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Rolls Royce Seraph in the driving report: A Bavarian in heaven

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D he car world of the Bel Etage is 1998, this debut Rolls Royce, in turmoil and disorder. VW has taken over Rolls-Royce, along with the magnificent twelve-cylinder from the BMW 750i. BMW boss Pischetsrieder, inferior in the bid for the traditional English brand, is angry and announces that he will stop the engine delivery.

Silky twelve-cylinder from BMW

'If that happens,' writes auto motor und sport in 1998, 'the Seraph could become a rare collector's item.'

Rolls-Royce has long been part of BMW, as has Mini. But what is special about the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph is the engine, a twelve-cylinder at its finest, 5.4 liters, 326 hp, almost 500 Newton meters of torque. The automatic transmission is also made in Germany, from ZF in Friedrichshafen. By reducing the torque when changing the five gears, jerks are completely avoided. The Seraph driver wants things to be better in every respect, the others should jolt.

Scary hood ornament

Already the name, based on the Silver trilogy of Cloud, Shadow and Spirit, promises the greatest automotive happiness, is described as a heavenly being of high purity and passion. Right at the front of the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph hovers, as usual, the famous Spirit hood ornament, often ecstasy, not alienated by either a dirndl or a traditional hat.

But she got scared, apparently for security reasons. If you close the hood of the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph more rudely, it disappears into a duct and does not reappear anytime soon.

Inside everything is rolled up as not only Moshammer would like it to be. Fine leather, the finest woods and folding tables in the seat backs. The instrument panel is one of a kind, automatic gear selector on the steering wheel. It already contains an airbag, but a certain formal elegance is retained.

Long, heavy - and aerodynamic

The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph is almost five and a half meters long, almost two meters wide and weighs 2.3 tons. Despite the abundance, it looks elegant with its gentle curves everywhere, the retracted roof structure and the casual-looking downturn in the rear end. With a drag coefficient of only 0.37, a measure that is modern for Rolls-Royce standards can be achieved.

The test runreveals after just a few days that it's a myth that a Rolls-Royce won't break anything. The ignition key of the Silver Seraph cannot be removed, a little later the complete Bakelite coating crumbles, a near-emergency. 'Only simple things don't disappoint,' said the writer and car enthusiast Erich Maria Remarque. The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph is not easy. But what he showed in test operation or simply while driving on the road is beyond all the illusory feelings of well-being that a Rolls-Royce constantly tries to arouse, worthy of all honor.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph masters the moose test

The so-called VDA evasive test, better known as the elk test, is still relatively new to the tests to be completed. The Mercedes A-Class, which made its debut a year earlier, triggered it, and now all test cars have to go through it. The likelihood that the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph will run into a moose in front of Emily is slim, but it could also be a child. Fully charged and now weighing almost three tons, the noble body passes the imaginary obstacle in an evasive movement, quite unspectacular, a little sedate, but without nasty surprise.

The precise power steering of the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph provides good ground contact and ensures in interaction with the electronically controlled stability control and an adaptive damper setting for a reassuring safety cushion. The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph has become a real driver's car - a possible chauffeur is best banished to the feudal rear of the car and takes the steering wheel into your own hands.

The BMW engine has a significant impact on this accentuation Share, because there has never been a better motorized Rolls. New for the top-class audience is not only the boisterous temperament, which throws the 2.3-ton truck to 160 km /h in just 18 seconds, but also the acoustics. The old Rolls eight-cylinder grumbled dully under load, now there is an energetic sounding singing when Emily gently stretches upwards while accelerating fully and stretches her silver curls into the airstream. The test consumption of the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph was exactly 17.5 liters per 100 kilometers - not exactly a small amount, but more was expected.

Comfort weaknesses in the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph

The brakes of the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph are effective, even under heavy loads, the straight-line stability is excellent even at high speeds, the maneuverability naturally limited by the dimensions and large turning circle. It's not the only minus, because a point deduction weighs more heavily in the assessment of suspension comfort - actually a domain of most luxury sedans.

Above all, there are weaknesses on short bumps and when driving slowly that the passengers of the Claim Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph quite improperly. The car takes long waveson the other hand, sovereign and with that characteristic swing that usually arouses joyful feelings in the stomach. The creaking of the heavy leather armchairs shouldn't be damned. It makes acoustically clear how expensive the purchase was.

As expected, the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph is not cheap, it is in the list with a whopping 444,000 marks. That creates the desired distance to a bland BMW 750 iL, which, equally well motorized, is already available for 180,000 marks. An extra from the short list of surcharges is also nowhere else to be found, namely the 'storage compartment with sterling silver hip flask and three glasses' for 7,100 marks. Even in a roll, the most beautiful place is obviously at the counter.

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