The New Daimler Super Eight | Part Three

Daimler Super Eight


The Interior

With the longest wheelbase in the premium F segment, the new Daimler offers rear-seat passengers a level of comfort that matches any executive saloon thanks to its generous interior proportions. With more than 39 inches (999mm) of legroom in the back, rear passengers will enjoy unparalleled space and comfort levels without disrupting the legroom for the driver or front-seat passenger.

Additional features such as powered reclining rear seats with four-way lumbar adjustment and the ability to move the front passenger seat forward using controls in the rear cabin mean passengers can create their own ideal comfort levels. Finishing touches such as lamb’s wool rugs and head-rests embroidered with the swirling ‘D’ logo mean this could only be the cabin of a Daimler.

Amidst this opulent surrounding there is a great deal of innovative technology, designed to allow passengers to work or relax when the mood takes them. Fold-down business trays stored in the front seat-backs can hold notebook computers powered by a convenient auxiliary socket. Optional display screens in the front seat head-rests (standard in some markets) allow backseat passengers to watch television through the multi-media system that can also connect to iPod and MP3 players, DVD machines and computer game consoles.

For the driver, technology and comfort are also on hand in the form of multi-directional powered seats with heating and memory function. The perfect driving position is just the twist of a knob away thanks to a reach and rake adjustable steering wheel and also electrically adjustable pedals.

A simple and clear touch-screen control system allows the driver or front-seat passenger to programme the satellite-navigation system, four-zone climate control, telephone and audio system.

Quality interior trim is another mark of Daimler and the new model offers its customers three classic choices in the form of soft-grain leathers in Champagne, Ivory or Charcoal. Classic Burr Walnut veneer is the finishing touch, its wood inlay acting as a subtle counterpoint to the elegant polished surfaces.

The Exterior

New Daimler owners will have the choice of six exterior colours, including two that are unique to the Daimler palette - Garnet, a metallic burgundy, and Westminster Blue. Other classic Daimler exterior details will include the traditional fluted radiator grille with swirling ‘D’ badge, 18-inch Rapier alloy wheels and chrome dressing to the wing mirrors and rear-light surrounds.

Behind that characteristic grille lies the heart of the new Daimler, a 4.2 litre supercharged V8 engine of proven excellence, that offers owners the ideal blend of technology, refinement and performance. Producing 400bhp (298kW) DIN at 6100rpm and a mighty 408lb ft (553Nm) DIN of torque at just 3500rpm, the supercharged V8 allows the Daimler to accelerate to 60mph (100km/h) in just 5.0 (5.3) seconds and continue on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h).

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Published 27 July 2005 Melanie Carter

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