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2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes

2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes

A colorful look at Abu Dhabi’s colorful trading history

By now, you’ve probably seen your fair share of one-off, exclusive Rolls-Royce models the automaker’s Bespoke personalization division created for Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi as part of the dealership’s Wisdom Limited Collection. Well, we’re down to the last one-off exclusive and it’s a good one. It’s called the "Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes" and by far it’s the most colorful of all the one-off Rolls-Royce models that make up the collection.

Like most of its contemporaries in the Wisdom Limited Collection, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes is largely defined by the use of exclusive colors in its body and interior. In this case, Rolls-Royce Bespoke went for a colorful approach to signify the region’s rich trading history with other countries, most notably India and China, and the routes that these traders took to get their products in and out of their respective regions. It’s a fitting tribute to a significant part of Abu Dhabi’s history that helped shape the country into the booming urban jungle that it has become.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn

2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn

Abu Dhabi’s oldest stone building gets its turn in Rolls-Royce’s Wisdom Limited Collection

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

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Sheikh Zayed Bridge

The hidden feature of this one-off Wraith is a Rolls-Royce Bespoke specialty

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

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Falconry

The UAE’s majestic bird gets the Rolls-Royce Bespoke treatment

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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2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition

One-off creation tells the story of the region’s history with pearls

The Rolls-Royce remains the British automaker’s newest model. That’s going to be the case until the Cullinan SUV arrives in the next year or two. For now, the Dawn remains the new kid on the Rolls-Royce block, and that status affords the company plenty of opportunities to get creative with presenting the luxury droptop. We’ve seen the Dawn get turned into the Bespoke Porto Corvo. We’ve seen it get a Fashion Edition treatment. Now, it’s being used as part of Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi’s new Wisdom Collection. This, fine folks, is the Rolls-Royce Dawn inspired by Pearling Tradition.

You’ve probably pieced together by now that this exclusive Rolls-Royce Dawn makes up a collection of Rolls-Royce models that have been designed to celebrate its presence in the Middle Eastern region. It certainly goes without saying that the company considers the Emirates as one of its biggest markets, stagnating sales notwithstanding. The Wisdom Collection that includes the special edition Dawn is made up of a total of seven different one-off models, one each for every model that Rolls makes and, somewhat curiously, two for the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Each of the seven one-off models also pays tribute to a unique heritage of Abu Dhabi, with the one-off Dawn specifically shining a spotlight on the Arabian Pearl, one of the most sought-after types of pearls in the world.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired By Desert Rose

2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired By Desert Rose

This is one Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe that we wouldn’t mind owning

Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke personalization program has given us a lot of interesting creations over the years. The expansion of the British automaker’s lineup has provided RRB with even more opportunities to make some creative special edition models, but for a time, Rolls-Royce Bespoke was limited to just the Phantom, the Ghost, and all the other iterations of both models. One such iteration, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, has gone through the hands of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, which created beauties like the Olympic Editions, Art Deco Special Edition, and most recently, the “inspired by Desert Rose” Edition.

Officially, this model is called the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired by Desert Rose. It makes up one of seven models that Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi commissioned Rolls-Royce Bespoke to make to celebrate the automaker’s presence in the Middle Eastern country. The whole lot of one-off, Rolls-Royce models is referred to as the Wisdom Collection. In addition to the Desert Rose, Rolls-Royce also created the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Edition, the Qasr Al-Hosn Edition, and the Ancient Trade Routes Edition. The Desert Rose Edition takes the cake though for being the cleanest looking of all seven models. The treatment it received works incredibly well on a car like the Phantom Drophead Coupe, blending supreme Rolls-Royce class and luxury with the mesmerizing tranquility of the unique flower.

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2015 Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe

2015 Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a spiritual successor to the Corniche V. Based on the 100EX concept car and built on a platform similar to the Phantom’s, the Drophead Coupe became the company’s most expensive model, combining state-of-the-art technology, an unprecedented level of luxury and an enormous amount of customization options. The 44,000 exterior color combinations Rolls-Royce offers for this model are just some of the many options customers can have their Drophead Coupe delivered with. Updated for the 2013 model year, the drop-top comes with a 453-horsepower, 6.75-liter V-12 engine under its hood, with a ZF, eight-speed autobox doing the shifting. The vehicle remains unchanged as we venture into 2015, but, in the familiar Rolls-Royce fashion, more and more Bespoke-built versions of the Drophead Coupe are being showcased around the world.

The latest Bespoke piece to come out of Goodwood, UK is the Maharaja Drophead Coupe, a convertible inspired by the Golden Age of the Raja and India’s affinity for the luxury marque. Although built for a customer in Dubai, this Drophead Coupe pays homage to the relationship the company had with India’s princes and Maharajas, who purchased over 840 unique Rolls-Royce vehicles over a period of five decades.

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Video: Rolls-Royce Previews the 1,001 Nights Collection

Video: Rolls-Royce Previews the 1,001 Nights Collection

It’s easy to see why brands like Rolls-Royce have a deep interest in the Middle Eastern market. It’s one of the biggest sales markets for the company and as a sign of its commitment to building an even bigger presence in the market, the British company is preparing to launch its new 1,001 Nights Collection.

In case the name escapes you, the 1,001 Nights Collection is exclusive to the Middle East, further casting little doubt just how match Rolls wants to be loved in that region.

In this video, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division is giving everyone a peek at the exclusive collection, which we will see manifest themselves in the Rolls-Royce Ghost in the future. Incidentally, Rolls-Royce already unveiled the Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition late last year.

But it’s only now that we’re seeing just how intricate and meticulous the level of detailing was in putting together what could very well be one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce models we’ve seen in a while. From the unique motifs to the veneer and wood inlays with arabesque symbols, the Rolls-Royce 1,001 Nights collection is going to be all sorts of exclusive for arguably one of the most exclusive-starved markets in the world.

At this point, we don’t expect anything less from the region and the brand that wants a bigger piece of that said region.

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2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Bespoke Chicane Coupe

2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Bespoke Chicane Coupe

A few weeks after Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom Ghawwass Edition for its Middle Eastern clientele, the British luxury marque is back at it again with a new creation straight out of its Bespoke Collection.

This particular model, which was commissioned by the company’s dealership in Dubai, is called the Phantom Bespoke Chicane Coupe.

To no one’s surprise, Rolls-Royce put the full court press on giving this Phantom its own list of luxury upgrades, as if the standard features aren’t already enough.

It’s got a two-tone matte black and gunmetal finish on the body that visibly shines under the sun. And yes, the interior looks pretty spicy with all that red leather, a Roll-Royce trademark that never seems to go out of style.

So what if the Phantom Bespoke Chicane Coupe doesn’t have any performance upgrades. The work done on making this Phantom as unique as can be is already mighty fine for our taste buds.

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2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Ghawwass Edition

2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Ghawwass Edition

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is one super-luxury car that likes to run with the hypercar exotics. At the Casino Royale, luxury cars and supercars of this stature are found as frequently as regular Hondas and Toyotas in an office building parking lot.

So if you spot a unique luxury exotic, don’t be surprised because in a place considered the playground for the rich, such things are pretty popular ways to spend $500,000 or more in one sitting.

The English luxury icon, Rolls-Royce, is one of the best at building 100-percent unique special edition models for its lineup. Remember the Ghost One Thousand And One Nights Edition? How about the Phantom Ruby Edition?

The latest bespoke creation is called the Phantom Coupe Ghawwass Edition, which looks expensive enough to own the top 10 floors of a new highrise building.

No power modifications needed. The Phantom Ghawwass is the ultimate showpiece.

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2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Ruby Edition

2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Ruby Edition

Here’s one thing we’ve come to know about luxury cars in the Middle East: there’s no such thing as too over-the-top.

Maybe that’s why luxury car brands have been extra flexible to acquiesce to the clientele in that region, including Rolls-Royce, which just unveiled a pretty unique Phantom that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world.

The official name of the car is the Phantom Ruby Edition and as the name evidently implies, the theme centers around rubies, considered as one of the rarest gems in the world.

On the outside, the Phantom Ruby Edition was dressed in a Merlot Red Mica exterior paint finish and complemented by an interior that carries a Seashell and Mugello Red interior theme. The distinctive cabin also boasts of a number of high-luxury components, not the least of which was the use of Marine White hand-selected wood and Seashell star lights that contrast perfectly against the Mugello Red seat piping, the Consort Red carpets and the Lambswool mats.

Ruby Marquetry inlays prominently decorate the fascia, as well as the front and rear headrests. Even the personalized clock has its own a cut ruby stone inlay with the personally embroidered glove box, bearing the description "Ruby motif - one of one."

Needless to say, this one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom screams to the kind of market that Abu Dhabi is and, quite frankly, we’re not surprised the least bit that the Phantom Ruby Edition is one for that region.

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2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif Edition

2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif Edition

Rolls Royce announced a new Ghost Firnas Motif Edition limited to only five units and offered exclusively through Abu Dhabi Motors dealer. It was built as a tribute to legendary Arab inventor Abbas Ibn Firnas - a man who attempted a glider flight using man-made wings and feathers.

The new Ghost Firnas Motif Edition "introduces subtle yet exotic features that encapsulate the true essence of Arab Andalusian culture." Its distinctive features include elements like a hand-painted twin-coachline, finished with the Firnas Logo, a personalized flight emblem placed on the control display, and in the embroidery on the front and rear headrests. There is also a personalized tread plate with a wing design and featuring a personalized message: "Firnas motif – one of five".

Under the hood, the model keeps the usual turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine that develops a total of 563 horsepower and a peak torque of 575 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

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2013 Rolls Royce Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition

2013 Rolls Royce Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition

There are likely just a few people in the world who have not read at least one chapter from the incredible “One Thousand and One Nights.” And it looks like Scheherazade stories not only inspired our childhood, but also a bespoke collection offered by Rolls Royce Middle East.

The new Rolls Royce Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition is offered in a variety of two-tone paint schemes, which are specially mixed by Rolls Royce’s bespoke team in Goodwood, England. Each unit will feature a "One Thousand and One Nights" logo elegantly framing the door handles.

Geoff Briscoe, Director Middle East, Africa and Latin America for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: "A Rolls-Royce is the perfect canvas from which to commission highly individual motoring masterpieces. The One Thousand and One Nights collection is a testament to the ability of our bespoke designers to take inspiration from a rich array of cultures."

The One Thousand and One Nights Ghost will debut at the Sharjah International Automobile Show on November 28th.

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2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost "One-Off Qatar" Edition

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost "One-Off Qatar" Edition

The phrase "one-off" has been popularly used in the auto industry these days with plenty of automakers building one-off models for their popular line of vehicles.

The latest to do so is British luxury car maker Rolls Royce. Sure, they’re not known for one-off customizations like this one, but for a special client in Qatar, they went the extra mile, building a unique Rolls Royce Ghost with a two-tone English White and Ensign Red finish. The Ensign Red color, in particular, appears to be something Rolls Royce cooked up in their shops, accounting for a great chunk of the luxury car’s characterized phrase of one-off exclusivity.

Inside, there are also plenty of upgrades, highlighted by an interior trim that’s unmistakably Rolls-Royce: Seashell with Consort Red leather and an Elm Cluster veneer. Adding touches of panache to the leather and veneer, Rolls also added Consort Red accents that extend all the way to the dashboard, the steering wheel, and even the lower section of the floor.

For a one-off model, Rolls Royce did this Ghost some justice. Some people may be flippish on it, but from our end, it looks pretty good.

Heck, it’s even better when you account for its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with 563 horsepower, a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph.

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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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