After the car went through the PDI at the authorized dealer, yesterday at about 5pm at I took delivery of my RRS supercharged 1st edition, java black/ebony. I traded in my '04 RR Vogue. I'll give an brief overview of my first hours of possession.
The Java Black looks very nice when new and surely I will have to be more diligent in cleaning this car than my previous bonati grey RR. Comparing the cars side by side, you can definitely see the difference in height and length, where the RRS is more sleeker and more of a driver's car, where the RR seems more subtle yet very elegant. BTW my wife joked with me that that the RRS looks more like the previous RR !!. What I will miss from the RR is the LED brake lights which unfortunately RRS does without. also the sunroof is also gone. I was told that all 1st editions do not have sunroofs. The car came with the 20 inch stormer wheels which IMHO are the best wheels on a RR that I have ever seen, they are silver polished but not to shiny. The car when in access mode is VERY low and I doubt I will be using it much, compared to when I had the RR where I always used the access mode. ( I have two boys age 5 and 7). I still have mixed feelings about the split tailgate rather than the two door design in the RR which was the same design as my X5 before the RR. And yes you had to give it a nice slam to have it closed. It doesn't have the soft close feature you find in the Cayenne or Touareg.
Sitting in the drivers seat has a totally different feel from the RR. You sit more snugly and the cockpit seems to surround you its like sitting in a fighter jet cockpit !!, compared to in the RR where its like taking a seat in a luxurious 5 star hotel room. In terms of elegance the RR wins hands down, but I am not complaining about the RRS, as its ambience is pure sport. the center dash is up high and the gear shift is offset to the driver. The Sport seats are excellent and I almost don't miss my comfort seats in the RR, unfortunately the lumber support adjustment is manual also goes the same with the headrest adjustment. What I miss is the "waterfall" lighting in the RR which make the cabin very elegant at night, also the leather covered grab handles in the RR are also a nice touch. There are various compartments in the car and the cool box is an nice touch. BTW I am still using my RR mats until I find a way to source the RRS mats and loadspace mat, although not perfect they seem to fit nicely.
Turning the key the engine starts immediately and is very smooth that you almost don't hear it, I was expecting a nice growl a.k.a. AMG E55 or Porsche Cayenne but no, its just nice and smooth. Backing up the car both side mirrors dip down so you can see the curb or anything that might be a hazard to the stormer wheels. In the RR only the passenger's side dipped down. Unfortunately it was rush hour so I couldn't really feel the potential of the 390hp engine, but I had a couple of changes to rev up the engine and it produced a very nice growl in addition to the supercharger whine !! As I am still running-in the car, no full throttle for now. The ride is definitely more firm than the RR and it does not sway as much, the RR is a very relaxed cruiser but when pushed hard you notice that it sways a bit. The RRS is a different beast where its handling is taut, firm and the steering is very responsive, I had a chance to take a few quick turns, and it corners flat like a sports sedan. The ride with the 20 inch wheel are a bit hard and you can hear the thump of the tires on uneven surfaces. I guess this is due to the 40 series tires compared to the 50 series tires on the RR which also had 20 inch wheels. A nice touch is the additional corner lighting so you can see if there any hazard to your side. The bi-xenons are super bright but they seem to vibrate a bit over bad surfaces. This was not the case in my RR. Overall I am very impressed with the RRS and made no regrets switching from the RR. Unfortunately I haven't got a chance to post pictures yet but will do so in a couple of days !