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Luxury Cars and Fancy Champagne-Welcome to the Madam Wheels masterclass

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MADAM Wheels has taken hedonic pleasure to a whole new level with the launch of its Cars and Champagne Masterclasses, designed to enable guests to savour some of the world’s finest champagnes while checking out the latest and greatest cars available.

Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, Lamborghini and Maserati vehicles from Melbourne’s Zagame Automotive Group were in the mix alongside five cuvées from top French champagne house Taittinger.

This inaugural masterclass was organised as a networking event for female members of Melbourne’s Club of United Business, a private club set up to help Australian entrepreneurs meet and form valuable relationships to assist them on the path to business success.

The “Queens of CUB”, as they’re known, were invited to sample the individual wines while hearing about their unique characteristics as explained by global champagne force Kyla Kirkpatick, otherwise known as The Champagne Dame. Madam Wheels founder Jacquie Hayes then outlined the features of their matching cars. Guests were welcomed on arrival to the intimate evening with Taittinger’s entry-level Brut Réserve, which was paired with a Maserati GranTurismo. These were followed by Taittinger’s Prestige Rosé (Lamborghini Urus), the Prélude Grands Crus Cuvée (a firm favourite among participants, and served with a DB11 Volante Aston Martin), Taittinger’s 2012 Brut Millesime (McLaren 570S Spider) through to the famed 2007 Comtes de Champagne Grands Crus Blanc De Blancs (Ferrari 488 Spider).

‘The masterclasses take the stress out of the vehicle-discovery session and lighten the mood with samples of the finest cuvées across the Taittinger range.’

Hayes says she curated the event to give guests a unique space in which to network while gaining a deeper appreciation for the very best cars on the market in a zero-pressure environment. “Too often, women – and men, too, for that matter – feel out of their depth when they’re on the car-showroom floor, so may not have the opportunity to fully appreciate what a car has to offer,” Hayes says. “The Cars and Champagne Masterclass takes the stress out of the vehicle-discovery session and lightens the mood with samples of the finest cuvées across the Taittinger range.”
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All-New McLaren GT Lifts Off In Australia

Losing a few pounds isn’t always the right move when you want to keep your curves, but we at Madam Wheels have to tip our hats to McLaren Automotive for creating a luxury car that drops the weight without sacrificing the style.

The brand-new GT was unveiled in Sydney and attracted some serious attention for its technology, luxury, and grace. (So if you’re a klutz in real life, you can at least amp up your elegance quotient on the road.) There’s a lot to this car that makes it special and goes some way to explaining how it couldn’t quite fit under the established Super, Ultimate, or Sports Series categories within the brand.This lighter car is faster, more fun to drive, and designed for a whole new audience. Plus, it’s got storage space for your skis, luggage, and makeup (ahem, laptop) bag.

The Grand Tourer category may be known for a bit of a cramped ride, but this new GT challenges the status quo with its roomy interior and genuine luxury comfort. If you’re looking for sports cars for women, the versatility of the McLaren GT may fit the bill – especially if you fancy hitting 100km/h in 3.2 seconds (or, say, 200km/h in 9 seconds).

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The McLaren’s peppy performance and lateral control are off the charts. We guess it’s not all that surprising considering the GT’s 620PS, twin turbocharged V8 and 7-speed transition. The updated Optimal Control Theory which adjusts ride comfort makes it easy to go from winding down the coastline to coasting on the highway. McLaren Automotive’s Managing Director of Asia Pacific and China, George Biggs, remarked that given the car’s 570 litres worth of storage space and long-term comfort design conception, it’s the ultimate choice for a stylish road trip that passengers (and passersby for that matter) won’t soon forget, especially if the Italian-made purpose-built luggage is onboard.

‘You won’t feel like a pervert if you want to run your fingertips across the car’s many surfaces. The whole car was designed with a tactile experience in mind.’

If you like the McLaren Speedtail, you’re going to spot some of the same trademarks on the GT. But while the car may not be 100 per cent original, it’s definitely not a carbon-copy, either. The speed and performance are dialed up to a 10 on this car to reach super car status. Its brakes, suspension and steering are custom-made for the GT, and the car’s responsiveness is sheer joy on the road. All the tiny adjustments made to the balance and accuracy of the car add up to big changes in its driving dynamics.
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The new GT strikes just the right balance of style and practicality. Take this baby up to its top speed of 326 km/h on the driving course, and test out the gearshift paddles that are sleekly integrated into the steering wheel. These paddles, plus many of the car’s controls, are knurled aluminium, the textured elements contrasting the smooth and glossy black that dominates the rest of the car’s interior. In other words, you won’t feel like a pervert if you want to run your fingertips across its many surfaces. The whole car was designed with a tactile experience in mind to satisfy more than one of your senses at a time.

Right before you pick up your friends or pack in your kids for a long weekend, adjust the heated, electronically controlled seats to the perfect position. Once you’re off and running, turn up the jams with the 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system. Some people may think that the carbon fiber sub-bass woofers are a little much, but we’re here to say that those people are just plain wrong (and almost certainly jealous). If you’re starting to feel worn down somewhere around the sixth hour of the road trip, use the ambient lighting to give yourself a well-deserved pick-me-up.

When it comes to luxury cars today, manufacturers have to be willing to raise their own standards. With the debut of the new GT, it looks as though McLaren Automotive has managed to do just that (like you would have expected anything else).

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Ferrari Launches Its Most Powerful V8 In F8 Tributo

WHO doesn’t enjoy an amazing party with interesting and attractive guests? A social event planned around an enticing, appealing theme? Especially if that party is both in celebration and in honor of the introduction of a new Ferrari to Australia. Not just “any” Ferrari, mind you. Welcome to the most powerful V8 Ferrari … ever. A toast to the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Cheers.

Ferrari Australasia’s Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Appleroth, joined 300 guests at the lavish Sydney launch party, along with his counterpart for Ferrari’s Far and Middle East hubs, Dieter Knechtel. But no-one in attendance (a shame if you couldn’t make it) could mistake the guest of honor.Powerful and evocative. Sexy and sporty. Clean-cut but edgy. Maybe even slightly dangerous.

The Ferrari F8 Tributo was introduced as more than a suitable successor of the esteemed Ferrari 488 GTB, a super car held in the highest regard by Madam Wheels and on display as part of a prestigious line up of the past V8 models at the White Bay Cruise Terminal soiree.

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The F8 Tributo adds 49 horsepower over the 488 GTB while trimming almost 40 kg of weight, most of which came off the engine. With a top speed of 340 km/h, the mid-rear engine two-seater can propel driver and passenger from a standstill to 200 km/h in just 7.8 seconds, reaching 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. The F8 Tributo, however, is more than just power. It exudes confidence. It is the epitome of balance.It’s also a stunner.

There were two goals at the Ferrari Styling Center where designing the F8 Tributo took place. First, create a super car in homage to the iconic Ferrari V8 engine and the two-seater, mid-engine Ferrari’s they powered in the past. The second, creating a car aerodynamically distinctive in its own rite.

Well done, Ferrari. Well done.

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Aerodynamically, the F8 Tributo slips through the air. Its low stance is confident and aggressive. Its front end features an S-Duct design with linear LED headlamps which dominate its dynamics and appearance. It’s weight-conscious in its design, adding lightweight body components like a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, poly carbonate bumpers and even a louvered rear window made of poly carbonate resin thermoplastic Lexan. Its exterior is so carefully crafted and so multi-faceted, it’s difficult to take your eyes from it. There is a function to its forms, but its form is pretty alluring on its own.

Inside, the cockpit is clearly driver-focused. It has a classic floating instrument cluster with options like a 7” touch screen for the passenger side. It sports a new-generation steering wheel with critical controls right at the driver’s fingertips.Understated? Perhaps. Still waters, however, often run deep. This is an automobile women will love and find easy to drive. It responds to commands and accelerates thrillingly, effortlessly and smoothly. It demonstrates power without being loud or obnoxious. Its engine, however, does provide more than a sufficient soundtrack.

Will the Ferrari F8 Tribute add to your confidence? Will it enhance your self-respect and sense of self-worth? Will it make life more joyful? Perhaps and perhaps not. It will, however, make life more fun and exciting. It will turn heads and make an impression. Perhaps most of all, it will likely make you an aficionado of one of the world’s most respected luxury car brands. When it comes to luxury cars for ladies, Ferrari and the Prancing Horse brand throw a party that is never too late to attend.