequence, very careful thought needs to be put into what is required. When considering wedding car hire, Birmingham has no better choice on offer than those we have for you at Prestige Keys, and that doesn’t just include a car for the bride. Yes, we have the perfect car for her to turn up at the church in, our wedding car hire selection ranges from the beautiful white Rolls Royce Phantom to a variety of Mercedes, with a stunning white Bentley Flying Spur for the ultimate in luxury and decadence. However what about treating the bride’s mother and the groom’s parents as well? How lovely for them to be able to turn up at the church in a stylish S or C class Mercedes. With the success of our Birmingham wedding car hire business, we are also pleased to announce that we are now providing the full range for our wedding car hire Manchester outlet as well. You’ll also realise that it’s never too soon to arrange your wedding car hire, so take a load off your mind, call us at Prestige Keys, and let us help you make a great choice for your wedding day. At Prestige Keys we believe in nothing but the best for the bride-to-be’s big day!