Every year, the two German Vs – Volkner and Variomobil – stand against each other. This year, Volkner took the prize again, and while this year’s 39-foot (12-m) Performance S doesn’t quite hit the US$7.7 million high the company reached last year, it’s a nicer package due to additions like a large rooftop deck, floor plan-wide surround sound system and coffee-and-cocktails bar.
Volkner secured this award at Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, where it attracted visitors with its Halloween-like orange-and-black paint job and contrasting pure-white LaFerrari.
LaFerrari is almost of the same €3 million as last year’s Bugatti Chiron. This model is definitely a steal as it has some intriguing features as well. This includes its 135-sq-ft (12.5-sq-m) rooftop deck. The deck is designed to seat six to eight for stargazing, spectating, people-watching, and enjoying fresh oxygen.
The rest of the roof hosts practical equipment, including the 2,000-W solar panel array, satellite dish, 4G antenna, and dual air conditioning system. Large and small air conditioners are installed for cooling the front living area and rear bedroom, respectively.
Its layout is one of a kind. There is a high L-shaped kitchen counter with barstools on the outside. On the other side of that bar top, the kitchen area has a three-burner induction cooktop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator with a separate 12-bottle wine cooler.
There is a daybed instead of a basic sofa in the front living area.
The main 71 x 79-in (180 x 200-cm) bed is located in the rear bedroom.
Instead of Volkner’s usual Burmester audio system, the customer specced out their own custom sound system with speakers throughout, including 5.1 surround sound in the living area. LED smart TVs in the living room and bedroom supply the picture to go along with the audio. A 20-kWh lithium battery bank is there to power electronics and other interior electrical equipment.
This Performance S is a Volvo bus chassis with a 503-hp rear engine and air suspension system. Its end price is €5,311,000, including taxes. Hence, it is the most expensive motorhome at the 2022 Caravan Salon and the most expensive RV we here at New Atlas covered all year.