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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.

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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 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.

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Rolls Royce Wraith

Two weeks ago it was rumored that the new Rolls Royce Wraith could also get a convertible version. Also tossed out there was that the company is also planning either a crossover or a hatchback. However, it appears that those rumors weren’t completely true.

Speaking at the British launch of the new Wraith coupe, Rolls Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, has confirmed that indeed the next model to be developed by the company will be a Wraith convertible, and at the same time he denied any possibility of an SUV.

In fact, he said that Rolls Royce never considered an SUV because it will be impossible to make it have the "gravitas or the effortless driving characteristics that make a true Rolls-Royce.” However, in the near future we expect to see an updated Rolls Royce lineup.

Rolls Royce hopes that the new Wraith coupe and the future convertible version will enjoy great success in the U.S. market and hopes it will sell around 1,500 units a year.

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Source: AutoCar
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The Rolls Royce Ghost was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, it received no major updates. However, it looks like parent company, BMW , has decided it is time for a small update. And when we say “small,” we really mean it.

As you can see, this prototype is wearing little camouflage and what it is wearing it only on the parts that are going to be updated. Expect to see new headlamps and a revised front bumper with a design inspired by the recently revealed Wraith. The exterior mirrors also seem to have received a new shape.
On the rear, the exhaust tailpipes are now hidden, giving it a cleaner look.

For the interior, Rolls Royce will offer an updated sat-nav and infotainment system.

We expect some smaller changes under the hood too, most likely in order to obtain more power and less CO2 emissions.

Click past the jump to read more on the revised Rolls Royce Ghost.

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Back in 1913, four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts were writing history at the Austrian Alpine Trials - the most arduous test of automotive endurance at the time. The four cars managed to travel over 1,820 miles, proving once again that Rolls Royce was indeed developing the best cars in the world.

This year, as a celebration to the event’s centenary, Rolls Royce has prepared an Alpine Trial Centenary Collection that takes inspiration from the 1913 Alpine Trials cars. The first car to be unveiled will be a special Ghost and we are going to see it at Auto China 2013.

The new Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition is painted in the same blue used for James Radley’s Silver Ghost. The blue is be combined with a distinct black grille and wheels also inspired by the classic car .

The car’s cabin is also inspired by the Alpine Trials cars: the clock displays the stages of the rally and timings and it features a very nice "Alpine Trial Centenary" logo. As usual, each element of the interior is meticulously handcrafted by Rolls Royce engineers.

Hit the jump to read Rolls Royce’s press release.

Automakers are getting more and more involved with charities each and every year, and now Rolls-Royce is chipping in. Rolls has unveiled the FAB1, which is a Ghost Extended Wheelbase that is slated to help raise £1 million ($1.53 million at the current exchange rates) for Breast Cancer Care by making this bespoke Rolls available for hire over the next 12 months.

This Ghost Extended Wheelbase features a pink body with a silver-satin-coated hood with the typical Spirit of Ecstasy on its nose. Inside is where the majority of the modifications come in to play, as it features pink highlights strewn throughout the Crème Light leather interior and pink breast cancer awareness ribbons hand embroidered onto the headrests.

On top of the bespoke items, this beautiful ride also includes the typical Rolls-Royce luxury items. These high-end features include: hand-veneered tables for the rear seats; a pair of 9.2-inch LCD screens; a champagne chiller box; a 600-watt, 16-speaker surround-sound system; and lamb wool floor mats.

Rolls-Royce makes no mention of the FAB1 being offered up for sale after its 12-month-long commission is completed. However, we’re pretty certain it will make its way to an auction block sometime next year with its proceeds benefiting the same FAB1 project.

Click past the jump to read more about the Roll-Royce Ghost and the press release regarding the FAB1 project


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