For so many aspiring and established musicians, the Rolls-Royce is the vehicular symbol of having made it, and over the past 50 years everyone from John Lennon and Elvis Presley to Noel Gallagher and Kanye West has rolled with a Rolls.
To highlight this relationship and in a nod to the finest internal components in a sound system, the company has created a “Lyrical Copper” exterior finish for the car which catches and bends the light differently at different angles thanks to a combination of brushed and polished textures.
The copper theme continues inside with similarly colored door panel inserts and even book-matched copper tone veneers. Interior surfaces have also been treated so that they have a tactile, vinyl record-like feel
However the most impressive element of this car is not what can be seen, rather it’s what can be heard.
The Wraith ‘Inspired By Music’ boasts a truly bespoke audio system that took 2 years to develop and which was built from scratch by some of the world’s leading audio engineers working alongside Rolls-Royce craftsmen.
It has 1300W of power and an 18-channel audio system and uses two large bass speakers, seven tweeters and seven mid-range speakers.
The sound they generate together is then complemented by two further ‘exciter’ speakers mounted in the car’s headlining closer to ear-level.
The finished aural effect is meant to be as close to experiencing music in a live venue as possible. The company has also employed active noise-canceling technology via microphones that register external sounds and automatically adjust the music to compensate.
Following the Wraith Inspired by Film, Rolls-Royce is showing another take in its “inspiration” series: the Wraith Inspired by Fashion.
Created to pay homage to the world of Haute Couture, the coupe features a two-tone exterior paint scheme combining Andalucian White with Arctic White, alongside accents in Jasmine, Tailored Purple and Mugello Red.
Inside, the interior comes in an Arctic White and black color scheme, and features fine silk, leather and wood finishings, as well as a bespoke clock.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith “Inspired by Fashion” is being unveiled at New York’s PRATT Institute, as part of the PRATT Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style.
The British luxury car maker has shared details on the Phantom Limelight Collection, the latest line of bespoke models out of its workshops in Goodwood, England. The new limited edition will consist of just 25 cars.
Designed exclusively for prestigious clients with high expectations, the new luxury sedan is defined by its lavish cabin, which is decked out in an artful combination of refined wood, leather and embroidery.
Among the key features is the Phantom Suite, a system of exclusive and customizable storage compartments built into the rear doors, allowing chauffeured passengers to keep their personal effects close by at all times.
The standard configuration comes in two versions: one tailored to women with a makeup case and a dedicated perfume holder (up to three flacons) and one for men with a hidden compartment for stowing multiple watches.
Refinery and relaxation
To maximize comfort, Rolls-Royce’s engineers consulted health professionals to develop an entirely new rear passenger seat designed to maximize relaxation. The Phantom Limelight will be the first model to feature the new seat, which reclines at an angle of precisely 27 degrees and includes a cushioned headrest, a leg rest angled at 68 degrees and a foot rest at 30 degrees. As if all of this wasn’t relaxing enough, the cabin also has a calming ambiance lighting system with two settings.
The 25 models in the Phantom Limelight Collection will be made to order, and Rolls-Royce is now accepting orders.
Naturally, the price of this bespoke sedan is not disclosed, but buyers can expect to pay upwards of £600,000 (around $900,000).
The launch of the new model follows the presentation in Geneva last March of the Phantom Serenity, a one-off model with a hand-decorated interior geared towards calm and relaxation.
Rolls-Royce has published the first images of its test mules and offered the first progress report into the development of its first ever SUV.
Project Cullinan, as it’s being referred to within the company, shares its name, quite appropriately, with the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever unearthed and is now part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
Rolls-Royce is refusing to refer to the car as a Sports Utility Vehicle.
In its official letter to shareholders announcing the project’s inception in February, Rolls-Royce described it solely as a high-sided vehicle.
The first images of the test mule don’t give much away other than some idea of the car’s size. It will be almost as big as the company’s flagship Phantom limousine but will be able to offer the famous magic carpet levels of ride comfort both on- and off-road.
The company has confirmed that the car in the images is testing a new all-wheel drive suspension system and that it will have to be able to conquer “Belgian Pavé, cobblestones, corrugated concrete, noise development and measurement surfaces, resonance road, and acceleration bumps,” in order to make the grade.
The high rear spoiler also indicates that the car will stand much taller and is possibly there to increase the amount of body roll to replicate the behavior of a real off-roader.
Expect prices to start from somewhere around £250,000…
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Wraith launch film, “And the World Stood Still,” is being accepted into the British Film Institute National Archive.
To celebrate, the company created the Wraith “Inspired by Film,” which will debut at the New York auto show on Thursday.
The Rolls Royce Wraith Inspired By Film edition is “the most powerful and technologically-advanced Rolls-Royce in history,” with 624 bhp/465kW derived from a twin turbo V12, and a 0-60mph time of 4.4 seconds.
The launch film for the 2013 Wraith, a Tangerine Films production, had won Gold in the IVCA Awards 2014 Business to Consumer Promotion and Information category.
“We selected it for preservation as it is an outstanding and award-winning example of modern corporate promotional filmmaking,” said the BFI’s Senior Curator for Non-Fiction Films, Patrick Russell, in a joint-statement provided by Rolls. “It’s a powerful use of the film medium for product launch purposes, executed with impeccable craftsmanship.”
Sporting the colours of Abu Dhabi Police, the Rolls Royce Phantom has just debuted as the latest addition to the fleet of UAE police supercars.
The car debuted at Yas Mall on Sunday and marked the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council Traffic Week in Abu Dhabi.
The out-sized acquisition continues the tradition begun by Dubai Police, whose fleet of police cars includes a Lamborghini Aventador, an Aston Martin One-77, a Mercedes SLS, a Bentley Continental GT Speed, a Ferrari FF, a Bugatti Veyron and a McLaren MP4-12C.
ROLLS-ROYCE has unveiled its latest bespoke study, Serenity, a car with the most opulent cabin of any Rolls-Royce Phantom in history.
That’s because it sees a return to the forgotten art of dressing the interior in silk, rather than in leather.
The Serenity’s cabin, from its door panels to the roof liner are dressed in hand woven, hand-dyed, hand-embroidered and hand painted silk. Each panel of the material used required 600 hours of work.
Contrasting against the oriental-inspired silk motifs is the use of rare smoked cherrywood on the dashboard, fascia and the rear seat valances, which itself is balanced by use of cross-banded bamboo.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Rolls-Royce without some marquetry, this time in a floral pattern, laser cut and hand applied into the wood.
The car also serves as an automotive history lesson. Until leather became suitably soft, refined and malleable, it was not a material permitted to grace the interior of the finest automobiles. The chauffeur sat on leather while his passengers were cocooned in the finest silk.
“Having revisited the history of the amazing interiors of the elite Rolls-Royce’s of the early 1900s, we felt inspired to share this heritage with our new customers in a very contemporary way,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The silk used was sourced from Suzhou, China, a town where the thread was hand-dyed using methods dating back centuries. It was then hand woven, embroidered and painted in the UK.
Two Textile Arts graduates, Cherica Haye and Michelle Lusby, were enlisted to help develop a floral motif that blended contemporary design with imperial far-eastern traditions in order to create a sense of tranquility.
The British brand revealed in an open letter from Rolls-Royce chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer and chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes that it was in the process of developing its first-ever 4×4 car.
“Today we confirm that we are developing an all-new Rolls-Royce with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose … A car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain,” the letter read.
The automaker added that the new model would be “a high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture”, but gave no indication of price or when production would begin.
ROLLS-ROYCE has just unveiled the Suhail Collection which is the first bespoke collection to be offered across the firm’s full range of vehicles; the Phantom, Ghost and Wraith.
Suhail is one of the brightest star constellations and is believed by many to have been a major source of inspiration for the 10th-century Arabic mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham, the first scientist to put forward the notion that light is reflected into the eyes.
His pioneering work has left a lasting impression on Western scientific thinking that persists to this day.
Therefore, it should come as little surprise that celestial bodies, reflections and light are strong design and detailing themes that run throughout the bespoke collection of cars that bears its name.
The exterior paint finish is a unique moonstone pearl color that glistens and is off-set by a hand-painted Turchese Blue coachline.
Inside, the cabin’s ash burr wood fascias feature hand-matched and hand-set Suhail star emblems and the bespoke clock in the center of the dashboard console features the Suhail Ursa Minor and Major constellations on its clockface.
Contrasting creme light and turchese leathers have been selected for the seats and perhaps the most striking interior touch is the roof liner which, on the Phantom and Wraith models, illuminates like a constellation with hundreds of star lights plus an embroidered outline of the Suhail Ursa Minor and Major constellations.
ROLLS-ROYCE‘s gift to their fans at this year’s Paris Motor Show is a cool new version of the Phantom called Metropolitan Collection.
Inspired by the architecture, color palettes and friction between old and new that define the world’s greatest cities, the Phantom Metropolitan Collection will be strictly limited to just 20 commissions.
“I can think of no more fitting location than Paris to debut this remarkable new motor car. This is a city that echoes Rolls-Royce’s very special brand promise in perfectly combining the timeless and modern in a manner that celebrates the art of the master craftsperson,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“Our customers across the globe delight in challenging our designers and craftspeople to create true, one-of-a-kind pieces of automotive art. This latest Collection serves to showcase the extraordinary scope for Bespoke personalisation afforded to every patron of the marque.”
The new collection pays homage to the world’s greatest metropolises though incredibly intricate marquetry worked into a stylized city skyline motif that adorn the Phantom’s rear picnic tables and dashboard panels. Each repeat of the design is made up of over 500 individually shaped pieces of wooden veneer, shaped, treated and laid by hand, taking days to complete.
The rich browns of the woodwork are expertly offset by a specially created muted Aetherius grey leather tone for the seats.
A shade Rolls-Royce says was created to match that of the modern city and which also features a 6,800-stitch motif of a skyscraper.
The finishing interior touch is the first ever Rolls-Royce center console clock to feature a rotating bezel. The ring lists 24 of the world’s greatest cities — including Paris — and their time zones.
The car’s exterior color Darkest Tungsten is also a new addition to Rolls-Royce’s existing 44,000 color palette but of course customers can specify whichever finish they want.
Rolls-Royce says that almost every flagship Phantom that leaves its production facility features bespoke customization, as do 90 percent of Wraith and 80 percent of Ghost models.
British automaker ROLLS-ROYCE is stirring excitement in the auto community with the announcement of what seems to be a convertible slated for 2016.
In a statement issued to the press on Tuesday, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: “We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership.”
It is understood that the car is already in an advanced prototype stage, meaning that it will be ready to make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.
Despite being one of the most exclusive and elusive brands in the industry, Rolls Royce has already sold 1,968 cars this year, up 33.4% year-on-year according to its latest accounts, which were also published Tuesday.
It is a true GT tourer that’s as fast as it is comfortable and is a serious, luxurious alternative to anything with four seats that Ferrari, Aston Martin or Porsche can offer. The company has made no secret of the fact that the new car has indeed poached clients from all of those marques.
The ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is a special bespoke series that will only ever run to 35 examples, each of which will be finished in a special ‘Maggiore Blue’.
It’s a color developed to pay homage to the Bluebird K3, Campbell’s famous Rolls-Royce powered watercraft that on September 2, 1937 hit a top speed of 129.5mph (208.41km) across Lake Maggiore on the Italian-Swiss border. The run set a new world waterspeed record.
The Maggiore Blue paint is applied in nine layers and then is sanded back by hand to ensure a perfect surface to receive the finishing lacquered coat.
But it doesn’t stop there, as the company’s master coachline painter then spends four hours adding coachlines and Bluebird motifs.
The Phantom Drophead usually comes with a teak decking cover that raises to receive the roof when the top is down, but this has been replaced, for the first time, by brushed steel. However, each panel of this steel is hand beaten into shape, a task that takes 70 hours, then the brushed finish is also achieved by hand, adding a further 10 hours on to the process.
Inside, the doors feature hand engraving and there is prodigious use of Abachi wood. Chosen for its special qualities — it’s cool to the touch and has a satin-like finish — it is the first time the material has ever featured in a factory-built Rolls-Royce.
There is also a hand-embroidered panel on the glovebox which lists all of the records Campbell achieved at Lake Maggiore and Coniston Water.
The car will be revealed in Chelsea, London in front of an exclusive audience of invited guests on May 13 and will make its first public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa D’Este classic car show in Italy on May 23.
The Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom was created to celebrate China’s love of travel and to showcase the levels of craftsmanship the company can offer through its bespoke design studio.
The new Bespoke Collection car boasts an opulent two-tone exterior finish of Madeira Red and Silver Sand with complementing tones of leather and lambswool dressing the seats, roof liner and covering the floors.
The seats and rear cushions are further embellished with a specially designed motif, stitched in smoke grey thread.
But as impressive and cosseting as all of that is, it is nothing compared to the marquetry that adorns the instrument panel and other cabin surfaces.
The individual pieces of different colored wood veneers have been precision laser cut and then painstakingly assembled by hand to create the image of a train speeding across a landscape, leaving plumes of smoke in its wake.
In all, there are 230 individual pieces of marquetry adorning the cabin, from the front fascia to the rear passengers’ picnic tables. The incredible woodwork is complemented by some serious needlework too as the motif blends into the fabrics dressing the doors thanks to 24,633 individual stitches.
Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has confirmed plans to introduce its first-ever plug-in hybrid model within the next three years.
Speaking to Auto Express during the Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, Torsten Müller-Otvos, described hybrid technology as “essential in two years, maybe not from customer demand but through legal regulation on emissions,” if the car company wants to continue using V12 powerplants.
“A Rolls-Royce cannot come with any kind of compromise, and both the recharging times and the range were not acceptable for our buyers — but with hybrid technology that is no longer a problem,” said Müller-Otvos.
It is unclear what model Rolls-Royce could first implement a plug-in hybrid powertrain into, but the next-generation Phantom is a possible candidate.
It’s likely Rolls-Royce’s plug-in hybrid car would use technology from parent company BMW, which is set to launch the X5 eDrive (below).
While Rolls-Royce is now a self-sustaining business without influence from BMW, the prohibitive cost of developing an all-new plug-in powertrain means BMW’s help may be invaluable in getting such a car to market.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II boasts the perfect combination of performance, comfort and connectivity.
According to the company, that was Rolls-Royce’s brief when it set out to improve on the original car and as such the external changes are subtle: new headlights, a more tapered nose, tweaked front and rear bumpers.
However, inside, the car gets a wifi hotspot and a reworked multimedia interface for front and rear passengers and new seats. These seats actually have business and relaxation adjustment settings.
And to make sure that nothing disturbs the occupants, the Satellite Aided Transmission system (SAT), which debuted on the Ghost‘s sportier brother, the Wraith, last year, is also included. This clever system uses information from the satnav system regarding conditions and the road ahead to preemptively adjust the car’s gear selection for an even smoother ride.
Just like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that 2013 was a record year for clients customizing their cars and the trend looks set to continue.
Rolls-Royce says that bespoke customization requests are nearing the 100 percent mark and that 2013 was the busiest its team of artisans and craftsmen have ever been. In all, 95 percent of the 3,630 cars it sold globally over the past 12 months left the factory with bespoke options.
Globally, the company’s flagship Phantom remains the most popular car for customization for all clients, wherever they are based, with 98% of US Phantom owners and 95 percent of European clients specifying bespoke details or features. In Asia the trend is not yet as well established — only 86% of customers in the region decided to get creative with their care.
“This continuing growth in Bespoke sales in 2013 proves the fact that Rolls-Royce is the home of Bespoke in the luxury world,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification boasts greater power and will only be available for customers to commission for the next six months.
The company’s chief executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, says that the idea behind the limited edition is to celebrate “one of Ghost‘s defining characteristics: the exquisite 6.6-liter Rolls-Royce V12 engine.”
The car, which can be specified as a standard or extended wheelbase model, will feature a 30bph power increase over the standard edition, which translates into a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 4.7 sec.
Owners will also be able to select one of five specially developed exterior paint colors for the car or to select one from the company’s existing 44,000-hue palette. The vehicle will also sit on exclusive 21-inch part-polished wheels and can be specified with visible chromed exhausts.
Providing a subtle clue to passengers that the car is a little more exclusive than an everyday Rolls-Royce are V-Specification motifs which appear on the door treadplates, on the steel inlays to the front multimedia screen lid and embroidered into the rear armrest.
Completing the look is an exclusively designed clock with a black crown surrounding the face. The order book for the V-Specification opens Wednesday but will close again in June.