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The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a high-riding SUV based excessively on the Phantom is set to make its debut in just a few moments time. If you haven’t kept up with the news, we’ve already seen it in all its glory thanks to some leaked images, but the live debut is set to be something special. We’ve embedded the live stream below for you to watch, so take a look and let us know what you think after the show!
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 Inspired By Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
No matter how big Rolls-Royce’s model expansion gets, the Phantom has always and will continue to remain its flagship model. It’s a status that the luxury sedan has had for almost 100 years, or at least since the first Phantom broke into the auto scene back in 1925. There’s no escaping the fact that the Phantom model is largely credited for Rolls-Royce remaining at the top its game almost a hundred years, so much so that when a new collection of one-off models like the Wisdom Limited Collection arrives, the Phantom enjoys top billing. Such is the case with the Rolls-Royce Phantom Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The British luxury brand refers to it as the “crown” of Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi’s Wisdom Collection, and once you see what the one-off model comes with, there’ll be no denying its place among the seven one-offs that make up the whole collection.
The Phantom Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is heavily inspired by the famous mosque, which is considered to be the biggest and important place of worship in Abu Dhabi. The details that Rolls-Royce Bespoke gave to underscore the mosque’s importance is evident in the luxury sedan. From the two-tone body finish of the Phantom to the elaborate work on the interior, the features that Rolls-Royce Bespoke added into the one-off Phantom speak highly of the importance of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the scheme of Abu Dhabi’s rich cultural and religious history.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Regatta by Eddie Sotto
The past few days have given us a treasure trove of special edition Rolls-Royce models, ranging from the Ghost by Vitesse AuDessus and Bengala Automotive Design to the pair of Porto Cervo exclusives for the Dawn and Wraith models by Rolls’ very own Bespoke customer personalization program. Now we give you yet another exclusive, special edition Rolls-Royce courtesy of American experiential designer Eddie Sotto, who once was the Senior Vice President of Concept Design for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Given his experience and pedigree in design and craftsmanship, Sotto sought to find inspiration to create a special edition Wraith that literally lived by its “special edition” label. He found what he needed in the designs of classic wooden motor yachts so he set about giving the Wraith the full yacht treatment. The coupe’s exterior and interior were treated to an imaginative combination of actual mahogany and a variety of wood-paint combos to create a highly personalized bespoke custom job that speaks to the elegance and luxury characteristics that Rolls-Royce is famous for.
The custom work doesn’t come without its gulp-inducing moments. The whole thing costs more than $1 million, donor car included. Do the math and that adds up to around $350,000 for the actual Wraith and over $650,000 for the full-scale Regatta custom treatment. It’s definitely a king’s ransom, but one that comes with the exclusivity of being one of only a few Rolls-Royce Wraiths to have actual mahogany on the roof.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost with Carbon Fiber by Vitesse AuDessus And Bengala
Vitesse AuDessus, a Maryland-based producer of premium aftermarket body components, has teamed up with Europe’s Bengala Automotive Design to create customized aesthetic packages for the existing Roller lineup, including the Phantom (sedan, convertible, and coupe body styles), Wraith, Dawn, and our personal favorite, the full-size Ghost luxury sedan. But we’ve seen countless customization programs for Rolls-Royce vehicles over the years, so what makes this one so special? To put it bluntly – oodles and oodles of carbon fiber.
Of course, these are Rolls-Royces we’re talking about, and as you might expect, not just any carbon fiber will do. Rather, these composite-laden Rollers get a material described as “a compressed carbon matrix,” which, according to the attached press release, is a material that’s a lot like the forged carbon fiber that Callaway Cars and Lamborghini use to create more speed. However, this time around, it’s getting used for looks, not velocity.
“As a designer I was inspired by the mosaic-like motifs and felt that the aesthetic could be elevated,” said Shoghi Saeidnia, Bengala’s owner and design chief, in regard to the carbon material. “I visualized a material with the look of honed granite that would communicate the antithesis of the current perception: opulent luxury as opposed to ascetic utilitarianism.”
So then – did Mr. Saeidnia succeed in his mission? Read on to find out.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith with Carbon Fiber by Bengala and Vitesse AuDessus
Rolls-Royce vehicles are already about as unique as you can get, and yet there are countless programs from various companies to make them stand out from the crowd even more. The most recent program is being offered through a partnership between Euro design house Bengala Automotive and U.S.-based Vitesse AuDessus. The program involves an excessively healthy dose of carbon fiber to go with a new set of optional carbon fiber wheels, all of which is available on all current Rolls-Royce models, including the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe, and the Ghost.
The Design Chief and owner of Bengala Automotive – Shoghi Saeidnia – spoke about the new package in a recent press release, saying, “Forged carbon fiber is an extraordinary development for the automotive industry. To the casual observer, the material serves a purely utilitarian purpose. As a designer, I was inspired by the mosaic-like motifs and felt that the aesthetic could be elevated. I visualized a material with the look of honed granite that would communicate the antithesis of the current perception: opulent luxury as opposed to ascetic utilitarianism. The product that Vitesse AuDessus was able to develop exceeded my highest expectations; and, when thinking of the appropriate application for the material’s debut as a luxury finish, no pairing was better suited than the handmade rolling masterpieces by Rolls-Royce.”
So, with that said, I’m here to talk a little bit about the Carbon Fiber package available for the Rolls-Royce Wraith and what it brings to the table. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a good look at this truly unique and elegant package.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Porto Cervo Dawn
As you’re probably well aware, Rolls-Royce has made a habit of unveiling extravagantly customized variants of it’s already extravagant model lineup under the Bespoke customer personalization program. The latest high-profile creation is a pair of unique motor cars inspired by “the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous enclaves; Porto Cervo.” Part of the pair is this emerald green Dawn, a drophead coupe outfitted with a nautical-themed interior, mother of pearl, precious jewels, and white gold.
But this thing didn’t just appear out of thin air. As any artistic person will tell you, proper inspiration is needed to create anything of worth, and to that end, Rolls launched its Summer Studio in Porto Cervo, Italy, last month. The studio hopes to combine “the worlds of fashion, art and design” into a single luxurious social hub for well-to-do clientele, creating the right setting for dreaming up new applications of the Bespoke program.
Renowned British tattoo artist, Mo Coppoletta, was in attendance, and was inspired to create a pair of leather headrests that will be shown along with the two Rollers.
However, the stars of the show are the two cars. Complementing the Dawn is a custom Wraith, completing the pair’s theme, from “Dusk until Dawn.”
So then – what do you get when you combine a $335,000 convertible with unlimited artistic freedom and a hotspot of the fabulously wealthy? Read on for the details.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Porto Cervo Wraith
Launched in 2013, the Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s first two-door coupe that’s less than 18 feet long since the Camargue, which was discontinued in 1986. Designed by Pavle Trpinac on the BMW BMW F01 platform that underpinned the previous-generation 7 Series, the Wraith was named after a model that the company produced in 1938 and 1939 as a rolling chassis. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter V-12 rated at 623 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the Wraith was the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history at launch. A convertible version named Dawn was introduced in 2015.
Having spawned numerous special-edition models, the Wraith has received yet another makeover from Bespoke, this time in the form or a unique, one-of-one example. Part of a pair of new Bespoke cars themed "Dusk until Dawn," the unique Wraith was unveiled at Rolls-Royce’s ultra-exclusive Summer Studio event in Porto Cervo, Italy.
Created to “reflect the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous enclaves," the Emerald Embellished Wraith will be on display alongside a Porto Cervo edition of the Dawn, also a unique model.
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