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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom Preview

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British luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has now confirmed a date for the debut of their most important model, the Phantom. The day is July 27, but if you are in a hurry to see what the new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom looks like, just keep scroll down a bit!

Yes, the new Phantom, the VIII as they call it, has already been leaked through some brochure evidently printed for some very important people in China. That is probably why RR released the above teaser photo to divert the attention back to the debut event. The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom, which will make its debut at ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ Exhibition at Bonhams in Mayfair, London, kind of looks like that other British icon with an ‘eighth’ at the end of his name, King Henry VIII. Just like the Tudor monarch this Roller is big and bulky and full of imposing presence. And just like him it likes to dress flamboyantly and taxes its subjects – buyers – insanely high for the privilege of its company.

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The Great Eight Phantoms event where the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom will make its public debut is the most exquisite Rolls-Royce exhibition of all time featuring a number of truly remarkable cars. Among the highlights there are Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Phantom VI State Limousine, the Phantom IV that belonged to the Aga Khan III, and the First Goodwood Phantom VII, plus of course Field Marshal Montgomery’s Phantom III and John Lennon’s Phantom V.

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Just a month ago, Rolls-Royce announced that it was testing an all-new aluminum architecture that would eventually underpin every Rolls-Royce model starting with the 2018 model year. The new architecture is built around an aluminum space-frame and according to Rolls, it “perfectly delivers the brands magic-carpet ride trademark.” At the time, Rolls also announced that it would soon begin testing mules underpinned by the new architecture, and it looks like we are getting a glimpse of one of the first mules – the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Considering the company claims the new underpinnings is resilient to extreme weather conditions, it’s no surprise that our photographers caught the new Phantom testing in the snow. As you can see, the Phantom is under heavy camo, that is to be expected since the new Phantom is at least a year away from hit showrooms.

We know that the new space-frame should make the Phantom significantly lighter but, at first glance, it doesn’t look like we’ll see too many exterior changes on the outside. Of course, it is still pretty early to be speculating, but let’s take a look at the pictures and see what is going on with this camouflaged mule.

Update 7/18/2017: It’s been eight months since we last saw the Phantom in prototype form, and now, a few leaked images of the 2018 Phantom flyer has given us an early look at what we can expect when it debuts. Check out our special section below to find out all about it.

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PostHeaderIcon John Lennon’s Phantom V

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You may have heard about Rolls-Royce’s Great Eight Phantoms exhibition set to go live at Bonhams from 29 July to the 2 August. This exhibition is going to feature some amazing cars such as Field Marshal Montgomery’s Phantom and now this, the wonderfully crazy John Lennon Phantom V.

The legendary rock-star John Lennon took delivery of this Phantom on 3 June 1965. It was a pristine Valentine Black Phantom V decked out lavishly with rear seat that converted to a double bed, a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a ‘floating’ record player and a custom sound system (which included an external loud hailer). Two year’s later, at the end of recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, John decided it was time to indulge in his eccentric millionaire fantasy and sent the Phantom V to Surrey coachbuilders, JP Fallon, for a new paint job.

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And this was the result, featuring a – for the time – psychedelic paint work which actually reflected the cover of the album with yellow background, a floral Romany scroll design, as used on gypsy caravans and canal barges, with a zodiac symbol on the roof. This car has had a truly rock-star life, ferrying Lennon and his band mates to receive their MBEs and seeing service with other rock stars such as Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues. n 1977, after a period in storage, it was donated by billionaire Jim Pattison to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where it currently resides.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge

Rolls-Royce never fails to impress. That much is clear after the British luxury brand released another special edition model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, adding to the seemingly hundreds of SE models unveiled to the public this year. This one is different, though. It’s a special edition Rolls-Royce Dawn that’s wearing the Black Badge name. This one, ladies and gentlemen, is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge.

For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Black Badge is what Rolls-Royce describes as a “permanent Bespoke family of motor cars” under the Rolls-Royce brand. It’s essentially made up Rolls-Royce models that have been transformed into better representations of a specific model’s full potential. The line was introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show when the British automaker brought with it the Ghost Black Badge and the Wraith Black Badge. Now it’s the Dawn’s turn to get the same treatment, and just like the two models that came before it, this one is peppered with extra features, added amenities, and an all-around sense of bespoke engineering that has come to define Rolls-Royce in recent years. The availability of the Dawn Black Badge is unique in its own way too since Rolls-Royce isn’t planning to roll out a specific number of models wearing the name. That’s because if anybody wants one, he or she will have to ask Rolls-Royce to build one for them.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge Set for GFoS Debut

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At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Rolls-Royce is going to introduce a new line of Black Badge models “beyond measurable limitations,” whatever that means. The car trusted with accomplishing this monumental task is the new Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge, an open-top luxury cruiser with a lot of attitude. 

Granted, in its essence Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge is a regular Dawn with some black trims added to it, but we have to say this awesome trailer they have made for the car kind of makes us want to believe there is a lot more to it:

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At any rate, the main highlights of Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge include the deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface,complemented with black canvas soft top and rear deck finished in black leather. The Spirit of Ecstasy lady on the front of the car is finished in black chrome, as are he front grille surround, boot lid finisher, exhaust pipes and air inlet finisher. The Black Badge treatment also include a slight bump in power with the V12 engine now making 593bhp (previously 563bhp) and 840Nm of torque (an increase of 20Nm).

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Rolls-Royce Black Badge Philosophy:

“Black Badge is for those driven by the same restless spirit that propelled company forefather C.S Rolls’ exploration of the limitations of powered land and air travel. It is an alter-ego for our marque that captivates the disrupters, the innovators and those that accept no limitations. Standing as a truly Bespoke response to the desires of a new breed of entrepreneur, Black Badge has already distinctly amplified the characters’ of Ghost and Wraith motor cars, placing them into consciousness of those that seek a commanding presence in the objects they commission. Overwhelming demand from new patrons of luxury tells us the time is now right to apply this assertive, confident and powerful attitude to Dawn and open this truly transformative presence to the world.”

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PostHeaderIcon 810-hp Rolls-Royce Wraith Built for Jon Olsson

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Swedish skier Jon Olsson is more famous for his outrageous cars than anything else, and the latest addition to his collection is only going to to add to bolster that fame. It’s a one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce Wraith fitted with some truly amazing kits and options. 

While Rolls-Royce purists will no doubt scoff at this Wraith as an abomination and an affront to everything the brand stands for, we think it’s actually very cool that Olsson force-fed his unique style to a car that is not even the last thing that springs to mind when  you think of skiing and adventure and an active lifestyle like the kind the Swede has. This car is an outlaw and that is why it could be the coolest Olsson car yet.

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Anyway, let’s see what kind of specs Jon Olsson’s special Rolls-Royce Wraith boasts. Well, the V12 engine in this car is boosted by around 200 horsepower to 810, which is enough to set those tires alight every time the accelerator is so much as stroked. The car also features a custom Quicksilver exhaust system – another un-Rolls-Royce-y highlght – massive Forgiato wheels, and a full set of LED lights. As with all Olsson cars, the Wraith features an urban/winter camp wrap and a roof rack for the all-important ski gear.

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PostHeaderIcon Field Marshal Montgomery’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III Goes on Display

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Celebrating the launch of the new Phantom, the eight generation of the car, Rolls-Royce has planned a huge exhibition called ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ at the end of July. Now they have announced that one of these greats will be a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III belonging to no other than British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery of WWII fame. 

Actually, during the war Field Marshal Montgomery has the use of three Rolls-Royce Phantom III, known as Monty’s Triple. The one starring in The Great Eight Phantoms exhibition in London will be the ‘Butler’ Phantom, the commander’s favorite, commissioned for Alan Samuel Butler, Chairman of the De Havilland Aircraft Company, with bodywork by HJ Mulliner of Chiswick.

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Monty used this car visiting such 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 the NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe in Rocquencourt, near Versailles, France. Another one of these III’s ferried Winston Churchill, General Eisenhower and King George VI to D-Day planning sessions at his base in Southwick House, Hampshire.

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Recently refurbished by P&A Wood in Essex, the main highlights of Montgomery’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III include a front-sloping windscreen that made the car 15 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the standard configuration, a Swept Tail design at the back, and extensive leather and woodwork inside the cabin.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition (1 of 1)

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A car dealer must have a helluva lot of prestige for Rolls-Royce to accept a one-off commission from them. H.R. Owen has that kind of cred, and so when they approached the Goodwood-based luxury maker they were only too happy to make the super special Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition for them. 

The one of a kind Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition celebrates H.R. Owen’s 85 years in motor cars business and pays homage to where one of Owen’s top branches, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London, is located, in the Mayfair area in the heart of Berkeley Square.

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As for what makes this Dawn special, the bespoke treatment begins with the Berwick Bronze colour scheme complementing the use of copper in this car. You find the charmingly rustic material on the dashboard, on the audio speakers and on the Arctic White seat bullets, as well as embroidered treadplates that read: “Special Commission – Mayfair Edition One of One”. Although this Dawn is very special to Owen, they are still car dealers and so they are already looking for a buyer for the Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition.

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Claus Andersen, Brand Director of Rolls-Royce, said: “We are delighted to welcome this ultra-rare car to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London, appropriately on an anniversary year for the dealership. Our clients value exclusivity very highly indeed, and this 1 of 1 Dawn Mayfair Edition has that overwhelming exclusive appeal. The success of the Berkeley Square showroom has put us in a position to be able to offer such a stunning car, and we’re excited to find its very lucky owner.”

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Wisdom Collection

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Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s biggest markets for Bespoke, one-off Rolls-Royce cars, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise they have commissioned a series of very special models called Rolls-Royce Wisdom Collection. Each of these one-offs is inspired by a cultural element significant in the region’s history and styled accordingly. 

Let’s begin with the Rolls-Royce Wisdom Collection Phantom Drophead Inspired by Desert Rose. True to its name, this Roller represents the delicate beauty of the desert rose with a two-tone exterior complete with maroon roof and coachline. As with all Wisdom model, inside the cabin the word “Hikma” which is Arabic for Wisdom is etched on the headrest while a quote from some dignitary is featured on the wood work of the dashboard.

The next model is a bespoke Rolls-Royce Ghost has been inspired by the ancient trade routes. Again, the name says it all and indicates what sort of colors you can expect to see on this car. It would be that of the desert route, which means warm and weak brown mixed with salty white complemented with special coachline and detailing.

Another Rolls-Royce Wisdom Collection is the Wraith Inspired by Falconry, a favortie sport of the region’s rich and famous. The iconic bird is featured on the vehicle’s coachline which comes in gold. The twin coachline falcon motif in Gold adorns the Andalusian White body that further contrasts with the bold interior in hues reminding of ever moving sand dunes at dawn or dusk.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Just Crushed 1,000 Diamonds to Make A Dull Paint for the Ghost

To say that Rolls-Royce makes luxury cars is an understatement. The iconic British firm goes beyond that, and it has been doing so since forever. You know those Bespoke models that pop up from time to time? Well, those aren’t rare, custom cars among standard models. Nearly every single model visits the Bespoke division before leaving the factory, because almost every Rolls-Royce (if not all) is tailored to customer specification. When you’re paying hundreds of thousands for a vehicle, you want to make it your own by adding all sorts of details and materials. It’s as simple as that!

Granted, it’s not wrong to say that Rolls-Royce is a luxury car manufacturer, but judging by the amount of bespoke and flamboyant features we see in most of its cars, we can file these products under “exuberant,” “rakish,” and in some cases even “ostentatious.” They’re opulent means of transportation of opulent people and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, in its wild desire to innovate, a company like Rolls-Royce tends to blow things out of proportion. It doesn’t happen too often, but the unique Ghost Elegance that the Brits displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the perfect example.

Yes, I’m talking about the Diamond Stardust paint.

Created for a what appears to be a very demanding owner, Diamond Stardust was created by crushing no fewer than 1,000 diamonds and mixing the resulted dust into the paint, in a process that lasted two months. Sounds pretty fancy and innovative, but there’s just one tiny problem. The dark gray color looks like a dull metallic paint. Sure, it looks as if the color has more glitter than the average metallic paint, but I’m not impressed.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say that Rolls-Royce made a too big of a fuss about this paint and the lengthy process it needed to be created. And it’s not like the Brits discovered how to make flying to Mars more affordable, it’s just a paint that’s not too different from a metallic hue you can get with any Toyota or Hyundai.

I’m anxiously waiting for the paint made from 100 pounds of unobtanium.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Just Crushed 1,000 Diamonds to Make Dull Paint for the Ghost

To say that Rolls-Royce makes luxury cars is an understatement. The iconic British firm goes beyond that, and it has been doing so since forever. You know those Bespoke models that pop up from time to time? Well, those aren’t rare, custom cars among standard models. Nearly every single model visits the Bespoke division before leaving the factory, because almost every Rolls-Royce (if not all) is tailored to customer specification. When you’re paying hundreds of thousands for a vehicle, you want to make it your own by adding all sorts of details and materials. It’s as simple as that!

Granted, it’s not wrong to say that Rolls-Royce is a luxury car manufacturer, but judging by the amount of bespoke and flamboyant features we see in most of its cars, we can file these products under “exuberant,” “rakish,” and in some cases even “ostentatious.” They’re opulent means of transportation of opulent people and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, in its wild desire to innovate, a company like Rolls-Royce tends to blow things out of proportion. It doesn’t happen too often, but the unique Ghost Elegance that the Brits displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the perfect example.

Yes, I’m talking about the Diamond Stardust paint.

Created for a what appears to be a very demanding owner, Diamond Stardust was created by crushing no fewer than 1,000 diamonds and mixing the resulted dust into the paint, in a process that lasted two months. Sounds pretty fancy and innovative, but there’s just one tiny problem. The dark gray color looks like a dull metallic paint. Sure, it looks as if the color has more glitter than the average metallic paint, but I’m not impressed.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say that Rolls-Royce made a too big of a fuss about this paint and the lengthy process it needed to be created. And it’s not like the Brits discovered how to make flying to Mars more affordable, it’s just a paint that’s not too different from a metallic hue you can get with any Toyota or Hyundai.

I’m anxiously waiting for the paint made from 100 pounds of unobtanium.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Just Crushed 1,000 Diamonds to Make Dull Paint for the Ghost

To say that Rolls-Royce makes luxury cars is an understatement. The iconic British firm goes beyond that, and it has been doing so since forever. You know those Bespoke models that pop up from time to time? Well, those aren’t rare, custom cars among standard models. Nearly every single model visits the Bespoke division before leaving the factory, because almost every Rolls-Royce (if not all) is tailored to customer specification. When you’re paying hundreds of thousands for a vehicle, you want to make it your own by adding all sorts of details and materials. It’s as simple as that!

Granted, it’s not wrong to say that Rolls-Royce is a luxury car manufacturer, but judging by the amount of bespoke and flamboyant features we see in most of its cars, we can file these products under “exuberant,” “rakish,” and in some cases even “ostentatious.” They’re opulent means of transportation of opulent people and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, in its wild desire to innovate, a company like Rolls-Royce tends to blow things out of proportion. It doesn’t happen too often, but the unique Ghost Elegance that the Brits displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the perfect example.

Yes, I’m talking about the Diamond Stardust paint.

Created for a what appears to be a very demanding owner, Diamond Stardust was created by crushing no fewer than 1,000 diamonds and mixing the resulted dust into the paint, in a process that lasted two months. Sounds pretty fancy and innovative, but there’s just one tiny problem. The dark gray color looks like a dull metallic paint. Sure, it looks as if the color has more glitter than the average metallic paint, but I’m not impressed.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say that Rolls-Royce made a too big of a fuss about this paint and the lengthy process it needed to be created. And it’s not like the Brits discovered how to make flying to Mars more affordable, it’s just a paint that’s not too different from a metallic hue you can get with any Toyota or Hyundai.

I’m anxiously waiting for the paint made from 100 pounds of unobtanium.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Phantom Retires After 13 Years in Production

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You thought it would go on forever, but even a car as exquisite as the Rolls-Royce Phantom cannot survive in today’s market without reinventing itself and incorporating new trends. It had a good run though, and after 13 years of ruling the super luxury segment the car is now retiring, opening up space for a brand-new model.

The current Rolls-Royce Phantom, known at the factory as the Phantom VII (the seventh generation from Phantom I built in 1925), marked the renaissance of the brand in 2003 when BMW acquired the business and vowed to make RR the definitive brand in luxury motoring again. Whichever way you look at it – sales, bespoke models, inspiring new models – they have been completely successful in implementing their vision. In all its years in the market the Phantom was never really challenged by any other car. Heck, it saw the coming and going of two new Maybach generations in that time, and that kind of says it all.

So the story of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII is one of utter and complete success. But the work is just beginning for the company’s brass, because they now have to come up with the replacement, the difficult second album. We just hope they stay true to the values of Rolls-Royce and its longstanding traditions.

Marking the end of production for Phantom VII is a special model boasting nautical theme imspired by 1930s ocean liners. Commissioned by a collector, the highlights of the final car include Blue Velvet exterior, twin coachline with ocean liner motif, Powder Blue leather interior with tone-on-tone embroidery, lambswool carpets which feature a hand-cut wake effect, unique clocks on the dashboard and partition wall, and a solid sliver Spirit of Ecstasy.

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“From its introduction a little over 90 years ago, every motor car that has borne the title ‘Phantom’ has reset the standard by which all other luxury goods are judged,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “As Phantom VII gracefully leaves the stage, having defined the first chapter in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce, we look forward to building on its remarkable success with the imminent arrival of its successor. A bold, new statement built on an all-new architecture promises to light the future of the world’s most celebrated name in luxury.”  

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Phantom Retires After 13 Years in Production

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You thought it would go on forever, but even a car as exquisite as the Rolls-Royce Phantom cannot survive in today’s market without reinventing itself and incorporating new trends. It had a good run though, and after 13 years of ruling the super luxury segment the car is now retiring, opening up space for a brand-new model.

The current Rolls-Royce Phantom, known at the factory as the Phantom VII (the seventh generation from Phantom I built in 1925), marked the renaissance of the brand in 2003 when BMW acquired the business and vowed to make RR the definitive brand in luxury motoring again. Whichever way you look at it – sales, bespoke models, inspiring new models – they have been completely successful in implementing their vision. In all its years in the market the Phantom was never really challenged by any other car. Heck, it saw the coming and going of two new Maybach generations in that time, and that kind of says it all.

So the story of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII is one of utter and complete success. But the work is just beginning for the company’s brass, because they now have to come up with the replacement, the difficult second album. We just hope they stay true to the values of Rolls-Royce and its longstanding traditions.

Marking the end of production for Phantom VII is a special model boasting nautical theme imspired by 1930s ocean liners. Commissioned by a collector, the highlights of the final car include Blue Velvet exterior, twin coachline with ocean liner motif, Powder Blue leather interior with tone-on-tone embroidery, lambswool carpets which feature a hand-cut wake effect, unique clocks on the dashboard and partition wall, and a solid sliver Spirit of Ecstasy.

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“From its introduction a little over 90 years ago, every motor car that has borne the title ‘Phantom’ has reset the standard by which all other luxury goods are judged,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “As Phantom VII gracefully leaves the stage, having defined the first chapter in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce, we look forward to building on its remarkable success with the imminent arrival of its successor. A bold, new statement built on an all-new architecture promises to light the future of the world’s most celebrated name in luxury.”  

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Phantom Retires After 13 Years in Production

Rolls-Royce Phantom Retires-0

You thought it would go on forever, but even a car as exquisite as the Rolls-Royce Phantom cannot survive in today’s market without reinventing itself and incorporating new trends. It had a good run though, and after 13 years of ruling the super luxury segment the car is now retiring, opening up space for a brand-new model.

The current Rolls-Royce Phantom, known at the factory as the Phantom VII (the seventh generation from Phantom I built in 1925), marked the renaissance of the brand in 2003 when BMW acquired the business and vowed to make RR the definitive brand in luxury motoring again. Whichever way you look at it – sales, bespoke models, inspiring new models – they have been completely successful in implementing their vision. In all its years in the market the Phantom was never really challenged by any other car. Heck, it saw the coming and going of two new Maybach generations in that time, and that kind of says it all.

So the story of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII is one of utter and complete success. But the work is just beginning for the company’s brass, because they now have to come up with the replacement, the difficult second album. We just hope they stay true to the values of Rolls-Royce and its longstanding traditions.

Marking the end of production for Phantom VII is a special model boasting nautical theme imspired by 1930s ocean liners. Commissioned by a collector, the highlights of the final car include Blue Velvet exterior, twin coachline with ocean liner motif, Powder Blue leather interior with tone-on-tone embroidery, lambswool carpets which feature a hand-cut wake effect, unique clocks on the dashboard and partition wall, and a solid sliver Spirit of Ecstasy.

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“From its introduction a little over 90 years ago, every motor car that has borne the title ‘Phantom’ has reset the standard by which all other luxury goods are judged,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “As Phantom VII gracefully leaves the stage, having defined the first chapter in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce, we look forward to building on its remarkable success with the imminent arrival of its successor. A bold, new statement built on an all-new architecture promises to light the future of the world’s most celebrated name in luxury.”  

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Phantom Specially Commissioned By Stephen Hung

Rolls-Royce prides itself on being at the absolute pinnacle of automotive luxury. It’s a position that the British car brand has cultivated with utmost dedication to its craft, and the results definitely speak for themselves. Today, Rolls-Royce holds a candle to no one in its segment, and the automaker has also become the go-to brand for luxurious establishments who are in need of a fleet of luxury vehicles. Take for example the soon-to-open “The 13” super luxury hotel in Macau.

Not content with building a $1 billion property in the heart of Macau, the hotel’s joint chairman, Stephen Hung, has ordered 30 bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantoms to serve as the hotel’s official guest transportation. Take those shuttle buses elsewhere, fellas. The 13 is rolling its guests in a lap of luxury, right down to its chauffeur-driven luxury rides.

As you can probably expect, the 30 Phantoms are all customized to the hilt and filled with just about every bespoke feature Rolls-Royce can fit on them. They’re collectively known as the “Phantom Specially Commissioned by Stephen Hung” series and all 30 vehicles represent the largest single commission Rolls-Royce has done in its own long and esteemed history. Seems appropriate then that Hung paid around $20 million for the order. At the very least, it’s in line with the extravagance of a hotel that itself comes with 200 multi-level suites, highlighted by the 30,000-square foot Villa de Stephen.

Hey, if you can order 30 highly bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantoms at a drop of a hat, you can have a villa named after you too.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom “Specially Commissioned by Stephen Hung” Series.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The luxury SUV bug has bitten its share of automakers in recent years. Up to now, Rolls-Royce has been an exception. Come 2015, luxury automaker has confirmed it is working on an SUV of its own.

Better late than never, Rolls-Royce.

News of Rolls’ interest in developing a luxury SUV came to light after design chief Giles Taylor told Autocar that his design team had begun tinkering with sketches of a potential SUV, possibly to gauge the feasibility of building one in the future. Taylor was also quick to point out that the team was still in the infancy stage of an SUV design and that any talk of “proportions and three dimensions” were premature. This changed dramatically in February 2015, when Rolls revealed that it’s working on a car “that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain.”

Although Rolls-Royce has no history with SUVs, the company cited vehicles from the past which have been successful in events such as the Scottish Reliability Trials and the Alpine Trials, and had the ability to carry their owners “over challenging terrain with absolute reliability and comfort” in Australia, India, and other parts of the world. The SUV’s true purpose is to challenge Bentley’s upcoming Bentayga, but the two won’t meet face to face earlier than 2017. Meanwhile, let’s see what Rolls-Royce might have in store for its first-ever SUV.

Updated 03/14/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming RollS Royce Cullinan out for a new testing session, somewhere in Sweden and next to a prototype of the new Phantom.

Continue reading to learn more about the future Rolls Royce SUV.


PostHeaderIcon Don't Even Bother Trying To Steal Rolls-Royce's Spirit Of Ecstacy Hood Ornament: Video

Badges and hood ornaments are arguably one of the most stolen parts of a car. You can add side mirrors, wheel caps, and sometimes, the entire wheels themselves on that list. But when it comes to the ornaments, there is one that’s considered the holy grail of them all: the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy. Needless to say, the luxury British brand has taken great lengths to ensure that the Spirit of Ecstasy, or the Flying Lady as some would call it, remains a permanent part of the car to the point that it becomes impossible to steal.

Mark Powell, the sales director of the Rolls-Royce dealership in Tampa Bay, made a demonstration on what happens when somebody tries to pry the Spirit of Ecstasy ornament from the hood of the car. A simple nudge of the ornament in any direction and the whole thing disappears out of site. The trick behind the hiding Flying Lady is a spring-loaded mechanism that Rolls-Royce began using in the 2003 Phantom. That mechanism jumps into action when the ornament is nudged and the ornament immediately retracts into the radiator shell under the hood of the car. The whole thing happens so quickly that any intention of stealing the ornament disappears just as fast.

To make the ornament feel more secure, Rolls-Royce also put in a button in the cabin of every one of its models whose sole purpose is to raise and lower the ornament at the whims of the owner.

It’s an incredible piece of engineering that often gets lost when people start talking about the opulence of these Rolls-Royce models. But it is an important part of the whole Rolls experience, especially if would-be owners decide that they’d want to have their Flying Lady’s covered in 24-carat gold plating or frosted crystals. In those instances, having that security measure helps prevent the ornament from falling into the wrong hands.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Wraith Regatta by Eddie Sotto

The past few days have given us a treasure trove of special edition Rolls-Royce models, ranging from the Ghost by Vitesse AuDessus and Bengala Automotive Design to the pair of Porto Cervo exclusives for the Dawn and Wraith models by Rolls’ very own Bespoke customer personalization program. Now we give you yet another exclusive, special edition Rolls-Royce courtesy of American experiential designer Eddie Sotto, who once was the Senior Vice President of Concept Design for Walt Disney Imagineering.

Given his experience and pedigree in design and craftsmanship, Sotto sought to find inspiration to create a special edition Wraith that literally lived by its “special edition” label. He found what he needed in the designs of classic wooden motor yachts so he set about giving the Wraith the full yacht treatment. The coupe’s exterior and interior were treated to an imaginative combination of actual mahogany and a variety of wood-paint combos to create a highly personalized bespoke custom job that speaks to the elegance and luxury characteristics that Rolls-Royce is famous for.

The custom work doesn’t come without its gulp-inducing moments. The whole thing costs more than $1 million, donor car included. Do the math and that adds up to around $350,000 for the actual Wraith and over $650,000 for the full-scale Regatta custom treatment. It’s definitely a king’s ransom, but one that comes with the exclusivity of being one of only a few Rolls-Royce Wraiths to have actual mahogany on the roof.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rolls-Royce Wraith Regatta by Eddie Sotto.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Ghost with Carbon Fiber by Vitesse AuDessus And Bengala

Vitesse AuDessus, a Maryland-based producer of premium aftermarket body components, has teamed up with Europe’s Bengala Automotive Design to create customized aesthetic packages for the existing Roller lineup, including the Phantom (sedan, convertible, and coupe body styles), Wraith, Dawn, and our personal favorite, the full-size Ghost luxury sedan. But we’ve seen countless customization programs for Rolls-Royce vehicles over the years, so what makes this one so special? To put it bluntly – oodles and oodles of carbon fiber.

Of course, these are Rolls-Royces we’re talking about, and as you might expect, not just any carbon fiber will do. Rather, these composite-laden Rollers get a material described as “a compressed carbon matrix,” which, according to the attached press release, is a material that’s a lot like the forged carbon fiber that Callaway Cars and Lamborghini use to create more speed. However, this time around, it’s getting used for looks, not velocity.

“As a designer I was inspired by the mosaic-like motifs and felt that the aesthetic could be elevated,” said Shoghi Saeidnia, Bengala’s owner and design chief, in regard to the carbon material. “I visualized a material with the look of honed granite that would communicate the antithesis of the current perception: opulent luxury as opposed to ascetic utilitarianism.”

So then – did Mr. Saeidnia succeed in his mission? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost with Carbon Fiber by Bengala and Vitesse AuDessus.


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