The Rolls Royce company has done it yet again. Their latest car in their long line of super-luxury cars has just arrived and dons a new look and motto to its very existence: Relax, Prepare, Arrive.
The Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight has taken these three words and have masterfully incorporated them into their latest super-luxury car that takes elegance, style and luxury to a whole new level. The rear seats have been custom made (with assistance of medical professionals to attain the perfect comfort and ergonomics) and can recline to almost any degree, giving the passenger the relaxation he or she may need before their next major event. This car is tailor-made for that select group of people whom are used to a luxurious lifestyle granted from their fame and fortune.
The car also comes equipped with a “closet” of sorts, giving the passenger easy access and storage to any valuable item they may need for their next big event. The Rolls Royce company is well aware of the needs of their client: their customers, the Rolls Royce customers. These customers are fully aware of the true meaning of elegance and luxury, and their opinions and needs have been incorporated into this car to create the ultimate luxury car.
The car’s exterior is also elegantly yet stealthily beautiful, as it dons the “standard” luxury car design yet still incorporates the highest level of elegance and style that is expected from the Rolls Royce company. There are many more surprises in store for the rich passenger of this beautiful car that will no doubt help them to relax and prepare for their next big event as this car is truly all about Relaxing, Preparing and Arriving for that customer who is used to the lavishing feeling of fame and fortune.
What will all of this comfort and luxury run you? Well, if you have to ask you cannot afford it. But for a special FML moment we will let you know that the Limelight is likely higher than your mortgage, a lot higher. The new 2016 Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight starts at gulp….$650,000.
As an automotive enthusiast it is hard not to respect the good folks over at Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. Since the 1928 launch of the Dixi, the German manufacturer has simply built some of the best sports cars in automotive history.
You also have to love BMW’s bravado. Dubbing yourself the “Ultimate” anything certainly indicates the presence of, at least some, swagger. In BMW’s case that swagger is rightfully deserved. From the beautiful 507 and Z8 roadsters to the sporty M5 and M6 BMW has created some stylish and powerful vehicles. But, perhaps, none as consistently lauded as the BMW 3 Series line.
Maybe it is partially because the 3 Series is so accessible, but the handling, performance and practicality of the line has earned it top honors by drivers and critics alike for many years. That being said, the Railhead Automotive staff (and by staff I mean myself) believes that BMW got lazy with the release of the 2014 BMW 320i and fear that BMW may be on the verge of getting boring.
At Railhead, we understand that the 320i is an entry level model; however, we simply expect more from a brand that has brazenly dubbed itself the Ultimate Driving Machine. With a 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that produced 180hp and 200 lb-ft of torque the 2014 BMW 320i can be outpaced by many affordable products by Nissan, Ford, Mazda and even Hyundai.
By comparison, the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive comes equipped with a turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that produces 240HP and 255lb ft of torque, while the 335i xDrive produces over 300 horsepower. We are not saying that the sixth generation F30 is the perfect 3 Series, far from it. It has lost some of the connected road feel with the introduction of the electric steering and there is a visceral connection to the snarling V6 that is lost with the new 4 cylinder. But, why did BMW need to downgrade the engine from the 328i? Was it just to save a few measly bucks? Has BMW lost its commitment to performance? I may not be the one to speak to this as I am an American auto enthusiast and drive a Chevy from a local Massachusetts Chevy Dealer, but I felt the need to discuss.
We hope that BMW does not become boring and we frankly don’t believe that it will. Despite the foregoing, the fit and finish of the 320i still provides that classic BMW sporty luxury feel and the driving 0-60 in 6.7 seconds is still respectable. We just think that BMW has become overly obsessed with sales volume and its status as #1 luxury brand and it has come at the expense of performance; hopefully, that trend does not continue with all of its “new” releases.