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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

BMW M5

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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.

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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.

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BMW X1

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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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.

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“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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

BMW Marks Centennial Milestone

In light of its 100th birthday, the German car manufacturer unveiled its Vision Next 100, a concept car that combines a sleek coupé design with an autonomous driving mode as well as a shape-shifting interior. The futuristic car will be on display in Beijing from May 5 to 15, and sports seats that can be shifted to allow passengers to face each other, a steering wheel and center console that can retract and headrests that can be shifted sideways. From Beijing, the car will embark on a world tour including destinations such as the Paris Motor Show.

Vision Concept cars will also be unveiled by the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, owned by BMW, on June 16 in London as well as the BMW Motorrad concept car in October 11 in Los Angeles. Once the world tour comes to an end, the cars will he housed in the BMW Welt plant in Munich, Germany that is home to the BMW museum. The museum, is currently holding a temporary exhibition entitled “100 Masterpieces. BMW Group — 100 years of innovative strength and entrepreneurial courage.”

Apart from BMW’s iconic vehicles such as the BMW 328, BMW 507 and the BMW Turbo on display, the exhibition will look back at the brand’s progress over the years and the many technical milestones in its history. Later in the year, the “BMW – The Next 100 Years” festival will be coming to the Munich Olympic Park (Olympiapark) and the BMW museum, September 9-11, for a weekend of entertainment and experiences in the company of celebrities, brand ambassadors, musicians and DJs.

The anniversary is also being celebrated with a collection of 13 centenary publications tracing the history of the group and its various brands (BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad) and outlining future challenges. In autumn 2016, the publications will be grouped together and released as a comprehensive limited-edition work.

Rolls-Royce Goes Dark with Black Badge

It may not be the same as owning a Batmobile but Rolls-Royce’s new bespoke range of Wraiths and Ghosts, displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, is probably the next best choice of automobile for the brooding dark soul who wants a ride that’s ‘blacker than black’. The “Black Badge” series is what happens when you mix luxury with the bold and edgy. Seriously, how can all that purple not make you think of The Joker…

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Company CEO Torsten Müller-Otvos described the series as “the alter ego of Rolls-Royce Wraith and Ghost: darker, more assertive, more confident and powerful, and more demanding. The first thing that you may take note of is that even the famous silver Spirit of Ecstasy normally donning the hood has been finished up with black gloss. A darker palette of blacks and purples has been used for the interior. In terms of materials, the sensuous wooden interiors have been swapped out for carbon fiber.

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The tweaks extend under the hood. The Ghost gets an extra 39 horses while its more sporting relation, the Wraith coupé gets increased torque, a new suspension and transmission set up to make it even more of a driver’s car. All this in a bid to expand to “a group of young, driven, self-made people”.Rolls-Royce-Black-Interior-2

Such changes make this perfect for the gothic-ly affluent. Put on that black eyeliner and set Burzum on the speakers and you’re more than set to face the night.

Rolls Royce Phantom Coupé Retires 2016

Later this year, the assembly line at Rolls Royce will send out its final Phantom VII limousines. Though the luxury carmaker will be bidding farewell to both the Phantom Coupé and the Drophead Coupé, it will be introducing an eighth generation model, due in 2017 and 2018.

Described as the Zenith editions, it will be limited to just 50 examples each. There is no better way to for Rolls Royce to bid farewell to the current flagship after 13 years than to do so at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Company CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: “I am proud and excited to announce that a new Phantom is on the way – a contemporary and beautiful Phantom enhanced with cutting-edge technologies and design innovations. Any new Phantom is an historic and important moment in automotive history and we are working hard on perfecting the Phantom VIII.”

While the flagship will continue, the coupé and convertible models that shared its platform have reached the end of the road, so to speak. The final cars will be hand-assembled in November.

However, the cars are going out with a bang rather than a whimper and at the Geneva motor show, visitors will get a taste of the special Zenith editions that Rolls-Royce has planned.

“As the name promises, Zenith will be the pinnacle; the best of its kind; the highest standard achievable by which everything else is judged,” said Director of Design Giles Taylor. “Zenith will be the sum of all the best features of Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé, with a few surprises added. We expect huge demand for these 50 fine motor cars as we shall not look upon their like again.”

Although the company is keeping some details a secret, it has confirmed that the models will come with something called a tailgate hosting area, which suggests that seating, picnic hampers and drinks chillers will be integrated into the trunk.

Instrument dials will also be bespoke to the Zenith series, as will the treatment and coloring of the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, and every client commissioning a coupé or drophead coupé will also receive a “money cannot buy” portable memento of his or her purchase.

The Phantom limousine will also be getting the special edition treatment as production winds down towards the end of 2016. However, Rolls-Royce won’t reveal what to expect other than that it will “continue to set the benchmark for luxury motoring with a number of limited-run collector’s pieces, each of which will be the last of their line.”

Rolls-Royce Tests Space-Frame, Sets 2018 SUV Debut

Just 12 months after confirming that it was getting ready to build its first luxury off-roader and a totally new ground-up platform, Project Cullinan, as Rolls-Royce has christened it, has already moved onto the on-road testing phase. Now, the BMW-owned firm has announced the all-aluminum space-frame of all future models will begin on-road testing too.

And once the testing, which will see development mules take to public roads all around the world, is complete, expect not just the new Rolls-Royce SUV of Project Cullinan but also an entirely new flagship Phantom to follow closely in its wake.

“Now it is time to take the next step in the luxury journey. This is why I am announcing today that on-road testing of our all-new proprietary architecture is beginning. This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand,” said company CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

That is an understatement. The current Rolls-Royce Phantom platform, which has been in use since 2003, is already an engineering marvel; the brand new architecture is set to become the biggest and most complex aluminum space-frame to underpin any car currently in production anywhere in the world. The huge advantage of aluminum is that it is extremely strong yet extremely lightweight so that a Rolls-Royce can be hugely accommodating and massively imposing on the road, yet still be capable of accelerating and stopping without the use of a jet engine for propulsion or parachute for braking.

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The Project Cullinan mule that has been appearing on streets since the middle of last year

However, aluminum has a habit of misbehaving – expanding and warping – so the fact that each frame is hand-built (artisans weld each joint) makes everything even more remarkable, still.

The new platform will be even more complex in order to support new drivetrains and next-generation safety and connectivity technology from sensors to infotainment.

When Rolls-Royce announced it was building an SUV, purists were dismayed, but as the company’s design chief, Giles Taylor, recently told Relaxnews that the benefits offered by SUVs, such as an elevated driving and passenger position, plus the fact that it can handle terrain such as sand are perfectly in keeping with what the typical Rolls-Royce client needs. It’s why they have usually had a Range Rover or Mercedes G Wagon for weekend trips to the desert or mountains.

But what Rolls-Royce is aiming to deliver is a vehicle that can go further but without compromising on the brand’s legendary “magic-carpet” ride quality that irons out even the biggest bumps in the road.

“Since 2003 and the commissioning of the new Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reset the benchmark for luxury motoring,” said Müller-Ötvös.

New Dawn for Rolls-Royce in America

One of the lots at the upcoming (January 2016) Naples Winter Wine Festival charity auction will be the chance to own the very first North American example of Rolls-Royce’s new luxury convertible. You can find more information on it here.

Revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the Rolls-Royce Dawn is one of the most remarkable and certainly the most stunning car to roll out of the Goodwood, England facility since BMW became the brand’s custodian in 2003.

In the words of company CEO Torsten Mueller-Ӧtvӧs: “It promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring.”

And of course, being a Rolls-Royce, the lot in question promises to feature a host of bespoke elements, commissioned specifically for the event. These include an Arctic White exterior finish (as seen above) paired with a red fabric roof with similar contrasting colors used to dress the vehicle’s leather interior. It will also boast full Santos Palisander Chanadel Panelling created from hand-cutting, hand-matching and hand-finishing open pore Indian Redwood. It will adorn the dashboard fascia, door panels and deck lid.

The finishing touch will be unique tread plates that state it is the first car delivered to the continent and details of the winning bid itself.

“I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the first new Rolls-Royce Dawn for North America than through this auction,” said Müller-Ӧtvӧs. “The NWWF epitomizes the social life of our owners. We are proud to make the introduction at this event and help benefit children in need.”

Even with a base price of US$335,000, the new car is expected to be one of the most successful models in the company’s history. What makes it so special is that despite its proportions — it is roughly the same size as a BMW 7-Series yet has a much longer hood and requires space between the truck and the seats for stowing its fabric roof — it is a true four-seat convertible.

“The idea of creating a car like Dawn that can be used in comfort by only two adults on a day to day basis is anathema,” said Giles Taylor, the company’s Director of Design. “In creating Dawn we have accepted no compromise to the comfort and luxury of four adults who want to travel together in the pinnacle of style.”

The auction will be held on January 29-31, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida with proceeds benefiting the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

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Rolls-Royce unveils Rugby-themed bespoke model

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Rolls-Royce has launched the Wraith – History of Rugby to coincide with the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

The car’s exterior finish is the same hue of white worn by the English Rugby Union team but the color is as old as the game itself: its first players, at the Rugby School back in 1823, always wore white.

This completely neutral color also serves to highlight the complexity and intricacy of the car’s coachline.

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As with all Rolls-Royce cars, it is hand-painted but for this particular model it incorporates a red English Rose motif that sits above the car’s shoulder line before the front door. The finishing external touch is a set of 21-inch double-spoke alloy wheels to suggest muscularity.

Inside the rose motif continues. The headrests each feature an embroidered red rose as do the doorsill plates.

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The seats and door panels are finished in a combination of seashell and Navy Blue leather while the car’s dashboard is awash with piano black veneer. The infotainment screen cover also features a rose motif, this time in contrasting, polished silver veneer to stand out against the black.

The finishing touch is an accessory: a specially made rugby ball, courtesy of Gilbert — the world’s oldest and foremost rugby ball manufacturer.

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The company has produced a “very limited” number of balls using the same leather that adorns the car’s interior as well as the English Rose and Rolls-Royce motifs. Like the car, each ball was embroidered by the craftspeople at Rolls-Royce to ensure a perfect match.

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Rolls-Royce celebrates a new Dawn

In its first ever live-streamed launch event, Rolls-Royce has officially unveiled its new four-seat drophead, The Rolls-Royce Dawn.

According to the company, the car represents the pinnacle of exclusive open-air motoring and is a car hand-built from the ground up to satisfy the automotive desires of a younger, more affluent client base.

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Like the Wraith coupé, the Dawn is aimed at a new generation of buyer who values discreet performance as highly as bespoke craftsmanship but also wants to be able to raise the roof, weather permitting.

And, while it might be based on the Wraith coupé, Rolls-Royce’s most overtly performance-focused car in a half century, the new drophead, only shares 20% of its hardtop counterpart’s components.

However, don’t be mistaken: the Dawn is 100% Rolls-Royce.

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As such it is the quietest convertible in the world. Roof up, the in-cabin noise levels are the same as those inside the Wraith. Yet as well as being near-silent, it boasts rapid performance.

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The chassis is claimed to be the most rigid ever found in a four-seat convertible, and to ensure that the car handles as well as wafts along like a magic carpet, its wider rear suspension set-up ensures that none of the 563bhp produced by its 6.6-liter V12 turbocharged engine is wasted.

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As for performance figures, the car’s top speed is limited to 155mph but despite its mass — the car tips the scales at 2560kg — it can go effortlessly from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

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However, no one who takes delivery of the new car — which will go on sale in early 2016 — will want to drive it quickly. This is a car for being seen in and is set to be one of the most exclusive droptops on the road.

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