Motorhomes are not the first modes of transport you would associate with the lifestyles of rich and famous, however the last couple of years have seen a number of high-end luxury models appear on the market that would only ever be affordable to select few.
Earlier this month though, a motorhome that went on sale in the Gulf of Dubai truly took things to a whole new level.
The Palace on Wheels
Dubbed a “Palace on Wheels” the eleMMent Palazzo earned the distinction of being named the most expensive mobile home in the world, fetching a staggering £2m in a record breaking sale that took place in the second week of June.
Designed to cater specifically to the needs of businessmen on the road, wealthy families on their travels or global celebrities on their world tours, the 430 square foot vehicle from Austrian manufacturers Marchi Mobile has a number of features that would make even the most oil-rich of Arab Sheikhs feel spoiled.
Available in both an extravagant gold or white colour scheme and featuring a colossal master bedroom, the vehicle certainly caters for tech lovers with its 40 inch all weather proof full HD LCD satellite TV and high end speaker system. If you’re in possession of such equipment you will want to feel secure so the home also comes equipped with a real stream video surveillance system, providing the owner with the opportunity to monitor their surroundings and any happenings outside of the vehicle.
The eleMMent Palazzo has an on-board bar, under floor heating, fireplace and if you’re in the mood to relax under the stars, the motorhome even boasts its own rooftop terrace.
Pièce de Resistance
The breath taking features continue throughout the vehicle with a state of the art “Wellness bathroom”, fitted with its own rainfall shower. The fully integrated modular kitchen too is gadget paradise with its built-in coffee machine, ice maker and barbecue grill station to accompany the cook top, sink, oven and 80 litre stainless steel refrigerator. The luxury even extends to your entrance and exit from the motor mansion too with red carpet adorning the retractable steps on the vehicle.
If there’s one ‘pièce de resistance’ to this ‘Palace on Wheels’ though, it would be the “Sky Lounge.” At the press of a button the 430 foot vehicle transforms into a magical personal retreat with a pop up cocktail bar, only enhanced by the striking marble lighting.
With exterior features that include glow-in-the-dark paint aiding visibility at night, there is no need to worry about the state of the vehicle either – the space-age home even has the ability to wash itself after a daily drive across harsh desert terrain.
Weighing an incredible 20-tonnes, the eleMMent Palazzo is powered by a 510bhp engine which provides the vehicle with a top-speed of 93mph, bolstered by its ‘biomorphic’ front-end which makes it more aerodynamic. Unsurprisingly the machine isn’t particularly fuel efficient, managing just 13 miles per gallon. With an HGV licence needed to drive the vehicle, the potential cost of motorhome insurance for the eleMMent Palazzo doesn’t even bear thinking about.
One would wonder if such a unique vehicle would even have a market in the current economic climate – unsurprisingly not so in Dubai. In a country that revels in its opulence and boasts luxury supercars among its fleet of police cars, a number of Dubai millionaires and Arab Sheikhs have already been snapping up the latest craze in motorhomes.
A spokesman for Marchi Mobile commented: “People never fail to notice innovation, but rarely does the excitement for it last.
“That is how it began for us. But now – after many years of development – we sparked a fire in luxury mobility.
“The eleMMent series from Marchi Mobile is a new class within the premium segment of vehicles, targeted to enthuse lovers of the extraordinary.
“Our goal has not only been to introduce a new line of luxury vehicles – but usher in a new era. This is done by a perfect masterpiece that sets itself apart at first sight.”
How do you feel about the eleMMent Palazzo? Costing more than double of some of London’s finest homes, is it simply extravagance gone wild? Or would it be the dream vehicle for any motorhome enthusiast?