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The Wildest Dreams from Beijing’s Auto Show 2018

One of the largest car market in the world and still growing fast, China has started welcoming more foreign markets. President Xi Jinping has announced plans to cut stiff import tariffs and to phase out inconvenient regulations for foreign automakers.

At the ongoing Beijing Auto Show 2018, many automakers eyeing a slice of pie in the booming chinese market have put forth their best. The showcase features some extreme to almost excessive ideas for luxury and customization, hot selling points in a country where the back seat is priority.

Beyond luxury, there is also a greater sense of eco-awareness with great focus on electric propulsion. As some of the world’s strictest emissions standard, there has been ongoing talks in China to even ban gas- and diesel-powered cars altogether.

For a clearer glimpse into the glitz and glamour of the Beijing auto show, we’ve rounded up a list of the most flamboyant and swanky cars on display.


Rolls Royce’s the Spirit of Ecstasy sparkles, literally.

Rolling on with Diamonds

Styling gets a dark upgrade for Rolls-Royce’s Wraith and Dawn cars. Now armed with carbon fiber made in a meticulous 68h process, the Spirit of Ecstasy’s sparkling interior is set with 88 lab-grown diamonds—synthesized by heating and squeezing carbon—with the fiber optics woven into the headliner to show “the molecular structure of carbon as it becomes a diamond.”

Maserati offers some cool customisation

Custom Premium

Famed Italian brand Maserati launches the GranLusso and GrandSport versions of its Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante vehicles. But the focus is more on its dazzling array of wheels, brake calipers, seats, and steering wheels are available for customization, and even Ermenegildo Zegna silk interiors. Aiming for the custom trim identity, the company states that “China has a growing number of ‘connoisseurs’ seeking to express their personalities and tastes through exclusive cars”.

Wey-X gets us ready to gaze into the future of electric cars

Reborn with Tech

Haval‘s Wey-X concept car previews a full-electric crossover, amped up with a holographic assistant to help with that. The small, battery-powered SUV has some realistic specs, like a 300-mile range, but with such a futuristic concept, it is less likely to hit the market anytime soon.

Chinese brand FAW’s gorgeous Honqi that stole the show

Going Green

A newcomer to the show, FAW is a giant automaker in China that doesn’t sell overseas—yet. The Hongqi E-Jing GT, is an all-electric sports coupe, styled with hints of Bentley and Lincoln in its tiny headlights and huge wheels. The unique bling hue is coined as Kansas Green (not the US state but a lake in northern China). Specific details aren’t out, but the company says this concept reveals the design direction for the 15 new models to be released by 2025.

Qiantu’s striking models makes them one of the most promising on the show

Suave Call

Qiantu is another one of the Chinese marques that looks absolutely promising. The K50 is a production-ready, delightful little two-seat EV featuring plush rear passenger seat at the expense of the front seat.  The Concept 1 model pictured above is a sporty sedan with huge wheels with a striking, vaguely organic, triangular cover ran by the same electric engine as K50. Performance stats are still unknown, reminding slightly of the Roadster (whenever that even rides onto the road).

Mercedes offers the ultimate luxury in a ride

Plush Ride

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury has probably the one of the most polarised crowd of onlookers. The latest concept by the traditional luxury car brand – a car-SUV mashup – the car has the height of an SUV but the three-box design of an old-fashioned sedan. But the true highlight of the model at the show was in the interior, with individual captain’s chairs as backseats and a built-in tea kettle, which the company markets for “exquisite tea-drinking”.

You wouldn’t wear your Jimmy Choos on a hike but you can take your Rolls Royce through a desert

As a part of its pre-launch publicity drive, the super-luxury Cullinan takes on a multitude of punishing terrains and altitudes—all in the public eye with Cory Richards of National Geographic. In the latest installment of the Cullinan video teaser series, Rolls-Royce’s latest Cullinan teaser proves that it is a dune bashing beast.

Code named Cullinan since Rolls’ announcement, the British luxury carmaker’s first-ever SUV, is almost ready for launch.

Its name is inspired by the Cullinan Diamond, the largest flawless diamond ever found. The 3,106-carat gem was dug up in South Africa’s Magaliesberg Mountains and named after the owner of the mine, Thomas Cullinan. Rolls likens the solidity and precious nature of the giant diamond to its new SUV, coined as a “high-bodied vehicle”.

The ‘All-Terrain High-Sided Bodied Vehicle’ can be seen ripping across the dunes outside of Dubai. The teaser clip begins with a prototype hidden under camouflage wrap leaving the Dubai cityscape behind, and heading deep into the desert. Giving us a glimpse of its capability off the road, the luxury car is filmed with plenty of drifting and fancy jumping over sandy dunes.

As the launch date approaches closer, the Goodwood-based marque has started accepting expressions of interest along with deposits to reserve a model of what that might be the most expensive SUV on the market.

It is speculated that the Cullinan will share some similarities in its engine and chassis with the eighth-generation Phantom that debuted last year. Apart from an aluminum-intensive chassis to keep its weight in check, it might also boost a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12.

Ahead of its launch, the Cullinan was tested across different terrains and environments, with this Dubai run as “The Final Challenge”.

The Cullinan’s public debut is set at the end of this year, and arrive in showrooms next year with a six digits price tag. With Bentley’s Bentayga now standing as one of the most popular model in key markets like the United States and China, Rolls-Royce will be competing with its former sister company, as well as other luxury SUVs such as the recent Lamborghini Urus in the same segment with this upcoming debut.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection

Rolls-Royce Collection cars are limited edition expressions of ultra-luxurious, Bespoke masterpieces from Goodwood, conceptualised by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke design team and created for connoisseurs of the ultimate luxury car. In bold expression of carmaking’s highest, most recognisable luxury vehicle, Rolls-Royce unveils the Wraith Luminary Collection in a Limited edition of 55 Bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraiths.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection joins the highly exclusive ranks of imminently collectible Bespoke Rolls-Royce masterpieces. The exterior coat of these high fantasy carriages are inspired by the golden hour’s sunrays, the result is a sombre grey which is enlivened by rich copper tones, giving the classically elegant paint job, named Sunburst Grey, a deep emotive warmth like dawn’s early rays.

“Wraith Luminary is a stunning Collection Car. It speaks directly of our contemporary Rolls-Royce brand – progressive and trailblazing; the pinnacle in hand-crafted luxury. This is a motor car that celebrates visionaries who achieve eminence in their respective fields. Indeed, this collection is for the world’s luminaries.” – Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Artisanal details like hand-painted Sunburst Motif coachline, hand-painted Wake Channel Lines on the Wraith’s bonnet and pinstripes applied to the wheel centres, each in Saddlery Tan, bearing reference to the interior leather,  add to the allure of the pinnacle of motoring, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection.

Open the carriage doors of this bespoke edition of Rolls-Royce Wraith and one is completely taken with this statement of modern luxury, as light flows from the front into the rear passenger compartment.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection’s defining feature, Tudor Oak wood, sourced from the forests of the Czech Republic, are selected for its depth of colour and the density of the grain structure; here the exquisite Oak is illuminated for the first time. The intricately perforated design in the unique Tudor Oak veneer allows the light of 176 LEDs to blaze a mesmerizing pattern, among them, a facsimile of a shooting star, at the touch of a button. Linked to the controls of the starlight headliner, the cabin’s veneer surrounds the occupants of the highly bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection vehicle in an ambient glow of light.

It’s a design element replicated dramatically to the cabin roof of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary in the form of brilliant shooting stars: a handwoven configuration of 1340 fibre optic lights, which act as a glittering night sky, takes a bold new step as it incorporates shooting stars into the constellation; a playful display of light that creates wonderment and awe for the car’s passengers. Taking nearly 20 hours to configure, eight shooting stars fire at random, predominantly over the front seats, in recognition of the Wraith Luminary’s owner-driver appeal.

Wraith Luminary’s cockpit is trimmed in Saddlery Tan, though the rear seats contrast in Anthracite leather, thus highlighting the prominence of the driver’s position. Contrast piping and stitching masterfully marry the front aesthetic to the rear. Alternatively, a more dramatic contrast for a bespoke Wraith Luminary can be selected by specifying Seashell coloured leather in the rear, both of which will be perfectly coalesced by the inclusion of a two-tone steering wheel.

Though the Goodwood marque is steeped in heritage traditions, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary is evolutionary and progressive – hand-woven stainless steel fabric, a highly contemporary and innovative new technique in luxury craft, is appointed to the central transmission tunnel and door panniers, contrasting the Tudor Oak wood and Saddlery Tan leather.

Incorporating strands, which are 0.08mm to 0.19mm in diameter, this technical fibre is woven in a pattern oriented at precisely 45 degrees, to complement the lines of the interior and provide a uniform appearance throughout the passenger compartment when viewed from either side.

Taking three days to produce in a ‘clean room’ environment, the fabric is manipulated to cloak the centre console, modified from use in an industrial environment to create a finish befitting the interior of a Rolls-Royce motor car, refracting the light of the unique illuminated paneling in the doors. As a final touch, the car’s tread plates bear the provenance of this unique collection. ‘Wraith Luminary Collection – One of Fifty-Five’ is engraved in hand-polished stainless steel.

Buy this Gold Rolls-Royce with Cryptocurrency Only

There is an opulent bespoke Gold Rolls Royce Ghost listed on UK based Auto Trader right now and the private seller will only take bitcoin. Yes, you heard that right, the whopping £117,995 luxury Rolls Royce will not take cash transactions at all – you can only buy it using virtual currencies.

Buy this Gold Rolls-Royce with Cryptocurrencies

“With the meteoric rise in popularity and value of Bitcoin in recent years, it comes as no surprise that sellers are now attempting to trade this way.” – Erin Baker, Auto Trader editorial director

Virtual currencies are not new. Fiat currencies can be printed on order of a national central bank, leading to decreasing faith in fiat money systems; this led to a new genre of financial tools known as cryptocurrency. Backed by blockchain technologies, these immutable and auditable cryptographic currencies cannot be “minted” the way fiat currencies are printed, and an increasing amount of luxury goods like art are being bought and sold in this virtual currency.  Erin Baker, Auto Trader editorial director said: “With the meteoric rise in popularity and value of Bitcoin in recent years, it comes as no surprise that sellers are now attempting to trade this way.”

Under the beautiful bonnet is the 6.6-litre engine that powers the Gold Rolls and the personalised plate features 007. The super-luxury four-seater hardtop painted in Gold finish is as opulent as its interior, with innovative infotainment – watch your favourite film while relaxing in the comfort of its lavish interior, with TV screens and champagne flutes catered to those with impeccable taste.

The Gold Rolls is said to be the only Rolls-Royce that comes with an in-built rear refrigerator and champagne flutes. Other exciting features that further perfected the comfort systems are the 360-degree overhead camera system, active cruise control automatic breaking and TV.

Ultimately, the growing number of transactions of this nature point to a rising class of crypto-affluents poised to become the next new market for luxury merchants, an arena which Aditus Network, currently serves as the world’s first bridge between luxury merchants and this new community of high net worth individuals. Visit: Aditus Network here for more information

Rolls-Royce: Performance Meets Elegance

The latest creation of SPOFEC (a name derived from compressing Spirit Of Ecstasy) Overdose for Dawn Rolls-Royce, co-created by esteemed German designer Vittorio Strosek, features a wider flank with flared wheel arches and more horsepower.

Headquartered in Stetten, Germany, the SPOFEC GmbH is part of the NOVITEC Group, an esteemed and experienced company which now presents a new division that deals exclusively with the customisation of Rolls-Royce vehicles.

Bespoke is Rolls-Royce

Limited to just eight sets worldwide, the standard twin-turbo V12 engine has been tweaked to take the car performance capabilities and torque to a higher level. The horsepower is up by 115hp from 686hp and the torque jumps to 980Nm from 820Nm, resulting in a 0-100km/h time of just 4.6 seconds. With the 22-inch wheels, the car rides 40mm lower to the ground than a standard Dawn and allows travel speed up to 140km/h.

Uncompromising luxury and never ordinary

The widebody is designed to look less jarring to luxury motoring purists, and SPOFEC has also given some serious attention to the rocker panels, flaring them out subtly, so that the exterior lines still flow. The fade-resistant carbon ceramic braking system is made lighter and more effective than the standard braking setup, allowing the car’s unsprung weight to be significantly reduced. Plus, a boost to the engine power means that the rear portions of the rocker panels feature vents for extra cooling.

Groundbreaking vision, cutting-edge engineering and the finest craftsmanship

With meticulous attention to detail and combined stunning design, Dawn Overdose’s personalised interior blends seamlessly with the carbon fibre bodywork and all body additions: the engraved lettering on treadplates, the elegantly embroided headrests and seats enveloped in Mandarin leather.

The new Dawn Overdose is created in mind to bring out the best of what Rolls-Royce is renowned for. Marked by the iconic automotive marque’s unsurpassed level of craftsmanship and engineering finesse, Dawn Overdose is one of a unique offering that seeks to bring utmost comfort and unrivalled luxury to prospective motorcar owners.

Montgomery Rolls-Royce 'Butler' Phantom 3

Rare Sighting of Field Marshall Montgomery’s Rolls Royce Phantom III

Field Marshal Montgomery's Rolls-Royce Phantom 3

Field Marshal Montgomery’s Rolls-Royce Phantom 3
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Although he was nicknamed “the Spartan General” due to his strict military bearing and ascetic lifestyle, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery greatly appreciated mechanically efficient and powerful vehicles for his own personal transportation, for that, he demanded the best car. Inevitably, the selection criteria for engine power, stately countenance and endurance fell to the makers of the best car of known to man – Rolls Royce.

A veteran of both World Wars, the British Field Marshal had the use of three Rolls-Royce Phantom IIIs. As a consequence of a deeply historic car combined with a fabled owner, Bernard Montgomery’s three Rolls-Royce Phantom IIIs will be appearing in a gathering of the greatest Phantoms from the last 92 years in Mayfair, London.

The Rolls-Royce 'Butler' Phantom 3, one of Monty's Triple joins the lead up to the opening of the fair as Rolls-Royce Phantoms from all over the world journey to London to share their legendary histories

The Rolls-Royce ‘Butler’ Phantom 3, one of Monty’s Triple joins the lead up to the opening of the fair as Rolls-Royce Phantoms from all over the world journey to London to share their legendary histories
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Dubbed “The Great Eight Phantoms”, a Rolls-Royce Exhibition slated for the end of July, Monty’s Triple joins the lead up to the opening of the fair as Rolls-Royce Phantoms from all over the world journey to London to share their legendary histories and stand witness to the arrival of the next generation of the world’s most recognisable and celebrated luxury car, the eighth generation of the Phantom.

Among Monty’s Triple, Field Marshall Montgomery’s Rolls Royce ‘Butler’ Phantom III

Field-marshal Viscount Montgomery Of Alamein, one Of England's greatest soldiers Since Wellington was known as "The Spartan General". He loved his Rolls-Royce Phantoms, especially his 'Butler' Phantom III. He ended his military career as Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO with a uniform with ten rows Of ribbons. He is considered the longest service Officer in the British Army

Field-marshal Viscount Montgomery Of Alamein, one Of England’s greatest soldiers Since Wellington was known as “The Spartan General”. He loved his Rolls-Royce Phantoms, especially his ‘Butler’ Phantom III. He ended his military career as Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO with a uniform with ten rows Of ribbons. He is considered the longest service Officer in the British Army.
Photo: ANL/REX/Shutterstock (1357743a)

A gifted military tactician, Montgomery was notorious for his lack of tact and diplomacy. So much so that mentors and friends would make remarks on his “lack of tact and egotistical outlook which prevented him from appreciating other people’s feelings”. Thus, it is historical irony that this keen believer in the power of image would cultivate such a prickly demeanour and yet choose to use a symbol of elegance and stateliness like the Rolls-Royce Phantom to convey his preferred attributes of permanence, solidity and reliability. To Monty, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III was a bulwark of strength and visual representation of endurance.

“In defeat, unbeatable; in victory, unbearable.” – Winston Churchill on Montgomery

The first of Monty’s Triple Phantoms, a 1936 model coachbuilt by Freestone & Webb, was owned by the head of English Talbot Motor Company, Frederick Wilcock. Then, as declarations of war were being made against Nazi aggression, the Ministry of War Transport Section requisitioned the Rolls-Royce Phantom for use as Montgomery’s personal transport where he ferried Winston Churchill, General Eisenhower and King George VI to D-Day planning sessions at his base in Southwick House, Hampshire. Where luxury car meets legendary leaders and great historical events, the provenance which accrues is simply awe-inspiring. Yet, of the trio of Monty’s Triple, it is his ‘Butler’ Phantom III which is Montgomery’s most beloved.

the 'Butler' Phantom III featured a signature front-sloping windscreen that made the car 15 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the standard configuration

the ‘Butler’ Phantom III featured a signature front-sloping windscreen that made the car 15 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the standard configuration
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Present at the July “The Great Eight Phantoms” Rolls-Royce Exhibition, Montgomery’s Rolls Royce ‘Butler’ Phantom III was originally commissioned  for Alan Samuel Butler, Chairman of the De Havilland Aircraft Company, with bodywork by HJ Mulliner of Chiswick, the ‘Butler’ Phantom III featured a signature front-sloping windscreen that made the car 15 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the standard configuration, further enhanced by the enclosed spare tyre and swept tail design in the rear.


The Rolls-Royce ‘Butler’ Phantom III served Montgomery, plying the streets of London to eminent addresses as 10 Downing Street, the War Office on Whitehall, the British Prime Minister’s country residence Chequers, and military operations centres such as Northwood in Hertfordshire and eventually, as World War II came to a close, the NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe in Rocquencourt, near Versailles, France.

Elmwood dashboard of the Montgomery Rolls-Royce Phantom 3, worth taking a wristshot with during "The Great Eight Phantoms", a Rolls-Royce Exhibition slated for the end of July

Elmwood dashboard of the Montgomery Rolls-Royce Phantom 3, worth taking a wristshot with during “The Great Eight Phantoms”, a Rolls-Royce Exhibition slated for the end of July Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Heck, I'd take a ride in Montgomery's Rolls-Royce Phantom 3 during "The Great Eight Phantoms", a Rolls-Royce Exhibition just so I could say I shared a seat with history's legends.

Heck, I’d take a ride in Montgomery’s Rolls-Royce Phantom 3 during “The Great Eight Phantoms”, a Rolls-Royce Exhibition just so I could say I shared a seat with history’s legends. Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

It is not clear how the ‘Butler’ Phantom became personally owned by Monty but the Field Marshal retained use of it after the war, carrying other luminaries of the era like  the Prime Ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand till his retirement from the position of Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO in Europe in 1958, thereafter, he used the Rolls-Royce ‘Butler’ Phantom III till 1962 as a civilian.

In preparation for ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ Exhibition, the ‘Butler’ Phantom III underwent extensive refurbishment at Rolls-Royce specialist P&A Wood in Essex, England.

‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ Rolls-Royce Exhibition, will take place in Mayfair, London, at the end of July 2017 and it would the first and only opportunity for members of the public to see this legend before it attends the “invite only” Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the United States in August, after which it will return to its current owner’s private collection.

If you want to own one of Monty’s Triple, a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III owned by the Field Marshall and used to drive King George VI, General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill to secret D-Day meetings, is on sale with Cheshire Classic Cars for £199,995


Bespoke luxury cars: Rolls Royce Sweptail unveiled at Villa D’Este concours d’elegance

With the unveiling of the Sweptail, Rolls-Royce has redefined the automotive notion of bespoke and has thrown down the gauntlet to every carmaker that claims to offer super luxury vehicles. “We don’t think it’s right to profess to do it [bespoke services] unless you’re prepared to go through the journey to really make that happen,” explains James Warren. “Many others pay lip service to it. But to us, bespoke is so much more than stitching. It’s why we get quite sensitive about others’ notion of bespoke.”

As Rolls-Royce’s head of communications for Western Europe, Warren has had an extremely busy week. Since the totally bespoke car was unveiled during the closing stages of the Villa D’Este concours d’elegance last weekend, he has been hounded by the press wanting to know more and more—from the identity of the commissioning client, to the car’s price tag and whether or not the Sweptail marks the first of many utterly unique commissions destined to roll out of the Goodwood facility in the coming months.

The official answer to the final question is, according to company CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös: “We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces.” But the unofficial answer is get ready for brand new cars to start upstaging coachbuilt classics at the world’s most important concours events on a regular basis.

As for price, the Sweptail is comfortably the most expensive modern car on the road with an estimated cost of $10 million, but that could seem like a bargain for a car that is truly unique and representative purely of its commissioning owner in every single way—from the curved panoramic glass hatchback and hand-formed aluminum boattail, to the carbon fiber and leather attaché cases that deploy from hidden drawers inside the doors. Even the numberplates, front and rear are integral to the exterior, formed and hand polished from solid aluminum.

“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” said Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce’s Director of Design. “It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.”

From initial discussion to finished automotive monument took four whole years and, according to Warren, an “incalculable number” of man hours. “It takes 60 people 400 hours to build a Rolls-Royce Ghost. But each of our 1700 skilled artisans have in some way influenced this car along the way.”

But crucially, at the end of the commissioning journey, the car is still unquestionably a Rolls-Royce. “The car is singular and of that customer, but it is within [our] design tenants,” said Warren. “It shows what happens when you get the balance absolutely right.”

This is something a host of other companies dedicated to aftermarket bespoke customization are unable to achieve. For example, for all of its carbon fiber expertise, a Mansory customized Rolls-Royce is a Mansory first, and a Rolls-Royce second. And often these creations are so far removed from the original car that they’re no longer able to sport the original company’s badge.

But the car is also a line in the sand to those that see themselves as Rolls-Royce’s direct competitors, many of whom until now have been focusing on unique paint finishes or interior materials.

Bentley, for instance, has a phenomenal bespoke customization department in Mulliner with its latest unique undertaking a Falconry kit for the Bentley Bentayga.

Nevertheless, the demand for personalization within the highest echelons of the car market, has never been greater. For the first time in its history, every single Rolls-Royce built over the course of 2016 featured at least one bespoke element, as did every Ferrari sold. However, car companies should be able to facilitate these growing demands with ease as the typical Rolls-Royce client is used to commissioning, be it a piece of art, a yacht, a home or a plane. In other words, they expect something that “Goes beyond a transactional experience,” explains Warren. And with the Sweptail, the company has shown that it is the only major carmaker able to offer such a service. For now, at least.

New British car models: Rolls Royce reveals musically-inspired bespoke Wraith motor cars

Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by British Music

In order to underline its historical rock n’ roll credentials, carmaker Rolls-Royce has collaborated with a host of British music icons to create a set of totally bespoke Wraith coupés that reflect each star’s personality, tastes and achievements. Recently unveiling their ‘Wraith Inspired by Music’ motor cars, each of these cars were crafted with unique design touches that celebrate the success of British music.

The stars approached for the ‘Wraith Inspired by Music’ collection include The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, and the recently knighted Sir Ray Davies from The Kinks. Bespoke Designer, Matthew Danton, under the leadership of Design Director Giles Taylor worked with each artist to capture the most iconic and personal elements from of their body of work. What is delivered are classic one-of-a-kind collectors’ pieces.

Amongst these musicians is Giles Martin, son of music producer extraordinaire, Sir George Martin. He was approached to create a car as a fitting tribute to his late father’s memory and the role he played in making The Beatles the biggest pop band in history. “My father had a huge impact on British music during his career, and I wanted the Wraith to celebrate a lifetime of achievements,” said Giles Martin.

Martin hit upon the idea of embroidering each number one single his father worked on into the car’s leather upholstery and on filling the cabin with hand-written lyrics plus his father’s quotations including the legend “The recording is not what one hears, but what one must make others hear” engraved in the copper door flights. “I hope this is a fitting tribute to a figure who did so much to influence and enhance the world’s perception of a golden era in British popular music,” said Martin.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Music, March 2017

Another renowned musician is Sir Ray Davies, who was also inspired to use lines from his own back catalogue. Lyrics from “Shangri-la” and “Drivin'” are engraved on the door lights, and “When it’s raining on a sunny afternoon, in the summer time” is engraved on the handles of the car’s pull-out umbrellas.

“Working with Rolls-Royce’s designers on this car has given me the chance to express some of the themes of the music The Kinks enjoyed performing for many years,” said Sir Ray Davies. “It was fun to create this unique collectors’ item and it’s gratifying to know that important charities will benefit.”

Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by British Music

A percentage of the proceeds from each car’s sale is being donated to charity. For example, funds raised from the George Martin car will go to The Fly Navy Heritage Trust, a charity that Martin supported during his life. Meanwhile, money raised from the sale of the two cars Roger Daltrey has helped design — one in honour of the group’s most important album “Tommy” and one that reflects Daltrey’s own legacy — will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Songs may change, but Rolls-Royce ownership as an ingrained rite of passage for even anti-establishment rock stars has stayed the same. Even erstwhile Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher felt he couldn’t say he’d ‘made it’ until he had a chocolate brown Rolls-Royce (even though to this day he still hasn’t passed his driving test).

“This collaboration — with some of Britain’s most celebrated musicians — promises to add to this legacy, creating truly unique collectors’ items which also support worthy charities,” said company CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

For more information, visit Rolls Royce.

Bespoke Rolls-Royce record in 2016: Luxury car maker announced its second-highest sale record

future classic cars ending production 2016

9 Future Classic Cars Ending Production 2016

A classic car, if you go by the most rigid possible definition, was built prior to World War II but we of course recognize that modern classic are being made right now. What else are the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 but modern classics, after all? Both were built in limited numbers, by storied and important brands. Both have racing pedigree and certainly managed to create a strong emotional resonance with petrolheads of all types. According to the AFP RelaxNews, the definition of a classic car is a car you want to drive rather than need to drive. So with that in mind, here is a list of nine cars that are going out to pasture in 2016 that could well become the classics of tomorrow.

Dodge Viper

future classic cars ending production 2016

Dodge Viper 25th anniversary limited editions

The V10 engine Viper is all about going fast and little else. Over its 25-year history it has never sold in huge numbers – just 30,000 have ever been built – so it is rare and the 2017 model year will be the last ever. Dodge is marking the Viper’s demise with a host of limited edition models, and they all sold out in a matter of days.

All things Saab

future classic cars ending production 2016

The Saab 9-5 was the last production car from the now defunct brand.

Technically speaking, Saab hasn’t built a car for more than three years now. However, earlier this year it was ruled that the brand is legally defunct, meaning that it can never be resurrected again as a badge. That means that while there may be a New Saab, there will never again be a Saab. Completely over-engineered to ensure long-term reliability, Saabs are cool and have a dedicated following but now that they’re gone for good will more people see past the outer quirkiness to recognize their inner beauty?

Land Rover Defender

future classic cars ending production 2016

A trio of Limited Edition Land Rover Defenders

It is one of the very few modern cars in existence that can be kept on the road with a set of spanners, such is its engineering simplicity. It is also one of the most easily recognizable vehicles ever built, retaining the same exterior for more than 60 years. As part of Land Rover’s heritage program the company is sourcing old Defenders and restoring them to mint condition for collectors. They expected that 25 vehicles a year would be more than enough, but demand is so great that they’re doubling the number to 50.

Aston Martin DB9

future classic cars ending production 2016

Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

When the DB9 debuted in 2003 it set a new standard for interior design – milled aluminum dials, crushed glass crystal for the ashtray and starter button and ditching the gear-shift altogether for a row of handmade buttons. It also set a new standard for exterior design and was universally considered the best looking car in the world. In July, after nearly 13 years in production, the DB9 is no more. In August it will be replaced by the all-new DB11.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition

The 10th generation Evo is the last and when every model is sold it’s not coming back. In fact, if Mitsubishi does ever revive the name, it says it will be for a potent SUV rather than a street-legal rally car. Like the Subaru Impreza, the Evo is one of the fastest ‘real-world’ cars money can buy and is a hugely popular model among the Japanese tuner fraternity.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé

It was a very bold decision at the time, to take the chassis of the huge Phantom limousine and repurpose it as a GT coupé. The end result looked fabulous but it could have been better still. Rolls-Royce had intended to give the car a V16 engine but at the last minute chose to stick with 12. Now that the smaller, more powerful Wraith has been added to the range, Rolls-Royce has decided to call time on the Coupé altogether and the final models are being hand assembled now. Fast, comfortable and incredibly rare.


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The BMW M5 Competition Edition

A classic car is meant to be fun to drive, and very little is as entertaining on the road or on the track as one of BMW’s ‘M’ cars. This year will be the final production year for the 5th-generation M5 and BMW is marking the occasion with a limited edition Competition model.

Porsche 911 R

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The Porsche 911 R

This special driver-focused version of Porsche’s evergreen 911 is only about half-way through its 991-example production run. However every model is already spoken for and as a result, according to British supercar financing company Magnitude Finance, the 911 R is already changing hands for seven times its ticket price on the second-hand market.

Morgan EV3 UK 1909 edition

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The Morgan UK 1909 Edition EV3

Could this be the first collectible modern electric car? The 1909 edition will be going on sale this October. Only 19 completely hand-built examples are planned and each will come with an equally bespoke driving kit designed by the likes of Belstaff and Alexander McQueen.


BMW is World’s Top Luxury Carmaker

It seems that BMW is leading the rat race of the automotive world, claiming the title of most popular luxury car maker. The Bavarian automaker achieved this with a record combined quarterly sales of 605,534 units for Mini, BMW and Rolls-Royce vehicles. Yes, this is in relation to BMW overall, not just cars bearing the BMW badge.



Having said that, the group record isn’t the only one the German firm shattered in 2016. The first half of the year saw a record 986,557 BMWs being sold, with an increased demand of 31.7 percent for the premium 7 Series. Interest in the X1 compact SUV also rose 61.7 percent, with 94,156 units sold; the larger X3 models saw a 16.6 percent increase in demand, hitting a sales total of 77,486 cars.

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Rolls-Royce Dawn

Like its German counterpart, the ultra-luxurious British marque Rolls-Royce has also achieved new quarterly sales record of 1,133 cars, of which 514 were the new Dawn.

And if these figures are anything to go by, it is that drivers are gearing up to the idea of electric mobility and autonomous driving. Obviously, there is clearly strong demand for high-end vehicles, despite overall sluggishness in the global economy. “Sustainable profitability on this scale provides us with the financial headroom we need to pursue our work on future technologies such as electric mobility and automated driving. For me, there is no ‘either/or’ between the present and the future. The strength of today’s core business is the cornerstone for tomorrow’s success,” Krüger said.

This is especially apparent in select parts of Europe, where charging infrastructure is relatively more developed and government incentives are greatest. In June, 14.9 percent of Beemers sold in the Netherlands were electric or hybrid, while Scandinavia saw 13.2 percent across the same period. Throughout the continent, electrified accounted for 4 percent of the company’s sales.

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BMW i3

The impressive figures don’t stop there. Since the i3 received an upgraded battery this July, more than 7,000 orders have been placed (triple the number of reservations when the first-gen i3 was launched). The more efficient battery will increase the range of everyday driving from 130km to 200 km on a single charge.

This corresponding increase in sales suggests the biggest hurdle car firms need to overcome when it comes to getting consumers to move from gasoline-powered cars is ultimately range anxiety – a problem that should be easily solved now that the industry has sharpened its focus on eco-friendliness.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: BMW, Produsen Mobil Mewah Teratas di Dunia

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Rolls-Royce Unveils Bespoke ‘Dusk Until Dawn’ Cars

It is easy to see Porto Cervo’s charm, especially to a top-shelf automaker such as Rolls-Royce. The swanky seaside resort destination in Northern Sardinia boasts a spectacular coastline, lots of beautiful people and a laidback glamour like no other. Rolls-Royce even has a special initiative related to Porto Cervo, which we have covered previously. No surprise, then, that Rolls-Royce is returning to the Italian marina as palette inspiration for ‘Dusk Until Dawn’ – a bespoke series of two of its well-loved cars, a Dawn drophead and a Wraith coupe.

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Revealed at the brand new Rolls-Royce Summer Studio in Sardinia, both cars are infused with the ambient hues of Porto Cervo at its most spectacular: dawn and dusk. As its name suggests, the bespoke Dawn (pictured above) is a vision of the marina’s aquamarine waters as light breaks upon the waves. An ethereal emerald green exterior envelops a seashell and green leather cabin, complemented by teak trimmings (yacht decks, anyone?) that extends to the tourneau cover that shields the roof and trunk compartment. With an insignia of Porto Cervo on the dashboard fascia that’s embedded with real emeralds and mother-of-pearl in white gold, this Dawn is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious vehicles in the world.

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For the one-off Wraith, an iridescent two-toned silver finish on its exterior reflects the changing light as the sun sets, setting the mood for its ethereal twilight-infused interiors. Step inside to a cocoon of glamour with seats swathed in decadent plum-colored ostrich leather and wooden veneers and marquetry in shades of slate greys, browns and black.

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“Patrons of our marque delight in inhabiting some of the world’s most beautiful enclaves,” said Isobel Dando, General Manager, Future Retail, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The stunning Bespoke Wraith and emerald embellished Dawn, inspired by the sights and colors of Porto Cervo, have been commissioned in the spirit that so many of our customers delight in.”Rolls-Royce-Dawn until dusk-porto cervoIt’s also somewhat fitting that the British car marque extends its bespoke reveals to one of its clients, tattoo artist Mo Coppoletta, who used Sardinia’s stunning environment as inspiration for two tattooed Rolls-Royce headrests. “The designs I have created for Rolls-Royce evoke the emotion experienced by observing this magical place from the harbor of Promenade du Port,” Coppoletta said.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Rolls-Royce Menampilkan Unit Pesanan ‘Dusk Until Dawn’

Is Cé La Vi Meal World’s Most Expensive?

Have $2,000,000 to spare? Then we have an idea for you, courtesy of World of Diamonds. No, this isn’t just about diamonds although there is a unique diamond ring called the Jane Seymour in the mix. This is an invitation to dinner at Cé La Vi Singapore, to make a meal of said $2 million and have an experience of a lifetime. You might be stupefied by this proposition and we confess that we couldn’t believe our ears when the Russian diamond conglomerate told us about it.

A-Phenomenal-Air,-Land-and-Sea-JourneyBasically, the experience — for just one lucky couple— begins with an 8-hour retreat. A 45-minute helicopter ride providing an unparalleled view of the Singapore skyline kicks things off. Following that is a chauffeured ride in a Rolls-Royce and a private luxury cruise — the couple doesn’t get to keep either of these things so those of you with a head for figures will still be scratching your head.Ce-LA-VI-SkyBar---I

Moving along, the journey continues atop the 57th floor of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel, with an 18-course modern Asian menu served as you sit amongst 10,000 fresh roses. The menu is the perfect description for the term “spoilt for choice”. The mouth watering options include Fresh Belon Oyster with Champagene foam, Almas Caviar, Jamón Ibérico, Gewürztraminer-Poaced foie Gras, Veal Liver, Lamb Sweetbread, Bresse Poulet Consommé, Striped Seabass, Air-flown Alaska Wild Salmon, Verjus Sorbet, Slow-cooked Pigeon, Glenvale Pork loin and Apple-wood Grilled Mishima Sirloin. All enjoyed with a pair of diamond-studded chopsticks that are engraved with the couple’s names. So, at this point, there are a couple of chopsticks that the couple gets to keep. Read on and it will all make sense, we promise.The-Jane-Seymour-featured

Of course, no meal is complete without a fine selection of vintage wines and here, things are downright incredible because the vintages served are between 44 to 55 years of age. Even the grand armchairs where the couple will be seated are one-of-a-kind, custom-made by The Plush to help it blend in with your home when it is delivered after. Caping things off is the Jane Seymour Vivid Fancy Blue diamond ring, which arrives with dessert. As the vivid blue diamond ring is finally worn, diners can enjoy a glass of Louis XIII cognac as they watch an extravagant fireworks display.

Ok, so now for the final tally then. As Karan Tilani, Director World of Diamonds Group told us, just having the Jane Seymour ring in the mix makes this whole affair ridiculously attractive because the ring alone is easily worth $2 million. This being the case, the dinner is expected to be oversubscribed. Both World of Diamonds and Cé La Vi will select the lucky recipients of the dining experience.

First Look: Eighth-Generation Rolls-Royce Phantom

The “best car in the world” is about to get even better – except we don’t exactly know how much exactly. We’re talking about the Rolls Royce Phantom, of course, and the British car-manufacturer has given us a first look (well, kind of) of the new luxury saloon in its latest teaser image.

Set to replace the current Phantom in 2018, the image sees a craftsperson meticulously working on the eighth-generation car’s vast aluminum shell. “I am proud and excited to confirm that a new Phantom is on the way — and it will be a contemporary and beautiful Phantom befitting of its role as the flagship of global luxury,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

While Rolls Royce expected interest in its existing Phantom to wane after news of its new flagship was released earlier this year, demand for its completely bespoke current-generation Phantoms has actually increased exponentially. The company now has plans to postpone the closure of its order book from December to early next year instead.

“The huge level of demand for Phantom VII, which we will fulfil well into 2017, clearly demonstrates that the Rolls-Royce customer and patron of true luxury will accept no compromise when considering the purchase of a super-luxury motor car,” said Müller-Ötvös.

Future Drive: Rolls-Royce Vision 100

Last week we drove headlong into an exhibition at the Turin Motor Show that investigated the possible futures of cars. This week, Rolls-Royce made like Neil Armstrong and took a giant leap into that future with the Vision 100. The luxury car firm debuted the Vision 100 at a special event in London, echoing something its parent company BMW did back in March. We’re talking about the BMW Vision Next 100 of course and indeed we’ll be seeing this from all BMW brands but perhaps Rolls-Royce is even bolder in its vision than BMW itself.

The Vision 100 ditches a good deal of the familiar ‘car-like’ trappings in favor of an exterior that feels more like an otherworldly rectangular pod. When we saw ‘car-like’ trappings, what we mean is that the Vision 100 is a fully autonomous zero-emissions vehicle. Seriously, there’s no steering wheel or instrument panel here (there is instead a cabin-wide OLED display)… Yet there’s still that iconic Spirit of Ecstasy gleaming at the front, marking it as, unmistakably, a Rolls-Royce. Also, at close to 6 meters in length and more than a meter tall, the two-door Vision 100 comes from a future where bigger is clearly better.

Speaking of the Spirit of Ecstasy, there will be one inside the vehicle too. This happens to be Eleanor – the virtual personal assistant that can be viewed on the visual display in the interior. She’ll track your personal tastes, make recommendations, and run your appointments. All this falls in with one of the basic tenets of luxury, which is to do nothing that you don’t want to do. Even the design for the interior is set up like a comfortable cocoon with fine wool, leather, woods and a sofa. Yes, this vision of the future comes with a couch because someone at Rolls-Royce was paying to all those jokes car writers make about the Goodwood firm’s penchant for creating luxury living rooms on wheels.


“The grand arrival of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 boldly points to a bright future for our marque where our patrons’ individual demands for complete and authentic personalization will be met through an exquisite fusion of technology, design and hallmark Rolls-Royce craftsmanship,” said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös at the concept’s launch. In coming up with the Vision 100, the design team led by Giles Taylor tried to imagine what cars would look like a century into the future. They decided that four key ingredients were important – personal vision; an effortless journey; a grand sanctuary; and the grand arrival.

Well, this is only the beginning. As things develop we can easily expect more automation, more convenience, and more exclusivity. In keeping up with their vision of the future, Rolls-Royce even released a 3D video to showcase exactly what the model can accomplish. You can view it down below.

Porto Cervo Rolls-Royce Studio Opens

The name Rolls-Royce is synonymous with the peak of luxury. To maintain this standard, the company has decided to open up a Summer Studio in the heart of Porto Cervo on the island of Sardinia, Italy. The city boasts of being one of the most popular yet least known haunts of the world’s elite; it is exactly this chunk of the populace that the brand is aiming to sink its teeth into. With the studio, patrons of true luxury will have their very own hub to enjoy high society and fine living, ongoing until September.

A host of Rolls-Royce automobiles will occupy their highly contemporary space located at the Promenade Du Port but Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is not just aiming to sell the cars. The whole point of the studio is to let visitors get a glimpse of the lifestyle, not just beautiful machines. In the day, you can experience rides around the roads of the island in models such as the Rolls-Royce Dawn – the marque’s newest and most social Drophead Coupé ever created. By night, the place transforms into a harvest of social activities, with exclusive gatherings and an upbeat atmosphere allowing connoisseurs to mingle.

“Connoisseurs of true luxury are seeking an unforgettable experience in their pursuit of perfection… The worlds of fashion, art and design collide to create an ambient atmosphere which embodies the spirit of Rolls-Royce” commented Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce, on the whole concept behind the studio. True enough, the furniture and decoration are specially commissioned to ensure a totally exclusive and luxurious experience.

If you’re heading down to Porto Cervo during this period – this may well be worth checking out. Perhaps the whole experience will be convincing enough for you to invest enough to let you own one of their fine models for yourself.

Rolls-Royce Retires Phantom With 50 Zenith Models

As British automaker Rolls-Royce prepares to retire its seventh generation luxury vehicle, the famous Phantom, it is going to do up as tasteful a farewell as the model deserves. The Phantom Zenith Collection will contain 50 bespoke examples representing some of the very last Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé motor cars ever to be built. Collectors can expect these to retain their value all the way to the end of days!


The features fitted into the Zenith models are astounding examples of the finest luxury Rolls-Royce can muster. Looking into how the cars can augment the lifestyles of the marque’s discerning owners, they considered every possible detail. Augmented Reality this is not. Some of these details (as shown above) include a glass shelf housed in the rear of the tailgate, perfect for serving champagne; a champagne fridge large enough to hold two standard bottles and eight Rolls-Royce glasses; luxury padded leathers; and even a split-tailgate fitted with a beautifully engineered companion – perfect for any picnic while touring.


Other than these fittings, buyers can also expect to get a special Rolls-Royce Picnic Hamper and a priceless memento located in the central drawer. The hamper can be personalized to match the materials and color palette that the customer desires. The memento is a removable polished aluminum case laser engraved with the car’s unique identification number, containing a single piece of the Phantom Assembly Line over at the Goodwood home of Rolls-Royce in England.


All of the styling done by the designers draw from Rolls-Royce’s extensive history – especially taking cues from the most celebrated Phantoms out there. An example is the contrast presented in the Madeira Red and Jubilee Silver Phantom Coupé inspired by the 1930s Phantom II. Drawing from recent history too, hints of the 2011 Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection can be seen in the presentation of the central tunnel, whilst Blood-Orange tips to the instrument dials reference the Wraith’s aviation inspired motif.


“Phantom Zenith Collection motor cars speak of the marque’s unrelenting commitment to setting and advancing the standard by which all other luxury goods are judged.” Said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. With the new Dawn coming, you can rest assured that even after this, they’re going to push the fold much further.

Wraith Luggage: Rolls-Royce Makes Case for Luxury

The Wraith Luggage collection, designed by Rolls-Royce to fit perfectly in the booth of its Wraith model, will make people wonder why such a thing is even necessary. Of course, this is besides the point. The British automotive legend attempts to make perfect cars, by its own standards. In keeping with such a lofty ideal, Rolls-Royce applies intense standards of craftsmanship to its automobiles. This rigorous approach has also been applied to the Wraith Luggage collection, which was created by Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Michael Bryden, with a little help from the head of automotive design Giles Taylor.

According to Rolls-Royce, the idea was to come up with something that matched the quality of a Rolls-Royce car, which could probably never be built without the firm’s input. The collection consists of six items, all of which can easily fit in the aforementioned Wraith – two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one garment carrier.

“The latest technologies and materials are blended with traditional crafts and techniques, leading to an elegantly executed and thoroughly contemporary luggage collection,” said Bryden, who took pains to reinforce the message that each element of the collection had to be faithful to the design aesthetics of Rolls-Royce.

Wraith Luggage Collection in booth

Take for example the wheels on the cases. Just like on Rolls-Royce cars, these are self-righting, with the famous RR badge never changing position. We found it particularly interesting to discover that each handle was designed and redesigned until it perfectly distributed the bag’s weight when carried. This is the kind of detail that one might overlook when one handles the actual luggage and reminds us of the kinds of measures a watchmaker like A. Lange & Sohne might undertake.

Speaking of techniques from other industries, invisible stitching, a technique associated with the world’s most exclusive garment makers, has been adopted. Again, the idea here is a practical one. If a case or bag comes into contact with the owner’s body, there is nothing to snag or catch clothing on because the stitching is hidden.

Apparently, outside experts were involved with the Wraith Luggage collection. Before embarking on the design process, Rolls-Royce sought out advice and guidance from head butlers at a number of the world’s most exclusive hotels. We wonder who makes such phone calls and what the first spoken words are…

Wraith Luggage Valise

Of course, some advantages are native to the auto industry, such as material inventiveness. To ensure strength without adding weight, the Grand Tourer cases are in carbon fiber and each element of the collection is wrapped in the same premium leather hide found inside every Rolls-Royce. The collection can be hand-stitched in a thread color to match a client’s car and is available in mono or two-tone leather finish.

The collection is available to order now from Rolls-Royce dealerships and is priced at £24,248 in the UK, €28,984 in Europe and $45,854 in the US.

Mansory Takes On Rolls-Royce Dawn

The Rolls-Royce Dawn’s alluring presence is undeniable. Never mind that it takes 1,500 of the industry’s most skilled technicians to build. This dynamic 4-seat convertible by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is to date, one of the most ambitious vehicles the British car manufacturer has attempted since BMW’s acquisition in 2003.

So just when you thought this sleek coupe couldn’t get any better, German premium car tuning and customization firm Mansory has gone ahead and given the $380,000 car’s exterior, interior and engine bay some serious fine tuning. The nose gets a new carbon fiber front spoiler with larger air intakes, the LED running lights have been changed and the hood section completely remodeled in carbon fiber to cut weight. The car also gets side skirts and a trunk-lid spoiler.

But the good people at Mansory didn’t just stop there. Under the hood, the Dawn’s original 563hp 6.6-liter V12 now produces 740hp and 1000Nm of torque (previously 780Nm), propelling the car to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 285km/h (a whopping 35km/h more than the standard car delivers).

Inside, the company offers customers whatever they want in terms of precious metals, rare leathers or carbon fiber detailing, much like Rolls-Royce itself.


And while purists and many luxury carmakers may frown upon the exploits of companies like Mansory, its services are very much in demand. So much so that Rolls-Royce itself has recently introduced a new ‘Black Badge’ model line which Rolls-Royce CEO Müller-Ötvös describes as “motor cars for a group of young, driven, self-made people that will make a bold and edgy lifestyle statement about their lives.” They offer more powerful engine tuning, carbon fiber trim, larger wheels and matte exterior finishes.

The Dawn is unarguably the brainchild of some very keen minds, but it is customisable services like Mansory’s that add an extra sensory dimension for a ride like no other.


Dawn (Finally) Rises with Rolls-Royce

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is the car that we just can’t stop talking about! We talked about it here, during its first unveiling in a live-stream launch event. We also talked about it here, when it was placed as a lot on the Naples Winter Wine Festival. We can’t help it. It’s sporty and sleek, and who doesn’t love the feeling of driving with the wind in your hair, especially when you’re doing it in a cabin of uncompromising luxury?

Well, those two looks were the tasters, but now that the Dawn has finally dropped here in Singapore, in its full top-down glory, our friends at Men’s Folio are going to give it a good brush down one more time.

So, to check it out once more, you can head over to Men’s Folio for the details.