People with big money nearly always assume they have good taste—whereas nothing could be further from the truth. The two rarely go hand in hand. Witness the new Bentley Continental Flying Sow Star revealed at Geneva. The Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera of Milan designed this—which is what the English call a shooting brake, a square-back hatch with two doors—and I guess some few will like it.
The company is only going to produce a litter of 20 of these, so you can be assured of exclusivity, and the price will start around $804,000. Hoo boy! It will have space for four golf bags.
The Flying Star is to be built on the Continental GTC chassis and will come with a 6-liter W12 engine in either a 560- or 610-hp version. The rest of the details will be up to the customer, as the cars are to be built on special order. You can be certain those floor mats will never contribute to unintended acceleration.
We were reminded again of how the British take to excess when the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe flashed across the Internet this morning. Editors of AutoWeek gave their driving impressions of “the beast,” which were not only favorable but fawning. I mean, you never heard such gushing. Compared to the Flying Star, this one is a bargain at $485,772 as tested.
Car and Driver reviewed the big Phantom in snide detail back in October 2009, and the accompanying video shown here is a bit more detached perhaps.
Details that struck me: The stainless steel hood and teak deck (covering the top while it’s down, why not?), the disappearing Flying Lady hood ornament, self-leveling RR-logo hubcaps, pushbutton-closing suicide doors for the weak and aged, umbrella driers in the door jambs (yes), and on and on.
Oh yes, it drives beautifully and handles well. What a statement you will make driving into the club!
Tell us in a comment whether you would aspire to own either of these cars. Thanks!