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Rolls-Royce ’s all-new Phantom is rumored to appear at least three years from now, but the work on the sketches of the extravagant model have already led chief designer Giles Taylor’s team to start dreaming about what the model will look like when it’s all said and done. The new platform for the car, on the other hand, is yet undecided.

Rolls-Royce currently uses exclusive spaceframe chassis to build their vehicles but the think-tank at the parent company BMW is considering a new recipe for the architecture of the second-generation Phantom; one similar to the frame on the BMW i3 and i8. The futuristic i3 uses carbon-fiber body shells screwed onto an aluminum chassis. This new construction would allow Rolls-Royce to lower manufacturing costs and take advantage of lighter body, which would also improve the efficiency of the car and allow the construction of pillar-less shells with wider range of Phantom models.

Also on the docket for the next generation is a plug-in hybrid Phantom to complement the traditional V-12-powered version. But what about pure electric?

Hybrid and pure-electric concepts are gaining a strong grip on the market, and the rival companies like Audi and Porsche have already indicated strongly that their future luxury models will feature electric-powered versions. On the other hand, BMW is still pondering upon an all-electric vehicle, but it seems unlikely as of now.

The new Phantom will not be a complete makeover visually. The next-generation Phantom will still carry the similar silhouette of the current Phantom with the angled C-pillar, which provides a lot of privacy to the occupants and is one of main ideas behind the Phantom. The all-new Phantom will carry updated front grille, headlamps and air intake.

Image Note: 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom shown here.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Rolls Royce Phantom.

Source: AutoCar

The luxury SUV bug has bitten its share of automakers in recent years. In all that time, Rolls-Royce has been the exception. But the luxury automaker is reportedly thinking about building one of its own.

Better late than never, Rolls-Royce.

News of Rolls’ new-found interest in developing a luxury SUV came to light after design chief Giles Taylor told Autocar that his design team has began tinkering with sketches of a potential SUV, possibly to gauge the feasibility of building one in the future. That being said, Taylor was also quick to point out that the team is still in the infancy stage of an SUV design and that any talk of "proportions and three dimensions" are premature.

Essentially, the SUV project is in its embryonic stage and there are still a lot of things that need to fall into place before this proposed vehicle is even considered for production. Taylor, though, seems to be confident that the project could gain some steam in the future. In the meantime, his responsibility is to develop a proposal that doesn’t "undermine the Rolls-Royce brand," but also embraces Rolls’ character of luxury and functionality, wrapped in an SUV package that traces its lineage to the company’s Ghost family.

All signs seem to point to this project progressing smoothly in the coming years, especially now that parent company BMW has become more aggressive in developing new architecture for its top-of-the-range models. The proposed Rolls-Royce SUV could be one of the first recipients of this sophisticated steel, aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic architecture. That’s one development we all need to keep our eyes on, especially after BMW introduced the Vision Future Luxury Concept , a prototype BMW showed at Beijing last month to preview this new architecture .

On top of that, there remains a growing sense of confidence among Rolls-Royce’s big wigs that a future SUV could play well in an exploding market like China , which the company has targeted as one of its most important landing spots, thanks to the proliferation of Chinese individuals with deep pockets and a taste for luxury.

If anything, people interested in this Rolls-Royce SUV will need to have a whole lot of the former because estimates on a price tag for the vehicle has reached as high as £200,000 ($335,560) with the possibility of becoming more expensive if Rolls-Royce includes all the bells and whistles.

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Source: AutoCar

The Rolls-Royce Wraith created quite a stir when it was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , mainly due to its gorgeous fastback-like shape, enormous amount of luxury , and the all-new Satellite Aided Transmission that uses GPS mapping data to pre-select gears.

It didn’t take too long for the British company to announce a Drophead version of the two-door vehicle, but we had to wait for more than a year to actually see the vehicle in the metal. In fact, camouflaged metal would be more appropriate, as the Wraith Drophead’s first public appearance took place in prototype guise.

Spotted by our skilled photographers, the convertible in question is well wrapped with no skin or details for us to stare at besides its German license plate. Not exactly upsetting, though, as the Drophead will take all of its design cues from the Wraith Coupe.

Only two details will set it apart from its older brother: a folding soft-top (which is hidden under a fake hard-top in these spy shots) and a flat trunk resulting from the removal of the sloping, fastback roof.

Rolls-Royce will obviously plant the same 6.6-liter V-12 under the Drophead’s hood, meaning the cabriolet will benefit from 624 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Using a ZF eight-speed automatic, the mill will push the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph.

Expect the Wraith Drophead to go on sale for the 2016 model year with a sticker that goes past the $300,000 mark.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe.

You may find it hard to believe, but vehicles such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom , a pinnacle of automotive luxury and opulence, sometimes aren’t enough to satisfy the world’s most wealthiest businessmen. And this is where Rolls-Royce ’s Bespoke division comes in with its customized and often unique means of transportation.

Since these sumptuous limousines are highly popular in the Middle East and China , it was only natural for the British manufacturer to introduce their latest Bespoke creation at the Beijing Auto Show , which is about to open its doors to the public.

Dubbed Pinnacle Travel and based on the latest Phantom Series II, the said model was created to celebrate "the Chinese love of travel." You see, a recent survey revealed that China spent about $125 billion on travel in 2013, prompting Rolls-Royce, in their love for opulent vehicle themes, to take that piece of information and build a car around it. Nothing’s too fancy for the Goodwood crew.

Moving along to the automobile itself, the Pinnacle Travel Phantom was finished in an exquisite two-tone exterior color scheme. The upper part of the body, including the hood and the trunk, were painted Madeira Red, while the lower side panels we wrapped in a Silver Sand hue for a tasteful contrast.

Under the hood, there are no modifications, meaning this luxurious rig carries the same 453-horsepower, 6.75-liter V-12 under its hood that also twists out 531 pound-feet of torque as the base RR Phantom.

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

Similar to how German tuners come out in droves anytime the Frankfurt Auto Show arrives, Mansory’s presence is automatic when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.

This year, a handful of new programs have been made courtesy of Switzerland’s finest, and one of those happens to be Rolls-Royce’s brand-spankin’ new baby, the Wraith .

This is how Mansory rolls, fellas. No cheap tricks. Just the best of the best deserving the best tuning programs in the world.

Jaw-dropping as some of Mansory’s previous works are, there’s something alluring about its program for the Wraith.

It’s pretty...subdued. In a very good idea.

The tuner probably realized that going bombastic on the Wraith will just drive away the luxury car’s classy nature so smart move on the part of Mansory to recognize that. In the end, it did the right thing by giving the Wraith the kind of unique modification that brings up its level of appeal yet does so without compromising its luxurious quality.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Wraith by Mansory.

The last time we saw a Rolls-Royce Series II model was in 2012, when the luxury car builder released the Phantom Series II a full nine years after the Phantom debuted in 2003. With that timeframe as a point of reference, we would not expect to see a Ghost Series II until about 2019 or 2020.

Well, prepare to be surprised, as Rolls-Royce has revealed the Ghost Series II at the Geneva Auto Show . But just like I said earlier, the revisions are pretty minor relative to more mainstream automakers.

Then again, Rolls-Royce is not your "typical" automaker, as it finds a nice place and doesn’t change much until things get completely stale. Actually, the changes that Rolls Royce made are fairly extensive for a Series II model, so we can;t say that we’re upset with the new Ghost.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.

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Rolls Royce announced today the launch of a new Bespoke Waterspeed Collection that will be applied to a series of 35 Phantom Drophead Coupés . This new collection pays tribute to a legendary record established back on September 1st, 1937.

On that day, Sir Malcolm Campbell took a Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat powered by Rolls-Royce’s R-Type engine to a top speed of 126.32 mph on Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian frontier. The next, day he did even better, as he sped the boat to 129.5 mph, breaking a five-year-old world water-speed record.

Of course, this amazing result was possible, thanks to the incredible Rolls Royce engine that powered the boat, and immediately after the record, Rolls Royce managed to reaffirm the superiority of its engines. What better way to honor the record than by building a bunch of expensive cars?

Updated 04/02/2014: Rolls Royce unveiled a new set of teaser images and new details on its new Waterspeed Collection that will be officially unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Updated 05/13/2014: Rolls Royce unveiled the official details on the new Phantom Waterspeed Collection. Check the new details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Bespoke Waterspeed Collection.

It’s easy to see why brands like Rolls-Royce have a deep interest in the Middle Eastern market. It’s one of the biggest sales markets for the company and as a sign of its commitment to building an even bigger presence in the market, the British company is preparing to launch its new 1,001 Nights Collection.

In case the name escapes you, the 1,001 Nights Collection is exclusive to the Middle East, further casting little doubt just how match Rolls wants to be loved in that region.

In this video, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division is giving everyone a peek at the exclusive collection, which we will see manifest themselves in the Rolls-Royce Ghost in the future. Incidentally, Rolls-Royce already unveiled the Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition late last year.

But it’s only now that we’re seeing just how intricate and meticulous the level of detailing was in putting together what could very well be one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce models we’ve seen in a while. From the unique motifs to the veneer and wood inlays with arabesque symbols, the Rolls-Royce 1,001 Nights collection is going to be all sorts of exclusive for arguably one of the most exclusive-starved markets in the world.

At this point, we don’t expect anything less from the region and the brand that wants a bigger piece of that said region.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost One Thousand And One Nights Edition

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Rolls Royce Germany unveiled a special edition Ghost that it developed in cooperation with Procar Automobile and named V-Specification. If you thought that this is just another special car that offers just some exterior and interior updates, you are wrong. The new Ghost V-Specification also comes with some significant engine upgrades.

The Ghost V-Specification is powered by a 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine that delivers a total of 593 horsepower — an increase of 30 horsepower over the base 563 horsepower. Unfortunately, this added power does not lower the Ghost’s 0-to-60 mph time any, as it remains at 4.7 seconds.

The new Rolls Royce Ghost V-Specification will be available for order only between January and June of 2014, and along with the power upgrades, it will also offer some exterior and interior updates. The model is priced at €330,820 — about $450,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls Royce Ghost V-Specification.

There’s a reason why Rolls-Royce is rolling out all these special edition models in China . The market is fast becoming the largest one for luxury automakers and what better way to stake a significant chunk of it than to entice customers with vehicles no other country in the world will carry.

Sounds like a smart plan, right?

Rolls-Royce seems to think so, and that’s why its been busy the past couple of months launching special-edition Ghost models , including its latest creation, the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition.

Recently introduced at Auto Guangzhou, the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition pays homage to Guangzhou with a number of design elements attributed to the south Chinese city, including drawing inspiration from the iconic Canton Tower, while also adding touches of Guangzhou, no more distinct than the addition of the city’s Five Rams emblem in the coachline, veneer panels, headrests and dashboard.

A two-tone color scheme also points to the uniqueness of the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition with RR opting to use a Madeira Red for a glorious regal history and Cassiopeia Silver or Carrera White for the bright and modern present. The contrasting colors offer a touch of balance between the colors of the night sky with the metallic body of the aforementioned Canton Tower.

The finer details, including customer options to give this special-edition ride more distinct styling, can be accomplished through its Bespoke Atelier program, which is coming to China for the first time, and offering a range of customization options for all those deep-pocketed Chinese buyers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost


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