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Needing a driver or a sedan means one is likely stuck in a ThirdWorld town like Manhattan, where most hedge fund kings are driven around in a scuffed-up blk/blk S550 by some inept, sometimes dangerous driver in a cheap suit w/a nasty NYC/AlQaeda accent and odor

In SiliconValley, many of the wealthy engineers who actually enjoy driving cars w/superior and innovative tech, dynamics and safety, not perceived status amongst the penniless and/or clueless, opt for some new CL65...and probably SLS as deliveries become more prevalent....as daily commuter machines, easily used and enjoyed daily in PaloAlto suburbia, rain or shine
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I think this analogy breaks down a little too soon for your liking: a suit is much less conspicuous (and expensive, in absolute terms) than a car.
Yes, a suit is less conspicuous and expensive, but I'd argue that the average person can more readily understand an expensive, conspicuous car than an expensive, conspicuous suit. Moreover, the issue isn't really about what others will think. For a car enthusiast with wads of cash, it probably doesn't matter what others will think of his taste or character when he buys a car like ones in this thread.
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Good point. But some people will find that sort of fiat velocitas, pereat mundus mentality quite appealing.
Of course. I do, too, to a certain degree. The Veyron is, if nothing else, impressive.
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I just don't get this is. It's a bit like saying that a Corvette is impressive because of its packaging of a relatively inexpensive car and a very powerful (if unrefined) engine: the whole is at most the same of its parts. What I mean that neither power nor luxury are difficult to achieve, and their conjunction isn't achieved in any particularly interesting way in any of those cars.
Cars, being products of design, are arguably completely about packaging. Yes, the Corvette is impressive, and the packaging of its elements into a working whole at a relatively low price is the reason why. Also, I happen to think the Corvette engines are actually very, very refined. I disagree that power and luxury are difficult to achieve. They take a lot of engineering and research, and are core elements of what people love in many of the most coveted automobiles. Perhaps they are not combined in a particularly "interesting" way here (although, I'm not sure what a more interesting way would entail), but their combination in such quantity itself is impressive. Where else will you see something so luxurious or powerful? Many of the most treasured classic cars achieved their place in history specifically because they were exceptionally luxurious and powerful for their time.
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