Check out this new ultra-luxury take on the famous London black cab.
The London black cab is one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable taxis in the world. While the design hasn't changed drastically over the last few decades, the new LEVC (London EV Company owned by China's Geely) TX incorporates a fully electric powertrain to modernize the famous taxi, helping it to reduce emissions in London since it was unleashed onto the streets in 2017.
London taxis aren't renowned for their luxury, but Sutton Bespoke, the aftermarket division of luxury car dealer Clive Sutton, wants to change this with its new ultra-luxury take on the iconic black cab.
Gone is the cheap plastic trim, replaced with premium Sandalwood leather and Alcantara materials. The standard model's rubber floormats have also been replaced with high-quality thick-pile carpet and the doors are trimmed with hand-crafted wood veneers. The rear seats have also been redesigned, while multi-color ambient lighting creates a relaxing ambiance as passengers "travel discreetly about town in unrivaled comfort." The interior tech has also been upgraded with a new stereo featuring Bluetooth support, a TV tuner with Apple TV, and a PlayStation 4 games console.
In the back, there's a new armrest between the rear seats with a cupholder and a refrigerator behind the seats to store refreshments. For added privacy, the driver and passenger compartment is separated by a retractable screen. On the outside, the VIP Class LEVC is distinguished by a black-and-silver paint scheme and an illuminated "VIP" sign, but it otherwise looks identical to the standard LEVC TX.
All these luxury amenities come at a price, however. In the UK, the luxury London taxi starts at £120,000 for private buyers and around £100,000 excluding VAT for business customers, which is twice the cost of the standard taxi. Sutton Bespoke plans to finish building the first examples later this year.