Rolls-Royce has unveiled the latest custom variant to roll out from its Bespoke Design studio. Based on the popular Wraith two-door coupe, it’s called the Porto Cervo Special Edition, and it comes with a unique blue exterior, reworked leather upholstery, high-end walnut paneling, and a presumed price tag of more than I can afford.

RR loves to make these limited-run editions, offering up essentially a standard vehicle with a range of special, theme-oriented aesthetic and interior appointment changes, all for an inflated price tag. This particular special edition will be limited to just three examples.

It’s scheduled to make its first official appearance soon at the Rolls-Royce Summer Studio, where, for the second consecutive year, the marque will be joined by other luxury brands on the Promenade du Port, located in the seaside resort town of Porto Cervo (hence the car’s name) in northern Sardinia, Italy. There, guests will get to see the latest Ghost and Phantom models, as well as enjoy a trip down the winding coastal roads to get a feel for the dynamics of available test-drive models.

Read on to see how Rolls hopes to impress the anticipated gathering of discerning clientele.

  • 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Porto Cervo Special Edition
  • Year:
    2016
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  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    300000 (Est.)
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Exterior

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Porto Cervo Special Edition Exterior
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Each Roller to come from the Bespoke Design studio bears its own unique theme, and the Porto Cervo Special Edition is no different, drawing inspiration from the coastal town after which it is named to stitch together a luxury yachting holiday motif.

This is first seen in the car’s bright blue paint job, which is accented by a subtle white “coach line” stripe that runs along the flanks from front to rear. There’s also brushed aluminum and chrome trim, plus special nautical compass-look graphics near the door handles. In the corners, you’ll find five-spoke wheels that are partly polished.

In all, it would certainly fit in well on the northern coast of Sardinia, complementing an ocean horizon studded by breaking white waves. 

The rest of the exterior is stock, including the long hoodline, squared front fascia, grille and headlights, and gently sloping roofline. 

Interior

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Porto Cervo Special Edition Interior
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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Porto Cervo Special Edition Interior
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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Porto Cervo Special Edition Interior
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Inside, the theme steps up a notch, with Arctic White leather upholstery offset by Navy Blue accents. The headrests are personalized with a special embroidery echoing the exterior compass graphics, also finished in blue. Contrasting piping and seat gussets can be found front and back.

The dash sees a treatment of Royal Walnut, which is continued onto the console and door panels and finished with warm open pores. The grain in the material is oriented to form an attractive pattern. The whole interior adds substantially to the nautical theme, looking like it was plucked straight from the hull of a classic wooden speedboat.

Other small touches include slate-colored seatbelts, metal inlays, and navy blue carpeting. You’ll also find plaques in the doorsills announcing the limited-run nature of the car. 

It would’ve been great to see the steering wheel replaced by something pulled from the helm of an 18th-century ship-of-the-line, but space was probably a consideration.

Drivetrain

Like every other Bespoke Design creation, the drivetrain on the Porto Cervo remains unchanged, which means it’s powered by the same 624-horsepower, 590-pound-foot 6.6-liter V-12 you’ll find in the standard Wraith.

Pushing that muscle to the rear wheels is an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, with performance figures looking like a 0-to-60 time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph – not bad for a "yacht."

Prices

So far, Rolls-Royce has neglected to mention how much each example of the three-car production run will cost. However, as they say, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it. What’s more, it’s quite likely each of the three is already spoken for.

Conclusion

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Porto Cervo Special Edition Exterior
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Although it sells just 4,000 units annually, Rolls-Royce is well known for producing a variety of unique versions for well-to-do customers. Thanks to its Bespoke Design studios, we’ve seen all kinds of custom creations, including most recently the sleek 2015 Rolls Royce Wraith Inspired By Fashion and aerospace-themed 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Nighthawk.

This latest Wraith continues that tradition and will fit in comfortably among the VIPs and seven-figure vacation homes of Porto Cervo. However, I can’t help but feel like Bespoke should have gone further in rendering its theme. The additions are nice, and do well to upgrade the car over its standard counterpart, but why not really unleash the creativity? Why not shape the nose into a hull or install life vests under the rear seats? Hell, you could even throw an anchor into the trunk, and I doubt that V-12 would even blink.

Garish? Yeah, absolutely. But rich folks can indulge in the imagination too, right?

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    • Only three will be made
    • Probably obscenely expensive
    • Could be more over-the-top

Source: Rolls Royce

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