Originally Posted by SGladwell
Why? Royce hasn't had a new engine in the last half-century, and they realized 40 years ago that they could never top the French in suspension design so they just bought it. Then again, even the Germans realized that the French were their betters in suspension design; until very recently Mercedes flagship limos and coupes used suspension designs adapted from midrange CitroÃ«ns, so maybe that's no shame.
Still, if cachet is a crude pushrod V8 sprung on hand-me-down CitroÃ«n hydropneumatic spheres then it's probably better in the hands of krauts. Or even Chris Bangle!
Bangle did not design the new RR; he merely supervised (even tough it looks like the man responsible merely copied Bangles style). Regarding the engine, it's the same 6.75L V8 still used in the Bentley Arnage (although the Bentley has a model, the T with Twin-Turbos, for good measure).
What makes a RR special is not the technical design, rather the pure opulence of the car. The quality of the Connolly leather (wait, no Connolly no longer exists)...lets try again:
The quality of the leather, the hand finishing of the wood trim, the use of real metal parts, all contribute to the beauty and ethereal quality of the car.