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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Mansory

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Mansory

Supreme Rolls-Royce opulence festooned with the power of Mansory

I am about to tell you about the Rolls-Royce Phantom garnished with decorative pieces by Mansory and then jeweled by an effortless push of 602 thoroughbreds. It is Mansory’s way of going above and beyond. Above and beyond anything one may consider customary, appropriate, or even becoming. It is as bizarre as Halloween cosplay and as exquisite as a ball gown. It is controversy in understanding, and harmony in dissonance. It is the Rolls-Royce Phantom by Mansory.

I would argue that gliding through the atmosphere, carried by a swoosh of hot air, is as close to freedom as one may get. Such a dignified spectacle can be almost recreated on the roads as well. Riding in the back seats of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is more comfortable for sure, but the sheer exquisiteness of its cabin pursued by a definite insulation from the outside world is as equally liberating as gliding, although fundamentally opposite in its execution. That is what Rolls-Royce is all about - being as free as a bird, but in a way, some may even call profligacy.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom by Masonry is profligate and lecherous. But it is impeccable and irresistible much the same.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose by Spofec

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose by Spofec

More power for all that luxury

The Novitec Group is arguably the biggest tuning company in the world. It’s tentacles run long, thanks in large part to sub-brands that cater to a specific automaker. We’re familiar with Novitec Rosso that works exclusively on Ferraris. We’ve also touched base with Novitec Torado with Lamborghini, Novitec Tridente with Maserati, and Spofec, which is responsible for developing programs for Rolls-Royce models. For this instance, the focus will be on Spofec and it’s latest tuning masterpiece, the Dawn Overdose.

You probably realize by now that the focus of this program is the Rolls-Royce Dawn. No surprises there. What you might find surprising though is the level of work that was put into creating a kit that not only adds a significant amount of extra power to the Dawn, but also gives it a wide-body kit that gives the lavish convertible a whole new level of physicality to it. The Dawn Overdose is an all-encompassing kit so if you happen to own Rolls’ newest luxury top-down and you’re itching to give it upgrades fit for a car of its status, there are few tuners who can do it about as comprehensive as the tuning company that literally gets its name from the “SPirit OF ECstasy.” Best hurry though because only eight units of the Dawn Overdose will be made created so if you miss out on any of these eight, you’ll be completely out of luck.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn By Spofec

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn By Spofec

German tuner has plenty of new offerings for Rolls-Royce’s newest model

The Rolls-Royce Dawn’s grand entrance to the auto world occurred at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and it’s arrival coincided with the return of the name after six decades of being on the shelf. Yep, the Dawn moniker was once used on a limited number of convertible Rolls-Royce models from the 1950’s. The new Dawn looks far different from its previous incarnation, but just like any other Roller model today, it’s not immune to the hands of the aftermarket tuning world. We’ve already seen Mansory develop a program for the Dawn and now we have Sporfec, which has new tuning kit that revolves around an engine upgrade that gives the Dawn 686 horsepower and 693 pound-feet of torque to play with.

That’s a significant improvement from the standard model but it’s also far from the only useful upgrade Spofec is offering. The noted Rolls tuner is also throwing a carbon aero kit into the mix and a series of modifications to the Dawn’s suspension and brakes. A new set of wheels is also on the menu, although that’s entirely expected from a tuner that also specializes on custom rims.

Given the myriad of options that owners of the Rolls-Royce Dawn are being presented with this program, it’s hard to think of what Spofec did and dismiss it simply because the car in question is the Dawn. Sure, the luxury convertible is arguably one of those models that already looks great in standard form, but like every other car, there’s room for improvement. That’s what Spofec is offering with this tuning program, and for the most part, it prepared one that Dawn owners will find appealing.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Overdose by Spofec

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Overdose by Spofec

Comprehensive kit leaves an impressionable look for the luxury coupe

The Rolls-Royce Wraith made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and in short order, it has caught the eye of aftermarket tuning companies from all over the world. One tuner that has taken a particular liking to the Wraith is Spofec, which has developed a program that gives the Rolls’ 6.6-liter biturbo V-12 engine an improved output of 717 horsepower and 727 pound-feet of torque. Suffice to say, this is something you’d expect from a company that draws its name from the Rolls’ iconic "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament.

In addition to the eye-catching engine kit, the program also comes with an aerodynamic kit called "Overdose." It also has a customizable interior wherein Wraith owners are more than welcome to design the interior themselves using materials that Spofec has on offer.

The kit will likely have its share of fans and detractors, as shown by the dramatic appearance of the Wraith once it passed through Spofec’s tuning hands. Whether you like it or not, I suppose, depends on your taste and preference.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn by Mansory

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn by Mansory

Rolls’ newest ride gets its first slice of the aftermarket world

The Rolls-Royce Dawn may be the newest Rolls on the block after only making its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. But whether a car is old or new, aftermarket companies aren’t the type to differentiate one from the other. As long as it’s worthy of a tuning program, a tuner will build one for it. That’s what we have here with Mansory’s newest creation. Since the model itself is only months old, this tuning kit is arguably one of the first to be developed for the Dawn. And as far as “firsts” are concerned, they have the potential to set the bar really high.

Knowing that, the important question to ask is whether Mansory did just that. Did it set a standard for future tuning kits for the Dawn? On the surface, it does seem like that’s the case. This program comes with an aero kit, a customizable interior, and a performance bump. In other words, it’s well-detailed enough to get people’s attention.

But this is Mansory we’re talking about here. The German tuner, for better or worse, has earned a reputation for being one of the most provocative tuners in the game. It’s built programs that have turned sports cars into supercars and supercars into, well, you get the picture. This kit, however, lacks that extra jolt that some might come to expect from Mansory. Whatever you may think of it, there are certain standards people may have for a certain tuner. I’m just not sure Mansory lived up to its own expectations with this program for the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

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2016 Rolls Royce Ghost “SaRangHae” By DMC

2016 Rolls Royce Ghost “SaRangHae” By DMC

Personalized Ghost is owned by a popular Korean actor

DMC Tuning’s proclivity to offer customized programs for its customers has helped endear it to a large swath of celebrity clients. Recently, the German tuner took up the task of customizing a Rolls-Royce Ghost owned by Korean actor Jang Keun-Suk.

The two parties agreed that this program wouldn’t carry the flashy upgrades of some of DMC’s past works. Instead, focus was paid on giving the Ghost an understated aerodynamic kit that doesn’t take too much away from the Ghosts standard looks.

The result is what DMC calls the Ghost “SaRangHae” Edition, a nod to the Korean definition of love. It may look like a standard Ghost for the most part, but it’s got a handful of modifications on the body and engine that helps improve its overall character and performance capabilities.

I don’t know who Jang is, but if his acting is as good as his taste in cars and aftermarket tuners, then maybe it’s time to give to go watch one of his movies — with subtitles, of course.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith "Palm Edition 999" By Mansory

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith "Palm Edition 999" By Mansory

This is the Rolls-Royce Wraith Palm Edition 999. It’s extremely limited and it has gold in it. Lots of it. This elegant piece of automotive luxury is the creation of Mansory, the Swiss tuner who has made a habit of turning supercarsde and luxury cars into statements of opulence. We all know that Mansory is well-known for this kind of display, but for some reason, the tuning firm felt particularly compelled to dial up the extravagance on the Rolls-Royce Wraith. The result certainly speaks for itself, even if it takes a little while to come to grips with the sheer audacity of the program.

Yes, the gold finish on the exterior and interior are the news-breaking items of this program, but knowing Mansory, it’s far from the only one. The body, for example, has an exclusive paint finish and retuned aerodynamics. The interior is well-dressed in some of the finest materials in the land. There’s also a significant increase in the luxury car’s power, all thanks to a stout engine modification. Best of all, there’s an option to actually gold plate anything with a metallic surface because, well, that’s how Mansory rolls.

Unfortunately, for the rest of the human population, acquiring a unit of the Wraith Palm Edition 999 is as difficult as winning the Powerball. Ok, not really, but you get the point. Mansory is only building nine of these bad boys, and at an undisclosed price tag. Rest assured, it’s not going to come cheap and folks like us will probably have to sell more than just one appendage to cover the cost. But hey, all’s not lost, right? We may not be able to buy this nine-of-a-kind Wraith, but at least we can spend our days just staring at it through our computer screens.

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2014 Rolls Royce Ghost by Novitec Spofec

2014 Rolls Royce Ghost by Novitec Spofec

The Rolls-Royce Ghost usually isn’t the type of vehicle Novitec turns its attention to. It’s not a Ferrari; it’s not a Maserati; and last I checked, it’s not a Lamborghini either. But the Novitec Group now has a new tuning arm devoted exclusively to Rolls-Royce models. This new tuning arm is called Novitec Sporfec, which shouldn’t be confused with Novitec Rosso (Ferrari), Novitec Tridente (Maserati), and Novitec Torado (Lamborghini). It’s relatively new compared to the others, so it’s easy to see why some people were surprised to see this Rolls-Royce Ghost program.

Admittedly, I was one of those people but once my own surprise wore off, I looked a little closer at the new Ghost program and realized that Novitec Sporfec isn’t all that different from its brothers. For one, it goes to great lengths to develop in-house technology for its programs. It also uses these advancements to develop unique programs that provides across-the-board improvements on the vehicles it works on.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a perfect example of that. The list of upgrades are comprehensive with new components for every element of the British luxury sedan. This meticulous attention-to-detail has earned Novitec our praise in the past. With this new Sporfec division for Rolls-Royce models, I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

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2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith By Mansory

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith By Mansory

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.

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2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost by Vorsteiner

2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost by Vorsteiner

When you choose a car to update, we are pretty certain that a Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be on the top of your list. It’s not because they are undesirable, but rather because they simply aren’t that easy to tune. However, Vorsteiner decided to give it a try and came up with a very interesting tuning kit for the Rolls Royce Ghost.

As with pretty much every other kit from Vorsteiner, this updated Ghost receives only aesthetic changes. No one should complain though, as the car’s standard performance figures are pretty impressive: a 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563 horsepower that sprints the car to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and pushes it to 155 mph.

The exterior kit is made from carbon fiber and, as usual, buyers can combine it with a set of VSE-002 Forged Wheels.

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2013 Rolls-Royce FAB1

2013 Rolls-Royce FAB1

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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2013 Rolls Royce Ghost Sports Line Black Bison by Wald International

2013 Rolls Royce Ghost Sports Line Black Bison by Wald International

Not content with just breaking ground on their new program for the Toyota GT86, Japanese tuner Wald International has prepared yet another package, this time for the British luxury sedan, the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Set to be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, Wald International’s Black Bison package comes with an extensive aerodynamic kit that features a host of new components, including a new front bumper, modified side skirts, and, a trunk-mounted spoiler that honestly looks out of place on the Ghost, and a far more aggressive rear fascia that incidentally comes with its own integrated diffuser. Wald also worked on lowering the suspension of the Luxury sedan while also equipping it with a new exhaust system and a new set of alloy wheels.

For the entire package, Wald has set a price of ¥1.3 million, or about $15,500 based on current exchange rates. Just like Wald’s program for the GT86, this one doesn’t carry any performance upgrades. But unlike the GT86, this is one aero program that just doesn’t fit in well with the esteem and class of the Ghost.

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2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost by Carlex Design

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost by Carlex Design

The thing with people who love cars and have the money to splurge on them is that if they’re not impressed with the stock model, they can go crazy with aftermarket enhancements.

Take this particular Rolls-Royce Ghost for example. Built by Polish interior specialist Carlex Design, this project called "Ghost Save the Queen" isn’t your typical interior enhancement because as Carlex Design puts it, "we are not afraid of challenges and seek original solutions, which produce stunning interior innovation and unique solutions."

With that in mind, Carlex Design backed it all up with an exterior that has been painted in a stunning Deep Green paint finish. The luxury limousine was also given a number of upgrades, including the use of luxury ostrich and kangaroo leather, the presence of a royal crown embroidered in the seats, plenty of chrome parts, and wool rugs that have a pile length of 2.5 cm.

The embroidered royal crown, in particular, is an ode to the Queen, something that you would’ve probably guessed considering that the name of the program is, after all, "Ghost Save The Queen."

All told, the entire build took two months to complete, and certainly, if a picture did paint a thousand words, it would be foolish to underestimate how far these guys do take the phrase "unique solutions" seriously.

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2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Convertible Hyperion by Pininfarina

2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Convertible Hyperion by Pininfarina

Way back in 2008, Pininfarina – a custom coach builder – took a look at the $400K Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Convertible and simply thought it just wasn’t good enough. So Pininfarina took this nearly half-million-dollar machine and created a one-off custom vehicle out of it. The maker then dubbed it the Hyperion, which was taken from an Ancient Greek Titan.

Much like its closest competitor, Bentley, Rolls-Royce has always been one of those car companies that you either loved or hated, mostly due to their gaudy exteriors and even more outlandish pricing. For those that love them, but just need a little something extra, there is no shortage of custom car builders that will customize them to your liking.

Despite the number of custom car builders modifying these ultra-luxury cars, none can touch the uniqueness and flashiness of the Hyperion. Pininfarina took special care to closely integrate a vintage look – taking styling cues from the 1930s and 1940s – with modern technology and feel.

This monster of a luxury car originally debuted at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It then made an appearance at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show before going off to its rightful owner, Roland Hall.

Let’s take a look at how the 2008 Pininferina Hyperion stacks up.

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