London’s scores of taxi drivers may be rapidly switching over to the latest hybrid TX5 model, but automotive design house Kahn Design has breathed some life into the outgoing TX4 by creating a special “Last of Line” edition.
Just five of the Last of Line TX4s will be built, showing a luxurious side to the London taxi rarely before seen. For starters, the plain black paintwork is gone – replaced by two-tone shades taken from the Rolls-Royce colour palette.
Black detailing, including colour-coded wheels and black grille surround finish the exterior of the vehicle, which retains its slightly more traditional aesthetic when compared with the bang up-to-date TX5 cab.
Under the skin, there’s no modern powertrain – the Last of Line TX4 is still powered by its 2.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel. This engine is built for longevity rather than performance, but Kahn Design has given it a moderate power upgrade from its paltry 101bhp – though the final power figure has been left undisclosed.
It’s inside where the Last of Line TX4 sees its biggest upgrades. Anyone who’s sat in a London taxi before would struggle to call it luxurious, but Kahn Design has decked these five models out with quilted Nappa leather, an upholstered dashboard, leather trimmed steering wheel and best of all, an LED starlight headliner.
Afzal Kahn, founder and figurehead of Kahn Design, said: “While it is sad to see a beautiful, iconic vehicle reach the end of its life, it is a great honour to re-design and celebrate what is truly one of the most famous cars in the world.
“I look forward to embarking on a journey with a select few clients who wish to own their own piece of British history.”
Three of the five Last of Line TX4s have already been sold, and Kahn intends to hand-pick the owners of the last two. The £150,000 vehicles can be customised endlessly to the buyers individual specifications, and each will be supplied with a certificate of authenticity and a plaque bearing the names of those who built it.