Rolls Royce’s New Adamas Collection Proves That There’s No Substitute for Premium Luxury
Only 70 Rolls-Royce units will be made available in the collectionby Kirby Garlitos, on
Rolls-Royce has released a new collection of special edition models, called the Adamas Collection. Based on Black Badge editions of the Rolls-Royce Dawn and Wraith, the Adamas Collection puts a spotlight on what Rolls-Royce refers to as the “darker side of contemporary craftsmanship.” Only 70 units will be included in the Adamas Collection, distributed between 40 Black Badge Wraith units and 30 Black Badge Dawn models.
What Makes The Rolls-Royce Adamas Collection so Special?
As far as the collection itself goes, Rolls-Royce describes it as one that celebrates the “darker side of contemporary craftsmanship”
If you’re looking for an automaker that knows how to turn special edition models into fine examples of art, you only need to look at what Rolls-Royce has done in recent years. Just last year, the British luxury brand introduced series of models inspired by the heritage and traditions of the Middle East. Remember the Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired by Desert Rose? How about the Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition and the Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn? When it comes to creating special edition models and collections, nobody does it quite like Rollers.
This, of course, brings us to the Adamas Collection. It takes its name from a word that can mean anything from ‘untameable’, ‘invincible’ and also ‘diamond.’ As far as the collection itself goes, Rolls-Royce describes it as one that celebrates the “darker side of contemporary craftsmanship” Basically, Rolls-Royce is embracing the color black, using it as the central theme of the Adamas Collection. You can see that in the way the application is used in the special edition Dawn and Wraith Black Badge models.
There are two exterior paint finishes available, each coming in a two-tone setup
Take the exterior, for example. There are two exterior paint finishes available, each coming in a two-tone setup. There’s Aphrodite Red, which is a combination of red and black, and there’s Morpheus Blue, which is a combination of blue and red. According to Rolls, the two shades create an iridescent effect, emphasized in part by a deep color transition that extends throughout the body of the car. It’s pretty cool to look at in the photos; it might even be better in the flesh.
Using these two shades as the central element of the exterior details, Rolls-Royce added a number of black accents on top of the darkened accents that are already included in the models by virtue of them being Black Badge Edition units. The black grille vanes, for example, add another dark element to the already darkened front grille surround. Then there’s the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, which is considered as one of the most important pieces of any Rolls-Royce model. Due to the limited edition nature of the Adamas Collection, the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament on the Adamas Collection was machined from 294 layers of aerospace-grade carbon fiber, a practice that takes up to 68 hours to produce for each figure. Imagine that, if there are 70 units in the Adamas Collection, Rolls-Royce spent 4,760 hours creating all the Spirit of Ecstasy ornaments that are included in the 70 special edition models. That’s almost 200 days, ladies and gentlemen.
As extensive as the work is on the exterior of the Adamas Collection, it’s the same thing in the interior
As extensive as the work is on the exterior of the Adamas Collection, it’s the same thing in the interior. Customers also have a choice between two color schemes — Mandarin Orange and Cobalt Blue — for the cabin of their special edition Rolls. As if the colors don’t create an atmosphere of luxury on their own, Rolls-Royce is also 88 laboratory-grown diamonds form a Black Badge infinity symbol in the dashboard clock frame. The clock itself comes with a face that’s decorated with machined aluminum chaplets and a polished aluminum inner bezel. For those who opt to get the Wraith Adamas, they also get an exclusive headliner that comes with 1,340 individual optic lights, forming what the automaker describes as “the molecular structure of carbon as it becomes a diamond.”
Finally, there’s the reminder of its status. A lot of special edition models, particularly those that are limited to a certain number, come with plaques that denote the specific model number of a certain unit. The Rolls-Royce Adamas Collection has that in the form of an illuminated treat plate that can read either ‘Black Badge Wraith Adamas – One of Forty’ or ‘Black Badge Dawn Adamas – One of Thirty.’
There’s no mention of any engine upgrades on either of the two Adamas Collection models so don’t expect any surprises on that end. Fortunately, the Wraith and Dawn models used in the Collection are Black Badge versions. That itself already comes with an uptick in power. In the case of the Wraith, you’re looking at an output 623 horsepower and 641 pound-feet of torque coming out of a 6.6-liter V-12 unit. The Dawn doesn’t have as much power compared to the Wraith, but its Black Badge version does get improvements in power and torque, amounting to 593 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque.
Only 70 units will be included in the Adamas Collection, distributed between 40 Black Badge Wraith units and 30 Black Badge Dawn models.
To put a bow on the discussion of this new collection from Rolls-Royce, we’ll give the floor to CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. “Adamas is a Collection that fuses the extraordinary competence of our bespoke craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, with the rebellious spirit of Black Badge,” he said. “The result is a motor car for those who seek more than the definitive of engineered luxury conveyance. This is a motor car for the risk-taker who is not afraid to embrace a bold and progressive statement of true and modern luxury, in its darkest form.”
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