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Bentley Flying Spur vs. Rolls Royce Ghost

A few weeks ago, Rolls-Royce revealed the second generation Ghost. The original unveiling was expected for February 2020; however, the COVID-19 pandemic meant it was postponed. This new generation Ghost is a state-of-art Rolls-Royce that will be heating up the competition with the latest Bentley Flying Spur.

After Bentley stopped manufacturing the Mulsanne, the Flying Spur became the flagship sedan that was expected to compete with the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class. But how does the Flying Spur compare to the Ghost? They both have British DNA and bespoke tailoring inside the cabins, but which comes out on top?

Bentley’s Flying Spur is based on the Porsche Panamera modular platform – it is a reskinned Panamera. That is not particularly negative, because future technologies from Porsche can be implemented rapidly to the Flying Spur; however, it does reduce the exclusivity of the car. Not ideal if you are keen to own something bespoke.

Despite the shared modular platform, the Flying Spur is designed with both comfort and dynamic driving in mind. When you take to the driver’s seat of the Flying Spur, you won’t look odd. The Panamera’s suspension and drive train geometry offer a sportive driving character wrapped in luxury and comfort. It offers two engine options – W12 and V8 – mated with a twin-clutch 8-speed automatic. It is impossible to ignore the rear-biased all-wheel-drive system; Flying Spur is a proper driver’s car. The W12 engine is slowly being phased out, and this feels like the right choice. It was inherited from the VW Phaeton and was probably designed in the late 1990s. The V8 is lighter and more responsive, coming from the Porsche Panamera.

In terms of luxury, Bentley are renowned for offering some of the best interiors and attention to detail! Every part of the interior is a piece of artwork; you will be surrounded by more luxury than you can imagine. Sadly, the driving assistance systems are not as sophisticated as those boasted by the Ghost. I was expecting to see the same level of driving assistances as those in the Audi A8; however, the Flying Spur is a few years behind that. Overall, the Flying Spur is a great luxury sedan, and you will feel the Bentley DNA and experience exquisite luxury.

Moving to the new Ghost, let me start from the bottom end. The modular platform of the Rolls-Royce is unique solely to Rolls-Royce models. Whilst the Ghost does not share a platform with the BMW 7-Series; however, there is still some technology sharing with the BMW Group. With the volume of the Rolls-Royce, they can’t survive without benefitting from BMW’s know-how. Sadly, the Ghost did not receive a brand new engine, which is not too surprising given that it is not easy to redesign a V12, especially when it will be only used by three low-volume Rolls-Royce. The V12 engine is therefore based on the BMW V12.

The good news is that the Ghost is an ultimate luxury car that does not blind. The sound insulation is state-of-art engineering. It was reportedly too good and resulted in passengers experiencing motion sickness. To avoid this, Rolls-Royce has increased the amount of interior sound.

Unlike the Flying Spur, driving the Ghost by yourself still looks a bit awkward; you look like a professional driver in need of a client. In future, a possible Black series could make it more of a driver’s car. The best part of the new Ghost is the driving assistance system. BMW equipped the new Ghost with state-of-art technologies. Now, the Ghost can scan the road surface and adjust its suspension via 48-volt electric actuators, and offers perfectly refined comfort. Long journeys will certainly not be an issue with the new Ghost.

The interior quality is more sophisticated than the previous generation and is on par with the Phantom; however, I still think the Bentley is better by a slight margin (albeit a hard to notice margin!).

Finally, the new Ghost has an all-wheel-drive system adapted from BMW, which is amazing! The BMW xDrive is one of the best all-wheel-drive systems available. Rolls-Royce didn’t stop here and implemented rear-wheel drive steering to improve the driving experience. Overall, the new Ghost is more driver-focused than before, and I am sure it offers a competitive driving experience to Bentley Flying Spur.

The final verdict is yours—the differences between the Bentley and the Rolls-Royce are such a close margin that, ultimately, it comes down to personal taste.

Photo Credit // Rolls Royce & Bentley Motors

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Fashion

Tom Ford Luxury Face Mask

2020 was the year of COVID-19, during which it became compulsory to wear a face mask. Not every face mask, however, is the same. Face mask usage has become a means to reflect a user’s identity and is one of the most visible parts of your style. It is unsurprising, therefore that designers started to offer high-end face masks, and no one does high-end luxury face masks better than Tom Ford.

The Tom Ford face mask is actually the most affordable product you can buy from the Tom Ford brand, costing only £75. Whilst it is the most expensive face mask, it is affordable when you review Tom Ford’s prices.

Now, is it worth it? Probably, yes! If you want to use your mask to make a fashion statement, it is the certainly best way to do it!

Keep in mind that Apple has also designed a face mask; however, it is not for sale. Here is the review of the Apple face mask.

It is available to buy from this link (not affiliated link, don’t worry)
https://www.tomford.co.uk/face-mask/MA0001-FAX813.html

Photo Credit // Tom Ford

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11th Year Anniversary

Today is the 11th birthday of my blog.

I still cannot imagine, it has been 11 years. I still remember the first day, I posted my first article on Blogger.com and now I am here.

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The Pursuit Seat – Rolls-Royce’s Answer to Garden Furniture

A few days ago, Rolls-Royce unveiled their latest product; a garden seat, valued at £6581. Never expect anything cheap from Rolls-Royce. If you think Apple is too expensive, or Christian Louboutin charges too much for a pair of shoes, you will reconsider your thoughts after seeing the Rolls-Royce price list. Whilst the Rolls-Royce brand is well-known for its skyrocketing prices, for this price, you could easily purchase a second-hand BMW!

Despite its shocking price, the Pursuit Seat is a state of the art chair. It is made from leather, carbon fibre and aluminium (it is probably aluminium alloy). Honestly, it has a minimalist design and is both portable and versatile; you can carry it and use it almost anywhere. The engineering and finishing details that have gone into this chair really are insane; it is, arguably, worth the price tag.

Before I finish, when the Apple Pro Display XDR stand came out, costing £949, people complained; they said it was just a stand. However, it is a state of art stand and offers state of the art comfort. After the launch of the Rolls-Royce garden chair, I think the Pro Stand will no longer be perceived as too expensive!

Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat
Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat

Photo Credit // Rolls Royce

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Fashion

The Fluffy Christian Louboutin Astro Pointue

Christian Louboutin made the fluffiest boots for the winter, Aston Pointue!

The winter is coming, and it is only a month away. In some parts of the world it has started to snow and people are getting ready for the ski season, though the pandemic might have pushed off the possibility of skiing.

If you’re sad that you won’t be able to visit the French alps and slide down the slopes, I have a solution. Christian Louboutin Aston Pointue boots with 85 mm heels! The heels are short, but the fluffy design is terrific. They are the only huggable high heeled boots available. I am sure these fluffy ski boots will put you into the right snow of winter.

If you manage to visit a ski slope, do not try these boots on snow. I don’t think they are designed for that environment.

Here is the link https://eu.christianlouboutin.com/uk_en/astro-pointue-black-3200816bk01.html

Christian Louboutin Astro Pointue 85 mm

Christian Louboutin Astro Pointue 85 mm

Christian Louboutin Astro Pointue 85 mm

Photo Credit // Christian Louboutin

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The Best Bugatti: Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide, the best Bugatti ever made?

Bugatti is well known for the 1001 PS Veyron from the early 2000s with its an 8-lt W16 engine. VW Group spent years developing this monster, during which it was a fantastic car. Sadly, many people assumed Bugatti was just a car manufacturer and never fully understood the its heritage.

In following years, we had the limited edition Veyron and SuperSport, among others. With the Super Sport, Bugatti reached up to 1200 PS. Sadly, Veyron was losing money for every car they sold, which is presumably why servicing the Veyron is still too expensive.

After the Veyron, we had the Chiron. By the way, I didn’t have many opportunities to see it. HR Owen Bugatti used to be part of the HR Owen Bentley showroom and after the Chiron, HR Owen Bugatti had its showroom and getting inside it is literally impossible, so I didn’t get many opportunities to see the Chiron. Nevertheless, I wasn’t impressed as much as the Veyron. It was heavier, and the engine and the transmission were from the Veyron. And that’s acceptable, VW Group spent lots of time developing the W16 (there were some rumours that the W16 is two Audi V8 engine glued together) and the transmission. They can’t get rid of them; they had to use them to get more power!

Despite my lack of excitement. I really admired the Chiron, and it was kind of an updated version of the Veyron. It had new materials and more efficient engine but something was still missing. Bugatti used to criticise Bentley for being the fastest truck in Le Mans, and now Chiron was taking that role. After the Chiron, we saw Chiron Sport, Pur Sport, Sport 110 Ans and we had SuperSport 300+. Both of these cars were on the same Chiron platform. They look like heavyweight cars. They didn’t have the lightweight heritage of the Bugatti’s of old.

Until now! Bugatti Bolide made it! Bugatti Head Office removed everything from the Chiron, all the unnecessary parts designed to show off in the streets of London and Monaco. The engine was beefed up to 1850 PS on racing fuel—everything designed for the circuit like the old days. Bugatti wasn’t creating the impression of a truck anymore. I always felt like Veyron and Chiron were the shrunk version of MAN trucks. Bolide is designed purely for Le Mans racing. Every single bit was designed to get the best from the engine and the aerodynamics. They made it!

The Bolide is the best contemporary Bugatti after the Veyron. Veyron introduced the four-digit horsepower league to the automotive industry, and the Bolide was introduced to show how to deliver that power into a racing circuit.

I wonder if the current Bugatti owners will be able to drive this car. As the car is not designed for comfort, driving it will be a challenge. I hope to see more electric-powered Bugattis in future as well.

I assume the Bolide will visit HR Owen Bugatti, and I don’t know if I will be able to see it. As you may notice, I am not an influencer even though I’ve blog about cars for 11 years. If I manage to spot it, I will share the photos.

Interesting facts of Bugatti Bolide:
– 1,850 PS and 1,240 kilograms – weight-to-power ratio of 0.67 kg/PS
– 1,850 PS and 1,850 newton-metres of torque
– With 98 octane fuel at 1,600 PS
– The Bolide takes 3:07.1 minutes to complete a lap of Le Mans and 5:23.1 minutes to get around the Nordschleif
– Top speed is well above 500 km/h

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide

Photo credit // Bugatti

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Fashion

The Best Red Soles: Christian Louboutin Suola Kate

I have great news! Christian Louboutin decided to paint the inner sole of their Soula Kate 100mm heels. The heels now have red rhinestone soles. I have no clue how they will stay intact!

Anyway, let’s start. The heels’ design is based on the iconic So Kate 120 mm heels. So Kate heels are named after Kate Moss, so I have no clue how this happened. As I had shoe designer clients in the past, I know that 120 mm heels are not that comfy or popular. Buyers may therefore not order them as much as expected. However, a small revision in heels height can frame the So Kate heels as the perfect pair to own.

And they did it, they just made the heels a little shorter and painted the inner soles in red. That’s nice! I have never seen a pair of heels or shoes with red inner soles. Let me guess what you’re thinking: will it paint my feet? I hope not. Since the Christian Louboutin is a luxury brand and has extensive knowledge in shoemaking, I don’t think you’ll end up with red feet. Even if you did, it wouldn’t be that bad.

Now, these heels created a new problem: how to show off your red inner soles. You will be showing off the red rhinestones, but the magic doesn’t stop there! New design, new challenges.

By the way, these heels are limited to 25 pairs and only available online. If you visited this page in 2025, it is too late :(

And the price is £2145!

https://eu.christianlouboutin.com/uk_en/suola-kate-black-lin-loubi-1210748j323.html

Christian Louboutin Suola Kate

Christian Louboutin Suola Kate

Christian Louboutin Suola Kate

Christian Louboutin Suola Kate

Photo Credit // Christian Louboutin + Vassilis Karidis

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Hummer is back! It is the Electric Hummer

General Motors have recently announced their new Hummer, bringing it back to life after the H3. This time, GM created the Hummer purely electric, and you may presume the driving range would be around 10km, I think everyone has the same concern.

Hummers are notoriously heavy, slow, and unreliable due to their electric power train, with the H1 being the exception. I know I sound slightly negative, but Hummers do not have a good reputation.

According to GM, Hummers are capable of delivering 1000 hp and 15,000 Nm of torque. I think this was a typo! Neither the drivetrain nor the tyres will be able to cope with this amount of torque and stress. The range is approximately 560km but turning on the Hummers front light could reduce the range to 50 km. They appear hilariously energy-consuming for an electric SUV and will feature two or three electric motors with 350 kW charge speed.

In my opinion, it will be fun to see an electric Hummer. Maybe this time GM will produce a Hummer that will not fall apart like the previous ones. We will see!

New Electric Hummer

New Electric Hummer

New Electric Hummer

New Electric Hummer

New Electric Hummer

New Electric Hummer

New Electric Hummer

Photo Credit // GM

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New Rolls Royce Ghost // HR Owen, Mayfair London

Recently, Rolls-Royce revealed the second generation Ghost. And I had the chance to see it at the HR Owen Mayfair London dealer. The first generation Ghost was unveiled in 2010. It was based on the F01 BMW 7 Series platform and uses a 6.6lt V12 N74 family engine with a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox. It was a great success for the Rolls-Royce; the Ghost enabled them to reach a new audience and begin to capture Bentley’s market share. Also, a coupé and cabriolet version of the Ghost was revealed, named Dawn and Wraith respectively, both of which were very successful.

A decade has passed since Rolls-Royce first released the Ghost. This time, it is based on the Rolls-Royce’s in-house modular platform shared with the latest Phantom and Cullinan models. Instead of using the BMW 7-Series platform, Rolls-Royce wanted to create their own. However, the new Ghost features a 6.75lt V12 N74 family BMW engine. Sadly, Rolls-Royce does not have an engine factory yet (as far as I am aware).

The new Ghost is an all-wheel-drive based on BMW x-Drive technology (a perfect choice) including all-wheel steering. Now you can have the magic carpet experience driving the new Ghost. The front camera and laser scanner analyses the road surface and adjusts the suspension for added comfort. The Ghost is quieter than before; actually, too quiet, causing passengers to experience motion sickness. Therefore, they had to increase the noise level inside the cabin. Rolls-Royce also developed a new upper wishbone damper unit that has never been seen on any other car’s drivetrain.

BMW have included their latest driving assistance system in the new Ghost. I know Rolls-Royce does not wish to mention any mutual technology with the BMW, but without the BMW’s know-how, the Ghost would simply be an analogue car. To stay current in the luxury car market, you need a big company behind you. Just look at Aston Martin, no one is supporting them, and they struggle to keep up with the competition.

People usually say the features I mention are not particularly luxurious. However, the definition of luxury has changed dramatically. If your car does not have smartphone connectivity, it is obsolete. Overall, new Ghost is an amazing car will definitely regain the market share lost to the Bentley Flying Spur.

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

New Rolls Royce Ghost

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A Cool Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon: Project Geländewagen

Coupe of weeks ago Gordon Wagener, the Chief Design Director of Mercedes-Benz, announced a brand-new G-Wagon. A collaboration with Virgil Abloh (founder of Off-White brand and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men wear collection). However, only one has been produced so far, with the project being named Project Gelandewagen. The car is inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG and looks fantastic.

The reason I am saying that this is a fantastic vehicle is because G63 AMG is undeniably the most pointless SUV. It has massive wheels, its engine is not fit for off-road drives, it makes too much meaningless noise and the exhaust is overexposed. I would even argue that the G63 AMG should have a different, bolder design than the traditional G-Wagon.

The Mercedes-Benz marketing team initially proposed the G-Wagon as a fashion item rather than a functional vehicle. Sure, this helped increase sales figures, but it distanced people like me from the G-Wagon. I think it’s a really good off-road vehicle which doesn’t need to offer an AMG engine. It should be something like a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – a true off-roader!

Now Mercedes-Benz has the opportunity to offer a proper G63 AMG; it has been designed by Virgil Abloh and Gordon Wagener, LV men’s fashion director and the founder of the Off-White brand. It is only a one-off project, but I think it should be mass produced.

A bit about the vehicle itself: literally everything inside the vehicle is removed. The steering wheel is from the AMG F1, the seats are from the AMG GT, the chunky door handles are done. There’s brand new paint inside and outside. All dials are replaced with the GT racing dials. Their massive slick tyres reduce suspension height and project for the headlamps with duct tape.

This is a proper G63 AMG – I loved it, and I believe this is how it should be offered.

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Mercedes-Benz Project Geländewagen

Photo Credit // Mercedes-Benz