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far911
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AWESOME
far911   4/1/2013 2:10:44 PM
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it certainly is a piece of art.

Charles Murray
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Re: AWESOME
Charles Murray   4/1/2013 6:46:19 PM
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I agree, far911. It's a beautiful vehicle, albeit a $320,000 beautiful vehicle.

apresher
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Electronics add glitter
apresher   4/1/2013 8:22:37 PM
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Chuck, Love the use of GPS data to anticipate upcoming hills, and adjust gear to fit. Every car should offer this small luxury. Thanks.

TJ McDermott
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Re: Electronics add glitter
TJ McDermott   4/1/2013 8:37:16 PM
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apresher, what happens when you enter a tunnel or other cause of sporadic GPS signals?  Or, a better question might be - What happens when the system REGAINS GPS signal?  A sudden gear change?

Battar
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...mobile
Battar   4/2/2013 9:26:24 AM
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In one corner of the world, coincidentally the country where Roll-Royce was founded, this car will be known as a "pratmobile" (US citizens might have to look up the definition of "prat"). This is not a vehicle for reaching your destination in speed, safety and comfort. A BMW 5 or Mercedes C-class can do that. This is a car for showing everyone else how much money you have.

Zippy
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21st Century RR
Zippy   4/2/2013 9:27:59 AM
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RR has come out with a driver-oriented performance vehicle designed by a BMW engineer.  Quite a change from the days when Bentley was their performance division.  In the old days, RR ignored the driver (assumed to be your chauffeur), emphasized the luxury of the back seat (where the owner sat), and listed the horsepower as "adequate."

 

Does the Queen know about this?   :)

ChasChas
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Re: 21st Century RR
ChasChas   4/2/2013 9:46:02 AM
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Yes, Zippy - time was when you bought a RR when you reached a point where you felt driving was beneath your station in life.

What gives?

RichR
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Re: 21st Century RR
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.

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. 

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!


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