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Luxury fleets: Top trumps, top style and the ultimate in fleet

IMAGINE spending more than £30,000 on a company car for the fleet? It’s not too difficult to envisage but what if the £30,000 just covered the optional extras?

That’s a vast amount of money to spend on specification but, as we found out, it’s pretty easy to achieve on some of the country’s most luxurious models.

Take the Maybach 62, for example, one of the most opulent cars on the market. With a basic on-the-road price of £298,817, it’s not likely to meet many fleet budgets and even less so once the options begin piling on.

It’s possible to rack up £25,431-worth of options on the 62 saloon. After all, opting for a panoramic glass sunroof will set you back a whopping £10,910, the same price as a 1.4-litre Vauxhall Astra hatchback.

And the Maybach is not alone in its expansive options list. A ‘performance kit’ on the already powerful Porsche Cayenne Turbo costs £10,223.

Other costly extras include £4,510 for a full-length rear-centre console with twin electric adjustable seats and lumbar massage on the Bentley Continental Flying Spur saloon.

Individual rear seats for that added privacy will set Rolls Royce Phantom owners back £4,700 and, for £3,500, there is a rear seat entertainment package available on the Audi A8 saloon.

But are some of these optional extras actually worth it? Apparently so, according to Martin Ward, national research manager for CAP Motor Research.

He said: ‘On a Maybach, a £10,000 option is like a £200 option on an ordinary car.

‘However, some options are definitely worth it. Air conditioning, satellite navigation and something like ‘Distronic Plus’ – adaptive cruise control using a radar to control distance from the vehicle in front – on the new Mercedes-Benz S-class, is almost a must as it makes driving so much easier.’

We’ve taken eight of the most deluxe models available and specced them up as much as possible. Top points go to the Audi A8 6.0 W12 quattro long wheelbase, where we managed to spend £38,980 on options.

In the classic card game Top Trumps, it’s a pretty good guess that most players would want this bevy of cards in their hands. Guaranteed to knock other cards into oblivion, here’s a list of the top eight cars avid Top Trumps players would be envious of.

TOP TRUMPS/LUXURY FLEETS

Model: Audi A8 6.0 W12 quattro long wheelbase Tiptronic
Top speed (mph): 155 (limited)
0-62mph (sec): 5.2
Engine (cc): 5,998
Power (bhp/rpm): 444/6,200
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 428/4,000
Fuel economy (mpg): 20.5
On the road: £78,360
Specced up: £117,340
Total option cost: £38,980
Five options: massage and ventilation for front seats £3,700, rear seat entertainment £3,500, extended rear centre console £3,250, electric adjustable rear seats £2,105, folding table £2,000

Model: Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Top speed (mph): 195
0-62mph (sec): 5.2
Engine (cc): 5,998
Power (bhp/rpm): 552/6,100
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 479/1,600
Fuel economy (mpg): 16
On the road: £115,822
Specced up: £134,863
Total option cost: £19,041
Five options: centre console with twin electric adjustable seat and lumbar massage £4,510, 19-inch alloy wheels £3,080, vavona veneer £2,110, parked car heating system £2,050, walnut/leather steering wheel £830

Model: BMW 760 Li

Top speed (mph): 155 (limited)
0-62mph (sec): 5.6
Engine (cc): 5,972
Power (bhp/rpm): 445/6,000
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 442/3,950
Fuel economy (mpg): 20.8
On the road: £82,925
Specced up: £104,173
Total option cost: £21,248
Five options: rear entertainment package £2,450, 20-inch alloy wheels £1,790, service and maintenance package three years/36,000 miles £1,775, active cruise control £1,455, rear air conditioning with cool box £1,420

Model: Daimler Super Eight 4.2 V8 Supercharged

Top speed (mph): 155 (limited)
0-62mph (sec): 5.0
Engine (cc): 4,196
Power (bhp/rpm): 400/6,100
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 408/3,500
Fuel economy (mpg): 23.0
On the road: £79,570
Specced up: £83,180
Total option cost: £3,610
Five options: 20-inch alloy wheels £2,500, rear voice system for audio controls £220, mini disc radio £185, full size spare wheel £135, electrochrome rear view mirror £80

Model: Maybach 62

Top speed (mph): 155 (limited)
0-62mph (sec): 5.4
Engine (cc): 5,513
Power (bhp/rpm): 550/5,250
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 664/2,300
Fuel economy (mpg): 17.8
On the road: £298,817
Specced up: £324,248
Total option cost: £25,431
Five options: panoramic glass sunroof, £10,910, distronic proximity control £2,340, electric rear window curtains £2,260, solar module for interior ventilation £1,510, 10-hole alloy wheels £1,510

Model: Porsche Cayenne Turbo Tiptronic S

Top speed (mph): 165
0-62mph (sec): 5.6
Engine (cc): 4,511
Power (bhp/rpm): 450/6,000
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 457/2,250
Fuel economy (mpg): 18
On the road: £71,163
Specced up: £107,828
Total option cost: £36,665
Five options: performance kit £10,223, sport design pack £2,722, advanced off road tech pack £2,484, 20-inch sport alloy wheels £2,465, panoramic roof £2,180

Model: Rolls-Royce Phantom

Top speed (mph): 149
0-62mph (sec): 5.9
Engine (cc): 6,749
Power (bhp/rpm): 453/5,350
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 531/3,500
Fuel economy (mpg): 17.8
On the road: £255,119
Specced up: £282,719
Total option cost: £27,600
Five options: individual rear seats £4,700, rear compartment curtains £3,000, theatre seat configuration with DVD and individual seats £2,400, rear auxiliary climate control £2,200, side two tone paint £2,200

Model: Volkswagen Phaeton 6.0 W12 4motion long wheelbase

Top speed (mph): 155 (limited)
0-62mph (sec): 6.1
Engine (cc): 5,998
Power (bhp/rpm): 414/6,000
Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 406/3,000
Fuel economy (mpg): 18.1
On the road: £72,600
Specced up: £84,065
Total option cost: £11,465
Five options: agnolo decorative wood inlay £1,695, dusk sensor and auto driving lights £1,650, extended wood pack £1,195, premium rear seat system £1,065, parking heater with remote control and timer £1,065

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