I saw the series II drophead coupe at the Paris show the other day. Losing the round headlights with the redesigned front end does take away from the car somewhat. In fact, parked beside the Ghost, it definitely looked a lot more pedestrian.
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The Bentley Mulsanne is a little better, but instead of being vulgar, it's a bit... twee.
It's the same problem Jaguar had for a long time, basically between the '80s and their most recent models. It's trying so hard to be a "proper British motor-car" that it comes off looking like a caricature of Englishness. It's Austin Powers wrapped in Connolly leather.
Don't get me wrong, I can recognize that they're far better as cars, in terms of their function as transportation machines, than the stuff they were making in the '80s and '90s. But there's just no elegance, no grace. They're just trinkets for sheikhs.
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This argument has been comoing from teh sports car crowd against Rolls Royce since at least the '50s when the brits were turning out MG TCs and Jaguar XK 120s, too. And the sport car guys were missing the car's point as much then as you do now. Vulgar? Not a chance. Not every car needs to be a lithe sports car to be a valid automobile, and the Roller is no more vulgar than the Parthenon.
Now, certain owners may indeed BE vulgar, but if we aren't smart enough to separate the car from the occasional owner, then...
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.
they did to the rolls royce what land rover did to the newest range rovers
clarkson mentioned how much bling the threw at it, and with the rolls, they tossed everything they could think of into a box and slapped 4 wheels on to it
am i the only one that thinks the controls for the heat just dont fit in a car that costs as much as a rolls does?
id like to drive/ride in one of these some day... they have incredible road presence and im sure the interior is beyond rediculous. though i dont find the exterior styling to be all that interesting, especially the front end...