3 Power-Packed Rides For The Ultimate Gentlemen's Fleet

Get ready for an adventure with top-tier toys for the big boys—soaring through the skies, dominating streets, and conquering any terrain in style.

Rev up your engines and brace yourself for a journey into the world of thrill and luxury. 

As we step into 2024, we’re unveiling the beasts of the road—”Toys for the Big Boys” that redefine the meaning of performance. 

Get ready for a ride as we show off the fancy Airbus x Aston Martin in the sky—where luxury really takes flight. 

Experience the road like never before with the Lexus LX, the ultimate in speed and style. 

Handle any kind of land, from city streets to wild landscapes, with the tough Land Rover Defender, your go-anywhere friend.

Hang tight for a thrilling ride through the skies, the streets, and beyond. These speed warriors aren’t just vehicles; they’re a lifestyle where every trip becomes a bold adventure. 

Let’s dive into the extraordinary—where there are no limits in the sky, the road is your canvas, and every terrain is a conquerable challenge.

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AIR 

Airbus x Aston Martin

Buckle up, adventure seekers. We’re about to dive into the world of high-flying elegance with the Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition. 

Roaring into 2024: 3 Power-Packed Rides For The Ultimate Gentlemen's Fleet
Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition/Photo courtesy of Airbus

Imagine cruising through the clouds in a helicopter that’s not just a mode of transport but a symbol of luxury and craftsmanship. 

In a daring decision, John-Paul Thorbjornsen (JP), pilot and owner of the ACH130, opted to fly it from Airbus’ Oxford, UK facility to his home in Australia, clocking around 400 flight hours in under nine months. 

Unveiling this airborne marvel in the Philippines, JP praised its blend of Airbus engineering and Aston Martin craftsmanship.

As we step into 2024, we're unveiling the beasts of the road—"Toys for the Big Boys" that redefine the meaning of performance. 
John-Paul Thorbjornsen (JP)/Photo courtesy of Airbus

“I’ve always loved flying. I was looking for a reliable and powerful helicopter that could safely fly my family and friends around,” said JP. 

“The ACH130 is a visionary aircraft allowing me to explore my adventurous side. Also to journey around the world to destinations and places that would be inconceivable to visit in any other way.”

He also said, “I am convinced that this Aston Martin Edition is the most attractive private helicopter on the market.”

According to Frederic Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, “Our collaboration with Aston Martin is exclusive. It presents an entirely unique opportunity for owners with an enthusiasm for flying and driving to possess a lean and agile helicopter displaying the superb styling found only on Aston Martin high-performance sports cars.” 

Global Marvel

In a daring decision, John-Paul Thorbjornsen (JP), an exclusive owner of the ACH130, opted to fly it from Airbus' Oxford, UK facility to his home. Clocking around 400 flight hours in under nine months. 
Photo courtesy of JP Thor

The collaboration between Airbus x Aston Martin Helicopters birthed a limited edition. This edition marries the elegance of Aston Martin’s designs with Airbus’ aviation excellence.

Two years since launch, global demand for this exclusive edition remains strong. Refreshed features are continuing to impress worldwide.

Airbus and the Philippines

With a history spanning over 40 years, Airbus and the Philippines share a thriving partnership. They dominate the commercial airliner market and meet defense needs. Local firms contribute significantly, showcasing a robust industrial collaboration.

As Airbus continues to soar high in the Philippines, the Airbus x Aston Martin collaboration brings a touch of sky-high elegance. It’s designed for adventurous souls ready to explore the skies in style.

As Airbus continues to soar high in the Philippines, the Airbus x Aston Martin collaboration brings a touch of sky-high elegance. It's designed for adventurous souls ready to explore the skies in style.
Photo courtesy of JP Thor

LAND 

Lexus LX

In the ’90s, the automotive landscape saw a surge in full-size SUVs. 

Each claimed luxury but lacked the robust reliability and global experience embedded in the all-new LX 450, arriving in 1995. Offering a compelling mix of luxury, reliability, and off-road prowess, the LX quickly earned global acclaim.

Fast forward to today, and the latest LX, guided by Chief Engineer Takami Yokoo, builds on its iconic body-on-frame foundation. 

Fast forward to today, and the latest LX, guided by Chief Engineer Takami Yokoo, builds on its iconic body-on-frame foundation. 
Lexus LX/Photo courtesy of Lexus Philippines

It evolves to meet the demands of modern luxury SUV enthusiasts. Embracing Lexus Driving Signature (LDS), the LX blends precision, twin-turbo power, and takumi craftsmanship. This delivers an exhilarating on-road experience.

The LX experience begins with a cutting-edge fingerprint verification start button, symbolizing the SUV’s modern yet functional essence. 

Crafted for over 25 years, the LX has been an indispensable tool for adventurers. Now, amplified by the LX 600 and LX 500d in 2021, it sets a new standard for dependable adventure partners.

Hospitality Guides Every Mile

Driven by an ethos of unyielding anticipatory hospitality (omotenashi) and a commitment to seamless connections between guests and machines. 
Photo courtesy of Lexus Philippines

Driven by an ethos of unyielding anticipatory hospitality (omotenashi) and a commitment to seamless connections between guests and machines. 

The LX’s comprehensive evolution encompasses a lighter GA-F body-on-frame platform. It includes twin-turbo powertrains, advanced cabin features, Lexus Safety System technologies, and the distinctive Lexus Driving Signature.

Rooted in the Always On approach, LDS ensures consistent, linear traits across all Lexus models, forging genuine connections of enhanced confidence and control with drivers. 

Beyond a Drive

Driving the Lexus LX is not just a ride; it’s an immersive experience that transcends technical specifications. 

The design philosophy behind the fourth generation embodies a perfect blend of sophistication and functionality. 

The Golden Ratio, with its ideal 2,850-mm wheelbase, strikes the balance between luxurious comfort and off-road prowess. This contributes to the overall enjoyable driving experience.

In terms of design, the LX boasts a clean yet intricate aesthetic. The horizontal axis, with its minimalist approach, guides the eye seamlessly from the nose to the tail. 

The three-dimensional Spindle Grille at the front adds to the vehicle’s aesthetics. It features “floating” lateral bars. Additionally, it optimizes airflow for efficient engine cooling.

Magic in Every Detail

Exploring the Lexus LX reveals a host of new features that owners are sure to love. 
Photo courtesy of Lexus Philippines

Exploring the Lexus LX reveals a host of new features that owners are sure to love. 

The cohesive design extends from the grille to the sculpted bumper, hood, and L-shaped LED headlamps. This creates a muscular and captivating front profile.

The rear, characterized by the tapering upper shoulder and roof, along with the lower quarter region, exudes a solid and tight appearance. 

The all-new LEXUS logo is centrally located on the liftgate, between the L-shaped LED taillamps. This adds a touch of modernity and sophistication to this exceptional driving companion.

Unleash your spirit of adventure with the all-new Lexus LX. Elevate your driving experience, embracing the essence of luxury and capability.

ALL-TERRAIN

The Defender V8

Land Rover continues its legacy with the Defender V8, a culmination of decades of V8 heritage.  

The Defender V8 is a symphony on wheels, and it’s hitting the Philippine roads with a bang! 

Propelling you from 0 to 100 kph in a jaw-dropping 5.4 seconds (Defender 110) or 5.2 seconds (Defender 90). It’s not just speed; it’s a performance that defines a new era. 

Land Rover continues its legacy with the Defender V8, a culmination of decades of V8 heritage.  
Defender V8/Photo courtesy of Defender

Customize your ride with the Bright Pack, Extended Bright Pack, or Extended Black Pack options. It gives you the freedom to personalize your Defender experience.

From the original Stage I V8 in the Seventies to the powerful Defender Works V8, this car embodies the spirit of adventure and luxury. 

The new models boast a 525PS supercharged engine, unique suspension, and transmission tuning. This delivers unmatched performance both on and off the road.

More Than a Car, It’s an Experience

The V8 introduces a new Dynamic program within the Terrain Response system. It lets you unleash the dynamic character of your Defender on various terrains. 
Photo courtesy of Defender

The V8 introduces a new Dynamic program within the Terrain Response system. It lets you unleash the dynamic character of your Defender on various terrains. 

It’s a promise of unrivaled agility and driver appeal.

According to Chris Ward, Vice President of IC Land Automotive Inc., the Defender V8 is more than just a car; it’s an expression of yourself. “One is that, let’s face it, this car is not a need. This is a want. This is about expressing yourself. Yeah. And often that expression comes in visual as well as audible.”

From the instant wow factor of its V8 engine to the dark, high-performance interior, every detail is crafted for adventure and luxury.

For Chris, it’s all about the instant wow factor. The V8 delivers the perfect blend of visual and audible expressions, making it a head-turner on the roads.

The dark interior, non-leather finish, and the promise of adventure encapsulate the luxury and safety that the Defender V8 stands for.

Whether you crave speed, luxury, or a symphony of power, the Defender V8 and its legacy bring a new level of excitement to the roads. 
Photo courtesy of Defender

As we roll into 2024, these “Toys for the Big Boys” redefine the playground. 

Whether you crave speed, luxury, or a symphony of power, the Defender V8 and its legacy bring a new level of excitement to the roads. 

Get ready to embark on a journey where every drive is an adventure, and every roar is a celebration of power.

So, buckle up, enjoy the ride, and keep the good times rolling. May your adventures be as limitless as the sky and as exciting as a wide-open road. Cheers to more joyful journeys ahead!

Banner photo courtesy of JP Thor, Lexus, and Defender.

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