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Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce

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Charles Murray
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Re: New "wraith", if you ask how much, don't bother
Charles Murray   4/2/2013 8:10:14 PM
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I imagine that this would be a second car for many Rolls-Royce owners, William K. The first would be the $3.9 million Lamborghini we showed a few weeks ago.

Charles Murray
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Re: 21st Century RR
Charles Murray   4/2/2013 8:08:21 PM
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Today, two new words have been introduced to me. Wraith...(a phantom)? And prat...(a fool)? I put in question marks because honestly don't know. Commenters could you please fill me in on this?

William K.
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New "wraith", if you ask how much, don't bother
William K.   4/2/2013 5:00:44 PM
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I would agree that a car like this is to show off one's wealth. 625 HP in a passenger car? IT could win prizes at a dragstrip, no doubt, but the price of the car could probably buy some dragstrips. And all of that electronics, oh wow, who would ever be able to service it? Not even RR itself, would be my guess. But it is probably the highest quality "way over the top" car that one would find. But I doubt that I could even afford to put gas in the tank. BUT I don't care.

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Not an April Fools prank
Jim_E   4/2/2013 3:26:10 PM
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This is not an April Fools Joke, as the Wraith was actually just revealed at the New York Auto Show:

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1083283_2014-rolls-royce-wraith-video-preview

http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/wraith/

I love the idea of extra info displayed via a HUD.  Cadillac used to have something similar, way back in 2000.  Looks like others have it now:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automotive_night_vision

 

 

Turbineman
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Re: Electronics add glitter
Turbineman   4/2/2013 12:53:35 PM
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The best innovation I see is the night vision with "heads up" warning.  The GPS terrain feature is more "tecnnology in desparate search of a use", and I fear, would not only take some of the fun out of driving, but reduce some of the driver's skills (but I repeat myself).

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: 21st Century RR
Ann R. Thryft   4/2/2013 12:10:58 PM
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Wraith means essentially the same thing as a previous RR car name: Phantom.



jfs1970
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Re: AWESOME
jfs1970   4/2/2013 11:49:56 AM
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Nice April Fool's gag!  You actually had me going for a while, until I got to the description of the GPS transmission, finger scribble screen, and the starlight roof.  Then I realized......DUH!

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!, the WRAITH!
OLD_CURMUDGEON   4/2/2013 10:31:11 AM
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It might be interesting to note that the bulk of the sales of this vehicle will no doubt go to the sheiks in Arabia, etal. where the biggest challenge will be a sand dune or two!


j-allen
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Rolls Royce electronics
j-allen   4/2/2013 10:01:13 AM
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Very cute, but are there data showing that this needlessly complicated system drives the car any more efficiently than a moderately skilled human?  While it certainly can predict terrain, can it know things like weather or traffic conditions?


It is ironic that the same company which once built the world's most efficient aircraft engines would be turning out this gas hog. 

RichR
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RichR   4/2/2013 9:58:41 AM
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Quite a choice of a name, Wraith. Google it and see what it means.

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