There’s nothing quite like the feeling of driving a shiny new luxury car off the forecourt of your dealer, and taking it for that first spin down the motorway is a thrill like no other. Whether you’re the kind of person who remains loyal to one set of wheels at a time or you prefer to have a different option for each day of the week, investing in an opulent new ride is one of the most exciting moments of the week, month or year – but while a new car usually comes with all the bells and whistles you could want and the highest available spec for the right price, there are still some ways you can upgrade your new purchase to make the experience of driving it even better still.
From adding a customised body kit to having some specialist work done to add extra wow factor to the finer details, these are our top tips for elevating your luxury car to lofty new heights, putting the icing on the cake for the drive of your dreams.
Find a body kit
Automotive body kits come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, so you are sure to find one that suits your taste – and whether you are looking to improve the aerodynamic performance of your car or simply ensure that it stands out from the crowd aesthetically even more than it already does, a new body kit is a great way to achieve the results you desire.
While some body kits do offer improved aerodynamics, be sure to do your research before making your choice as there are many options that are designed simply to enhance looks. Often, when thinking of body kits, people think of overly aggressive angles that can make an otherwise beautiful car look tacky – but your options certainly aren’t limited to these alone. By spending a little more time seeking out the right body kit for you, you’ll be able to find a style that improves the look of your car while also complementing its natural lines, as well as upgrading the driving experience.
Personalised number plates
Adding personalised number plates to your luxury car is a great way to put a personal stamp on your drive, ensuring that it is instantly recognisable as belonging to you and injecting an extra air of opulence, too.
The best thing about personalised number plates is that they are custom-made to meet your desires, so whether you would like to highlight your affinity for Chelsea or simply want to put a calling card on the plate, it’s a simple yet effective way to make the car your own.
While you will be required to follow DVLA guidelines for number plates, you’ll still have a wide range of options to choose from – especially if you’re willing to get a little bit creative. Personalised plates can also make for a thoughtful gift for someone you love – why not have their nickname inscribed in numbers and letters for a unique gift they’re certain to love?
Custom car paint job
There are few better ways to catch people’s attention than a fresh coat of paint for your car, and it’s another great way to personalise your set of wheels to make them entirely unique. A coat of custom paint will ensure that your luxury car is one of a kind, and will open up the door to many new styles that you wouldn’t be able to find at a dealership.
A matte finish is a sure-fire way to ensure that your car has an entirely individual feel, while a lavish coat of pearlescent paint will create an unusual multi-coloured look depending on the light.
Tyres and rims
You likely wouldn’t imagine that simply changing the tyres and rims on a car could do much to change up its overall look, but the truth is, in fact, quite different. Switching them up actually has the power to change the whole aesthetic of the vehicle, and provide a sophisticated upgrade that sets it apart from the crowd.
And, depending on the set you choose, it can also offer improvement to elements of your car such as ride height and automotive performance as changing the tyre tread can drastically improve the grip – which can, in turn, improve handling or at least tune it to your preferences. Finding the perfect set of rims and or tyres will transform your car, and you’d be surprised to see to what extent.
Are the stock seats in your vehicle not doing a good job keeping you in place? Or perhaps the look of them just isn’t doing it for you. Racing seats are a great solution to either, and a great addition if you’re looking to add a sportier feel.
There are, however, some compromises to consider when it comes to installing racing seats. When taking out the stock seating, you may have to say goodbye to some of the integrated systems that come with them, such as seat warmers and various adjustment capabilities. Some of these issues can be resolved with a little added investment, however, so it shouldn’t become much of a deal breaker.
What racing seats lack in features, they make up for in safety and looks. Often known as bucket seats, they can efficiently keep you locked in due to their raised sides and harnesses. Keep in mind that this will make it a bit more difficult to get in and out of the car, but it’s worth it overall.