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A few weeks after Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom Ghawwass Edition for its Middle Eastern clientele, the British luxury marque is back at it again with a new creation straight out of its Bespoke Collection.

This particular model, which was commissioned by the company’s dealership in Dubai, is called the Phantom Bespoke Chicane Coupe.

To no one’s surprise, Rolls-Royce put the full court press on giving this Phantom its own list of luxury upgrades, as if the standard features aren’t already enough.

It’s got a two-tone matte black and gunmetal finish on the body that visibly shines under the sun. And yes, the interior looks pretty spicy with all that red leather, a Roll-Royce trademark that never seems to go out of style.

So what if the Phantom Bespoke Chicane Coupe doesn’t have any performance upgrades. The work done on making this Phantom as unique as can be is already mighty fine for our taste buds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom Bespoke Chicane Coupe

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is one super-luxury car that likes to run with the hypercar exotics. At the Casino Royale, luxury cars and supercars of this stature are found as frequently as regular Hondas and Toyotas in an office building parking lot.

So if you spot a unique luxury exotic , don’t be surprised because in a place considered the playground for the rich, such things are pretty popular ways to spend $500,000 or more in one sitting.

The English luxury icon, Rolls-Royce , is one of the best at building 100-percent unique special edition models for its lineup. Remember the Ghost One Thousand And One Nights Edition ? How about the Phantom Ruby Edition ?

The latest bespoke creation is called the Phantom Coupe Ghawwass Edition, which looks expensive enough to own the top 10 floors of a new highrise building.

No power modifications needed. The Phantom Ghawwass is the ultimate showpiece.

Click past the jump to see more the 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe - Ghawwass Edition

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When you choose a car to update, we are pretty certain that a Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be on the top of your list. It’s not because they are undesirable, but rather because they simply aren’t that easy to tune. However, Vorsteiner decided to give it a try and came up with a very interesting tuning kit for the Rolls Royce Ghost .

As with pretty much every other kit from Vorsteiner, this updated Ghost receives only aesthetic changes. No one should complain though, as the car’s standard performance figures are pretty impressive: a 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563 horsepower that sprints the car to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and pushes it to 155 mph.

The exterior kit is made from carbon fiber and, as usual, buyers can combine it with a set of VSE-002 Forged Wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost by Vorsteiner.

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The super-luxury coupe market is heating up rapidly this year with the production debut of the Rolls-Royce Wraith fastback and the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept .

Both are aiming for the meat of the market occupied by the Bentley Continental GT : a car so successful and profitable that it almost single-handedly relaunched the $100,000 to $150,000 market for two-door, four-seat dream coupes.

While the Conti GT V-8 S is now far more nimble but just as rapid as before, the styling of the Bentley is looking quite tired and unappealing for the sharpest and most fashion-forward shoppers.

In the ultra-chic world of luxury cars, yachts and homes on three continents - old styling and previous ownership of the Bentley means these buyers are ready to move forward.

New styles are poised to capture these Bentley refugees with the Wraith and S-Class Coupe , which is quite near production specification despite being officially tagged a concept.

These two swish shapes are both absolutely fresh designs that introduce advanced styling concepts for both the RR and Merc brands. If well received, the cues seen here will have a strong influence on the next-generation vehicle designs from these storied luxury marques.

As sedan-based two-door coupes, they both essentially start at the same place as the Bentley did when remodeling the VW Phaeton.

But which car is more beautiful, technically interesting, and the winner of this TopSpeed Design Showdown between the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept ?

Updated 10/24/2013: This article now features the latest photography from Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz

Click past the jump for a side-by-side battle of these two exotics from all angles.

Out of the shadows of the Frankfurt Auto Show , British automaker Rolls-Royce took a surprising step, debuting a special one-off edition of the Ghost, not in Frankfurt, but in a different place, albeit one whose name also starts in the letter "F."

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The one-off Ghost is (officially) called the Chengdu Golden Sun Bird Edition, and Rolls-Royce designed and inspired by an ancient Chinese artifact that was discovered in 2001.

In case you don’t know what the Golden Sun Bird is, it’s described as a ring-shaped piece of foil that was made of nearly pure gold. Looking at the artifact, you’ll notice a pattern that consists of four birds, all flying in a counter-clockwise direction around the perimeter with what looks like a sun on the center.

Apparently, the artifact’s stature as a true treasure from Shang Dynasty was more than enough to compel Rolls-Royce to build a one-off model inspired by it. The exterior of the model carries a two-tone white and gold color, adding prestige and elements of exclusivity that should justify the name it carries. Subtle gold stripes running on the sides of the Ghost bear the same bird drawings of the Golden Sun Bird, yet another hat tip to the old relic. From there, the nine-spoke wheels was redesigned with a golden circle in the middle, enclosing the brand’s logo in the process.

The interior also gets the same posh upgrades and modifications, although a golden brown hue as chosen on the fancy leather upholstery and trim of the cabin. The center console on top of the A/C vents bear an image of the Golden Sun Bird, same with the headrests on the rear seats. Finally, a small golden plaque on the door sills was put in, with the plaque saying "Hand Built in Goodwood, England" and "Chengdu Golden Sun Bird, One of One" just below it.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Rolls-Royce decided to pay tribute to nature at the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , as the British company will unveil the Phantom Celestial Concept. As it name suggest, it was inspired by the night sky and all its twinkly stars.

The concept is based on the Phantom Extended Wheelbase version and features a dark paintwork with glass particles to increase the sparkle effect, of course.

he interior is wrapped in a special "Dusk" leather that creates the effect of a "cloudless night sky." The concept was also equipped with a clock that features a diamond at each quarter-hour and engraved wheel centers. The concept comes equipped with a picnic set that includes glasses with a celestial motif.

What is very special on the interior is that the rear drink compartment has been specifically designed to reflect the stars in the headlining. This way you can enjoy the stars while relaxing in your seat.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Rolls Royce Phantom.

Source: TopGear UK

Here’s one thing we’ve come to know about luxury cars in the Middle East : there’s no such thing as too over-the-top.

Maybe that’s why luxury car brands have been extra flexible to acquiesce to the clientele in that region, including Rolls-Royce , which just unveiled a pretty unique Phantom that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world.

The official name of the car is the Phantom Ruby Edition and as the name evidently implies, the theme centers around rubies, considered as one of the rarest gems in the world.

On the outside, the Phantom Ruby Edition was dressed in a Merlot Red Mica exterior paint finish and complemented by an interior that carries a Seashell and Mugello Red interior theme. The distinctive cabin also boasts of a number of high-luxury components, not the least of which was the use of Marine White hand-selected wood and Seashell star lights that contrast perfectly against the Mugello Red seat piping, the Consort Red carpets and the Lambswool mats.

Ruby Marquetry inlays prominently decorate the fascia, as well as the front and rear headrests. Even the personalized clock has its own a cut ruby stone inlay with the personally embroidered glove box, bearing the description "Ruby motif - one of one."

Needless to say, this one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom screams to the kind of market that Abu Dhabi is and, quite frankly, we’re not surprised the least bit that the Phantom Ruby Edition is one for that region.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Rolls Royce Phantom

Source: Gulf News
Rolls Royce Phantom Series II

Talking about a car that’s long in the tooth, the Rolls-Royce Phantom will probably stand up and try to get itself recognized. Despite its stature as one of the preeminent luxury cars in the market, the current-generation Phantom is pretty old.

So it comes as no surprise that the British automaker is laying out plans to prepare the next-generation model for launch in the next few years.

According to Automotive News, the next-generation Phantom is already in the pipeline and is likewise on track to make its debut sometime in 2016. Do the math and that’s a little over two years from now.

Initial details surrounding the next-gen Phantom calls for the luxury sedan to be based on the new BMW 7 Series . Hardly shocking, considering that Rolls-Royce falls under the BMW umbrella. Should that be the case, you can expect the new Phantom to take advantage of the lightweight build — at least relative to its predecessor — of the 7 Series, something that’s attributed to BMW’s generous use of aluminum and carbon fiber.

No details on the powertrain have been given but we’re not closing the door on a completely new powertrain that’s vastly more efficient than the gas-guzzling 6.75-liter V-12 engine that currently resides under the hood of the current Phantom.

A hybrid V-8, perhaps?

Click past the jump to read about the current generation Rolls Royce Phantom Series II


Tell us if you’ve seen this song and dance before.

The Rolls-Royce SUV , which has been killed and brought back to life more times than the villain in a slasher movie, appears to be back on the optimistic side of Rolls Royce management.

According to Automobile Mag, the British luxury maker is back to considering the possibility of building the Rolls Royce SUV, provided that the BMW X7 , which has had its own uncertain future, hits the market.

Remember, BMW initially had plans for a super luxury SUV a few years ago but ultimately canned those plans. But now, Automobile Mag points out that the market has changed with the introduction of high-end SUVs, including one from Maserati .

So, speculation of BMW revisiting the X7 might not be as farfetched as they once were. And if Bimmer does push forward with it and builds the SUV, Rolls Royce may finally follow suit and built its own, especially if it has a platform - the X7’s - that it can use.

Also, don’t sleep on how the Maserati Levante does as far as sales are concerned. In the event that it ends up becoming a hit, will Rolls Royce just sit back and let its competitors have the spoils? We think not…

About the only thing we know at this point is that the Rolls Royce SUV is neither alive nor dead. It’s stuck in limbo and for those waiting for it, that’s probably the best place for it to be on at this time.

Click past the jump to read about the Rolls Royce SUV’s potential rival: the Maserati Levante

Bloodhound SSC car attempt to break the 1000 mph barrier

The Bloodhound SSC Project has been around for the past couple of years. It goes without saying that the team behind this project has been determined to break the 1,000 mph barrier.

But for the better part of those years, the project has yet to take off. All that, though, appears to be changing now that Rolls Royce has entered the picture.

The British luxury automaker has signed up to support the Bloodhound Project in the latter’s attempt to break the barrier. As part of its involvement, Rolls-Royce will be supplying a modified of its EJ200 engine for the project, which will then be complemented by a Cosworth F1 engine driving the rocket-oxidizer pump. Together, the powertrain can produce up to 135,000 equivalent horsepower, which as you can see, is ridiculously mental.

Ultimately, the Bloodhoud Project aims to achieve its lofty goal and break the existing 763 mph record set by the Thrust SSC SSC in 1997. And break it convincingly, might we add. The team hopes to begin runway testing sometime in 2014 before it heads off to Kaksken Pan, South Africa to set out on its record-breaking attempt.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bloodhound SSC Project


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