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High End Luxury Cars

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  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    "When it comes to sedans and SUVs, but not sports cars, I think of real wood as being a requirement for being considered a true "luxury" vehicle."

    I think everyone here including myself agrees with you. Real wood should be used in each and every car in this segment. Acura is not in this segment.
    I would further add however, that the person who originated this thread intended that the vehicles in this segment also have a certain level of performance as well accompanied with that luxury. No, it's not about being a track star on the weekends but geez- how about a little excitement? After all, that is what this thread is about right? Talking about high end luxury performance vehicles - not appliances.
    Of all the cars listed listed above, you can guess which ones seriously lack in that department. Different strokes for different folks- nothing wrong with that. But if it came down to choosing real wood coupled w/ lackluster performance vs the alternative, I choose the latter.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    IMHO, "cars" as used in the forum title is an inclusive term, meant to include not just sedans, but also SUVs and sport cars.

    Yes.

    I directed the body style question to our host, Pat, after the creation of the HELC title and the destruction of the HELM title... Pat's answer was very reasonable, IMO... if it's high end, it's OK, any body style.

    I think we all know from the host's feedback that when the posts go beyond an occasional remark about lower-tiered vehicles, to actually discussing those lower-tiered vehicles, that's when the host steps in.

    There hasn't been intervention when we've posted about high end cars, SUV's or sports cars, or even for that matter an occasional post about a lower-tiered vehicle if there is some sort of relevancy.

    Truth, IMO, is that the host has been generous, and we are the ones shooting ourselves in the foot on occasion... and I'm as guilty as the next guy.

    Obviously, the key words here are simply "HIGH END".

    TagMan
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    Different strokes for different folks

    That I agree with.

    the person who originated this thread intended that the vehicles in this segment also have a certain level of performance as well accompanied with that luxury. No, it's not about being a track star on the weekends but geez- how about a little excitement?

    "Performance" means different things to different people. Is RR a HELC? If it isn't, then it's an Ultra-HELC. It has "performance" in the sense of a good-sized engine and decent accelaration, but not in the all senses of "performance" (which is how I think you meant the word) - such as "handling".

    So if you're insinuating that and LS for instance isn't a HELC, I disagree. Unless you want to exclude RR too?
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    The history was HELM then HELV then HELC. The original description of the HELV forum specifically mentioned SUVs and I believe convertibles as being included. It may not have mentioned sports cars, but I think that was implicit.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    After all, that is what this thread is about right? Talking about high end luxury performance vehicles - not appliances.

    ggesq,

    Not exactly.

    I agree with your perspective as usual, but the performance aspect of this thread is actually not an integral part of the forum. There is, however, another forum that does discuss "Luxury Performance Sedans"... it is here:

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.ef26837?displayRecent

    That doesn't mean we can't discuss performance, because we do. It just means that some of the high end cars can be more like the appliance you refer to and still be included. ;)

    TagMan
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    The history was HELM then HELV then HELC. The original description of the HELV forum specifically mentioned SUVs and I believe convertibles as being included. It may not have mentioned sports cars, but I think that was implicit.

    Yes. :)

    TagMan
  • brightness04brightness04 Posts: 3,151
    Exactly! We already have a "luxury performance sedan" forum those who are interested in slalom with a luxo boat ;-) Performance for HELC, if there is "performance" at all, should mean "accelerating with authority," the goold old Rolls-Royce, and later MB 600 series marketting angle. A 4500+lb car on 120" wheelbase is really not designed for weekend autocross :-)
  • drfilldrfill Posts: 2,484
    One, for a non-HELC marque, Acura sure is getting a lot of airtime here! :confuse:

    And #2, Tag, the Benz SL is iconic, and deserving of true lust amongst even the most hardened driving enthusiast.

    I am not very impressed with the interior, since this seems to be the week's hot-button topic, and I do find the SC430 considerably more posh. The SL is austere in comparison. But it makes up for it in exterior styling, where it has an advantage.

    The Benz SL is pure style, but it is not for me, as I wouldn't even think of using a slushbox as my daily driver. And, as I've said, luxury cars are interesting, but not necessarily for me.

    In a perfect world, I'd have the Mazda3 sedan built with the MazdaSpeed engine and upgrades, thereby rendering cars like the 330i obsolete. :surprise:

    The Benz would be an awesome weekend toy, doh! ;)

    DrFill
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    And #2, Tag, the Benz SL is iconic, and deserving of true lust amongst even the most hardened driving enthusiast.

    The Benz SL is pure style,...

    The Benz would be an awesome weekend toy, doh!

    ALL true!

    Thanks, Doc!! :)

    TagMan
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Well Tagman---I`m glad you and Blk got different cars than the sl, as there are really alot of them around, particularly here in S Florida...While over in one our favorite shopping spots, four in a row came past looking for a parking spot, and then a fifth came the other way and almost hit me, although it wasn`t scary...The Bentley continental is also getting rather boring, and I never thought I would say that...The Porsche is timeless, and another car that has grown on me is the bmw 5, and I didn`t even care for it`s looks at first.....Tony
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    I'll give you my own assessment:

    Audi A8- although you have to want to be subtle, the A8's style is seductive and classy. It is complemented by a drop-dead gorgeous interior (with flip-out 7 or 8" screen) drenched in wood trim. Luxury isn't this car's only calling card- fantastic dynamics abound. The A8 is noted as having "the best handling in its class", but this is compromised somewhat by a slightly firmer ride than, say, an S-Class.

    BMW 7 Series- it's appealing, but there's no reason not to buy the Audi or Lexus over it. You have to really want the badge. A8 has better dynamics and luxury, LS has better luxury and reliability. It also has questionable style, though I like it. The interior isn't below-par by any means, however; clearly the king of the BMW heap on the inside. Also has a great V8 engine.

    Lexus LS460- pure luxury. However, its interior (which I feel is executed less-fashionably than the A8 and S-Class), which is filled with convenient touches and technology, is let down by its disappointing dynamics. For me, it's a deal breaker. You may be more into pampering and luxury. If so, spring for the LS460L over the standard wheelbase.

    Mercedes-Benz S550- if the A8 was the best compromise between sport and luxury before, this is now, but with an added dash of style. The S-Class is perhaps the most desirable sedan in the world, and deservedly so. The styling is an acquired taste (I've acquired it), but the interior is a masterful combination of form and function, and the engine is creamy-smooth, and very powerful (equal to Lexus here). However, something the new LS doesn't have is the sporty dynamics. Without the slightly harsh ride of an A8L, the S-Class has supreme handling in addition to its opulence. All this greatness comes at a price, though; far more expensive than the others, this big Benz can easily surpass six figures.

    But don't listen to me. I'm just un-biased.

    '06 Audi A3 2.0T DSG • '05 Audi S4 Cabriolet • '04 Lexus RX330
  • Re: "...this big Benz can easily surpass six figures."

    Has anyone had any luck purchasing/ordering one for the base MSRP of 82K (or so)? Now that would be an attractive deal.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    As you know very well, to this day, the flagship LS model uses conventional center stack / console layout and is executed with good workmanship, but for a HELC, there is an abundance of plastic and the design is nothing striking or special, just conventional that's done well.

    Totally agree. I will add that I can’t stand the butterfly shape and tall orientation of the LS centerstack. It is so discordant and independent of the dash, kind of like the buckle on an old wide cowboy belt. To make another comparison, it reminds me of an extra bold serif font—can’t stand them and I can’t recall ever using one throughout my career. If I buy an LS it would have to have a black interior to camouflage the grotesque centerstack. Black does a lot to mitigate the damages. The dash/centerstack relationship is incredibly undesigned IMO.

    I must mention however that I also do not care for the interiors of the rest of the cars in the masthead of this thread. They all have shortcomings with layout. The exception is the Audi. I agree with the majority here.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    I completely agree. I've said this on the restlessly stupid AutoSpies many times to their stubborn Lexus fans- there's nothing that great about the LS's interior design.

    It doesn't flow. It doesn't look very expensive. It's covered with plastic and buttons.

    The S-Class and A8 interiors look bejeweled by comparison.

    '06 Audi A3 2.0T DSG • '05 Audi S4 Cabriolet • '04 Lexus RX330
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Nice post and you have put into words what some of the rest of us agree with. I must add that I think the curvaceous nature of the S-Class dash is appealing enough for me as opposed to some of the others.

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    BTW, an interesting interior I happen to like is found in the Range Rover.

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    TagMan
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Perhaps it is you who should check your facts. Edmunds has the GL starting at $52,000. not $55,000 as you say. So you are again wrong there. The GL might qualify for entry level luxury but not HELC.

    I didn't think I had to spell everything out for you, but the GL450 starts at 55,675. No unless the LX comes in a Diesel why would I compare it to the GL320 CDI? Also, the GL320 CDI starts at 53,175, not 52K. So you're the one that is WRONG as usual. Besides both of those prices are a long ways away from the 40K range you first gave in an effort to disqualify the GL from being compared to the LX.

    I only mentioned the ML because I drove the ML and the LX back to back and exposed the ML for the cheap pretender that it was. Actually the 3 year old LX and the new ML were priced about the same at that time, but as I said there was really no comparison at all.

    Makes no sense at all. You're comparing the price of a used vehicle that happens to be priced at the same level as a new one. What nonsense.

    A Major League HELC LS VS a Bush League Tin Can ML.

    Gee now the LS and ML are competitors? Who said that the ML was high-end? Just too ridiculous, so much so that you can't keep which Benz to knock in mind from one paragraph to the next.

    I like how you haven't been able to come up with a reason why the Range Rover doesn't trounce your LX. You can't use price, all you got is reliablity and that ain't all that.

    Still wanna say that the GL and Range Rover can't be given away?

    M
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    The SC430 is a very successful car, with a great interior, and an underrated chassis, considering it is usually pitted against some of the best performing machines in the world. It's no slouch, is all I can say, despite what is put over in these forums.

    Doc, you're still making excuses for this car. Saying that is competes against some of the best performing cars in the world is a back-handed compliment. They're GT cars, not sports cars and the SC430 flunks at comparing to them also. The only real sports cars the SC is compared to from time to time is the 911. Ok none of the others in the class can get with a 911 dynamically, but there in no excuse you can come up with as to why the SC430 can't even get with a CLK, SL, XK, 650i, or XLR in the driving department. A very successful car? Yep in sales and quality, ditch everything else. I love how you pick and choose which criteria to use for your rants, depending on the Lexus of the hour.

    M
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I'm looking at the pics you and Tag posted and I see no superiority in the Lexus interiors of those years.

    That said I do remember them feeling of higher quality than most Acuras back then, save for the last Legend (91-95). In those pics, their designs are so similar to the point of splitting hairs to say which is better. Its all blah Japanese design as its best.

    Of course Acura has nothing to compare to a S-Class, A8 or LS so that is sorta unfair. Now the IS and ES do have better interiors than the TL, I agree there. Ditto for the GS compared to the RL.

    M
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I agree with your take on those cars for sure.

    M
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