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Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: New "wraith", if you ask how much, don't bother
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/31/2013 6:08:49 PM
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Laughing over here – I love your inference.  I often go straight to the "over-compensating for something smaller" idea, but I saw one other previous comment suggesting the only likely buyers would be Arabian Sheiks.  Probably accurate.

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Re: New "wraith", if you ask how much, don't bother
William K.   12/31/2013 4:44:30 PM
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Jim T, my guess is that the vehicle should also come with a permanent oversized price tag on the outside, so that the rest of us can understand how impressed we should be. 

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Re: New "wraith", if you ask how much, don't bother
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/30/2013 11:17:37 PM
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I'm making a comment now,  8 months late, as I just saw this article posted in a Design-News Daily Update email which just broadcast on 12/30/2013.

Satellite-Assisted transmission shifting-?  Talk about taking the fun out of driving a high-priced performance vehicle --  Might as well come with a queen-sized sleeper, and satin sheets.  Engineering Over-Kill.  Sounds like taking the train, with a sleeping berth. Arabian Sheiks, for sure.

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But can anybody repair it? Or even get parts?
William K.   12/30/2013 8:54:15 PM
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One other question arises, at least in my mind, is how well would the "wraith" even survive in the saturated saltspray environment in a southeastern Michigan winter. The salinity is far worse than the military salt spray test, and it goes on for a minimum of three months. So the sealing needs to be at least perfect and long lasting as well.

And then given the pace of development, how long will spare parts be available? Or is this car to be "serviced as an assembly" the way so many things are?

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But WHY??
William K.   9/11/2013 9:46:51 AM
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The new RR Wraith does sound like quite an engineering marvel, but then I find myself wondering why anybody would be willing to spend that much for a car.  So while it is certainly a demonstration of what determined engineers can produce when cost is not much of a consideration, it does bring to my mind the question of "why bother?" $320K is more than three years pay for a whole lot of people. 

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bobjengr   6/4/2013 6:15:47 PM
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 I suppose if you could afford a car  costing north of $320K, gas mileage would not be an issue.  I would love to know what MPG this "ride" migh provide.   With a curb weight of 5200 pounds, can't be that much .  Great post Charles.

 

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Charles Murray   4/9/2013 8:06:08 PM
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Thanks for the explanations and derivations, William K. My vocabulary has been expanded today.  

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kid-jensen   4/3/2013 4:24:02 AM
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RR had no choice but to produce a performance version in their range, the alternative would be to loose customers to other luxury brands that have them already.  They couldn't call it a Bently because when RR was sold-off, the VAG group bought the name. BMW only got the RR car devision.

As an Englishman, of course it was sad to see RR fall into "enemy" hands, but it has to be said that BMW have largely respected the RR tradition for ultra-high quality engineering, luxury and innovation.

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William K.   4/2/2013 9:02:26 PM
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My7 dictionary lists "pratt" as "slang the buttocks  [?], and consider the word "pratfall", which is evidently supposed to be a funnything in comedy. 

As for "wraith", consider those poor Ringwraiths mentioned in "the Hobbit" and "the Lord of the Rings". Ghostly creatures capable of moving very rapidly.

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Re: Not an April Fools prank
Charles Murray   4/2/2013 8:12:08 PM
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Yes, Jim E, Cadillac did have night vision a few years back. I drove it but couldn't get the hang of using it. I like this idea better -- if it sees a "hot spot," it displays a yellow triangle on the head-up display.

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