Can you see something in this picture that makes all the Bentley Continental GTs on the block look as common as Skodas? Oh wait, the Conti GTs on this block were as common as Skodas. After all, this is Prague’s Pařížská street. Still don’t see something Madeira Red? Let’s zoom in.
Although Rolls Royce has yet to contact me, or any CarEnvy.ca writer, to offer us a ride in the Phantom DHC, or any Phantom model, I don’t feel that it’s fair to deprive our readers of a review of said boat with wheels car. No other car on the road instills the sense of occasion, or has the presence of, a Rolls Royce. The Phantom is at once intimidating and inviting, and it costs as much as most people make in a decade. It’s everything a playboy could want from a car, including the optional brushed aluminum hood and the genuine teak rear deck. It’s what dreams are made of for this boy from Canada.
As such, I’ve decided to share with you a review of the DHC by my Vanity Fair buddy, Brett Berk. What does a Jewish metropolitan gay think of the ‘vert Roller? Follow the link to find out.
[Vanity Fair: Stick Shift]
UPDATE: Full Gallery has been leaked and is available after the jump!
The Rolls Royce RR4, also known as the 200EX or EX200 Concept, is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks. To tide us over until then, Rolls has given us a glimpse of what we can expect.
This is the badge-engineered Rolls that we saw spyshots of a little while back. Although it is expected to share only 20% of its parts with the F01 BMW 7-series, it’s still a BMW if you ask me. It’s pretty easy to tell the similarities between this and the 7-series, but are you good enough to tell the differences?
Personally, my favourite feature is the retracting Spirit of Ecstasy. It ensures that the proletariat don’t take out their distaste for excessive consumption during a recession on your lovely Roller. Nice touch.
Internally called the RR4, the Rolls EX200 Concept is expected to hit the floor at the Geneva Motor Show next month in Switzerland. We’ve got the spyshots of the baby Rolls thanks to the boys and girls at Motor Authority. Follow the jump formore details and spyshots (including the interior!).
In the interest of furthering domestic social and cultural interests, we here at CarEnvy.ca have put untold amounts of hard work into compiling a questionnaire full of the sort of burning questions that we believe anyone automotively-minded would ask of their favourite celebrities. Our inaugural Celebrity Carnadian Questionnaire features none other than Ed the Sock and Liana K, AKA Ed and Red from the long-running and frequently hilarious Ed + Red’s Night Party. Follow the jump to read their answers to our set of burning questions; special emphasis on “burning.”
Whether or not you realize it, CarEnvy has Axis Tuesday every Tuesday where we try to focus on Japanese, German, and Italian cars. I realize that this has never been explicitely mentioned, but today I thought I’d share this tidbit with you because otherwise this article will seem (even more) out of left field.
The picture you see above may be the most accurate portrayal of Chris Bangle and his designs. Ever. This depiction is missing the X6 and the upcoming V5 and X1, though. No matter because it is still brilliant. Where did this doodle come from? Not me.
But to focus entirely on one crayon drawing of Chris Bangle would be to miss the rest of the story and the reason for this article. This article is meant to share the wonderful minds and literary skills of the folks at Hyperleggera with CarEnvy readers. This is a story about BMW, Munich, lederhosen, and Rolls Royce. A brief summary and a link to the story are after the jump.
Surprisingly, in a global economic downturn, people stop buying tasteless, half a million dollar cars. The world’s worst styled multi-millionaires have decided that, given their current financial situations, that they would have to give up a luxury or two, and it wasn’t going to be weekly $500 haircuts. As such, Maybach’s gadget filled super-limo’s sales have dropped from 400 in 2007 to 300 in 2008. Maybach seems not to have noticed. More after the jump.
It’s December – actually the first December for CarEnvy, and that gives us a unique opportunity: we can be more detached and objective than any other site or magazine because we haven’t driven any of the contenders here. While you might think it odd that we’re giving awards to cars we haven’t driven, you probably haven’t driven them either, and following the industry is beyond an obsession for us so we do have a good idea of what’s good, what’s bad, and what we want. We here at CarEnvy don’t have the luxury of manufacturer invites to press days, but that hasn’t stopped us yet. When the day comes for us to attend such press events, we’ll give you the perspective of the youngest, most Canadian, and most honest individuals around. Until we’re in the shoes of Jeremy, James, and Richard, you’re going to have to make do with our opinions as armchair analysts. Besides, you don’t have to drive a car to want it more than anything.
CarEnvy is about just that, lusting after gorgeous sheetmetal and intoxicating engine sounds. So we’ve decided to find you the most desirable and important cars to hit the streets in 2008 – the Cars Of The Year (COTY). This is not from the perspective of which car is the best to drive or which one handles the best, because we have little first-hand experience. This is a list of winners (and contenders) from eight separate categories based on which one we want the most. Beers were consumed and hours were spent discussing which car would make us the envy of our neighbours and which would have us nursing a semi just by sitting in the drivers seat.
The criteria are simple. The winning car in each category must
- Be desirable
- Be very desirable
- Be more desirable than its competitors without regard for practicality or price (unless needed to break a tie)
- Be sold in Canada in 2008 (but not if #1 and #2 are overwhelming)
- Be cars. We aren’t called TruckEnvy or SUVEnvy.
Madames et Monsieurs, put your hands together for the inaugural CarEnvy COTY Awards.