There’s Now a Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy Faberge Egg and Some Overly Wealthy Collector Has Probably Already Spoken For It
It’s fascinating to see the uber-luxurious automaker going off-beat, especially into collectibles and limited-edition things that basically have nothing to do with cars. After all, there are some things that only money can buy. We have seen automakers dive into the collectible market before, but this time Rolls Royce has teamed up with Fabergé to create a one-of-a-kind bejeweled egg.
Rolls-Royce Thinks its Customers Are Too Good for Semi-Autonomous Technology
According to Rolls-Royce, all of its customers have Chauffeurs, and when you cater to the one-percent, there’s no room for semi-autonomous technology. It’s not for Rolls-Royce customers. At least not until it’s truly effortless and then it’ll be ripe enough for the typical Rolls-Royce client. While the statement above makes Rolls sound about as stuck up as the people it builds cars for, its reasoning does have some merit. The fact is that for customers that do have Chauffeurs (I’m definitely not saying all do, but a good portion surely do) it wouldn’t make sense to pay your very own Alfred to sit around and do nothing, waiting for an instance where he’ll have to take over.
The Process Of Personalizing Your Rolls-Royce Is More Sophisticated Than It Looks
It must be really fulfilling to own a personalized Rolls-Royce that’s a few contrast stitches short of actually being created in your name. Most regular folk will never come close to experiencing that feeling, but for those with pockets that run as deep as the ocean floor, personalizing a Rolls-Royce model is as good of a chest-puffing exercise as anything all the gyms and sandboxes in the world have to offer.
If you are an average guy like me, the closest we’ll ever get to that experience this is through this video. Don’t feel too bad about it because it is, quite frankly, a very informative look at the process of personalization that’s brought to its customers by Rolls-Royce. Goodwood Road & Racing’s recent visit with Nick Osy de Zegwaart, Rolls’ “bespoke sales manager” of North America and Europe, showed as much. As you might expect, there’s tremendous attention to detail that comes with giving a Rolls-Royce the custom bespoke treatment. I’m tempted to say that all these elements of bespoke personalization are excessive enough in their own right, but since this is Rolls-Royce we’re talking about, there’s really no limit to what’s possible in the eyes of the company, other than your budget, of course.
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Rolls-Royce Takes Shots At Bentley Bentayga, Essentially Calls It A Rebadged Model
The rivalry between Rolls-Royce and Bentley is real and if anybody still doesn’t see it that way, Rolls CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes’ recent comments about the Bentley Bentayga has made it abundantly clear that there’s still no love lost between the two former stablemates. Speaking with Auto News Europe about the upcoming launch of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV, or “all-terrain, high-sided vehicle” as Rolls would like everyone to call it, Mueller-Oetvoes emphasized that the Cullinan will not use “mass-manufactured body shell,” unlike a certain model that he essentially described as a “camouflaged Audi Q7.”
You don’t need to be an expert in the acrimonious history between the two brands to know that Mueller-Oetvoes is referring to the Bentayga, which uses the same MLB Evo architecture that can be found underpinning the aforementioned Q7, as well as the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. Apparently, Mueller-Oetvoes believes that the approach of platform sharing limits what can be done on the design end of the SUV, which in turn “undermines exclusivity.” For its part, the Cullinan won’t have that problem because it will be riding on the luxury brand’s new “Architecture of Luxury,” a scalable, aluminum space frame platform that was designed specifically to accommodate Rolls-Royce models. The all-new Phantom is the first model to make use of the architecture though it also won’t be the last since the Cullinan, as well as next-gen models of the Ghost, Dawn, and Wraith, will all make use of it at some point.
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Rolls-Royce Reveals Next-Gen Phantom VIII
The Phantom has been around for almost a century now, first seeing the light of day back in 1925. Since it was first introduced, the Phantom has been the conveyance of choice for high-profile business people, politicians, influential musicians, and other folks who are simply better than you. The seventh-generation model saw a debut in 2003 as the first new Roller under BMW ownership, and now, there’s a follow-up called the Phantom VIII. Revealed at Bonhams Auction House in London, the British make rolled out the New Phantom in a livestream event this afternoon, while also plugging a new exhibition on the nameplate that includes a few particularly noteworthy examples, including the Queen’s Phantom VI, Fred Astaire’s Phantom I, and John Lennon’s Phantom V, among others. Standout features for the new VIII include an updated exterior style, a new turbocharged V-12 engine, a fresh architecture, and a cabin space that puts a suite at the Four Seasons to shame.
But of course it does, right? Rolls-Royce is proudly continuing the tradition of labeling the Phantom as “The Best Car in the World,” so above and beyond simple excess isn’t just possible – it’s a necessity. This is a machine that exudes power and presence, a rolling statement that declares supremacy over one’s environment. Read on for the details.
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Rolls-Royce To End Production Of The Current Phantom
The Rolls-Royce Phantom, the flagship model that has proudly carried the Spirit of Ecstasy for the better part of the new millennium, will be retired in 2016 as the British luxury brand prepares to shift to a new era of Rolls-Royce models. The announcement was made by Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, thus ending a 13-year run for the seventh-generation Phantom.
According to Mueller-Oetves, the company will set aside the remainder of the year to round out the production of the Phantom, while also paying tribute to the model that has become the foundation of Rolls-Royce’s renaissance. Production is expected to conclude in November 2016 when the last Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé at Goodwood will be completed. Likewise, a handful of special edition models, called the Phantom Zenith, will be produced to celebrate the model’s highly successful and oftentimes influential production run. Only 50 units of the Phantom Zenith will be built to underscore the model’s exclusivity.
As for its successor, Rolls-Royce has yet to divulge a lot of specific details about the model. What we do know is that it will use the company’s all-new aluminum architecture, much like every RR model that will be arrive in-market beginning in 2018. This new architecture is expected to much lighter than the version used by the current Phantom. Without knowing any of the tech details, the mere fact that this new frame will be lighter is a good indication that the new model will have better performance times than its predecessor. Unfortunately, recent spy shots of the car doing winter testing in heavy camouflage have given little indication on what we can expect, although judging by how it looked, camo and all, Rolls-Royce still has a lot of work to do.
The new Phantom, if it’s going to be called that, isn’t expected to arrive until 2018. For now, we’re probably more suited leaving the new model alone so we can spend time recognizing what the current version did for the Rolls-Royce brand. It’s safe to say that without the seventh-gen Phantom, Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be where it is now. That’s going to be model’s lasting legacy, and a fitting one now that it’s ready to ride off into the sunset.
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Not everyone knows this, but Rolls-Royce built an all-electric race car, putting it to the test on the slippery and treacherous tarmac of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Dubbed the “March 2 Glory,” the EV was designed and created (with a little help from Rolls-Royce) by a team of aspiring nine- through 11-year-old engineers and designers from The March Church of England Primary School, which is located only a few hundred feet from the Rolls-Royce headquarters on the western edge of the Goodwood Estate.
Competing in the Green Power IET Formula Goblin racing series, the M2G managed to build on success attained last year, wherein the previous March Team also partnered with Rolls to gain experience in the fundamentals of manufacturing, engineering and teamwork.
This year’s car is even better than the last, exhibiting every detail of a true Rolls performance vehicle, from the exterior styling to the premium interior. The young engineers and designers who helped create it drew inspiration from England’s racing past and Rolls-Royce’s line of bespoke street vehicles. The result, as you can plainly see, looks ready to tackle even the trickiest stretch of pavement.
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It is now official – hell has frozen over and squadrons of flying pigs are overhead. Oh, and Rolls-Royce has officially announced that it is preparing to start development on the brand’s first ever SUV. Sure, the press release goes to great pains not to call it an SUV, but a "high-bodied car" or "a vehicle that can cross any terrain." Either way, the rumor mill can finally relax, especially since Rolls-Royce has also announced that "customers, enthusiasts and the media" will not be kept in the dark about the new model’s development progress.
Work on the RR SUV had actually started back in 2014, when a design team led by Rolls-Royce Director of Design Giles Taylor began defining the model’s overall design language and proportions. Nothing is confirmed as of yet, but heavy use of aluminum should keep the future SUV’s weight down, with its general architecture being shared with the upcoming 2016 BMW 7 Series and the 2018 BMW X7.
Despite Bentley already confirming that the Bentayga is set to land at the end of 2015 and Mercedes-Benz pushing for a Maybach version of it future GLS full-size SUV, it looks like the Rolls will be the most luxurious crossover/SUV out there. The Chinese and Middle-Eastern markets are likely already dying for a big SUV wearing the iconic "Spirit of Ecstasy," but the car should be at least three years away from launch.
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That is right, folks. The all-new Rolls Royce Wraith is coming to Forza Motorsport 5, and we have exclusive details and images. During today’s Gamescom press conference in Germany, Microsoft and Turn 10 announced that Rolls Royce is bringing the new Wraith to an Xbox One console near you.
Being the most powerful and dynamic Rolls Royce ever created, it does seem like the perfect candidate for inclusion in the latest and greatest racing simulation.
Not only is Forza the first to get the Wraith, but this is actually the first time Rolls Royce has licensed any car for use in a racing game. This is history in the making, and you get the chance to participate. The new car pack features the Wraith and five new cars for the game. Best of all, the pack is 100-percent free and if you own an Xbox One, you can download it, RIGHT NOW.
Yeah, I’ll repeat that for you. Free and available now.
Turn 10 decided that since TopSpeed’s readers are so amazing, they would give us a pair of exclusive images and chance for a sweet interview with themselves and with Rolls Royce. You can see our other exclusive image of the new Wraith and read both of the interviews after the break.
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Talking about a car that’s long in the tooth, the Rolls-Royce Phantom will probably stand up and try to get itself recognized. Despite its stature as one of the preeminent luxury cars in the market, the current-generation Phantom is pretty old.
So it comes as no surprise that the British automaker is laying out plans to prepare the next-generation model for launch in the next few years.
According to Automotive News, the next-generation Phantom is already in the pipeline and is likewise on track to make its debut sometime in 2016. Do the math and that’s a little over two years from now.
Initial details surrounding the next-gen Phantom calls for the luxury sedan to be based on the new BMW 7 Series. Hardly shocking, considering that Rolls-Royce falls under the BMW umbrella. Should that be the case, you can expect the new Phantom to take advantage of the lightweight build — at least relative to its predecessor — of the 7 Series, something that’s attributed to BMW’s generous use of aluminum and carbon fiber.
No details on the powertrain have been given but we’re not closing the door on a completely new powertrain that’s vastly more efficient than the gas-guzzling 6.75-liter V-12 engine that currently resides under the hood of the current Phantom.
A hybrid V-8, perhaps?
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Tell us if you’ve seen this song and dance before.
The Rolls-Royce SUV, which has been killed and brought back to life more times than the villain in a slasher movie, appears to be back on the optimistic side of Rolls Royce management.
According to Automobile Mag, the British luxury maker is back to considering the possibility of building the Rolls Royce SUV, provided that the BMW X7, which has had its own uncertain future, hits the market.
Remember, BMW initially had plans for a super luxury SUV a few years ago but ultimately canned those plans. But now, Automobile Mag points out that the market has changed with the introduction of high-end SUVs, including one from Maserati.
So, speculation of BMW revisiting the X7 might not be as farfetched as they once were. And if Bimmer does push forward with it and builds the SUV, Rolls Royce may finally follow suit and built its own, especially if it has a platform - the X7’s - that it can use.
Also, don’t sleep on how the Maserati Levante does as far as sales are concerned. In the event that it ends up becoming a hit, will Rolls Royce just sit back and let its competitors have the spoils? We think not…
About the only thing we know at this point is that the Rolls Royce SUV is neither alive nor dead. It’s stuck in limbo and for those waiting for it, that’s probably the best place for it to be on at this time.
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For many years, Cosworth has been providing Formula One teams with high-performance engines and rumors have been floating around that it may pull out when the new F1 engine standards take hold in 2014. When Williams chose to drop Cosworth as its engine supplier in 2011 and switch to Renault, it looked like the nail had been firmly driven into Cosworth’s F1-racing coffin. Cosworth continued on with only two teams using its engines – Marussia and HRT – and its current owners have reportedly seen enough.
A report out of the UK-based newspaper, The Times, is stating that the famed engine builder’s owners have chosen to sell the company. According to the same report, Rolls-Royce is being tossed around as a potential suitor for the high-performance engine builder. The reason Rolls-Royce comes up is because Rolls is also one of Cosworth’s key customers in the aerospace side of its business. That would immediately give Rolls-Royce a leg up in the aerospace industry and net it a leg up in auto racing as a byproduct.
There are several other names floating around, like British aerospace company, GKN, but Rolls is certainly the front runner at this point. The fact that it can also benefit from the automotive engine technology could really push Rolls to up the ante and give Cosworth’s owners a fair bid. Whoever chooses to buy the automotive and aerospace company needs to work fast, as it will need to have an engine build and tested in time for the 2014 F1 season, if it hopes to compete.
We’ll keep an eye on how things shape up and let you know if any other bidders arise. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a Saab-like situation.
Rolls-Royce is breaking new company ground with the launch of its latest app, which has been designed to help you find used Rolls-Royce models without so much of a hassle.
The app is called the Provenance Pre-owned Stock Locator and follows the Provenance app that Rolls-Royce launched last year for its certified pre-owned vehicle program. Among the features of the PPSL app include easy-to-navigate search filters, as well as a feature that allows users to be able to make direct auto comparisons.
The app works in such a way that users can search for certain Rolls-Royce models in a specific country. From there, they can specify the exact model depending on a number of variables, including the car’s model, age, mileage, budget, or color.
For all the neat features of the app, it does have one caveat. The app will only cater to the highest grade models, which will be determined by a team of factory-trained technicians, who, in turn, will subject the car to a comprehensive road test before grading them.
The PPSL app can be accessed on the company’s official homepage and is available for the iPad, PCs, Macs, and most smartphones.
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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