Rolls-Royce Used Songs From Radiohead and Pink Floyd to Test Its Fancy Audio System
The state-of-the-art sound system will offer acoustic pleasure to those sitting in a Phantom, but first, it had to be finely tuned via a rather eccentric playlist
Mercedes-Benz uses a Burmester-design audio system inside the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. BMW fitted the 7 Series with a Bowers & Wilkins setup, while Bentley partnered with Bang & Olufsen for the Continental GT and Naim Audio for the Mulsanne.
Rolls-Royce, however, unlike its “ordinary” counterparts and developed its own setup, dubbed Bespoke Audio. But then again, Rolls-Royce is not your ordinary carmaker.hich is something, which is something evoked by the playlist it used to test the audio system found inside the Phantom.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan just debuted this week, and while we knew it would be based on the Phantom, we didn’t realize there would be so much Phantom in it. It’s a clear descendant, that’s for sure. Be that as it may, the Cullinan still stands out with its seemingly unlimited headroom in comparison, and it’s the world’s first three-box SUV since the cargo area is completely separated from the passenger compartment thanks to a wall. And, despite the fact that it was designed to go off-road (not that anyone ever would do such a thing,) it still maintains that classic Rolls magic carpet ride feeling when cruising down the road. It doesn’t come cheap, though, and some of us are stuck admiring from a distance, so we figured there’s no time like the present and made it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve got some great images, so if you don’t like the one we picked out, slide on down to see more wallpaper quality images of this V-12 powered beast.
Here’s a Rendering of What Could Be The World’s Most Expensive Pickup Truck
The pickup market has grown vertically and horizontally beyond imagination. Pickup trucks are looking a lot smarter these days and are heavy on tech-savvy features. You can have performance trucks and even electrification has infiltrated into the segment. But, what about the luxurious aspect? Yes, your Fords and Rams have upped the ante and are starting to look glorious, but who said these are your typical luxurious trucks? Imagine a truck with all the bells and whistles that carries a proud Rolls Royce or a Bentley badge. Not able to think of what it would look like? Well, here’s a rendering by Rain Prisk that shows us what a truck from Rolls Royce could look like. Fancy, isn’t it?
2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection
The Rolls-Royce Ghost has proudly carried the Spirit of Ecstasy for the better part of 10 years. It’s had an eventful and remarkable run, but like all good things, the first-generation Ghost’s time has come. Retirement beckons for Rolls’ stately sedan, but before it’s made official, Rolls-Royce is deservedly honoring the first-generation Ghost with a final special edition model called the Zenith Collection. Like all things Rolls-Royce, the Ghost Zenith Collection will be limited to just 50 units. More importantly, all 50 units are inspired by a pair of models that helped shape the Ghost in their unique ways: the 1907 Silver Ghost and the 2008 “200EX” Concept Car that ultimately served as the foundation from which the first-generation Ghost sprung to life. Rolls-Royce did not disclose the price tag of each of the 50 Ghost Zenith Collection models. That said, if you want one, you’ll need to take the initiative because, according to Rolls, “order books for this seminal Collection will close imminently.”
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Impressed the Hell Out of Us at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the best car shows if you want to see all sorts of vehicles climb up the Goodwood Hill. It’s usually sports cars, supercars, and race cars new and old, but some automakers bring SUVs and trucks as well. At this years edition, Rolls Royce decided to take the massive Cullinan for a stroll on the short but iconic road course.
Rolls-Royce Will Sell You This Champagne Chest For $47,175
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.
2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom Tranquility
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is the archetype of the full-size ultra-luxurious car to the extent that the car’s platform is known as ’Architecture of Luxury’. The ’Tranquility’ special edition model, of which just 25 will be made, is an ode to outer space and to man’s numerous attempts to reach it.
Since the launch of the Cullinan SUV last year, Rolls-Royce’s other models have somehow been overshadowed by the buff figure of the first high-riding Roller. Now, though, they’re back in the limelight at the Geneva Auto Show as the British manufacturer brings to Switzerland no less than three special edition models, the Black Badge Ghost, the Blue Badge Wraith and, finally, The Phantom Tranquility which is, undoubtedly the most astounding of the lot. It’s also a way for Rolls-Royce to announce the introduction of a new Bespoke program that can further personalize the Black Badge Ghost.
Rolls-Royce’s Collaboration with The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chain is a Celebration of The Chinese New Year
The Chinese market is very important to Rolls-Royce. It’s so important that the British automaker is rolling a trio of special edition Cullinan SUVs to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year, which just so happens to fall on the Year of the Pig. The special edition Cullinans were created in collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental hotel chain. Each of the three SE Cullinans sport unique exterior colors with identifiable badges to commemorate the Year of the Pig. Mandarin Oriental hotels in Miami, Boston, and Washington D.C. each have one of the three Cullinan special editions until today, February 8. They’re not just for display, too. Guests at the hotel can take chauffeured two-mile rides in them. Even better, the international hotel chain is also offering a chance for any of its guest to win the use of one of the Cullinan special edition models for a week.
What if Rolls-Royce Had a Car in Every Conceivable Segment?
For years and years, Rolls-Royce never really needed to branch out or experiment all that much. And why would it? With a long resumé of creating some of the most-respected high-end luxury sedans in the world, anything else would seem out of place. Welp, we’re heading into 2019 now, and things are getting kinda weird - Lamborghini made an SUV, the world’s quickest passenger car to 60 mph is an EV, and Apple might build a self-driving transportation pod. With that in mind, the old guard might need to step out of its comfort zone, as evidenced by efforts like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. But what if Rolls-Royce really went off the deep end? To find out, Compare the Market drew up a set of renderings that placed the Spirit of Ecstasy in a variety of unexpected places.
Car Magazine has got the right idea for a little holiday spirit. It asked designers in the U.K. from Bentley, Nissan, Ford and Rolls-Royce to pimp Santa’s ride. Each designer took elements from the brands current car design philosophy but came up with some very different results: everything from a futuristic Nissan GT-R based rocket sled to a gothic classic from Rolls-Royce.
No matter if the engine is measured in horsepower or reindeerpower, speed is the theme in all of these designs. So we have no trouble liking all of them.
Someone Seriously Did Doughnuts in a Field with a Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the first ever utility vehicle offered by the British luxury car manufacturer but, beyond being able to carry the super-rich down the world’s highways and busy metropolitan streets, it can also go off-road like no BMW ever could. This was further showcased when someone decided to do doughnuts in one. In a field.
Launched this year, the Cullinan, named after the largest flawless diamond ever found, is Rolls-Royce’s first ’high-sided car.’ It’s the perfect Alpha to Bentley Bentayga’s Omega and, as we’ve discussed just a couple of days ago, it’s also good when taken off-road.
However, some owners, who’ve paid in excess of $325,000 to get their hands on one, seem not to be entirely convinced of the test that was organized for the press by Rolls-Royce to showcase the Cullinan’s capacity off the beaten path. This owner, for instance, decided it’d be a good idea to take his SUV to a field and just do doughnuts to the sheer enjoyment of those who happen to film the whole thing.
What is the Cheapest Rolls-Royce?
While you might’ve heard the story about the $65,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that was, supposedly, the cheapest modern Rolls-Royce up for grabs in the US, no new car built by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood, West Sussex, United Kingdom, is cheap. After all, we’re talking about sizeable sedans, coupes, and SUVs built using the finest materials inside and out. However, even in Rolls-Royce’s lineup, there’s quite a gap between the cheapest and the most expensive model. The one that’s the least expensive is the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the two-door version of the Ghost, that comes with a $320,500 sticker price. The company’s only SUV is only slightly pricier with an MSRP of $325,000.
What is the Sportiest Rolls-Royce?
Back in the day, Rolls-Royce flat out refused to offer performance figures, arguing that a Rolls-Royce is built to transport its passengers immersed in an atmosphere of complete luxury and serenity and top speed or acceleration aren’t part of the equation. However, since 2003, Rolls-Royce has been reestablished as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW and, as such, the latest Rollers are sportier than ever. No longer will you find ’satisfactory’ written next to the official manufacturer-reported top speed. As such, we can tell you that the sportiest Rolls-Royce is the Wraith. In its most potent version, called ’Black Badge’, the Wraith’s 6.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 puts out 623 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 642 pound-feet of torque between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm. Despite weighing in at over 5,300 pounds, the Wraith goes from naught to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
What is the Most Popular Rolls-Royce?
In 2018, Rolls-Royce sold a record 4,107 vehicles worldwide and one-third of them call North America home, making the US the country where Rolls-Royce sells most cars. Thenew-for-2018 Phantom was among the most popular models last year, quoted as being the "growth driver" by the company’s CEO, although it wasn’t the model that sold the most. This year, however, the Cullinan will most certainly be the growth driver and the best-selling model as orders have been going through the roof for the boxy, full-size SUV with the order backlog having reached the third quarter of 2019 already by early January.
What is the Most Expensive Rolls-Royce?
The most expensive Rolls-Royce before you add the myriad of taxes and you step into the wonderful but costly world of personalization, is the $492,425 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (extended wheelbase) model. The EWB is a whole $74,600 more expensive than the standard Phantom which, in itself, is a whopping $71,525 more expensive than the third priciest car in Rolls-Royce’s range, the Dawn Convertible. To put it into perspective, a brand-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class filled to the brim with options costs exactly $74,600 while a luxury full-size SUV (with fewer options) such as Audi’s Q8 comes in at just $71,400.
What is the Fastest Rolls-Royce?
Following the German gentleman’s agreement, all of Rolls-Royce’s current models are electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph. That means there’s no ’fastest’ Rolls-Royce as all go as fast. Having said that, the Wraith is probably the fastest of the lot without the limiter as it features the most powerful engine and it’s smaller than the four-door sedans in the British automaker’s roaster. While there’s no official word on this, there’s no reason why the Wraith couldn’t approach or even surpass 170 mph without the limiter in place.
Are Rolls-Royce Cars Reliable?
As a part of BMW and the most expensive brand under the BMW umbrella, Rolls-Royce cars are generally very reliable despite their unique underpinnings and engines that are not shared, for the most part, with other BMW products. However, build quality is high and, thanks to the aluminum shells, your Roller is protected from rust. However, owning and maintaining a Rolls-Royce is expensive and this means that if you don’t afford to maintain it properly, problems will appear over time as these are cars that pack an impressive amount of technology in them, many electrical systems, many computers, all that can fail if the car is not taken care of properly. J.D. Power has not rated any Rolls-Royce models at the time of writing.