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Those looking for a vehicle capable of moving with elegance on any terrain have their wishgranted: Aznom Palladium
Palladium is without any doubt a surprising automobile and is ready to fill a rather interesting and exclusive niche. The designers have already described the car as “hyper-limousine” as it unites the traditional characteristics of great luxury sedans (such as comfort,quality of materials and manufacturing, ample space and reliability) with outstanding capabilities
Most of the car’s main body is made of high resistance steel with only certain details made of aluminum in order to reduce weight without compromising strength, stability and protection from impacts. Hood and roof are carbon fiber while both forward and rear bumpers are made of composite materials. On the rear section of the chassis’ frame the engineers have built a steel cage that helps improve torsional stiffness.
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Designed and manufactured in Italy, Palladium wants to retrace the steps of famous Italian coachbuilders from the past when each vehicle was truly handmade with care and passion. As a matter of fact each and every one of the ten cars on the production schedule will be tailor-made for the client after having chosen the customization of every detail.
A noble touch comes in the form of what has been called by designers “horizon window”, a slit in the rear pillar that contributes to the mysterious and suffused lighting on the inside of the car while allowing the occupants to enjoy a glimpse of the outside horizon.
The name of the vehicle itself points to majestic and classic esthetics, taking inspiration from the mansions of renowned Italian architect Andrea Palladio (famous for using ancient Greek and Roman styles as the base for his creations). But this is not all, as the name Palladium also recalls the rare and lustrous metal by the same name.
The interiors have obviously been createdwith attention to the tiniest of details. A large rear seat, not unlike a throne, gives ample comfortable space to the passengers while hidden drawers and compartments offer all sorts of amenities.
The beautiful handmade clock is made of gold and palladium
The front area is also coherent to the luxury. The door panel and the dashboard follow the pattern of materials and colors used in the upholstery, bright and dark leather spaced out by wooden parts, everything enriched by solid aluminum details.
The latest generation central console and display give access to all the vehicle’s functions, in a clear and orderly way. The cockpit area has been designed with a focus on the driver and to emphasize the dashboard’s horizontal lines while Aznom’s backlit logo stands out from the instrument panel.
The seats, which have a custom pattern in the seat and back areas, boast a large headrest designed with the same philosophy as the rear recliner.
Another refined feature comes in the form of the touch display placed on the driver’s door panel allowing for the complete control of the interior lights, air conditioning, on-board refrigerator, the opening and closing of all drawers and compartments, the trunk and of course windows and doors.
Pushing the Palladium is a powerful V8 5.7 liter biturbo engine tuned by Monza Garage and capable of delivering 710 hp and 950 Nm of torque, pairing with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Upon request of the client an eTorque mild-hybrid system can be installed and paired to the engine. When the engine is first started Palladium is a rear-wheel drive vehicle but the driver can easily switch to four-wheel drive through mode selection. One of the highlights of the powertrain is that, under certain circumstances, it can function with 4 cylinders only (Fuel Saver mode) allowing for considerable savings in terms of fuel.
The powerful braking system features 408 x 34 mm ventilated discs with 6 piston Brembo GT calipers at the front. The rear brakes feature smaller discs, 380 x 28 mm with 4 piston calipers.
The implementation of FRD (Frequency Response Damping) shock absorbers also plays a critical role, reacting in a split second by opening or closing the valves according to the situation. Suspension and shock absorbers working together deliver surprising off-road performance for Palladium, worthy of some of the most respectable off-road vehicles.
The rack and pinion steering features an interesting solution with an electric motor as its power source. Hence Palladium’s engine is relieved from constantly operating the hydraulic pump, an efficient system that gives the car a little bit more power overall.
Palladium features six airbags and the most recent Advanced driver-assistance Systems (ADAS) and both active and passive safety systems including the Advance Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-stop Monitoring and Park Assist. Several cameras combine for a 360 view and a series of sensors contribute to keeping what is around under constant control favoring relaxed and stress free driving conditions even in critical situations.
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“With Palladium we have tried to bring together our entire experience of fifteen years in order to create a really unique vehicle. – said Matteo Bertanelli, Project Manager Palladium –To work on the body we have paired handmade techniques to innovative technologies. We have used panel beating, an artisanal method that comes directly from historic coachbuilders, when men would beat the body panels by hand directly on wooden molds … but also hi-tech solutions like precision molding and working with carbon fiber.”