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.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Here, and It’s Going to Slaughter the Bentley Bentayga
Rolls-Royce has, technically, shown up late to the party with the Cullinan. After all, the Bentley Bentayga, it’s one true competitor, has been out for a while. But time has been kind to Rolls-Royce, and the brand used that time wisely. To put it simply, the Cullinan is going to murder the Bentayga in every way, shape, and form. First, it does look like a Phantom up front, and the interior, at least in part, shares a lot of common DNA too. But, it’s the little things that really set it apart.
Watch the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Debut Live Right Here!!!
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!
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII
If there was ever an automaker that had a flagship model lead the way to success, that would be Rolls-Royce, riding on the magic carpet ride that has been the Phantom. With roots that predate World War II and an illustrious history that was only put on hold for a short period of time between 1939 and 1950 due to the second World War, the Phantom is one of the longest-running models in automotive history. It has always been the epitome of luxury, even when the very first model that took the streets by storm back in 1925. Over the years, the Phantom has seen a total of seven generational shifts with the most recent happening for the 2018 model year. The new Phantom VIII debuts with a fairly fresh look, an all-new aluminum architecture, and an all-new 6.75-liter, turbocharged, V-12. The 2018 Phantom also takes a huge step into the modern era with a new digital instrument cluster, updated infotainment system, and night vision, among other things.
And, if that’s not good enough for you, this baby even has “The Gallery,” which is a new take on the dashboard that allows customers to specify what works of art they want displayed inside the vehicle on the upper dash. If that doesn’t redefine luxury, nothing ever will. That new V-12 delivers a cool 563 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, so there’s plenty of power to go with that luxury as well. With that in mind, it’s time for us to take a much deeper look into the new Phantom VIII, so let’s get to it, starting first with something that can’t be ignored – it’s unique and illustrious history.
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.
Continue reading to learn more about the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII.
Rolls Royce brought a very special car to the 2013 Geneva motor show, and it happens to be the fastest Rolls Royce ever produced. The Rolls Royce Wraith was thus launched, keeping a unique set of individuals in mind: young billionaires who prefer a bit of sportiness along with unadulterated luxury. The Rolls-Royce Wraith delivers on both fronts.
Back then, the company did not disclose any plans of a convertible — Drophead, as R-R calls it — version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Now, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös has confirmed via Autocar that the Wraith Drophead Coupe will see the light of day in a couple of years time. Like the Phantom, the Wraith will get a folding soft top and the company would start taking orders in 2015.
Speaking of the Wraith, Müller-Ötvös felt happy the way things have progressed since the launch of the product in mid-2013. The company has received positive feedback about the Wraith, and it has been able to attract first-time buyers to the exclusive luxury brand.
According to Müller-Ötvös, the sporty character of the Wraith has also attracted previous Ferrari owners, and these are people who know their performance cars. The Wraith delivers on its promise of high performance along with bespoke luxury, and that is the primary reason why the Wraith gets a thumbs up — even from Ferrari owners.
Read more about the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith after the jump
The super-luxury coupe market is heating up rapidly this year with the production debut of the Rolls-Royce Wraith fastback and the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept.
Both are aiming for the meat of the market occupied by the Bentley Continental GT: a car so successful and profitable that it almost single-handedly relaunched the $100,000 to $150,000 market for two-door, four-seat dream coupes.
While the Conti GT V-8 S is now far more nimble but just as rapid as before, the styling of the Bentley is looking quite tired and unappealing for the sharpest and most fashion-forward shoppers.
In the ultra-chic world of luxury cars, yachts and homes on three continents - old styling and previous ownership of the Bentley means these buyers are ready to move forward.
New styles are poised to capture these Bentley refugees with the Wraith and S-Class Coupe, which is quite near production specification despite being officially tagged a concept.
These two swish shapes are both absolutely fresh designs that introduce advanced styling concepts for both the RR and Merc brands. If well received, the cues seen here will have a strong influence on the next-generation vehicle designs from these storied luxury marques.
As sedan-based two-door coupes, they both essentially start at the same place as the Bentley did when remodeling the VW Phaeton.
But which car is more beautiful, technically interesting, and the winner of this TopSpeed Design Showdown between the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept?Updated 10/24/2013: This article now features the latest photography from Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz
Click past the jump for a side-by-side battle of these two exotics from all angles.
Rolls Royce is all set to expand their model range by announcing a "stunning" new model in a couple of weeks followed by an auto-show debut on April 21st in Shangai, one of most important markets for RR.
Sadly, RR couldn’t divulge any more details on what sort of car it will be and what’s underneath the hood, but we have our bets placed on the successor to the Rolls Royce Corniche. And we’re most likely going to win that bet, given the fact that over past several months, Rolls Royce was working hard on testing out a prototype of a two-door Ghost coupe (as these spy-shots reveal). We wouldn’t be surprised by RR bringing the Corniche name back as they have been promising customers that it was in the works for a while.
The Rolls Royce Corniche is reported to be powered by a turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine ready to deliver a total of 600 horsepower, which is quite powerful for a luxury cruiser. The design will also draw some inspiration from the Rolls Royce Ghost, befitting the smaller-than-Phantom description.
A full review with details shall be posted once Rolls Royce announces the "stunning" model.
The upcoming Rolls Royce Ghost has been spotted while undergoing what looks like the final rounds of testing before the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this time wearing none of that annoying clunky camouflage. Sales in Europe will begin in later this year and will be followed by U.S. debut sometime in the the second quarter of 2010.
The new Rolls Royce Ghost is powered by a brand new 6.6 Liter turbocharged V12 that produces 563 HP and combined with a ZF 8 speed automatic transmission, the future four door will be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.7 seconds, that is sports car territory, and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.
As Top Speed previously reported, the upcoming Rolls Royce Ghost will feature anintelligent air ride suspension system at all four corners that will be connected to the fully independent front and rear axles which will allow for not only ride height modifications, but comfort settings as well.</p.