The Official Blog of Ken Gorin, CEO of THE COLLECTION in Coral Gables

The Official Blog of Ken Gorin, CEO of THE COLLECTION in Coral Gables

Welcome to KennethGorin.com, my friends. Through this blog I wish to share with you my on-going passion for luxury cars. My dealership, THE COLLECTION, is South Florida’s leading purveyor of Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Aston Martin and Jaguar vehicles. At THE COLLECTION, we take pride in providing the best in the luxury automotive realm by exceeding customer expectations and sharing with you all that THE COLLECTION lifestyle has to offer. Peruse around to discover the latest in industry news and what’s happening in “my world.” Enjoy!   As the president and CEO, I am a car enthusiast in every sense of the word. I’m thrilled to use this platform as a means to give you an insider’s POV on all-things cars, luxury, business, diversions, sports, philanthropy – and of course, fun. From the latest new car launch to hanging with my friend, three time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade (who also happens to be our dealership’s Brand Ambassador), you can expect a private peek into my life and my company. I hope you enjoy the ride (pun...
FERRARI CALIFORNIA T TEST DRIVE EVENT WITH SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

FERRARI CALIFORNIA T TEST DRIVE EVENT WITH SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

THE COLLECTION celebrated a Saturday of Style as VIP guests were welcomed to experience a personal test drive with the State of the Art Ferrari California T. But that’s not all. THE COLLECTION, together with renowned designer Salvatore Ferragamo, collaborated to offer guests the ultimate “personalized style” experience.   The Ferrari aficionados who joined us on Saturday experienced a one-on-one driving session, which included a drive around Coral Gables with one of our Ferrari ambassadors, and a product overview of the interior and exterior of the sporty and versatile California T. Inside our Ferrari showroom, guests were informed of the exclusive Salvatore Ferragamo Made-to-Order program which featured the customizable iconic driving shoe.  Clients were able to custom design their driving show to match their Ferrari – down to the leather, rubber sole color, stitching, buckle finish and monogramming.   Guests also enjoyed delectable bites upon arrival and were welcomed to an array of Ferrari cars including the California T, the 458 and the four-wheel drive Ferrari FF. To see more pictures from the event, see below and to learn more about the Ferrari California T read below or contact us to schedule your personal test-drive today.   More about the Ferrari California T: Sporty, elegant and versatile, the new California T is a sophisticated prancing horse grand tourer with a beautifully ergonomic and luxuriously handcrafted design. The California T boasts 553 HP while traveling from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The new Ferrari Turbo V8 provides instantaneous response, augmented by blister performance, impressive torque and a signature soundtrack, clearly attesting to a classic Ferrari engine with all...
Miami Spice – Special Prices, Extraordinary Food

Miami Spice – Special Prices, Extraordinary Food

  Calling all Miami foodies! All throughout August and ending on September 30th, locals and visitors alike can relish the ever-famous Miami Spice. For those of you not-in-the-know, Miami Spice is a two-month long promotion where many South Florida-based restaurants offer three-course meals featuring signature dishes at reduced prices — $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner.   From American to Argentine to Brazilian to Caribbean cuisine, South Floridians can savor the spectrum of restaurants — at wallet friendly prices. Restaurants such as Chef Adrianne’s, Bourbon Steak Miami, Cipriani, DB Bistro Moderne, Fontana at The Biltmore Hotel and more are participating in this year’s event.   As for my personal recommendations? It just so happens that many of the restaurants I frequent are taking part in the two-month long fun. Here are a few of my top picks and their Miami Spice offerings for you to savor in:   Christy’s Restaurant: Yes, the Grand Dame of Coral Gables restaurants still packs them in after 35 years with its great food and impeccable service. Order up their famous Ceasar salad and rack of lamb and thank me later. 3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; (305) 446-1400.     Zuma: The Japanese fare and vibrant ambience here are spot on. Home to power lunches and decadent dinners, this Downtown Miami restaurant is one to see and be seen in. Try the swordfish with ginger wafu and Japanese pickles to mix up your palette.  270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Downtown; (305) 577-0277.       Cecconi’s: Now here’s your chance to snoop around the swanky member’s only Soho Beach House on Miami...
THE ALL-NEW FERRARI 488 SPIDER

THE ALL-NEW FERRARI 488 SPIDER

Extreme performance and exhilarating drop-top driving pleasure: that’s the new Ferrari 488 Spider. The latest addition to the Prancing Horse range combines the extraordinary prowess of the 488 GTB’s mid-rear turbo-charged V8 and the thrill of open-air motoring with the added excitement that comes from hearing the unmistakable soundtrack of that engine. The most recent pictures of the 488 Spider shine with a Blu Corsa livery color and it sports the most technologically advanced retractable hard top on the market. Offering a much lighter construction and superior noise and wind protection to a traditional soft-top, this solution is now available on the most high-performance and technologically advanced Ferrari Spider ever built.     The Ferrari 488 Spider’s performance is nothing short of extraordinary. Beneath the engine cover throbs the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. The 488 Spider has a maximum power output of 670 CV combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm allowing the 488 Spider to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in only 3 seconds flat. In line with the Ferrari tradition, this model has its own distinctive soundtrack. It is seductive, but never invasive when the top is dropped, with both volume and clarity increasing as the car accelerates and revs rise, reinforcing the sensation of massive performance.     The 488 Spider is designed around the retractable hard top concept and includes a space frame chassis made of 11 different aluminum alloys combined with other noble metals. The RHT (retractable hard top) fold backwards very smoothly in two overlapping sections to rest flush on the...
AUDI END OF JULY SALE

AUDI END OF JULY SALE

You do not want to miss this July end of month Audi sale! Taking place tomorrow, July 25th, join us for special offers on over 100 select 2015 in-stock Audis which includes the Audi A3, A4, A6, Q5 and A8. To celebrate the amazing Summer of Audi, experience up to $3,000 in bonus cash back on select models. Also, celebrate summer with complimentary lunch courtesy of Ms. Cheezious and Cold Stone Food Trucks. For more information, contact us today at 888.444.8941 or e-mail ExperienceMore@thecollection.com   Audi A3 Sleek lines, distinctive lighting and premium finishes make the bold exterior of the Audi A3 a sight you cannot deny. On the exterior, the A3 consists of a singleframe grille, xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, power adjustable exterior side mirrors and dual exhaust outlets. On the interior, the A3 includes dual-zone automatic climate control, three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel, tilt and telescopic steering column, power windows and a panoramic sunroof. Available in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, the Audi A3 is engineered to be lighter, more efficient and performance-driven to create the ultimate thrill with each drive.   Audi A4 Saying it over-delivers is an understatement. With timeless style, German performance credentials and unrivaled craftsmanship, the Audi A4 is the ultimate overachiever. No matter what the road throws at you, the Audi quattro all-wheel drive system can help you take it on. By sending power to all four wheels instead of two, quattro dramatically enhances traction and handling performance on any road. With a sunroof, three-zone automatic clmate control, four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, power windows, LED lighting...
THE COLLECTION ASTON MARTIN LEASE SPECIALS

THE COLLECTION ASTON MARTIN LEASE SPECIALS

You’ve been dying to get behind the wheel of your favorite Aston Martin. Whether it’s the V8 Vantage, Rapide S or DB 9, stop by and test drive the latest model range and now you can also take advantage of our new lease programs! Aston Martin is known for its long heritage of amazing cars, precision to every detail and personalization to fit the utmost standards of their clients. We here at THE COLLECTION want to offer you this luxury plus the unbeatable price you will not find anywhere else. Listed below are the models included in our special lease programs:   ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE Available now starting at $1,399/month     The Aston Martin V8 Vantage sits alone as a high-performance sports car of truly iconic status. A car of total emotion, yet complete control. Powered by the lightweight, compact 4.7 liter engine, the V8 Vantage delivers a broad spread of effortless, exploitable performance. Mounted low and as far back in the chassis as possible because the Vantage’s center of gravity is close to the road for supreme balance and handling. Producing 420 hp of peak power and 470 nm of torque, the V8 Vantage sprints from 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Styled to seduce, the simple yet potent Vantage design is instantly recognizable. Available as both a sleek Coupe and a rakish Roadster, the V8 Vantage is free from gimmicks. Stop by today to receive the limited-time savings on the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.   ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE S Available now starting at $2,199/month Designing a more luxurious and more refined Rapide would have been...
THE COLLECTION BOUTIQUE’S SUMMER GEAR

THE COLLECTION BOUTIQUE’S SUMMER GEAR

Amazing lineup of luxury vehicles aside, there is another reason to stop by THE COLLECTION’s dealership: our boutique items, boasting the best in Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, McLaren and Jaguar items. Below you’ll find a curated selection of our boutique’s must-have summer items. Also, keep in mind that all of these pieces can be ordered if they are not already in stock. Please visit our Luxury Car Accessories Store located here: http://www.thecollection.com/store/ Interested in any of these items? Stop by or contact us today! Call our Boutique at 305-476-4015 for all pricing inquiries and questions!   FERRARI BEACH TOWELS Soak up the sun, dive in the water and dry off with our Ferrari towels available now. Perfect for the beach, the pool or for just a shower, keep your love for Ferrari close by at all times. Are you a racing enthusiast? Also available are Scuderia Ferrari beach towels with the Ferrari logo shield.   AUDI SPORT RACING BIKE The Audi Sport racing bike features an ultra light carbon frame with high rigidity, lightweight wheels and carbon construction fork in Audi design. Features Selle Italia carbon saddle with Audi Sport covering in fine Nappa leather from R8 production. Total approximate weight is 5.8 kg. Includes a voucher for free assembly at a Lightweight bike dealer worldwide.     AUDI BEST BUDDIES CYCLING JERSEY To go along with the Audi sport racing bike, get yourself an Audi Best Buddies team cycling jersey which helps keep you comfortable, and features a full-zip front with elastic cuffs and waistband as well as three pockets on the back.     MASERATI...
AUDI’S ROBBY, THE SELF-RACING RS7, COMPLETES FULL LAP ON RACETRACK

AUDI’S ROBBY, THE SELF-RACING RS7, COMPLETES FULL LAP ON RACETRACK

This amazing Audi is Robby. Robby is a 2016 Audi RS7 that can drive itself—and it is amazing. As the successor to Bobby, Audi’s original racetrack-circling autonomous RS7, Robby has the edge in weight as it is 882 pounds lighter than Bobby. Robby is all the better to rip around at high speeds, shaming human drivers with its cold precision. Robby also has the distinction of being the first self-racing Audi to put tire to track in the U.S. since the autonomous Pikes Peak–climbing TT of a few years ago, having just torn it up at Sonoma Raceway in California.   In Sonoma, Robby took to the track and completed a 12 turn, 2.5 mile course in 2 minutes and 1.01 seconds. The future of Audi is extremely bright!     Remember Bobby? “Robby’s” sibling, “Bobby,” lapped the Hockenheimring at speeds up to 240 kph (149 mph). Audi said the car was set up to take corners like a professional race driver, and even generated cornering forces of up to 1g on the German circuit. This amazing feat was huge for Audi and now they have even surpassed it with the accomplishment of Bobby. Earlier this year, I recapped the story of Jack, the road-going autonomous Audi A7 who traveled from California to Las Vegas CES covering 500 miles with some help from human drivers. Jack drove a speed of 80 mph and was on display at CES for all to celebrate the amazing accomplishment.     “In Sonoma we brought the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept lap after lap to the physical limit, and in constant precision. The...
PORSCHE PANAMERA SPECIAL

PORSCHE PANAMERA SPECIAL

Fourteen. That’s the outstanding amount of vehicle models which comprise the Porsche Panamera fleet alone. Their names? The Panamera, Panamera Edition, Panamera 4, Panamera 4 Edition, Panamera S, Panamera S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Executive, Panamera GTS, Panamera Turbo, Panamera Turbo Executive, Panamera Turbo S, Panamera Turbo S Executive and Panamera Exclusive Series.   While each model boasts its own set of details, each Panamera is special in its own right. Here at THE COLLECTION we are offering special savings for various Panamera models. See below for more information or contact Jose Yunen at 305-476-2014!   PORSCHE PANAMERA S E-HYBRID Available now for $899/month   Style, luxury and e-mobility combine to give the utmost driving experience while defying thrilling contradictions. The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a parallel plug-in hybrid. As a hybrid, the Panamera can be powered by the combustion engine alone, by the electric machine or by both units working simultaneously. Boasting 333 hp for the combustion engine and 95 hp for the electric motor resulting in a total output of 416 hp at 5500 rpm. The Panamera S E-Hybrid travels from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a top track speed of 167 mph.   With the Panamera S E-Hybrid you can get involved at any time with the three different driving modes which allow you to control certain hybrid-specific types of driving. The standard mode, E-Power (electric driving), is a fully electric drive with the high torque electric motor for an intensive driving experience without using any fuel. By pressing a button, the next mode, E-Charge becomes active. E-Charge allows for the high-voltage battery to...
AUDI & TOMS SUMMER SALES EVENT

AUDI & TOMS SUMMER SALES EVENT

Through an exclusive collaboration, Audi and TOMS have designed a limited-edition Alpargata shoe that is available to Audi buyers during the Summer of Audi Sales Event. During the summer, customers who purchase or lease a NEW or Certified Pre-Owned Audi vehicle will receive an offer for a pair of exclusively designed TOMS featuring the four Audi rings.  In turn, through TOMS innovative giving program, 55,000 shoes will be donated to children in need. “Through TOMS One for One giving program Audi will help change the lives of thousands of children in the United States and empower new customers to be a part of this movement,” said Loren Angelo, Director of Marketing, Audi of America. “With TOMS, Audi has found a natural partnership. Audi aligns with likeminded companies that challenge the conventions of design and share a passion for progressive ideas.” The limited-edition TOMS classic slip-on is made of ash gray coated canvas and features red stitching detail with the Audi rings appearing on the inner lining and outer side tag. The exclusive Audi by TOMS shoe is available in adult and children’s sizes for customers during the Summer of Audi Sales Event. For more information about the exceptional offers available during the Summer of Audi Sales Event, visit us today or contact us at 305-444-5555....