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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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Rolls Royce Wraith

Back in 2012, Rolls Royce sold a total of 3,575 units. In order to increase sales even further, the company plans to add new niche models to its lineup.

The first will be a convertible version for the recently announced Wraith . It will arrive in 2015 and will most likely feature the same technology as seen in the coupe, including the car’s 624-horsepower V-12 engine.

The second model will be based on the Wraith, but it will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system and will be built either as a crossover or a hatchback, just like the 3-Series GT or 5-Series GT. The company is currently working on two different concepts of this size and, if approved, the new model will most likely arrive sometime in 2016.

This new model will be specially developed for major markets like Russia or China, while the Convertible Wraith will be built specially for the U.S. market.

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Rolls Royce has unveiled in Hong Kong the special-edition Ghost Extended Wheelbase Art Deco. The new Ghost Extended Wheelbase Art Deco Edition will be limited to only 35 units and will be offered exclusively for the Chinese market..

The model continues the tradition started by the cars like the Year of the Dragon Collection and will be offered in two different exterior colors: infinity black or arctic white. The two exterior colors will be combined with dual bespoke coach line and illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy.

For the interior, Rolls Royce will offer handcrafted Art Deco inlays, Olympia-inspired motifs on tread plates highlighting "China Limited Collection – One of Eight" and headrest embroidery. Customers will also get a black and white interior scheme featuring a choice of four seat piping colors taking inspiration from the color palette of the era.

Hit the jump to read Rolls Royce’s press release and to read more about the model.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls Royce expanded its lineup with the new Wraith luxury coupe . While no official confirmation is available just yet, we are pretty sure that the new Wraith is going to see more body variations, just like the Phantom did. So, what do you say about a Wraith Drophead? Sounds good, right?

We thought so too, and while Rolls Royce debates bringing it to the market, we have produced a rendering for the Drophead version. As no surprise, it will be pretty much identical to the coupe version, but, just like the Phantom Drophead version, it will be offered with a folding soft-top roof.

We expect everything else to remain identical to the coupe version, including its distinctive fastback profile. Under the hood, the Drophead version will retain the same V-12 engine that delivers a total of 624 horsepower and a peak torque of 590 pound-feet.

Expect the new Wraith Drophead to be unveiled sometime in 2014.

After debuting the Series II for both the Phantom and Phantom Coupe models, Rolls Royce engineers have started to test a new luxury coupe. Initially thought to be called Corniche, the latest creation from Rolls Royce brings back in fact a name that was initially used in 1938: Wraith.

The new Wraith, simply described as "the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history," features a fastback profile, and is wider and lower than the Ghost, making it more aerodynamic and aggressive in the same time.

For its new model, Rolls Royce has made numerous improvements to the suspension and the steering system and for the interior, it has installed the “on-board valet,” - an innovative voice-command system that sends data to the navigation and infotainment systems.

Sales will begin in the final quarter of 2013 and in Europe prices will start from €245,000 (about $320,000 at the current exchange rates).

UPDATE 03/05/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

UPDATE 09/25/2013: Rolls Royce unveiled a series of new images and video for the latest addition to its lineup: Wraith. The shots were taken in the beautiful city of Vienna and on location in the spectacular surrounding area.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Rolls Royce Wraith.

A new teaser image confirmed today that the upcoming Rolls Royce Wraith will feature a fastback body design. The company also confirmed this will be the final teaser image before the car’s official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The new teaser image reveals the three lines that underscore the car’s striking profile. Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Design Director, confirmed that the new fastback profile is "Wraith’s defining element."

The upcoming Wraith will be defined by a graceful line running from the "top of the screen to the very rear edge,” a feature that will offer a "fast, yet effortless touring." A second line is running from the "side window graphic, gliding through Wraith’s glamorous coach door," while a third one "cuts through the shoulder line" and is most artful one.

Full details on the upcoming Rolls Royce Wraith will be unveiled during the car’s official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

If for nothing else, Rolls-Royce has mastered the art of the slow tease.

With the 2013 Geneva Motor Show around the corner, the British automaker is taking the slow and steady approach in trying to drum up interest for the return of the Wraith luxury car.

We’ve seen numerous teaser photos over the past few weeks but all those involved shadowy images of the Wraith’s exterior. This time, though, Rolls-Royce is giving us a peek of two key components of the luxury car’s interior: the dashboard clock and the timbered yacht-inspired door.

True to its reputation as a meticulous brand with an eye for detail, Rolls-Royce went to lengths to give the Wraith a unique look. The clock, in particular, comes with Blood Orange needle tips that, according to Rolls, pay homage to its aviation heritage.

The Wraith is set to make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and, in addition to the lavish exterior and interior, is expected to carry a 6.6-liter V-12 twin-turbo engine with an output of around 600 horsepower.

The future sounds very promising for Rolls-Royce , as rumor has it that there will be at least two more stunning models added to its lineup in the near future. First will be a 16-cylinder roadster and the second model a new SUV developed to target the upcoming Bentley SUV.

Rolls-Royce will be the second maker, after Bugatti, that will place a 16-cylinder engine is a supercar, but do not expect the new Rolls-Royce roadster to deliver the same performance numbers as the Veyron. It will deliver about 700 horsepower, but when it comes to performance figures, Rolls-Royce will be more interested in refinement, luxury and craftsmanship, and not in obtaining monstrous top speeds.

First details suggest the upcoming roadster will be offered with a "long nose, stubby tail and a raked windscreen." It will offer interior space for just two passengers and will feature a soft-top roof. Most likely, the model will be built on the same aluminum spaceframe chassis as the next Phantom .

Expect the new Rolls-Royce Roadster to arrive in 2017

Note: The above image is not of this rumored V-16 roadster

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Rolls Royce Wraith

Not one to be left behind in all the promotion and build-up surrounding the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , Rolls-Royce is right in the middle of their own teaser parade for the highly anticipated debut of the Wraith luxury car.

This time around, the shadowy image reveals - or at least tries to reveal - the luxury car’s rear end. There’s not a whole lot to work with here, but there are a few hints that suggest some characteristics about the car, including the dual exhaust system, the large taillights, and what Rolls Royce itself describes as "muscular rear haunches" that exudes a look of bold expression and dynamism.

We can’t say we’ll argue against what Rolls-Royce is saying, especially when they’ve made some huge proclamations about the Wraith, including the promise of a more powerful car that certainly belies its aggressive and luxurious looks.

With every new teaser that comes out, we’re get more and more excited about the Wraith’s prospects. So excuse us if we start to show a little excitement for the Geneva Motor Show.


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