The Rolls Royce Sweptail graces us with its presence

Rolls-Royce Torpedo Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.comRolls Royce unveiled a new one off car commissioned by one of their ‘special customers’. The Sweptail was unveiled at this years Concorso D’Eleganza Ville D’Este. The Sweptail was commissioned by an anonymous customer looking for a one off coach built car designed to look reminiscent of Rolls Royces from the 1920’s. The new cars main feature is the long stretching rear tail from which it gets its name. The two seater coupe uses a selection of materials to maintain its luxurious feel, the hat shelf in the back of the car is constructed of only the finest wood which is continued into the boot itself which holds a bespoke set of Rolls Royce designed luggage.

Rolls-Royce Torpedo Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.comThe centre console has a special mechanism meaning that at the touch of a button the car will deploy a bottle of the clients favourite champagne from the year of his birth. “Generous quantities of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao adorn the interior, creating visual and tactile contrasts for the owner, both classical and contemporary.” The classic front grill is the largest of any modern Rolls Royce and has been milled from solid aluminium and polished to a mirror finish. The grill is teamed with a pair of round headlights, which look rather similar to those on the Bentley Mulsanne, (But don’t tell Rolls that).

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The Sweptail is a one off car built for a one off client. Rolls have said they are willing to build more Coach built cars for their high profile ‘special customers’, but don’t expect the Sweptail to make full production. The Sweptail is a gorgeously exquisite piece of machinery, its sweeping lines are like nothing else being built today, and the response at the Concorse D’Elegance was fantastic, expect to see the waiting list for a new Rolls Royce double in size after the Sweptail. Rolls Royce have always been good at luxury but I think they just outdid themselves.

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The M4 CSL was Revealed and its not Good

BMW CSL

As I wrote last week, BMW revealed the new 3.0 CSL on the 22nd, and my god is it ugly. It makes me wonder what the designer was sniffing when he looked at the drawing and said, “Yep that’s my masterpiece”. The car was revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and thank god BMW said it was only a concept and wouldn’t be put into production. They did say however that they would be focusing more on building extreme lightweight models similar to those of the Mercedes Black series.

BMW CSL 2

This car has a face only a mother could love, and even she’d have second thoughts. Its all angles and curves, it doesn’t know what its doing. Take the 458 for example it has a very angular face, this makes it look aggressive yet beautiful, then look at the Fiat 500 all round and curved, this makes the car cute and unmenacing. BMW have tried to combine the two and it has not worked, they’ve ended up with a car that looks like it had two different designers one for the front and one for the back, both of whom had never met the other.

BMW CSL 3

Whilst it may be ugly the message is good, BMW needs a car to compete with the Black series, think about it, a M4 black edition to go against the CLK, or even go more extreme and have a Z4 Black to take on the SL. BMW make great cars, just make them greater, more drivers cars less posers cars, less comfort more driving pleasure.