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I am a 47 year old Black American male residing in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am independently wealthy, self-retired, I don’t like talking about money so I will just say my net worth is substantial. I am tall(6’4), attractive, physically fit, youthful looks, I live a very healthy lifestyle and pretty much a stress free existence. Until my wife(extremely beautiful black Woman) was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in December 2010 and our lives changed forever. My wife passed away on December 23, 2011 and I was devastated. We never had children and we always family. I felt robbed and I went into a deep, deep depression. It took a lot of therapy sessions for me to deal with my intense depression, grief and guilt. I was in a really bad place and there were no more sunny days for me. 18 months later I decided to I couldn’t live in my penthouse in NYC anymore and I needed a change of scenery. I decided to move to Hawaii and start over. It was the best move I ever made because I met Angela. I flew to Hawaii to see a few homes and I was introduced this gorgeous white female named Angela. Angela is 41 years old and she looked like she was 28! She was my real estate agent and she met me at the airport. I never thought about dating again after my wife’s death and I never thought about being in a interracial relationship because I never dated a white female before in my life. We had an instant connection and I think we were both surprised by how much we had in common. I asked her out on a date and she said yes. We have been inseparable since that dinner date. It was the best date ever. The next day I saw the home I wanted so I gave Angela a cashiers check for $10 million and I’ll never forget the look on her face because I believe we both knew it was the beginning of something special. She was smiling from ear to ear and I was so happy. I flew in my interior decorator and I asked Angela to give her input. Fast forward a bit and now I have beautiful woman, and a beautiful home but more importantly I am so happy. I haven’t been this happy since my early 20’s. We workout together daily, we meditate and now we have added yoga. We have a personal trainer and she is awesome. I haven’t lived this good in years and I cannot tell how blessed I am as well as how far I have come. I proposed to Angela on New Year’s Eve 2018. We spent the holidays in Milan, Italy and I proposed to Angela on New Years Eve. A week before we left I flew to NYC and met with my jeweler at Tiffany’s. I gave Angela a 12 carat emerald cut engagement ring and it was truly one of the happiest moments in my life. We partied like hell that day and brought in the New Year making love all night. Our wedding will be in September 2019 and we want to adopt 2 children after our wedding. I will finally have the family I wanted my entire life and I never thought my life be the same after after losing my wife. It has gotten better because of Angela! Her compassion, empathy, love, support, kindness and optimism is exactly what the doctor ordered. What I love about Angela most is how appreciative she is for the little things. I send her flowers at work just to tell her I love her and miss her. She allows me to be a man! She doesn’t think I’m being condescending when I display chivalry or think I’m making her feel like the “weaker” sex. I truly love her mixture of being a modern woman but still possess strongly held traditional beliefs. I trust her great decision making, great intellect,she is charming and classy. Meeting Angela saved my life and I love her with every cell in my body. I could care less about race. Now after all of this: What do you think about interracial relationships for people over 40? I firmly believe in our case being over 40 was a great benefit. At this stage in life we are not trying to reinvent the wheel or trying to be trail-blazers. Being in our 40’s we both value acts of kindness to ourselves and others much more. When I had the flu, Angela took care of me. Homemade soups, a bottles of OJ, vitamin C, my meds,Kleenex and cough drops speaks volumes. I was sick but my fiancé didn’t care if she got sick. I never had to move a muscle she catered me non stop. Angela is congenial, agreeable, relaxed, and easy to get along with. Angela and I being in our 40’s, we value our appearance and health. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but at 47 years old I still have a 6 pack not a beer belly,broad shoulders,nice arms, and muscular chest. My fiancé looks 10 years younger than she is. We invest in our health generously. We eat the best food, live a very healthy lifestyle, daily exercise, meditation, yoga. When Angela met me she knew I was already an established man and she is an accomplished, established woman. We have endured the ebb and flow of life at this stage in our lives. We are grizzled vets at the school of hard knocks and we have the life experience to understand that tough times don’t last but tough people do. Instead, we were trying to determine if our individual lives we have built melds easily with together. This means our social skills, values and priorities needed to match or exceed our own individual standards. This was huge for me because she fit my life perfectly. In your 40’s and beyond you have been through the relationship mill already. Neither of us have time to waste on subtleties – especially since I have been married before. (If you’ve been through the mill a few times, you probably get that as well.) The subtle, flirty techniques employed during your 20s and 30s aren’t effective. As your relationship progresses, communication is key and honesty is the best policy. Angela doesn’t hold anything back because she has a level of clarity about things that work for her. Therefore it’s less guessing and time wasting. In your 40’s and beyond you discuss serious topics much sooner than later. By our 3rd date we were discussing serious topics gauging if we have shared life goals and shared values. Topics like monogamy and commitment are discussed thoroughly and she was very thorough. Money matters are discussed far more openly at this stage than in your 20’s and 30’s. At the right time, we discussed all money matters. My fiancé already knew my financial status and she was extremely forthcoming about her finances. In our situation my fiancé doesn’t have to work if she doesn’t want. She knew what I was bringing to the table and how my financial status instantly changed her life but outside of those conversations we do not talk about money with others. We take great vacations but beyond that we are not flashy people. I have a 2019 Range Rover HSE and a 2019 Audi A8. That’s it. I got rid of the Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s I had. Angela’s influence led me to that decision. For me in 40’s dating is leading to marriage. I’m not dating just to be dating. Dating Angela had purpose and personally, as a man I put rings on it and claim it. No time for nonsense. At this age, I’m not going to bars and clubs to meet women like I didn’t in my 20’s and 30’s. Angela was marriage-minded, and she verbalize what she wanted out of the relationship – a marriage proposal within a reasonable period of time – sooner, rather than later. We both wanted the same and we are extremely happy. I can say for me personally I was much more equipped to date interracially in my 40’s than in my 20’s and 30’s. Like many things in life Interracial dating isn’t for everyone for a variety of reasons and I can understand that. Like I said I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel or be a trail blazer. I simply met a beautiful woman whose skin color happened to be White. Angela has saved my life and she definitely made my life exponentially better. I hope my answer doesn’t bore you because I rarely answer questions like this but it related to my life so I decided to give it a shot. At the end of the day, please realize true happiness and true love is extremely difficult to find. If it happens to come in a different colored package then I suggest you take it. Because it may never present itself again. Don’t be a fool and allow society to dictate terms to you. I have never been happier and for me there is no looking back but only looking toward a new life with a new wife.
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Albeit a very successful one: the Panamera has finally grown into its skin, and wears its 911 styling cues better than ever. You may disagree, but we think it looks pretty darn good. 8.Bentley Bentayga £133,100 – £196,590 It’s what happens with the might of the VW Group megazords together to combine all its tech and toys in one ultimate SUV. The Bentley Bentayga is the Crewe marque’s first SUV, and if you we’re being cynical, you’d immediately point out that underneath, this car shares some of its roots with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, the Audi Q7, the Lamborghini Urus, and indeed the VW Touareg. But being a Bentley, it has to be faster than the Porsche, more luxurious than the Audi, more refined than the VW and better off-road than the Lambo. Excess all areas. And you know what? Bentley has succeeded. We can debate the morality of two-tonne-plus SUVs versus their popularity forever, but there’s no doubt that the Bentayga is a tour de force. It’s been around since, so there have been several models of Bentayga so far. The original was the standard W12, powered by a 6.0-litre bi-turbo engine good for 605bhp. That’s now been superseded by the Bentayga Speed, which uses a redeveloped version of the same engine to achieve 626bhp. Too profligate? If you were quick ,you could have got hold of the first and only diesel Bentley ever made: the Bentayga diesel, which used Audi’s 430bhp electro-turbo V8 derv. A magnificently rangey and torque-rich experience, the tide-turn against diesel saw the model killed off in Europe, effectively replaced by a V6 petrol a plug-in hybrid model instead, bolstering the Bentayga’s eco ranks. Sort of. There’s also a V8 petrol model, which is probably the sweet spot of the range, as it is with most Bentleys, truth be told. All Bentaygas are of course four-wheel drive, all weigh north of two tonnes, and all of them seat five people. Apart from the ones optioned like a private jet to seat four instead. Prices? From £130,000, if you avoid the options. As if you would… 7.Rolls-Royce Wraith £251,240 – £288,410 The Wraith is billed as “the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history”. The first bit is easily dealt with: a turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 sends 624bhp to the rear wheels, ten per cent more power than you’ll find even in the new Phantom and Cullinan. As for the most dynamic? Well, you’d argue that’s not difficult, given Rolls has long mastered the art of hefty, comfy cars that are designed to soothe not scintillate. But the Wraith is based upon the Ghost limo, so it’s hardly got a sporting chassis at its core, though its rear axle has been widened and its wheelbase shortened. “The car’s suspension has also been tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering,” says Rolls, “while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.” Achieving those high speeds ought to be a doddle; with two turbos, the Wraith has a ginormous 590lb ft of torque available from 1,500rpm, enough to shift its 2.4 tonnes to 60mph in 4.4secs. Quicker than hot hatches with not dissimilar power-to-weight ratios, and quite startling to experience in something with lambs’ wool floor mats. Indeed, it may be the most sporting Rolls ever, but it’s still dripping in luxury. There are four finely proportioned seats, sumptuous materials across most surfaces and head- and leg-room aplenty, even in the rear. Don’t worry, the front seats electrically whirr forward to allow anyone climbing into the back some extra grace. Its £250,000 starting price really is just the start, too. Few Rolls-Royces leave the Goodwood factory without first having been made fully bespoke to their buyer’s needs; colour-matched inside and out, fibre-optic star headlining fitted, the full works. Half the fun of having a Rolls-Royce isn’t driving it (or being driven in it), but the buying process itself. The Wraith is now one of the oldest Rolls-Royces on sale, having arrived in 2013. The Ghost it’s spun from landed in 2010, and its drop-top sibling – the Dawn – started production in 2015. While the new-generation Phantom is sold only as a saloon, the Wraith is the car of choice if you want your Rolls-Royce to take the form of a two-door coupe. 6.BMW 7 Series Well, it used to be the ultimate BMW. A 7 Series was the undisputed flagship. But is that the case any more? Especially now that the X7 exists – a luxury limo in the (ghastly) shape of a seven-seat SUV. There’s the new 8 Series too, which will spawn a four-door saloon version – with an M badge. Certainly, there are other BMWs vying for the title of boss of the family. Meanwhile, BMW’s been listening to what its customers wanted from the 7 to beat the likes of the Mercedes S-Class (traditionally the class-defining leader in the limo set) and the Audi A8. And, what they came up with was a triple-threat approach. “Make it more imposing, make it look more different to a 3 and 5 Series, and give us more novelty features,” said the customers. Well, we can probably tick off tasks 1 & 2. The new 7 Series is a mildly terrifying looking object, thanks mostly to slimmer laser headlights framing a grille that’s 40 per cent bigger than the last version. No kidding. The whole bonnet is 50mm higher to squeeze in the mega grille, all in the name of giving the car more road presence. Lower down, the bumper now has cleaner, slipperier aero, diverting draughts into the front wheelarches and back out again by newly vertical ‘air breather’ vents, which reduce drag. Boy is it bluff to look at. A BMW caricature. In a hall of mirrors. Round the back, the LED lights are now more angular and their lighting elements animate and ‘scroll’ across the car. Apparently the boss of BMW Korea hugged the designers when they demonstrated this, so grateful was he that this gimmick – sorry, novelty – had been built in. Oh, and there’s a full-width light bar at the back, like every other German car these days. Are you not convinced? Are you wretching over your screen? Well frankly, unless you’re in China, BMW doesn’t give a monkey’s. In China, the 7 Series has a 40 per cent market share, and the big grilles and XXL chrome is bang-on for Asian tastes. BMW says it’s also had bags of positive feedback about how the car looks from American and European customers. They seem to be quite difficult to track down, though… Inside, the 7 has been gifted a new centre console layout with flush glossy buttons from the 8 Series, and the new digital dials from right across the BMW range. The highlight is the bodyshell. BMW made use of techniques and production methods devised for the i3 and i8 to trim 40kg from the 7’s chassis, which incorporates bits of carbon fibre (some as long as a normal-sized bloke is tall) for added stiffness, strength and lightness. All told, the new 7 is some 130kg lighter than the old car. A net 200 if you factor in all the added kit, which weighs 70kg by itself. Powertrain wise, the biggest improvements come in the 740Le plug-in hybrid, which can now go up to 36 miles on a charge, thanks to a 40 per cent increase in battery capacity. There’s also an entirely new, and utterly glorious V8, in the 750i, which is great news for American customers but of little note in Britain, where it’ll incur more tax than a cross-channel ferry. The M760Li V12 lives on, albeit dropping below 600bhp because of pesky new particulate filters strangling the power a touch. We doubt you’ll notice. 5.Audi A8 £70,785 – £104,590 A big, important barge of a thing relatively few will buy, and a technical achievement few have the resources or engineering might to match or surpass. It’s the new Audi A8 – the cleverest Audi of all. And so it should be, because if you really want to see what a manufacturer is truly capable of engineering, you look at its flagship. And the A8 is and always had been Audi’s, which is why the new one gets a load of tech’ we haven’t seen before, but almost certainly will on future A6s and A4s. Tech’ like ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’, which delivers “conditional level three autonomy” by taking complete control of the steering, brakes and accelerator on motorways and dual-carriageways. Or the new infotainment system, which pairs Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument cluster with two touchscreens for a largely button-free centre-console. Much of said tech’ can only exist for the 48-volt, water-cooled electrical system that technically makes the A8 an ‘MHEV’, or ‘mild-hybrid electric vehicle’. This all takes some explaining, so more later. More too on the interior, which because the new A8 is bigger than the car it replaces – longer by 32mm and taller by 13 in either short- or long-wheelbase (which adds another 13cm of rear legroom) – is suitably spacious. The car’s heavier too; for all the aluminium, CFRP and magnesium Audi promises it’s used in the more rigid ‘Space Frame’ chassis, it’s almost 100kg up on the old car and lardier than either of its main competitors, the (relatively) featherweight carbon-cored BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. So in the short-term anyway, it’s not massively quick. For starters Brits get a 3.0-litre V6 in either petrol or diesel. An ‘e-tron’ plug-in hybrid (with wireless charging) will follow along with a W12 and 4.0-litre diesel V8. And the one you want is… 4.Bentley Continental GT There’s a key point in Bentley’s timeline that we can call BC: Before Continental. So vital was the first Conti GT – not only for sales, but setting a template and tone for the whole brand – that you could easily argue that were it not for the two-door coupe Bentley might very well not be with us today. The most successful luxury car of modern times? Quite probably. And now it’s into its second generation. It must sell well, and it must still be the focal point for the whole brand, to embody what a Bentley is while the Bentayga SUV makes the big bucks elsewhere in the range. It’s a handsome thing, the new Conti GT, at least in profile, where the front wheels have been shifted forward to improve the weight distribution and drop the engine lower and further back in the chassis. In fact 55 per cent of the weight still sits on those front wheels, but there’s less of it than before – the body alone is 80kg lighter, helping the new Conti GT weigh ‘only’ 2,244kg. But Bentley has made no secret of the fact that a heavy kerb weight actually helps deliver the road-crushing stability and momentum that characterises the way its cars drive. They’re knowingly hefty things. Powerful 48v electrics from the Bentayga are used – among other things – to manage the suspension, with actuators on front and rear anti-roll bars combating body roll. The set 40:60 power split is now fully variable and actually sends 100 per cent of torque to the rear wheels as often as possible to the benefit of fuel efficiency and emissions. There are two engines to choose from. Cheapest is the V8, a 4.0-litre twin turbo offering up 550bhp, a 4.0sec 0-62mph time and 198mph top speed. Another eleven grand upgrades you to the big-boy 6.0-litre W12 engine. Basically two V6s on a common crank, it’s carried over from the old Conti albeit modified enough for Bentley to declare it the ‘most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world’. It features cylinder shut off under light loads, while also producing 626bhp and a thumping 664lb ft of torque from a mere 1,350rpm, maintaining that through to 4,500rpm. Performance is better: 0-62mph takes 3.7sec and its top speed is 207mph. Both versions powering all four wheels through an eight-speed gearbox and, should be feel like behaving uncouthly, via a launch control system. Standard specification includes full Matrix LED lights, a 12.3in central touchscreen, wifi, head-up display, night vision, a 650w stereo and 21in wheels. Pricing starts at around £150,000, putting this in direct competition with the likes of the Aston Martin DB11, Mercedes S63 Coupe and Ferrari Portofino. But you won’t be spending that. You’ll be spending much more, getting the stitching to match your shoes, the wood to match the office in your third home, and so on. This is a car made for the bespoke treatment. 3.Rolls-Royce Phantom Since the first Phantom appeared in 1925, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has had its ups and downs. When the outgoing Phantom appeared at the stroke of midnight on January 1st 2003, the company even called it ‘the last great automotive adventure’. Maybe that should have been penultimate, because we’ve just driven the new car, and as internal combustion most likely won’t be around in another 14 years’ time, this really could be The One. Rolls-Royce reckons the Phantom is the barometer by which everyone else in the world of expensive luxury goods measures themselves, so the bar isn’t just raised here, it’s bejewelled and platinum-plated. You know when someone claims to be ‘the Rolls-Royce of watches/furniture/granite-kitchen-worktops’? Well, this is the Rolls-Royce of Rolls-Royces. Rolls says the Phantom’s new spaceframe structure is 30 per cent more rigid than the previous model, a figure that rises significantly in key areas such as suspension and gearbox. This new structure, coincidentally, offers sufficient flexibility to underpin the next wave of Rolls product, its SUV included. The chassis gets an all-new suspension setup, with a double wishbone configuration on the front, a five-link axle at the rear, adaptive dampers, and active anti-roll bars. It’s also the latest car to benefit from four-wheel steering, whose three degrees of counter-steer help shrink the car’s heft at higher speeds, as well as improving low-speed agility. The Phant’s air springs feature bigger chambers than on any previous Rolls, and the tyres are specially developed Continentals whose structure incorporates 2kg of sound absorbent material. There’s 6mm-thick, dual-layer double glazing windows all-round. The body-in-white features the largest-ever cast aluminium joints to enhance sound insulation, and overall the Phantom carries more than 130kg of sound-deadening material. There’s double skin alloy within the floor and on the front bulkhead, into which a foam and felt layer is squeezed. There’s more insulating material in the headliner, doors, and boot cavity. All of this contributes to the car’s 2,560kg kerbweight (2,610kg if you go for the long ’un, which adds 220mm to the wheelbase), but that’s surely an irelevance. As well as monitoring body and wheel acceleration and steering inputs, a stereo camera mounted in the windscreen reads the road ahead to effectively erase surface unpleasantness before it’s allowed to upset the occupants’ Dom Perignon. The new Phantom also features so many assistance systems that the heart of its electronic architecture is the single largest component produced by the BMW Group. 2.Range Rover £81,785 – £177,485 Arguably the definitive big, luxury SUV. Frequently imitated, but rarely bettered or even equalled, the Range Rover has been around since the early Seventies. And even though that means it’s only a couple years shy of its fiftieth birthday, the Rangie is still only in its fourth generation. Admittedly the fact the first-gen (later known as the ‘Classic’) lasted for more than two decades skews that figure a bit. But still… The current car was launched in 2012. It debuted a new aluminium monocoque that cost the company a billion quid or so to develop. So even though it’s bigger than the car it replaced, it’s lighter by in some cases almost half a tonne. That means it’s faster, tangibly better to drive and more efficient. And with the 2018 facelift comes even more efficiency, thanks to the introduction of the P400e plug-in hybrid, which pairs a 296bhp, four-cylinder petrol engine with a 114bhp electric motor for 64g/km of CO2, a claimed 101mpg and 31 miles of all-electric range. The P400e replaces the SDV6 Hybrid (a conventional, non-plug-in hybrid with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel and a small electric motor) in the line-up, but V6s and V8s in petrol and diesel (with up to 557bhp for the flagship, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol) remain available. All are linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive with the deeply clever ‘Terrain Response’ technology that gives the Rangie its peerless off-road ability. Nowadays the Rangie doesn’t just compete with other big SUVs, but conventional luxury saloons like the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8. It has to rival those cars – traditionally their makers’ technological flagships – on every level. Which is why the new car offers higher levels of luxury and cleverer tech than we’ve yet seen from JLR. For the facelift it’s added the dual-touchscreen infotainment setup as debuted in the Range Rover Velar, ‘Pixel’ headlamps with 144 LEDs and four laser diodes each for more than 500m of visibility and much besides. We’re promised a new seat design - adjustable up to 24 (!) ways - makes the Rangie “more comfortable than ever” in the front, and that the ‘Executive Class Seating’ option for rear-seat passengers gives “the impression of a luxurious wraparound lounge-like interior”. Exterior changes include a new grille and bumper, with larger vent blades. At the side the lower accents and vents have been reworked, while at the rear the updated bumper features integrated tailpipes across all derivatives. Long- and short-wheelbase options are available, with prices starting at £79,595 for the former and £112,900 for the latter, and rising to £177,030 for V8-engined examples of Rangies fettled by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division. 1.Mercedes-Benz S-Class Without a doubt the benchmark big luxury saloon, the one Audi, BMW, Lexus, Cadillac and even Jaguar and Maserati must define themselves by and be measured against. This car defines the sector and is the one all others must topple. The latest A8 and 7 Series are both much newer than the S and thus have some exceptionally clever tech on-board, but while both are excellent cars in their own right, neither is quite as special as the big Merc. A facelift in 2017 – this generation’s last before it’s replaced by an entirely new S-Class – gave many new things. Chief among them new engines, Merc’s latest-generation in-line six-cylinder diesels and petrols, plus a plug-in hybrid and the S63 AMG’s V8 bi-turbo petrol. The rare-groove S65 is no more, but you can still get a V12-engined S-Class in the form of the super-luxe, super-rare and super-expensive £180,000 Mercedes-Maybach S650. This update also gave the S-Class an array of semi-autonomous driving technology like Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Remote Parking Assist, most of which debuted in the E-Class. But to make sure the S-Class kept its crown as the techiest Merc, it got a few of its own too. The main one is a kind of active cruise control that, as well as sensing and maintaining gaps to other cars, knows to slow you for roundabouts, corners and tolls using GPS. Of course that particular system has been rolled out to other Mercs now, but it’s reasonable to expect much cleverness from the new S-Class, which could be revealed as soon as this year. Because this particular era of S-Class is so near the end of its life, Mercedes has massively cut back on the number of trim levels/equipment combinations if offers. Now there’s just one trim for the non-AMGs – ‘Grand Edition’ – and only the cheapest S350d is available with the short-wheelbase.
Just because two car models share the same platform does not mean they are essentially the same car. There can be a lot of other very important differences. It’s a little bit like saying that if two houses started with the same foundation, they must be identical. If you’ve been in many houses, you know intuitively that’s nonsense. With exactly the same foundation, there can be many very important differences between two houses that can make one of them legitimately far more expensive than the other. Just to give a few examples, one could have kitchen cabinetry made of vinyl-laminated particle board with cheap plastic pulls, while the other has beautiful custom solid cherry cabinets with solid brass pulls. One has the cheapest kitchen appliances while the other has the most expensive. Bathrooms can be equally different. One house has solid cherry sideboards throughout while the other has painted hard styrofoam sideboards. One has cheap carpet and vinyl floors while the other has hardwood floors throughout. One has beautiful cherry ceiling treatments while the other has simple cheap white ceilings. One has big beautiful skylights while the other does not. We could go on and on until the more expensive house legitimately costs far more than the cheaper one, even though they have the same foundation. So what are some of the differences that two car models can have even though they share a platform? Here are a few off the top of my head: Beefier suspension. Bigger wheels and brakes. Better engine (though in this case I think they’re the same). More sound deadening. Thicker body panel metal. Better paint. More precise fit and finish. More beautiful design. Higher quality materials used for the interior. If both are upholstered in leather, then better leather. More comfortable seats. More luxury options (though in this case perhaps they’re similar). Here’s another example of two cars that share a platform: $85K Audi A8 $340K Bentley Mulsanne Speed Do you think the Bentley buyers are throwing away $255K?
Oh by Zeus, I love this kind of questions. I would spend my $100B by buying : $50B worth of shares (Total, Apple, Facebook, Amazon…) a $100M+ mansion in Bel Air, Holmby Hills or Beverly Hills (with a spectacular view on LA and an infinite pool) a $100M+ penthouse in Manhattan overlooking Central Park (with an inside pool and an outside pool) a $10M apartment in Paris (around 300 sqm, in a nice arrondissement, with a nice view, at leats a view on one the main monuments : Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower) a small $20M jet (I would need to learn a lot about jets before choosing) - one that could carry a few cars from LA to NYC and Paris a helicopter a Jaeger-Lecoultre Gyrotourbillon a couple Stefano Ricci and Brioni suits a Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII EWB (black or dark green ; white leather and wood inside with wood) a Bugatti Chiron (black ; beige, orange or red leather inside) three Mercedes-Maybach S650 (black ; beige leather inside with wood) - one in LA, one in NYC, one in Paris a Lamborghini Aventador (mate black paint or wrapping ; beige, orange or red leather inside with carbon fiber and aluminum trim) a Bentley Mulsanne (black ; beige or yellowish leather and wood inside) a Rolls-Royce Dawn (purple ; white leather and wood inside) a Rolls-Royce Ghost (black ; white or red leather and wood inside) a Lamborghini Urus (black ; orange leather inside) a Bentley Bentayga W12 (black ; beige or white leather inside with wood) an Audi A8 L W12 (black ; beige leather and wood inside) a Ferrari 812 Superfast (black ; red or brown interior) $100M worth of furnitures and art (including at most two paintings by Soulages and at most three paintings by Zao Wou Ki, the latter being my favourite abstract artist) as many gold bars as the rest can buy I would store and use most of my cars in LA. I would fly use my jet mainly to transport some of my cars from place to place.
I’m really not surprised at all. Teslas are not like regular cars. They are a trade off, pure and simple. Let’s look at the simple trade off: Tesla gives you a car that is completely, utterly new and innovative, with features that other cars not only don’t have, they don’t even have in the pipeline. You pay a premium, and realize that the cars will have issues that not only other car’s don’t, but that other cars just haven’t had in decades Let’s look in more detail at that. Take my 2015 P85D Model S Features (in 2015): Completely and utterly unique All electric Never use a gas station ever again Charge at home for ~ 1/3 the price of gas Nationwide charging network for free 17″ touch screen with all-the-time Google Maps built in, with real-time traffic, routing and trip planning that is easy and intuitive to use Free music streaming in your car Silent operation Autopilot 265 mile range Constant over-the-air updates that make the car better and better 0–60 in 3.2 seconds Dramatic acceleration at almost any speed One-foot-driving This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but . . . Once you have lived with regenerative braking for a few years, other cars seem very counter-intuitive and annoying as you jump back and forth from pedal to pedal Access to car features from an app on my phone! Very good handling More interior space than most 5-seat SUVs Superior driving experience Generally no maintenance at all Superior snow handling Looks cool Honestly, especially for 2015, this is a feature set that wasn’t even in the fantasy realm of any other car company. It was simply like time travel forward for a car geek like me. But there were trade offs: Cost over $100,000 (!) Expensive insurance Noticeable fit and finish gaps on the exterior Mediocre paint quality Limited options Mediocre interior materials Noticeable design omissions: no map pockets, grab handles, coat hooks Occasional need to reboot the car to improve infotainment performance Occasional weird things like a door handle that wouldn’t retract one day, but then fixed itself When I got in an accident, repair was a NIGHTMARE, as it took 3–4 MONTHS to get parts. No lie Car needed a new front drive unit on the third day I owned it (!) At 56,000 miles, the computer just . . . . . . quit. Car was out of warrantee, and it will cost $1,200 to repair As the software updates piled on, the computer got slower and slower . . . . My wife’s Model X had more issues, mostly surrounding a balky back door and white perforated seats that apparently were made of tissue paper. On the whole, for me, I found that these problems were tolerable, but infuriating. However, I wholeheartedly acknowledge that for some people, the whole picture would have been unacceptable. And on a line by line basis, such as a J.D. Powers and Assc. survey, the car would have problems that would be damning. I get that. But, when comparing a Tesla to a Camry, or even an Audi A8, I am reminded of the famous scene from Parenthood: The whole movie is about parenting, a condition that some may never appreciate, and on paper at least, seems like an insane idea: why would you abdicate your own happiness for a life of drudgery and anxiety and pain and suffering for a few moments of bliss? Yet those who are parents know, that it is the rollercoaster that is fun, not the merry go round. Yes, Teslas are expensive, and have niggling problems, and are worshipped by legions of seemingly insane fans. But there is a reason that these fans are so crazy for the cars. It’s the rollercoaster. And it’s pretty cool.