Why aren't you just using my lighting and adjusting to taste? All the shadows that you see in my two examples are a result of the lights I've used.
data, just about everyone buys AR by default so I don't think most people realise that AR just provides bells and whistles and the bulk of the rendering capability is built in to C4D. I certainly don't think that people refer to the built in capabilities as AR3, they definitely see that as a completely separate module. I'm on R11 but I don't have AR3 (as I use Vray most of the time) and, in the context of this thread, I think it's worth pointing out that you don't need to shell out for AR3 to get Ray Trace speed increases.
i have never seen anyone say eg... "the new built in render engine is faster".
they always/most of the time say "the new AR3 is much faster"
im not saying you aren't right, that people shouldn't say AR3 is faster.
but its much easier saying "AR3" then "built in render engine"