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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose by Spofec

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose by Spofec

The Novitec Group is arguably the biggest tuning company in the world. It’s tentacles run long, thanks in large part to sub-brands that cater to a specific automaker. We’re familiar with Novitec Rosso that works exclusively on Ferraris. We’ve also touched base with Novitec Torado with Lamborghini, Novitec Tridente with Maserati, and Spofec, which is responsible for developing programs for Rolls-Royce models. For this instance, the focus will be on Spofec and it’s latest tuning masterpiece, the Dawn Overdose.

You probably realize by now that the focus of this program is the Rolls-Royce Dawn. No surprises there. What you might find surprising though is the level of work that was put into creating a kit that not only adds a significant amount of extra power to the Dawn, but also gives it a wide-body kit that gives the lavish convertible a whole new level of physicality to it. The Dawn Overdose is an all-encompassing kit so if you happen to own Rolls’ newest luxury top-down and you’re itching to give it upgrades fit for a car of its status, there are few tuners who can do it about as comprehensive as the tuning company that literally gets its name from the “SPirit OF ECstasy.” Best hurry though because only eight units of the Dawn Overdose will be made created so if you miss out on any of these eight, you’ll be completely out of luck.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose by Spofec

Exterior

  • Wide body kit made from carbon fiber
  • Front fenders add 5.1-inches of width
  • New rocker panels with air intakes
  • Front and rear fascias are more aggressive
  • Wider body accommodates extra-wide, 22-inch wheels

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“A new carbon fiber wide body kit helps create a more muscular look to the Dawn.”

Working on a car like the Rolls-Royce Dawn can be especially tricky for a tuner. The challenge itself isn’t so much about giving the luxury convertible a new look, but in accomplishing that while trying to navigate around the design elements that already make the Dawn stand out. This is, after all, a Rolls-Royce creation, so it’s not like a tuner can just take out certain elements of its design, change it, and then say it’s an “improvement.”

Fortunately, the people at Spofec are well-versed in the art of customization, having already build a more subtle upgrade for the Dawn in the past. Now, it’s taking it a step further with a new carbon fiber wide body kit that helps create a more muscular look to the Dawn. The kit itself includes a host of significant components, none more visually apparent than the large fenders that contribute an extra 13 cm (5.1 inches) to the overall width of the Dawn at the front axle. It’s a jarring physical transformation by itself, but the good news is that Spofec complimented it by also adding a bigger front bumper. It’s the same story at the back where new air rocker panels have been added into the mix, each carrying its own air intake on each side. The rear bumper also gets an upgrade in size to maintain the consistency of the carbon fiber wide body kit while the addition of a carbon fiber spoiler lip is instantly recognizable.


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“The Dawn Overdose gets a new set of 22-inch SPOFEC SP1 alloy wheels that were specifically created for this program”

Finishing off the exterior upgrades for the Dawn Overdose kit is a new set of 22-inch SPOFEC SP1 alloy wheels that were specifically created for this program. Th wheels themselves measure 10.5Jx22 and are wrapped in 295/30 ZR 22 tires. Seeing as only eight of these kits will be made, I’d venture a guess that the wheels themselves are going to be about as exclusive as they come.

Interior


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“There are a rich number of choices to pick from, at least if you’re looking to dress up your Dawns to match your personality”

Interior upgrades are always the trickiest ones to gauge because of the level of customization and personalization that can be offered with programs like the Dawn Overdose. It’s no different here as SPOFEC’s offering for this section of the 2+2 luxury sedan involves a great deal of personalization from the customer. That said, there are a rich number of choices to pick from, at least if you’re looking to dress up your Dawns to match your personality. On that note, Spofec has an endless variety of premium and bespoke materials to choose from, be it fine leather, Alcantara, noble-wood inlays, and enough carbon trim components in a range of designs and colors that will literally make your head spin.

The example that we’re seeing here provides us a good sampling of what we can expect fro the Dawn Overdose program. It’s hard to make out what kind of shade it is, but it is more like tan leather than it is brown leather that covers just about every square inch of surface inside the cabin of the Dawn. Regardless of the technicalities surrounding the collar’s exact name, it is obvious that it’s made of premium craftsmanship, the likes of which we can only get from a tuner that’s as in sync to its clientele’s needs as Spofec.

Drivetrain

  • Tuned 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine
  • Turbo pressure increased
  • Ignition an injection timing remapped
  • New N-Tronic tuning module
  • Power increased by 115 HP & 118 LB-FT
  • Total Output: 686 HP & 723 LB-FT
  • 0-to-62 mph in 4.6 sec; 0.3 seconds faster than stock

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“That adds up to an increase of 115 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of twist over the Dawn’s standard power of 571 ponies and 605 pound-feet of torque”

If you’re familiar with the way any of the tuning companies under the Novitec Group operate, then you’ll know that all of them rely on a specific tuning kit to get those engine upgrades up and running. The kit itself is called “N-Tronic,” the tuner’s go-to, plug-and-play, processor-controlled tuning module that’s responsible for tuning the engine control unit on the Dawn’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine. Specific mapping for injection and ignition to go with moderate increases to the boost pressure help the Dawn increase its output to 686 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque. Do the math, and that adds up to an increase of 115 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of twist over the Dawn’s standard power of 571 ponies and 605 pound-feet of torque. Pretty impressive for a car that already packs quite a punch by itself.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is till the gearbox-of-choice and all that power is sent to the two rear wheels. The result of that power increase is a Dawn that can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, ridiculous for a car of its size. It’s also 0.3 seconds quicker, which tells you the quality of Novitec’s N-Tronic tuning module. Unfortunately, top speed sticks at 155 mph because it’s electronically-limited and Spofec didn’t think too much to even uncap it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing given that 155 mph is plenty fast enough for me.

Suspension and Brakes

  • Air suspension tuned to lower by 1.57 inches below 87 mph
  • Spofec carbon-ceramic braking system sheds 84 pounds from stock
  • Larger rotors measure 405 x 30 mm in the front and 395 x 38 mm at the back

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“Spofec is adding an air suspension system to the program, one that’s capable of dropping the convertible’s ride height by as much 40mm”

Needless to say, with this much going on as far as the Dawn’s performance capabilities are concerned, the need for suspension and brake upgrades are warranted. That’s why Spofec is adding an air suspension system to the program, one that’s capable of dropping the convertible’s ride height by as much 40mm, or around 1.57 inches. This feature is only available though up to speeds of 87 mph so anything higher than that, the whole body goes back up to its original level.

Complementing the air suspension unit is a new carbon-ceramic braking system from the tuner itself. This system comes with vented discs measuring 405 x 30 mm at the front and 395 x 38 mm at the rear axle. More to that, the whole unit actually weighs 38 kilos (84 pounds) less than the standard version. That’s the kind of functionality mixed in with quality use that I can get behind on.

Pricing


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Somewhat expectedly, pricing figures for the ultra-exclusive Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose program are available on a need-to-know basis. That’s usually the case with programs that offer a significant amount of personalization, largely because the scope and subsequent price of a specific upgrade may vary depending on the amount of owner-directed customization that goes on in the build of this kit.

Competition

Rolls-Royce Dawn by Mansory


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It’s true that most of the non-standard Rolls-Royce Dawns we’ve seen over the years are of the special edition variety. That seems to be a specialty of Rolls-Royce anyway considering that I’ve literally lost count of the number SE Dawns that have been released since the car itself made its debut in 2015. But there have also been tuners that have worked on developing programs for the luxury convertible, one of which is a pretty familiar name to al of you. Mansory’s program for the Dawn was presented for all the world to see back in April 2016. Among other bits and pieces, that program featured its own handful of aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades. It received a new front spoiler with larger air intakes and LED daytime running lights, a carbon fiber front lip, and a lightweight hood.

On the performance front, Mansory relied on its own versatile engine tuning module, one that was able to increase the convertible’s output up to a staggering 740 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. Yep, that’s an increase of 177 ponies and 162 pound-feet of twist, a clear-cut indicator that the Mansory-tuned Rolls-Royce Dawn is going to lay down and roll over for everyone. Even better, the increased power of the car also
helps it print from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It’s 0.4 seconds quicker than the standard model, though more importantly, it also beats out Spofec’s performance time by 0.1 seconds. It even has a higher top speed of 177 mph on account of the speed limiter getting its own update.

Read our full review on the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn by Mansory.

Conclusion


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I don’t think I’m the best authority when it comes to aftermarket tuning programs that come out of the Novitec Group umbrella. Not that I don’t consider myself to be well-versed in them, but more because I’ve always had a similar reaction whenever I see a Novitec program in the news. It’s hard not to be impressed with the time and dedication that were put into creating this kit, but more importantly, there’s that consistency in creating incredible work that Spofec has become known for. I’m sure that if you own a Rolls-Royce Dawn, the itch to get more out of it has probably crept up in your mind. Well, now you won’t have to think too much anymore because what Spofec is offering for the 2+2 luxury convertible is about as good as it gets for everybody involved.

  • Leave it
    • Limited to only eight units worldwide
    • Hard to come by as it is
    • Other options available

References

Rolls Royce Dawn


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn.



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PostHeaderIcon SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose Unveiled by Novitec

Novitec’s division in charge of upgrading Rolls-Royce automobiles, as you may know, is called SPOFEC. They have just come up with a new model which has the most apt name ever given to a tuner car. SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose is exactly that, an overdose on style, performance, and meanness!

The Overdose series has already given us a pretty cool Wraith. And although SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose features the same sort of upgrades, the very convertible-ness of this one makes it a much nicer proposition than that coupe. The sense of drama is a lot greater with this Dawn. What’s more it gets to show off its bright interior which is a nice complement for that unashamedly sporty body. While Rolls-Royce purists may find this treatment rage-inducing, the current RR clientele – you know, the rappers, reality TV stars, and like – will absolutely love it.

SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose features a massive body kit consisting of completely bespoke front and rear bumpers with large intakes, new front wings, flared rear arches, side skirts, and rear wing. The carbon fiber kit is penned by German designer Vittorio Strosek and he is going to license only 8 Dawns to use this kit so as to maintain exclusivity. The styling package is nicely complemented with SPOFEC SP1 22 inch wheels and recalibrated suspension which drops the car down and then further down at speeds above 140 km/h. That’s a good thing, because the ricked-out V12 engine in this car now makes 686 horsepower and provides a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds.





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PostHeaderIcon Breaking News: Groundhogs Love Rolls-Royce

Who would have thought that those furry little ground dwellers would even have a preference of car? You would think that something like a Chevy Cruz, Ford Focus, or even a Mazda3 would be good enough. Even an Acura or a Lexus would have been more expected, but nope – that isn’t the case at all. As it turns out, Groundhogs are madly in love with Rolls-Royce vehicles. More specifically, the Rolls-Royce Phantom. As you can see from the images above, this groundhog, who asked to remain anonymous, is madly in love with the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

We’re unsure of the backstory here, or why our anonymous friend seems to love that Phantom so much, but he sure did spend plenty of time walking around underneath it, rubbing against the tire, and even considered building himself a den inside the engine bay. Don’t worry folks; he’s a bachelor, so there’s no chance of his offspring getting caught up in the cooling fans by mistake.

Okay, the truth is that we don’t know who the groundhog was or what he was doing there, but what do you think? We received these images along with a batch of Phantom photos and couldn’t help but spread the word about this little guy’s interest in one of the world’s best luxury cars. Is he friend or is he foe? Was he just curious? Check out the few shots we have of this little guy below, then let us know your opinion in the comments section.

References

Rolls Royce Phantom


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Read our full review on the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom.

PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions

Neiman Marcus’ annual Christmas Book has just been unveiled, and as expected, a car is included in it. This year’s different though because instead of offering just one ride in the catalog, Neiman Marcus is rolling out two special edition Rolls-Royce Dawns, each one dressed in a unique summer look that promotes a his-and-hers vibe.

In keeping with the summertime theme, each of the two Rolls-Royce Dawn models also get names attached to them. One is called the Dawn Lago di Como, a nod to Italy’s famous Lake Como, a favorite tourist destination in the hot months. The other is called Dawn Saint-Tropez, named after the French coastal town that’s famous for being the playground of the rich and famous. In those terms, these two Dawn models appear to have been named appropriately considering their own pedigree as Rolls-Royce models. As expected, the Dawn Lago di Como and the Dawn Saint-Tropez will be extremely limited with only 20 total models set to be made available, presumably just 10 for each of the two SE Dawns. That said, before you start placing your orders, remember that items from Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book don’t come cheap. That’s certainly the case for these two Dawns as one of them – the Lago di Como – costs $439,625 whereas the other – the Saint-Tropez – is priced a little higher at $445,750. Either way, you’re bank accounts will have their work cut out for them should you decide to get either one of these two beauties.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions.

What makes the Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions special


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“It’s defining feature is its blue paint finish, which is supposed to evoke the beautiful blue waters of Lake Como.”

I don’t know if it was a case of timing, coincidence, or both, but when I wrote about the 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible Neiman Marcus Edition yesterday – that one that was headed to the auction block – I had no inkling that the luxury department store was set to unveil this year’s Christmas Book. In any case, let’s chalk down that up to a happy coincidence.

Now about these two special edition Dawns. Let’s take a look at the Dawn Lago di Como first. It’s defining feature is its blue paint finish, which is supposed to evoke the beautiful blue waters of Lake Como. The exterior look is completed by a silver hood and a silver fabric top. Inside, the treatment involves the use of black and grey leather and a brushed aluminum dashboard. There’s no mention of any badges or plaques denoting the model as an exclusive to Neiman Marcus, but you can rest assured that if history is an indication, there’s going to be some of them in there in some form or fashion.

The other special edition Dawn is the Saint-Tropez Edition. It’s flashier in terms of appearance, thanks in part to the use of orange as the main body color of the luxury drop-top. It also gets a silver hood and silver fabric top just like the Lago di Como Edition. But the best part of the Dawn Saint-Tropez Edition is its interior, particularly how it stands out compared to its Lago di Como counterpart. Officially, Rolls-Royce calls it a Seashell and Dark Spice upholstery, though you can be forgiven for thinking of the colors simply as white, orange, and dark reddish-brown. It also gets open-pore wood on the panels and lambswool floor mats, two features that are distinctly absent from the Dawn Lago di Como.

Unlike the 2016 Mustang Convertible that was featured in the 2015 Christmas Book, neither of the two special edition Dawns received any engine upgrades. It would’ve been unlikely anyway owing to the car’s status, but it’s still something worth mentioning. In any case, both special edition models are powered by a massive 6.6-liter V-12 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to make a statement.


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“Only 20 units are going to be made of them – 10 for each version – and there’s a precedent for these SEs to sell out quickly”

So now that the two Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Edition models have been revealed, the question is which of the two are you most likely to get? Remember, only 20 units are going to be made of them – 10 for each version – and there’s a precedent for these SEs to sell out quickly. If you’re ready to make the financial commitment, remember that the Dawn Lago di Como Edition carries a price tag of $439,625. It’s a tough price to reach, but hilariously enough, it’s also the “cheaper” of the two SE Dawns as the Dawn Saint-Tropez Edition is slightly more expensive at $445,750.

References

Rolls Royce Dawn


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn.


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Read more Rolls Royce news.

PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions

Neiman Marcus’ annual Christmas Book has just been unveiled, and as expected, a car is included in it. This year’s different though because instead of offering just one ride in the catalog, Neiman Marcus is rolling out two special edition Rolls-Royce Dawns, each one dressed in a unique summer look that promotes a his-and-hers vibe.

In keeping with the summertime theme, each of the two Rolls-Royce Dawn models also get names attached to them. One is called the Dawn Lago di Como, a nod to Italy’s famous Lake Como, a favorite tourist destination in the hot months. The other is called Dawn Saint-Tropez, named after the French coastal town that’s famous for being the playground of the rich and famous. In those terms, these two Dawn models appear to have been named appropriately considering their own pedigree as Rolls-Royce models. As expected, the Dawn Lago di Como and the Dawn Saint-Tropez will be extremely limited with only 20 total models set to be made available, presumably just 10 for each of the two SE Dawns. That said, before you start placing your orders, remember that items from Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book don’t come cheap. That’s certainly the case for these two Dawns as one of them – the Lago di Como – costs $439,625 whereas the other – the Saint-Tropez – is priced a little higher at $445,750. Either way, you’re bank accounts will have their work cut out for them should you decide to get either one of these two beauties.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions.

What makes the Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions special


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“It’s defining feature is its blue paint finish, which is supposed to evoke the beautiful blue waters of Lake Como.”

I don’t know if it was a case of timing, coincidence, or both, but when I wrote about the 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible Neiman Marcus Edition yesterday – that one that was headed to the auction block – I had no inkling that the luxury department store was set to unveil this year’s Christmas Book. In any case, let’s chalk down that up to a happy coincidence.

Now about these two special edition Dawns. Let’s take a look at the Dawn Lago di Como first. It’s defining feature is its blue paint finish, which is supposed to evoke the beautiful blue waters of Lake Como. The exterior look is completed by a silver hood and a silver fabric top. Inside, the treatment involves the use of black and grey leather and a brushed aluminum dashboard. There’s no mention of any badges or plaques denoting the model as an exclusive to Neiman Marcus, but you can rest assured that if history is an indication, there’s going to be some of them in there in some form or fashion.

The other special edition Dawn is the Saint-Tropez Edition. It’s flashier in terms of appearance, thanks in part to the use of orange as the main body color of the luxury drop-top. It also gets a silver hood and silver fabric top just like the Lago di Como Edition. But the best part of the Dawn Saint-Tropez Edition is its interior, particularly how it stands out compared to its Lago di Como counterpart. Officially, Rolls-Royce calls it a Seashell and Dark Spice upholstery, though you can be forgiven for thinking of the colors simply as white, orange, and dark reddish-brown. It also gets open-pore wood on the panels and lambswool floor mats, two features that are distinctly absent from the Dawn Lago di Como.

Unlike the 2016 Mustang Convertible that was featured in the 2015 Christmas Book, neither of the two special edition Dawns received any engine upgrades. It would’ve been unlikely anyway owing to the car’s status, but it’s still something worth mentioning. In any case, both special edition models are powered by a massive 6.6-liter V-12 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to make a statement.


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“Only 20 units are going to be made of them – 10 for each version – and there’s a precedent for these SEs to sell out quickly”

So now that the two Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Edition models have been revealed, the question is which of the two are you most likely to get? Remember, only 20 units are going to be made of them – 10 for each version – and there’s a precedent for these SEs to sell out quickly. If you’re ready to make the financial commitment, remember that the Dawn Lago di Como Edition carries a price tag of $439,625. It’s a tough price to reach, but hilariously enough, it’s also the “cheaper” of the two SE Dawns as the Dawn Saint-Tropez Edition is slightly more expensive at $445,750.

References

Rolls Royce Dawn


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn.


2017 Rolls Royce Dawn in Fuxia - image 727499

Read more Rolls Royce news.

PostHeaderIcon Rolls Royce History and Photo Gallery

Rolls Royce dates back to 1906 with the foundation of the company known as Rolls Royce Limited. This English company originally specialized in the production of aircraft engines, with automobile manufacturing consisting of only a small portion of its total business.

One of the first policies of Rolls Royce Limited was to stick with one brand of automobiles so that its business remained diversified. In 1906, the first model to be manufactured was known as the 40/50 hp. This model remained the sole vehicle produced by Rolls Royce until 1922 when the Twenty model was developed. It was brutally clear that the automobile business segment would not remain sustainable unless a mixture of models was produced. In the early 1930s, Rolls Royce purchased the assets of one of its competitors known as Bentley with high hopes of unremitting growth and pavement pounding expansion.

Most of the company’s business was initially undertaken in England, but in 1921 it was decided that a plant would be opened in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was in the Springfield plant that one of the company’s more popular models, the Phantom I, was produced. It should be noted that until 1946, Rolls Royce only manufactured the chassis, or internal framework, for automobiles. In 1946, the business transitioned its operations to Crewe, a town near Cheshire, England. Some of the complete cars that were built by Rolls Royce include the Silver Dawn, the Phantom IV, the Silver Cloud, the Silver Spirit, and the Silver Shadow.

Interestingly, the Rolls Royce has not always been focused on producing road rolling vehicles as most of the Rolls Royce business actually centered on the open skies: aircraft engine production. Eventually, what was originally the Rolls Royce Limited business split into two separate groups: Rolls Royce Group plc and Rolls Royce Motors. The separation caused several technical complications, specifically dealing with the accounting treatment for each separate group. Further complicating the matter was the purchase of the Rolls Royce Motors division in the late 1970s by Vickers. This group would remain as the sole owners until 1998, when the motors division was sold again to Volkswagen. Terms of the transaction states that Rolls Royce Group plc would retain some of the intellectual property rights as part of the agreement. Eventually, a new manufacturing center would be opened in West Sussex, and this plant still remains in existence.

Today, some of the more popular Rolls Royce models include the Phantom and Ghost. These models continue to be the core of the business. In as recently as 2011, Rolls Royce set record sales figures, a clear indication that the business has enjoyed continual success. Today, the official name of the automotive division is “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.”









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PostHeaderIcon Rogert Daltrey’s One-Off Rolls-Royce Wraith “Inspired By Music” Hits The Auction Block

Roger Daltrey may not be on the level of John Lennon or Mick Jagger in the annals of British rock star legends, but The Who frontman is still a legend in his own right. His status as a rock icon is one of the reasons why he was part of the Rolls-Royce Wraith’s “Inspired by Music” tribute. Nine total one-off versions were created, two of which were dedicated to Daltrey and The Who. One of those models, the “Tommy” Edition, recently hit the auction block, pulling in £208,000, or about $270,000 based on current exchange rates.

Like most celebrity cars, proceeds from the sale of the Wraith Inspired by Music Tommy Edition didn’t go to Daltrey’s pockets. Instead, it’s going to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K.-based nonprofit organization that provides specialist support to young people diagnosed with cancer in the U.K. Daltrey is an “honorary patron” of the charity so it’s no surprise that he’d pick the Teenage Cancer Trust as the beneficiary of the auction. In his own words, he said: “Seven young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the U.K. This car has become an incredible collectors’ item, and it’s gratifying to know that the proceeds of the sale will support such a worthy cause.” In the end, the car itself may have sold for less than the £235,416 ($304,700) price of a brand-new Wraith, but don’t get it twisted. $270,000 is still a significant sum for anybody, let alone an organization like the Teenage Cancer Trust that needs all the help it can get to function the way it wants to.

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PostHeaderIcon The Process Of Personalizing Your Rolls-Royce Is More Sophisticated Than It Looks

It must be really fulfilling to own a personalized Rolls-Royce that’s a few contrast stitches short of actually being created in your name. Most regular folk will never come close to experiencing that feeling, but for those with pockets that run as deep as the ocean floor, personalizing a Rolls-Royce model is as good of a chest-puffing exercise as anything all the gyms and sandboxes in the world have to offer.

If you are an average guy like me, the closest we’ll ever get to that experience this is through this video. Don’t feel too bad about it because it is, quite frankly, a very informative look at the process of personalization that’s brought to its customers by Rolls-Royce. Goodwood Road & Racing’s recent visit with Nick Osy de Zegwaart, Rolls’ “bespoke sales manager” of North America and Europe, showed as much. As you might expect, there’s tremendous attention to detail that comes with giving a Rolls-Royce the custom bespoke treatment. I’m tempted to say that all these elements of bespoke personalization are excessive enough in their own right, but since this is Rolls-Royce we’re talking about, there’s really no limit to what’s possible in the eyes of the company, other than your budget, of course.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls Royce Dawn in Fuxia

Billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Fux is no stranger to enjoying the finer things in life. Case in point: the man is known in the auto circles for his passion for Rolls-Royce. It’s not enough though for him to just have one Roller in his garage. Nope. That’s not how Fux rolls, no pun intended. Fux actually has 11 of them. 11 Rolls-Royce vehicles, each personalized to the heavens just to meet his specific whims. It’s no surprise, then, that Rolls-Royce treats Fux as one of its most important clients, important enough at least to receive this one-off Rolls-Royce Dawn that’s more specifically called the “Dawn in Fuxia.”

Wordplay notwithstanding, the Dawn in Fuxia is unique in a lot of ways, not the least of which is the fact that it belongs to Fux, hence the clever way Rolls decided to spell “fuchsia.” There are other important details about this one-off Dawn, but it really is that color scheme that makes it stand out. Not only does it look gravitating in it of itself, but it’s also super exclusive, and by “super exclusive,” I mean that nobody else in the world – not a sheikh, a billionaire, or anybody else – will have access to that specific color. Only Michael Fux can use that color because he was the one who asked Rolls-Royce to create it in the first place, specifically for this particular Dawn. Even better, it’s not the only shade that Fux has exclusive rights to. There are 11 of them in total and each one of them is only available to the man who has been an unabashed supporter of the British luxury brand.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Introduced in 2007, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe marked the return of the company’s flagship convertible after a five-year hiatus, with the Corniche V having been discontinued in 2002. Based on the massive Phantom sedan, which was retired in 2016, the Drophead Coupe was also laid to rest after some nine years on the market. With the brand-new Phantom VIII in the spotlight, it’s time to talk about the next-generation Drophead Coupe, which could be less a couple of years away.

Much like its predecessor, the upcoming Drophead Coupe will use the underpinnings and technology found in the sedan. It will also borrow most design features, so now that we’re familiar with the Phantom, it’s safe to say that the Drophead Coupe isn’t much of a mystery. Thanks to a rendering provided by Xtomi, we can also have a closer look at the car long before it goes into production. Find out everything you need to know about the next-generation Phantom Drophead Coupe in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: The Tesla Model 3 Isn’t That Affordable; Toyota Supra Without a Manual? Yikes!

If you’ve been reading my rants, you probably know I’m a big fan of the manual transmission, and I hate almost everything with an automatic. Yeah, I’m the guy who went as far as to say that the Dodge Challenger Demon sucks because it doesn’t have a stick and a clutch. Well, bring out the tar and the feathers because I have a big announcement to make: the next-generation Supra will suck too! Why? Well, some leaked documents say that the all three drivetrains fitted in the upcoming model will have automatic transmissions only.

And, here’s the thing. While you might argue that the Challenger Demon needs an automatic to achieve all that amazing performance at the drag strip, the new Supra wasn’t designed to win NHRA races. It’s a freakin’ sports car in which you’re supposed to have fun. And, the best fun can only come by way of a proper shift stick and three pedals. Seriously now, this automotive evolution is ruining a lot of cars, and the Supra is probably the biggest one yet. Stop chasing profits only and give people what they want. Man, it’s so long since I last yelled “shut up and take my money!” toward a carmaker. And this is just the tip of the iceberg this week…

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Takes Shots At Bentley Bentayga, Essentially Calls It A Rebadged Model

The rivalry between Rolls-Royce and Bentley is real and if anybody still doesn’t see it that way, Rolls CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes’ recent comments about the Bentley Bentayga has made it abundantly clear that there’s still no love lost between the two former stablemates. Speaking with Auto News Europe about the upcoming launch of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV, or “all-terrain, high-sided vehicle” as Rolls would like everyone to call it, Mueller-Oetvoes emphasized that the Cullinan will not use “mass-manufactured body shell,” unlike a certain model that he essentially described as a “camouflaged Audi Q7.

You don’t need to be an expert in the acrimonious history between the two brands to know that Mueller-Oetvoes is referring to the Bentayga, which uses the same MLB Evo architecture that can be found underpinning the aforementioned Q7, as well as the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. Apparently, Mueller-Oetvoes believes that the approach of platform sharing limits what can be done on the design end of the SUV, which in turn “undermines exclusivity.” For its part, the Cullinan won’t have that problem because it will be riding on the luxury brand’s new “Architecture of Luxury,” a scalable, aluminum space frame platform that was designed specifically to accommodate Rolls-Royce models. The all-new Phantom is the first model to make use of the architecture though it also won’t be the last since the Cullinan, as well as next-gen models of the Ghost, Dawn, and Wraith, will all make use of it at some point.

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PostHeaderIcon You Can Now Configure The Rolls-Royce Phantom Of Your Dreams

Online configurators are a beautiful thing. They serve a variety of functions for a variety of people. Those who have the finances to actually buy the things they create in these configurators can get really personal with their soon-to-be prized acquisitions. But for the rest of us, online configurators are about the closest thing we can have to our very own models without actually paying for them in the end. This is important because Rolls-Royce just launched an online configurator for the all-new, eighth-generation Phantom luxury sedan, and as you can expect, I went crazy with it.

While it’s true that there are certain elements about the all-new Phantom that will be consistent among all models – the bespoke all-aluminum platform and the equally new twin-turbo 6.75-liter V-12 engine being two of them – the rest of it is up to the buyer’s imagination. The automaker did say that when it comes to the new Phantom, you don’t end up buying one; you commission one. Notwithstanding the sentiment that Rolls’ position is far easier said than done, the new online configurator does give us the freedom to personalize our very own Phantoms the way we see fit. Nothing is going to come out of it other than personal gratification, but it is a very cool and exciting exercise nonetheless. In light of that, I went ahead and played around with the online configurator, the results of which you can see below.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom Gets an Online Configurator

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One of the coolest things about buying a Rolls-Royce is the treatment they give you, from the first stages of choosing the specs and trims to the actual handover of the vehicle. That is why we don’t get the point of the online configurator they have launched for the new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

We suppose this is of some use to th e young and busy entrepreneurs who don’t have the time to go into the showroom and spend half a day playing around with the colors and materials and options list. They could just log on, click a few buttons and await the delivery of their super deluxe vehicle a few months later. But this whole thing runs in the face of all Rolls-Royce values. They used to say that each car that leaves the factory is bespoke in one way or another. That sentiment has lost all meaning now. Now you can spec-up your Roller on the toilet!

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At any rate, the online configurator for 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is a pretty comprehensive tool with options for themes, trims, colors, packages, wheels, what have you. We seriously doubt you can finish tailoring your Phantom during just one dump. And to recap, the new Phantom is a more sophisticated product than its predecessor, both to look at and under the skin. It gets a new 6.75-liter V12 with 563 horsepower and 663lb-ft (900Nm) of torque which not only delivers better performance, it’s also more refined and considerably quieter than the old one. You can hear your hair growing in this car.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

If there was ever an automaker that had a flagship model lead the way to success, that would be Rolls-Royce, riding on the magic carpet ride that has been the Phantom. With roots that predate World War II and an illustrious history that was only put on hold for a short period of time between 1939 and 1950 due to the second World War, the Phantom is one of the longest-running models in automotive history. It has always been the epitome of luxury, even when the very first model that took the streets by storm back in 1925. Over the years, the Phantom has seen a total of seven generational shifts with the most recent happening for the 2018 model year. The new Phantom VIII debuts with a fairly fresh look, an all-new aluminum architecture, and an all-new 6.75-liter, turbocharged, V-12. The 2018 Phantom also takes a huge step into the modern era with a new digital instrument cluster, updated infotainment system, and night vision, among other things.

And, if that’s not good enough for you, this baby even has “The Gallery,” which is a new take on the dashboard that allows customers to specify what works of art they want displayed inside the vehicle on the upper dash. If that doesn’t redefine luxury, nothing ever will. That new V-12 delivers a cool 563 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, so there’s plenty of power to go with that luxury as well. With that in mind, it’s time for us to take a much deeper look into the new Phantom VIII, so let’s get to it, starting first with something that can’t be ignored – it’s unique and illustrious history.

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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 said 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 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. Known under code name Cullinan, the British SUV has been spotted numerous times on public roads, and most recently it was photographed while being hooned on the Nurburgring track.

Updated 10/24/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Rolls Royce Cullinan out for a new testing session, and this time they were able to take also a few shots of the interior.

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First Official Images


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Spy Shots

October 24, 2017 – Rolls Royce Cullinan reveals its interior


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July 28, 2017 – Rolls Royce Cullinan caught testing on the Nurburgring


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March 14, 2017 – Rolls Royce Cullinan caught testing in Sweden


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March 9, 2016 – First mule caught testing


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Exterior


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“I don’t expect the company to come up with a revolutionary design for its first SUV.”

Although this will be Rolls-Royce’s first-ever SUV, I don’t expect the company to come up with a revolutionary design for it. And the spy shots come to confirm just that, with the prototype sporting the same massive chrome grille, as well as a pair of slim headlamps similar to those seen on the Ghost and Phantom sedans. On the other hand, the SUV appears to have a different configuration below the grille, where it showcases a larger bumper and the obligatory skid plate.

The rear end is where this Rolls-Royce will be like no other production car from the firm, mostly due to its wagon-like roof and tailgate. However, it seems that the SUV will sport Phantom-type taillights instead of the larger, horizontal units you’d expect to see on a vehicle of this type. Having already seen the brand-new Phantom VIII, it’s safe to assume that it served as inspiration for the SUV. So look for even slimmer headlamps, a more refined front grille, and a sleek beltline.


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“Although this will be Rolls-Royce’s first-ever SUV, I don’t expect the company to come up with a revolutionary design for it.”

The slightly upswept bumper will showcase more underbelly protection and larger exhaust pipes. Expect the same clean design to distinguish the SUV’s profile below the waistline. Naturally, the SUV will ride higher than any other Rolls-Royce vehicle and feature 22-inch, if not larger, wheels. An important change that will set the SUV apart from other RR models will be shorter wheelbase. The Phantom-based mule that was spotted testing in Europe in early 2016 has a shorter wheelbase than the sedan.

Interior


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“Not surprisingly, the Cullinan's cabin is almost identical to the new Phantom VIII”

Although it’s been spotted on road since early 2016, it took more than a year for Rolls-Royce to have the interior ready and for our paparazzi to snap a few shots of the interior. And not surprisingly, the Cullinan’s cabin is almost identical to the new Phantom VIII. Though most elements are still hidden from sight, it’s pretty obvious that it shares almost everything with the sedan. So expect the same massive dashboard with the big infotainment display in the middle, a wide and tall center console, and big A/C vents atop the controls in the center stack. There are a few changes though, with the center section of the console feaeturing a more conventional layout.

The spy shots also show a BMW-sourced steering wheel, but expect it to be replaced by a fancier wheel based on that of the Phantom.


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“Expect it to come draped in the finest leathers and Alcantara”

Much like any Rolls-Royce out there, expect it to come draped in the finest leathers and Alcantara, with plenty of wood veneers and aluminum to decorate most of the dashboard and the door panels. All these features will be highly customizable, with hundreds of colors and finishes available. Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division will also enable buyers to configure their SUV to unique specifications. On top of offering segment-leading roominess, the cabin should also be very quiet and comfortable. Since many Rolls-Royce owners spend most of their time in the back seat, the Brits will focus on turning that area into a luxury lounge.

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Drivetrain


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“A lot may change in this department before this SUV goes into production, but knowing Rolls-Royce, a V-12 powerplant is very likely.”

A lot may change in this department before this SUV goes into production, but knowing Rolls-Royce, a V-12 powerplant is very likely. The Brits will most likely go with the Ghost’s twin-turbo, 6.6-liter mill, which should receive an extensive update before then, as well as the already familiar eight-speed, ZF automatic transmission. I expect the combo to send in excess of 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the wheels, to make the SUV the second-most powerful Rolls-Royce after the Wraith.

On the other hand, the revised, twin-turbo 6.75-liter V-12 in the new Phantom VIII is also an option. The unit is good for a healthy 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque in the sedan, so it shouldn’t be a problem to tweak it to around 600 horses.

Although Rolls doesn’t use hybrid drivetrains as of 2017, it is very likely the SUV will receive one, especially since both the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus are set to make use of this technology. If I were to guess, I’d say the Brits will borrow it from parent company BMW.

Prices


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The Bentley Bentayga might be the world’s most expensive SUV in 2017, but it will most certainly lose that title as soon as Rolls-Royce’s hauler becomes a reality. At around $230,000, the Bentayga will be somewhat of a bargain compared to the $350,000 Rolls-Royce is likely to ask for its SUV. This figure is only speculation, but I don’t see Rolls-Royce placing it below the Ghost’s sticker, which is set at around $250,000.

Competitors

Bentley Bentayga


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The Bentley Bentayga is the obvious choice as the most direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce SUV. The idea of an SUV coming from both luxury brands seemed far-fetched as recently as 10 years ago, but times sure have changed. In its first foray into the luxury SUV market, Bentley has prepared the Bentayga to be a cut above the rest, literally and figuratively. Covered in rich materials, the interior is class-leading with amenities expected in such a vehicle. Power is provided by a new 6.0-liter W-12 engine rated at 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque and mates to an eight-speed automatic. Capable of hitting 60 mph in four seconds and a top speed of 187 mph, the Bentayga is the quickest and fastest SUV in the world. Pricing starts from a whopping $229,100.

Read our full review on the Bentayga here.

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Its “Urus” name is derived from one of the largest cows to ever roam the Earth, at 61 to 71 inches tall at the shoulders and weighing up to 1,500 pounds. And while the SUV is still in concept form, a production model is likely to arrive by 2017. Under the hood, the concept features a 4.0-liter V-8 engine fed by a pair of turbochargers. This pushes the super-SUV to 600 horsepower and an estimated 600 to 650 pound-feet of torque. Driving the wheels is a dual-clutch automated-manual transmission with an enhanced, permanent all-wheel-drive system. We estimate the Urus to hit 60 mph in the mid- to high-three-second range. Although the Urus won’t be as luxurious as its Bentley and Rolls-Royce counterparts, it will be the quickest of the bunch, no matter what drivetrain it gets under the hood. I also expect it to fetch more than the Bentayga, but less than the Rolls-Royce.

Read our full review on the Urus here.

Conclusion


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It’s way too early to draw a conclusion here, but I do know for a fact that Rolls-Royce’s SUV will set some benchmarks once it arrives in dealerships. Building the most luxurious SUV out there will not be an easy task, but Rolls-Royce is indeed one of the very few manufacturers that has the means to do it.

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    • Awfully expensive
    • Not as sporty as the Lamborghini Urus
    • I don’t like the bloated Phantom wagon design

Reference


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Read our full review on the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

Update History

Updated 07/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Rolls Royce Cullinan out for a testing session on the Nurburgring track.

Update 12/01/2016: Nine months after we got our first glimpse at the Cullinan SUV, Rolls-Royce releases two official, camouflaged images on a production-ready SUV and confirms that the SUV is being called Project Cullinan. Later this month it will be in the arctic circle doing some more testing before heading to the middle east in 2017. Check out our review below to see the new images and to learn more about it.

Updated 03/09/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Rolls Royce SUV – rumored to be called Cullinan out for a cold weather testing session in Sweden. You will notice that the car in the photos is anything but an SUV, but remember this is just a mule testing the upcoming platform.

Updated 09/17/2015: In a recent interview at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Muller Otvos confirmed that the company’s first SUV should be unveiled by the end of 2018. The car will most likely retain the current “Cullinan” codename, which was given by world’s largest rough diamond. (AutoExpress)

Updated 03/16/2015: Based on the recent details and our own speculations, we’ve created a rendering of the future Rolls Royce SUV. We hope you’ll like it.

PostHeaderIcon Official: New Rolls-Royce Phantom (2018)

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Though one would have expected more changes after being in the works for twelve years or so, the new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is improved over the previous model substantially enough so as not leave much room for complaints. The ultimate luxury saloon gets a new chassis, a better engine, and a mind-boggling array of luxury features, most of which have become a lot more sophisticated than before. 

You see, with the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom luxury is not just about the wood and leather and glass in the cabin, although you do get a healthy supply of those in a wide range of colors and themes. Their approach to luxury motoring has always been that of an artist trying to create something that feels great to look at, to touch, to behold. It’s an all-encompassing experience, luxury with Rolls-Royce, arrived at through a combination of sensations and feelings.

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That is why they spend a long time perfecting the ride and achieve that characteristic Rolls-Royce waft, adjusting the acceleration of the new 570 hp and 700 Nm V12 engine to match it, and making sure the car still has the world’s most quiet interior. The new Phantom boasts an all-new aluminium ‘Architecture of Luxury’ with  ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ and no, these are not just lofty words. The interior design and its luxury features are designed around the passenger with ‘The Embrace’ concept, where he or she can enjoy a whole new level of luxury motoring with ‘The Suite’ and ‘The Gallery’ bespoke treatments tailored exclusively for them.

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“This realisation was a moment of clarity about the destiny of Rolls-Royce,” reflects Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Every one of our customers – each a connoisseur of luxury in the extreme – were asking for something more individual to them, not less. We were adamant that that was what they should have.”

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Reveals Next-Gen Phantom VIII

The Phantom has been around for almost a century now, first seeing the light of day back in 1925. Since it was first introduced, the Phantom has been the conveyance of choice for high-profile business people, politicians, influential musicians, and other folks who are simply better than you. The seventh-generation model saw a debut in 2003 as the first new Roller under BMW ownership, and now, there’s a follow-up called the Phantom VIII. Revealed at Bonhams Auction House in London, the British make rolled out the New Phantom in a livestream event this afternoon, while also plugging a new exhibition on the nameplate that includes a few particularly noteworthy examples, including the Queen’s Phantom VI, Fred Astaire’s Phantom I, and John Lennon’s Phantom V, among others. Standout features for the new VIII include an updated exterior style, a new turbocharged V-12 engine, a fresh architecture, and a cabin space that puts a suite at the Four Seasons to shame.

But of course it does, right? Rolls-Royce is proudly continuing the tradition of labeling the Phantom as “The Best Car in the World,” so above and beyond simple excess isn’t just possible – it’s a necessity. This is a machine that exudes power and presence, a rolling statement that declares supremacy over one’s environment. Read on for the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Get Ready! The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is Coming

In case you’ve been sleeping, or missed our history piece on the Rolls-Royce Phantom, you should know that one of the world’s most iconic luxury cars just recently celebrated its 90th birthday in 2015, if you don’t count the time from 1939 to 1950 when Rolls-Royce was shut down due to the war. Over its long and illustrious history, it has changed dramatically, keeping with the times and always taking luxury one step further. The most recent generation, the Phantom VII, has been around since 2003 and was in production until 2016, which means it’s time for the next-gen Phantom VIII to make its long-awaited debut. As is the usual case, the car won’t really change much, but it will get all of the modern updates you would expect from a luxury marque like Rolls-Royce. It’s set to debut on July 27 and should bring updated exterior styling with new fascias, LED headlights (possibly laser headlights) and a revamped grille with lots of chrome trim. And, let’s not forget about the suicide doors.

But, it’s not all about the exterior design that comes as a result of this new-gen model. See, the platform is being completely revised and will be an “aluminum-intensive” setup that’s known as the “Architecture of Pure Luxury.” Word has it that it will shed some significant weight, which means more speed and better economy, and AWD or electrified drivetrains could also be brought to the table as Rolls continues to modernize its most iconic model. That modernization will also bring an updated infotainment system to the interior that features a larger screen, and it will likely get gesture control too as Rolls-Royce can’t be beat out by the BMW 7 Series, right? LED ambient lighting is pretty much guaranteed as is an all-digital instrument cluster. The latter may upset those who prefer the classic look, but Rolls could very easily provide the classic look on a digital platform, a move that will make everyone happy. We’re also expecting a massive V12 engine to sit under the hood, but whether it will be a revised unit or just carried over from the last generation remains to be seen.

Are you excited for the new Phantom to make its debut? Keep reading to learn more about its debut event and where you can watch it for yourself.

PostHeaderIcon The Gilded History of the Rolls-Royce Phantom

Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, is quoted as saying, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it doesn’t exist, design it.” Those are some pretty heavy words, but it’s the right credo for an automaker like Rolls-Royce. With a history of producing some of the most elegant, opulent, and downright desirable luxury vehicles on the planet, perfection isn’t just a goal – it’s an expectation. Such is the case with the Phantom, Rolls-Royce’s highly recognizable flagship model. These are cars that are destined for the stables of royalty, acting as a rolling signature of power, wealth, and prestige.

Lead by the trademark Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood, the Phantom comes equipped with top-shelf extravagance and lavishness, offering high levels of personalization to those select buyers with pockets deep enough to really enjoy it. Currently offered in a variety of different flavors, including the standard Phantom, an Extended Wheelbase model, a Coupe, and a Drophead Coupe, Rolls has announced a new eighth generation slated for release later this week. However, the history of the nameplate is rapidly approaching a full century at this point, so how’d we get here? To find out, we delved into the Phantom’s history, taking a look at the seven generations that have come and gone since the model’s introduction in 1925.

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$73,230.00
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