RE: Kahn Design London Taxi: Spotted

RE: Kahn Design London Taxi: Spotted

Sunday 6th January

Kahn Design London Taxi: Spotted

Thought getting a black cab in the capital was expensive? Try owning this one



Along with Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and red buses, London's taxis are one of its most famous landmarks. There are around 22,000 black cabs patrolling the capital, and while most of them will be ferrying tourists and businessmen to and fro, a small handful are used for altogether more exclusive excursions.

While many of the world's wealthiest inhabitants choose to flaunt their riches from the back seat of a Rolls-Royce or the front one of a Ferrari, there is a certain group of similarly affluent people who recognise the benefit of discretion. Prince Philip, for example, famously used an LPG-converted Metro Cab to move covertly around the capital for nearly 20 years.


So, while Kahn Automobiles may be more famous for serving the former clientele, with their murdered-out SUVs and restyled supercars, it does make sense for the bespoke outfit to offer its services to the latter group as well. Which is what it has attempted to do with today's Spotted, this one-off luxury London taxi.

Specifically it appears to be a TX4, the final Hackney Carriage produced by the London Taxi Company before its purchase by Geely, relaunch as London Electric Vehicle Company and subsequent production of the new range-extender hybrid TX model. With over 2,000 of those expected to be on the road by the spring, it makes sense that there might be a few of the previous generation going spare.

This particular car is said to be brand new, with just 50 miles showing on the odometer. Despite receiving the attention of Kahn's production team seemingly straight off LTC's production line, though, the revisions look to be purely aesthetic. That'll mean 101hp and 180lb ft from its 2.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel, and the same Chrysler five-speed automatic transmission as standard. Still, a tried and trusted combination if ever there was one...


Far from standard is its interior, which has received the Kahn treatment in the form of swathes of black leather, including quilted seats and a wrapped steering wheel, VIP privacy glass and an LED-studded ceiling. The exterior has been treated to a similar overhaul, though while its lustrous "Rolls-Royce paint" is undoubtedly very smart, the two-tone colour scheme does somewhat detract from its stealthy appeal. Nonetheless, it wouldn't be too hard for a buyer in search of something less showy to return it to a fully black specification, leaving only the darkened hubcaps and grille to set it apart from more common or garden examples.

And the cost for your very own slice of Londonalia? Well, while a new, electrified TX can be bought for £55,599; the quilted Kahn will set you back the best part of six figures, at £99,999. While the obvious benefits of that outlay include the ability to blend in, the famously tight turning circle, and plenty of room to carry your friends and family, don't expect to be able to make use of taxi drivers' greatest perks. Only licensed taxis are allowed to skip the congestion charge, or use bus lanes to avoid traffic, meaning that however wealthy the owner of this TX4 may be, they'll be stuck in the gridlock with the rest of us.

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Sandpit Steve

Original Poster:

98 posts

11 months

Sunday 6th January
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Some spoiled rich kid trying to get away with using bus lanes?

AlexS_LDN

88 posts

1 month

Sunday 6th January
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Perhaps Supercabs of London will put it up on the YouTube channel soon biggrin

Augustus Windsock

1,577 posts

92 months

Sunday 6th January
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Is that a typo?
£99,999???
Hahahahahhahahahahahahaha
I dislike all of the Kahn-affected vehicles I’ve seen (thankfully on t’internet and not in real life) and this gives me no reason to change my feelings.
Just goes to reinforce the old saying, ‘you can’t buy class’...

HTP99

13,408 posts

77 months

Sunday 6th January
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So £40k for a bit of leather, a fancy paint job which doesn't really stand out and a few LED's; bargain!!

Arsecati

104 posts

54 months

Sunday 6th January
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Proof - should you need it - that Kahn can literally chav up anything.
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DS240

2,653 posts

155 months

Sunday 6th January
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Discretion of using a taxi to blend in.... then make it stand out from all the other taxis?! I can see the logic there.

eltax91

7,836 posts

143 months

Sunday 6th January
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DS240 said:
Discretion of using a taxi to blend in.... then make it stand out from all the other taxis?! I can see the logic there.
Only the author makes reference to using one to blend in. It’s nonsense and won’t be the design ethos.

Kahn have made this for their normal chav-tastic clientele. Some rich kid who wants to stand out with a modded version of a normal everyday cab.

lord trumpton

5,028 posts

63 months

Sunday 6th January
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Loving the st window tints with the white border where the tint film won't stick to. I've seen better jobs made of it on many a Vauxhall Zafira barry boy baby bus.

Kahn - Seriously, stop churning out tat for the tasteless rich and fk off. And when you get there then fk off again.

Hairymonster

362 posts

42 months

Sunday 6th January
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£100k? WTF?

For a few bits of Bradford bling & bad taste?

Looks like a pox doctor's waiting room.

Lou Smorals

2 posts

9 months

Sunday 6th January
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This is much more bang bang for your buck, so to speak! laugh A snip at at £650

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Hairymonster

362 posts

42 months

Sunday 6th January
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lord trumpton said:
Loving the st window tints with the white border where the tint film won't stick to. I've seen better jobs made of it on many a Vauxhall Zafira barry boy baby bus.

Kahn - Seriously, stop churning out tat for the tasteless rich and fk off. And when you get there then fk off again.
Kahn is the Bradford equivalent of Mansory, German-based purveyors of junk/adenda to the over-monied Middle Eastern playboy market.

www.mansory.com/en - have a look at the G-class Merc cabrio, up for 595,000 Euros in their Cars for sale section. Get a load of that steering wheel!

hoagypubdog

217 posts

81 months

Sunday 6th January
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lord trumpton said:
Loving the st window tints with the white border where the tint film won't stick to. I've seen better jobs made of it on many a Vauxhall Zafira barry boy baby bus.

Kahn - Seriously, stop churning out tat for the tasteless rich and fk off. And when you get there then fk off again.
The white border can be sorted by sanding them down or touch of glue once film has dried out. No excuse really for shoddy workmanship at that price.

Dyl

978 posts

147 months

Sunday 6th January
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HTP99 said:
So £40k for a bit of leather, a fancy paint job which doesn't really stand out and a few LED's; bargain!!
Nearer £60k I would say; the TX4 model was around £40k new and comes with the antiquated 2.4l diesel and 4-speed auto as far as I remember.

The £55k price quoted is for the new electric/range extender LEVC model.


Podie

45,224 posts

212 months

Sunday 6th January
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Best looking thing Kahn have done....

Oakman

154 posts

95 months

Sunday 6th January
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Uber drivers dream machine ....

dunnoreally

234 posts

45 months

Sunday 6th January
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I think this is more novelty than discretion. I'm sure if you wanted to move about London discretely you'd be much more successful (and comfortable) in the back of a 2-year-old E Class or similar than a two-tone taxi with aftermarket wheels.

The Brummie

7,628 posts

124 months

Sunday 6th January
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Hideous. Horrible. Tacky. st. Etc etc etc.

J4CKO

26,089 posts

137 months

Sunday 6th January
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Luxury is more than a bit of leather and some LED's, a clattery dump truck engine and bouncy leaf springs shuddering the whole thing over any imperfection, black cabs are generally unpleasant things to travel in compared to a mini cab.

zafbandicoot

4 posts

2 months

Sunday 6th January
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A popular online web series featuring an industrious London cabby will be along soon to purchase this probably. “Where you going to love?”
You never know.

bristolracer

2,580 posts

86 months

Sunday 6th January
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Depending on log book classification, it’s probably not ULEZ compliant.