Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 | 11:03 p.m.
Think speed, sophistication and luxury automobile, and the image of James Bond instantly comes to mind in his awesome Aston-Martin. Think smooth and suave, and the image of champagne served in gorgeous crystal glasses in the luxury rear seats of a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce is a real-life vision.
This midsummer story is not about the high speeds on a NASCAR track or the cozy confines of a racecar. This is not about vroom. It is about the sound of silence — silence on wheels. This is about the beauty and brilliance of a Bentley.
This is definitely not about the cramped quarters of a smart car, but the platinum perfection of luxury cars. Nobody knows that world in Las Vegas better than Jesika Towbin-Mansour, director of operations at Towbin Motorcars. I asked her to explain how her cars are in fact works of art:
As co-owner, I am proud that Towbin Motorcars is the only Las Vegas automotive dealer to carry the top iconic British luxury brands like Aston-Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce all under one roof. We offer an unparalleled luxury motorcar-buying experience, and our dealership is a work of art.
There are three new-vehicle launches that have us excited. We unveiled the Rolls-Royce Wraith at a launch party in late June. This luxury motorcar is the sportiest model in the brand’s portfolio. The power this beauty holds is unlike any motorcar in Rolls-Royce history.
Not only is this the sportiest-looking model, but it also is the fastest model in Rolls-Royce history. Reaching 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and with a 624-brake horsepower derived from the twin turbo V12, this vehicle is a force to be reckoned with; I absolutely love the shapes and line of the fastback whose origins can be found in 1930s automotive design.
Bentley’s latest motorcar, the Flying Spur, has an unrivalled performance of any luxury sedan on the market. The Flying Spur features more power than any other four-door vehicle in the brand’s history, and we were thrilled to unveil it at our recent launch party.
The Flying Spur carries less weight, which makes this push-to-start sedan lighter than the first-generation car. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, such as a touch-screen console and mobile connectivity, which includes Wi-Fi, drivers and passengers can stay connected while in this extravagant vehicle. The Flying Spur received a power boost to 616 horsepower and 590 pounds of torque and is now fitted to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
With refined features, the four-door Aston-Martin Rapide-S offers car enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies an all-new Rapide Gen 4 AM11 engine. This new creation boosts drivers from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph. We showed off this one in late July.
The reimagined, lightweight-wheel design is unique to the Rapide-S, while an improved rear-deck profile enhances the vehicle’s aerodynamics. With an improved design of its weight distribution, the Rapide-S is the most agile Aston-Martin ever made.
Customization is something we specialize in at Towbin Motorcars. Complete with custom Aston-Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce design areas, our guests can mix and match interior and exterior pieces in order to create their ultimate dream car. The possibilities are endless.
We have the friendliest and most seasoned automotive experts in town, led by Towbin Motorcars General Manager Rony Mansour. Our knowledgeable staff members are the perfect guides to the luxury car-buying experience. We want our customers to have the best experience while at our dealership, so we hand select the best in the business.
We have filled our dealership with a variety of luxury art pieces on display, along with the beautiful pieces that are Aston-Martins, Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. By far, my favorite piece is a sculpture created by Troy Pillow that was dedicated to my father, Daniel Towbin.
It is a beautiful symbol of the foundation of the Towbin Family and our dealerships. We placed it in front of Towbin Motorcars for everyone to enjoy as they pull up to the dealership. Building this dealership with my father was a great experience for which I am forever grateful.
Along with impeccable artwork, our dealership is focused on giving a top-of-the-line experience, which includes an award-winning service center and a putting green while guests wait for their vehicles. Unique to our dealership is our one-of-a-kind bliss room designed by my mother, Carolynn, who is the president of Towbin Automotive. This room was designed for our guests to enjoy a serene atmosphere during their car-buying experience.
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Towbin Motorcars and the Towbin Family are located at 5550 W. Sahara Ave. Our Editor at Large John Katsilometes is profiling Jesika soon and reported his first drive in a 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost: “Quiet perfection — acceleration without fuss.”
So British, and so true; I know that feeling. Time for me to go for a drive, but in my Jaguar. Maybe one day I’ll have enough in the bank to go for the Rolls.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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