2019 Eadon Green ZRR
Stashed just next to the Goodyear stand at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Eadon Green exhibition space featured quite a unique car - the all-new Eadon Green ZRR. If you are at all into what Eadon Green is doing since it "fired up" 3 years ago, then you will probably mistake the new ZRR with the Zanturi. Well, this is a new car. Sure, it is similar to the Zanturi, but according to the words of Eaton Felix, Eadon Green CEO, ZRR is new nonetheless.
It brings a breeze of sophistication to the brand whose first car was a flashy coupe based on the Corvette C7 and painted in an awful chameleon paint job. This one, same as the Zanturi, rides on the Rolls Royce Wraith chassis, has a far more palatable color scheme compared to Corvette-based Zeclat, and it has a proper V-12 under the front bonnet. From BMW.
It also has proper front lights. From Rolls-Royce!
It can also see at night with its sensors and infrared cameras! Just like Rolls-Royce!
Eadon Green is a boutique car manufacturer, and the ZRR is its greatest achievement. Having all the tech from someone as competent as the Rolls-Royce is a good thing. Especially on a car that tries really hard to capture the svelte beauty of the nobility cars from the Thirties. Like Delahayes and Talbot Lago’s.
Rolls Royce’s New Adamas Collection Proves That There’s No Substitute for Premium Luxury
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.
Rogert Daltrey’s One-Off Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired By Music" Hits The Auction Block
Roger Daltrey may not be on the level of John Lennon or Mick Jagger in the annals of British rock star legends, but The Who frontman is still a legend in his own right. His status as a rock icon is one of the reasons why he was part of the Rolls-Royce Wraith’s “Inspired by Music” tribute. Nine total one-off versions were created, two of which were dedicated to Daltrey and The Who. One of those models, the “Tommy” Edition, recently hit the auction block, pulling in £208,000, or about $270,000 based on current exchange rates.
Like most celebrity cars, proceeds from the sale of the Wraith Inspired by Music Tommy Edition didn’t go to Daltrey’s pockets. Instead, it’s going to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K.-based nonprofit organization that provides specialist support to young people diagnosed with cancer in the U.K. Daltrey is an “honorary patron” of the charity so it’s no surprise that he’d pick the Teenage Cancer Trust as the beneficiary of the auction. In his own words, he said: "Seven young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the U.K. This car has become an incredible collectors’ item, and it’s gratifying to know that the proceeds of the sale will support such a worthy cause." In the end, the car itself may have sold for less than the £235,416 ($304,700) price of a brand-new Wraith, but don’t get it twisted. $270,000 is still a significant sum for anybody, let alone an organization like the Teenage Cancer Trust that needs all the help it can get to function the way it wants to.
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The Gilded History of the Rolls-Royce Phantom
Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, is quoted as saying, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it doesn’t exist, design it.” Those are some pretty heavy words, but it’s the right credo for an automaker like Rolls-Royce. With a history of producing some of the most elegant, opulent, and downright desirable luxury vehicles on the planet, perfection isn’t just a goal – it’s an expectation. Such is the case with the Phantom, Rolls-Royce’s highly recognizable flagship model. These are cars that are destined for the stables of royalty, acting as a rolling signature of power, wealth, and prestige.
Lead by the trademark Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood, the Phantom comes equipped with top-shelf extravagance and lavishness, offering high levels of personalization to those select buyers with pockets deep enough to really enjoy it. Currently offered in a variety of different flavors, including the standard Phantom, an Extended Wheelbase model, a Coupe, and a Drophead Coupe, Rolls has announced a new eighth generation slated for release later this week. However, the history of the nameplate is rapidly approaching a full century at this point, so how’d we get here? To find out, we delved into the Phantom’s history, taking a look at the seven generations that have come and gone since the model’s introduction in 1925.
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2018 Rolls-Royce Sweptail
When you’re a company that’s as invested in all of the finest things in life, you tend to go to places that very few will go to just so you can make a point. Rolls-Royce has a reputation for having this kind of mindset, so when a deep-pocketed customer approached the British luxury automaker and asked it to build him a car like no other, the company obliged. The result is this one-off creation called the Rolls-Royce Sweptail.
Underscoring the level of customization involved in the Sweptail is the fact it took Rolls-Royce four years to finish the car. That means that the customer request happened sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. For a company that’s used to building one-off creations through its Bespoke personalization division program, the length of time it took Rolls-Royce to build the Sweptail speaks to how unique the model is. And like any true Rolls-Royce one-off, the Sweptail draws inspiration from elements in its social sphere, namely luxury motoring and racing yachts. Put these things together, trust in Rolls-Royce’s long and storied history in coach-building, and you get a car that’s a literal and figurative definition of what a masterclass in one-off auto creations should be. The fact that the Sweptail reportedly costs $13 million only adds to its instant legend status, the kind that’s reserved for only a handful of models in the world.
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Rolls-Royce Just Presented A One-Off Phantom That Comes With An Eye-Popping Price Tag
Rolls-Royce has treated us to a heavy dose of ultra exclusive, one-off models in recent weeks but even with the prestige attached to all of those models, none of them could’ve prepared us for what the British luxury automaker presented at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como. This right here is the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, a heavily modified Phantom that brings the company’s level of refinement in the realm of the absurd.
The story behind the Sweptail is as intriguing as the work Rolls-Royce put into giving it a true one-off quality. According to the company, somebody already owns the Sweptail. That man apparently got in the touch with the company and asked Rolls-Royce to build him a one-off model. The automaker obliged to the request, which itself was prefaced by the agreement that both parties wouldn’t discuss prices until after the car was built. This conversation reportedly happened back in 2013 and it took Rolls-Royce a whopping four years to put together the car, culminating in the exquisite beauty that was presented at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It’s a legitimate, coach-built, one-off model too, one that is also unique for having a customer become so involved in the development of the car. And as far as the price tag of the car is concerned, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös didn’t reveal the actual figure, but he did tell Autocar that the Rolls-Royce Sweptail is “probably the most expensive new car ever.” As far as the rumor mill goes, that figure apparently adds up to an incredible £10 million, or just under $13 million based on current exchange rates. Take that for what it’s worth.
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2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn
The relationship between British luxury car brand Rolls-Royce and a Middle Eastern country like Abu Dhabi is ever-evolving. We already know that Abu Dhabi is one of the automaker’s biggest markets, third only to the U.S. and China. That hasn’t changed despite stagnating sales in the region, which Rolls-Royce blamed on economic and political uncertainty. Even if there is a relative downturn in business in Abu Dhabi, it’s still a significant market for the company as properly shown by Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s Wisdom Limited Collection for Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi.
We’ve gone through a number of one-off models that make up this seven-model collection. Now we’re turning our attention towards the "Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn." Like the rest of the Rolls models that make up this collection, the Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn is heavily dressed up and inspired by something that’s unique to Abu Dhabi. In this case, it’s Qasr-Al Hosn, considered as the oldest stone building in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and a national landmark at that for its long and rich history. For its part, Rolls-Royce Bespoke kept with the theme of the Wisdom Limited Collection, presenting the Phantom Coupe as inspired by one of Abu Dhabi’s most important landmarks.
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2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s Wisdom Limited Collection for the Abu Dhabi market has given birth to some very interesting creations. One of those works, the Phantom Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, paid tribute to one of the largest mosques in the world that also happened to have been named after the founder and first president of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The famed architect’s influence on the collection doesn’t just end there, though, because another member of this exclusive collection is the Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s tribute piece to the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, considered as one of the most intricately designed bridges in the world.
The details on the Wraith Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Bridge may not be as intricate as the ones found on its Phantom counterpart, but they still capture the essence of the world-famous bridge, right down to the use of blue, white, and silver as the main colors. The free-flowing aesthetic is evident in the exterior and interior of the imposing coupe, just as the Sheikh Zayed Bridge’s massive, curved-design arches casts a daunting presence on the entire country. And if you’re really patient with the details on this car, you’d be very surprised at what Rolls-Royce did to its interior. It’s not the most fashionable cabin in the collection, but it sure is the one you’d want to be in when you’re tired and ready to sleep. After all, very few things are as relaxing as sleeping under the stars.
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2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Falconry
By now, it’s been established that Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s Wisdom Limited Collection for Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi has evolved into the perfect showcase for the British luxury brand’s personalization division. Not that it needed to prove that creations like the Wraith Inspired by Film, Wraith Inspired by Music, and Wraith Inspired by Rugby already made that claim emphatically. However, seeing these seven, one-off creations perfectly encapsulates what Rolls-Royce Bespoke is fully capable of if given a blank canvas to work its magic. Take the Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Falconry for example. From a distance, it looks like a clean, all-white Rolls-Royce Wraith that’s no different from other Wraiths of its kind. But once you come closer to the car, you start noticing details that identify it as a true one-off piece.
That’s the kind of treatment that Rolls-Royce Bespoke is capable of. You can even see that from within the Wisdom Limited Collection, specifically how different each model is from one another, and that’s when you consider that there are actually two Wraith models in the collection. One of them is the Wraith Inspired by the Sheikh Zayed Bridge and the other is this one, the Wraith Inspired by Falconry. Two exact same models given two completely different identities. This is the kind of thing you can expect from Rolls-Royce Bespoke. As far as car personalizations go, Rolls-Royce’s division is as good as it’s going to get.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100
The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 is a concept car the British brand built as part of BMW’s 100 anniversary celebration in 2016. It is part of a four-model lineup that includes show cars from BMW and the other two companies under German ownership — Mini and BMW Motorrad. Unveiled at an event at London’s Roundhouse, the Vision Next 100 is a preview of things to come and Rolls-Royce’s wildest concept car design yet.
Codenamed 103EX, the Vision Next 100 also represents the completion of the first phase of Rolls-Royce’s renaissance under BMW ownership. The British firm was purchased by the Munich-based company in 1998 and renamed Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Under the BMW Group, Rolls-Royce developed the already iconic Phantom and Ghost, and is preparing to launch its first-ever SUV, currently known as the Cullinan.
“With the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 we were mindful not to dwell on the past. We wanted to be as innovative as possible and at the same time transcend the design history of the marque,” said Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Much like the BMW and Mini Vision Next 100 show cars, Rolls-Royce’s concept isn’t intended for production. Although some styling cues and technology will be implemented at some point, the Vision Next 100 is largely a design exercise and a glimpse into what cars may offer in the very distant future.
Update 06/20/2016: We’ve created a new video to highlight the best features of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 aka 103EX. Click play to watch it!
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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Overdose by Spofec
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 Wraith Nautical Edition
Back in 2013 Rolls-Royce revived the Wraith name for a two-door that was smaller than its only coupe at the time, the Phantom Coupe. A spiritual successor to the Camargue (1975-1986), the Wraith became the fastest and most powerful model in Rolls-Royce’s 100-year history. Sold without any updates in its first three years on the market, the Wraith has spawned a significant number of special-edition and one-off models crafted by the company’s Bespoke division. Following the release of the all-black Wraith Black Badge model in March 2016, Rolls-Royce is now introducing the Wraith Nautical Edition, a model inspired by classic racing yachts.
Designed to capture the "streamlined power of a graceful sea vessel" and fitted with an interior that pays homage to the decking seen on classic, luxury yachts, the Nautical Edition sports a unique exterior paint and a dashboard that’s not available on the standard model. As usual, the focus was to give it an exquisite appearance using custom paints, leather, and wood veneers rather that modify body panels and meddle with the drivetrain.
The Wraith Nautical Edition is the second yacht-inspired car Bespoke has built recently. In 2015, the customizing division launched the Phantom Nautica Edition, which features the same Arabian Blue paint, but on the engine hood, roof, and trunk lid, rather than on the side panels, which were finished in Orchid White. While the Phantom Nautica was pretty cool to look at, the Wraith Nautical does a better job at paying tribute to classic luxury yachts. Keep reading to find out why.
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Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge
Back in 2013 Rolls-Royce decided to awaken a sleeping dragon and bring the Wraith name back to life, and it did so with a vengeance – creating the most powerful Rolls in the company’s history. This large, powerful coupe has spawned a number of one-off models like the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Sport, the 2015 Rolls Royce Wraith “Inspired by Fashion,” the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith “Palm Edition 999” by Masonry, and countless others that go to show just how well received the new Wraith has been.
Despite all the one-off and tuned models, the Wraith itself has gone the past couple years without being changed. Rolls-Royce didn’t make any changes for the 2016 model year either, but it has just announced a brand new take on the Rolls-Royce Wraith, dubbed the Black Badge. The “Dark” approach has been a popular approach taken by a few manufacturers lately, but unlike some of them, Rolls-Royce has done more than adding a darker appearance to the Wraith. In fact, it has done quite a bit more.
The first thing you’ll notice is the custom black paint, and darkened trim elements, but this baby comes complete with some drivetrain updates as well. That’s right, the most powerful Rolls-Royce to date gets a little better in Black Badge form. So instead of wasting any more time talking in general, let’s take a ride on the dark side and check out this latest creation from Rolls-Royce.
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2016 Rolls Royce Ghost “SaRangHae” By DMC
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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