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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 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 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.”  

The post Rolls-Royce Phantom Retires After 13 Years in Production appeared first on Motorward.

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.”  

The post Rolls-Royce Phantom Retires After 13 Years in Production appeared first on Motorward.

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.”  

The post Rolls-Royce Phantom Retires After 13 Years in Production appeared first on Motorward.

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.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Wraith with Carbon Fiber by Bengala and Vitesse AuDessus

Rolls-Royce vehicles are already about as unique as you can get, and yet there are countless programs from various companies to make them stand out from the crowd even more. The most recent program is being offered through a partnership between Euro design house Bengala Automotive and U.S.-based Vitesse AuDessus. The program involves an excessively healthy dose of carbon fiber to go with a new set of optional carbon fiber wheels, all of which is available on all current Rolls-Royce models, including the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe, and the Ghost.

The Design Chief and owner of Bengala Automotive – Shoghi Saeidnia – spoke about the new package in a recent press release, saying, “Forged carbon fiber is an extraordinary development for the automotive industry. To the casual observer, the material serves a purely utilitarian purpose. As a designer, I was inspired by the mosaic-like motifs and felt that the aesthetic could be elevated. 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. The product that Vitesse AuDessus was able to develop exceeded my highest expectations; and, when thinking of the appropriate application for the material’s debut as a luxury finish, no pairing was better suited than the handmade rolling masterpieces by Rolls-Royce.”

So, with that said, I’m here to talk a little bit about the Carbon Fiber package available for the Rolls-Royce Wraith and what it brings to the table. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a good look at this truly unique and elegant package.

Keep reading to learn more about this new carbon fiber package for the Wraith


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Bespoke Porto Cervo Dawn

As you’re probably well aware, Rolls-Royce has made a habit of unveiling extravagantly customized variants of it’s already extravagant model lineup under the Bespoke customer personalization program. The latest high-profile creation is a pair of unique motor cars inspired by “the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous enclaves; Porto Cervo.” Part of the pair is this emerald green Dawn, a drophead coupe outfitted with a nautical-themed interior, mother of pearl, precious jewels, and white gold.

But this thing didn’t just appear out of thin air. As any artistic person will tell you, proper inspiration is needed to create anything of worth, and to that end, Rolls launched its Summer Studio in Porto Cervo, Italy, last month. The studio hopes to combine “the worlds of fashion, art and design” into a single luxurious social hub for well-to-do clientele, creating the right setting for dreaming up new applications of the Bespoke program.

Renowned British tattoo artist, Mo Coppoletta, was in attendance, and was inspired to create a pair of leather headrests that will be shown along with the two Rollers.

However, the stars of the show are the two cars. Complementing the Dawn is a custom Wraith, completing the pair’s theme, from “Dusk until Dawn.”

So then – what do you get when you combine a $335,000 convertible with unlimited artistic freedom and a hotspot of the fabulously wealthy? Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Porto Cervo Dawn.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Porto Cervo Wraith

Launched in 2013, the Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s first two-door coupe that’s less than 18 feet long since the Camargue, which was discontinued in 1986. Designed by Pavle Trpinac on the BMW BMW F01 platform that underpinned the previous-generation 7 Series, the Wraith was named after a model that the company produced in 1938 and 1939 as a rolling chassis. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter V-12 rated at 623 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the Wraith was the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history at launch. A convertible version named Dawn was introduced in 2015.

Having spawned numerous special-edition models, the Wraith has received yet another makeover from Bespoke, this time in the form or a unique, one-of-one example. Part of a pair of new Bespoke cars themed “Dusk until Dawn,” the unique Wraith was unveiled at Rolls-Royce’s ultra-exclusive Summer Studio event in Porto Cervo, Italy.

Created to “reflect the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous enclaves,” the Emerald Embellished Wraith will be on display alongside a Porto Cervo edition of the Dawn, also a unique model.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Phantom Zenith Collection

One of the oldest nameplates on the market, the Phantom Coupe Series was launched in 2007, when Rolls-Royce introduced the Drophead model at the Detroit Auto Show. The standard Coupe version followed in 2008, at the Geneva Motor Show. Sharing nearly every body panel, the same chassis, and the same engines, the Coupe and Drophead Coupe received only mild updates in 2016, but remained two of the most coveted luxury vehicles thanks to its commanding appearance, opulent interior, exclusive features, and infinite customization possibilities. After nearly ten years on the market, the seventh-generation Phantom will be retired at the end of 2016.

But, before the current Phantom makes way for an eighth-generation model built on a brand-new aluminum architecture, Rolls-Royce is launching one final special edition. Dubbed the Zenith Collection, it is limited to only 50 units and includes both the Phantom Coupe and Phantom Drophead Coupe.

Rolls-Royce described the Zenith Collection as a “true collectors’ piece” whose value “will never be eroded by proliferation.” The limited-edition models stand out by means of unique interiors and a wide range of luxurious features. Find out more about it in our review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom Zenith Collection.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Wraith Overdose by Spofec

The Rolls-Royce Wraith made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and in short order, it has caught the eye of aftermarket tuning companies from all over the world. One tuner that has taken a particular liking to the Wraith is Spofec, which has developed a program that gives the Rolls’ 6.6-liter biturbo V-12 engine an improved output of 717 horsepower and 727 pound-feet of torque. Suffice to say, this is something you’d expect from a company that draws its name from the Rolls’ iconic “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament.

In addition to the eye-catching engine kit, the program also comes with an aerodynamic kit called “Overdose.” It also has a customizable interior wherein Wraith owners are more than welcome to design the interior themselves using materials that Spofec has on offer.

The kit will likely have its share of fans and detractors, as shown by the dramatic appearance of the Wraith once it passed through Spofec’s tuning hands. Whether you like it or not, I suppose, depends on your taste and preference.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Dawn by Mansory

The Rolls-Royce Dawn may be the newest Rolls on the block after only making its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. But whether a car is old or new, aftermarket companies aren’t the type to differentiate one from the other. As long as it’s worthy of a tuning program, a tuner will build one for it. That’s what we have here with Mansory’s newest creation. Since the model itself is only months old, this tuning kit is arguably one of the first to be developed for the Dawn. And as far as “firsts” are concerned, they have the potential to set the bar really high.

Knowing that, the important question to ask is whether Mansory did just that. Did it set a standard for future tuning kits for the Dawn? On the surface, it does seem like that’s the case. This program comes with an aero kit, a customizable interior, and a performance bump. In other words, it’s well-detailed enough to get people’s attention.

But this is Mansory we’re talking about here. The German tuner, for better or worse, has earned a reputation for being one of the most provocative tuners in the game. It’s built programs that have turned sports cars into supercars and supercars into, well, you get the picture. This kit, however, lacks that extra jolt that some might come to expect from Mansory. Whatever you may think of it, there are certain standards people may have for a certain tuner. I’m just not sure Mansory lived up to its own expectations with this program for the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls Royce Wraith Nautical Edition

Back in 2013 Rolls-Royce revived the Wraith name for a two-door that was smaller than its only coupe at the time, the Phantom Coupe. A spiritual successor to the Camargue (1975-1986), the Wraith became the fastest and most powerful model in Rolls-Royce’s 100-year history. Sold without any updates in its first three years on the market, the Wraith has spawned a significant number of special-edition and one-off models crafted by the company’s Bespoke division. Following the release of the all-black Wraith Black Badge model in March 2016, Rolls-Royce is now introducing the Wraith Nautical Edition, a model inspired by classic racing yachts.

Designed to capture the “streamlined power of a graceful sea vessel” and fitted with an interior that pays homage to the decking seen on classic, luxury yachts, the Nautical Edition sports a unique exterior paint and a dashboard that’s not available on the standard model. As usual, the focus was to give it an exquisite appearance using custom paints, leather, and wood veneers rather that modify body panels and meddle with the drivetrain.

The Wraith Nautical Edition is the second yacht-inspired car Bespoke has built recently. In 2015, the customizing division launched the Phantom Nautica Edition, which features the same Arabian Blue paint, but on the engine hood, roof, and trunk lid, rather than on the side panels, which were finished in Orchid White. While the Phantom Nautica was pretty cool to look at, the Wraith Nautical does a better job at paying tribute to classic luxury yachts. Keep reading to find out why.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Dawn Road Test Review

Rolls-Royce Dawn-tested

On the face of it, the new Rolls-Royce Dawn is a pointless car. If a big Roller with a huge engine and a quiet ride is what you want, what’s the problem with the Phantom Drophead? But when you get up close and personal with this exquisitely crafted machine that you start to realize why it is not only better than the Drophead, but could very well be the finest luxury drop-top in the history of cars.

Join AutoExpress’ News Editor Richard Ingram as he sails asphalt a light blue Rolls-Royce Dawn while discussing what makes this car tick:

Rolls-Royce Dawn is powered by a twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 powertrain which is the same unit they use in the Ghost and the Wraith. Here it is tuned for extreme smoothness and quietness, and makes 563bhp and 80Nm or 575 lb ft of torque. The fabric soft-top on this car has a very quiet movement as well, so much so that it’s called a ‘Silent Ballet’. The roof opens electronically in 22 seconds and can be operated at cruising speeds of up to 50km/h.

Despite everything the Dawn has going for it, if we were in the market for a four-seater luxury droptop, we wouldn’t spend £265,000. We’d save a hundred grand and get a Bentley Continental GTC.

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PostHeaderIcon Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

Back in 2013 Rolls-Royce decided to awaken a sleeping dragon and bring the Wraith name back to life, and it did so with a vengeance – creating the most powerful Rolls in the company’s history. This large, powerful coupe has spawned a number of one-off models like the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Sport, the 2015 Rolls Royce Wraith “Inspired by Fashion,” the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith “Palm Edition 999” by Masonry, and countless others that go to show just how well received the new Wraith has been.

Despite all the one-off and tuned models, the Wraith itself has gone the past couple years without being changed. Rolls-Royce didn’t make any changes for the 2016 model year either, but it has just announced a brand new take on the Rolls-Royce Wraith, dubbed the Black Badge. The “Dark” approach has been a popular approach taken by a few manufacturers lately, but unlike some of them, Rolls-Royce has done more than adding a darker appearance to the Wraith. In fact, it has done quite a bit more.

The first thing you’ll notice is the custom black paint, and darkened trim elements, but this baby comes complete with some drivetrain updates as well. That’s right, the most powerful Rolls-Royce to date gets a little better in Black Badge form. So instead of wasting any more time talking in general, let’s take a ride on the dark side and check out this latest creation from Rolls-Royce.

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