Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's good to be the King...

...or, at the very least, a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family. Because for a world that's totally dependent on petroleum products, if the country that your family rules is the world's leading exporter of the said product, then not only can you buy a gas guzzling, non-environment friendly vehicle like the soon-to-be-released Kahn Cosworth 300, you can buy an entire fleet of it!

And we're not talking about 5 or 10 or even 20 cars, we're talking about 80 UNITS of a single model alone! That's right, because according to one report, the royal family of Saudi Arabia placed an order for 80 units of a specialized and highly customized SUV that isn't even available yet! Why? Because according to the spokesman for the royal family, since the Kahn Cosworth 300 will be the first road "car" to wear the prestigious Cosworth badge in more than a decade, they "wanted the cars before anybody else."

The Kahn Cosworth 300 is essentially, a Range Rover Sport that has seen some extensive modifications both inside and out, courtesy of Kahn Design for both the exterior and interior refinements and Cosworth for the engine tuning package. Set to be launched in a couple of days at the MPH Show in London on October 30, that the Kahn Cosworth 300 is far removed from its Range Rover Sport donor platform is simply an understatement.

Kahn Design's styling package features a road-hugging body kit, with a low-riding front spoiler, flared arches, side skirts, rear valance with a diffuser-like design to it, and and a large rear spoiler. Capping off the aggressive look are 22-inch lightweight alloy Cosworth platinum-finish wheels riding on low-profile tires. Inside, the royal family will be cosseted by custom-made perforated leather upholstery, complete with the all-important Cosworth name either stitched or impressed on it.

As for Cosworth's famed engine tuning works, they managed to bump up the power from the Range Rover Sport's turbodiesel V8 powerplant from 268BHP to 300BHP, capable enough to accelerate the nearly 3-ton vehicle from 0-100KPH in under 8 seconds before attaining a top speed of almost 220KPH.

And how much is this going to cost the Saudi Arabian royal family? Well, based on our current exchange rate, with a Kahn Cosworth 300 commanding 75,000GBP, that's a little over PHP5.9 million! Multiply that by 80 and that's PHP 472 million! That's almost half a billion already! And that's without the tax figures yet! So, yes, it's good to be the King.

Now, who wants to see Atoy Llave execute a perfect copy of the Kahn Cosworth 300's bodykit?

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