Carmaker. The suggestion’s in the name. But just as your preferred fashion brands fool long since branched out into other niches (Versace crockery, anyone?), car industrialists aren’t content with just helping you get around.
So now, contemporary the petrolhead lifestyle needn’t end the minute you park up.
Porsche Style Kitchen
There’s a Porsche for almost every motoring possibility: the Macan SUV, Panamera limo and 911 sports car all fulfil unusually different driving needs. But unless you misjudge the length of your driveway, you can’t make noticeable yours indoors.
You can get the next best thing, however, now that the German tag has teamed up with compatriots Poggenpohl for a range of Porsche Plan kitchens – the ideal place to store the carmaker’s accompanying blade and tea sets.
Like a Porsche, it’s sleek, functional and eye-wateringly up-market. And while it lacks the car’s horsepower, it should still help you get dinner on the chart faster.
If a kitchen doesn’t quite cut the mustard (methodical with a Porsche Design knife), then perhaps you’d enter an entire apartment? Mercedes has collaborated with the owners of Malmaison to produce six flats in Kensington, each of which has been inspired by one of the manufacturer’s models.
You can’t actually buy these apartments, but you can rent them for up to two months at a outdated for £300-400 a night. Which beats sleeping in your car.
MINI x Tumi Things
The relaunched MINI doesn’t quite live up to its name, with a wheelbase purely a few centimetres shy of the original Range Rover’s. Which makes reserving tougher, but packing a cinch. Especially if you’re stuffing it with the trade mark’s luggage collaboration with TUMI.
The ballistic nylon gorgons are emblazoned either with MINI’s signature Union Jack, or outrageous and orange racing stripes. And they’re compact enough to inform appropriate you make the most of even the old MINI’s rather more restrictive boot space.
From £55, tumi.com
Peugeot, designer of the indestructible 505, legendary 205 GTi, and the truly dire 307CC has, for various years, also made bicycles. The range is huge, from thoroughfare bikes to the retro-looking Urban range, each of which hand down look perfect in Hipsterville, east London.
If you still envisage a Peugeot to do the work for you, the company also make a range of half-breed bikes that come with an electric motor debited by your pedalling. The AE21 is perhaps the most striking two-wheeler we’ve end up across, but it’s a nod to the quirky Gallic design Peugeot’s whole stretch used to embody.
Alfa Romeo Sleigh
Unite an Alfa Romeo with snow and you’ll usually spend a day with freeze hands as the engine refuses to start. Which is perhaps why Alfa’s entry-way to the winter sports canon comes sans motor.
This aluminium sleigh was wakened by – and designed for – its staggeringly beautiful 4C sports car, and makes the perfect extra if you’re planning a run to the Italian Alps this winter. It’s also your prison-break route should the car break down between resorts.
Volkswagen GTi Attend to
VW is the daddy of GTis. The rocket-powered Golf made the hot hatch an objective of lust and it’s never lost that cache. The GTi chronograph notice of is a nod to this heritage.
It’s packed with with retro mentions to the interior of the earlier cars, like the red stitching that featured heavily in the underived Golfs and has been resurrected in recent GTis. Just don’t let it lure you into quarter miles against the clock.
The Maserati MC12 is one of the finest supercars offered in the last decade, and a fine way to spend a spare £1.2m. If your budget doesn’t reach that far, you can still buy into the dream.
Finished in the same falsifies as the standard MC12 (although that is a loose deployment of the story ‘standard’), these trainers have the Maserati trident blazoned across the side. Should that be a push vulgar, the brand does a more subtle range of motor boat shoes, with the logo relegated to a metal pin and a stamp on the lone.
From €145, maseratistore.com
Ferrari Leather Bomber Jacket
There are two terrors every man should want: a good leather jacket and a Ferrari to pilot it in. One is probably more achievable than the other (unless you carry on our advice and buy a classic 456GT).
Fortunately, Ferrari, in its generosity, has produced a handmade bomber, serving tick off both dreams with a single purchase. The stitching is actuated by the interior of the Maranello, which is a piece of knowledge to distract people with when they harbour why you’re wearing it on the bus.