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Welcome to Connoisseur Corner - Luxe Consulting and Executive Services

Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…

Marty can be contacted at: 916.952.9529 Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com

2/8/15

Benetti’s Beautiful Veloce 140


 
Italian shipbuilder Benetti, founded in 1873 and now owned by Azimut, has released their tech-laden semicustom Veloce 140.

This luxury yacht features what Benetti refers to as a D2P hull, code for “displacement to planning”.  This new design allows for the high-speeds of semi-displacement hulls, but maintains the comfort and fuel efficiency of full-displacement hulls.  Benetti claims the Veloce cruises at 12 knots and will attain a top speed of over 20 knots in “total comfort”.  Nice..!  You can get to your port of call quickly and not spill the martini…

With an exterior designed by Stefano Righini and interior by British firm RWD-Redman Whiteley Dixon, not only will you arrive in a timely manner, but you will do so in high style.  The owner can work with the interior design team to add features as requested during the build process.

One can also step down in size in the Fast Displacement Class to the Vivace 125, should your space requirements be less.

Beautiful, fast, state-of-the-art…   What more can you ask for…  Bon Voyage!

2/1/15

2016 Acura NSX – Return of an Icon


 
Acura shook up the sports car world in 1990 with the arrival of the NSX (it was a 1991 model).  Armed with a mid-mounted 270hp VTEC V-6 and a five speed manual transmission, not to mention loads of high tech and reliability, the NSX sent the Italians back to the drawing board.

Fast forward to 2015, and we are witness to the rebirth of the 2016 Acura NSX.  It’s been a long wait, but I’m glad its back..!

What we have here is a sports car stocked with the latest go fast bits.  Powered by a twin-turbo V-6 producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 400hp (Acura is being tight-lipped about final specs) along with 3 electric motors in the 50hp range, we should see between 550 and 600 total horsepower.  Two motors drive the front wheels and will provide torque vectoring as needed, as well as a power boost to the V-6 and third motor behind the driver.  A dual-clutch 9-speed transmission is in place to get things moving, and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes are at all four corners to bring things to a halt on the staggered 19 and 20 inch wheels.  Final specifications should arrive from Acura around the time of media drives, which are slated for early July. 

As for the design of the car, both the exterior and interior are extremely well done.  Easily the best visuals by any Acura designers in years.  The exterior is low, wide and functional, as all vents are well integrated into the esthetic of the car.  The interior has a future-forward vibe, but maintains a certain warmth and simplicity that will make it an excellent place to spend time.

Bottom line, I like what I see here.  Welcome back, NSX...  It's about damn time..!