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I have a 3.5 V6 Vel Satis Initiale. It is a great car but has many small flaws.
It has a heathy appetite for front tyres (the 115bhp diesel might not be as bad having only half the power)
The rear suspension isn't very good and struggles with the weight of the car on poor roads.
Make sure is has the correct spec battery and then upgrade it to a heavy duty version. My Vel Satis came with a battery from a Laguna and it couldn't cope with the amount of electronics in the car.
The good points outweight the bad points though - at 70mph the car is almost silent. With 250bhp it is very fast but only once it is moving, 0-10mph even on a light throttle produces wheelspin and flashing ESP lights. Once crusing it will do over 30mpg (thats good, believe me)
Currently in Vel Satis's garage:
Vel Satis 3.5 V6 Initiale