With a two metre-long glass sunroof, private bar, 40-inch cinema screen and, depending on your spec, two full-sized beds, the Senzati Jet Sprinter might just be the ultimate luxury people carrier, writes Tiff Needell
You’ve got the company Learjet, a Ferrari LaFerrari for special days, the Range Rover for weekends in the country and a BMW i3 for running about town showing off your green credentials, so what more could you possibly want?
Well, what about those occasions when you’re picking up clients who are flying abroad for a key meeting or gathering influential friends for a weekend hop to St Moritz? Yes, a party of six could be seated in an Addison Lee Ford Galaxy, but it doesn’t really reflect the sort of exclusivity you require. So, it’s going to have to be a fleet of three S-Class Mercedes or … a Senzati Jet Sprinter.
Senzati is a newcomer to the coach-building world and while its name may be derived from the Italian for ‘without limits’ – senza limiti – it is very much a British enterprise and the Union flag proudly adorns each model.
Already, though, it has put itself two steps ahead of the opposition by not only being accepted as Mercedes-compliant by the German manufacturer but also by achieving ‘whole vehicle type approval’ for five-tonne Sprinter conversions to be categorised as cars so they can use all lanes of motorways and cruise at the national speed limit.
The clever conversion from commercial van to luxury car begins with the standard seats being re-trimmed, with whatever quilted leather is chosen for the cabin, and the dashboard refinished with equally sympathetic trim. A partition with electrically operated twin sliding doors is then installed behind the driver – and the fun begins.
The side door is removed and relocated further back to give unimpeded access to the cabin, while double-glazed privacy glass panelling runs from front to back with blinds between the panes – the inner pane is made from LCD Magic Glass that turns opaque with the switch of a button but still lets in light. There’s even a two metre-long glass sunroof.
While I’ve specified a six-seater cabin, with my driver in the front, you can choose anything from two to seven seats. You can have a mobile-office layout; a sleeper version with two full-sized beds; a toilet and sink; a cinema with 40-inch screen; a shooting-brake with racks for your sports equipment – the choices are extraordinary. There’s even a 4G WiFi antenna on the roof to keep you connected.
Wherever you look there’s the finest quality leather and trim, with bespoke reclining chairs that heat, cool and massage at your command – plus bars, fridges, TV monitors, foldaway tables and passenger-to-driver intercom. Prices start at £200,000 but you’re free to spend whatever you want. Senzati also offer conversions of the smaller V-Class Mercedes, with seating for up to six in the passenger cabin – prices here start at a more modest £55,000. But one thing’s for sure, whichever model you choose, you’ll be travelling in style.
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Senzati Jet Sprinter ratings
Top speed 120mph Acceleration 0-62mph – gracefully!
Engine 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel, generating 190hp Gearbox seven-speed automatic
Economy 21 mpg Price £298,500
Performance 5/10 Handling 4/10
Economy 5/10 Comfort 9/10
Quality 9/10 Desirability 9/10
To find out more about the Senzati Jet Sprinter, visit senzati.com