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31 May 2019
Considering that the key is the one thing that allows you to start a car, it is not surprising that some of them are as exquisitely made as the car that they are paired with. Here are 8 amazing keys to some of the coolest rides.

We all know that not all cars are made the same. Apart from plain boring ones that exist solely to bring you from point A to B, there are also cars that are designed for insane speeds, either to win races, or the hearts of car lovers. Of course, one will expect the key to the heart of these magnificent engineering marvels to be equally amazing, and that is exactly the case for these few works of art.
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1. Aston Martin crystal key (emotional control unit)

Aston Martins are known for its exquisite and beautifully designed bodywork. These cars are timeless works of art that are also able to achieve mind-numbing speeds. Clearly, the key that brings such magnificent beasts to life has to be something special, something different from the usual stamped and cut pieces of metal. Available for Aston Martins from 2008 to 2018, such as the DB9 and DBS, is a beautiful key fob that is topped off with a piece of sapphire crystal, named as Emotional Control Unit. The key fob inserts into the dash and doubles as a start button, completing the luxurious interior of these cars.
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2. Aston Martin JLC watch key

If you thought the Emotional Control Unit was extravagant, wait till you hear about the AMVOX. The AMVOX is a timepiece that was the result of a collaboration between Aston Martin and luxury Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre. The first AMVOX watches were introduced back in 2006 and is a watch that doubles as the key for the Aston Martin DBS, DB9 or Rapide. You can lock and unlock the car simply by pressing on the crystal. In 2014, a new generation of the AMVOX was introduced, and it now works for any new Aston Martin.
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3. BMW digital display key

BMW is known for its luxury vehicle offerings that often come with cutting-edge technology. The BMW i8 is a revolutionary plug-in hybrid with modern and stunning looks, and it is also the first production car that is equipped with laser head lights, with beams that reaches further than conventional LED head lights. Introduced together with it was a digital display key. The key fob has an LCD display which provides information, such as which doors are locked or unlocked.
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4. Bugatti Veyron top speed key

When the Bugatti Veyron was first introduced, it was one of the world's fastest car, powered by an 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 987bhp. It is capable of a top speed of 408km/h. Mind you, the Veyron is still a road car, and unleashing all those power on the streets, might be a dangerous notion, especially if that power falls into the wrong hands. Hence, the Veyron requires a second key to unlock its full speedy potential. One car, two keys, and an impossibly high top speed!
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5. Koenigsegg Jesko shield logo key

The 1,578bhp Koenigsegg Jesko is the Swedish supercar manufacturer's latest addition to its stable of impeccably engineered speed machines. It is expected to be capable of speeds over 483km/h. That's more than five times the speed limit in Singapore! Such an engineering marvel of a car surely comes with a matching key. Like the other Koenigseggs' keys, this one is also shaped like its shield logo. Flip the key around and you'll see an array of buttons that allow you to operate Autoskin, which lets you open and close all the car's doors and hoods remotely, much like a Transformers!
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6. McLaren 12C carbon fibre key

Before the 12C, Mclaren was mostly known for its F1 cars and the F1, its only road-going production car. The F1 was the first production car to utilise a carbon fibre monocoque chassis. More than 10 years later, the MP4-12C (later known as the 12C) was introduced. The 12C utilises carbon fibre extensively to keep weight to the minimum. Likewise, Mclaren's relentless pursuit in lightweight composite materials is reflected on its key fob, which features a carbon fibre back.
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7. Pagani Huayra key

The Pagani Huayra is a svelte mid-engined hypercar that costs several million of dollars. Powered by an AMG-sourced V12 twin-turbo engine, it produces more than 700 horsepower and completes the century sprint in a mere 3.5 seconds. The Huayra also employs four active aerodynamic flaps to maximise downforce right where the car needs based on some smart computer wizardry. Unsurprisingly, the Huayra is accompanied by a special key. It is a miniature sculpture of the Huayra, made out of aluminium, and it opens up into two pieces with one side being the key, and the other, a USB drive. Exquisitely functional!
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8. Porsche 917 key

The Porsche 917 is a successful race car that secured overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. The 917 weighs just under 800kg and is powered by a flat-12 engine that made more than 600bhp, this results in a a top speed of over 350km/h. Even its key has been cross-drilled to save weight!