Snapshot – Anil Ambani may not as extravagant, or should that be tasteless, as his elder brother Mukesh. However, when it comes to cars, the younger Ambani does have an opulent garage, whose claim to fame is a Lamborghini Gallardo. Now, you don’t find too many billionaires in India driving about in one, and no Gautam Singhania, with his exotic fleet of four wheeled beauties, isn’t yet a billionaire in dollar terms. But Anil Ambani can’t drive to work in the Lamborghini, can he? So, what else does he drive or be driven in? Here are some answers.
W221 Mercedes Benz S-Class
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From arriving at Reliance Annual General Meetings to taking the wife out for dinner, the W221 Mercedes Benz S-Class is what the younger of the two Ambani siblings favours. Seen sometimes at the wheel and at other times, on the opulent back seat, Anil Ambani is one of the few billionaires of this country who’re at total ease playing the chauffeur and the chauffeured. The S-Class is known for its plush ride quality that will let the fat cats hold on to their coffees while being inconspicuous enough in modern day India to avoid unwanted attention. A Mercedes Benz S-Class, and yet no attention in India? Well, that’s India truly shining.
Range Rover Vogue
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The previous generation Range Rover Vogue is one of the most luxurious SUVs that money can buy, and this status of the vehicle hasn’t really changed across generations. The Chairman of the ADAG owns the previous generation version of the Rangie. While the Bentley Bentayga, the Lamborghini Urus and the Rolls Royce Cullinan ultra luxury SUVs are years away, the Range Rover continues to rule the roost as far as bespoke luxury in SUVs is concerned. All this luxury doesn’t mean that the Range Rover’s outstanding ability to take the rough with the smooth has been compromised even a bit. This one will help Anil reach home for dinner even in monsoon drenched Mumbai.
Rolls Royce Phantom
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The Rolls Royce Phantom is bespoke luxury. Big movie stars with hordes and hordes of followers own this car, which is also seen transporting royalty, and then a few movers and shakers of the world. Anil Ambani is a mover and shaker as far as India is concerned, and the Phantom sits in the very rich man’s garage. The Phantom is one bespoke luxury saloon that, like all Royce Royces, seeks to cuccoon its occupants from the din and clatter that lesser mortals have to put up with. Considering that the younger Ambani lives in Mumbai, where privacy is like finding water in the Sahara, the back seat of this high roller should provide some much needed succour.
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Anil Ambani is a keen marathoneer, and is a regular at many marathons around the world. Now, don’t ask us how the big man who’s companies control billions of rupees manages to juggle work and play. That’s a topic for time management 101. We’ll tell you about his trusty running partner though. The Toyota Fortuner is what Mr. Ambani is known to jump into for the commute to his running spot. The Fortuner is a big, butch luxury SUV that’s as reliable as a Casio G-Shock. Early next year, the Fortuner will be replaced by an all-new version that’s plusher, more powerful and sharper looking.
Men with the means to buy really expensive boys’ toys also have their methods to keep their little pleasures private. Yes, even in a city such as Mumbai, where even the streetlights have eyes and telephone poles, ears. This explains why Anil Ambani’s Lamborghini Gallardo has been rarely photographed with the man himself behind the wheel. As for the Gallardo, the fighting bull of a supercar remains in the Ambani garage, even as its original maker has let it go in favour of the Huracan.